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Extra dates added for Sherman Cymru’s Iphigenia in Splott due to popular demand     

Extra dates added for Sherman Cymru’s Iphigenia in Splott due to popular demand
Sherman Cymru has just announced that due to popular demand they are adding extra dates to the world premiere of Gary Owen’s powerful new one-woman play, Iphigenia in Splott at the Sherman Theatre. Iphigenia In Splott will now run from 8-14 May at 7.30pm, Saturday 16 May at 2.30pm and 7.30pm and now additional performances from Monday 18-21 May at the later time of 8pm.

Tickets have been flying out for Iphigenia In Splott even before the first preview of the production with many performances already sold out and a growing waiting list. The company is excited to announce that four additional performances are now on sale enabling more audiences to see this powerful, engaging and relevant new play by Gary Owen.

Inspired by the Greek myth, award-winning Welsh playwright Gary Owen focuses on the impact that the welfare cuts are having on today’s society. Fusing coarse poetry with the language intrinsic to Splott, Gary Owen’s play brings to the surface the timeless issues that makes Iphigenia’s tale so enduring.

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama graduate, Sophie Melville, who was also the star of Sherman Cymru’s Romeo & Juliet, returns to the Sherman Theatre in this commanding one-woman show, a searing indictment of life under the weight of austerity. Effie, goes through her days in a careless spiral of drink, drugs and drama.

Sherman Cymru’s Artistic Director, Rachel O’Riordan said; “We are proud that this is the centrepiece of our Spring season and we are thrilled to see the incredible response to the show before we have even opened. This is a powerful play that explores what it is to be a young woman on the outskirts of society. Although the play is set in a suburb of Cardiff, we see young women like Effie every day across the UK. Iphigenia in Splott explores the current state of our society, communities, and the National Health Service. Effie will break your heart.”

Iphigenia in Splott is the first of two exciting new plays by Gary Owen’s with the second being his Royal Court debut with Violence and Son in June. Gary Owen is recognised as one of Wales’ most successful contemporary playwrights, with his plays performed across the UK and internationally, including Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco. Gary Owen has produced memorable dramas such as Sherman Cymru’s Amgen: Broken, Sherman Cymru and National Theatre Wales’ Love Steals Us from Loneliness; Sgript Cymru’s Ghost City and Paines Plough’s The Drowned World. In 2010 Gary was nominated for the TMA Awards Best New Play for Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian produced by Watford Palace Theatre.

Iphigenia in Splott is the second drama Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan will be directing this year as part of Sherman Cymru’s vibrant and exciting season of new writing, the other being Leviathan by Matthew Trevannion, the debut drama under the A Play, A Pie and A Pint banner to be produced and performed in Wales.

Iphigenia in Splott opens at Sherman Theatre, Cardiff tonight, the 8 May. Iphigenia in Splott sparks discussion about the current state of society; the duty of care extended to all of its citizens and the current regard held for the NHS.

Sherman Cymru’s Iphigenia in Splott is at the Sherman Theatre on 8 – 14 May at 7.30pm (Previews: 8 – 11 May), May 16 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm and extra dates added 18-21 May at 8pm. Tickets are £15 (Previews: £13) Concessions: £2 off, Under 25s: Half price. To book please contact the friendly ticketing team on 029 2064 6900 | www.shermancymru.co.uk. Contains strong language and scenes of an adult nature.
 
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