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Saturday Night Forever to tour Wales     

Saturday Night Forever to tour Wales


This Autumn, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, in partnership with Joio, will be staging and touring Welsh playwright Roger Williams’ play Saturday Night Forever around Wales with an extra stop off in England at The Curve, Leicester. The play will be directed by Kate Wasserberg, Artistic Director and founder of Cardiff’s pub theatre, The Other Room.

Saturday Night Forever is a roller-coaster ride through Cardiff’s night-life, as Lee, a gay man in his thirties living in the heart of the city, breaks up with one lover and resolves never to fall in love again.  All around him people are drinking too much, dancing until the early hours and getting it while they can. But when Lee receives an invitation to a friend's house-warming everything seems ripe for change, and it only takes seven hours, a bottle of vodka, and the devil on his shoulder for him to break his promise and fall back into the arms of a new admirer. For a short while life is sweet, but after every Saturday night comes the cold reality of Sunday morning, and as Lee cruelly discovers, nothing lasts forever.

The play is written by award winning writer Roger Williams, who is well known for his work in television and theatre.  His work for TV includes the Bafta-nominated Tales from Pleasure Beach (BBC2), Hollyoaks (C4) and Gwaith/Cartref (S4C). Most recently he created the drama series Tir for S4C, for which he has recently been nominated for a BAFTA Cymru award for best writer. He previously won a BAFTA Cymru award for screenwriting for his work on the Welsh language drama series Caerdydd in 2010. His plays have been performed around the world, and he has also written radio plays for Radio 4, Radio Wales and Radio Cymru.

Saturday Night Forever will be directed by Cardiff pub theatre Artistic Director and founder Kate Wasserberg. Kate comments:

“Saturday Night Forever is a hilarious, romantic, dark, beautiful story of love lost and love found. The show is using cutting edge technology to create an animated, interactive environment for the actor to inhabit and features an original soundtrack drawing inspiration from dance music and real recordings from the nighttime streets of Cardiff. At the centre of it all is brave and brilliant writing from one of Wales's major theatrical talents. A love story for modern times with a razor's edge -  I am so excited to bring it to a new audience.”

Saturday Night Forever, which is touring with support from Arts Council Wales, previews at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 17 November and then visits The Curve in Leicester 20-21 November. The play then tours Wales until 12 December, with a return visit to Aberystwyth Arts Centre 4-5 December. For more details and ticket information, visit Aberystwyth Arts Centre website www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk
 
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