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Here's a question for you. Can you speak the spoke of Hollywood, of glamour and romance?

Blood, sweat and temptation meet in a story of careless love and fantasy in the 1950s.

Hollywood clashes with Wales when a widowed sheep farmer and her young son meet a charismatic American from the film set of The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.

Amidst the fantasy of meeting Ingrid Bergman, playing Cowboys and Indians in Snowdonia, and conflicting passions, their lives are changed forever.

Sgript Cymru presents a new play by one of Wales' most established writers, Meic Povey, who can indeed "speak the spoke", an English phrase and a Welsh saying. Indian Country will be his first English language production.

The play is largely based in Meic's experience of growing up in Snowdonia.

He says, "I only ever write one play; it's just that I move the deck chairs around.

"It's just that this one is in a different language." The story is about Mos who meets the troubled American during the film shoot.

Cowboys and Indians, Chinese, Hollywood, Americans and Welsh clash on Moel Druman - the magical mountain - where the Hollywood crew are expecting the Great Wall of China, which is stuck on Aberglaslyn Bridge.

Director Simon Harris says that Meic's script is rich in nuance.

"The most enjoyable feature is feeling that you are in the hands of a practiced craftsman.

"Meic's play is deceptively simple and very rewarding.

"So far, it has proved to be a real journey of discovery, digging out contradictions and ambiguities that we hadn't seen before."

The production can also be seen at Theatr Gwynedd in Bangor on May 21, Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold on May 23 and 24, Swansea Grand Theatre from May 29 to 31, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, June 4 and Pwllheli's Neuadd Dwyfor on June 6 and 7 June. All performances start at 7.30pm
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Hannah Jones
Monday, April 28, 2003back



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