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70,000 grant to stage drama set in nightclub toilets     

Welsh language theatre company Cwmni'r Fran Wen are set to receive in the region of £70,000 of funding from the Arts Council of Wales to stage a Welsh language translation of Willy Russel's Stags and Hens. The play with a cast of eleven actors is set in the toilets of 1970s nightclub and explores issues of friendship and loyalty.

The grant will fund the translation of the work into Welsh and the costs of touring to 5 venues across North Wales. The cast will feature up and coming talent and the choice of such a work as Stags and Hens with its mix of dark humour and deep emotion is set to attract a diverse audience. Commenting on the grant, Sandra Wynne Senior Arts Development officer for The Arts Council of Wales said, "We have identified the development of Welsh Language theatre audiences as a key strategy within our 5 year development plan. We are particularly happy to make this award as the current grant is the product of a constructive and ongoing relationship."

Cwmni'r Fran Wen is a company that has won its reputation with performances of the highest quality and its main focus to date has been Theatre in Education. The company's director Iola Ynyr has been extending their work to include community shows. She commented "We look forward to the challenge of staging a powerful play that will offer an entertaining night to a wide ranging audience".

Willy Russell's other work includes Blood Brothers, Shirley Valentine and Educating Rita, which was successfully made into an Oscar-nominated movie starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters.
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Iestyn Davies
Monday, May 12, 2003back



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