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Jarbones Theatre Company burst onto the scene next month with their production of three new works by young artists, all set in a low-cost and rough-edged hotel. L’Hotel will be appearing at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff on 10th July 2003 at 7:30pm.

In this, the company’s debut production, an insane Maitre D will welcome audiences into the theatre and proceed to take them on a tour of L’Hotel. Along the way, the audience will encounter a couple of Eisteddfod veterans, the unluckiest brothers in the world and a violent love triangle.

L’Hotel is made up of three new works by young artists. Cabaret Whales is written by renowned contemporary playwright Roger Williams. Room 12a will be devised by the company and Response, Billy, Please! has been written by Alexander Ferris. Each piece explores human inter-relationships and will offer a fast-paced, bewildering and bone-jarring view of the darker side of life. In order to help audiences recover from the theatrical roller-coaster, former Clwb Ifor Bach DJ, Mark Williams, will be providing music in the foyer after the show.

Jarbones Theatre Company are one of the newest theatre companies to appear on the Welsh arts scene. Formed only three months ago, ‘because somebody had to’, the company aim to produce dynamic and interesting theatre for young people. Through a vibrant and theatrical style of performance which draws on elements from all art forms, the company will explore new ways of presenting theatre to audiences.

The creative team behind the company are Llinos Mai and Alexander Ferris. Llinos Mai is a composer, performer and director, who worked with Roger Williams to create the popular musical adventure, Bang! which was presented as part of the International Festival of Musical Theatre last year. Alexander Ferris has directed a number of plays for young people, including a film noir version of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi. He also runs Unzipped which is a new writing venture for 16 – 35 year olds looking to gain experience of writing, acting and directing.

Alexander said, “We want to provide entertainment that is thought provoking as well as enjoyable and offers a refreshing alternative to sitting in front of the TV. We hope our style will encourage young people back into theatres. As young people ourselves, we are influenced by modern media but are convinced that theatre events can offer that little extra”.

Tickets to see L’Hotel are just £7 with reductions at £5 and are available from the Sherman Theatre Box Office on 029 2064 6900.
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