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Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 February 2004, 8pm

LOOT by Joe Orton
Directed by Jamie Garven

It's the day of Mrs McLeavy's funeral, the wreaths are ready, the hearse is outside the door, but the coffin's full of cash and her body's in the cupboard... Hal and Dennis have pulled a bank job and Faye, Mrs McLeavy's murderous nurse, wants in on the deal. But can the three ne'r-do-wells escape the clutches of the dreaded and menacing figure known only as 'Truscott of the Yard'.

Joe Orton's black farce is savage, cynical and very, very funny. The action is anarchic, the dialogue explosive and the play takes an irresistible delight in turning the genteel world upside down and inside out. Orton's vision is wildly comic, yet at the same time, shocking and terrifying.

Venue 2, Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff
Box Office 029 2064 6900
£7, £5

Touring:

Saturday 7 February 2004, 7.30pm
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth,
Box office 01970 623232
£7, £5

Thursday 12 February 2004, 7.45pm
Emlyn Williams, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold
Box office 0845 330 3565
£6.50, £5

Friday 6 February - Saturday 14 February 2004 @ 7.45pm

BLOOD WEDDING by Federico Garcia Lorca translated by Gwynne Edwards
Directed by Chris Monks

Based on a true story of love, lust and betrayal, Blood Wedding, is one of the most powerful and innovative plays written this century. Federico Garcia Lorca wrote his best known play years after reading a newspaper account of a young bride in Andalusia who abandoned her husband-to-be on their wedding day to escape with her childhood sweetheart. Lorca evokes the spectacle of human passion through sophisticated and often surrealistic poetic technique, elevating the love story to a tragedy of fate.

Caird Studio, RWCMD
£6, £4, £2


WELSH LANGUAGE PRODUCTION

Friday 6 February – Saturday 14 February 2004 @ 7.30pm

Y BYD (A'I BRAWD) gan Roger Williams
Cyfarwyddwyd gan Elen Bowman

RWCMD commissioned play 2004 in association with Sgript Cymru.

Bali. November 2002. Two bombs explode in Kuta killing over 200 people. A fortnight later Catrin arrives on the island with her Welsh rugby shirt in her suitcase and a new boyfriend to hold her hand. There she finds two Welsh backpackers, desperate for money and a ticket to leave the island and avoid going home at all costs. They meet in a hotel where everything changes.

A contemporary play about nostalgia, selfishness and these young Welsh people abroad.

Bute Theatre, RWCMD
£6, £4, £2


Friday 26 March - Saturday 27 March 2004 @ 7.30pm

ELECTRA by Sophocles translated by Frank McGuinness
Directed by Martin Houghton

Locked into an awful historical cycle of murder begetting murder, Electra, haunted by her father's death, is driven by a single unassuageable desire to avenge his assassination at the price of her mother's life.
"…a sleek and hypnotic text by McGuinness...Electra is not an obscure classic, a strange story of a distant time and place and people. It is in every sense our story. And perhaps we can say that a great play earns our enduring love not only because it is also a prophecy. And a prophecy that has to be learned time and time again." - New York Times.


Bute Theatre, RWCMD
£6, £4, £2

Touring:

Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 March 2004, 7.30pm.
Forum Theatre,
Malvern Theatres
Malvern, Worcestershire
Box Office 01684 892277
£5, £3


Friday 26 March - Friday 2 April 2004 @ 7.45pm

DOLLY WEST'S KITCHEN by Frank McGuinness

Dolly West presides over the welcoming kitchen of a small house, a meeting place where two American GIs, a British Army Captain and the fiercely nationalistic West family share meals and talk of love, war and betrayal.

Caird Studio, RWCMD
£6, £4, £2



THE SPRING MUSICAL

Tuesday 30 March - Saturday 3 April 2004 @ 7.30pm

GUYS AND DOLLS Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Directed by Dave Bond
Musical Director John O'Hara

A music fable of Broadway-based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. This production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

The ultimate Broadway musical

"Luck be a Lady", "I've Never Been in Love Before", "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat"


Venue 1, Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff
Box Office 029 2064 6900
£10, £8


Monday April 5 – Wednesday 7 April 2004

Giving Voice Festival
International Festival of Workshops and Performances

An uplifting compendium of voice workshops, performances, talks and lecture-demonstrations reflecting voices from around the world, within the frame of the 2004 theme, Thinking Voice, Feeling Voice.

RWCMD

For further details and to obtain a booking form please telephone CPR on
01970 622133 or register via www.givingvoice.org.uk. Please note festival workshop places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

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Drama Open Days

Arts Management & Theatre Design
19 February, 10.30am-4pm

Stage Management
26 March, 10.30am-4pm

An excellent opportunity to see the work of these departments, view our facilities and meet current staff and students.

Contact the Drama Admissions Officer on 029 2039 1328 or email: drama.admissions@rwcmd.ac.uk to reserve a place.
Please note that seating is limited therefore booking is essential.


Disclaimer
Please note that there may be unconventional seating, smoking, swearing or nudity in College productions. Please check with the box office for further information.


Contact RWCMD Box Office for all events on
029 20 391391, unless otherwise stated.

Please contact Angharad Gibbs, Marketing Department on 029 2039 1312 if you have any queries.
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