Rehearsals Underway for Mark Storor and National Theatre Wales' Rhyl Walking Production 'LIFTED BY BEAUTY'
Rehearsals for National Theatre Wales' Lifted By Beauty: Adventures In Dreaming, whose audience will take a guided journey around Rhyl, start today.
Artist Mark Storor and National Theatre Wales have been getting to know Rhyl and many of its residents over several months; from coffee shops to council offices, from book groups to food banks, from women's centres to the beach, they have been gathering stories from those who know the town best.
The result will be a walking production inspired by those people and their stories, including local political activists and mother and baby groups, newcomers to the town and some who've lived here their whole life. Walking in groups through the town centre and on the beach, audiences will encounter performances by professional artists including actors, dancers and circus artists, combined with soundscapes and light installations. Lifted By Beauty: Adventures In Dreaming will be a vivid portrait of the real Rhyl, a town on the cusp of regeneration.
The production's professional cast will include June Campbell-Davies, Marco Fiera, Lloyd Meredith, Rhys Meredith, Laura Moy, Francois Pandolfo and Caroline Sabin, all of whom start their rehearsals in the town today ahead of the performances 31st March-2nd April.
In the meantime, National Theatre Wales have set up shop at 66 High Street, Rhyl, and everyone and anyone curious to know more about the production is welcome to pop in for a chat. Keep your eye on the website for the shop's latest opening times. Tickets for the production are now on sale from 029 2037 1689 or from the shop itself.
Lifted By Beauty: Adventures In Dreaming is the closing event of National Theatre Wales' three-year Big Democracy Project, which has explored how art and creativity can help communities across Wales re-engage with the democratic process. Launched in July 2014, The BDP was borne of the company's Assembly programme, in which artists and communities combine performance and debate to tackle hot topics.
For tickets, go to www.nationaltheatrewales.org/lifted-beauty or call 029 2037 1689. Tickets: £10/£7.50 conc; £5 local tickets (LL18 postcode). Plus, follow Lifted By Beauty: Adventures In Dreaming on Twitter: #ntwdreaming | @ntwtweets.
National Theatre Wales has been making English-language productions in locations all over Wales, the UK, internationally and online since March 2010. It operates from a small base in Cardiff's city centre, but works all over the country and beyond, using Wales' rich and diverse landscape, its towns, cities and villages, its incredible stories and rich talent as its inspiration. The Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales are supporting National Theatre Wales. Go to nationaltheatrewales.org for more information.