Romeo & Juliet In The NBGW

Totally blown away by Taking Flight Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this afternoon.  Taking Flight mix actors with a range of physical disabilities with physically able actors using a mixture of sign language and audio description alongside Shakespeare’s text and their own setting of the story in Verona College in 1963. Utterly brilliant – and as a special bonus I even got to dance with the Nurse at the end!!

“Prodigy” Cast Recording Goes On Sale

prodigy CD cover

On sale now!  The amazing original cast recording of Prodigy, Jake and Pippa’s incredible 2015 show for the National Youth Music Theatre.  Thanks to family funding they got the team back into the studios earlier this year and this stunning CD is the result.  On sale now from Auburn Jam it is a snip at just £12 plus postage and available from their website by clicking here.  Prodigy really deserves a wider audience – let’s hope this CD will help it find new outlets.  It is absolutely tailor-made for youth groups to perform with a cracking storyline and wonderful songs!

Swansea Storytelling

Swansea Storytelling

Hugely enjoyable evening spent as guest teller at the Swansea Storytelling club last night.  David Pitt hosted the night in the old courtroom at the Tapestri Cafe Bar – a wonderful location for telling tales.  I hope no-one had nightmares after my “strange but true” accounts of the life (and, more importantly, death) of highwayman Edward Higgins and the wonderfully Gothic Dolaucothi Murder.

Stunning Butterflies At the National Botanic Garden Of Wales

Butterfly emerging

Plas Pilapala was officially opened today at the National Botanic Garden of Wales – and Moli and I were lucky enough to get an invite.  Pilapala is the Welsh for butterfly and this new attraction takes over the stunning Tropical House, giving visitors the chance to walk among hundreds of brightly coloured butterflies.  Most fascinating of all is the “incubator” at the heart of the building where you can watch the butterflies emerging from their chrysalis.  You could actually see the wings of the creature in the photo slowly unfolding, like a piece of exquisite origami in reverse.

 

Great Weekend At Beyond The Border

With Angharad and Dave at BTB

Just back from an amazing weekend at the Beyond The Border international storytelling festival at St Donat’s.  A truly stunning selection of tellers and tales from around the world and almost too many highlights to mention but I was blown away by Norwegians telling horror stories from Japan, Italians with classical erotica and a wedding band from India.  Then there were stories from the Wild West, the heart of Africa and of blacksmiths, shape shifters and Rabbit Gods and so much more. The photo shows me with BTB’s Angharad Wynne and David “Crowman” Pitt as his alter-ego Coppertown Mari.