Many congratulations to Steven Roberts for picking up a nomination for Best Newcomer at this year’s British Pantomime Awards. And sponsored by Carmarthen’s own Vocalzone too (well, it was invented here back in the 1920s)! We will find out at the end of April whether he takes away the title for his terrific performance as Aladdin at the Theatre Royal in Norwich. Long may the magic carpet ride continue!!
Delighted to be part of the third Llandeilo LitFest in April and helping to put the focus on horror on one of our first sessions on the Friday night. I will be chairing a discussion with some of the finest gory storytellers from our part of the world – Matthew G Rees, Carly Holmes (pictured here) and Sally Spedding. On Saturday I will once again be leading a storytelling walk around the town featuring some of the stranger stories from Llandeilo’s past – and believe me there are plenty of them! More details on the festival website llandeilolitfest.org.
Public Creepy Carmarthen Tours begin again just before Easter but private tours are available all year round – even in winter. So I hope that the women’s group joining me on Friday next week are going to come warmly wrapped – it is a wee bit chilly in town at the moment. Hopefully it will be warmer by March when I am hosting a tour for French students who are staying in the area and want to take a trip to the darker side of our past.
It’s almost time. Work on the Mansion of Mystery Escape Rooms at Picton Castle is well under way now. Construction work on the first room, Time Machine, is almost completed with just the decoration to be done now so that we can start the fun bit – adding the perplexing puzzles and cerebral challenges for our visitors. Oh – and finalising the decoration of our reception room with the various props we have been collecting – among them this fine collection of clocks found from charity shops near and far.
Scary, isn’t it? But delighted to report that tickets are already selling well for Picton’s Magical Family Christmas this year. Last year’s launch event went brilliantly and we are building on that success this year by asking Santa to join us for four weekends throughout December. As far as the planning is going . . . well, we’re making a list and checking it twice at the moment!!
The entrance to Picton Castle’s Mansion of Mystery escape rooms looking lovely in the autumn sunshine today. Loads of work still to be done on the inside – and on the outside bits you can’t see here – but everything is taking shape beautifully. Is there a more stunning entrance to an escape room business anywhere in the UK?
Three months’ to go until Queen Elizabeth High stages this year’s production of “Grease”. The school’s production values are always amazing and I know they have got a terrific cast so we are all in for a rocking and rolling musical ride. And, of course, Moli is going to be an incredible Sandy!! Tickets on sale soon – please form an orderly queue!!