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National Theatre Wales

Press Release

TICKETS ON SALE AND REHEARSALS START FOR NATIONAL THEATRE WALES’ LIFTED BY BEAUTY: ADVENTURES IN DREAMING

TICKETS ON SALE AND REHEARSALS START FOR NATIONAL THEATRE WALES’ LIFTED BY BEAUTY: ADVENTURES IN DREAMING

CAST ALSO CONFIRMED FOR THIS NEW PRODUCTION CREATED AND STAGED IN RHYL, DENBIGHSHIRE

 

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. Tickets for the production are now on sale from National Theatre Wales’ website, by phone on 029 2037 1689 or from the shop itself. Keep your eye on the website for the shop’s latest opening times.

 

Mark Storor is an award-winning British artist with an international reputation. Working in the space between live art and theatre, he has been described in the British press as “a genuinely visionary theatre maker”, “an alchemist” and “one of the most distinctive voices in British Theatre”. His work is devised, often site-specific and always collaborative. His recent work includes Baa Baa Baric: Have You Any Pull? A Quiet Revolution (with Heart Of Glass, in St Helen’s), Little Sister (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Simplicity of Truth (FACT), The Barometer of My Heart (Anna Ledgard in association with Artsadmin), Puffball (The Roundhouse, London and tour), The Paper Project (Oval House, London) and A Tender Subject (Artangel).

 

 

The Big Democracy Project

 

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.

 

In its most recent phase, NTW hosted a free day of political performance and debate at the Senedd – 10 years to the month since it was opened – and Pierhead in Cardiff Bay, in March 2016. In the evening, one final Assembly was held inside the Senedd on all the issues raised, but also to ask ‘what is the most pressing issue facing Wales?’ with a view to producing a show inspired by the answer, in 2017. Perhaps unsurprisingly, ‘austerity’ was the reply. Lifted By Beauty: Adventures In Dreaming is, in part, a response to this; an artistic exploration of austerity – and what it can mean for towns all over Wales and beyond.

 

The Big Democracy Project is supported by the Rayne Foundation.

 

Full listings information:

 

National Theatre Wales presents

LIFTED BY BEAUTY: ADVENTURES IN DREAMING

Performed in Rhyl, Denbighshire

Artist: Mark Storor
Composer: Brian Duffy

Sound Designer: Mike Beer

Community Associate: Jan Miller

Photographer: Stephen King

Lighting Designer: Ceri James

Design Associate: Eleri Lloyd

Costume Supervisor: Llinos Griffiths

 

Performance Dates/Times:

Friday 31st March, 6pm

Saturday 1st April, 6pm

Sunday 2nd April, 6pm

 

 

 

Box Office

Online: https://www.nationaltheatrewales.org/lifted-beauty

By phone: 029 2037 1689

 

 

 

Tickets:

£10/£7.50 conc

£5 local tickets (LL18 postcode)

 

 

 

Notes for Editors

 

Follow Lifted By Beauty: Adventures In Dreaming on Twitter:

#ntwdreaming

@ntwtweets

National Theatre Wales presents:

Lifted by Beauty:

Adventures in Dreaming

National Theatre Wales

Rhyl is a town of many tales; a treasure trove of stories.

It is summer, now and then. Families spend hours playing on the beach. A young man pops his cherry and skips all the way back to Liverpool. Dreamers escape to Rhyl for the promise of a new life, while others watch their childhood home change around them.

Drawing upon Rhyl and its people for inspiration, Lifted by Beauty: Adventures in Dreaming is a voyage of discovery and memory, a collision of the past and the present; celebrating a place and a people on the cusp of change and transformation.

This is an experience that will lead you on a guided journey taking in the surprising places and spaces of Rhyl. Together we can imagine and dream.

31 March - 2 April, 6pm

Tickets
£10 / £7.50 Concessions
​Residents of Rhyl - £5 tickets
Age guidance 14+*

BSL and Audio Description will be available at all performances.

This performance is wheelchair accessible.

*The performance is not suitable for children aged under 2, or babes in arms.

Show Dates:

31 March - 2 April, 2017

Location:

Rhyl, Denbighshire

Follow Lifted by Beauty: on Twitter:

@ntwtweets #NTWDreaming

Media Officer

Catrin Rogers

+ 44(0)29 2035 3070

catrinrogers@nationaltheatrewales.org

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