Gladiator at Newbridge Memo

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Gladiator at Newbridge Memo

Time: May 6, 2015 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Newbridge Memo
Street: High Street
City/Town: Newbridge. NP11 4FH
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Event Type: theatre
Organized By: Ceri James
Latest Activity: Apr 28, 2015

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Long before the Tour de France, and Sir Bradley Wiggins, there was Arthur Linton from Aberdare. A world cycling champion in 1895 who not only left behind the first drug scandal, but also the first racing bike – Gladiator. 

Fast forward to the modern day we meet 18 year old Jimmy, who stumbles upon the Gladiator in his garage, along with the ghost of the trainer Choppy Warburton, who has returned in the search of ‘honour and dignity’. 
Unfortunately for Jimmy this means embarking on the Bordeaux to Paris bike race – without ever leaving his garage. 
A surreal journey full of pitfalls and punctures where he must meet to survive the attentions of his goth girl neighbour, his model wannabe twin sister, his mother’s slimeball boyfriend, his hapless dad who’s been missing for ten years – and the lure for shame or glory.  

Suitable for ages 14+ 
Tickets: £10/£8 
Available from Newbridge Memo

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Comment by Ceri James on April 28, 2015 at 11:05

This is the first touring show in the Main Auditorium for 50 years ! My family have strong links with this building visiting often and even performing here in the thirties. Fantastic to finally have my lighting design in the building. Gladiator is about hope and aspiration. The memo was funded and built by the people of Newbridge as not only a memorial to the miners who fought in WW1, but as an expression of hope in the future and faith in the strength of the community. Larry Allen's comedy is perfect first touring performance at The Memo. It's made from the same stuff, gritty humour about life in the valleys, telling a story that's relevant and entertaining to its community but also one that resonates with a nation. Please come and see this play at Newbridge Memo, its important for so many reasons.

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