Graig Du Theatre Players


Graig Du Theatre Players

The players are in the process of being formed. I will post further updates in the next few days. My intention is to form a community theatre group, with four probable performances a year, to encompass the work of playwrights in the Rhondda as a beginning. Original work will be encouraged. I would like to hear from any members, when I give out further information, if they would be willing to partake in the first staging. This will include actors, actresses, directors,who would be interested in supporting the idea to get valuable experience at the start of their careers. It would be a learning curve for me. I intend staging my play" Sorrow for my Sons" to publicize the group within the next few months. The full version of this play "Painting the Darkness" is to have a performance with the Fluellen Theatre in 2017. The play tells of the mysterious death of William Dillwyn Llewelyn, the eldest son of Sir John Dillwyn Llewelyn, who was found shot dead in the woods of the Penllergare estate on the afternoon of his engagement to Lord Dynevor's daughter in August 1893. The play explores the background to events, the inquest held the following day into his death, and William's friendship with J.Arthur Gibbs, the author of "A Cotswolds Village". I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the late June Lewis-Jones of Fairford, Glos, who helped me considerably with the three-act version of events. After answering my advertisement in her local newspaper, she was intrigued by my discoveries and, as she held Gibbs's diaries in her possession; she was also an author in her own right, she said she would aid me in any way as long as it did not jeopardize her work. June said that I had seen something in the unfolding events that no-one had realized before. Gibbs's strange requiem poem to his dead friend is well worth reading, as is his version, which I believe to be truthful, of the events that took place at Penllergare on the fateful day.

Location: Porth, Rhondda
Members: 10
Latest Activity: on Saturday

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Comment by Josh Edwards on Saturday

I watched The Lost City of Z the other week and it was rather good. Percy Fawcett was not the fool people believed he was. His military career shows this. The interesting story is what happened ten years after the party's disappearance, Glyn. Geraldine Cummins, a psychic, made contact with Fawcett and he told her he was still alive in the jungle, in a semi-conscious state. His mind was still able to communicate with her. It sounds far fetched, I know. It is intriguing, though.

Comment by Glyndwr Edwards on March 10, 2017 at 15:09

I have completed the outline on Machen's "The Great God Pan," Josh. The possibilities are endless. There was little to condense  in the story because ambiguity would play a great part in how Mary is portrayed. Nothing should be explained because it is indefinable once the fury has been unleashed. I will have a look at his other story "The Red Hand" next.

Comment by Glyndwr Edwards on February 16, 2017 at 18:51

The story is a forgotten gem by S. Levett-Yates and it has possibilities for a forty minute version,Josh. There is enough detail in the story to include more characters. but this would be unwise.It is surprising this tale of a Faustian pact is little mentioned today. The other authors I looked at were Perceval Landon and Bernard Capes. 

Comment by Glyndwr Edwards on February 11, 2017 at 13:34

Thanks for the research! 

Comment by Josh Edwards on February 10, 2017 at 19:37

There was  a difference of opinion from the sitters as to what were the actual words. Two agreed with what they believed they heard: "To him that overcometh I will give a white stone". One said the words were written by John of Ruysbroeck.

Comment by Glyndwr Edwards on February 10, 2017 at 18:30

Thanks for the information, Josh. Let me know what the sources are for the previous lot you sent. They are intriguing. Whether it is factually reported is the moot point. The significance in what was reported at the seance is the duality of man and mentioning the back and white pebbles found in prehistoric mounds across Britain.

Comment by Josh Edwards on February 10, 2017 at 18:07

I forgot to add that Gurney, one of the founders of the SPR, committed suicide in mysterious circumstances in 1888. Another figure, long since neglected, is Nandor Fodor. His book  "On the trail of the Poltergeist "  is well worth reading.

Comment by Josh Edwards on February 10, 2017 at 17:57

I read the account of what occurred at Ballechin House in the 1880s and there is much that is open to question. The Marquis of Bute was involved in offering to fund the trip , Glyn. On the other hand, the SPR seemed determined to prove telepathy as scientific proof of life after death. One of the investigators, Ada Goodrich Freer, appears to have been a plagiarist in her later works when collecting folklore stories in the Orkney's. 

Comment by Josh Edwards on February 7, 2017 at 22:31

I will send the revision soon.

Comment by Glyndwr Edwards on February 7, 2017 at 14:09

I received the outlines, including the sample script.The only query I have with Jacob's version of "Cap O'Rushes" is that it is very similar to another variant from Britain called "I Love you More than Salt" and "Tattercoats,"Josh.These are definitely the earliest variations on the Cinderella story. There is also a British story that is very similar to Goldilocks: "The Story of the Three Bears. Try and include "The Rose Tree ", so this could lead to other characters being introduced.


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