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What I do:
Mzansi Cymru is a major arts project spearheaded by Valleys Kids
A little more about me:
The project will link the people and communities of the South Wales Valleys and the township of Langa in Cape Town, South Africa. This will culminate in a large scale theatre performance in the Wales Millennium Centre as part of Wales’ Cultural Olympiad happening alongside the London Olympics in 2012.

Written and Directed by Laurence Allan
Composed and Musically Directed by Paula Gardiner
South Wales Valleys / Cape Town / Cardiff
Projects I’m working on:
Torchbearers - Wales Millennium Centre July 20th - 21st 2012

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Mzansi Cymru is inspired by the events of 1964 in South Africa when the iconic film Zulu was being made in Natal while at the same time, Nelson Mandela was being given a life sentence for treason and being transported to Robben Island.

We plan to create an epic piece of musical theatre that revolves around the story of a young Welsh boy and a Zulu girl who meet on the film set of Zulu and fall in love but are torn apart by the unforgiving laws of the apartheid system. The story will follow their lives in the succeeding forty odd years until the final unravelling of their story at the London Olympics.


Our long term vision is to build a mutually supportive bridge between the Valleys of South Wales and communities in the Townships of Cape Town to bring about positive change in the lives of disadvantaged individuals, in pursuit of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.


For this ambitious and exciting project we will need a large scale cast covering a whole range of performance skills to work alongside a team of professionals. We will are looking for an array of talents to enable us to tell the story in as rich and multi layered way as possible. We need YOU!


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It's been an amazing journey, it's one hell of a story and it will be a show to remember - TORCHBEARERS

Only 10 days to go until Torchbearers opens!!

Yesterday over fifty South Africans- actors, dancers, musicians, circus performers and Fezeka Choir flew to Wales from the townships of Cape Town to join forces with over a hundred Welsh performers for the production of TORCHBEARERS in the Wales Millennium Centre on 20th and 21st July. We are all VERY excited!!



Posted on July 11, 2012 at 2:21

"Welsh gold and African diamonds”…the arch of a rainbow

Cheesy? Perhaps. Poetic? Most definitely. True? I believe so.

My name is Beca Lewis Jones and I am the Project Officer for Mzansi Cymru. Let me explain; I never go anywhere without a notebook and pencil case (my notebook is known in the office as The Bible and my pencil case is overflowing), I write 50 emails a day and receive 10, I am addicted to meetings, I am never far from a kettle and the boot of my car is full of props for school workshops.  All this is in…


Posted on April 23, 2012 at 1:30

Torchbearer Auditions

The MZANSI CYMRU project is looking for two professional actors as part of its VALLEYS KIDS/ WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE co- production ‘TORCHBEARERS’


The project is part of the Cultural Olympiad and brings together the communities from the South Wales Valleys and the townships of Cape Town South Africa in an inspiring love story told through drama, music, circus and dance.


This spectacular…


Posted on April 20, 2012 at 2:30

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At 1:15 on July 10, 2012, John Richard Jones said…

As time is getting near I am looking forward to next Friday.

My lady-friend and I are both going and into acting and performing so I hope it will be of great enjoyment to see the talent which may otherwise not be seen.

Best of luck all round.

At 5:10 on January 6, 2012, Sarah Mumford said…

I will do, definitely! It would be great to come and see in person next time :-)

At 13:35 on January 5, 2012, Sarah Mumford said…

Hi, love the flash mob vid, brilliant! It really made me much energy! :-)

At 5:26 on December 14, 2011, Connor P Morgan said…

Hi :D Yeh people seem really interested, they're all really impressed with us having a flash mob, do you know when the video will be up? I'm getting a few requests to see it from people :D

At 7:03 on October 9, 2011, Rebecca Gould said…

Bloody 'ell, this sounds amazing!

Thanks for letting us know, I'll continue watch this space with fascination. Best of luck xx

At 11:11 on March 2, 2011, Melody Louise Brain said…

I think the project that you are planning for next year sounds brilliant. I too would love to get involved in


Also I plan on seeing Fezeka's Voice next week and I am very much looking forward to it!!


Best wishes, Melody :) x

At 5:48 on March 1, 2011, Louise Osborn said…
These projects look amazing.  Would love to get involved!

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