Critical Chinwag this Thursday 3rd March will be held in the little village where big things will happen!
The talented Avant Theatre are bringing Ryan Smiths twist of William Shakespeare's, Love Labours Won to life with valleys wit and comedy.
Critical Chinwag is an informal space where we can meet other people, talk about theatre afterwards and provides an opportunity to write and blog your thoughts for National Theatre Wales too. You don't need to be expert dramaturgs or script writers, it is about getting people from all backgrounds together to have a good chinwag about what we liked and didn't.
Critical Chinwag is an opportunity to see a variety of different performances. It allows for bigger theatre discussions across Wales on the NTW pages and encourage more theatre chin-wagging. Reviewing a show on your own can be scary so through having a chat in a group you can have more confidence and freedom to say what you want.
Simply, Critical Chinwag is a way for you to see different performances, discuss theatre and meet new and interesting people!
When you come to a Critical Chinwag night you will receive…..
- A free ticket for a show
- A post-show drink
- A chance to discuss theatre and meet new people
In return we ask for you to….
-As a group give your honest opinions of the show
-Tweet and blog your thoughts on National Theatre Wales Community and Twitter
-Have a good chin-wag and enjoy your night
To be involved…
You must be a member of NTW TEAM to come to a Critical Chinwag night- If you are not a member you can find out more.
We offer a small amount of tickets for each show, so if you are not successful the first time fear not! It’s nothing personal, just keep trying! And all you need to do is send me an email by the deadline specified for each night.
Love Labours Won Critical Chinwag is hosted by Claire Louise Prosser.
3rd of March
Savoy Theatre Tonyrefail
Deadline 2nd of March
We only have a few tickets so if you want to come along email email@example.com
Critical Chinwag is supported by NTW TEAM
Savoy Theatre, Collenna Road, Tonyrefail, CF39 8EL
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Claire Prosser Review:
Ryan Smith’s version of Love Labours Won was brought to life by the talented cast of Avant Theatre Company, bringing it right up to present day. Not just present day, but made local and relevant to us, in the Rhondda Valleys with the set of the ‘Bard Head’ mimicking that of our local rugby club. Great to know this was supported by a local business too. The venue, a stone’s throw from my childhood house, is the venue that my Grandad remembered being the ‘Pictures.’ After it being quietly worked on for a couple of years now, it has finally opened to the public. The Savoy Theatre, joins in as being one of the local theatres in the Rhondda Valleys which I hope people cherish, use and enjoy because they are local and ours and out of the Cardiff circle. I feel this venue has the potential of being a multi-use hub for the community- and I was so delighted to enter the doors to support this fantastic show there.
So, Love Labours Won, my questions before hand were whether I would follow the language as my memory cast me back to all of the underlining and translation going on in my GCSE English classroom. I needn’t have been worried about this, the characters were played with such energy, delivering every role and action on point, that the language slipped into the background and became the language of us all. I was also wondering whether, in the 400 year celebration - Is Shakespeare still exciting, relevant and necessary in 2016?
The answer for me is: Yes, definitely. As one of the quotes from the play instils, does the topic of love, ever get old? For with love comes hate, with love comes companionship, with love comes conflict, with love comes blindness and turmoil, with love comes lust and desire, with love comes richness and health, with love comes success and failure. Aren’t all these things relevant and true to us now? Aren’t all of these things worthy to consider in a world which is tarnished with unjust, warfare, political challenges and borders. Is love the language that rings with everyone in the world?
I was so delighted to have had the opportunity to watch this play and get to know the cast a little more after the show. Myself and four others put forward questions which settled our curiosities. Learning that they had an astonishingly short 13 days to get to know each other and learn the lines was testament to the talent and dedication within each of these young actors. Learning of their Tango workshops and walking a catwalk to ensure that Annabelle could perfect her sexy strut, to the raunchy scenes played by the characters of Valentine and Catherine being down to getting on with the dirty business and not pussy footing around. Rachel Miller purposefully cast the actors into roles that they wouldn’t usually associate themselves with, and through working with each other and honing one another’s skill set, they really pulled it out of the bag. It seemed like such fun being up there!
The use of the stage and auditorium made for really dynamic viewing. At various times the performers entered from behind us in the seats and there were some moments of spilling off the stage using the floor spaces directly in front of the audience. Many lines were made interactive, being performed making eye contact with us, making us totally intrinsic to the plots. The music also allowed us to really feel involved and included in each of the scenes and believe Katie Harris, the director, achieved the Jukebox type feel she’d hoped for.
The actors shared us chin wagers hopes for more theatre like this in the valleys and we started sharing ideas of how people can feel more encouraged to engage with theatre around here. Looking at a balance between gigs we all know and love, with new writing. Can Tonyrefail and the valleys be a venue for fringe theatre? We sure feel not only want it but need it in these areas of South Wales. This event was so fantastic and the feedback from the audience so far has been wonderful. This can only be a great start to a long and successful future of theatre here Tonyrefail.
The performance of Love Labours Won on March 3rd in the Savoy Theatre, Tonyrefail was excellent, the cast showed a great deal of enthusiasm and professionalism. It was amazing to think that I was watching this production in the street on which I live. Seeing a play with Shakespearian type dialogue set in a modern Valleys club setting and with contemporary costume made the play that much more relevant to everyone watching.
It was quite something to discover, during the Critical Chinwag, that the cast had not been together for very long. The attention to detail in their preparation had certainly paid off. They seemed keen to bring different types of shows to audiences in the Valleys and had received positive feedback from the locals they had met, which was very nice to hear.
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