The Hotel de Marl - a 12 minute play set in Grangetown.

For some time now I have wanted to explore the story of the "Hotel de Marl" in Grangetown as the subject matter for a piece of theatre. Hundreds of working class men defied the government of the day, to get round the 1881 Sunday Closing Act which prohibited pubs from opening and banned the sale of alcohol on a Sunday. Instead, the men of Grangetown created illicit, open-air drinking clubs on The Marl, organised as invitation only "gentlemen's clubs", which were not restricted by the law.

I find the story both fascinating and amusing, so I wrote a monologue that attempted to deal with the story, as a pre-cursor to writing a full length play. Because I have been frustrated in my attempts to find a home for this piece, I performed it myself in front of my laptop, mixed in some sound effects and some original music and uploaded the end result to YouTube. 

If anyone is interested in having a listen please do. Its only just over 12 minutes in length. I am not an actor and I don't have professional quality recording equipment, just my laptop and its built in microphone. But I would really would like to share this piece of work with you - you can find the play here.

I hope at some point to able to re-visit the subject matter for a full-length play performed on The Marl itself.

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Comment by Andy Evans on March 24, 2013 at 13:44

Thanks Othy I am glad its being heard and enjoyed!

Comment by Othniel Smith on March 24, 2013 at 13:24

Good stuff.

Comment by Andy Evans on March 23, 2013 at 19:16

Thanks Spencer its nice to know that my efforts are appreciated by people with no vested interest in my work!

Comment by Spencer on March 23, 2013 at 16:18

I'm a fan of your work, want to see more

Comment by Andy Evans on March 22, 2013 at 18:47

Thanks Chris I appreciate you listening to my piece. Really glad you enjoyed it.

Comment by Chris Davies on March 22, 2013 at 17:48

really liked it.  a quality piece.

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