Thursday, January 14, 2016

Wales Theatre Awards 2016 nominations announced

The shortlisted nominations for the 2016 Wales Theatre Awards were announced this evening in the Theatre Bar at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The nominations for drama, opera and dance are listed below, and the awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 30th, 2016, at Sherman Cymru, Cardiff. The evening will be hosted by Nicola Heywood Thomas and Arfon Haines Davies, with performances by dancers from Sweetshop Revolution, Welsh soprano Angharad Morgan, and students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Updated February 1st 2016 with the winners

Saturday, January 09, 2016

How to Win Against History (Pontio, Bangor)

Henry Cyril Paget, the 5th Marquess of Anglesey, was a singularly remarkable man. He was also an extraordinarily brave man for his day. Born in the depths of the strait-laced Victorian age, he lived a life of extravagance, exuberance and theatricality, fuelling his penchant for cross-dressing and frittering away his estate's millions on gowns, jewels and theatre.

Henry was a committed narcissist, a man who could not love another more than he loved himself. He indulged himself with wanton abandon: as soon as he became Marquess in 1898 at the age of 23, he set about using his privileged, financial freedom to carve a lifestyle for himself that raised Victorian eyebrows. He converted the chapel in the grounds of the family home at Plas Newydd on Anglesey into a theatre, and staged his own productions, with himself as the star.