Glamorgan Drama League Moderator's report

... "This production had me from the opening word and held me until the final

... "From the moment this play started to the curtain call I was enthralled, completely and utterly swept away by the very imaginative directing and excellent acting. Incredible."

... "This production was, in my opinion, as good as it could have been. I could not
see professional Company meeting your standards let alone improving on

Gary Thomas in DAWN - the magazine of the Drama Association of Wales Unknown's young but disciplined cast convincingly brought the gritty city life of Cardiff to Milford Haven with particularly strong performances from Andrew Machin, Melissa Moore and Lorun Roberts. An impressive debut at the Wales Final from The Unknown Theatre Company. I'm sure they will be returning in future years.


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Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2009

Lorun as the Milford VisitorLorun Roberts : Milford Visitor & other parts

Winner of Best Actress in a Play award
Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2009

Melissa Moore : Would-be novelist & other parts

Shortlisted for Best Actress in a Play award
Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2009 Bethan Thomas : (Mum & other parts Nominated for Best Actress in a Play award
Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2009

Andrew Machin : Glyn Daniels & other parts

Shortlisted for Best Actor in a Play award
Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2009

Chris as the Old man Chris Powell : Emmanuel & other parts

Winner of Best Actor in a Play award

Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2009

Kelly Littlechild : Ade & other parts

Shortlisted for Best Supporting Actress in a Play award

Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2009

Vicky Pope : Runaway Boy & other parts

Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Play award

Glamorgan Drama League One-Act Play Award 2009 Mel as the Would-be novelistMelissa Moore : Would-be novelist & other parts Winner of Best Individual Performance Award
Glamorgan Drama League One-Act Play Award 2009 The Company The Mari Major Youth Award for the Youth Production with the highest marks at the Festival

And more...    

There are 25 scenes in the original show, but before this production started, and with the playwright's permission, we cut this back to 20.

The initial reduced production was performed at an Unknown Theatre club night at Roath Church House on 28 April to members of the group.

This performance ran for over 90 minutes, so it had to be cut further. After much soul searching, the show was cut back to 10 scenes. Many great favourites were lost. It felt like we'd spurned old friends.

But success at the One-Act Festival: the shortened version won the Youth cup, but more importantly, received one of the 6 highest marks in Wales. This meant we were invited to perform at the Wales Final Festival of One-Act Plays in Milford Haven - an uncommon event for a youth theatre.

We didn't win the Wales Final, but it was a great honour to get to perform at that level.

Lon, the director, is on a mission to modernise the material performed at One-Act Festivals, and this certainly made the audience sit up and pay attention...

Originally, Lon's idea was that all the observing 'ghosts', who watched and intervened with 'pointing' during every scene, should be holding masks to signify their 'otherness'. But the masks got more and more spare until in the end, they became just circles on handles. Audiences were a bit puzzled as to what these were - the favourite interpretation was that they were magnifying glasses - but they served the purpose as to define the onlookers as exactly that.
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28th April 2009. 7th May 2009 & 6th June 2009


Roath Church House, Cardiff (club night)
The Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea
Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

Director Lon David
Choreographer n/a
Musical director n/a
Producer Jane Donoghue
Special facts

Playwright Gary Owen attended rehearsal and shared with us how he had come to write the play; the true stories and people behind the scenes. It helped to bring the show to life.

Photos from the show

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