10th – 12th April 2014
Venue: Gravells (Kia Motors), Redstone Road Narberth
Narberth Youth Theatre presents Mary, Sister of Mary, a new play that tells the long, the short and the tall stories of Rebecca. Performing in a less than conventional venue, NYT have created a Brechtian multi-media performance specifically for Gravells car showroom and garage in Narberth.
Mary, Sister of Mary follows the story of three sisters in the years leading up to the Rebecca Riots.
During the fractured narrative we meet all stratas of society: the lords of the manors of Pembrokeshire and beyond, Colonel Love and the militia of Castlemartin, the toll farmers, the farm workers and the farmers themselves who were also the rioters.
There will be the last duel held on Welsh soil, a corrupt parliamentary election, the story of the only purpose built workhouse in Wales and much more amongst the insights into the lives that were led in the first half of the nineteenth century.
Mary, sister of Mary is our most challenging show to date, for both the cast and crew, not only because of the alternate space we are performing in but the approach we have taken.
In just under 14 weeks the director, facilitators and cast have developed this show together. Writing key scenes born out of ideas developed in workshops, visits to Narberth Museum, a 3 day workshop with National Youth theatre of Wales and lots of reading around the subject matter, The Rebecca Riots.
Performing their own devised show will be a 28-strong cast of 11-17 year olds, many of whom wowed audiences with their enthusiasm and professionalism of their own 80s style production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, which successfully toured, to packed houses, in West Wales last year.
Performing in key principal roles are Fabian Henderson, Isabella Holliday, Sara Nickson, Seren Petersen, Thomas Underwood, and Cyrus Yeomans,
Mary, Sister of Mary, was written and directed by Meredydd Barker and cast. Working alongside them are facilitators Sophie Pierce, Cheryl Evans and Louise Burgal.
This new Brechtian style show will feature original music by Tammy Howarth, film by The Holding Cell, costumes by Giddy Aunt and lighting by Wired-West.
NYT would like to thank main sponsor Gravells and in support Narberth Round Table, production designers Headstrong Productions, SPAN Arts and photographer Jennie Caldwell.
Theatre novices and experts alike will be moved, provoked and encouraged by this production.
For NYT there is no better way to celebrate 3 years of being a theatre company – happy birthday NYT.
Tickets will be £8 for adults and £5 for students and under 16s
Tickets are available from Span Arts 01834 869323 and online www.span-arts.org.uk