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Forget Me Not - A Play by Avant Cymru 

  • By James Payne
  • 13 Dec, 2017

Forget Me Not
A brand-new play by Avant Cymru

“It’s not the man who has the most, who gives the most away”

Through the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Avant Cymru have worked with communities in Pontypridd and the Rhondda Valley to research and discover the stories from World War I –particularly about the effect it had on the people who left for the war, and the people who were left behind. Using these stories as inspiration, Avant Cymru are producing a brand new theatrical promenade experience at 1:30pm and 7:30pm Pontypridd Museum, 25-27th January 2018. Tickets are priced £10 and £8, and can be purchased from our website.

Artistic Director of Avant Cymru, and Director of Forget Me Not, Rachel Pedley: “Knowing that it’s the centenary of the last year of World War I, we wanted to mark what the people of the Valleys contributed at home and on the front-line. Research was a really important part of this, and so working with Glamorgan Archives, Pontypridd Museum and local
people was crucial to make sure we found the facts and stories that remember the contribution from Valleys residents.

We’ve been so inspired by what we’ve found – letters were an important form of communication, and this will play a big part in the storyline. Real words from actual soldiers have inspired the dialogue, and the storyline has been influenced through people’s experiences in trench life, the chapel and at home – the audience will get to be part of this through our exciting and interactive approach. “

The cast includes Daniel Rochford – originally from Pontypridd, Daniel was in S4C and BBC’s Hinterland/ Y Gwyll, and appears regularly as Ifan Harri-Parri in The Harri-Parris Radio Show on BBC Radio Walesand BBC Radio 4. He’s looking forward to being able to perform in his hometown, a chance not often presented to him.

We are particularly excited to bring this production to Pontypridd, a town rich in artistic history but now lacking when it comes to new, exciting and risky theatre. The town has shown its support through Pontypridd Town Council and Your Pontypridd, alongside RCT Theatres and RCT Council. On top of that, ticket holders can get 15% off at New York Pancake Department by displaying their ticket – it is open until 8pm on each night of the show.

ABOUT AVANT

Avant Cymru are a forward-thinking theatre company from the South Wales Valleys. We produce professional shows with and for our community and perform these locally, nationally and internationally to showcase inspiring, compelling and relevant stories from the Valleys. Find out more about us here.

Examples of our most recent work:

Killer Cells review
• Rhondda Road feature, review – also will be featured on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales w/c 4th December 2017

In Autumn/Winter 2018, we will be performing and touring Blue Scar – a Hip Hop dance tale from the proud past of the South Wales Valleys. 

Follow us @AvantCymru
hello@avant.cyrmu
07834 402953

For further information and pictures or to arrange interviews and press tickets, please contact

Producer Alan Humphreys – alan@avant.cymru / 07817 132754
http://www.avant.cymru @avantcymru

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