Cathy Graduates from Student to Director

March 28, 2013

This time last year Cathy Morgan was preparing for the final exams in her degree in drama, theatre and media – now she is making her debut as a director at the Dolman Theatre.

Cathy Morgan directs cast members of ‘Entertaining Angels’.

Cathy Morgan directs cast members of ‘Entertaining Angels’. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Cathy is busy directing Newport Playgoers’ production of ‘Entertaining Angels’, a poignant comedy drama about a vicar’s wife who discovers some unpleasant home truths following the death of her husband.

“I’m really enjoying getting some practical experience of theatre work,” said 24-year-old Cathy, who gained a first class honours degree from Glamorgan University.

Newport Playgoers present 'Entertaining Angels' by Richard Everett

Mel Edwards as Grace and Stephen Saunders as Bardolph in Newport Playgoers’ production of ‘Entertaining Angels’. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“Having directed in university and in the Dolman’s studio, I was excited to take on the challenge of directing for the main stage. It’s been an exciting experience and I can’t wait to show off all the hard work that the cast and crew have put in to the play.

“’Entertaining Angels’ is a tale of grief, regret, lack of communication within a family, and buried secrets – but it has a very funny and perceptive script which ensures the laughter constantly bubbles to the surface,” she added.

Before moving up to directing, Cathy, who lives in the Gaer, played Polly in Playgoers’ production of ‘Fawlty Tower’ and was assistant director on ‘Frost/Nixon’.

‘Entertaining Angels’ is at the Dolman Theatre from Wednesday 17 – Saturday 20 April at 7.15 pm, with an extra matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk. New members are always welcome to become involved both onstage and behind the scenes.

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Extra dates for ‘Calendar Girls’!

March 8, 2013
'Calendar Girls' poster

June 2013

Good news for everyone who’s looking forward to Newport Playgoers’ forthcoming production of ‘Calendar Girls’. Due to public demand, Playgoers have added two extra performances of this poignant and much-loved play.

It will now run from Monday 10 to Saturday 15 June.  In addition, there will be a 10% discount for group bookings of 10 or more.

Playgoers will also be bringing out their own calendar in the style of the original produced by the Womens Institute ladies which shot them to fame. Featuring members of the cast, the calendar is hoped to be on sale soon. Watch this space for more details.


Young Actors Will Whisk Audiences Around the World!

March 5, 2013

Staging a play involving an elephant and a trip in a hot air balloon is an ambitious project – but it’s a challenge being relished by Playgoers New Generation (PNG) as they rehearse ‘Around the World in 80 Days’.

PNG present 'Around the World in 80 Days'

Some of the members of Newport’s newest theatre group PNG enjoying rehearsals of ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Made up of younger members of Newport Playgoers, PNG are the latest addition to Newport’s amazing array of amateur theatrical talent.

PNG present 'Around the World in 80 Days'

Phileas Fogg (Jordan Smith) is not amused when the evil Mrs Price (Natty Niering) makes a move on his sidekick Passepartout (Tim Hawken) (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Following their success with the stage version of the sitcom ‘Hi-de-Hi’ last year they asked local playwright Steven Quantick to adapt Jules Verne’s classic novel.

The result is an ambitious play that will whisk the audience across five continents in its telling of the famous wager made by hero Phileas Fogg.

On his travels he encounters a murderous cult, an elephant called Rudolf and, of course, takes to the skies in a hot air balloon.

“I can’t give anything away about how we’re going to pull of these action-packed stunts but I’m sure the audience will be amazed,” said PNG founder member James Reynolds who is co-directing the play.

PNG present 'Around the World in 80 Days'

Phileas (Jordan Smith) shakes hands on the impossible bet with Ralph (Tyrone Sullivan) while Samantha (Lauren White) looks on. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

PNG present 'Around the World in 80 Days'

Phileas (Jordan Smith) points the way to Passepartout (Tim Hawken) as they set off on their travels. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“Everything about this play is new. We’re a new theatre group presenting a world premiere of a new play. It’s all very exciting and everyone is working hard to make this a show people will never forget.”

‘Around the World in 80 Days’ is at the Dolman Theatre on 27,  28 and 30 March at 7.15 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.