Young Actors Will Whisk Audiences Around the World!

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


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