Friday, 2 June 2017

St Fagan's outing and Chapter Arts performance

Today, we took Saralee for a walk around the Museum of Welsh History at St Fagan's. The place is in the throes of a major makeover, thanks to new funding from the Heritage Lottery fund and the Welsh Assembly Government. It's six years since we last visited there with Kath and Rhiannon, so a few more old buildings have been added to the collection apart from the current refurbishment of the main entrance and welcome area.

After a siesta and early supper we walked to Chapter Arts Centre for a performance in the Seligman Studio of a play by final year students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama called 'Three Days in the Country' by Patrick Marber. It re-tells in condensed form the Russian classic comedy by Turgenev called a 'A month in the Country'. It was very well presented by the company of young actors, not an easy thing to achieve, given the age generation differences between several of the key characters in the drama.

The theatre space is usually a gallery, long and narrow, adapted on this occasion with a long central stage with the audience on each extended side of the oblong, accommodating about sixty people. An interesting arrangement which brought the audience right into the heart of the dramatic action. A challenge the players succeeded in rising to.

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