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August 2015

Four separate projects came to their fruition this month.

The first was the Drama Association of Wales's Summer School. Based at Broneirion, the beautiful house above Llandinam, eighteen participants spent a week together; eating, drinking & sleeping Shakespeare. Workshops were led by Sue & Phil, as well as Shazia Nicholls of the Wet Mariners and we were also joined for a day by the RSC's Victoria Williams. The culmination was a performance in the Willow on the Friday evening.

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Photo © John Parkinson

You can see from the picture the age range was our usual spread! Four of the young, all prize winners in the competitions of the previous year, had been awarded bursaries for the week by the DAW.

In the meantime Aimee, Vanessa and Ian were rehearsing both ‘Now.Here’ and ‘Science in the Sky’. The later had played the barn to an enthusiastic audience which included Kirsty Williams AM at the end of July and on 9th August  the two girls flew with Phil and Sue to Latvia to take part in the Cesis Arts Festival.

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Photo © Shakespeare Link

We performed both plays and spent time with the Cesis Youth Theatre collecting stories in the streets of this beautiful and sun-drenched medieaval town. This is the continuation of an on-going project which will culminate in the Centenary celebrations for Latvia in 2018.

Back home again for the Family Summer Camp at Penlanole. We had over 30 youngsters and their parents onsite working on Romeo and Juliet. Sessions were led by Phil, Shazia & Kama with Ian on choreography. Parents and children performed their version of the play on Sunday afternoon and a grand time was had by all!

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Photos © Tchad Blake

Finally, on Sunday 23rd some of the Wet Mariners combined with members of our home grown team, to produce ‘Green Shakespeare’; a captivating cocktail of prose and music, inspired by Nature.

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Photos © Suzy West

We have had a wonderful 2015 season and hope you have enjoyed it too! And there's still more to come with Anna 'Acorn' Malzy and Lydia O'Hara's 'Let's Play!' workshop on Friday 4th September (5:30pm - 8pm) - for more details CLICK HERE

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Finally, we celebrate the apple harvest on Sunday 13th September (2pm - 5pm) with our annual Apple Day - all proceeds will be donated to local charity. Hope to see you there!

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