Comedian Phil Evans leads trio for inaugural Merthyr Comedy Festival

Three popular Welsh comedians are planning to add extra mirth to the inaugural Merthyr Comedy Festival in April. The ‘Comedy and Cwtshes’ event at Dowlais Theatre will be held on Saturday, April 14.
Tickets are on sale now via Redhouse – and are going fast.
The evening will feature classic stand-up comedy, with Phil Evans – the man with more pop than a bottle of Corona – in the vanguard of a three-part attack on the funny bones.
The evening will also feature BBC broadcaster Gary Slaymaker and another seasoned radio performer in Aled Richards.
“I always have to watch my words when describing Gary Slaymaker, but it’s fair to say we are three ‘big’ comedy performers in every sense of the word,” said Phil.
“The Apocalypse has its three horsemen, but Welsh comedy has its three joybringers, who promise to bring lorry loads of laughs to the first Merthyr Comedy Festival.”
Spread over two days and around 10 different venues in the town, the festival will showcase a huge range of comedy tale…

Llanelli and District Talking Newspaper in appeal for volunteers

It’s been a valued institution in Llanelli for more than 40 years. Now the Llanelli and District Talking Newspaper Association is searching for more volunteers.
The association produces a comprehensive CD local news and information bulletin for blind and partially-sighted members of the community once a fortnight – having never missed a deadline in 42 years.
“There’s a great sense of pride in Llanelli as we were one of the first towns in Wales to introduce a talking newspaper service,” said Llanelli and District Talking Newspaper Association chairman Robert Lloyd.
“The service was founded during 1976, with the first edition being issued to nine listeners in December of that year.
“The inspiration and driving force behind the project was the late Mr Harold Owen, Manager of a Painting and Decorating shop situated in Stepney Street, Llanelli.
“The team of volunteers involved in the production and distribution of the newspaper numbers about 25 people at present and it is a credit to them, and…

TV personality and naturalist Iolo Williams opens Wallace exhibition

An exhibition featuring the ground-breaking work of a remarkable Welshman who discovered the process of evolution by natural selection alongside Charles Darwin will be opened by leading Welsh naturalist Iolo Williams at Aberystwyth University’s Old College on Thursday 8 February 2018.
Wallace: The Forgotten Evolutionist? tells the story of Alfred Russel Wallace, one of the most prominent evolutionary figures of the 1800s.
On loan from Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, the exhibition will showcase a striking selection of the natural history specimens collected by Wallace as part of his research, including bugs, butterflies and birds.
During his lifetime, Wallace collected more than 125,000 animal specimens, published more than 800 articles and wrote 22 books. Most famously, he had the revolutionary idea of evolution by natural selection entirely independently of Charles Darwin. In officially opening the exhibition to the public on Thursday 8 February, Iolo Williams will speak about h…

New Director for Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Aberystwyth University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dafydd Rhys as Director of Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
He will take up his new post at the helm of Wales’s largest arts centre on Monday 5 February 2018.
A Council member of the Arts Council of Wales, Dafydd Rhys was Director of Content at S4C from 2012-2016.
During this time, he was responsible for leading a team that commissioned a diverse range of programming including the Hinterland detective drama series, which was filmed in Ceredigion and which has been sold across the globe.
The Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, said: “Dafydd Rhys has extensive experience in the creative industries in Wales and I am delighted that he will be joining the University as Director of our award-winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre. He brings with him an inspirational vision for the future of the Arts Centre, which plays such a pivotal role in the cultural life of our campus, our community and our nation.”

Chance for older people to go to the theatre in Carmarthen

If you are 50-plus and want to go and see the wonderful Carmarthen Youth Opera performing the fabulous Guys and Dolls at the Lyric theatre, Carmarthen, contact Age Cymru Sir Gar - 01554 784080. The charity has, courtesy of Western Power Distribution and Carmarthen Youth Opera, been given 20 free tickets for older people to attend.
The matinee performance will be held on Saturday, February 24, and Western Power Distribution will also be putting on a reception with light refreshments for those lucky winners of the free tickets.
Also if someone aged 50+ wants to go but needs help to attend from a family member or carer who is under 50, a ticket can be supplied.
Ring the charity on 01554 784080 or email for further details.

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Review: The Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales, a new play by Jon Tregenna, performed by Llanelli Stage Company and Llanelli Youth Theatre, Stiwdio Stepni at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli. (running through to Saturday night, November 18).

It’s got history, humour and high jinks.
And the end result is slightly hysterical in a highly amusing way.
The new play from Buggerall author Jon Tregenna is a fast-moving, cleverly-staged development of a radical idea.
What if there is a descendant of the last great Welsh king, Llywelyn Ap Gruffudd?
Will it be the end of the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles?
Will it spark a constitutional crisis?
There’s razor-sharp humour in sackloads played across a backdrop of serious themes about Welsh nationhood, friendship, mistaken identity, love, passion and the consumer culture.
Throw in a few swipes about a pretentious arts and media culture and you have a bubbling Welsh cocktail which fizzes and delights through one long act with multiple scene changes.
The Welsh love their heroes - and the dis…