NATIONAL THEATRE WALES TO STAGE FIRST PLAY BY RACHEL TREZISE, ‘TONYPANDEMONIUM’‏

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DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR WRITES AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL PLAY ‘TONYPANDEMONIUM’, SET IN THE TOWN OF TONYPANDY

During its centenary year, south Wales’ Park & Dare Theatre will play host to the first play from Dylan Thomas Prize-winning author Rachel Trezise – Tonypandemonium, a raucous, raunchy, hilarious, heartbreaking and autobiographical account of a daughter’s fraught, decade-spanning relationship with her beautiful, fun-loving and alcoholic mother.

Young actresses from the local comprehensive school will perform the role of the daughter, Danielle, while the lines between stage and auditorium will be blurred as the Tonypandemonium spills into the stalls.

“You just know it’s going to be one of those nights. Hormonal teenager and neurotic mother under one terraced roof? My father’s got a word for it: Tonypandemonium.”

The Park & Dare Theatre is a former miners’ institute in the town of Treorchy, in the south Wales county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf. Its construction in 1913 was funded by the mine workers of the local Park and Dare Collieries (the two were merged in 1955). Despite the closure of both mines in 1966, the theatre remains the cultural hub of the area. Tonypandy – the town where the play is set – is also in Rhondda Cynon Taf…Read More

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