Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Gadael yr Ugeinfed Ganrif

Gareth Potter’s theatrical monologue, Gadael yr Ugeinfed Ganrif, opens this month at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, before going on tour around Wales. Potter, a veteran of the Welsh-language music scene, will interweave autobiography with pop cultural elements spanning the last two decades of the Twentieth Century. From the Sex Pistols’ visit to Caerphilly (where Potter hails from) to the opening of the Senedd, it promises to be a fascinating journey. Hopefully it will also inspire other Welsh artists to investigate their pop cultural heritage which is just as relevant and ripe for creative exploitation as, say, the stories in the Mabinogion. On a more terrifying note, I'm informed that a beery conversation in the Vulcan pub, of which I was a drunken participant, forms part of the opening scene. I always knew I'd, vicariously, end up on the stage.

*The production is in Welsh and will run at Chapter from 16-19 Feb.