Roald Dahl – Dychmygwch!

Mar 23, 2016 by admin_atom Category: News 0 comments

PRESS RELEASE
18 March 2016

Roald Dahl – Dychmygwch! (Imagine That!) – Yr Atom, Carmarthen – March 31 at 11am.

Welsh language show for children aged 6 – 11.

Image: The actor Chris Kinahan as ‘Alf’ (Credit: Dan Staveley)

This Easter, children’s Theatre company ‘Mewn Cymeriad/In Character, in partnership with Yr Atom, will stage a special show , aimed at children aged 6 – 11, celebrating the works of the world’s number one storyteller, Roald Dahl.  The show forms part of the official Roald Dahl 100 centenary celebrations of the author in Wales, and has been specially commissioned by the Welsh Books Council.

This year’s Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh Children’s Laureate), Anni Llŷn, has created the script and Whitland-based actor, Chris Kinahan, will take the lead role. Chris will portray an eccentric character named Alf on stage, and will present some of the author’s most popular works to children of primary school age (6 to 11 year-olds).

Mewn Cymeriad /In Character has it’s base in Llansteffan, Carmarthenshire, and owner Director Eleri Twynog Davies is looking forward to stage the show in Carmarthen before it embarks on a Wales wide tour of schools and libraries. She said:

‘Children are captivated by Roald Dahl’s stories, and I’m sure they will also enjoy this fun, and interactive show which features some of his most famous books and characters.  As a company, it’s wonderful to be involved in this special centenary year, and to be presenting this show, which we are very proud of, to children from all over Wales.”

A talented actor who has worked with several theatre companies across the United Kingdom, Chris Kinahan says he is delighted to be telling the tales of the world’s number one storyteller:

‘Alf is quite a character, and I’m really looking forward to introducing him to the children of Wales. Hopefully, his eccentric and fun portrayals will be a fitting homage to some of the wonderful characters that appear in Roald Dahl’s books.’

Roald Dahl – Dychmygwch! will be staged at Yr ATOM, Carmarthen, Thursday March 31, at 11am

Ticket price – £4 – available by contacting Yr ATOM ymholiadau@yratom.cymru   03003231848

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For further information, contact Eleri Twynog, Mewn Cymeriad/In Character: info@incharacter.wales  / 07891 383392

ABOUT ROALD DAHL AND HIS LEGACY:

Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter-pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories.

He remains the World’s number one storyteller.

Born in Cardiff of Norwegian descent, Roald Dahl (1916–1990) joined the RAF at the age of 23 and began writing, initially for adults, after being injured in a plane crash during WW2.

Sitting in a hut at the bottom of his garden, surrounded by odd bits and pieces such as a suitcase (used as a footrest), his own hipbone (which he’d had replaced) and a heavy ball of metal foil (made from years’ worth of chocolate wrappers), he went on to write some of the world’s best-loved children’s stories. His first children’s story, James and the Giant Peach, published in 1961, was a hit and every subsequent book became a best-seller.

Today, his stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, he has sold more than 200 million books. Many of these stories have also been adapted for stage and screen, including the 1971 film classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wes Anderson’s acclaimed Fantastic Mr Fox, and the multi-award winning Matilda the Musical from the RSC with music by Tim Minchin. The next Roald Dahl story to hit the big screen will be Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of The BFG, which is set for release in July 2016.

2016 marks Roald Dahl’s centenary. Entitled Roald Dahl 100, 2016 marks 100 years since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.

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