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During its centenary year, the 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.”

Rachel says: “The Park & Dare Theatre has always seemed like part of me, stood eminent on Station Square in Treorchy where I've lived most of my life. I had no idea when I started writing my first play that it would eventually be staged by National Theatre Wales in that very theatre as part of their residency to celebrate the building's centenary. What a thrill for me to be able to premier my work in my hometown, a couple of miles from where the play is actually set!”

Cast to be confirmed.

Alongside this new production, National Theatre Wales will host a month-long residency at the Park & Dare Theatre, throughout October 2013 (see separate press release).
Writer Rachel Trezise was born in the Rhondda valley in south Wales, where she still lives. She studied at Glamorgan and Limerick Universities. Her novel In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl won a place on the Orange Futures List in 2002. Harpers & Queen magazine voted her New Face of Literature, 2003. In 2006, her first short fiction collection Fresh Apples won the Dylan Thomas Prize. She was writer in residence at the University of Texas, Austin in 2007. Her most recent novel is Sixteen Shades of Crazy. Her second collection of stories, Cosmic Latte, was published in the Spring.

Director Mathilde López trained at Central Saint Martin’s in Performance Design, has a Masters in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck College and was a founding member of National Theatre Wales. Her company, August 012, focuses on bringing international contemporary plays to and staging others in Wales, and commits to developing ideas and innovative staging with actors, designers, musicians, creative technicians and the community. The company’s work is constantly shaped and questioned by the way we live here and now, and is therefore structurally relevant to the nation and the people living here today. Directing credits include: Cien Años (London/Prague), Yvonne, Princess Of Burgundy (Hoxton Hall), Hotel Europa, La Suspension du Plongeur and Prometheus Bound (Cochrane Theatre/Hoxton Hall), Crosswired (East London Dance/Barbican Centre), Serious Money (Waking Exploits/Chapter), De Gabay (development week I and II, National Theatre Wales), Man on the Moon (George Orange/Wales Millennium Centre), Pornography (Waking Exploits/Chapter and touring), Who Killed The Elephant? and Caligula (August 012/Chapter). She previously worked as an assistant director and literary manager for Theatre Royal Stratford East, free-lanced for ITV, BBC and BBC Wales as a production designer and with Carl Fillion on LA Celestina and 1984, both projects directed by Robert Lepage and produced by Ex Machina (Quebec).

The Park & Dare Theatre dominates the skyline of Treorchy, in the Rhondda fawr valley. Its construction in 1913 was funded by the miners of the local Park & Dare Collieries. Owned and operated by Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC Cultural Services, together with the Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare and the Muni Arts Centre Pontypridd, it forms RCT Theatres – an ACW Revenue Funded organisation. Tonypandemonium and NTW’s residency at the theatre are two of the many events and productions planned to celebrate its centenary in 2013. Full details of all the celebrations can be found on the RCT Theatres website at www.rct-arts.co.uk.

Listings Information

National Theatre Wales presents
Written by Rachel Trezise
Directed by Mathilde López
At the Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy
Designer: Jean Chan
Lighting Designer: Ceri James
Composer: Gareth Evans
Emerging Director: Rachael Boulton

Cast to be confirmed.

Dates: 10th-19th October 2013 (exc. Sunday)
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy
Box Office: nationaltheatrewales.org/tonypandemonium
Park & Dare Theatre: 08000 147 111
Tickets: £8

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