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Rhys Ifans brings star appeal to new kids show with Ensemble Cymru

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Children across Wales will be treated to a very special performance when the first ever Welsh language production of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf (Pedr a’r Blaidd) takes to the road in March – complete with Hollywood star appeal. 18 Feb 2014
Rhys Ifans brings star appeal to new kids show with Ensemble Cymru
Ensemble Cymru’s 30-piece orchestra will bring this much loved children’s classic to life live on stage featuring the voice of Rhys Ifans, on-screen illustrations by Marc Vyvyan Jones, and a very special introduction by S4C’s Dona Direidi.

Talking about being part of the first Welsh language recording of Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ Rhys Ifans said, "I’m surprised there hasn’t been a Welsh language version before so it feels very special to be chosen. My mum’s also very pleased!"

The Welsh actor enjoyed the experience of working with an orchestra as he explains, "The story is quite simple and domestic but when the orchestra kicks in, it conjures up what you’d imagine a great story does in a child’s mind – the music creates this huge landscape around these simple words and the marriage of these two mediums is really magical."

Rhys Ifans generously agreed to donate his time on this project for free and for his royalties to be re-invested back into Ensemble Cymru's work with schools and children.

Peryn Clement-Evans, Ensemble Cymru’s Artistic Director said: "We’re so excited to be touring this show across Wales as it’s a brilliant opportunity for children to experience a live orchestra performance. It’s a story that’s captured the imagination of children for many years and we hope this new production will both entertain and inspire children in Wales."

This is Welsh language production is also suitable for Welsh learners; an English language version of the script along with a vocabulary list and other resources to assist Welsh learners are available on www.pedr.org

Ensemble Cymru’s production of Prokofiev’s ‘Pedr a’r Blaidd’ will be performed at the following venues:

· Monday 3 March, Venue Cymru, Llandudno. 1pm and 6pm

· Tuesday 4 March, Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli. 10:45am and 12:45pm.

· Wednesday 5 March, Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan, 6:30pm.

· Thursday 6 March, Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan, 10am.

· Friday 7 March, St David’s Hall, Cardiff, 1pm and 5:30pm.

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