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8pm, £14. Info 029 2057 3500. (Until Sat 31) I Confess Foyer, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 6pm, free. Info 08700 402000. (Until Sun 25) John Fothergill + Michael Fabbri + Mandy Knight + Tom Craine Glee Club, Cardiff Bay. 7.30pm, £16. Info 0871 4720400. Louise Edwards School Of Dance Footlights Cafe Bar, Grand Theatre, Swansea. 12pm, free. Info 01792 475715. Lucy Porter + Gary Delaney O’Neills, Trinity Street, Cardiff. 8pm, £12. Info 029 2087 8444. A Cardiff Comedy Festival show. One State Of Happiness Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea. 1pm, £5. Info 01792 463980. The Fluellen Theatre Company present a play looking at Dylan Thomas’ time living in the Boat House in Laugharne. Strictly Tap Dance Fever New Theatre, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £8-£22.50. Info 029 2087 8889. (Finishes today) The Late Edwina Black Grand Theatre Arts Wing, Swansea. 7.30pm, £10-£14. Info 01792 475715. (Finishes today) Winnie The Pooh National History Museum, St Fagans. 3.30pm, £7. Info 029 2057 3500. An Everyman Summer Theatre Festival production aimed at kids. (Until Sat 31)


SUNDAY 25 Dirtbox Cardiff Arts Institute. 8pm, £3. Info 029 2023 1252. Comedy-based multimedia type night. HMS Pinafore National History Museum, St Fagans. 8pm, £14. Info 029 2057 3500. (Until Sat 31) I Confess Foyer, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 6pm, free. Info 08700 402000. (Finishes today) Lucy Porter + Johnny Disco + Matt Price + Ryan Cull Glee Club, Cardiff Bay. 7.30pm, £12. Info 0871 4720400. A British Heart Foundation char- ity show. Noddy In Toyland Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot. 1 + 3.30pm. Info 01639 763214. Phil Nicol + Seann Walsh O’Neills, Trinity Street, Cardiff. 8pm, £12. Info 029 2087 8444. A Cardiff Comedy Festival event.


Winnie The Pooh National History Museum, St Fagans. 12 + 3.30pm, £7. Info 029 2057 3500. (Until Sat 31)


MONDAY 26 Cardiff Comedy Festival Grand Gala Finale St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £17. Info 029 2087 8444. Rhod Gilbert hosts a bill comprising Matt Price, Lloyd Langford, Chris Corcoran, Elis James and the winner of the Route One WUSA heats. Dolly! The Show Grand Theatre Arts Wing, Swansea. 7.30pm, £18.50. Info 01792 475715. Dolly Parton’s life and work is celebrated in glitzy musical form HMS Pinafore National History Museum, St Fagans. 8pm, £14. Info 029 2057 3500. (Until Sat 31) Winnie The Pooh National History Museum, St Fagans. 12 + 3.30pm, £7. Info 029 2057 3500. (Until Sat 31)


TUESDAY 27 Calendar Girls Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 7.30pm, £12.50-£27.50. Info 08700 402000. West End hit comes to the WMC. (Until Sat 7 Aug) Chicago Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 2.30 + 7.30pm, £16.50- £20. Info 01970 623232. (Until Sat 28 Aug) Connection Failed Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 9pm, £5. Info 029 2039 1391. Swansea stage company Frapetsus present a new drama about young profes- sionals and the ‘dating game’. In Swansea on Sat 31. Eirlys Bellin Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. 8pm, £6-£10. Info 029 2030 4400. Edinburgh Festival preview by this rising star of UK comedy. HMS Pinafore National History Museum, St Fagans. 8pm, £14. Info 029 2057 3500. (Until Sat 31) It’s Never Too Late Grand Theatre Arts Wing, Swansea. 7.30pm, £10-£14. Info 01792 475715. Another in the Summer Repetory Season series, this is a comedy by Ron Aldridge about a woman whose husband leaves her, prompting a new lease of life. (Until Sat 31) Oi! For England Royal Welsh


College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.15pm, £5. Info 029 2039 1391. The Not Too Tame Theatre Company present the tale of a late-70s skinhead band being offered a gig at a far-right rally, and the resulting moral dilemma. Winnie The Pooh National History Museum, St Fagans. 3.30pm, £7. Info 029 2057 3500. (Until Sat 31)


WEDNESDAY 28 A One Man Protest Torch Theatre, Milford Haven. 8pm, £13.50/£11.50. Info 01646 695267. Alan Ayckbourn’s play, presented here by the Torch Theatre Company (they will be doing another of his works, A Pageant, next month also). (Until Sat 28 Aug) Calendar Girls Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 7.30pm, £12.50-£27.50. Info 08700 402000. (Until Sat 7 Aug) Chicago Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 7.30pm, £16.50-£20. Info 01970 623232. (Until Sat 28 Aug) HMS Pinafore National History Museum, St Fagans. 8pm, £14. Info 029 2057 3500. (Until Sat 31) It’s Never Too Late Grand Theatre Arts Wing, Swansea. 7.30pm, £10-£14. Info 01792 475715. (Until Sat 31) Showcase 2010 Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm. Info 01792 473238. An extravaganza of music, dance and drama from Counterpoint Stage School. (Until Fri 30) Supertramp, Sickert & Jack The Ripper Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 9pm, £5. Info 029 2039 1391. A new play by Lewis Davies, presented by Equinox Theatre, which establishes pos- sible links between Welsh art- ists and the notorious murders in Victorian London. The Amazing Adventures Of Little Red Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.15pm, £5. Info 029 2039 1391. The Unknown Theatre Company with their acclaimed retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Winnie The Pooh National History Museum, St Fagans. 12 + 3.30pm, £7. Info 029 2057 3500. (Until Sat 31)


THURSDAY 29 A One Man Protest Torch Theatre, Milford Haven. 8pm, £13.50/£11.50. Info 01646 695267. (Until Sat 28 Aug) Beauty & The Beast Memorial Hall Theatre, Barry. 7.30pm, £10/£8. Info 01446 738622. The Billboard Ensemble presents their pro- duction of the Disney musical. (Until Sat 31) Calendar Girls Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 2.30 + 7.30pm, £15-£30. Info 08700 402000. (Until Sat 7 Aug) Chicago Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 2.30 + 7.30pm, £16.50- £20. Info 01970 623232. (Until Sat 28 Aug) HMS Pinafore National History Museum, St Fagans. 8pm, £14. Info 029 2057 3500. (Until Sat 31) It’s Never Too Late Grand Theatre Arts Wing, Swansea. 7.30pm, £10-£14. Info 01792 475715. (Until Sat 31) Mark Olver + Gareth Richards Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. 8pm, £7. Info 01656 815995. A Comedy Network At The Stage Door night. Mike Wozniak + Andrew Lawrence The Vault, No Sign Wine Bar, Swansea. 7.30pm, £6 (£25 festival pass). Info 01792 465300. Swansea Comedy Festival event. Phil Nicol + Jason Cook Glee Club, Cardiff Bay. 7.30pm, £9.50/£6.50 NUS. Info 0871 4720400. Double bill of Edinburgh preview shows. Showcase 2010 Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm. Info 01792 473238. (Until Fri 30) Winnie The Pooh National History Museum, St Fagans. 12 + 3.30pm, £7. Info 029 2057 3500. (Until Sat 31)


FRIDAY 30 An Evening With Stars Of Strictly Come Dancing Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. 7.30pm, £18.50/£17.50. Info 01656 815995. A One Man Protest Torch Theatre, Milford Haven. 8pm, £13.50/£11.50. Info 01646 695267. (Until Sat 28 Aug) Beauty & The Beast Memorial Hall Theatre, Barry. 7.30pm, £10/£8. Info 01446 738622. (Until Sat 31) Breakout 2010 Torch Theatre, Milford Haven. 7.30pm, £5. Info


01646 695267. Performance following on from the five-day course here this week (see Events listings). Caimh McDonnell + Chris Corcoran + Kevin McCarthy Glee Club, Cardiff Bay. 7.30pm, £13/£7 NUS. Info 0871 4720400. On tomorrow also. Calendar Girls Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 2.30 + 7.30pm, £15-£30. Info 08700 402000. (Until Sat 7 Aug) Ceri Dupree New Theatre, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £7.50-£16. Info 029 2087 8889. One Man, One Dozen Divas is what is prom- ised from this South Walian female impersonator’s new show. Ooh, there’s a picture of him in his civvies here too. Never seen him dressed down before. On tomorrow also. Chicago Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 7.30pm, £16.50-£20. Info 01970 623232. (Until Sat 28 Aug) I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £9/£7. Info 01792 295526. West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Company present a musical comedy based around the cen- tral theme of love and relation- ships. On tomorrow also. It’s Never Too Late Grand Theatre Arts Wing, Swansea. 7.30pm, £10-£14. Info 01792 475715. (Until Sat 31) National Youth Dance Wales Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 8pm. Info 01874 611622. A brand new work from choreogra- pher Errol White. Showcase 2010 Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm. Info 01792 473238. (Finishes today) Winnie The Pooh National History Museum, St Fagans. 12 + 3.30pm, £7. Info 029 2057 3500. (Until Sat 31)


SATURDAY 31 Acrobantics Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 10am- 3pm. Info 01874 611622. Performance from the students who have been on the related circus skills course (see Events listings) since Monday. A One Man Protest Torch Theatre, Milford Haven. 8pm, £13.50/£11.50. Info 01646 695267. (Until Sat 28 Aug) Beauty & The Beast Memorial Hall Theatre, Barry. 2.30 + 7.30pm, £10/£8. Info


01446 738622. (Until Sat 31) Caimh McDonnell + Chris Corcoran + Kevin McCarthy Glee Club, Cardiff Bay. 7.30pm, £16. Info 0871 4720400. Calendar Girls Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 2.30 + 7.30pm, £15-£30. Info 08700 402000. (Until Sat 7 Aug) Ceri Dupree New Theatre, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £7.50-£16. Info 029 2087 8889. Chicago Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 2.30 + 7.30pm, £16.50- £20. Info 01970 623232. (Until Sat 28 Aug) Connection Failed Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £8/£5. Info 01792 473238. Also on Sat 7 Aug. HMS Pinafore National History Museum, St Fagans. 8pm, £14. Info 029 2057 3500. (Finishes today) I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea. 2.30 + 7.30pm, £9/£7. Info 01792 295526. It’s Never Too Late Grand Theatre Arts Wing, Swansea. 7.30pm, £10-£14. Info 01792 475715. (Finishes today) Lighter Than Air Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen. 2.30pm, £6/£5. Info 0845 2263510. Surreal kids-friendly show about a ‘wild balloon tamer’. Magic Cabaret Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. 7pm, £3.50. Info 029 2030 4400. Tied in to the Magic Show exhibition (see Art listings), this event features performances by Brian Catling, Aura Satz, Ian Saville and Bedwyr Williams. Throw Away Your Bedsocks Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea. 1pm, £5. Info 01792 463980. Using Dylan Thomas’ poems as a base, Adrian Metcalfe asks if poetry should ideally be read or heard. Winnie The Pooh National History Museum, St Fagans. 12pm, £7. Info 029 2057 3500. (Finishes today)


live review


THE WOMAN IN BLACK The New Theatre, Cardiff. Mon 14 June words BEN BRYANT


Stephen Mallatratt’s stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s The Woman In Black has enjoyed a phenom- enally successful reception since it debuted in 1989, with a first half whose tedium is only matched by the second half’s thrills. The plot is set up as a frame narrative, which is crucial to many of its big shocks. Arthur Kipps, an ageing solicitor, enlists a young actor to help him tell the story of ‘The Woman In Black’. The plot then focuses on the retelling of how Kipps, in his youth, travelled to a small town in the east of England to attend to the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, a widow who lived alone in an isolated house. That the play has retained its ability to shock after twenty years is testament to the quality of the adaptation. It is a conventional horror, full of terrific clichés such as things that go bump in the night, blood-curdling screams, a haunted house, and plenty of daft decisions. No genre is as indebted to its conventions quite as much as horror, and as a result the dividing line between hor- ror and self-parody is occasionally very thin indeed. Tonight’s actors pull it off with aplomb, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats, or, as in the case of the couple who sat next to me, in each other’s arms. Even now, The Woman In Black is a nail-biting encounter. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing a treat.


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