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THE HERALD FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016


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THE TORCH THEATRE


COMPANY’S production of ‘Oh Hello!’ will visit Theatr Felinfach on Saturday, September 17, following a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Charles Hawtrey was one of the


leading lights of the Carry On film franchise and ‘Oh Hello!’, a one man show performed by Welsh actor Jamie Rees and written by Dave Ainsworth, was performed to sell- out crowds last year and was highly acclaimed by both audiences and critics. Jamie Rees said: “There’s no


doubting Charles Hawtrey could be an extremely difficult man, especially when he was drunk, but when he was sober and on top of his game he was funny, intelligent and a very good actor with an infectious personality.” In ‘Oh Hello!’, the little man of


the Carry Ons regales stories of 50 years in the film industry working with the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and starring in films including The Ghost of St Michael’s, Passport to Pimlico and many, many Carry On films. Hawtrey made over 100 film and TV performances in his career, a


great many more than most of his Carry On film colleagues. This was a fact on which he obsessed and his status in the Carry On films was a huge concern for him, which led him to eventually fall out with the Carry On producers and anyone associated with the franchise. But while his spats with Kenneth Williams are well known, his true nemesis in life was that of the bottle. Jamie commented: “Hawtrey was


a gay alcoholic through the 1950s, 60s and 70s. I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been for him. Homosexuality was actually against the law for much of his life so it must have been horribly challenging being such a colourful character. Today, he would most probably have gone into rehab and come out the other side lauded for his bravery… This was not the case in his era.” The Torch Theatre Company’s


production of Oh Hello! opened at The Torch Theatre in Milford Haven 13-15 July and will make it’s final performance at Theatr Felinfach on 17 September at 7.30pm. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.theatrfelinfach.wales or contact the Box Office on 01570 470697.


Quilt exhibition in Lampeter


55 Entertainment Acclaimed play visits Felinfach Welsh comedians perform at Teatr Felinfach


developing a number of projects, in both English and Welsh, for television and radio. Sarah is the Director of Odd Night


Out, producing and promoting live comedy events in and around South Wales, and regularly performs stand- up throughout the UK. She was a finalist in the Welsh Unsigned Standup Award this year. In 2016, she began working with


comedy and entertainment production company Zeitgeist TV to create a series of Comedy Pilots for Welsh- language broadcaster S4C. Crymych’s Steffan Evans has


performed at both the Neath and Cardiff Comedy Festivals and in both the Welsh and English language and really is impressing all those who go along to see him perform. Dan Thomas has been performing


Jenny Collier: Performing at Theatr Felinfach next month


SOME of the funniest Welsh


speakers on the planet will be performing at Theatr Felinfach on Saturday, September 10. Following the success of Elis


James’ ‘Rhacs Jibiders’ and Tudur Owen’s ‘Pechu’ last year, Zeitgeist presents a brand new Welsh language stand-up comedy tour, featuring some hilarious Welsh comedians. Theatr Felinfach’s doors will open


at 8pm and you will be amazed by the stars of the show - Jenny Collier, Sarah Breese, Steffan Evans and Dan Thomas. Jenny Collier, originally from


Wales, moved to London in 2010 and has since embarked upon a career in stand up comedy. She has written for BBC Radio


4’s ‘The News Quiz’, Huffington Post and Glamour Magazine and has travelled the world with her comedy. She has performed in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland and most recently in Australia where she won the Percy Award for most tickets sold in ‘The Imaginarium’, (over 1,900 tickets) during the Adelaide Fringe. Based in Cardiff, Sarah Breese is a Welsh speaker who is currently


as a stand-up since 2005. Since taking the plunge and becoming a comic full time in 2010, Dan has been a finalist in the Welsh Unsigned Stand Up Awards 2010 and the Loaded LAFTAS 2010. He was the winner of the inaugural South Wales Dog Eat Dog Stand Up contest. Dan now performs across Britain,


regularly performing in high profile venues as The Glee Club, Highlights, The Comedy Store, and Komedia, among others. He has also made appearances at several festivals including Green Man. Rhian Dafydd, Marketing and


Business Manager at Theatr Felinfach, said: “The Welsh stand up nights are becoming a regular occurrence in our seasonal calendar and always get a warm welcome with our audience.” Tickets are £12 /£11 and £10 and


are available online at theatrfelinfach. wales or through the Box Office on 01570 470697. Age Guidance: 14+. Limited seating available.


Sandie Lush: making one of her quilts LAMPETER’S Welsh Quilt


Centre will exhibit ‘Paisley Renaissance’, an idea which sprang from the enthusiasm of Sandie Lush, the eminent quilter, for one of the quilts in a Jen Jones collection. Sandie Lush is an internationally


renowned prize-winning hand quilter with a passion for Welsh quilts. In creating her own original quilt designs, Sandie occasionally draws inspiration from quilts of the past. One such quilt is the wonderful Llanelli quilt in Jen’s collection, made


by Mrs May Thomas at the beginning of the 20th century. Just over 100 years later in 2002, Sandie took the Welsh paisley motif from this quilt and combined it with another traditional Welsh design known as Welsh Trail to create her quilt ‘In the Pink’. Excited by the design possibilities


of these motifs, Sandie went on to create a series of quilts using them, along with a couple of other traditional favourites, to illustrate the versatility of both the design and style that embody the Welsh quilts she so loves.


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