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THE HERALD FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9 2016


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55 Entertainment Fun weekend of belly dancing Rehearsals begin for multilingual production


new territory. The development phase has spanned about three years, with the play being developed in both Wales and Brittany. "This shared experience with our


Bretton cousins has been a journey of discovery, culturally, linguistically and also in terms of theatrical tradition. The play will be performed in three languages, which will be challenging, but hugely exciting." Audiences will be required to


Lleuwen Steffan:


A day of dance: The Lampeter World Dance Festival NOW in its fourth year, The


Lampeter World Dance Festival is going from strength to strength and this year is going to be the best yet. 2016's festival will take place next


month, over the weekend of October 15-16.


The special guests this year are


Zara, the amazing Egyptian belly dancer, and Katie Holland, an expert in both Bollywood and Balinese Dance and an inspirational teacher. Katie and Zara will be performing during the Saturday night show and


Performing in ‘Merch yr Eog’ as Mair AN AWARD-WINNING cast


Katie will be running Bollywood Dance workshops at Sally Saunder's Dance Studio, Lampeter Industrial Estate on Sunday morning and Balinese Dance on Sunday afternoon. This is unmissable so make sure


you book soon as places are limited. Contact


rosebnarter@btinternet.


com for details and to book a place. Workshops are £12 each and £9 concessions. A vegetarian lunch will be provided if you stay all day. The show is £7.50 and £5 for


concessions. Chance to see 'Billy Joel' in Aber


have just started rehearsing for their forthcoming tour of 'Merch yr Eog, a multilingual production based on original work by Owen Martell and Aziliz Bourges. A co-production between Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Teatr Piba in Brittany, rehearsals for 'Merch yr Eog' started at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Monday (Sept 5). The production, which is performed


in Welsh, Breton and French, will begin its tour at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on October 5-7 and complete its run at four Brittany venues in November. Mair is called home to a funeral,


and feelings of guilt and responsibility are brought to the surface in this brand new production. She starts to question her values and the happiness she thought she had found in Brittany with her partner, Loeiza. All of a sudden, she has never felt so far from West Wales. But can a friendly neighbour, who brings a strange gift to her door, calm her troubled mind? Lleuwen Steffan will play the


main character, Mair, while Rhian Morgan will perform as the mother.


Elio Page: Performing the songbook of Billy Joel NOW in its third year, the Billy


Joel Songbook has been performed in over 50 UK venues this year, and Elio Pace will be bringing his show to the Aberystwyth Arts Centre this Thursday (Sept 15). In 2013, and again in 2014, Elio


Pace was invited to ‘fill Billy Joel’s shoes’, starring in five very special reunion concerts in the USA with Joel’s original 1971-72 touring band, recreating the historic Sigma Sounds live recordings. This incredible honour inspired


Elio to fulfil a lifetime ambition of creating a theatre show showcasing the wonderful songbook of the six-time Grammy award winner, Billy Joel. And so, the Billy Joel Songbook


was born. Elio took to the road in 2014 with


the first ever Songbook national theatre tour anywhere in the world, enthralling


Completing the cast are three actors from Brittany; Loeiza Beauvir, Steeve Brudey and Mai Lincoln. Lleuwen Steffan is originally from


Rhiwlas, near Bangor. In parallel with her character in the play, Lleuwen Steffan moved to Brittany and is fluent in both languages. She is known for her fusions of Jazz and Welsh Folk and has won Liet International for one of her Breton language songs, 'Ar Gouloù Bev'.


Rhian Morgan returns to working


for the company following her part as Eileen Beasley in ‘Dyled Eileen’, and being awarded with the prize for the ‘Best Welsh Actress’ in the Wales Theatre Awards 2014. 'Merch yr Eog', directed by


Thomas Cloarec from Teatr Piba and Sara Lloyd from Theatr Genedlaethol, is the first production that the Welsh company has co-produced with a company from abroad on a project that will tour internationally. Sara Lloyd, Associate Director


with Theatr Genedlaethol, said: “This is a very exciting project to be a part of, breaking new boundaries for us as a company and taking our audiences to


download the Sibrwd app in order to be able to follow the elements of the play performed in whichever language they do not speak (be that Welsh, Breton or French). Until now, Sibrwd has been used for the company’s non-Welsh- speaking audiences only, and this is a significant step forward in the use of this innovative piece of technology. The whole play can also be enjoyed in English by way of Sibrwd. Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director


of Theatr Genedlaethol, said: “This innovative production is the result of years of discussion and exchanging ideas with Teatr Piba, who specialise in creating contemporary theatre in the Breton language. "Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru are


thoroughly excited to be breaking new ground in introducing Sibrwd to our entire audience for the first time. Everyone coming to see the play – in Wales, Plymouth and Brittany – will be following the play on Sibrwd in order to access a translation of the many languages used. Sibrwd will provide translations for speakers of Welsh, Breton, French and English. "As it will be a new experience


for many of our audiences, detailed instructions will be given in advance, and a team of people will be available at every theatre to help guide members of the audience on how to use Sibrwd.”


audiences at 70 venues around the UK and Ireland. With Billy Joel choosing to


perform a mere one or two international shows every few years, there are many fans out there that have never had the opportunity to hear his music live. The Billy Joel Songbook, packed


with over 30 of Joel's hits and fan favourites, will give everyone a fantastic opportunity to hear his wonderful songbook played and sung by the brilliant Elio Pace and his magnificent six-piece band. Elio and the band were featured


by Sky Sports in their TV and online coverage of the 2015 Ashes cricket tournament with a specially rewritten version of Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’. This is a fantastic show which


should not be missed by any Billy Joel fan, or any pop music fans in general.


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