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Radio Wales Arts Show: Lloyd George, Abertoir and BBC NOW

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 15:52 UK time, Wednesday, 9 November 2011

This week's Radio Wales Arts Show features stories from a one-man show about a Welsh prime minister to a new National Orchestra of Wales tour, plus frights galore from Wales' only horror festival.

On this evening's programme, Arts Show presenter Nicola Heywood Thomas meets actor Richard Elfyn and dramatist DJ Britton who have collaborated on the play The Wizard, The Goat And The Man Who Won the War.

Taking its title from three nicknames that were given to him by the press during his political career, the play is a fictional account of the life of Lloyd George. The one-man play sees Lloyd George's imagination roam, revisiting his life history and imagining thoughts of further personal and political conquests to come.

Richard Elfyn as David Lloyd George. Photo: James Davies

Richard Elfyn as David Lloyd George. Photo: James Davies

The Wizard, The Goat and the Man Who Won the War opens at the Taliesin Arts Centre tomorrow, 10 November, and enjoys a Wales-wide tour throughout the rest of November. Read more about it in one of my previous blog posts.

Nicola also speaks to the principal oboist of National Orchestra of Wales, David Cowley.

Cowley is about to tour mid and north Wales with the orchestra with Landscapes of Wales, which is part of the Touring Around Wales 2011-12 series.

The concert will feature Alun Hoddinott's Landscapes, which was inspired by one of Wales' best-loved landmarks Snowdon, Mozart's Oboe Concerto and Beethoven's Symphony No 6, Pastoral.

Oboist David Cowley. Photo: Luc Besson

Oboist David Cowley. Photo: Luc Besson

Landscapes of Wales plays at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Thursday 10 November, at the Prichard Jones Hall at the University of Wales in Bangor on Friday 11 November and then the William Aston Hall at Glyndwr University on Saturday 12 November.

For more information and to book tickets visit the BBC NOW website.

The Arts Show also hears from Gaz Bailey, the festival director of Abertoir, Wales' only horror festival that takes place annually in Aberystwyth. This year's festival began in the seaside town yesterday. (Gaz recently gave us the lowdown on Abertoir in a separate blog article.)

Home-grown Welsh film Devil's Bridge will have its world première at this year's festival, which runs until 13 November. David Lloyd, one of the film's producers, also speaks to Nicola about the film.

Listen to the Radio Wales Arts Show today from 7pm, and on the BBC iPlayer for the subsequent seven days after transmission.

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