I do like to be beside the seaside

Wednesday 23 June 2010, 16:41

Nicola Heywood Thomas Nicola Heywood Thomas

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I've spent quite a bit of time on the roads of Wales over the last week and have been able to enjoy the sunshine. The other day I was sitting in a field overlooking Lampeter with the man who made the film of the iconic 1969 music festival, Woodstock. As if that wasn't surreal enough, between us on the grass was his Oscar! More of that on an Arts Show special in August.

This week the show features For Mountain, Sand & Sea, the June production by National Theatre Wales which is an especially-devised show in the North Wales seaside town of Barmouth.

Heading the team of performers is Marc Rees, who spent a lot of time in Barmouth gathering material about the town and its history.

Marc Rees

Marc Rees (photograph: Warren Orchard)

Those stories found by Marc have been weaved together into a performance that begins in a disused church hall and then takes the audience on a literal journey up the mountain, onto the beach and into the beachfront nightclub that used to be a cinema.

Professional actors and dancers will be joined by local people in the show which proves that there's far more to Barmouth than its long sandy beach and profusions of pound shops set up in disused chapels.

I spent a couple of hours talking to Marc Rees and learned more about the town than I'd ever known. If the weather holds, try to get to Barmouth for what's looking like a real one off experience of site specific drama and storytelling.

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