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Polly March Polly March | 09:30 UK time, Monday, 23 January 2012

Wednesday sees St Dwynwen's Day in Wales, when the country's patron saint of lovers is honoured and people make their romantic intentions, requited or otherwise, known to one another.

Following that theme, on Friday comedian Phil Evans is hosting a night of stand-up involving seven other artists at the Pontardawe Arts Centre.

Comedian Phil Evans

Comedian Phil Evans

The event is to raise money for the Follow Your Dreams charity, and support their work with children with learning disabilities throughout south Wales.

The charity raises awareness and helps young people with learning disabilities to realise their full potential or special dream within sport, art, music, drama and ICT. As they grow older, they are also helped on the road to a career and learn to prepare themselves for adulthood, with the aim of living independently and securing employment.

"It's a great cause and a great occasion," said Phil, who is a warm-up comedian for TV shows on BBC, S4C and ITV.

"St Dwynwen's Day is on 25 January, so we may be a couple of days later celebrating it, but better late than never. I've hand-picked a team of seven other Welsh comedians for this show, so laughs are guaranteed."

Joining him on stage will be other BBC names including reviewer and presenter Gary Slaymaker, BBC Radio Cymru presenter Daniel Glyn and actress and writer Eirlys Bellin.

Alan Wightman, Matt Steel, Geraint Evans and Ignacio Lopez will also bring their unique blends of comedy to the fore on the night.

The theme of the evening is 'relationships' which follows on from St Dwynwen's Day and it has a parental advisory of "mature content" so children under 16 will not be admitted.

Evans is adamant that the Welsh for hug should always be spelled cwtsh rather than cwtch.

The word is said to be one of the nation's favourites and has been adopted by many in the cross-over language of Wenglish, particularly popular in the south Wales valleys.

Comedy and Cwtshes is on Friday 27 January, 7pm to 9.30pm at the Pontardawe Arts Centre, Herbert Street, Pontardawe, Swansea.

Tickets are £10 and can be bought via boxoffice.npt.gov.uk.

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