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Taffy Shakespeare

September 16, 2011

View Taffy_Sha...JPG in slide showJust in from the Fluellen Theatre Company:

Did Shakespeare really write his own plays? A hilarious new comedy has been written to point that the great man’s works may have originated from Wales.

Taffy Shakespeare tells the story of an Elizabethan Welsh stand-up comic who goes to London to seek his fortune, bumps into a struggling playwright with writer’s block called William Shakespeare, and ends up writing his plays for him.

However, Queen Elizabeth hates the Welsh and so the original titles such as ‘All’s Well in Taffs Well’, ‘Romeo and Blodwyn’, ‘The Taming of the Saesneg’ and ‘MacBethan’ have to be changed to their better-known titles in order to save him from the executioner’s axe.

Specially written for Fluellen Theatre Company as a one-man show forSwanseacomedian Kevin Johns MBE, this is a new, hysterically funny historic fiction.

“Working on this project has been a laugh a minute and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing so for the past month,” said Kevin, who plays Ianto Pugh and hails from the fictional rural village of Llanffunny.

“It’s a unique and excellently written piece of comedy and the reaction we have had to date has been a very positive one.

“We’ve showcased it in Swanseaand Porthcawl and to end our mini tour at the Tenby Arts Festival will be an absolute delight. It’s always a great place to visit; I’ve performed in the town before with a summer season production and the reception I had was out of this world.

“And the Tenby public are certainly in for a treat with Taffy Shakespeare – they will thoroughly enjoy it.”

Taffy Shakespeare writer, Francis Hardy, added: “This has turned out to be another successful project and we can’t wait to showcase it at the Tenby Arts Festival.

“It will be a great way to end our tour and I’m sure it’s something that the people of Tenby, and Pembrokeshire, will enjoy.

“They will love Kevin (Johns) and the way he brings his character to life; he’ll have everyone believing that Shakespeare’s plays were actually written by a Welshman.”

The show, which has already been performed at Swansea and Porthcawl, will end their debut with a debut visit to the Tenby Arts Festival.

It will take place on day one of the festival – Saturday September 17 – at Church House on Upper Frog Street (8pm).

Tickets will cost £8 and they can be purchased from the Box Office at Church House (enter via High Street), by telephoning 07815 571589 or at the door prior to the performance providing it hasn’t sold out.

Fluellen Theatre Company is based in Swansea and will premiere all of its productions at the city’s Grand Theatre before touring throughout Wales and beyond.

They will also present Shakespeare’s Cymbeline – which is part-set in Pembrokeshire – at The Gate in Roath on Thursday October 13.

More information can be found by visiting www.fluellentheatre.co.uk or on Twitter @FluellenTheatre

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