“History is about the crack wide open” warns the Angels to Prior Walter. And history, of Reagan, 80s America and AIDS is certainly on show for all to see in the revival of Angels in America. But why does a play about 1980s America, specifically the title might suggest Gay America resonate still?
As the snap election approaches amongst predictions of the Labour Party losing its traditional stronghold in Wales, National Theatre Wales has announced new projects that will focus on two totems of Wales’ long history of collectivism and industry; the birth of the National Health Service, brainchild of Tredegar-born Aneurin Bevan in 1948, and the Port Talbot steelworks.
As I write this, the curtain is about to rise on the first major revival of Angels in America in nearly a decade, it’s the fastest selling show in the National Theatre’s history and it’s got a cast of stars (Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, Russell Tovey) who frankly are making it a pretty big deal.
“Wales? I thought that was a town in England”… Raise your hand if you’re from Wales and an American has said that to you…
One of Chris Harris’ spot on observations about being Welsh, and the world and Welsh in the world in Golf Course War Machine. The play follows Pippa, a 24-year-old from Tredegar staging a one woman protest on a roundabout in Newport.
As a member of Sororitas choir, based in Cardiff, I along with many other choirs across the city and beyond were invited to take part in a ‘Mass Choir’ as part of the City of the Unexpected. So after learning the songs (two newly written pieces and some medleys) and one slightly mad rehearsal with everyone, we were being set loosen the city of Cardiff along with the other performers.