Young actors cut teeth in winning show

Young actors cut teeth in winning show

South Wales Evening Post, 20 January 2010

The happiness of two hopeful young lovers is cut short in Brian Friel’s Winners, unfolding at Swansea Grand Theatre on Saturday as part of its Lunchtime Theatre series.

Fluellen Theatre Company takes on the piece, with two youthful leads, in Hannah Mason and Geraint Morgan, set to give the production a natural spring in its step.

The two fledgling actors have been picked from the ranks of Swansea’s Class Act Theatre School (Cats), and they are looking forward to cutting their teeth with a professional company.

Gorseinon College A level student Geraint, aged 17, said the process so far had been a learning curve for him.

“Rehearsing throughout is hard work but very rewarding in terms of the stagecraft we learn. It’s a brilliant opportunity for me and Hannah.”

The bittersweet tale sees two teenaged lovers, Joe and Mag, expecting a baby and looking forward to their wedding in three weeks’ time, before tragedy steps in.

Handled by four players, Winners has Brian’s characteristic lilting, poetic language and his puckish view of Irish character-types.

Cats principal Jill Williams said she was pleased to see her students take their next steps in theatre.

“Winners is a great chance for Hannah and Geraint to shine in a professional production of the highest quality.

“We have a developing association with Fluellen; we only recommend students fully committed to the roles being offered and, in turn, Fluellen are thoroughly professional in their approach.”

Cats students have taken their place in Fluellen productions of Romeo and Juliet and The Trojan Women and next month former Cats student James Scannell will be part of their showing of The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

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