Youngsters a real class act

Youngsters a real class act

South Wales Evening Post, 13 July 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012South Wales Evening PostFollow
Class Act Theatre, Taliesin Arts Centre, SWansea

THE students of Swansea's Class Act Theatre succeeded in bringing a taste of the West End to Swansea as they took on Les Miserables at the Taliesin.

Set in 19th century France, the moving story of redemption, passion and destruction is one of the West End's longest-running productions, and the Pontardawe-based theatre group, directed by Jill Williams, did it justice.

We saw many stand-out performances from the students I'd need the whole newspaper to myself if I were to include the name of everyone who impressed.

However, the most memorable moments came from the lead roles Matthew Bawden as Jean Valjean and Trystan Rees as Javert both showed incredible talent, while Morgan Kneath, Anna Bevan, Awen Jones and Cerys Thompson all shone in their parts.

The students nailed the classics such as On My Own and I Dreamed A Dream, and gave a stirring rendition of Do You Hear The People Sing? led by Connor Massey.

While all the younger members of the ensemble put in a great effort, Ayeshah Williams and Rhys Harris both impressed with their solo vocals.

Elsewhere, Ross Dymond and Brenna Simpson were wonderful together as the comic relief couple, the Thenardiers.

This show captured all the emotion and drama of Les Miserables, and thoroughly deserved the audience's standing ovation.

Chris Carra

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