Press Releases 2016

UWTSD Supports Unique Theatre Production at Swansea Grand Theatre

15.02.2016

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is delighted to be sponsoring a new theatre production commemorating the 75th anniversary of Swansea Three Night Blitz.

Swansea's Three Night Blitz was the worst sustained bombardment during the whole of the war in Wales and devastated the city.   Over three nights in February 1941, more than 230 people were killed and over 400 were injured by incendiaries and bombs dropped by the Luftwaffe over a city illuminated by a full moon and covered in a dusting of snow.

The story will be brought to life on the stage of the Swansea Grand Theatre from 17-20 of February 2016 to commemorate the anniversary.

Swansea playwright Manon Eames has written a brand new play following many years of research into the history of the Blitz.  The play relates to actual events told through the eyes of Elsie - a young woman working at the Ben Evans department store - and her family from Eigen Crescent.  Elsie is planning her wedding to her soldier boyfriend Tommy when the planes attack.  The Blitz not only throws her future into turmoil but ravages the city and terrorises its citizens.

"The city was vulnerable; its great open crescent of a bay, dusted with snow, lying defenseless under a brilliant full moon," explains Manon.  "My imagination was captured by the closeness of the people to each other and to the beating heart of their town.  Ordinary lives, tiny details, all caught up in the enormity of War.  It's a really special story."

"Swansea's Three Night Blitz" is being produced by the Swansea Grand in collaboration with production company Joio.  It will be performed by a cast of eight actors with strong connections to Swansea, and directed by Sara Lloyd.

Paul Hopkins of the Swansea Grand explains, "Swansea's Three Night Blitz is an important story that we wanted to share with the people of the city.  The Blitz lives on in the imaginations of the people of Swansea, and as the Grand survived the Blitz, it’s entirely appropriate that the story of those terrifying three nights should be told on our theatre's stage."

Tickets for performances on the 17th-19th are being sold at £5 and tickets for the performance on the 20th are being sold at £10 in aid of the Lord Mayor's Charity.  All tickets include a 50p Restoration Fund Contribution (schools exempt).  Online booking fee applies.

To book please call the Swansea Grand box office on 01792 475715 or online at ww.swanseagrand.co.uk

The production is made possible due to support from the Arts Council of Wales through the National Lottery and sponsorship from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and local Swansea businesses.

Note to Editor

For more information:

Helen Dalling at Swansea Grand on 01792 475242 ext 2

Roger Williams 07904633162 roger@joio.co.uk