Flights of Fancy

Posted on Monday 15th April 2013

Flights of Fancy is being staged at the 100-year-old theatre in May

See the Park and Dare Theatre as you have never seen it before - or are ever likely to see it again - as part of the packed programme events being staged during its Centenary year.

Flights of Fancy is the second production to mark the first 100 years of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Park & Dare Theatre.

It is a co-production by RCT Theatres, National Dance Company Wales, Welsh National Opear’s MAX department, with the support and participation of Artis Community, Coleg Morgannwg (costume design course students), Treorchy Comprehensive School and RCT Music Service.

The production’s creative team is led by artistic director Phil Williams, artistic consultant Roy Campbell-Moore, composer and conductor Jak Poore, assistant choreographer Daisy Natale, designer Paul Shriek, digital designer Matt Fox, performers The Siren Sisters and lighting designer Leighton Thomas-Burnett.

The talented Jak Poore, commissioned by WNO MAX, is looking forward to being involved in Flights of Fancy, which he describes as “a show with a difference.”

Show organisers are remaining tight-lipped about what the big surprise is - but say audiences will not be sitting in their usual seats and will see parts of the Park & Dare Theatre they have never seen before!

The Park and Dare Theatre, a former Miners’ Institute at Treorchy, in the heart of the Rhondda Valley, was built in 1892. Its architect Jacob Rees also designed and built a “flying machine” hence the inspirational title of the production Flights of Fancy.

This show promises to provide the “perfect lift-off” for the Park & Dare Theatre’s Centenary celebrations. With a cast of more than 100 - including dancers, singers and musicians - the production is set to transport audiences through the last 100 years and even into the future with a visionary and sensory explosion of music and dance.

Cllr Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, Leisure and Tourism, said: “Flights of Fancy promises to be both an entertaining and unique theatrical experience. What an amazing way to celebrate the centenary of the Park & Dare Theatre - by turning its audiences into time travellers.

“The Park & Dare has a proud history, having served its community well for the past 100 years. Now is the time to celebrate that past as well as look forward to the future in one of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s finest theatres.

“This production forms just part of the exciting programme of celebration events planned throughout the year and I urge the public to get along and join in the birthday events. This will definitely be one to tell the family all about in years to come.”

Flights of Fancy allows the public to see the amazing building, and the people who made it, from a very different vantage point. Audiences will share in moments of breath-taking beauty and be reminded of some of the century’s major stories and events, all set to a spectacular live soundtrack.

Flights of Fancy, made possible by a grant from the Arts Council of Wales, is being staged at the Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy, on May 14-18 at various times.

Due to the seating arrangements, only 100 people will be admitted into each performance. The premiere of Flights of Fancy takes place at 7pm on Tuesday, May 14.

Tickets for all performances are priced £5.50. To book your seats, pop into the Park & Dare Theatre in person or call the Box Office on 08000 147 111.

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