Review: The Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales, a new play by Jon Tregenna, performed by Llanelli Stage Company and Llanelli Youth Theatre, Stiwdio Stepni at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli. (running through to Saturday night, November 18).

It’s got history, humour and high jinks.
And the end result is slightly hysterical in a highly amusing way.
The new play from Buggerall author Jon Tregenna is a fast-moving, cleverly-staged development of a radical idea.
What if there is a descendant of the last great Welsh king, Llywelyn Ap Gruffudd?
Will it be the end of the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles?
Will it spark a constitutional crisis?
There’s razor-sharp humour in sackloads played across a backdrop of serious themes about Welsh nationhood, friendship, mistaken identity, love, passion and the consumer culture.
Throw in a few swipes about a pretentious arts and media culture and you have a bubbling Welsh cocktail which fizzes and delights through one long act with multiple scene changes.
The Welsh love their heroes - and the dis…

The latest 'On Song' column from the Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star

The latest 'On Song' column from the Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star -
Carmarthen Male Voice Choir Côr Meibion Caerfyrddin will be holding their annual concert this weekend, 7.30pm on Saturday, November 18.
Priody Chapel in Priory Street, Carmarthen, is the venue.
The choir’s special guests include tenor Osian Wyn Bowen, Côr Merched Hyn Ysgol Bro Myrddin and organist Meirion Wynn Jones.
On Sunday, November 19, there’s the annual Grand Concert at Myddfai Community Hall (7pm start).
The concert will feature three combined choirs – Cwmann, Dinefwr and Llandovery.
Soloists will be Tristan Lewis Deganwy (Llandudno), Ioan Wyn Parry (Dolgellau) and Mariwyn and Cadi Fflur.
Proceeds from the event (tickets £10) go towards Llandovery Hospital League of Friends and Myddfai Community Hall.
Côr Merched Curiad y Cwm ladies choir will be celebrating their 30th anniversary with a special concert at Tumble Hall at 7pm on Friday, November 24.
The choir’s special guests will be the Tywi Vall…

New appointment at Bay TV Swansea

Press release: November 7, 2017. For immediate publication.

New appointment at Bay TV Swansea
Freelance journalist and media consultant Robert Lloyd has been appointed as station manager and head of news and sport at Bay TV Swansea.
Lloyd, 58, has more than 40 years of experience in the media world.
He is a former editor of the Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star and a former deputy editor of the South Wales Evening Post.
Peter Townsend, chairman of Bay TV (Swansea) Ltd, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Robert Lloyd to the team at Bay TV Swansea.
“He is a well-known figure throughout the community and brings a wealth of experience to the team.”
Robert Lloyd said:
“Bay TV Swansea has built some very solid foundations as a local TV station since its launch in July, 2016.
“I look forward to working with energetic, enthusiastic and very professional colleagues at Bay TV Swansea.
“I will be working hard to build further partnerships in the community and extending Bay TV Swansea’s reach into the S…

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Latest news from Brecon Jazz Club

Latest news from the team at Brecon Jazz Club - 

Please bookmark the date: Tues 7 November at Christ College Brecon, Neuadd Theatr, for Lenore Raphael US jazz pianist and her top quartet. Note the venue and also start time of 7.30 pm (a bit earlier than usual, and will have earlier finish). For this event, member price is £10 (£12 visitors/young people £5). More info and ticket booking: [use your membership no. to book]
This is a very special event. Lenore Raphael is someone we've known many years and heard play in London, but how could we invite her to Brecon? With help from trumpeter Chris Hodgkins and staff at Christ College Brecon, we proudly present this standout concert.
And what an all-star line-up, too! Lenore is bringing a leading US guitarist Wayne Wilkinson, and Chris has invited wonderful bassist Alison Rayner to complete the quartet. Between them, they have played with some of the biggest names in the jazz world.
This will be Lenore and Wayne…

The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post

The latest Phil Evans column from the South Wales Evening Post.
Comedian Phil Evans is from Ammanford. He is known as the man who puts the ‘cwtsh’ into comedy.


Soup kitchens!
What image pops into your head when you hear those words?
A raggle-taggle group of whey-faced, shoeless Victorian children, holding out wooden bowls?
Or the Great Depression of the 1930s when long lines of undernourished men and women in threadbare clothes, waited in the freezing cold for a free hot meal?
Soup kitchens are consigned to history, along with rickets, scurvy and Betamax videos.
In poor, inner-city areas they’ve never gone away.
Due to recent events, including the financial crisis of 2007/8, they’ve spread . . . even to Llanelli.
Every Sunday evening, the Sosban Soup Kitchen in Old Castle Road supplies poor, hungry people with a free hot meal.
Run by Gary Glenister and his team of volunteers, it relies on soup and bread generously donated b…

The latest 'On Song' column from the Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star

The latest 'On Song' column from the Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star -

It’s a big Saturday night for West Wales concert-goers.
They have to make a choice between the Royal British Legion Charity Gala Concert at The Lyric in Carmarthen and a 'Voices for Hospices' charity concert in Llandeilo, featuring Wynne Evans.
The Tywi Valley concert, is in aid of Ty Cymorth, the Carmarthen-based hospice.
The concert starts at 7m on Saturday, October 21, at the new Ysgol Bro Dinefwr in Llandeilo.
Carmarthen-born tenor and radio and TV personalityWynne Evans is a patron of Ty Cymorth hospice.
The concert is being billed as 'Voices for Hospices' and will also celebrate the Rotary International Foundation centenary and 100 years of Rotary International in Wales.
Rotary clubs invited to be involved include Carmarthen, Carmarthen Tywi, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Lampeter, Aberwstwyth and Aberaeron.
The choral line-up includes Côr Meibion Cwmann a’r Cylch, Côr Meibion Dinefwr, C…