Sing A Song of Sixpence written by Arlene Pryce
Heritage Theatr Cymru
On February 28th at 7.30pm, Heritage Theatr Cymru, the resident theatre group at Redhouse Arts Centre, present a Preview Evening of extracts and a back story to their current play, of new writing, called Sing A Song of Sixpence.
The evening showcases the play to be performed 30th May – 1st June, 2019. For both events, Heritage Theatr Cymru welcome an audience interested in the craft of creating heritage plays about women in Wales, and in this case, the history of Merthyr Tydfil. It is based on the story of Mary Ann Rees who was murdered in Merthyr, in 1908. She has gained a place in the town’s folklore by being named by those who believe in ghosts as “the White Lady” who haunts Ynysfach and areas near Merthyr College.
The prostitute, Mary Ann Rees was found at the bottom of a 40 foot disused chimney hole, on Christmas Eve, 1908. The disused Coke Ovens where she was found were occupied at the time by the homeless of Merthyr and the area near the Iron Bridge was renowned for prostitution and different kinds of criminality. The play explores this world at the beginning of the twentieth century, through the female perspective, and specifically, looks at the life of Mary Ann Rees and her relationship with her lover, William Joseph Foy, who was hung for her murder in Swansea Gaol in 1909. It is an interesting dimension to the play that he was first held in a police cell on the ground floor of what is now, Redhouse Arts Centre, where the play is performed.
The 28th February performance/historical evening features a history trail/talk, extracts from the play, a choir and dance. In an interval, there will be an opportunity for a glass of wine/refreshments and to experience some personal work from a few artistic/artisan Welsh females. Coffee is in aid of helping women today to leave lives of prostitution.
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