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!A WELSH DRAMA AT DOWLAIS.

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A WELSH DRAMA AT DOWLAIS. A grand performance of the Welsh drama, Owen Lhvyd, y bachgen da," was given by the Caersalein Dramatic Society, at the Oddfellows' Hall, Dowlais, last Thursday evening. The proceeds were for the benefit of Mr. Thomas Jenkins, Market-street, a young collier, who is leaving for college to study for the i-ainigtry. Dramatic pieces are alwavs favourites with the people of Dowlais. and it is not to be won- dered at that there was a crowded house on thi, occasion. The drama is full of interesting episodes. Owen Llwni is turned from his home by a cruel step-mother, but is found hy Sir Arthur Cadfan, and '3 taken to the workhouse. In about four years time Sir Arthur adopts the young boy as" his own son, and the latter soon becomes a favourite in the palace. But as is always the case evil doers are at work, and they become jealous of Owen s popularity. Andrews, the gardener on the estate, and Morris, the eoaehmaa, hatch a plot to bring about the fall of Owen, but are foiled in their vile purpose and sent away from the estate. Mean- while Alice Cadfan, Sir Arthur .Cadfan's daughter, shows marked affection towards Owen, and console him in his trouble. Henry Oliver, Alice Cadfan's intended husband, now sees that she does not ahoweo much affection for him as she used to do, and he offers a hundred pound note between Andrews, Morris, tne gamekeeper if they can in any way make Alice Cadfan form a bad opinion of Ow«n Llwyd Iu this plot they are foiled again, and in the end tht-l drama tinishes with the mafria-go of Owen Llwyd and Alice Cadfan, J Tie performance was given with appropriate scenery, and the stage directory of Mr W H Evans contributed materially to the undoubted' success of the entertainment. The characters of "Owen Llwyd are unusually numerous, as will be seen by the lollovving which was the casteSir Arthur Cad- tan, Mr. William Jones Lady Cadfan, Mrs. M. J. Rees; Al'ce Cadfan, Miss Hannah Morris, Miss Jessie Jen^ns, M13* Annie Rees; Owen Llwyd, Mr. Tno,. Thomas, Mr. D. B. Evans, Master William T. Lewis Andrews the gardener, Mr. Joseph Davies Morn?, if* coachman, Mr. Ben Jones; Jone?, the gamekeeper, Mr. Thomas Jenkins; ReU y Llsim, Mr. _1II1 am Rees; Phebo Penrhyw, Mrsf Rachel wf H' V*™* Mr- Man- so! Mr. WiH,am Rees Doctor, Mr. Ben Evans; Judge, Mr. Isaac Lewis; Solicitor-General, Mr. David Kee* Barrister, Mr. Lewis Rees; Superin- tendent of police, Mr. Jno. Young; Policeman, Mr. Henry Evans; Son of the "Hwan," Mr. Jwhua Edwards Barmaid, Mits A. Jones Servant, Miss h. Harris Martha, Miss Maggie Hughes Ann, Mi*s Agnes Jenkins; Messenger, Mr. W. D. M. LewN • (Onlooker* Messrs. W. R. Thomas and J. JoSs • Bridesmaids, Misses A. Rees and May Evans. As we have already stated, tiie performance was a com- j plete success, and all tho characters did capitally* j Especial mention, however, must be made of Owen Jjlwyd, who did his work exceptionally well; of Alice hf ,w* j* c ''T m ?t'a ti on left nothing to W* Cadfan and Andrews, °the A 1n?f f i ? wJlom wcre represented "as to life." ^ntrilfuted5 T wSCentS 80n*s and dueta were T^k i" \rr J V ■?annlh Morris- Miss Agnes Jenkins, Mr Evan Rees Evans, and Mr. Kv?n Thomas. All the above are too well-known to netd any praise at our hands. The entertainment was repeated on Saturday evening to a fairly large audience. The accompaniments to tho musical con- tnbutions were played in capital style bv Miss Maggie Evans, the organist at Caersalem Chapel

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