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WELSH DRAMA AT VSTAI.Y- FERA. I Interest in the Welsh drama has in- creased during the last few year: and is likely to do so in future. It is very doubtfui if a professional company j could have done better justice to [ Lewis' than did the dramatic Company formed by members of the G uriICH Mutual Improvement Society on Mon- day, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings last. On three occasions the Coliseum. Ystalyfera, which is admirably adapted for the production of dramas, was filled to its utmost capacity. The chairmen on the respective evenings were, Mr. i D. W. Davies, C.C., Dr. W. J. L'wjs, Ii and Mr. H. J. Powell..T.P. During the brief intervals Miss M. A. Morgan and Mr. Elias Williams played seloc- tions of Welsh and classical music, which were much ap preciated. The play, which is really a comedy, with a i vein of philosophy running through the whole, was well staged. The lessons to be gleaned from the work were many, and the characters, which were all well taken, rave an interesting insight in- to Welsh life of ago that w; in the word-. of Wil Bryan, "true to nature. The tide role was t:dœn hy Me'ws. Teddy Davies and Oliver Jones, and both performed the part in a com- j mendable manner. The former impcr- sanated Rhys be foro his entry into | Bala College, whilst the latter por- traved the character during his college training. Mrs. Deborah Thomas as Ilhvs's mother faithfully reproduced the old type of Welsh dame, with the deep religious convictions. Mrs Thomas also appeared with credit as the land- lady of Rhys and Williams, the .vtu- j dents. Bob, Rhys's brother, the agita- tor of his day and of his class, was ably acted by Mr. Dd. Nicholas Jones, who showed both sides of his charac- ter, the restless extremist and the tender guardian of his mother. Mi-a Kathleen Williams proved a capable malo impersonator in her interpreta- tion of Wil Bryan, the easy-going 1 character of the piece, but who, how- ever possessed qualities for giving sound advice. Wil Bryan appeared later as a cabby in Birmingham, and Mr Joseph Davics deserved the favour- able comments passed for his acting of this difficult part. Marged Pitars, a somewhat light part, was well taken by Mrs. Mary Ann Jones, and the arm of the law, Sergt. Williams, did not suffer in the way in which Mr. Thos. Kendrick did his work. It is no re- flection on the other artistes to say that Mr. David Jenkins was undoubt- edly the 'star' of the evening in his interpredation of Thomas Bartley. The part was a heavy one, and one that. entailed no small amount of labour in its mastery, but Mr. Jenkins' act- ing was excellent, particularly his ad- dress to the students at, which is one of the test-pieces at the Neath National Eisteddfod. Barbara, his wife, who was much troubled with 'rhumatis' was well taken by Miss Maggie Thomas. Mrs. Hannah Jones as "Miss Hughes" and also Sus, WH Bryan's sveetheaj-t, did her work very well. Mr. D""id Jenkin Williams did full justice to^ho difficult role of Rhys's uncle, and Mr. Wm. J. Griffiths was quite at home in his part of Williams, the student. Mr. D. R. Williams characterised the master at Bala with dignity and effect. Besides doing their parts so well as individuals, the company worked excel- lently in concert, and the whole pro- duction was eloquent testimony to the laoburs of the people of the Gurnos. t The play is founded on Daniel Owen's masterpiece, and is the only authorised adaptation, having been written by Mr. J. M. Edwards. The company has created such an impression that it has already received -is alTo-Ldy re4- -e d invitations to appear elsewhere, and will appear by special request at the Central Hall on Go..d Friday. j

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