Cardiff theatre company Dirty Protest has launched the run of its festive show “Last Chirstmas” at Sherman Cymru.
Dirty Protest has teamed up with Clwyd Theatr Cymru for the production, which is the first full length play by Welsh writer, Matthew Bulgo.
Actor Sion Pritchard stars as Tom, who is confronted with the ghosts of Christmas past when he returns home to Swnasea to celebrate the festive period.
Directed by Clwyd Theatr Cymru’s Kate Wasserberg, the play follows Tom as he is forced to deal with his demons – “with his family and Christmas at stake”.
Dirty Protest’s Tim Price said: “Last Christmas is one of the most beautiful plays I’ve read. Matthew is a fantastic talent and Dirty Protest is delighted to bring his debut play to Welsh audiences.
“Five years ago when Dirty Protest was first conceived over a coffee in Milgi, we dreamed that one day we’d be able to present a new play by a new Welsh writer, and finally that day has come.
“It’s the culmination of a long journey for our messy collective.”
“’We’re also delighted to be working with Clwyd Theatr Cymru, it’s a huge honour for us to be partnered with one of Wales’ most successful companies and we are privileged to have a director as talented as Kate Wasserberg at the helm of our show.”
Writer Matthew Bulgo began working on the play in August, and said it had been a daunting prospect to write for Dirty Protest.
He said: “Tim Price bullied me into writing this play, and I’m very glad that he did. He’s had an unerring faith in me as a playwright and in the play itself, and for that I’m hugely grateful.
“I’d been terrified about putting pen to paper with this particular play. I’d been putting it off for months, actually more like a couple of years. It’s about a man returning to his home city, and the demons he has to face – I won’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil it – but there was a lot of stuff in there that felt a little close to home.
“I dedicated this past August to get the first draft completed, from start to finish. I’d sent it to Tim first thing in the morning on the last day of the month and by that evening he’d called me to say Dirty Protest should produce this, and we should get it on before Christmas.”
Matthew added that was a huge fan of director Kate Wasserberg, and was “delighted” to be working with her on the production.
“I’m pleased as punch and also utterly terrified, but with both Dirty Protest and Kate Wasserberg I feel in the safest of hands.”
After its opening at Sherman Cymru last night, many took to Twitter to praise the festive production.
Brilliant performance of Last Christmas tonight @shermancymru : definitely recommend, brilliantly written and portrayed! Blog to follow…
— Kirsty (@chaotickirstyy) December 12, 2012
— Richard Corgan (@RichardCorgan) December 13, 2012
— tracy harris (@tracybright) December 13, 2012
Last Christmas is just so perfectly observed, I can’t stop thinking about it. It runs till Sat @shermancymru – go see it!
— Keri Collins (@kezzacollins) December 12, 2012
— steffan rhodri (@steffanrhodri) December 13, 2012
@dirtyprotest congratulations, such a funny, heartwarming piece of theatre!
— Elin Williams (@Elin_Williams_) December 13, 2012
— Kate Perridge (@KatePerridge) December 12, 2012
Last Christmas will run at Sherman Cymru December 12-15, at 7.30pm each evening. Tickets cost £12 and can be booked by calling the Sherman Box Office on 029 2064 6900.