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Rough Diamonds Shine at Dylan Thomas Centre

Dylan Thomas CentreThis year’s Rough Diamonds get their chance to shine at Swansea's Dylan Thomas Centre on Tuesday, 16 June at 7.30pm with an evening of new and exciting drama.

Want to change your appearance? Your lifestyle? Your entire world view? Go along to Rough Diamonds 09, the showcase for new drama from Swansea University’s emerging playwrights, where one of the featured plays offers a simple over-the-counter service for total life change.

On the other hand, if desperation has already set in, another of the scripts looks at life from beyond the grave and observes that afterlife bureaucracy is every bit as comically bad as the living, breathing version.

Along with these satires, the two-night programme features plays looking at life from the viewpoint of a pair of ambitious Swansea Jacks who want to open an art-and-wine bar, a young doctor who gets lost and finds herself in Fiji, and a jaded football terrace steward who just wants to get home without being thumped.

In a programme of works which are sometimes funny and sometimes deeply touching, Swansea’s talented new writers tackle subjects ranging from the danger of taking sides to the stranger aspects of camaraderie in a crisis, and they do so with great sensitivity and lyrical power.

This is the third year that Swansea University’s Creative and Media programme has joined forces with the Dylan Thomas Centre in the presentation of extracts from the works of graduating MA students.

The last two showings have been acclaimed by enthusiastic audiences and some of the works shown have gone on to have full-length professional productions. The works are performed script-in-hand by members of Swansea's Fluellen Theatre Company, and directed by playwright D J Britton, lecturer in dramatic writing at Swansea University.

This year’s writers include Jude Brazier, Rebecca Carrington, Sarah Elliot, Catrin Howell, Louise Hinchen, Angela Hughes, Glynis Judge, Vanessa Macdonald, Andrew Miles, Matt Williams, Rachel Williams, and Casey Westlake, plus some surprise guests. Moving, funny and thoughtful, Rough Diamonds presents the works of a new generation of dramatists.

Go along and say you saw them first! Rough Diamonds 2 takes place on Tuesday, 30 June at 7.30pm.

Tickets £3 (Student Concession £2) and more information are available from the Dylan Thomas Centre on 01792 463980.

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