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NEWS: Rhys Ifans brings star appeal to new kids show at Venue Cymru

Pedr a’r BlaiddChildren in North Wales will be treated to a very special performance when the first ever Welsh language production of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf (Pedr a’r Blaidd) arrives at Venue Cymru in Llandudno – complete with Hollywood star appeal.

Ensemble Cymru’s 30-piece orchestra will bring this much loved children’s classic to life live on stage featuring the voice of Rhys Ifans, on-screen illustrations by Marc Vyvyan Jones, and a very special introduction by S4C’s Dona Direidi.

Talking about being part of the first Welsh language recording of Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ Rhys Ifans said, “I’m surprised there hasn’t been a Welsh language version before so it feels very special to be chosen. My mum’s also very pleased!”

The Welsh actor enjoyed the experience of working with an orchestra as he explains, “The story is quite simple and domestic but when the orchestra kicks in, it conjures up what you’d imagine a great story does in a child’s mind – the music creates this huge landscape around these simple words and the marriage of these two mediums is really magical.”

Rhys Ifans generously agreed to donate his time on this project for free and for his royalties to be re-invested back into Ensemble Cymru’s work with schools and children.

Peryn Clement-Evans, Ensemble Cymru’s Artistic Director said: “We’re so excited to be bringing this show to Llandudno as it’s a brilliant opportunity for children to experience a live orchestra performance. It’s a story that’s captured the imagination of children for many years and we hope this new production will both entertain and inspire children in Wales.”

This is Welsh language production is also suitable for Welsh learners; an English language version of the script along with a vocabulary list and other resources to assist Welsh learners are available on www.pedr.org

Prokofiev’s ‘Pedr a’r Blaidd’ : Venue Cymru on Monday 3 March, 1pm and 6pm.

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