News and Updates

News and Updates of our up and coming performances and events. Dates and venues and booking information.

Heart & Hands

A Little Extra Help- By Jo West Directed By Gavin Dando

A modern Fairy Tale about falling in love. This very funny play was written by our beloved past member Jo West. It centres around two people unluckily in love, but can a supermarket help them find each other and find love.

Performance at Splott Library

Friday 4th March & Saturday 5th March 2022 - For Ticket please Contact Teri McCarthy

https://oldlibrarysplott.co.uk/

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GDL One Act Festival - Regional Round

31st March, 1st April & 2nd April 2022

The Savoy Theatre, Tonyrefail, CF39 8EL

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https://savoytheatre.net/

https://www.facebook.com/savoytheatreton/

https://www.glamorgandrama.com/one-act

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Colorful Dancer

One Night With Marilyn 

Following on form the success of the rehearsed reading. Telstars have been approached to perform the world premier of PT Rose's One Night with Marylin. More updates about this very exciting project will be coming soon in the Summer of 2022

 

News, Reviews & Updates

News and Updates of our up and coming performances and events. Dates and venues and booking information.

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One Night With Marilyn - Review - Jan Samuels.

One Night with Marilyn by P.T. Rose Presented by Telstars Theatre Company. One Night with Marilyn is the third part of The Tinsel Town Trilogy by P T Rose. It is based around a little-known event in Marilyn Monroe's life. In February 1961 Marilyn Monroe was sectioned by her psychiatrist Dr. Marianne Kris to the Payne Whitney Clinic, the psychiatric division of Cornell University New York. Marilyn was under the impression she was being sent for some rest and recuperation by her trusted doctor. She was exhausted after the stressful filming schedule of ‘The Misfits’, its lukewarm reception and her fresh separation from Arthur Miller. In addition Marilyn had set alarm bells ringing amongst her friends and psychiatrist by talking of ‘ending it all’. The play, based on real events, was to have premiered in 2020 but Covid caused a postponement. Rehearsed Reading presentations are being held over 18 months to commemorate ‘Marilyn 60’, the 60th anniversary of the icon’s death. They are taking place around the world; UK, USA and India to name just a few. On Friday I was privileged to be part of an invited audience to see the Welsh Premiere reading of the play by Telstars Theatre Company in Cardiff. The author, P T Rose, was in the audience along with Karen Struel-White, the producer and organiser of ‘Marilyn 60’ The play features three Marilyns, her family and her carers at the clinic and portrays her personal struggles with childhood trauma, mental illness, and addiction. This was beautifully done by Telstars and Teresa McCarthy, the director, used costume, make-up and simple but effective lighting to enhance the reading and frankly, we were so absorbed by the story and the excellence of the performances that I forgot it was a reading and that they were holding books. The three Marilyns, played brilliantly by Victoria Hughes, Kimberley Littlechild and Hafwen Hibbard were all excellent with real contrasting characters. They portrayed the Marilyn Monroe 1 (Victoria) whose mental health was clearly influenced by the dysfunctional family life of her early years. We saw the iconic Marilyn Monroe, (Kimberley) “I’m Marilyn Monroe. Isn’t a man in this world doesn’t want me?” And the young Norma Jeane, the child bride, (Hafwen) who married Jim, her first husband to escape abandonment by her mother. The rest of the cast played the people in her life: Gladys, her mother; a scene stealing performance by Kay Baber. And Marion, her uncle who died when she was young, and was someone she never knew. He was the linchpin that held the story together as the various other people in Marilyn’s life appear to her in her room. Another excellent piece of work from Gavin Dando who was Marilyn’s conscience/ memory/ and tormentor, as she relives her past relationships. The whole cast gave credibility to the play which is beautifully written, very well paced and which I, and I think the whole audience, was riveted by. There was so much I didn’t know about her story and I found the whole play absolutely absorbing and also disturbing. On the way home, the discussion turned to the importance of family, love and our upbringing; to the ‘Me Too’ movement and Harvey Weinstein; to Judy Garland and the use of drugs by studios to keep their stars, (especially the female ones) in line; control, manipulation and the lies that were sold to audiences about the stars and their lives. So, this play is also extremely relevant and current. I am sure that this play will be performed again in your area. Go and see it, you will not be disappointed. Jan Samuels.