Pictured above: the mad but enticing dramatic character creations of Welsh actor Emily Underwood.
I've had the privilege to live in so-called 'World Class Cities' including New York, Chicago, and Miami. One of the things that makes these cities 'World Class' is the presence of accessible, dynamic, cutting edge and evolving Lively Arts and Culture, along with thriving Artists quarters and even Bohemian 'incubator' enclaves.
For anyone inclined to complain about South Wales I would point them first to Chapter Arts Centre. For example, you might consider the talent and affordability of the up-coming one-woman play, 'Ode to Morten Harket'.
I haven't seen 'Ode to Morten Harket' yet, but I intend to, and I will do so because the talent of actress Emily Underwood and director Jodie Allinson deserve a sophisticated and hungry audience.
I'm hungry for exactly this type of cutting edge and entertaining live stage performances, and I'm glad that I don't have to incur the expense and time to travel to London to get it. Cardiff is bursting with arts and culture!
By the way, Emily and Jodie are both products of the incredible arts and drama coming out of the University of Glamorgan Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, which is about to move in September 2007 from Trefforest to the vicinity of Queen Street in Central Cardiff.
What does this mean for Cardiff in coming years? Expect more joint events between Chapter and Prifysgol Morgannwg, and hold on to your hats as the next 'wave' of creative stuff blasts through South Wales!
You should check it out, but don't delay, seats are limited, and events sell out fast:
Burst: Ode to Morten Harket
Tuesday, 4 September 2007 20:00 Theatre
Wednesday, 5 September 2007 20:00 Theatre
Join your larger than life, glammed-up hostess and macho, rock star host (both played by Emily Underwood) for a generous cocktail and perhaps a vol-auvont or two.
Take a riotous journey through one woman’s 20-year obsession with Morten Harket, the lead singer of ‘80s pop-band a-ha. Comedy, dressing-up, bad tap dancing and conversations with the audience combine in this exploration of gender identity and the first stirrings of sexuality. Expect a return to bright colours, quick costume changes and a DIY aesthetic.
Previous Burst shows at Chapter include 2270 Seconds, BPM and Do I Come Here Often.
Written and performed by Emily Underwood.
Directed by Jodie Allinson.
"I’ll be coming for you love O.K." — Morten Harket
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