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Notre Dame de Paris comes to Tintern Abbey

July 15th, 2019

Screaming gargoyles, twisted priests, handsome cavaliers and the ‘Bitches of Paris.’ Paul Liengaard and Company’s ‘Notre Dame de Paris’ recreates the fantastic Gothic world of Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, Notre Dame de Paris.

From the mayhem of the court of miracles to the tragedy of Esmeralda’s passionate niavity, the diverse and multi-talented international cast deliver a stunning adaptation of this timeless classic. Staged in a traditional circus ring and featuring a 12 metre high representation of Notre Dame cathedral NDP Circus bring Victor Hugo’s story to life with a heady mix of horses, fire, dance, music, circus and melodrama. With unique staging and costumes inspired by its 15th century Parisian setting, this production is not to be missed.

Already in production before the tragic fire in April the decision to continue the project was taken to pay tribute to Notre Dame Cathedral and honour the important issues raised in Victor Hugo’s story. By placing Fate (Anan’kh) at the heart of his story Hugo explored enduring themes of social relavance; destiny, class and the abuse of power. Our adaptation reflects this and emphasises the cyclical nature of humanity’s struggle with free will and fatality.

NDP Circus tour “Notre Dame de Paris” through France and Wales in June and July culminating in a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival throughout August.

Tintern Abbey dates and prices:
Tuesday 23rd – Saturday 27th July 8.30pm
Full price: £15 / Concession (students/unemployed): £12 / Child (under 18): £10 / Groups (10+ people) : £12 each

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The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

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Abergavenny Writing Festival 2019

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Lots of possibilities to learn something new at the Abergavenny Writing Festival this month! Some intriguing and enlightening talks from local writers, including Phil Madden’s session on Friday 12th April where he will share his experiences of writing to an inmate on Death Row. This session will be followed by a talk from the film […]

Try Something New: Thoughtful Printmaking

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Christ College pupils adapt world-renowned musical with professional support

February 26th, 2019

To mark the 30th anniversary of Broadway’s popular Phantom of the Opera, Christ College Brecon collaborated with local theatre companies and professional actors to create a student-led performance of the acclaimed musical. Over the years, Christ College Brecon’s drama department has replicated many prominent theatre productions to give pupils an in-depth insight into plays that […]

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February 4th, 2019

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A New Abergavenny Artwork by Jeremy Thomas

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First Abergavenny Arts Festival, 29 June – 1 July 2018

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A celebration of art is taking place for the first time this summer, with the launch of the Abergavenny Arts Festival. Taking place between the 29 June – 1 July 2018 Abergavenny Arts Festival will showcase the best local amateur and professional artists from Abergavenny’s vibrant arts scene, as well as featuring exciting talent from around […]

Crickhowell Music Festival

April 7th, 2018

This year’s Crickhowell Choral Society Music Festival is packed with wonderful music celebrating the huge influence of two of music’s greatest champions, namely St. Cecilia and Orpheus. There are many great choral and poetic works paying homage to both and the Society will be focusing on Restoration and Florentine music, including Handel’s mighty Alexander’s Feast. […]