New show set to be Cwmbran theatre hit

New show set to be Cwmbran theatre hit

At the Hafodyrynys Village Hall, a film production was in progress for a comedy drama called Cwmploddy. Pictured is main character Doris Jones played by Jason Lee. (9429043)

At the Hafodyrynys Village Hall, a film production was in progress for a comedy drama called Cwmploddy. Pictured is main character Doris Jones played by Jason Lee. (9429058)

At the Hafodyrynys Village Hall, a film production was in progress for a comedy drama called Cwmploddy. Pictured are the two main character on left is Bonifa Jones played by Lee Mathias and Doris Jones played by Jason Lee. (9429070)

At the Hafodyrynys Village Hall, a film production was in progress for a comedy drama called Cwmploddy. Pictured on set are the characters front left Bonifa Jones, Doris Jones, Beryl Hill. Rear left Glynnis Shepherd, Les Hill and Cerys Lloyd. (9429113)

At the Hafodyrynys Village Hall, a film production was in progress for a comedy drama called Cwmploddy. Pictured are the characters from left Cerys Lloyd, Bonifa Jones, Doris Jones, Beryl Hill, Les Hill and Glynnis Shepherd. (9429130)

At the Hafodyrynys Village Hall, a film production was in progress for a comedy drama called Cwmploddy. Pictured are the characters from left Cerys Lloyd, Bonifa Jones, Doris Jones, Beryl Hill, Les Hill and Glynnis Shepherd. (9429134)

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A NEW show based on life in the South Wales Valleys is set to be a big hit with the Welsh public after selling hundreds of tickets ahead of its opening night.

The new comedy show Cwmploddy, written by singer Lyndon Mark, 33, of Ringland, Newport, and actor and comedy writer Jason Lee, 41, of St Julians, Newport, will open at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran on October 21 and already tickets are selling fast.

Tipped to be the next Mrs Brown's Boys, the show set in the fictional village of Cwmploddy, in the heart of the South Wales Valleys, and follows the story of a young girl named Bonifa who dreams of becoming a famous rapper.

After her dream comes true she is has to make the tough decision of leaving her loved ones behind in the face of success.

Featuring an all-Welsh cast made up of actors Holly Wilson; Amanda Kelli; Lee Mathias and Lorne Jones, as well as co-writers Mr Mark and Mr Lee, the story follows Bonifa's journey to stardom and the characters who shape it.

A promotional video was filmed earlier this week and both writers are eagerly anticipating performing in front of a Welsh audience.

Mr Mark said: “We started writing last September and rehearsing last month.

“It is all just about Valleys fun incorporating elements of Mrs Browns Boys and Gavin and Stacey.

“It has a funny Valleys sense of humour that follows things in everyday life for the people, living in the Valleys, but it is a bit OTT.

“We’re just trying to have a good time.”

Mr Lee agreed: “The show is based on the people who have been in our lives.

“My character Doris Jones is based on my gran because she was a Welsh Cake fanatic-so that is what we had in mind.

“The show has sold hundreds of tickets already for our performance at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran and our promotional video will be launched this Sunday.”

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9:47am Thu 21 Aug 14

MERoden says...

Lyndon Mark from Ringland, Newport and Jason Lee of St Julians, Newport, yet they are performing the show at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran! It sounds a good show, but it should be performed at one of the theatres in Newport, such as The Dolman Theatre or the Riverfront Theatre.

Newport City Centre is being re-developed. It is about time more people started supporting Newport City Centre. Going to Cwmbran is not the answer. Sorry, but I won't be going to see this show unless they show it in one of Newport's Theatres.
Lyndon Mark from Ringland, Newport and Jason Lee of St Julians, Newport, yet they are performing the show at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran! It sounds a good show, but it should be performed at one of the theatres in Newport, such as The Dolman Theatre or the Riverfront Theatre. Newport City Centre is being re-developed. It is about time more people started supporting Newport City Centre. Going to Cwmbran is not the answer. Sorry, but I won't be going to see this show unless they show it in one of Newport's Theatres. MERoden
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1:03pm Mon 25 Aug 14

cwmploddy 131 says...

Hi thanks for your comment. We did try to hire both venues in Newport but we had no reply from the Dolmen theatre And the Riverside could not accomdate the date we needed. This is why we had to stage the show in Cwmbran. We are hoping to stage the show in Newport in 2015.
Hi thanks for your comment. We did try to hire both venues in Newport but we had no reply from the Dolmen theatre And the Riverside could not accomdate the date we needed. This is why we had to stage the show in Cwmbran. We are hoping to stage the show in Newport in 2015. cwmploddy 131
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