Calon Lan Musical Set To Mark City's 50th Anniversary

The musical written by Mal Pope, will be at the Swansea's Grand Theatre.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Swansea becoming a city this summer, Grand Slam Theatre, in association with the Swansea Grand Theatre, present Calon Lan The Musical.

Drawing on a rich Welsh heritage of hymns and arias, Mal Pope has written a scintillating score and with a cast including some of the finest Welsh West End performers, this all-new production will be the perfect celebration for Swansea's 50th Birthday. Calon Lan will be directed by Maxine Evans, director of The Revlon Girl (Olivier nominee 2018) and Stella star.

Literally translated as Pure Heart, 'Calon Lân' tells the epic and remarkable true story of Evan Roberts, a 26 year-old miner from Swansea. In 1904 Evan started having nightly visitations from God. The reason for the visitations soon became clear. Evan's mission was to lead a worldwide revival. His goal…to save a hundred thousand souls!

This is a tale of passion and love, family and jealousy, sacrifice and pride. His betrayal was brutal. With a broken heart how can you save the world? People thought him crazy, his family all but disowned him and scandal dogged him, but in only a matter of a few short years Evan's Revival would save over half a million souls across the world.

But at what cost to Evan?

Set against the hardship and struggles of industrial Wales in 1904, Evan Roberts finds himself fighting mine owners, union leaders and pillars of the Church and society, armed only with his faith, his Bible and a group of teenage girls known as 'The Singers of Dawn'.
When you threaten the establishment, it's only a matter of time before the establishment will threaten you.

Cabinet member; Investment, Regeneration & Tourism, Councillor Robert Francis - Davies said: "We are going to celebrate the anniversary of Swansea becoming a city and this production, written by Swansea born Mal Pope and featuring Swansea performers, will be an exceptional exemplar of the city's rich culture".

Mal Pope said "I am delighted to have been given this chance to produce a work that celebrates my city's Golden Jubilee.  I'm delighted that Maxine Evans will direct the show.  Her Olivier nominated show 'Revlon Girl' proves that with vision a show from and about Wales can travel."

Maxine Evans - Director, said "When Mal Pope told me the story of Evan Roberts I was instantly hooked. It is a vibrant, timeless story of faith, fame, love and betrayal.  After the success of The Revlon Girl I knew the next project for me had to be something special. And this is it. With heart, truth, and inspirational characters you'll never forget, we know Calon Lán is going to be the show no one should miss. Maxine has put together a youthful, stellar cast of actors with strong West End Pedigrees. 
But this is a Swansea celebration and today we proudly announce our first 2 stars from the show, both with strong local connections
Claire Hammacott will play the starring role of Hannah Roberts, Evan Roberts' mother."

Claire has played lead roles in West End Productions of Les Miserable and Phantom of the Opera. Claire said,

"I'm really looking forward to starting rehearsals for Calon Lan. We had a great time in the initial meetings and Maxine Evans, who is a first class director, put me through my paces to achieve the right characterisation and emotion in the scenes. She probably added another several layers to the depth of it, so I'm especially excited to be exploring the drama of the piece. Supplement that with a sprinkling of Mal's music ... I can't wait to get started!"

We are delighted to announce that Kev Johns will also star in the show in the serious lead role of Henry Roberts, father to the Revivalist. Kev said, 

'"I am very excited about being part of a show that tells the story of an event that affected the world but started here in Swansea.  I am so looking forward to starting work with an amazing cast and director."

The first single from the show is also released today.  Warm Wind is the finale song from Calon Lân.  This first video of Mal Pope and The Morriston Orpheus was recorded and filmed with help from Media and Film students from the University of Wales Trinity St David.

Over the coming weeks this video will grow with help from choirs across the world including Atlanta, India and Madagascar as well as support from the DVLA Choir and The Sir Harry Secombe Youth Theatre Group who are based at the Grand Swansea.

Mal Pope said:
"It would be impossible to put a show on of this scale without sponsorship and once again the businesses of the region have put their money and support where their mouths are.  From the staff, students and facilities of the University of Wales Trinity St David to professional services form long time Grand Slam theatre supporters, Peter Lynn and Partners and Gordon Down Accountants. It has been terrific to receive support from Gower Brewery and we are sure to be kept on the road with Low Cost Vans."

28 Jun 2019 - 6 Jul 2019 
7.30PM. Mats Thurs 2.00pm, Sat 2.30pm. 
Swansea Grand Theatre 
Singleton Street, Swansea, SA1 3QJ Box Office opening times: Mon - Sat, 12.00 Midday - 8.00pm Show Day Mon - Sat, 12.00 Midday - 6.00pm Non-Show Day 
Tickets: £13.00 - £25.00, schools £10.00
Preview 28th June. Gala Night 29th June.

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