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A Christmastime Adventure at Pontardawe Arts Centre!

On Monday 27th November, Marking Manager Alex Lloyd, Swansea Curriculum Development Co-ordinator Sam Al-khanchi and Regional Support Administrator, Olivia Stemmer, had the pleasure of attending ‘A Christmastime Adventure’ at the Pontardawe Arts Centre.

The show is devised and directed by Keith Ivett and Stevie-Ann Fraser who, with the support of Adult Learning Wales, offer ‘An Introduction to Performing Arts’ session every Monday. The individuals that attend the sessions – 23 men and women aged between 18 and 70 have a range of learning or physical disabilities. The group are also supported by Keith and Stevie-Ann’s daughter Jamiee and a volunteer.

The Performing Arts learners usually put on 2 performances every year. Swansea CDC Sam has been lucky enough to see several of them. She said, “I always look forward to the show. They make me smile without fail and seeing the learners enjoy themselves so much is just fabulous.”

This show tells the festive story of one fateful night when Santa crashes his sleigh in Wales!!! Santa’s elves go on a quest to find him, and so it begins…

This wonderfully festive celebration included some classic Christmas songs and a special appearance from the big man himself!!!

Regional Support Administrator, Olivia Stemmer said, “It was amazing to see the community that Keith and Stevie have been able to create with their learners and how much they care about each learner. The show was fantastic, a great way to start off the festive season!”

Marketing Manager Alex said, “Christmas is the most magical time of the year and the ALW Pontardawe Drama Group created that magic on stage at the Pontardawe Arts Centre with their annual festive show. All the performers brought so much energy and enthusiasm through acting, singing, comedy and dance. They took you on an adventure from Porthcawl to the ‘Frozen’ isle in Iceland in a quest to find Santa; meeting special guests along the way including Frank Sinatra, Barbie, Elsa and three Elvis’. Well done to everyone involved both on stage and behind the scenes. A great performance and a great time was had by all.”

Tutors Keith and Stevie Ann said, “We are so proud of all the cast who took part in this Production. They showed skills in dancing, singing and comedy, and most importantly they worked together and supported each other with kindness and friendship. They listened to the instructions they were given, and they performed with enthusiasm. We would also like to thank all the carers, parents and friends who always support us, both on and off stage, by providing costumes, props and scenery.  Huge thankyou to ALW for making these productions possible, especially the believe shown in us by Sam, Olivia, and everyone in the Swansea branch. What the audience see on stage is a real “team effort”. Looking forward to starting the next one already!”

We’d like to congratulate our amazing learners and look forward to seeing what they do next!

Click here to see photos and videos of the event! 

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