Wales

Bangor tea dance show inspired by war-time stories

A community is stepping back in time for a show inspired by stories from residents who worked or lived during World War II.

Following six months of research, Penrhyn Hall in Bangor, Gwynedd will be transformed into a war-time tea dance hall on Friday and Saturday.

The performance has been shaped by the memories of residents, such as one woman who had four brothers in the RAF.

The cast features actors, students, dancers and members of the community.

The show will include live music, film projections and in a nod to the 21st Century - live Twitter feeds.

Director Kully Thiarai said: "This has been a marvellous journey.

"By engaging with the generation that lived through the Blitz and working with all involved, we are proud to present the final piece, which will have people experiencing dancing to a swing band, as well as the sights, sounds and stories of Bangor during World War II."

Members of the audience can dress up in 1940s costume and will be invited to join in with the foxtrot and waltz.

Graham Lister, Pontio spokesperson, said: "This diverse group of performers, the youngest 19 and the oldest 95, will transport you back to the 1940s when Bangor was a very different place."

The Digital Tea Dance is part of a series of productions and events leading to the opening of Bangor's new Pontio arts and innovation centre, probably in 2013.

Bangor has been without a theatre since Theatr Gwynedd closed in October 2008.

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