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SMASH IT UP/Mr & Mrs Clark

Posted by David Williams on February 26, 2016 at 5:25 PM

Friday Night. South Wales. Cardiff to be exact! Rugby or Theatre? Well it had to be Theatre for me and I'm sure I had more adrenaline running through me as an audience member at Smash it Up, than the players at the old Millennium Stadium! Sorry I can't bring myself to use the new name. New for old is what they did in Newport in 2013, smashing down the Chartist Mural, the Peoples' Chartist Mural or so every body thought but it was the Council's Chartist Mural and they destroyed it. They have built a Shopping Centre. Commerce replacing Culture. Heinousness(if that's not a word, then it should be) replacing History. I want to be challenged and provoked when I go to the theatre not confirmed in my bias and complacency. This happened. There was an electricity running through the auditorium, a magnetism of dance and musical fusion humming from the disco floor. As I left Chapter, I was humming a song, not one that was included in the performance but one which prompted me to think of protest and activism. Time to take a hammer to bureaucracy and mayoral chains methinks!

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