28th May 2013 | You Should Ask Wallace

Wallace goes world wide

Theatr na nÓg will this June, embark on a tour to celebrate the life of one of the 19th century's most remarkable Welsh intellectuals - Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 -1913). The one man show called ‘ You Should Ask Wallace,’ has already visited schools in south and north Wales and will now venture beyond the green green grass of home. Their first visit will take them to Bournemouth University on June 7th and 8th, before returning to the Gwyn Hall in Neath, the National Botanic Garden of Wales near Carmarthen and then touring for a whole year to other theatres across Wales, England, Rio de Janeiro and Singapore at the end of this year.

Theatr na nÓg has created a show which presents the story of Wallace. Born in Usk, Wallace spent his time surveying the land in Neath and travelled the globe collecting new species in his quest to discover the origin of species. Whilst in The Malay Archipelago, his prolific collecting leads him to the theory of natural selection. He then writes to Darwin detailing his theory, which ultimately compels Darwin to present his findings, and propels him to publish his famous book ' The Origin of Species.' Darwin is the one we all remember, but Wallace is the one we should not forget.

The tour, sees the actor Ioan Hefin making a wonderful appearance on stage yet again.

' The main challenge whilst performing Wallace is to constantly aim towards creating justification for the giant of a man and his amazing findings. Every time I have the opportunity of working on the script or to read about his history, I discover something new and unique. Wallace was without question second to none - a person who could compile human possibilities and the extended wonders within our abilities.
' Of course, quite a bit of nervousness plays a part in a one man show. It's quite a lot to maintain without the help of your fellow actors! Nevertheless, it's quite comforting that you take full ownership of the stage and prepare for the unexpected.'

Geinor Styles is Theatr na nÓg's Artistic Director, and as she explains, the international trip is extremely important.

‘ This is an opportunity to highlight the production on an international scale, but also to illustrate the power of live theatre to present science and history in a compelling way.
‘ This is terrific news for Theatr na nOg. We are looking forward to the international tour that will promote the Welshman's fascinating work.'

Notes to Editors:
Please see attached a pic of actor Ioan Hefin – who will be appearing as the Victorian Scientist.

Other tour dates:
Gwyn Hall: June 7th and 8th.
National Botanic Garden of Wales: June 29th – 30
Venue 13 Edinburgh: August 18th - 22nd
Ancestry Trail, Quantock Hills: August 24th - 26th
Swansea Museum:October 14th - 26th
National Museum of Wales: November 2nd - 6th
Usk: November 7th
Hertford Theatre: November 14th
Sinagpore Science Centre: November 25th - 6th.
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For further information, contact Anwen Francis, Theatr na nÓg's Marketing and Communications Officer on 07854 772640. Both Ioan Hefin and Geinor are available for interview.

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