True Story of “The Welsh Cinderella” On Stage In A Beautiful Rhythm of Life and Death at Chapter Arts Centre

Gary Raymond’s play in three acts based on the life of Welsh writer, Dorothy Edwards , A Beautiful Rhythm of Life and Death takes centre stage at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre later this month.

Dorothy Edwards was born in the small mining community of Ogmore Vale in 1903. She has a small but fascinating body of work in the 1927 short story collection Rhapsody, and a novel published shortly after in 1928 titled Winter Sonata. Dorothy’s writing was so well regarded that she became part of the famous Bloomsbury Group.

Variously described as both ‘The Welsh Cinderella’ and ‘the most sophisticated
person in the room’, Dorothy Edwards was one of the most lauded and admired
writers of her generation. But her life came to symbolise the passionate struggle of women encapsulated so timelessly in Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.

Presented by Company of Sirens, the play is directed by Chris Durnall and features an original score composed by Stacey Blythe. Angharad Matthews who has worked with National Theatre Wales, National Dance Company Wales, NoFitState Circus and Gothenburg Opera will play Dorothy Edwards, while Jâms Thomas who has featured in Pride, Nr Nice, August, Torchwood, Casualty and Hinterland will play David Garnett.

  • A Beautiful Rhythm of Life and Death plays Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre from May 30 until June 3rd. For ticket details visit Chapter Arts Centre’s website.

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