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Wallace Effect

As we bid farewell to our We Need Bees cast and crew as they begin their journey all over the Wales and the UK.

Ioan Hefin and I will begin another strand to the Wallace 100 year of celebrations.

We’ve decided to use the character of Alfred Russel Wallace and his friend and co-explorer Henry Walter Bates as a vehicle to get young children to discover something new for themselves outside in their own school yard or field or wherever.

Ioan steps aside for a couple of weeks from being Alfred Russel Wallace (in his own show) to be the director of The Amazing Adventures of Wallace and Bates. He will be joined by two fantastic actors, Chris Kinahan and Carwyn Jones.

Wallace and Bates travelled to the Amazon in 1848 with very little money, or any real experience of collecting new species. Both would spend years in the Amazon collecting and cataloging, drawing detail maps for future explorers.

Wallace’s journey home wasn’t what he had expected, but its his spirit against adversity and the passion to find out more which compels him to carry on. A great Victorian hero, and a great role model for young children…

This is such a different and new project for us, with it being much more interactive, and the structure of the piece is different, with the play split into 3 parts two parts story and one part the expedition with no script – it depends on what the children will discover that particular day. The ultimate in improvising – all the very best Chris and Carwyn

So I suppose its not only the children who will be going on adventure - we are too. Wish us luck, and Bon Voyage.

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You Should Ask Wallace on Tour

With its first performance at the National Assembly of Wales in Cardiff, the one man show 'You Should Ask Wallace' by Theatr na nÓg, is embarking on a tour around the globe. Organized by the National Science Academy and See Science, the show, celebrates the life of one of the 19th century's most remarkable Welsh intellectuals - Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 -1913).

The tour has already visited St Pauls Primary, Lansdowne Primary, St Phillip Evans Primary, Romilly Primary, Rhws Primary, Cadoxton Primary, Barry Island Primary, Kings Monkton, Pen Cae Primary, St Cyres, Pontypridd High School, St Josephs, Ysgol Glan Clwyd, Ysgol Maes Garmon, Plas Coch, Ysgol I D Hooson, St Brigids and Hawarden High Schools.

Ioan Hefin, is the star of ' You Should Ask Wallace' and he is delighted with the response the drama has received so far.
He said: ' The tour is going extremely well and we have received a warm welcome at all the venues. The children have responded well and we have had endless questions from the pupils which goes to prove that the show has had an impact on the young audiences.' He added: ' The show wasn't created specifically for the younger generation, but one way or another, it works. There is something about the story of Alfred Russel Wallace that captures the imagination of anyone who has thought of going on an adventure or on a mission to find something new, or has endeavoured to visit a new and dangerous place. Alfred Russel Wallace was the first Indiana Jones!

Ioan explains that he is delighted to take on such a role.
' I am overjoyed trying to re create the story of the life of Alfred Russel Wallace. It is an honour for an actor to undertake a giant of the dramatical world. This is my giant! To me, Alfred Russel Wallace means more to me than having the opportunity of playing Hamlet, Vanya or Caesar.

' You Should Ask Wallace' will go on tour around schools in south and north Wales, before venturing to theatres across Wales, England, Rio de Janeiro and Singapore at the end of 2013.

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