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Heartfelt Swansea Memories Take Centre Stage at Volcano Theatre

Swansea celebrities have been sharing their heartfelt, quirky and illuminating memories of their city to encourage people to go along to an emotive new exhibition at Volcano Theatre on High Street.

Alan Curtis Swansea 2021

The #SwanseaTales exhibition has been organised by the team behind Swansea's bid for UK City of Culture and will use props from the 1950s to the 2000s to evoke memories in order to gather a host of short films from the Swansea public on their favourite Swansea tale or memory from that era. The films will then be shown as part of the exhibition.

Swansea City FC legend, Alan Curtis, kicks off the exhibition in style by sharing his memories of one of the club's finest hours - the day Swansea took on Preston North End and won place in the top flight for the first time. For Alan, the moment he and his Swansea City team-mates and colleagues returned to the Vetch in the early hours of the morning to a heroes welcome, from hundreds of fans, was the icing on the cake. #SwanseaTales sees other local figures including West End performer Ria Jones, rising Swansea rock singer, Jack Jones, and others share a key memory of their life in the city.

Swansea residents are being asked to go along and take a photo of themselves at the exhibition holding a vintage object from the display, or indulging in some vintage dressing up, then sharing a memory relevant to the object and to Swansea on film. They are also being encouraged to upload their photos to social media using the #SwanseaTales hashtag to share their memory.

Another arresting memory on display comes from Jack Jones, the frontman of up-and-coming Swansea indie act, Trampolene, who have just been announced as the support act for Liam Gallagher on his forthcoming arena tour. Jack's recollections involve a memory of his granddad trying to sneak him in, as a nine-year-old, to a performance of Under Milk Wood by drawing a fake moustache on his face. 

Tracey McNulty, Head of Cultural Services at Swansea Council, said: "This inventive exhibition is such a lovely example of the kind of fun, thought-provoking work we have come to expect from the Volcano Theatre and we are pleased they have taken up the Swansea 2021 banner so enthusiastically and worked with us on this.

"Our bid is full of Swansea humour and celebrates our people and place. Sub-cultures, music, film, heritage, theatre, poetry, storytelling and much much more feature in our plans and we want to bring our stories to life here and now. I would encourage everyone to go along to the exhibition to get involved by dressing up, thinking back and sharing their own Swansea memories using the #SwanseaTales hashtag. Whether they are of days on the beach, trips to the museum, gigs at the student union or the Top Rank, happy times at the Vetch, schooldays, or their first panto at the Grand Theatre - we all have happy memories of life in this great city of ours, let's have some fun sharing and learning about each others."

The #SwanseaTales show is running all week until October 27 in the High Street performance space, as part of Swansea's bid to be crowned UK City of Culture 2021.


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