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Sherman Theatre in Cardiff announce autumn season

Rachel O’Riordan will direct Conor McPherson’s Olivier Award-winning play ”The Weir”

Rachel O'Riordan
Rachel O'Riordan
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The autumn season at Sherman Theatre, Cardiff will include Conor McPherson's Olivier Award-winning play The Weir.

It won the Best New Play award in 1997, and will be directed by artistic director Rachel O'Riordan (Bird, Iphigenia in Splott). It is set in a rural Irish pub where a group of men compete with each other to tell the most outlandish stories until a Dublin woman – Valerie – comes along and trumps them all. It will run from 7 to 22 October.

After it shows at at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this month, Welsh writer Alan Harris' Love, Lies and Taxidermy will run at the theatre from 15 to 19 November. It's a boy-meets-girl story about the son of a Polish taxidermist and the daughter of a failing ice cream sales man.

From 25 November, the theatre will run a family production of Mary Norton's classic The Borrowers. Directed by Amy Leach, the story is about a family of tiny people who live in the walls of a house and have to borrow from the big people to survive.

The season will also see the return of A Play, A Pie and A Pint. Running from 8 to 12 November, this year's script is written by Kelly Jones and directed by Sherman’s Associate Artist, Kenny Miller.

The theatre's evening of new writing TAITH (Welsh for 'journey') returns on 27 October which will see 3 new 10 minute scripts for young people followed by a post-show talk with the writers.

This year's Christmas production is a family version of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Emperor’s New Clothes / Dillad Newydd yr Ymerawdwr. It is written by Alun Saunders and directed by Kevin Lewis.