Last Friday night (9 September) The Portrait Speaks Tapes were played to an invited audience at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery.
The Portrait Speaks, funded by the Friends of Tenby Museum, is a creative way of looking at the portraits in the museum gallery. Texts on portraits by artists such as Augustus John and Kyffin Williams have been written by Mark Lewis, the museum’s Collections Manager and the sitters have been brought to life by a variety of local actors. The readings were recorded for use in the gallery.
Janet Lewis of the Friends said, “Thanks must be given to Mark for his fantastic texts and to all the actors who brought his words so vividly to life. It is hoped that this is the first in a series of creative evening to be held at the museum. Despite the dreadful weather the event was a great success and a raffle raised over £100 for the Friends of the Museum. This money will be put towards funding equipment for future creative events to be held at the museum. The raffle prizes were generously provided by Jamie’s Beauty Salon (£50 voucher), The Salt Cellar (lunch for two) and The Stowaway (coffee and cake for four). Beer for the evening was donated by Tenby Harbour Brewery. The Friends are also grateful to all our previous sponsors – Absolute Dental Care, Tenby Post Office & Stores, the Hope and Anchor and FBM.”
The actors were: Laurie Dale (Richard Hughes); Andrew Davies (A Tenby Fisherman); June Howell (Ida Nettleship); David Lewis (Frank B Mason); Lucy Morris (Winifred John); Teifion Powell (TE Lawrence); Robbie Price (David John); Dewi Rhys-Jones (Augustus John); Gary Tapley (Albert Alcalay) and Sharon Thompson (Dorelia McNeill and Gwen John). Thanks must also be extended to Bruce Richards who expertly provided the sound and recording equipment.
The Portrait Speaks Tapes will be played at specific times at the museum during Arts Festival Week. Please see the museum blog for further details.