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Splott inspired musical at Chapter

Anthony Reynolds as a child

Intimate performance about growing up in Cardiff

Anthony Reynolds

Anthony Reynolds is exploring his childhood through music

Growing up in Splott and Tremorfa in the 1970s and 1980s Anthony Reynolds couldn’t wait to leave. But after coming across some old photos of Cardiff he decided to write a musical based on his experiences.

A Small Spit of Land, will be showcased at a performance at Chapter Arts Centre on Saturday 10 December.

After having living away from Cardiffy for many years, Reynolds still held a negative view of Splott and Tremorfa: “I remember thinking if you took the roofs off all the houses there’d be no books, no culture. The only culture we had was pop music really.”

But seeing a collection of photographs called Cardiff Before Cardiff sparked his memory. “I realised actually I had loads of really good times,” he says.

Amy Hall spoke to Anthony Reynolds, near his home in Cardiff Bay. Here he talks some more about his inspirations for the project:

Anthony Reynolds: A Small Spit of Land by amyrhall

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