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A Tribute to Ann Llewellin
17 March 2019
A special showing of Echoes in the Stones
And opportunity for participants in the Historical Spectaculars at Chepstow, Tintern and Caldicot to get together and remember her
The Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow, NP16 5HJ
Sunday March 17 6pm, free
Ann Llewellin, a driving force in the Chepstow cultural community died earlier this year. To celebrate her great contribution to the Historical Spectacular Son-et-Lumiėres staged by Chepstow Festival, the Drill Hall will be screening the video of one of these major community productions, “Echoes in the Stones” first performed for the millennium at Tintern Abbey on Sunday 17 March at an event starting at 6pm. All participants in any of these productions and all friends of Ann, from the various avenues of her very active life, are welcome to join us at this free event.
Between 1990 and 2004 many local people took part in the series of Historical Spectaculars that were staged by Chepstow Festival, and those that did will have come to know Ann Llewellin well. One of the team of four – with Ned Heywood, Anne Rainsbury and Keith Underwood - who planned and devised the productions, worked on the script and plotted each scene and its staging, Ann was also in her element as a ‘hands on’ director. She loved the “big” scenes with lots of different things happening, the fetes and fairs, whether they were medieval or Edwardian, she had a keen eye for detail as well as co-ordinating the bigger picture, and revelled in the complexity of these scenes which were always fantastic for spectators to see.
She may have personally recruited you, she often had ‘people in mind’ for a specific role, and often head hunted and persuaded people to take part. She worked extremely hard to turn her visions, as well as the rest of the team’s, into reality. She was also great fun to work with, and would happily act out a part herself so that people could see how she wanted it to be. Her long list of props for scenes was often a challenge to the set production team, especially when they included a vintage Rolls Royce or similar!
Ann’s enthusiasm was boundless and she was a real inspiration to all the participants of these fantastic events. Not only was she popular but she excited great loyalty and had the ability to bring people together. She is sorely missed by her many friends and especially by her co-directors of the Historical Spectaculars, who also esteemed her as a very special and truly gifted person.
So if you took part in any way in Stronghold at Chepstow Castle (1990 & 1992) Most Loyal Knight at Chepstow Castle (1994, 1996 & 2003), 1648 the Tides of War at Chepstow Castle (350th anniversary in 1998) Echoes in the Stones at Tintern Abbey (2000 and 2002) and Footprints in the Sands of Time at Caldicot Castle (2004), or knew and loved Ann, please come along to the Drill Hall on Sunday 17 March at 6pm and share memories of Ann Llewellin and enjoy seeing one of her favourite shows Echoes in the Stones.
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