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Issue No. 2443

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage

This play is based on the life of Gareth “Alfie” Thomas, the first openly gay professional rugby player. It’s set in a rugby club’s changing rooms.

Alfie was one of most talented Welsh rugby players, and once the team’s captain. 

He publically came out as gay in 2009 when The Sun newspaper threatened to out him. But director Max 

Stafford-Clark’s play also has a bigger focus and looks at the spate of suicides in Alfie’s home town, Bridgend in South Wales. 

In doing so, it looks at themes of facing up to prejudice and learning to be yourself. 

Sherman Cymru, Cardiff CF24 4YE. Until 7 March. Tickets from £12.00.

Salt and Silver—Early Photography, 1840-1860

This is the first exhibition in Britain devoted to salted paper prints, one of the earliest forms of photography developed in the 1830s. 

But the few salt prints that have survived are rarely used becuse they’re so fragile. 

This is a rare opportunity to look at some of the earliest photographs.

Tate Britain, London, SW1P 4RG. Until 7 June. Tickets adults £10.90, concessions £9.50 and free for under 12s.

Yankee Cries And Rebel Yells—The American Civil War

Marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War, this display includes rare letters, political pamphlets, newspapers and memoirs from the time to look at the conflict and its cultural impact.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh EH1 1EW. Until 8 March


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Tue 3 Mar 2015, 16:36 GMT
Issue No. 2443
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