Port Talbot Paradiso

Port Talbot Paradiso
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Review

Actor Michael Sheen sounds a whole lot more Welsh in this programme than he usually does, and why not.

This is a subject that takes him deep into his past — the role that Port Talbot’s art deco Plaza cinema played in his life when he was growing up in the steel town in the 1970s and 80s.

All of us who pre-date the multiplex era will relate to what Sheen describes as “one of those community landmarks that are incredibly important and incredibly fragile”, and this is a super half-hour, enhanced by voices that include Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins, Rob Brydon and opera singer Rebecca Evans.

Summary

Actor Michael Sheen tells the story of Port Talbot's Plaza Cinema, an art-deco theatre that first opened in 1940, and provided cinematic entertainment for the Welsh town until the rise of the multiplex, which spelled the Plaza's demise. Michael recalls his own early exposure to the world of film via trips to the Plaza, following in the footsteps of past visitors Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins, and hears from other former fans including Rob Brydon and and Rebecca Evans.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Michael Sheen
Producer Joanne Cayford
Producer Tom Alban
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