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Valero Pembroke Refinery helps Vision Arts make some noise

Vision Arts, Pembrokeshire’s newest performing arts hub, has already made quite a splash into the cultural life of Pembrokeshire – and now, thanks to a grant from Valero Pembroke Refinery, it can make a big noise too!

Valero’s support means that Vision Arts has been able to purchase a set of radio microphones for use in all its performances – they got their first airing when Vision Theatre Company performed Guys and Dolls at Boulevard Theatre, in Milford Haven, from last week.

Stephen Thornton, Valero Pembroke Refinery’s Manager of Public Affairs said: “We are delighted to provide this equipment to be used in many productions. Vision Arts is bringing arts education to Pembrokeshire and filling a gap that only widened during the Covid pandemic. We hope that this equipment enables local people to enhance their performance capabilities and confidence.”

Drew Baker, Creative Director at Vision Arts added: “Valero Pembroke Refinery has been a great supporter of the work we do with both adults and young people, allowing them to access training and performance opportunities – and really flying the flag for the performing arts in Pembrokeshire.

“Sport plays a huge part in the life of the county, the arts not so much – so Valero’s support for the work of Vision Arts demonstrates a tangible commitment to the cultural life of Pembrokeshire, and all of us at Vision Arts are immensely grateful for the company’s ongoing support.”

Following hot on the heels of Guys and Dolls is Vision Theatre Company’s production of Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – again at Boulevard Theatre, from November 3-5.

Meanwhile the young performers from Vision Youth Theatre are busy rehearsing for Aladdin Jr, with performances on November 18 and 19 and the children from Vision Tenby will be tackling Frozen Jr at the De Valence Pavilion on December 9 and 10 – with those new radio mics adding an extra dimension to all these shows.

Tickets are available from www.visionartswales.com

PICTURE: Stephen Thornton, Valero Pembroke Refinery’s Public Affairs Manager is pictured (centre) with some of the youngest members of Vision Youth Theatre, who performed Jungle Book Kids during their Summer Youth Project, also funded by Valero. Also in the picture are Drew Baker, Creative Director, Vision Arts and Katy Thomas, Vision Arts’ Head of Dance