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New plays make debut at Other Room festival; Actor, screenwriter and novelist Ruth Jones has penned her first ever play for Cardiff pub theatre The Other Room's Young Artists Festival. We find out what it's about...

| What is the Young Artists Festival? This is the fourth year Cardiff's pub theatre The Other Room in Porter's is running its Young Artists Festival.

Participants will be made up of actors, directors, writers and stage managers, who will benefit from a week-long programme of workshops, masterclasses, mentorship and professional support from key figures in the industry.

Topics covered will include fundraising, diversity in the arts, working with industry unions, creating a company and professional production management. The week will culminate in the formation of a number of new companies assembled to produce, direct and perform five brand new ten-minute plays from five diverse British playwrights, specially commissioned by The Other Room for the festival.

| What's special about this year? This year, one of the scripts, Breathing, has been written by actor, screenwriter and novelist Ruth Jones, who is waiving her commission fee in order to fund two places on the festival.

Ruth said: "I'm beyond excited that my first ever play is being produced by The Other Room's Young Artists Festival.

"What a brilliant and inspirational forum this is - I'm a big believer in paying it forward and can't wait to see what the bright, new talent discovered by this festival will bring."

waiting. Yvette and Jennifer are her only visitors, complete strangers and very different women - but do they share more in common than they realise? | What are the other plays? Suricata suricatta by Hefin Robinson - Elin, Lois and Ffion are extremely worried about their friend and colleague Meg who is going through a rough time.

And that rough time appears to have manifested in Meg thinking she's a meerkat? Circle by Kit Lambert - Kez and Jamie take the Cardiff City Circle bus to kill some time, but get more than they bargain for when another passenger rights an old wrong.

The Red Fiesta by Alan Harris - Gary is partially sighted and gets on just fine, thank you very much.

But a road trip with his girlfriend Carly and guide dog Max forces him to confront whether he might be missing out on more than he thought A final fifth play will be announced before the festival.

| When can I see the plays? Public performances of the five plays are staged at Porter's from June 7 to 9 at 7.30pm.

For tickets visit www.other roomtheatre.com

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| What's the play about? Martha lies in a hospital bed,

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