Cafe Villon is the name NWTC gave to their theatrical evenings where NWTC members read
plays for the entertainment of other members and interested parties.   They are rehearsed
play-readings where the actors will have read through the play a couple of times and on the
night they will be reading from their scripts.  The plays chosen can be from any genre -
historical, comedy, tragedy etc.  

From Valerie Scott:
The first play is a historical drama, called The Revolutionary by William Sullivan.  The cast
has parts for 2 men and 4 women. Wolfe Tone was an Irish rebel who led the first modern
nationalist movement in Ireland, the United Irishmen, which was a republican society
determined to end British rule and create an independent Ireland.  The rebellion took place in
1798 but it failed.  Subsequently, Wolfe Tone was put on trial as a traitor, found guilty and
sentenced to hang.  In this short play, Chancellor Fitzgibbon, the English Chief Law Officer
is talking to Tone, in a dream sequence, where Fitzgibbon points out how Tone has been
wrong in his actions as a rebel.  Three women are subsequently brought before Tone and each
has their story to tell of the price that they, as ordinary folk in Ireland, paid for Tone's
rebellious cause.  This causes Tone to become despondent as he believed his cause to be just
and true.  Tone's wife consoles him in his last hours before he dies.  Whilst this play is about
a rebellion in Ireland in 1798 there are rebellions and wars still happening today where
innocent people are caught up in atrocities of war and consequently suffer.

From Chris Wilson:
The second play is called ‘Darra’s Coffin’, written by Roger Woodcock.  The cast has parts
for 4 men and two women of assorted ages.  This comic piece takes place in the offices of a
Funeral Director. The owner and manager of the funeral parlour has recently suffered a fatal
accident – namely, being run over by one of his own hearses! His death puts the future of the
business in jeopardy, and workers Gladwyn, Tom and Terry decide to take drastic action to
prevent Darra's widow, Winnie, from selling out to competitors Musgroves. Their tactics
soon get out of hand and cause even more complications.  A funny and fast-moving piece
with much black humour and a few well-chosen words!