An amateur dramatics group in Penclawdd have announced their latest performance will be based on the life of Colombian ‘King of cocaine’, Pablo Escobar.

The announcement has been condemned by locals, who are still recovering from the Ted Bundy play the group put on for school children expecting a nativity over Christmas.

The group, known as the ‘Cockle Curtain Callers’, have insisted the show will go on however, with rehearsals starting as early as next week.

Producer Theresa Connell said: “It was a toss up between Cats or a Columbian cocaine peddler.

“The costumes for Cats would’ve cost a fortune, so documenting Pablo Escobar’s rise to the World’s most notorious drug lord won hands down.

“Plus we have Rob, who’s half Greek, so he’s got the colouring to look Columbian and has a history of recreational drug use.”

Penclawdd resident Pete Bowen said: “Why can’t they do a play about cockles or how its a bit insular down here? Cocaine is for people who live in big cities like Gowerton.

“I’ll probably go and watch it because all I do is watch Penclawdd play rugby and I could use some new social activities. If I approach it with an open enough mind I may take up cocaine, but we’ll have to see.”

Theresa added: “We held auditions a couple of days ago and we’ve cast the play already.

“We can’t afford the actual cocaine so we substituted it with speed and we’ve managed to get a lot done over the last 48 hours.

“We’re looking forward to putting Penclawdd on the map as the World’s largest cockle and cocaine centre.”

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