Cardboard Citizens


There is an opportunity to see this award winning show in Wales next week –

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff 23rd – 24th April

The Welfare, Swansea 25th April

Torch Theatre, Milford Haven 26th April

Aberystwyth Arts Centre 27th April

Cardboard Citizens are a theatre company and homeless charity based in London – we work with homeless people to tell their stories. Cathy has been our most successful show to date, as well as touring extensively in 2017, it played by invitation at the House of Lords on the evening of the second reading of the Homelessness Reduction Bill, and later at the Labour Party Conference during the launch of their homelessness strategy.

Inspired by Ken Loach and Jeremy Sandford’s ground-breaking film Cathy Come HomeCathy continues Cardboard Citizens’ exploration of the state of housing and homelessness. This powerful and emotive play, written by award-winning playwright Ali Taylor, and directed by Adrian Jackson, imagines a Cathy for our times. Based on true stories, it explores the impact of spiralling social housing costs, gentrification and the challenges of forced relocation through the compelling story of one family.

The performance will include an interactive forum theatre session after the show, giving audience members a chance to voice opinions and offer ideas that might change the course of the characters’ lives, which I hoped might be of particular interest to your organisation.

This week’s run in Soho received some really wonderful four star reviews from The IndependentGuardian and Standard 

 Tickets are available here!

You can find us at:

Cardboard Citizens

77A Greenfield Rd

London E1 1EJ

Tel: 020 7377 8948

Unity Theatre, Liverpool


Unity Theatre, Action Transport Theatre and DaDaFest are working together to create a high quality seasonal show based on the story of Beauty and the Beast for family audiences in December 2018.

The show follows last year’s ‘The Jungle Book’ and critically acclaimed, BSL integrated ‘Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf’ which had a run at Z-arts, Manchester and the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal before touring nationally.

As part of our commitment to working with artists who are under-represented in mainstream theatre, we are holding 2 creative sessions for D/deaf and Disabled performers with the aim of sharing practice and supporting skills development in relation to making work for children and family audiences.

We would like to invite D/deaf and Disabled performers with some experience of making and performing in professional theatre contexts to a workshop session on either;

21st May 2-5pm or  8th June  10-1pm

The sessions will be led by Action Transport Theatre, supported by DaDaFest and will explore the story of Beauty and the Beast looking at how notions of ‘disability’ connects with perceptions of beauty and ugliness. We will also explore ways in which the annual co production can broaden its accessibility for all audiences.

The qualities of the winter show which have established Unity/ATT’s unique offer include a highly visual language, minimal text, the prominence of music and song, the work being child centred but for audiences of all ages, a political challenge and ensemble storytelling.

The workshop sessions will be designed to share practice around making the annual family show and to invite interest in future casting opportunities which will take place in August.

Workshops will aim to be accessible and inclusive, taking into account each individual’s access and support needs. BSL interpretation will be provided for in both workshops.

Places are limited, to book a place, find out more information or discuss access needs please email or call Jess Egan-Simon Project Manager at or call ATT on 01513572120.

Deadline to book your place is 10th May 2018.

More info about the producing companies can be found at:


DaDaFest –

Unity Theatre –

Gladstone Library

Gladfest 2018

We are looking for family-friendly performers of all kinds to showcase their talents at this year’s Gladfest, 8th – 9th September.

If you are a singer, in a band, a comedian, a spoken word poet, if you spin plates, DJ, juggle, or do something we’ve never even heard of, we want you to come and be a part of our family-friendly festival and perform to over 2,000 people across the Gladfest weekend. Whatever your talent – we have the stage and we want you to come and take it. Please note that although we do not have the budget to pay for performances, we do have festival spirit aplenty plus an all-important tea / coffee!

We’re also reaching out to registered charities who would like a pitch at the festival in order to tell people about their work. Pitches are completely free but please note you will need to bring whatever you need with you – banners, chairs, tables – this offer is for a pitch only and there will be no access to electricity.

If you are interested in applying for any of the above, please contact Jane Jones on 01244 532350 or

Gladfest is a literary festival that takes place at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden. It is the biggest event in the Library calendar. To keep up with the latest Gladfest news and developments please visit

Helfa Gelf

Open Studios 2018

Funding is now confirmed and Registration will now open on Monday, 16th April at 12.00pm.  It will close a month later on 14th May at 5.00 pm.

 The Open Studios will run across the four weekends of September as usual :

7th – 9th, 14th – 16th, 21st – 23rd and 28th – 30th, with optional late night opening on Fridays (also as usual!)

In addition we have a super range of exhibition and residency opportunities for members at galleries across North Wales, including:

  • collaborations at Tŷ Pawb and UnDegUn, Wrecsam
  • a new collaboration with Plas Glyn y Weddw
  • a new residency at Stiwdio Maelor
  • a repeat of the popular exhibition at the beautiful Oriel Brondanw
  • a superb opportunity for artists with an interest in using new technology for their creative practice at Arloesi Pontio Innovation

Again there will be residencies at Galeri Caernarfon and Ruthin Craft Centre, exhibitions at the café at Oriel Mostyn  and lots more!

You will already have seen that the training programme is underway and highlights to come include:

  • Video skills for artists
  • How creatives can succeed in rural areas
  • And a series of masterclasses with some of the professional talented artists who work in our area.

 The first stage of our website makeover is now unveiled and it includes a simplified online registration process – if you are re-registering you will be asked to check and update last year’s information, new members will need to input their details …… so ensure you have all particulars to hand.   Go to to register.

 Payment this year will only be possible by credit or debit card.

Having not raised prices significantly for many years, this year we are raising existing price bands slightly, and introducing new price bands:

 Silver (for one artist)   £70;  Gold I (up to 3 artists) £120;                             

Gold II (4 – 9 artists)  £185:   Gold III (10 + artists) £250

However as part of our shiny new look, group pages will now feature an entry of art image, name and brief contact details for each artist.   Make sure you are included if you want to be considered for an exhibition!

 Bronze (webpage only) remains the same at    £35

 Finally, as outlined in the last mailing, at the request of our funders, but also in response to feedback from last year, we are not going to produce the big booklet this year – for one thing it has proved almost impossible to produce a booklet with legible print and maps for the money we have available.  Instead we will shortly bring out a leaflet with details of our event and from the money saved by this we can fund better distribution and better promotion via the clusters, plus more emphasis on digital marketing via social media and the website, and online generally.

This will include year round integrated social media coverage including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and linking into ‘featured artist of the week’ on the website, plus an improved website including:

  • mobile friendly website
  • cluster maps downloadable as pdf
  • fully interactive maps on website
  • improved search facility which shows which studios open each day
  • personalisable downloadable trail map for visitors.

We are very excited by the possibilities this year, and we hope you can join us!

Please email if you have any questions.

Wales International Documentary Festival 2018

Diverse Cymru at the Wales International Documentary Festival 2018

Blackwood Miners’ Institute 1pm – 4pm, Thursday 19th April.

Diverse Cymru are pleased to announce that we will be part of this year’s Wales International Documentary Festival.

As part of our contribution to the festival, we will give individuals from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to meet organisations from within the creative industries, and provide advice on where the industry advertises and promotes its employment and training opportunities.

This will include information on the new Diverse Cymru Film and TV Bursary*, supported by Creative Skillset. This bursary will offer small amounts of funding, support and mentoring in Wales for people from diverse groups who already have some experience in the industry, and wish to further develop their skills and knowledge.

During the afternoon there will be opportunities to mingle and get information on current opportunities available within film and TV in Wales. There will also be advice on where the industry advertises and promotes its opportunities. 

Please note that we will now NOT be showing the ‘My Wales’ Film as planned, this will be at a later date.

This is a free event and we would appreciate it if you could confirm your attendance by email to or call 029 2036 8888

For more information on the festival and for tickets, please visit:

*The Diverse Cymru Film & TV Bursary supported by Creative Skillset will offer small amounts of funding, support and mentoring in Wales for people from diverse groups who already have some experience in film or television, and wish to further develop their skills and knowledge.

Individuals with experience in the industry will be invited to apply for funding support that will enable them to train and further develop their skills.

Funding can be used by successful applicants to fund or part-fund a short training course, may be used by individuals to access training opportunities and can be utilised by people to overcome travel or other barriers to opportunities.

In addition to providing funding in support of training opportunities, people will be given career advice and support from within the industry including invitations to industry events and networking opportunities, updates on free training available and job and other career opportunities. 

Note : This is an additional fund for Wales running alongside Creative Skillset’s high-end TV  bursary fund which supports individuals working in the industry as freelancers to help them progress within high-end drama.

Brecon Little Theatre

Alice in Wonderland

Relaxed Performance

Friday 1st June 2018


Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

Brecon Little Theatre and Theatre Brycheiniog are proud to present their co-production of ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ Join us on a mad journey to Wonderland meeting beloved characters like the Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat and of course the odious Queen of Hearts. You’ll love this local community production; it’s written by The Westenders very own Julie Jones and directed by Rosie Mellerick so you know you’ll be in for a music and dance extravaganza for all the family to enjoy.

The relaxed performance is an adaption of their regular show to extend a warm welcome to anyone who might find it difficult to follow the usual conventions of theatre etiquette and especially those on the autistic spectrum, those who may make involuntary noises, or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

During a relaxed performance House Lights are left on low and strobe lighting may be removed. Loud noises or explosions are either taken out entirely or reduced. The audience is free to go in and out as needed and latecomer rules are relaxed. Making noise during the performance is not discouraged. There are additional staff members on hand to assist as required and the cast and crew has awareness training before the performance.

The house will open earlier to give everyone plenty of time to get to their seats. 

People with a learning or physical disability, autistic spectrum condition, or sensory or communication disorder are especially welcome. This performance is open to people of all ages.

As well as this fantastic show, Brecon Little Theatre will also be running craft workshops in the theatre in the week running up to the show where children can make some of the props that will be seen in the show.

On Monday 28 May, 2-6pm, the workshop will involve making flowers and cakes for the set. 
On Tuesday 29 May, 10am- 1pm the workshop will be a Mad Hatter’s Hat Making Workshop.

There will also be a Mad Hatter’s Tea party on Saturday 26 May, 4-6pm.

Further performances on June 2nd at 2pm and 7pm and June 3rd at 2pm

Box Office 01874 611 622

For further details please go here


Youth Arts Network Cymru

Casgliad 2018

28th – 29th April

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Casgliad 2018 is created by inspiring and leading practitioners from Wales and the UK – 20 Stories HighCardboard CitizensYoung IdentityOperasonicMess up the MessCommon Wealth TheatreValleys KidsWelsh National OperaFioWales Millennium Centre and Jukebox.

Connect with the YANC network, and find out what’s coming up including RawFfest, Wales Youth Arts Festival.

Casgliad 2018 welcomes youth arts practitioners, emerging artists, students and anyone interested in a vibrant future for this essential sector.

Download E-Flyer here

View BSL flyer below

Venue: Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Pl, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL

Booking: Tickets range from £5 – £60. Discounts for concessions and YANC members. Day and weekend tickets available. Please note this event is for those aged 18 and over.

Access: Casgliad is for everyone. Casgliad will be bilingual, wheelchair-accessible, and captioned for those who are Deaf and Hard of hearing. Contact YANC to book requirements prior to event.

Just booking a day ticket?

Cannot come for exciting ride of two days? The Casgliad programme is spread out over the weekend, so here is a rough guide to who is doing what on each day, to help you buy a one day ticket that feels right for you –

Saturday 28 April – Includes masterclasses, workshops, and discussion with 20 Stories High (Liverpool), Cardboard Citizens (London), and Youth Arts Network Cymru members including FioMess up the Mess, and Valleys Kids, as well as some surprise showcase performances. There is also an additional option of an evening social out in the bright lights of Cardiff!

Sunday 29 April – Includes masterclasses, workshops, and discussion with Young Identity (Manchester), as well as a focus on Welsh practice with a diverse range of Welsh companies and practitioners including Jukebox Collective(Dance), Common Wealth Theatre, Pete Duncan (Circus and Trainer), Operasonic (Music) and Rabab Ghazoul (Visual Arts). Youth Arts Network Cymru members will also be running creativity exchange sessions for artists to share practice and get hands on trying new ideas.

For booking,further details and for the BSL flyer please go here

Candoco Dance Company

Executive Director Vacancy

Candoco are seeking an exceptional and experienced individual to work in collaboration with the Artistic Co-Directors and take the lead on strategic planning for Candoco, articulating and aligning our vision internally and externally in accordance with our mission to produce creatively ambitious and high-quality contemporary dance. The role assumes joint responsibility with the Artistic Co-Directors for all aspects of the company’s strategy and operations and reports directly to the Board of Trustees.

Candoco Dance Company is the company of disabled and non-disabled dancers. We create excellent and profound experiences for audiences and participants that excite, challenge and broaden perceptions of art and ability, and place people and collaboration at the heart of our work.

We commission and produce work by world-class choreographers for our core company of seven dancers, which we tour nationally and across the globe. We deliver an extensive learning programme to provide access to the highest quality of dance, either as part of a developing career or for pure enjoyment.

The Executive Director acts as Candoco’s ambassador to a wide diversity of audiences, championing the company’s unique approach to dance. The post holder will build on the company’s success, ensuring that our bold and exciting commissioning strategy and programme of work is secured into the future, and that public engagement with the work continues to grow and deepen.

You will be joining the company at an exciting time following the recent appointment of our new Artistic Co-Directors, Ben Wright and Charlotte Darbyshire. In Summer/Autumn 2018, the company will be touring productions by Yasmeen Godder, Hetain Patel, Arlene Phillips and Alexander Whitley, throughout the UK and internationally.

For further information about the company, please visit

Please download the Application Pack below along with an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Executive Director Job Application Pack
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Full time / Up to £50,000

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Wednesday 16 May 2018.

First round interviews will be held in London on Tuesday 22 May, with second round interviews on Wednesday 30 May.

Candoco is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from disabled people. Any disabled applicant who meets the criteria of the person specification will be invited to interview.

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Charman on or 020 7704 6845.

Candoco’s Chair, Fern Potter is happy to have an informal conversation regarding the role. Please email to arrange a time.

Mr and Mrs Clark Present

‘Louder is Not Always Clearer’

Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

Friday 20 April 2018, 7:30pm.

Tickets: £13.00 Full | £11.00 Concessions

Jonny Cotsen brings his first one man-show Louder is Not Always Clearer, produced, devised and directed by infamous performance activists Mr and Mrs Clark, to the Torch Theatre.

Jonny is a teacher, facilitator, a workshop leader a campaigner and an artist. His friends say he’s outgoing and popular and that he loves music, festivals and nightclubs.

Jonny is deaf.

Born deaf to hearing parents reluctant to stigmatise their son with the label ‘disabled’, deaf was a term not used in the Cotsen household. Jonny underwent ardent speech therapy and learnt to lip read. He did not identify as ‘deaf’ until much later in life. From an early age he felt disconnected from his deafness but also disconnected from the world around him.

‘Louder Is Not Always Clearer’ focuses on the importance and struggle of connection with others; an honest portrayal of the vulnerability of a man seemingly full of social confidence.

In a hearing world Jonny is different and Louder Is Not Always Clearer is a bold expose that highlights those differences.

For a hearing audience it is an illuminating and emotional experience. For deaf audience members the show is a familiar tale of misunderstanding and isolation. For all audiences it is a humorous and, at times, moving story of one man’s attempt to cope, to fit in and be accepted.

For a glimpse into Jonny’s story you can check out On Par’s video, Born Deaf, Raised Hearing.

The show is accessible to D/deaf, hard of hearing and hearing audiences through the use of spoken English, British Sign Language and creative captions.

Performed by Jonny Cotsen

Directed by Gareth Clark

Choreography by Catherine Bennet

Sound Design by Christopher Young

Visuals by Jorge Lizalde

Lighting by Marega Palser

Technical Manager Ceri Benjamin

Phone number for further info:  01646 695267

Email Address for Further Info:

For more information and to book tickets visit