Chapter Arts Centre

Louder Is Not Always Clearer

6th – 10th February 

7.30pm

A Mr and Mrs Clark Production

Jonny is a teacher, a workshop leader and an avid football fan. He’s just become a father. His friends say that he’s outgoing and that he loves music, festivals and nightclubs. Jonny is deaf. He was born deaf to hearing parents who were afraid that disability would stigmatise their son and the family.

‘Louder Is Not Always Clearer’ is an honest portrayal of the vulnerability of a deaf man, created and performed by a deaf man. 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.

Mr and Mrs Clark make new and innovative performances that engage audiences.  The Clarks were short-listed for the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award in 2015 and presented (F.E.A.R.) as part of Wales In Edinburgh in 2017. 

Devised and Performed by Jonny Cotsen

Devised and Directed by Gareth Clark

Sound Design: Chris Young

Choreography: Catherine Bennett 

Support by Arts Council Wales, Chapter Arts Centre, National Theatre Wales

First commissioned by and performed at Experimentica 17

Join Jonny for a post-show Q&A on Tuesday 6th. The Q&A will have BSL interpretation with Claire Anderson. 

Tickets: £13/£11 

For further details and to book online please go to – https://www.chapter.org/louder-not-always-clearer

Telephone: Chapter 029 2030 4400

No age restrictions but please note there is strong language 

Running time: approx 1 hour 

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.

The Llanarth Group

richard III redux 

OR Sara Beer [IS/NOT] richard III

Sara Beer is back and ready to rule as she takes on the role of king in The Llanarth Group’s reimagining of Richard III next spring. Written by award-winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly, director Phillip Zarrilli brings his latest production to venues across Wales in March 2018.

 

Richard III: Bogeyman. Villain. Evil incarnate. Or is he? What if he is she? What if the ‘hideous…. deformed, hobbling, hunchbacked cripple’ is portrayed by someone funny, female, feminist, and with the same form of scoliosis?  How might the story change, the body change, the acting change, the character change when explored by a disabled actress with deadly comic timing and a dislike for horses? How would previous star vehicle Richards measure up? Olivier, McKellan, Pacino, Sher – watch out – the mighty richard III redux has you in the frame.

 

Riotously inventive and joyously irreverent, richard III redux is not a production of Shakespeare’s classic, but an interweaving of stories about acting, difference, and a maligned historical figure told by unreliable narrator Sara Beer. She takes on Richard as a solo performer in a number of guises, interspersed with video and live camera sequences. The production will premiere at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018.

 

Sara Beer said “I am extremely lucky to have worked with Kaite O’Reilly and Phillip Zarrilli on several projects over the years.  Playing Richard III is not an opportunity I ever expected to arise but when Kaite suggested it as a way of exploring the many aspects of this much maligned character and the portrayal throughout history by non-disabled actors I jumped at the chance. It is a hugely enjoyable process as well as a challenge like no other I have experienced. This production will be anything but traditional, but I am sure it will be thought provoking as well as entertaining.”

 

Written by O’Reilly, the production is directed by Phillip ZarrillI, with videography by Cardiff based filmmaker Paul Whittaker.

 

Kaite O’Reilly is a Wales-based playwright and theatre-maker who works internationally, with a specialism in disability arts and culture. Her award-winning plays and performance work are innovative in form, aesthetics, and content.

 

Kaite said “It’s wonderful being able to work in Wales with a director in such demand across the world, and on such a fascinating subject. Despite historical proof to the contrary, for hundreds of Years Richard III has been the embodiment of evil – the bogeyman smothering innocent children, his misshapen exterior reflecting a twisted inner psyche. A long line of distinguished actors have used considerable ingenuity to portray this “twisted-body-twisted-mind” – and so effectively, a fear and distrust of physical difference has become ingrained. Shakespeare has a lot to answer for – he had Richard III stitched up – and I want to unpick some of these stitches, to reconsider the historical impact of a the hellish ‘bottled spider’, and to have some fun with actorly depiction, deconstructing Richard with a female comedic performer, with a disability perspective. We want to raise questions about the representation of difference, as well as raising some laughs.”

 

Phillip Zarrilli, Artistic Director of The Llanarth Group, spent much of 2017 out of Wales, working on projects in Berlin, Greece, and Israel, and directing productions in Norway, Singapore, and Costa Rica for The National Theatre Company.

 

Phillip said “richard III redux is not a performance of Shakespeare’s play. Rather, it is a roughing up, a re-visitation of the problematic set of assumptions and premises on which Shakespeare (falsely) (mis)shaped his Richard as ‘a poisonous bunch-back’d toad’, ‘deform’d, unfinish’d…villain’. The performance will be a mosaic with alternative lenses/voices/roles through which Sara Beer’s ‘richard III’ will be re-mixed. I loved working with Sara Beer on Kaite O’Reilly’s Cosy last year at Wales Millennium Centre, and to work with her again now on this production is an absolute delight.  She lights up the stage.”

 

Kaite, Phillip and Sara have recently returned to Wales following a successful cultural exchange with disabled and Deaf artists in Singapore, commissioned by Unlimited and supported by the British Council and Arts Council Wales.

 

richard III redux OR Sara Beer [IS/NOT] richard III is a Llanarth Group production and is kindly supported by Arts Council Wales. The production will tour to Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Mold, Cardigan and Milford Haven in spring 2018.

 

Cast and Creative Team

Performer: Sara Beer

Playwright: Kaite O’Reilly (Follow Kaite on Twitter: @kaiteoreilly)

Director: Phillip Zarrilli

Videographer: Paul Whittaker

 

2018 Tour Dates

8, 9, 10, 16,17 March: Chapter Theatre, Cardiff  

14, 15 March: Aberystwyth Art Centre Studio

19, 20 March: Theatre Clwyd, Mold

21 March: The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

23 March – Small World: Theatre, Cardigan

Every performance will be captioned.

Theatr Clwyd

Sleeping Beauty – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto

A Theatr Clwyd production

Written by Peter Rowe

Directed by Zoe Waterman

Friday 24th November – Saturday 20th January 2018

The cult rock ‘n’ roll panto returns with rock and soul songs played live by actor-musicians. Featuring classics including Superstition, Celebration, Every Breath you Take, Hey Baby, Sex Bomb and many more.

With mad gags, shock frocks, beautiful sets, slapstick galore and the return of the panto puppets, get your tickets now for the wide awake panto!

Accessible performances –

Audio description – Saturday 16th December 2pm

BSL interpreted – Saturday 6th January 2pm

Captioned – Saturday 13th January 2pm

Relaxed – Tuesday 16th January 6pm

Box Office – 01352 701521

theatrclwyd.com

Theatr Clwyd, Raikes Lane, Mold CH17 IYA

Riverfront, Newport

ALADDIN – THE RIVERFRONT PANTO 2017-18

From Tuesday 5th December 2017 – Sunday 7th January 2018

A whole host of colourful characters join Aladdin in his story as he struggles to see that good is rewarded and that bad is punished. There’s wicked Abanazar who tells everyone that he is the long lost brother of Widow Twankey’s late departed brother Dafydd. There’s the beautiful Princess Jasmine and her slightly domineering mother, the Empress Double Chinn. And at Suds-U-Like poor old Widow Twankey and Wishee Washee must wash a mountain of smalls for the Royal Wedding.

Full of song, dance, drama and spectacle, this year’s panto at The Riverfront offers two hours in the company of some of the greatest characters in the world of pantomime, fighting the good fight in some of the most exotic places.

Audio Described and BSL interpreted performances on

Thursday 21st December at 11.30am and 7pm

A TRADITIONAL FUN FAMILY PANTOMIME!

For full details please go here

Tickets from £6.50 to £20.50

The prices for Aladdin vary depending on which date and time you come along to see the performance, and where you sit in the auditorium. 

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

The Agony and The Style

Thursday 30 November – Saturday 9 December 7.15pm
Matinee Tuesday 5 December 2.30pm
No performances Sun & Mon


BSL Interpreted performance on Friday 1 December.
 Interpreted by Julie Doyle.

by Lope de Vega
Translated by David Johnston
Directed by Josh Roche (2017 recipient of the JMK Directors Award)

Lope de Vega’s cautionary tale of the dangerous strategies lovers use on each other is given its first ever performance in English in a sparkling new version by David Johnston. Another gem from the Spanish Golden Age.

Venue: Richard Burton Theatre

Tickets: £13, £11 concessions, Under 25s £6

Running time: Approx. 1hr 30mins with no interval

Warning: This production contains, loud noise levels, gun shots and strong language

BSL interpreted performance on Friday 1 December. Interpreted by Julie Doyle.
The interpreter will be positioned stage left so audiences can enjoy a good view from the right side of the auditorium. If you would like to book the best available seats for a signed performance please email BoxOffice@rwcmd.ac.uk

 

Little Red And The Big Bad Wolf

Saturday 20 January 2.30pm
Saturday 20 January 5.30pm 
BSL Interpreted Performance
Sunday 21 January 11.30am Relaxed Performance

Unity Theatre

Join us for a bold and highly theatrical re-telling of the well-known classic tale packed with music, dance and song.

The production explores the thrill of adventure and unknown versus the safety and familiarity of the path and how irresistible straying can be, as well as the tension between mankind and nature. Are the wolves really the villains in a world where the woodcutter is destroying the forest? And is Grandma the trophy hunter really sick?

Venue: Richard Burton Theatre

Tickets: £7

BSL interpreted performance interpreted by Kate Labno. The interpreter will be positioned stage right so audiences can enjoy a good view from the left side of the auditorium. If you would like to book the best available seats for a signed performance please email BoxOffice@rwcmd.ac.uk

What are Relaxed Performances?
Relaxed Performances provide a welcoming, supportive and non-judgemental atmosphere for people who may find visiting a theatre daunting or may find it hard to be in an unfamiliar, crowded or loud environment. We welcome individuals and groups living with conditions such as autism, dementia,  learning disabilities, mental health concerns, those who may make involuntary noises or anyone who could benefit from a more informal, relaxed environment.

Telephone: 029 2039 1391

Further information can be found here

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3ER

Pontio , Bangor

Little Wolf by Lucid Theatre

Theatr Bryn Terfel, Pontio, Bangor

Saturday 25th November 7.30 pm

 

An intense, surreal and honest exploration of a couple who find themselves facing their ultimate fear. Inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s play Little Eyolf, this is a present-day retelling of a compelling classic of modern drama. 

Captions will be displayed in real time during the performance by the side of the performing space

Book tickets: https://www.pontio.co.uk/online/17Little

Tel: 01248 38 28 28

Galeri Caernarfon

It’s a Wonerful Life!!

Relaxed screening:

Dementia friendly:

19th December 2017 at 2.00pm

 

 

 

An opportunity to enjoy a film wihout being worried about making a noise or moving about….

You’re welcome to sing, talk, dance, come and go to the cinema as you like during the film

 The lights are left dim and the volume will be turned down slightly for the duration of the film

Entry £4 (to include a cup of tea)  Carers Free

More information: 01286 685222

galericaernarfon.com

New Theatre, Cardiff

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

New Theatre

Saturday 9th December – Sunday 14th January

The New Theatre’s spectacular family pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will star Samantha Womack, Gareth Thomas, Mike Doyle, Chico, Tam Ryan & Stephanie Webber who will bring Wales’ No.1 pantomime to life with an abundance of comedy and music, sensational dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery. Throw in a magical mirror, seven friendly dwarfs, a beautiful princess, a handsome prince and plenty of audience participation as we outwit the Wicked Queen, then you have a glittering festive treat for all ages.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, don’t miss the fairest panto of them all!

Accessible Performances:

Audio Described: 11 Jan 2018 7:00pm  and 13 Jan 2018 2:30pm

British Sign Language: 07 Jan 2018 1:00pm

Captioned performances: 06 Jan 2018 2:30pm  and 10 Jan 2018 7:00pm

http://www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/what’s-on/snow-white/

Theatr Brycheiniog

Jack and The Beanstalk

Show runs from Thursday 28 December to Saturday 6 January

After the success of last year’s Dick Whittington Jermin Productions return with a brand new pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. A breath taking battle of the beanstalk unfolds amongst the hilarious script, beautiful costumes and stunning theatrical sets. With their classic blend of chart topping songs and comedy gags this is an un-missable Christmas treat for all the family.

BSL performance: Friday 29 December, 2.00pm

Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7EW
Box Office 01874 611622