Dementia drama to tour nationwide after Theatre Awards success


Re-Live Theatre Company’s Belonging makes a triumphant return to the stage with a second national tour following sell-out performances in 2016, and its storming success at the Wales Theatre Awards winning Best Actor for Llion Williams, Best Director for Peter Doran and a Best Playwright nomination for Karin Diamond.

Opening in Cardiff on April 26th and touring Wales until early June, Belonging follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia. The production provides a moving and inspirational insight into the realities faced by families affected by dementia in Wales.

The response to the play from critics and audiences has been unanimous in its praise:

“An important piece of theatre. Beautiful and genuine” 5 Stars Wales Online

“Profoundly involving” British Theatre Guide

Influenced by Re-Live’s creative work with people living with dementia and their families for over five years, Belonging has proved to be a truthful window into what families affected by dementia go through 24/7.

Karin says:

“This play is a testament to the experiences I’ve heard from people living with dementia and their loved ones. Living with dementia can be all consuming for families and Belonging shines a light on the impact this can have on their lives.  We know families can become extremely isolated so we hope Belonging helps to re-connect their friends and local community to help support them through challenging times. Dementia can isolate us but Belonging shows us how we can continue to connect and support each other.”


Nowhere has the response been more emphatic than in the health and social care sector which has turned to this production as a powerful form of dementia awareness training for thousands of its staff across the country. Belonging 2018 hopes to connect with thousands more professionals who work tirelessly to support people living with dementia.

“As a nurse I have looked after many people living with dementia and I felt that you got the subject absolutely spot on. This is the best dementia training I’ve ever attended.”  Nurse, Pembrokeshire


Due to generous support from the Arts Council of Wales, ticket prices for this production are available for just £10 to encourage as many people as possible to come and see a performance. Re-Live Theatre Company also want to take the message to a younger audience offering a ‘Live for £5’ ticket for anyone aged under the age of 26.

Belonging is touring nationwide between April and June this year.

Tickets are available from venue website and via 

Belonging directly reflects the vision set out in the new innovative action plan by Welsh Government to ensure people with dementia can live as independently as possible in their communities. [2]

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Tour Details:


26th April – 5th May 2pm & 7.30pm  | 029 2030 4400


10th May – 12th May 2pm & 7.30pm 01646 695 267

MOLD – THEATR CLWYD                              15th May 11am 16th – 19th May 2pm & 7.45pm  | 01352 701 521

SWANSEA – TALIESIN                                     23rd – 25th May – 10am & 7.30pm | 01792 602060

ABERGAVENNY – BOROUGH THEATRE    6th June 2pm & 7.30pm | 01873 850 805

Swansea City Opera – The Barber of Seville

Swansea City Opera will be presenting BSL-interpreted performances of the Barber of Seville at the Stiwt Theatr, Rhosllannerchrugog on Saturday 7th April 2018 and at Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli on Friday 20th April 2018.


There will be a pre-performance talk about the opera and production at 6.15pm, given by the artistic director of Swansea City Opera, Brendan Wheatley.


Barber of Seville by Rossini Sung in English Swansea City Opera present a revival of their hugely successful 2011 production of the Barber of Seville, Rossini’s most famous opera – razor-sharp and full of twists and turns. A young Spanish nobleman, Count Almaviva, is in love with the beautiful and rich Rosina, ward of the lecherous Doctor Bartolo, who plans his own marriage to her. Along comes the meddling Figaro, the town barber, and suddenly we have all the ingredients for confusion and mayhem. 

From Figaro’s famous entrance aria ‘Largo al factotum’ to the frenzy of the Act I finale, The Barber of Seville makes for a rollicking evening’s entertainment, don’t miss this ultimate feel-good opera that is always cheerful and fun.

Swansea City opera is known across the UK for its high, quality and engaging performances of comic opera and this sparkling performance will be no exception. Sung in English the production is set in period Seville, with outrageous 18th century costumes that compliment the fizz and flare of Rossini’s musical genius, it is perfect both for the established operagoer, and those seeking to engage with opera for the first time.

 You can find out more about the production here:


The Llanarth Group

richard III redux

or Sara Beer [IS/NOT] richard III

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 premiered at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018 and has had great reviews – see


The production incorporates creative captioning.

2018 Tour Dates

 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


Cast and Creative Team

Performer: Sara Beer

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

Director: Phillip Zarrilli

Videographer: Paul Whittaker

Coming soon – the 2018 Festival of One-Act Plays

United Kingdom Community Drama Festivals Federation

Each year the national amateur theatre organisations of the four United Kingdom countries promote a series of one-act play festivals. Local festivals lead selected productions to a national festival in each country, from which one production is selected to represent its country at the British Final Festival.  Area festivals are held in various parts of Wales from February to May and the six highest marked productions are selected to appear at the Wales Final Festival of One-Act Plays.

Rules for the Wales Final Festival can be found here (PDF 184KB) 

The festivals provide an opportunity for amateur companies to appear in new and varying venues before widely differing audiences; to receive constructive criticism from a qualified adjudicator, and to compare the standard of their own work with that of the other companies taking part. For audiences, the public adjudication of performances offers a deeper understanding and appreciation of theatre.

Regional Area Rounds 2018

Adjudicator: David Price GoDA

Clwyd Community Theatre Association Festival of One-Act Plays 2018
9-10th March 7.00pm at Emlyn Williams Theatre, Theatr Clwyd, Mold, Flintshire 

Conwy Drama Association Festival of One-Act Plays 2018
22-24th March 7.00pm at Glan Conwy Church House, Church Street, Glan Conwy 

Montgomeryshire Community Drama Association Festival of One-Act Plays 2018
4-7 April 7.30pm (7.00pm on Sat 7th) at Berriew Community Arts Centre, Berriew, Welshpool, Powys

South Breconshire Festival of One-Act Plays 2018
14th April 7.00pm at The Welfare Arts Centre, Brecon Road, Ystradglynlais

Glamorgan Drama League Festival of One-Act Plays 2018
26-28th April 7.00pm at The Savoy Theatre, Collenna Road, Tonyrefail, Rhondda Cynon Taff

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Mid Wales Opera @ The Riverfront Newport

On Friday 16 March, Mid Wales Opera will be presenting a BSL-interpreted performance of Eugene Onegin at The Riverfront.




Although complemented by Tchaikovsky’s breathtaking music, the story of Eugene Onegin stands on its own as a thrilling piece of theatre: Pushkin’s compelling and heartbreaking tale is a stunning exploration of love, death, life and convention. You can find out more about the production here:

This BSL performance will be MWO’s second – having presented a BSL-interpreted performance of Handel’s Semele in Cardiff last year – and will be signed by Julie Doyle.

Sherman Theatre


12th  April 2018- 5th May 2018

Captioned performance  19th April 2018@ 7.30pm


Once our lives are touched by tragedy, can we ever truly move on? Sophie and Tom’s relationship fell apart in the aftermath of a catastrophe. Four years on and as they come face to face once again, the aftershocks of that fateful day can still be felt.

Tremor is a play about now. It’s about how we choose to see things and live our lives in a world riven with tension, anxiety and division. This thrilling new play by Brad Birch, the first recipient of the Harold Pinter Commission, promises an intense evening at the theatre

Sherman Theatre


Dublin Carol

1st – 17th February 2018

Captioned preformance 14th February 2018 @ 7.30pm




Dublin, Christmas Eve. John, an alcoholic undertaker, is confronted by the ghosts of his past. Can he salvage something from the life he himself wrecked?

Conor McPherson is not only one of the most acclaimed playwrights working today, he is one the most compassionate. McPherson’s characters are people we can believe in and relate to. In Dublin Carol, he creates a deeply moving account of a man struggling to face up to his past, present and future.

This new production of this modern masterpiece by Matthew Xia, one of the UK’s brightest directing talents, promises a highly emotional experience in the intimacy of the Sherman Studio.

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:

Tel: 01248 38 28 28