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 Chimes

…..a magical new piece of music theatre, packed full of colourful characters and haunting melodies, which has been adapted from the second Christmas story by Charles Dickens.

 

 

Thursday 7 – Saturday 16 December (St John’s Church, Canton)

Tickets: £16/£12                   Age 14+

The Story

The Chimes’s biting satire was intended to effect real political change. It addresses issues of homelessness, vagrancy and self-respect and if he were alive today, Dickens would be clamouring for a capitalist change of heart to address our present ‘Condition of England’ and of the wider world.

Our production

…. captures the true spirit of Christmas.

True to the spirit of The Chimes, this production has invited a number of men and women who have been homeless and are now striving to rebuild their lives with the support of The Wallich, the Huggard, The Passage and St. Mungo’s to participate in a professional theatre production.

The weaving of the non-professional and professional has, in recent years, created works of stunning originality. Our professional cast and community ensemble have come together to create a magical seasonal alternative, packed full of colourful characters and haunting melodies, which will touch your heart and bring fire to your soul.

Cast: Olivia Rose Aaron, Lucy Benson Brown, Joanna Brookes, Dafydd Emyr, Gruffydd Evans, Rhys Parry Jones, Matthew Jure, Fergus Rees

and an ensemble of men and women who are or have been homeless.

Writer: David Willis
Composer: Conor Linehan
Director: Judith Roberts
Musical Director: Cathal Synnott

 

https://www.chapter.org/news-noise/news/new-musical-theatre-production-charles-dickens%E2%80%99s-christmas-satire-chimes-feature

For more information and to  buy tickets click  here

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

New Theatre Cardiff

Wait Until Dark

Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 November 2017

Evenings 7.30pm 
Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday Matinees 2.30pm

Audio described performance 18th November 2.30pm

From the hand of Frederick Knott, author of Dial M for Murder, and the producers behind Night Must Fall and Birdsong, comes a major revival of the classic, edge of your seat thriller Wait Until Dark.

Set amidst the social turbulence of 60s London the play follows the story of Suzy, a blind woman who left alone in her apartment becomes embroiled with a group of conmen hatching an elaborate scam. As the tension notches up, Suzy is left to fend for herself but with the phone line cut dead and the house plunged into darkness, can Suzy outwit the murderous visitors?

Wait Until Dark, made into a film starring Audrey Hepburn in 1967, is often ranked as one of the top 100 scariest films of all time and this exciting new production reclaims it for the stage.

We are delighted that Karina Jones is playing Suzy in this production, this is what Karina has to say about being involved:

I am very excited to bring Wait Until Dark to Cardiff New Theatre in just a few weeks’ time. Being from Llandudno it’s great to be bringing the show closer to home. It is definitely a week I am looking forward to.

Working as a blind actress is what I’m used to, so I don’t really know any different, but I do know that it makes an already difficult industry even more difficult. It can be very tough getting cast as a non-sighted character let alone being cast as someone who is sighted! I also work in a different way to sighted actors as I can’t sight-read and lots of plays aren’t yet available as audio books so this is something I have to find another way round. I have my script recorded which I listen to and during rehearsals I have my lines fed through an ear piece.

With Wait Until Dark we had the set from the first day of rehearsals which meant I could really get used to it. We also have lots of fight choreography which I have loved doing. I have to trip over a lot and there are complicated fight sequences that I enjoy too. We had a great fight team so I didn’t find them difficult to learn at all.

I wish it hadn’t taken so long for a blind actress to take on this role (it’s the 50th anniversary this month!) but I am delighted that Original Theatre Company have been so forward-thinking in appropriate casting. It has been a brilliant role to tackle as I have to be onstage for most of the play, a challenge I can really get my teeth stuck into. But what’s great about a mainstream company like Original casting disabled actors is that it sets a precedent that hopefully other companies and casting directors will take note of. It’s not a lack of disabled actors but a lack of awareness and opportunity in the industry but hopefully this will help in taking a positive step forward.

Box office: 029 2087 8889

Website: www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

Hijinx Odyssey

Second Star to the Right

 Weston Studio

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

30 November 2017 – 2 December 2017 
7pm

Price: £9 (under 2’s free)

 

Dreams aren’t what they used to be in Neverland. With Peter Pan gone, who can save Imagination, Adventure and the Second Star to the Right?

This Christmas join Odyssey, Hijinx’s community theatre group, as they restore hope to Neverland in a sparkling new production written by Llinos Mai. The Second Star to the Right features a vibrant cast of disabled and non-disabled performers from Odyssey, pupils from Woodlands High School and haunting, original music.

Access: 
Touch tours available 45 minutes before the start of each performance if you call 02920 300 331 at least 24 hours before the tour to book. Audio Description and BSL interpretation (Sami Thorpe) will be provided on Friday 01 December, 7pm, with headsets available for collection from the entrance to the Weston Studio.

To book tickets please visit – https://www.wmc.org.uk/Productions/2017-2018/westonstudio/Secondstartotheright/

For more information please call 029 2030 0331

Of Mice and Men – Chapter, Cardiff 18- 28 October

  August 012 are pleased to announce details about the company’s next production, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Award winning company August 012 in collaboration with Hijinx will ex-plore John Steinbeck’s American monolith, performing at Chapter Arts Centre during October. 

 

 

Lennie is strong and simple. George is short and sharp. They are migrant farm workers. It’s the Great Depression. It smells of sweat. Dogs get shot. Black people are lynched and women are whores. Lennie and George talk of living off the fat of the land, raising rabbits and auntie Clara’s blueberry pies.

The cast includes Wil Young who plays Lennie. Wil is a company member from Hijinx North Academy, one of 5 Academies in Wales that trains learning disabled and/or autistic adults to be-come professional actors. Neal McWilliams (Volcano Theatre, The Other Room, Sherman Thea-tre) plays George, Tom Mumford (NPT Theatres, August 012, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru) plays Slim, Anthony Corria (aka Wella; National Theatre Wales) plays Crooks and Sara Lloyd Gregory (Being Human, Torchwood, BBC; Hinterland, BBC/S4C; Theatr Clwyd, National Theatre Wales) who plays Curly and Curly’s Wife. The show is directed by Mathilde Lopez (La Voix Humaine, Aldeburgh Festival 2017 / Festival of Voice 2016 Wales Millennium Centre / Welsh National Opera; Yuri, August 012 / Chapter / Underbelly Edinburgh 2016; City of the Unexpected, associate director National Theatre Wales & Wales Millennium Centre) and the scenographer is Tina Torbey (Design Studio Assistant at National Theatre, London). The Lighting Designer is Ace McCarron (Music Theatre Wales, Scottish Opera, English Touring Opera), Costume Designer is Brighde Penn (recently graduated from RWCMD with a masters in Performance Design) and Composer is Gareth Evans (Tonypandemonium National Theatre Wales; Roberto Zucco August 012). The show opens on the 18th of October at Chapter Arts Centre and will run until the 28th of October.

August 012 is a theatre company that produces vigorous and ambitious international contemporary plays rarely seen in Wales. The company endeavours to bring the writing and ideas of the rest of the world to the Welsh stage, in English, Welsh and other languages.

Director Mathilde Lopez said;
“We are very excited to join forces with Hijinx and wrestle with the seminal piece that is Of Mice and Men. I am also terrified to do it justice and echo the strength, relevance and conciseness of the novel on stage. We will explore documentary realism and the hyperboles of the Bible and find the spaces where Sergio Leone meets The Little House on the Prairie.”

Clare Williams, Chief Executive of Hijinx said;
“Hijinx applauds August 012 for their courage in casting an actor who has a better understanding of Lennie than any neurotypical actor. It has long been Hijinx’s ambition for mainstream theatre companies to recognise the value in casting diversely and this production Of Mice and Men is a perfect vehicle for this.”

The company will also be offering performances for schools during the 10 day run at Chapter Arts Centre.

Sherman Theatre

Gods and Kings

Challenging perceptions of what it is to live with mental illness, Gods and Kings is a bracingly honest and often hugely funny real-life story which discusses the journey from being diagnosed with bipolar to coming to terms with mental health problems and all the ups and downs in between.

Following the matinee performance on the 8th September, Mind Cymru will be taking part in a Question and Answer session, where alongside Julie Morgan AM, the playwright himself Paul Whittaker and other representatives from arts, health and disability, we will be discussing some of the issues that arise from the play – mental health services and support, diagnosis and medication, and broader issues of self-determination, self-management and identity. Mind Cymru will have information and resources on display throughout the week.

Gods & Kings

Sherman Theatre

6th – 9th September 7.30pm

Matinee Friday 8th 2.30pm

Cap Saturday 9th

Written and Directed by Paul Whittaker

With Robert Bowman

Sherman Theatre Box Office: 029 2064 6900

www.shermantheatre.co.uk

 

Mess Up the Mess

Us Proclaimed

Date: Friday 8th September

Time: 7.30pm

Location: Soar Centre, Penygraig, CF20 1JZ

Age: 12+

Some tickets still available so if you would like to reserve any then please email Emma@ValleysKids.org or call us on 01443 303032

Us Proclaimed: Clywch Ni
Created by the young people of Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company, Cwmni Pluen, Aled Pedrick and Ifan Davies, in collaboration with National Youth Arts Wales

A brand new bilingual play with music inspired and created by the young people of Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company alongside actor and writer Aled Pedrick, composer Ifan Davies (lead singer of Sŵnami) and director Gethin Evans (Cwmni Pluen).

Us Proclamed: Clywch Ni throws a spotlight on the unique identities, perspectives, passions and interests of young people growing up in Wales today. Through music, comedy, poetry, drama and movement find out what makes this tight company of young people tick.

Audience feedback so far / Adborth cynulleidfa
“A very honest, inspiring, heart breaking, funny show!’
“Yn dangos y herion a’r gobeithion sy’n wynebu ein pobl ifanc y dyddiau hyn.”
“Fantastic, brutal- honest and unflinching. Nothing less than expected from Mess Up The Mess.”

www.messupthemess.co.uk

UCAN Productions

Good Company

A UCAN Production

Supported by Arts Council of Wales and Community Trade Union and developed from The Art of Kindness Project.

 

Saturday September 2nd at 7.30pm

Sherman Theatre

Senghennydd Rd, Cardiff CF24 4YE

 

Nidum Art Centre

Wednesday 6th September at  7.30pm

Neath Port Talbot College, Dwr-Y-Felin Rd, Neath SA10 7RF

 

Tickets are free and are issued on a first come first served emailing info@ucanproductions.org or calling 02920870554 or 07812051815

 

GOOD COMPANY is an innovative and original theatre performance, which examines the relationship between, acts of kindness and acts that cause pain.  Developed from The Art Of Kindness Project, this exciting piece of theatre has been created from 30 real life recorded interviews. These have been bravely provided both by those who have experienced every day discrimination and disability hate crime and those who have experienced acts of kindness that have made a difference to their lives.

 

Taking a unique approach, UCAN Members, as ‘Playmakers’,  used audio recordings of people’s real stories and their actual words to craft an audio, rather than a written, play text. This is the organisation’s first ever audio script and the production explores and plays with sound and the spoken word. Supported by professional playwright and deviser Dinos Aristidou and Artistic Director Bernie Latham, contributors and playmakers explore verbatim theatre conventions and have developed an approach to playmaking and performance that is accessible.

 

The project has been developed in response to a direct request from the Community Trade Union and in particular the Welsh members from the National League of Blind and Disabled (NLBD) and is supported by The Arts Council of Wales

 

UCAN Production is a performance arts organisation for blind and partially sighted young people and their friends

www.ucanproductions.org