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

Sherman Theatre

Autumn 2017 Accessible Performances 

Gods and Kings 

Hide Productions

Performed by Robert Bowman

6 – 9 Sept 7.30pm 
Matinee 8 Sept 2.30pm

Friday 8 September 2.30pm Dementia Friendly

Saturday 9 September 7.30pm Captioned

£15 
Concessions: £2 off 
Under 25s half price

A man leaves a consultation room facing a choice. It should be a pretty straightforward choice. Take the pill and live. Don’t take the pill and die. But the decision proves to be more difficult; does he risk losing his life or risk no longer being the person he has been all of his life?

Challenging perceptions of what it is to live with mental illness, Gods & Kings is a bracingly honest and often hugely funny real-life story.

 

The Cherry Orchard

By Anton Chekhov 
A re-imagining by Gary Owen 
Director Rachel O’Riordan

13 – 28 October

Audio Described Performance 20 October 7:30pm

Captioned Performance 27 October 7:30pm

Dementia Friendly Performance 28 October 2pm

£16 – £26 
Under 25 half price 
Concessions £2 off

Pembrokeshire, 1982. Things are going to change.

One of the most powerful partnerships in European theatre, Gary Owen and Rachel O’Riordan, team-up once again following the success of Killology and Iphigenia in Splott. This autumn, as part of the Russia 17 series, they take on Chekhov’s masterpiece. This radical reworking places the action in early 80s Wales, at the dawn of another revolution – the Thatcher regime. This regime swept away the post-war consensus and created the country we live in today.

Those who have seen The Cherry Orchard before will be able to experience the play as if for the first time. Those who are new to the play will encounter a powerful version of one of the greatest of all plays. If you missed Killology, book as early as you can to secure your seats for what promises to be a major theatrical event.

The Wind in the Willows

1 – 30 December 
Various Times

Dementia Friendly Performance: 15 December 7.00pm 
Captioned: 16 December  2.00pm 
Touch Tour: 23 December  1.00pm & 6.00pm 
Audio Description: 23 December  2.00pm & 7.00pm 
Relaxed Performance: 29 December  2.00pm

£26 – £16 
£2 off for Concessions 
ALL UNDER 25s HALF PRICE 
Schools Earlybird £7.50 (before 30 September) 
Schools price: £8 (1 teacher per 10 pupils goes free)

Meet Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad and join them on an adventure of a lifetime. Based on Kenneth Grahame’s classic book, The Wind In The Willows offers delightful Christmas entertainment packed with live music for all of the family.

Over the years, Sherman’s main house Christmas show has become one of Cardiff’s essential seasonal treats and this year’s offering will be no exception.

The Magic Porridge Pot / Hud y Crochan Uwd

By The Brothers Grimm 
A new version by Alun Saunders 
Director Elgan Rhys 

3-4 Nov / 25 Nov – 30 Dec 
Various times

BSL 16 December 11.00am 
Relaxed performance 28 December 11.00am

£9 

Schools: £6.50

Ages 3 – 6 

When a girl does a good deed, she is rewarded with a magic pot which makes tasty porridge on demand – just what her hungry family needs. But one day her mother can’t make the pot stop and soon the whole town begins to fill up with porridge. Who can stop the pot?

The Magic Porridge Pot / Hud y Crochan Uwd, full of songs and live music, offers fantastic fun for under 7s and their families.

Performance dates, times, and language of shows vary. Please contact venue for further details:  

http://www.shermantheatre.co.uk/performance/children/magic-porridge-pot/

Sherman Theatre

Sengennydd Road, Cathays,  Cardiff CF24 4YE

Tel: 02920 646900

Email Address for Further Info: ticketing@shermantheatre.co.uk

Website for Further Info: http://www.shermantheatre.co.uk

SHYLOCK

BSL performance (Cathryn McShane) 1:30pm, Thursday September 14th, Theatr Soar , Merthyr Tudful

A new one man play in the Welsh language from the team that brought you Burton and Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon.

The tragic, funny and often unbelievable life of fiction’s most famous Jew.

Is Shylock the Jewish moneylender from The Merchant of Venice a villain or victim?

Gareth Armstrong’s award winning solo play confronts these Jewish stereotypes through the eyes of his only friend – and the only other Jewish man in the whole of Shakespeare – Tubal. Promoted to centre stage from his minor role in The Merchant of Venice, he proves a born comic storyteller.

Celebrating the richness of Shakespeare’s language and conjuring up a whole cast of characters from Portia to Pontius Pilate, from Romeo to Max Reinhardt, and from Barabbas to Richard Burbage, this dazzling, moving, often hilarious play is a fascinating exploration of Shylock and his people.

Written and Directed by Gareth Armstrong
Associate Director: Rhian Morgan
Performed by Rhodri Miles

SHYLOCK runs 90 minutes and plays with an interval.

 

Theatr Soar ticket office 01685 722176

More dates and venues: http://rhodrimiles.com/tour-dates/

 

Theatr Brycheiniog

Jack and the Beanstalk

28th December 2017 – 6 January 2018

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 29th December – 14:00 

Tickets – Full Price @ £14.00 / Concessions @ £12.00 / Family (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) @ £49.00. +50p Admin Fee Per Ticket.

For more information and to book tickets online please visit http://www.brycheiniog.co.uk/en 
Or contact Box Office on 01874 611622 
Theatr Brycheiniog, 
Canal Wharf, 
Brecon, 
Powys,
LD3 7EW