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]

#Belonging2018      #Perthyn2018

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

WalesOnline’s 100 Greatest Welsh Women of all time

Massive congratulations to @DACymru members Rosie Moriarty-Simmonds and Beverley Lennon for featuring in @WalesOnline’s 100 Greatest Welsh Women of all time. DAC are incredibly proud to be associated with such outstanding women

Rosie Moriarty –Simmonds is a long standing member of DAC.  She is a superb ambassador for all matters related to disability and has been a terrific campaigner for disability rights and for disabled people in general.  Rosie‘s work has been included in DAC’s annual open exhibitions and she was a cast member in the USS production of  Birds at the Sherman Theatre.

“I’ve embraced life wholeheartedly and, despite the circumstances, I’ve achieved an awful lot. Who knows whether I would have gone to university or been a feisty campaigner for disability rights, if I hadn’t been disabled?”

‘Rosie runs her own business, has written her memoir, became a mother and works as an artist.

Producers of Call the Midwife used her biography for inspiration after she wrote to demand the BBC drama tackled the subject of those affected by thalidomide.’


Beverley Lennon is one of our newer members.  She has recently submitted a poem in response to our call out for poetry dealing with experiences around mental health and that work has been included in our poetry anthology ‘ Out of sight- Allan o’r Golwg’  which will be launched on 31st March 2108 at an event in Colwyn Bay.


‘Beverley moved to Wales from Brixton in 1987 after literally sticking a pin in a map in search of somewhere to start a new life.

She never imagined she’d become the first black female Welsh teacher in Cardiff.’


See the full article here

Clocking Off


Parade through Bute Park and retirement gift giving: Sat  14th of April 2pm


‘Clocking Off’  is a commemorative parade for the working guide dog, devised and organised by artist and researcher Kathryn Ashill. The aim of this work is to honour the working life of the guide dog and to celebrate the work the dogs do for the wellbeing of humans.


What we will be doing?

A parade through Bute park with the guide dogs  and a gift presentation to thank the dogs.


 Sat 14th April 2pm

Contact       Kathryn Ashill

Thanks for taking the time to consider this and hope you can take part.

Get Creative

Would you like to promote a class or creative activity that you’re leading or involved with between 17th and 25th March?


Get Creative Festival is an annual event celebrating the creative activity that is going on in our communities all the time.  During the festival,  free,  or minimal cost creative activities are put on right across the UK to encourage people to ‘have a go’

The Get Creative Festival is encouraging creative groups / workshop leaders to offer free or minimal cost taster sessions to new participants next week.  It’s fine to list a regular class, just as long as you can offer next week’s session as a free or minimal cost ‘taster’ session.

If you would like to be part of the festival, all you need to do is list your event on the website. 

And if you would like to try a new creative activity visit the website to see what’s on offer near you!

To list your event visit:

Tell us about your event |

Experience | Place | Story – by playARK and yello brick

Experience | Place | Story

How can we use playful strategies to create new narratives of place and community?

Fri 23 March 2018  10:30 – 13:30

St. Fagans National Museum of History  Saint Fagans  CF5 6XB

What’s it all about?

A creative morning that delves into ways in which place, experience and story can be explored through digital and analogue technologies. Against the noisy backdrop of investment in VR and AR can we create new dialogues with audiences that arouse the senses, engage the emotions, and that are attuned to the environment.

The event will feature presentations from creative organisations and artists that have produced work at St Fagans National Museum of History.

Who’s it for?

The event is aimed at anyone who is interested in creating digital and/or analogue site-specific projects that connect people, story and place.

The day will be split into two parts:

10.30am -1.30pm
Talks and presentations focusing on exploration and discovery through creative practice. This will feature contributions from St Fagans’ artists in residence, members of the digital team and researchers on immersive media. The morning session will be followed by lunch and networking.

2pm – 4pm [optional]
In the afternoon guests will be invited to take part in St Fagans’ new immersive storytelling experience Traces (Olion) or can attend a games making workshop with yello brick producer Alison John (places for the workshop are limited to the first 20 sign ups).

Free Event

Book Ticket

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

DAC Annual Poetry Competition – we have a winner!!


Lee Green  !!






Thanks to all  of you who entered our annual poetry competition

We are pleased to announce that Lee Green’s poem  ‘Simmering Limerence’ has been judged to be the overall winner . Congratulations Lee!

In addition to the overall winner  the following poems were highly commended by our judge Dominic Williams.

‘A song to the Vinyl Siren’   by Giles Turnbull

 ‘Letter to my daughter ‘ by Rhian Elizabeth

  ‘Voices’ by Siobhan Davies

The above poems together with some of the other entries will be included alongside images from our 2017 visual art exhibiton in an iBook – more details to follow shortly.

Thanks to our judges Dominic Williams  and Sion Aled for their work in judging the entries


DAC are recruiting!

North West Wales Regional Officer – Disability Arts Cymru

Salary – £23460 per annum (£11730 pro rata)

17.5 Hours per week  




Disability Arts Cymru (DAC) is looking for a highly motivated Regional Development Officer to help us widen the impact of our work in North Wales; establishing development programmes and disability arts networks across the region. The successful candidate will focus their work across Conwy, Gwynedd, Anglesey and will have a shared responsibility for North Powys.

We believe in…. Opening up access and opportunity, celebrating diversity, nurturing embryonic and established high-calibre disabled practitioners, and inspiring change throughout Wales.

Our vision is a simple one: to make the arts in Wales creative and diverse in equal measure, with disabled and Deaf people at the very core. 

Closing Date for applications – 5pm, 12th April 2018

Interviews – 23rd or 24th of May 2018

To apply contact:

Tel: 02920 551 040    –