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

Chapter Arts Centre

Louder Is Not Always Clearer

6th – 10th February 


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 –

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.

Community Music Wales

Weekly Music Sessions in 2018 – Ffyngau Band

Your chance to get involved and reawaken your passion for music with an outlet for your talents.

Maximise your creativity and learn new skills in a positive and enjoyable environment.

Every Friday from January 19th 2018

The Common Room

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff CF5 1QE

£4 per session

For further information please contact Community Music Wales on 029 2083 8060 

or email:

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.

Macbeth; Act III; Scene III (b)

Chapter Film

Sunday 6 August 4.00 p.m


“Let the frame of things disjoint…”

In what seems to be a missing scene of sorts, imagined from the middle of Shakespeare’s play, we see Macbeth and Banquo together again in some strange psychic space – a dream, perhaps. The tyrant Macbeth has sent his cronies to murder Banquo, and has begun his descent                                                                                                               into madness, but we see none of this.

Attempting in part to distill the poetic essence of the original play into something smaller, the film is also an exploration into the relationship between the two characters – informed by folk horror, doom metal and buddy movies. We can think of them at once as infamous figures; secondly as archetypes, the tyrant juxtaposed with the eternally curious; and lastly as human beings, mundane and petty.

The film was shot over 5 days around Berwick-upon-Tweed and the Scottish Borders. It was shot by a team of 4 (performers included!) on a Blackmagic pocket cinema camera, predominantly with vintage lenses. Some additional shots were captured later in a studio.

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Quiet Hands

Winterlight Theatre

Written by Tim Rhys

Directed by Chris Durnall

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

September 12th – 16th 7.30pm

What do you do when your home is invaded by your new best friends? When they’ve become your only friends in a world where looks in the eye and tones of voice have a thousand meanings you can’t follow?  After their last, sold-out Chapter visit, Winterlight’s new play follows a young autistic man confronting the dangerous rise of ‘Mate crime’.

Quiet hands is the concluding part of a trilogy of plays dealing with the life of an autistic individual from child to adult.

Tickets: £12/£10

Running time: approx. 1 hour 30 mins + interval

There will be BSL interpretation on Friday 15

There will be a post show talk on Tuesday 12

Matinee performance Saturday 16th 2.30pm

For tickets book here

Mercury Theatre Wales

35 Times

Chapter, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Tue 11 – Sat 15 July, 7.30pm
+ Thu 13 July: BSL Interpreted Performance
+ Fri 14 July: Post-show discussion with Women’s Aid SEEDS (Survivors Empowering and Education Services) Group

By Bethan Morgan
Co-produced by RCT Theatres

Jules’s Coffee Mornings are a place to get creative, to glue stringy balloon sculptures, to learn a waltz and to speak out.

a fascinating mixture of sadness and human strength” – Theatre in Wales

Inspired by the real experiences of many brave Women, join six who are now finding their voices. It’s not all just tea and biscuits.  

Harrowing but highly enjoyable” – Audience feedback

So you see, we know what you think of us, we know what we’ve become. That’s why we’re here….we’re trying to work out together how we move on. How we survive.

Tickets: £12/£10 
Age 16 + due to adult themes and use of strong language
Duration: 80 mins (no interval)

For tickets and further information please go to:


Writing Group at Chapter

Free Write

Meeting once a month, with no fixed agenda, FREE WRITE brings together poets, storytellers,spoken word performers, novelists, comedians, creators of words in whatever form, meet up to connect, chat, share experiences, successes, cautionary tales relating in any way to writing, the process, the results, the joys, the pain, the paths and the pitfalls of  the word based life. And also write if the muse strikes!

June 30 2017 meeting 10am to 1pm at The Cwtch, Chapter Arts Centre

No two Free Write sessions are the same, you may use the session to focus on getting some words down by yourself, or join the discussion, maybe a prompt will arise during the event and those who wish may try and create something on the spot. Work may be read out to willing listeners, you may learn of open mic or other occasions to try out your work publicly, something about writing generally or about your work particularly might be causing you grief and maybe someone will offer you a new perspective, deliberately, or even accidentally, via the flow of social intercourse.

As with all things creative, the trick is getting the flow started, however that happens and flowing to wherever the flow goes.

Which is FREE WRITE in a nutshell!

Drop in, tune in, drop out, as best suits your particular needs and inclinations

Free Write was created by Mab Jones and is hosted in Cardiff by Will Ford

Mab recently created Free Write: Valleys Edition, which has met several times in Pontypridd. To keep up to date with upcoming FREE WRITE meetings in Cardiff and Pontypridd why not join the FREE WRITE FACEBOOK GROUP

 Come along and feel the flow of Free Write, you make it what it is!

Cardiff Animation Festival

Cardiff Animation Festival to launch in April 2018

A brand new dedicated animation festival is coming to Cardiff next year. Cardiff Animation Festival will be held at Chapter and other venues across Cardiff on the 20th, 21st and 22nd April 2018.

The new Cardiff Animation Festival will be run by the team at Cardiff Animation Nights (CAN), who have been running animation events in Cardiff since 2014. The bimonthly Cardiff Animation Nights, which used to take place at 10 Feet Tall, recently moved to Cardiff’s Kongs to accommodate growing audiences for animation in the city.

As well as their bimonthly events, CAN have run a dedicated animation strand at Cardiff Independent Film Festival for the past two years, which has included screenings of animation from around the world and masterclasses with industry greats Joanna Quinn, Peter Lord (Aardman) and Ben Bocquelet (The Amazing World of Gumball).

To give audiences a taste of what Cardiff Animation Festival will have in store, the Cardiff Animation Nights team are bringing two special events to Chapter in Cardiff this summer:

Lotte Reiniger Special / Saturday 24th June / Chapter, Cardiff

A celebration of the work of Lotte Reiniger on Saturday 24th June will include three stand-alone events: an enchanting selection of Reiniger’s short films reimagining classic fairytales in mesmerising silhouette animation; a free interactive shadow puppetry workshop run by Small World Theatre; and a screening of the oldest surviving animated feature film, Lotte Reiniger’s Prince Achmed, with a new original live score by musician Chris Davies.

Late Night Work Club special / Saturday 22nd July / Chapter, Cardiff

International independent animation collective Late Night Work Club released their second collaborative anthology of animated short films, Strangers, late last year. Contributions include Nicolas Menard’s SXSW award-winning ‘Wednesday with Goddard’ and Kirsten Lepore’s viral hit ‘Hi Stranger’. The event will give audiences the chance to see the animated anthologies on the big screen, and will include a masterclass with Late Night Work Club members about online collaboration and how to survive and thrive as an independent animator. The event will celebrate collaboration, with attendees invited to bring along their own personal projects, and get involved in a collaborative animation produced on the day.

Tickets for the Lotte Reiniger events are on sale now, on Chapter’s website at, or Chapter’s Box Office on +44 (0)29 2030 4400.

Tickets for the Late Night Work Club special will be on sale soon; follow Cardiff Animation Nights on Twitter (, Facebook ( and Instagram ( or sign up to their mailing list ( for information on these events and updates on Cardiff Animation Festival 2018.