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.

Dementia Awareness Week 2017

Dementia Awareness Day 2017

Chapter Arts CentreTinted Lens: A Festival of the Mind, Memory & Ageing
Wed 17 May, throughout the day

Chapter, Market Road, Cardiff

Celebrate Dementia Awareness Week by joining us at our relaxed Dementia Friendly screenings, engaging theatre and drop-in craft workshops, a Virtual Reality experience, guest speakers, stalls and much more. Everyone is welcome and you’ll be helping to challenge the social exclusion of people living with dementia, while also having a great time.

For more information please call the Box Office on 029 2030 4400 or email the project coordinator at

Dementia Friends Information Sessions

9.30am, 12.00pm + 3.00pm

During these friendly and interactive sessions, you will increase your understanding of dementia and think about the small things you can do to make a difference to people affected by dementia in your community.


Hand i Pocket Funshop

10.00am-4.00pm Drop in workshop

Hand i Pockets are playful sensory textile pockets, created to amuse, comfort and engage people with advanced dementia. Come and create your own, either for a specific friend or family member, or to be donated to somebody with dementia.


Their Finest (12A)

10.30am Dementia Friendly Screening

In Wartime Britain, with the streets emptied of men, Catrin Cole lands herself a job writing propaganda films that need “a woman’s touch”. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed and with the country’s morale at stake, Catrin and a colourful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.

£4.50 (carers free)

Do Not Go Gentle

10.30am-1.30pm Performance + Workshop

Everyman Theatre Company will perform script-in-hand extracts from Patricia Cornelius’ award winning play Do Not Go Gentle, which takes an unusual look at older people dealing with life’s challenges. This will be followed by a discussion and a workshop.


Re-Live: The Memoria Project


Stories of strength and courage performed by people living with dementia and family members, followed by a Q&A session with the group. Join us to find out more about the creative group work Re-Live Theatre are doing with people with dementia and their family members.


Art Workshops

11.00am + 2.00pm

Arts-based enquiry into well-being through sensory materials

Work with artist and academic Dr Catherine Lamont-Robinson to discover how engagement with materials can make a positive impact on people with dementia.


Virtual Reality Experience: A Walk Through Dementia

1.30pm-7.00pm Drop in

Researchers from Cardiff University use a unique app, developed by Alzheimer’s Research UK, designed to put you in the shoes of someone living with dementia. You’ll look at everyday life through a new lens.


Calamity Jane Sing-A-Long (U)

2.00pm Dementia Friendly Screening

This light-hearted take on the real Wild West heroine is a rootin’, tootin’ shootin’ musical western. Join us for a Calamity Jane themed Photobooth provided by Guest Who, a warm up singing session with Goldies Cymru and refreshments after the screening. Fancy dress optional but encouraged!

£4.50 (carers free)

Early Silent Comedy Shorts + Live Musical Accompaniment

4.00pm Dementia Friendly Screening

Featuring Laurel & Hardy in Big Business, and Buster Keaton as battling to build a house in the classic One Week. Pianist Paul Shallcross performs his live musical accompaniment to a selection of some of the most entertaining early short films.

£4.50 (carers free)

Forget-me-not Chorus

5.30pm Performance with Only Men Aloud

6.00pm Dementia Friendly Screening

Join us for the premiere of this uplifting short film about the work of the Forget-me-not Chorus, who offer weekly singing sessions to help combat the loneliness and isolation of living with dementia. Preceded by a performance by Forget-me-not Chorus and Only Men Aloud.


Mad to be Normal (15)

7.30pm Film Screening
Followed by a Tinted Lens Discussion with Director Robert Mullan

There was no more charismatic or controversial a figure during the swinging ‘60s than Scottish psychiatrist R D Laing. In 1965, he established Kingsley Hall in London as a medication-free community for those seriously affected by schizophrenia. 

Regular cinema prices apply.


Frozen Light Theatre

Groundbreaking show for PMLD audiences coming to Cardiff

Home10 March

Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton CF5 1QE

11am & 1.30pm (+13)

Tickets £12

029 2030 4400

Multi-sensory, immersive theatre show HOME for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities coming to Cardiff as part of a 59 date tour.

Frozen Light Theatre company bring Home, their latest bold and exciting production, devised specifically for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) to Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre for two shows only on 10 March as part of an extensive tour of England, Scotland and Wales. This is the most ambitious tour yet for the company that was specifically formed to create new work for those with complex disabilities, taking in 59 dates (many with 2 performances a day) at 41 venues.

Exploring a new and unknown world, Home immerses audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) in a multi-sensory story of discovery.

The play follows Scarlet and Olive in a world that is not how they remember it. Where are they now and where is their home? The pair must learn how to survive and create a future together in an environment that is full of surprises. Will the stars shine on this unexpected friendship? And how will they face the challenges that lie ahead?

Frozen Light devised this accessible and inclusive production especially for teenagers and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).

Performing to an intimately sized audience, the three-strong cast accompanies the audience from the foyer into the performance space, ensuring a smooth transition into the theatre environment.

One-to-one interactions with the audience include singing directly to an audience member and offering props to be touched and closely examined. Specially composed music is integrated throughout the performance.

Frozen Light launched in 2013 as a response to the fact that arts venues rarely cater for audiences with complex disabilities, although theatres are improving accessibility and offering relaxed performances for people who wouldn’t usually access the theatre. The Guardian recently published a good practice piece by Frozen Light on how to stage shows for people with profound disabilities. In 2016 they presented the first ever Edinburgh Fringe show for audiences with PMLD (at The Pleasance) selling out all performances and being immediately invited to return. It is hoped that Home will perform at the 2017 Fringe.