Sherman Theatre

The JMK Directors Programme

Sherman Cymru TheatreSalary: Bursaries are available

Sherman Theatre and the JMK Trust are inviting submissions for the next stage of their Directors Programme, supported by The Carne Trust, which will run from January 2018 until the end of the year. We are looking for six emerging directors to take part in a series of workshops and training sessions which will develop important skills including leadership and process.  They will be led by Adele Thomas and supported by industry professionals and Associate Director David Mercatali. All directors will be paired with a writer from our New Welsh Playwrights Programme to develop a play which will be showcased to industry, and given the opportunity to start a new creative partnership.  The Programme will start in January with a series of evening sessions, and workshops will take place throughout the year, culminating with the showcase in Autumn 2018.

To be considered please send a copy of your CV and a covering email explaining why this would be an important opportunity for you. We are inviting directors aged 18 and above to apply; the only requirement is that you are either from or live in Wales.

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Closing date: Friday 8 December

New Welsh Playwrights Programme 

Sherman Theatre is delighted to launch its second year of its New Welsh Playwrights Programme, following a very successful inaugural year in 2016.  We are looking for two writers to join four returning participants in the second stage of the Programme. Brad Birch will return to lead the six playwrights through an advanced series of workshops and training sessions that will further their skills in writing for theatre and encourage the ambition of their ideas. All writers will be paired with a JMK director, and together they will develop the script for a showing at the theatre.

The Programme is scheduled to begin in January and run for eight sessions, with development work on your script later in the year. We are inviting all writers aged 18 and above to submit; the only requirement is that the playwright is either from or lives in Wales. We are particularly looking for submissions in the Welsh language. Additional support is offered by Welsh Language artist Gethin Evans.

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Closing date: Friday 8 December

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


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 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

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

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 
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


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:

Sherman Theatre

Sengennydd Road, Cathays,  Cardiff CF24 4YE

Tel: 02920 646900

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The Cherry Orchard

Sherman Cymru TheatreFriday 13 –  Saturday 28 October

Captioned Performance Friday 27th October 7.30pm

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

Box Office: 029 2064 6900

One of the greatest of all plays and written shortly before the Russian Revolution, Chekhov’s comedy captures a world on the brink of social upheaval. It is a witty, compassionate study of humanity’s flaws, foibles and our refusal to face what is right in front of us. This radical reworking from writer Gary Owen and director Rachel O’Riordan places the action in early 80s Britain, at the dawn of another revolution – the Thatcher regime, which swept away the post-war consensus and created the country we live in today.

A re-imagining by Gary Owen
Director Rachel O’Riordan
Designer Kenny Miller
Lighting Designer Kevin Treacy
Composer and Sound Designer Simon Slater

Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4YE



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How My Light Is Spent

by Alan Harries


16 – 27 May


Concessions: £2 off
Under 25s: Half price

Captioned performance: Fiday 26th May 7:45 pm

From the writer of Love, Lies and Taxidermy, this Welsh Premiere of How My Light Is Spent is a funny, hopeful play about loneliness, longing and being left behind.

Box Office: 029 2064 6900

Sherman Theatre

love_cardiff_mainSpring Season 2017




By Gary Owen

24 March – 8 April
Previews: 24 – 27 March

Previews: £14
Under 25s half price
Concessions £2 off

Captioned performance on Friday 31st March 7.30pm


The multi-award winning combination that created Iphigenia in Splott; Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan and Associate Artist, Gary Owen, return in Killology; a new play and co-production with the Royal Court Theatre, London.

A controversial new gaming experience is inspiring a generation.

In Killology, players are rewarded for torturing victims, scoring points for “creativity”.

But Killology isn’t sick. In fact it’s marketed by its millionaire creator as a deeply moral experience. Because yes, you can live out your darkest fantasies, but you don’t escape their consequences.

Out on the streets, not everybody agrees with him.


UK Theatre Award for Best New Play (Gary Owen, Iphigenia in Splott)
James Tait Black Prize for Drama (Gary Owen, Iphigenia in Splott)



Love, Cardiff

13 – 15 April, 7.30pm

All performances will be captioned



Love, Cardiff is the story of our city’s past, present and future told through the personal accounts of our City Road communities. The customers in the barbers and take-aways pass each other on the street. The staff in the grocers, the sex shop, and the funeral directors sit side by side on the bus. The residents of City Road make their way home, every passer-by, every person an extraordinary story.

Love, Cardiff is a community production that explores the stories that lie behind the faces of those who live, work and play along this vibrant city road.

Do you have a City Road story?

If so, get in touch. Your story may be the inspiration we are looking for to help us build our performance, exhibition and archive. Please contact the Love, Cardiff Team on 02920 646980 or email The Community and Engagement Team at the Sherman Theatre create projects about you, our citizens, together telling the story of our community, our capital city.

‘To have the whole community in a play made entirely of their words was incredible.’ (Waulah Cymru Committee Member on the Sherman Theatre’s Community Production of Home)

Love, Cardiff has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.



How My Light is Spent

By Alan Harries

6 – 27th May

Captioned Performance 26th May 7:45 pm

Concessions: £2 off
Under 25s: Half price


Every Wednesday evening, Jimmy calls Kitty. For precisely nine minutes. At £1.20 a minute.

Jimmy is 36, lives with his mum and works at Newport’s only drive-through doughnut restaurant. Kitty is a phone sex worker living in the granny flat of a topiary enthusiast. Things were looking up for Jimmy when he met Kitty for the first time, but then he loses his job at the drive-in and starts to feel a strange tingling in his fingers. Kitty’s not a psychologist yet, but she has some theories about why Jimmy has started to disappear. With Kitty giving some life-changing advice and Jimmy trying to reconcile himself to eventual invisibility, this unlikely duo succeeds in turning each other’s world upside down.

From the writer of Love, Lies and Taxidermy, this Welsh Premiere of How My Light Is Spent is a funny, hopeful play about loneliness, longing and being left behind.

“Alan has a unique voice that is playful, charming and wonderfully weird. I think this is an entertaining, uplifting and accessible play that audiences in Cardiff will really warm to” Liz Stevenson, Director.


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Autumn Events

Sherman Cymru TheatreAndy Hamilton

29th October 2016  7:30pm

Tickets: £22

In his 60 years on this planet, comedy writer and performer Andy Hamilton has experienced many changes. For instance, he was once a 6’4”-tall professional basketball player, until a tree fell on him. But, of course, change is an inescapable part of the human condition. Why? Is that fair? Some changes are good, some bad. Why can’t they be more clearly labelled? How did we end up working longer hours? Where did all the sparrows go? If you’re feeling flustered because of flux, Andy will teach you how to cope with the changes we have seen and the changes yet to come. Contains mild peril.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

4 & 5 November / 5 – 31 December 2016

Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen
Writer Alun Saunders
Director Kevin Lewis

For ages 3 – 6 and their families


BSL – 17 Dec. 11.00am

Relaxed performance – 19 Dec. 11.00am

Have you ever lost something? A toy? A tooth? A memory?

What if, one day, you lost all of your ‘silly’?

When the Emperor demands the coolest clothes to help him be, well, ‘cool’… The call is answered by a pair of wily Weavers, who concoct a cunning plan and land everyone in an embarrassing situation. Who will help the Emperor rediscover his joy and silliness?

Sherman Theatre and Theatr Iolo present The Emperor’s New Clothes / Dillad Newydd yr Ymerawdwr – a re-imagining of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. Written by award-winning playwright Alun Saunders, with songs and live music, there’s something here for the whole family this Christmas!

Made especially for 3 – 6 year olds and their families.

The Borrowers

25 November – 31 December 2016

By Mary Norton
For ages 7+

Tickets: £15 – £25
Previews: £12 – £20
Concessions: £2 off
Under 25s: Half price

Captioned performance – 17 Dec. 2.00pm
Relaxed performance – 30 Dec. 2.00pm

This Christmas as the Sherman takes you on another musical family adventure with The Borrowers.

Discover the secret world of Pod, Homily and Arrietty, whose lives are turned upside down by a dangerous encounter ‘above the floorboards’.

Size doesn’t stop this little family with a big heart. Hide from the ‘Human Beans’, battle with wasps and go on a magical journey that shows the littlest of people can make a big difference.

Following the sell-out success of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in 2015, this year another family classic will be brought to life with the Sherman’s Christmas sparkle.

Sherman Theatre
Senghennydd Road
CF24 4YE

029 2064 6900

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