A Mr and Mrs Clark Production

Louder Is Not Always Clearer

In February 2018 contemporary performer Jonny Cotsen will start touring Wales with his first one man-show Louder is Not Always Clearer, produced, devised and directed by infamous performance activists Mr and Mrs Clark.

Jonny is a teacher, facilitator, a workshop leader a campaigner and an artist. His friends say he’s outgoing and popular and that he loves music, festivals and nightclubs.

Jonny is deaf.

Born deaf to hearing parents reluctant to stigmatise their son with a the label ‘disabled’, deaf was a term not used in the Cotsen household. Jonny underwent ardent speech therapy and learnt to lip read. He did not identify as ‘deaf’ until much later in life. From an early age he felt disconnected from his deafness but also disconnected from the world around him.

‘Louder Is Not Always Clearer’ focuses on the importance and struggle of connection with others; an honest portrayal of the vulnerability of a man seemingly full of social confidence.

In a hearing world Jonny is different and Louder Is Not Always Clearer is a bold expose that highlights those differences.

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.

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.

Booking is essential

Tour Dates – 

Chapter, Cardiff – 6-10 February 

https://www.chapter.org/louder-not-always-clearer

Taliesin, Swansea – 22nd February
https://www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk/performances.php?id=1654

Riverfront, Newport – 26-27 April

https://tickets.newportlive.co.uk/en-GB/shows/louder%20is%20not%20always%20clearer/events

Torch Theatre, Milford Haven – 20th April http://www.torchtheatre.co.uk/louder-is-not-always-clearer-a-mr-mrs-clark-production/

Performed by Jonny Cotsen
Directed by Gareth Clark
Choreography by Catherine Bennet
Sound Design by Christopher Young
Visuals by Jorge Lizalde
Lighting by Marega Palser
Technical Manager Ceri Benjamin

DAC Annual Exhibition 2018

Disability Arts Cymru invites you to submit work for the DAC ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2018

Image by Suzie Larke

The theme of this year’s open exhibition is ‘On The Edge’

Through our DAC Annual Exhibition we showcase and tour the work of Wales-based disabled and deaf artists or those living with long term physical and/or mental health conditions.

It is an open exhibition including work from up-and-coming artists and those who have been working as professional artists for many years. Our aim is to raise profiles; increasing the likelihood of sales, enabling the progression of careers in the creative sector; building relationships between peers and exhibiting venues.

We show a variety of forms and media; DAC supports artists working across all art forms, therefore giving as many artists as possible the opportunity to include their work

The exhibition will take place at the following venues – dates and details to be confirmed

  • Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells
  • Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Gallery, Merthyr Tydfil
  • Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy
  • Theatr Clwyd, Mold

See below for entry criteria or for any enquiries please contact:  [email protected] or [email protected]

Tel: 02920 551 040

Entry criteria:

  • One entry per person
  • We will be selecting the works for the 2018 exhibition based on images submitted with the entry form. Please submit up to 5 images with your application. Images can be submitted by post (A4 size) or via email as an attachment with a high resolution (300dpi) to [email protected]
  • Open to d/Deaf and disabled artists and those with long term physical and/or mental health conditions, residing in Wales, aged 16 and over.
  • Entry fee – £7.50 per entry
  • Visual art mediums accepted: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, collage. Any queries please contact us.
  • We welcome entries under the themes of ‘On The Edge’ – It is intended as a broad theme open to wider interpretation
  • Exhibition ready – All 2D work must be framed – with ‘d rings’ and picture wire/string attached for hanging.
  • Size Limit: 1m x 1m
  • Work for sale: A commission will be taken for any work sold – commission rates will vary depending on the exhibition venue.
  • Entries must be submitted by 14th June 2018

 

Due to the size of the venues there is a limit to the number of pieces that can be exhibited. Work must adhere to the Exhibiting Policy and DAC will select the work to be exhibited if there is over-submission. DAC reserve the right to accept or reject any work for inclusion in the show. In the event your work is not exhibited your entry fee will be returned. Chosen work must be delivered to the DAC head office or stated venue by 28th June 2018

 

Work must be available for the duration of the exhibition which will run between August and December 2018.

The exhibition will take place at the following venues  – dates and details to be confirmed

 

  • Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells
  • Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Gallery, Merthyr Tydfil
  • Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy
  • Theatr Clwyd, Mold

 

 

Exhibition Entry Form

 

Please return this slip along with a clear photograph of the work by the closing date 14th June 2018 with your £7.50 entry fee to –

 

Disability Arts Cymru, Sbectrwm, Bwlch Road, Fairwater,

Cardiff, CF5 3EF or email [email protected]

 

(Cheques made payable to Disability Arts Cymru)

           

Signature………………………………………………………………..

                                           I agree to abide by conditions of entry

 

 Name……………………………………………….Tel………………………..

 Email……………………………………………………………………………..

 Address………………………………………………………………………….

 ………………………………………………….Postcode…………………….

 Title of Work……………………………………………………………………

 Size: Height …………………cm Width………………………..cm                         .         Depth…………………..cm

 Description…………………………………………………………………….

 …………………………………………………………………………………….

 Medium used………………………………………………………………….

 Sale Price or NFS (Not for Sale) ………………………………

 

All artists must be members of DAC (you may join at the time of submission including your completed membership form alongside your entry form)

 

Through our DAC Annual Exhibition we showcase and tour the work of Wales-based disabled and deaf artists or those living with long term physical and/or mental health conditions.

It is an open exhibition including work from up-and-coming artists and those who have been working as professional artists for many years. Our aim is to raise profiles; increasing the likelihood of sales, enabling the progression of careers in the creative sector; building relationships between peers and exhibiting venues.

We show a variety of forms and media; DAC supports artists working across all art forms, therefore giving as many artists as possible the opportunity to include their work.

 

2018 Exhibition Theme :- ‘ OnThe Edge’

Interpretation of the theme is up to individual artists.

 

 

Copyright: All invited artists will be asked to permit use of images of their exhibited work on the DAC website and for DAC’s general marketing purposes.

 

Disclaimer: You will be liable for your artwork until it is received by DAC, at which point insurance cover will be provided until the end of the project. DAC reserve the right to refuse any artwork they believe to be unsuitable.

 

National Theatre Wales

The Agency Project Co-ordinator

National Theatre Wales 2National Theatre Wales is seeking to appoint a highly motivated and energetic individual for the above vacancy.

Working closely with the Head of Collaboration (TEAM), the Agency Project Coordinator is responsible for leading on the development and delivery of The Agency project in Cardiff (an initiative imported from Brazil’s favelas, allowing young people from deprived inner-city areas to develop business ideas benefitting their communities). The role is responsible for managing The Agency freelance staff contracted to deliver work within Cardiff.

Salary £24,ooo per annum, pro rata. 21 hours per week.

Term: Fixed term contract (29 months) part time.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all backgrounds. Applications can be received in English or Welsh.

Deadline: Thursday 8th February 1pm.

Interviews: Monday 19th February, Cardiff.

For further information, application form, job description and person specification in English or Welsh please visit the website: http://nationaltheatrewales.org/about#workwithus

Mid Wales Opera @ The Riverfront Newport

On Friday 16 March, Mid Wales Opera will be presenting a BSL-interpreted performance of Eugene Onegin at The Riverfront.

 

 

 

Although complemented by Tchaikovsky’s breathtaking music, the story of Eugene Onegin stands on its own as a thrilling piece of theatre: Pushkin’s compelling and heartbreaking tale is a stunning exploration of love, death, life and convention. You can find out more about the production here: http://tickets.newportlive.co.uk/en-GB/shows/eugene%20onegin%20-%20mid%20wales%20opera/events

This BSL performance will be MWO’s second – having presented a BSL-interpreted performance of Handel’s Semele in Cardiff last year – and will be signed by Julie Doyle.

Sherman Theatre

TREMOR

12th  April 2018- 5th May 2018

Captioned performance  19th April [email protected] 7.30pm

 

THIS IS THE PERSON I AM NOW. IT’S THE PERSON I WANT TO BE, SHOULD HAVE BEEN FOR A LONG TIME. WE GOT DARK, SOPHIE. THINGS GOT DARK, AND I… I’M BETTER NOW. I’M IN A BETTER PLACE.”
Once our lives are touched by tragedy, can we ever truly move on? Sophie and Tom’s relationship fell apart in the aftermath of a catastrophe. Four years on and as they come face to face once again, the aftershocks of that fateful day can still be felt.

Tremor is a play about now. It’s about how we choose to see things and live our lives in a world riven with tension, anxiety and division. This thrilling new play by Brad Birch, the first recipient of the Harold Pinter Commission, promises an intense evening at the theatre

Sherman Theatre

 

Dublin Carol

1st – 17th February 2018

Captioned preformance 14th February 2018 @ 7.30pm

 

 

 

“THERE’S NOTHING WORSE THAN DECORATIONS AFTER CHRISTMAS. THAT’S THE WAY I SOMETIMES USED TO FEEL PUTTING MY CLOTHES ON IN THE MORNING.”
Dublin, Christmas Eve. John, an alcoholic undertaker, is confronted by the ghosts of his past. Can he salvage something from the life he himself wrecked?

Conor McPherson is not only one of the most acclaimed playwrights working today, he is one the most compassionate. McPherson’s characters are people we can believe in and relate to. In Dublin Carol, he creates a deeply moving account of a man struggling to face up to his past, present and future.

This new production of this modern masterpiece by Matthew Xia, one of the UK’s brightest directing talents, promises a highly emotional experience in the intimacy of the Sherman Studio.

Suzie Larke

In The Mind’s Eye

An exhibition of photography by Suzie Larke

Penarth Pier Pavilion

19th January  – 23rd March 2018

“One of the problems with mental illness is that the symptoms are often not outwardly apparent. Through conceptual photography, this project is an attempt to transform my own personal experiences of depression into something more tangible. To create images that  promote a greater understanding of the spectrum of experiences of depression. To challenge the cliché ‘head in hands’ image that is often used to depict depression by the media. To raise awareness and break through stigma.”

Penarth Pier Pavilion
The Esplanade
Penarth
CF64 3AU

http://www.penarthpavilion.co.uk/

Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00am to 5.00pm

www.https://suzielarke.com/

Gofal

Gofal’s Journeys

Gofal’s Journeys  are running a Depression Busting Course in Bangor in January 2018 in partnership with Hafal and Cyfle Cymru  Peer Mentoring service. The course will run:

Depression Busting

Wednesdays
17th January 2018
– 21st February 2018
1.00pm – 3.00pm

at
CAIS,
First Floor,
30 Dean Street,
Bangor,
LL57 1UR

The aim of the course is to enable people to manage depression. It gives the opportunity to develop strategies for self-management as a means of maintaining long term health and wellbeing. Places are available to anyone experiencing Depression over 18. Just to be clear, this course is not a professionals training course but a self-management course for those experiencing Depression.

For further information and an application form contact:

Email: [email protected]
or phone:
Ivama on 07854 811307
Andrea on 02920 692891