Ffilm Cymru Wales’ latest round of Audience Access awards will continue to support Welsh venues and festivals to provide a dynamic and diverse variety of cinematic experiences for people right across Wales.
For the first time, new funding awards were made to Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival and Bangor’s Pontio Arts Centre. Running at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff between 28th and 30th September, and at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on the 20th and 21st October, the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival will help audiences explore the latest and best in Japanese animation with films to suit all ages, as well as workshops and masterclasses with Japanese animators. The funding award will support Kotatsu in continuing to build new audiences, working alongside local community, youth and refugee groups to widen the festival’s reach.
Pontio Arts Centre’s new funding will support their project encouraging the community in Bangor to make the most of their local independent cinema. Their initiatives include providing more Welsh-language cinema, community interaction through volunteering, creating access for families with children with additional needs, and continuing the venue’s engagement of student and young audiences through film, gaming and interactive content.
In addition to the new awards, Ffilm Cymru continued to invest in three established film festivals to advance their expansion and reach new audiences.
Read more here.
Cardiff, 2023 – a law passed in Westminster in 2005 has just come into force. Children told they were born from donated eggs or sperm, upon turning 18, are now entitled to know the identity of their donor parent.
Mary seeks out sperm donor Chris, knocking his world asunder. In this new era, where racial tensions run high, she wants answers. Who are her half-siblings? Could she have inherited her deafness? And is Chris prepared to risk his marriage and own family plans to help her feel she belongs?
2023 has been developed with support from academics and researchers in the fields of gamete donation and D/deafness.
- By: Lisa Parry
- Director: Zoë Waterman
Preview 3 October £10/£8
BSL interpretation: 11 October
Post show talks:
- 5 October: Science and Ethics in ‘2023’
- 11 October: Talk with cast and creatives (BSL interpreted)
Every performance will be captioned
Produced by Illumine Theatre, with support from Arts Council Wales, the Unity Theatre Trust and Chapter.
Age: 14+ (contains swearing and sexual references)
Spread the word @MettaTheatre is looking for highly skilled D/deaf, disabled & neuro-diverse actor-musicians & singers for 6 new British musicals.
Open auditions on Oct 16 & 17
Are you a collaborative, open & exceptionally talented D/deaf or Disabled or neuro-diverse actor-musician? Want to be considered for 6 new British musicals with @MettaTheatre over the next 3 years? More info www.mettatheatre.co.uk/access-auditions/
If the actors could please fill in this Google Form or if email is easier then email a CV and a self tape of them playing their instrument and/or singing a song that shows off their voice, to [email protected] with the subject heading [ACCESSIBLE AUDITIONS]. Please submit your materials by October 1st.
Metta’s Artistic Director Poppy Burton-Morgan will be meeting with successful candidates in London and Salisbury.
LONDON TUESDAY OCTOBER 16th – V&A Museum – Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
SALISBURY WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17th – Wiltshire Creative (Salisbury Playhouse) – Malthouse Lane (off Fisherton Street) Salisbury SP2 7RA
More important information for actors and interested directors:
Please make us aware of any access needs and we will do our best to accommodate them in advance and on the day. An a BSL interpreter / lip-speaker / speech-to-text reporter can be provided for you if you let us know in advance and both spaces are fully accessible for wheelchair users. Parking space can be provided, and there will be a quiet area where you can prepare or rest before/after your audition. Also, please let us know if it would be helpful for us to meet you at the nearest station (London Waterloo or Southwark for the London audition, Salisbury Rail station for Salisbury) and if there’s anything we’ve not mentioned that would be helpful for you and facilitate you giving us your best on the day.
Additionally, if you need support in creating your self tape (an audio file is also fine) please contact [email protected]
If you are invited to meet, you will be given a 30 minute time slot and asked to prepare a song from one of the shows we have in development. You will also be asked to perform another song of your choosing that you feel best shows off your voice and/or instrument(s). There will be a pianist to accompany you, or you may use a backing track or accompany yourself. We are interested in your skills as a collaborator so we will probably work in depth on a short section of song – playing around with it in several different way – rather than hearing a song in full.
We will contact all successful applicants no later than 2 weeks before the audition date with materials to prepare. We will respond to all applicants who apply but we are a very small organisation so we cannot provide feedback for those that we choose not to meet.
We will respond in writing (or phone call) to everyone that we meet with clarifying whether we will offer you a role in a full production or for research and development period for any of the following projects which you may be being considered for:
IN THE WILLOWS by Poppy Burton-Morgan, Pippa Cleary and Keiran Merrick. A hip hop musical based on Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows. Touring spring 2019
LITTLE PRINCE by Poppy Burton-Morgan and Simon Bass. A circus musical based on the novel by Antoine de Saint Exupery. In development for production in 2019
COLD FRONT by Jason Carr and Poppy Burton-Morgan. An intimate new chamber musical for 2 voices, piano and cello. In development for production in 2019
METAMORPHOSIS by Poppy Burton-Morgan and Keiran Merrick. A hip hop musical based on the Kafka novella. Touring spring 2020.
WINTER HOLIDAY by Poppy Burton-Morgan and Candida Caldicot. An actor musician folk musical based on the novel by Arthur Ransome. Running at Theatre By The Lake in Keswick, Christmas 2020
GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Poppy Burton-Morgan and Shola Adewusi. A contemporary adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel, with a pop/jazz/soul score. In development for expected touring in spring 2021
Creative Wales–British School at Rome Fellowship 2019–20
The Creative Wales–British School at Rome Fellowship will provide a valuable opportunity for an artist at a significant juncture of their career, who lives in Wales, to undertake a three-month residency in Rome. The Fellowship is open to exceptional, ambitious and imaginative creative individuals, working within the visual arts artform. It will provide an exceptional opportunity for career development for the artists selected, increase Wales’s artistic profile internationally, and make an invaluable contribution to creative Wales.
Further information upon the Fellowship and details of how to apply can be found at
The closing date for applications for the 2019–20 Fellowship (tenable October–December 2019) is Friday 19 October 2018.
Supporting disabled-led arts in Wales: panel discussion and networking event
Monday 8th October 2pm – 4pm
Preseli Room, Wales Millennium Centre
How might the sector better support work by disabled artists? What change has happened in recent years, and what’s next? As the Unlimited funding programme is open for another funding round for new projects by artists and companies creating disability-led work, it is a key time to gather and assess these questions. Join us for a panel discussion chaired by Unlimited Senior Producer Jo Verrent, bringing together playwright Kaite O’Reilly, artist curator Aidan Moesby and Wales Millennium Centre Assistant Producer Jenny Sturt.
One to one advice surgery sessions for artists interested in applying to Unlimited will be available in 20 minute slots 12pm-2pm and 4pm-6pm. Book ahead of time by emailing [email protected]. Let us know if you have any access needs we should know about.
Surgery places can be booked by emailing [email protected]
Supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council Wales. Delivered in partnership with Wales Millennium Centre and Disability Arts Cymru.
Wales Millennium Centre is wheelchair accessible and BSL and speech to text will be provided for the panel discussion. A separate quiet space will be available. If you have any queries about access please contact [email protected]
Click here for more information and free tickets
2 final spaces have just opened up on our BSL level 1 course which starts on Monday 17th September here in Cardiff.
The course lasts just 2 weeks instead of the 1 year that Level 1 usually takes to achieve. The course has been subsidised by Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru/Arts Council of Wales so it only costs £250 instead of the usual £450. This fee includes an end of course test and certificate.
The course will have an arts vocab slant but you will still have the regular level 1 qualification.It will take place at Cardiff Deaf Club and be run by the amazing Sarona Training.
For more information or to book email [email protected]
A night of contemporary dance and live music.
Featuring live band ‘Best Supporting Actors,’ with FREE live gig following the performance.
Memo Arts Centre, Barry, Friday14th September 7.30pm
‘Murmur’ sees Ransack Dance Company tell two unique short stories in a surge of risk taking athletic contemporary dance, crashing live music and breath taking film images.
Inspired by the words of Marlon Brando; ‘We act every day to save our lives’, the work explores the theme of authenticity, and sees the performers travel through a series of scenarios. They share intimate meetings, dance through live gigs, move through the murmurations of flocking birds, and push against wild storms, searching for calmness amidst the chaos of life.
‘Ransack have a momentum that will keep you on the edge of your seat!’ Audience
‘Sensitive, personal and emotionally engaging’ Wales Online
The performance will also feature students from University of South Wales, and Motion Control Dance.
Some of the show has speech in so we have a BSL interpreter at the show
Tickets: £12.50 full, £10 concessions
Join LLEUCU SIENCYN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF LITERATURE WALES in conversation with the NATIONAL POET OF WALES, IFOR AP GLYN and MINISTER FOR CULTURE, TOURISM AND SPORT DAFYDD ELIS THOMAS discussing what words and waves mean to Wales.
EVENT: Year of the Sea 2018
LOCATION: Splott Stage, Jurys Inn, 1 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3UD
DATE: Friday 7 September 2018 TIME: 1.00 – 2.00 pm
TICKETS: Free and can be reserved here
This year, Visit Wales has been celebrating Wales’ outstanding coastline, inviting visitors to discover new and exciting experiences all around our shores. Visit Wales and Literature Wales commissioned Ifor ap Glyn to write a poem titled Blwyddyn y Môr 2018 (Year of the Sea 2018) to celebrate Wales’ epic shores. Click here to listen to the poem.
On Friday 31 August, 5-8pm, we’ll be keeping our doors open a little later, so you can enjoy the magic of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery at night.
Friday 31 August
17:00 – 20:00
We’ll be bringing you live music from Felix Subway from Lost Tuesday Society, artist talks by Lee Williams and BEEP painting prize artists, dance performance by Volcano Youth Company, art workshops and more.
We’ll also be hosting local food traders so you can enjoy a range of cocktails, craft beers and ciders and food served in our Gallery garden.
Join us for an after work social or for pre ‘night out’ drinks and discover something new at Glynn Vivian.
Free entry, no booking required. Drop in and join us at any time. Everyone welcome