Gwyl Y Llais / Festival of Voice 2018

Accessible Performances

Double Vision 

Wales Millennium Centre

7th – 17th June

Tickets £15

Captioned performances: Thurs 14 June 6pm + Sat 16 June 3pm

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Part murder mystery, part gig, and a whole lot of fun; Double Vision is a brand-new thriller from Wales Millennium Centre and award-winning theatre company Gagglebabble. 

A thrilling ride through the darkness of the human psyche, inspired by Alfred Hitchcock and Ernest Lehman’s unfinished script, ‘The Blind Man’. A story about friendship, perception and betrayal. 

Cast includes UCAN’s  Mared Jarman.

 

Lovecraft (Not the sex shop in Cardiff)

Ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre

5th – 16th June

Tickets £15

BSL Interpreted performances: (Interpreter: Sami Thorpe)  Fri 8 June 8pm + Thurs 14 June 10pm  

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A one-woman-science-comedy-music-show.  

Created and performed by Welsh actress and singer Carys Eleri. Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff) is a brutally honest and witty show about the neuroscience of love and loneliness.  

Drawing from her own experiences, Carys combines smart and ludicrously funny songs with heartfelt tales, taking you on a journey to discover how love works, why it makes us do crazy things and why hugging is the answer. 

 

English 

Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre

14th – 24th June

Tickets £15

Age Guidance 14+

BSL interpreted performances, Saturday  16 June 7pm + Saturday  23 June 2pm (Interpreter: Tony Evans)

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National Theatre Wales’ and Quarantine’s extraordinary new show invites its audience into a conversation about language with performer Jonny Cotsen – a performance built out of a fascination with what happens when we try to talk about how to live together. 

It’s inspired by the theatricality of language lessons, and discussions with migrants who learn English for all kinds of reasons. For business, for pleasure, for survival, to take part, to pass the test…

 

Dr Sally Austen in conversation with Bella Bathurst: Sound

Jacob’s Antique Market

Tickets £6.50

BSL interpreted performance, Sunday 10 June 4pm (Interpreter: Lianne Lusty)

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Sound draws on this extraordinary experience, exploring what it is like to lose your hearing and – as Bella eventually did – to get it back, and what that teaches you about listening and silence, music and noise. She investigates the science behind deafness, hearing loss among musicians, soldiers and factory workers, sign language, and what Deaf people know about these subjects that hearing people do not.

Please let us know if you have any specific needs and we will do our best to help: [email protected]

For full details of the Festival Programme please visit – https://festivalofvoice.wales/festival-of-voice

Festival of Voice – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Festival of Voice will be starting in just a few weeks’ time at Wales Millennium Centre and as part of the programme there is a series of accessible performances .

WMC have  offered DAC members £5 tickets for these shows.Just use the code FOVfriend2018 at point of purchase to take advantage of this!

 

WMC have teamed up with multi-award winning theatre company Gagglebabble to produce Double Vision. Part murder mystery, part gig, Double Vision is an exciting new thriller that is designed to be completely accessible to those with visual impairments, with audio description built into the script. Touch tours are available before every performance led by trained Stage Management staff with captioned performances on Thursday 14th  and Saturday 16th June. Including UCAN member Mared Jarman in the role of Mel, this is a performance not to be missed.

 

Highway One is a co-production between August 012, Katell Keineg and WMC which takes the audience on a trip from Cardiff to Greece in the company of a centaur, a dead Italian film-maker, Medea, granddaughter of the sun god and a young woman from Cardiff. It will have two Audio Described performances by Alistair Sil on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June, with touch tours available beforehand.

For further information about shows and timings, please visit https://festivalofvoice.wales/.

Beyond the Border 2018

Beyond The Border returns to St Donats Castle for a 2-day Birthday Barnstormer celebrating 25 years of the very best international performance storytelling.                                           Storming The Barn!!

The 25th Birthday Barnstormer will be a very special event, with limited ticket numbers and performances centred around The Castle, The Blue Garden, the new Moondance Hall, and of course the medieval Tythe Barn.

Taking part in BTB2018 will be some of the finest musicians and storytellers from Wales and the World, including Sweden, Finland, Italy, India, Belgium, Norway and Palestine….

There will be BSL interpreted performances on both days.  (Click below for details)

Saturday         Sunday

Expect fables and myths, music and magic, love stories and laughter, fun and games for children and fairy tales for grown-ups, all in the beautiful grounds of our castle by the sea.

As part of the Birthday Barnstormer celebrations, we will also be celebrating Visit Wales’ 2018 Year of the Sea. Our programme will include Stories of The Sea, from Pirate Tales to Viking Myths to stories of Migration across The Mediterranean. Plus stories of ancient times to modern stories. We also have some special guests performing stories from the Mabinogion.

Artists already confirmed include author JOANNE HARRIS (Rune, Chocolat), ROBIN WILLIAMSON (Incredible String Band) , Classical Indian Sufi singer SMITA BELLUR,  award-winning storytellers HUGH LUPTON & DANIEL MORDEN (Classical Association Award), author and storyteller SALLY POMME CLAYTON, BEN HAGGARTY (Crick Crack Club), PAOLA BALBI (Italy) MARKUS LUUKONEN (Finland) TORGRIM MELLUM STENE (Norway), JOE BAELE, TOM VAN OUTRYVE (Belgium), CATH LITTLE, TAMAR WILLIAMS, MICHAEL HARVEY, GUTO DAFIS and more, many more ….
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Aberration on the Red Carpet

17 May 2018 at 7pm – Aberystwyth Arts Centre Studio

 FREE ADVANCE TICKETS FROM ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE BOX OFFICE BY PHONE OR IN PERSON ONLY. QUOTE THE BOOKING CODE ‘AVOCADO’

A showcase of short films from the Iris Prize and creative writing from the Write It Out community project.

Featuring the premiere of our own Aberration film, “Avocados Are Not the Only Fruit” with Maj Ikle one of DAC’s West Wales members making her directorial debut.

This is a free event to mark IDAHOBIT Day (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia). Come and celebrate our LGBTQ+ fabulousness through community stories, poems and films.

Made possible by: Iris Prize, Literature Wales, SpringOut, Enfys Aber, Aberystwyth University and Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Read about it on Aberration’s Blog

See Maj Ikle’s own blog 

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru – Estron (Alien)

Estron (Alien)
by Hefin Robinson

On tour across Wales 19 April – 19 May

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
in association with the National Eisteddfod of Wales and Carmarthenshire Theatres

A laptop, a tin of Quality Streets, and an author searching for his play in an infinite universe.

Recent devastating events have turned Alun’s world upside down, but in the darkness he seeks solace in a visitor from another world.

An intriguing new play for the current generation by one of our brightest young writers, and winner of the Drama Medal at the Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod, 2016. Estron was performed for the first time in the Cwt Drama at the Anglesey National Eisteddfod, 2017. This is a rare opportunity to see a Drama Medal winner on a national tour.

“I was in tears, with a wide grin on my face, when I jumped to my feet at the end . . . This is a powerful play . . . that must be experienced.” Lowri Cooke

This is a Welsh-language production. The Sibrwd app provides a live audio synopsis for non Welsh-speakers and Welsh beginners. Full information available here.

Please note that the performance at Chapter, Cardiff on Wednesday 16 May, 7pm will be BSL interpreted.

#Estron    Pre and post show talks

 

Pontio, Bangor:  Pre-show talk for welsh learners, 8 May

Canolfan Morlan, Aberystwyth: Post-show talk, 9 May

Maenclochog Community Hall, Pembrokeshire: Pre-show Sibrwd talk, 11 May

Chapter, Cardiff:  Pre-show talk for welsh learners, 14 May     Post-show talk, 15 May

Galeri, Caernarfon:  Post-show talk, 19 May

Re-Live

Belonging

Opening tomorrow!

Thursday 26th April 2pm and 7.30pm

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Following sell-out performances in 2016, and its storming success at the Wales Theatre Awards (winning Best Actor for Llion Williams and Best Director for Peter Doran), Belonging makes a triumphant return to the stage.

Written by Karin Diamond (nominated for Best Playwright, Wales Theatre Awards), Belonging follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t stop because of dementia.

Don’t miss one of the most powerful and uplifting plays of the year, with performances that will make you laugh and cry in equal measure.

Due to generous support from the Arts Council of Wales, ticket prices for this production are available for just £10. 

Touring nationwide between April and June 2018: Please click on the theatre and follow the link.

Chapter Arts Centre – 26th – 5th May Cardiff

Chapter BSL performances: 1st May 2pm & 3rd May 7.30pm

Torch Theatre – 10th – 12th May Milford Haven

Theatr Clwyd – 15th – 19th May Mold

Theatr Clwyd BSL performance: 17th May 7.45pm

Taliesin Arts Centre – 23rd – 25th May Swansea

Taliesin BSL performances: 24th May 2pm & 7.30pm

Borough Theatre – 6th June Abergavenny

Brecon Little Theatre

Alice in Wonderland

Relaxed Performance

Friday 1st June 2018

7pm

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

Brecon Little Theatre and Theatre Brycheiniog are proud to present their co-production of ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ Join us on a mad journey to Wonderland meeting beloved characters like the Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat and of course the odious Queen of Hearts. You’ll love this local community production; it’s written by The Westenders very own Julie Jones and directed by Rosie Mellerick so you know you’ll be in for a music and dance extravaganza for all the family to enjoy.

The relaxed performance is an adaption of their regular show to extend a warm welcome to anyone who might find it difficult to follow the usual conventions of theatre etiquette and especially those on the autistic spectrum, those who may make involuntary noises, or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

During a relaxed performance House Lights are left on low and strobe lighting may be removed. Loud noises or explosions are either taken out entirely or reduced. The audience is free to go in and out as needed and latecomer rules are relaxed. Making noise during the performance is not discouraged. There are additional staff members on hand to assist as required and the cast and crew has awareness training before the performance.

The house will open earlier to give everyone plenty of time to get to their seats. 

People with a learning or physical disability, autistic spectrum condition, or sensory or communication disorder are especially welcome. This performance is open to people of all ages.

As well as this fantastic show, Brecon Little Theatre will also be running craft workshops in the theatre in the week running up to the show where children can make some of the props that will be seen in the show.

On Monday 28 May, 2-6pm, the workshop will involve making flowers and cakes for the set. 
On Tuesday 29 May, 10am- 1pm the workshop will be a Mad Hatter’s Hat Making Workshop.

There will also be a Mad Hatter’s Tea party on Saturday 26 May, 4-6pm.

Further performances on June 2nd at 2pm and 7pm and June 3rd at 2pm

Box Office 01874 611 622

For further details please go here

Email: [email protected]

Mr and Mrs Clark Present

‘Louder is Not Always Clearer’

Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

Friday 20 April 2018, 7:30pm.

Tickets: £13.00 Full | £11.00 Concessions

Jonny Cotsen brings his first one man-show Louder is Not Always Clearer, produced, devised and directed by infamous performance activists Mr and Mrs Clark, to the Torch Theatre.

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 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.

For a glimpse into Jonny’s story you can check out On Par’s video, Born Deaf, Raised Hearing.

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.

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

Phone number for further info:  01646 695267

Email Address for Further Info:   [email protected]

For more information and to book tickets visit https://torchtheatre.co.uk/louder-is-not-always-clearer-a-mr-mrs-clark-production/

               

Dirty Protest

Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock

By Mark Williams

Dirty Protest in co-production with Chapter and Torch Theatre

1979. When Star Wars superfan Sam discovers that the Millennium Falcon is being built in his home town, his life is turned upside down. Determined to get inside the cockpit; his only obstacle is his stepdad Mike, guardian of the secret hangar where the legendary ship is being built in Pembroke Dock.

2014. Sam’s daughter Lizzie goes missing, forcing him into a desperate hunt to bring her back to safety before it’s too late.

Never mind saving the galaxy, sometimes you just have to save your own world. Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock explores what happens when Hollywood’s best-loved spaceship lands on your doorstep. This is a story of hope, courage, and how to be a family when it seems the universe is against you.

A new play from writer Mark Williams (Jason & the Argonauts) and critically acclaimed company, Dirty Protest (Sugar Baby/Parallel Lines). Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery.

Running time: approx 90 mins 

Age guidance: 8+ Please note this isn’t a children’s show but suitable for families to enjoy together. 

This new production will feature closed captioning via iPad of every performance, increasing access for D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences throughout the tour. 

Tour Dates:

APRIL/EBRILL

4-7    Chapter, Cardiff/Caerdydd  029 2030 4400  chapter.org

17      Soar Centre/Canolfan Soar, Penygraig  01443 30 30 32  valleyskids.org

18      Ffwrnes, Llanelli  0845 226 3510  theatrausirgar.co.uk

19      Taliesin Arts Centre/ Canolfan Y Celfyddydau Taliesin   Swansea/Abertawe

          01792 60 20 60 taliesinartscentre.co.uk

21      The Riverfront/Glan Yr Afon, Newport/Casnewydd  01633 656757

23     Halliwell Theatre/Theatre Halliwell, Carmarthen/Caerfyrddin

24     Pontardawe Arts Centre/Canolfan Y Celfyddydau Pontardawe

         01639 863 722  pontardaweartscentre.co.uk

25     Borough Theatre/Theatr Borough, Y Fenni/Abergavenny

         01873 850 805  boroughtheatreabergavenny.co.uk

26     Blackwood Miners’ Institute/Sefydliad Y Glowyr Coed Duon

         01495 227 206  blackwoodminersinstitute.com

27     Galeri, Caernarfon  01286 685 222  galericaernarfon.com

28     Aberystwyth Arts Centre/Canolfan Y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth

         01970 62 32 32  aberystwythartscentre.co.uk

 

MAY/MAI

2      Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon/Aberhonddu  01874 611 622  brycheiniog.co.uk

4-5   Torch Theatre/Theatr Torch, Milford Haven/Aberdaugleddau

        01646 695 267  torchtheatre.co.uk