Wales Millennium Centre

Accessible Christmas Shows

RED

14 – 29 December

Tickets £10 (£6 schools)

Relaxed Performances:

18 December at 10.30 am and 4.30 pm

BSL Interpreted Performances:

Friday 20 4.30 pm

Saturday 21 10.30 am and 4.30 pm

Age 7+ (no under 2’s)

This Christmas join us on a raucous journey to a fairy tale wood where trees whisper, strange creatures lurk and wolves run wild.

Meet a dream beaver and three Not Wise Owls under a moon-lit sky…inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, Red is a hilarious tale for all the family.

A group of unlikely heroes find themselves in an enchanted misadventure with Grandma Red; a raucous old lady on a spirited mission to bring back forgotten stories.

Expect magic, laughter and a festive rock-out as we stray off the path in search of the wolves.

 

The Christmas Clock by Collar and Cuffs

20 – 22 December

Age – 0-7 years

Tickets: £7

Relaxed performances and include touch tour

Tick tock, tick tock…the clock ticks on, but Christmas never seems to arrive.

But what if the magic of Christmas is hidden inside the waiting? If you don’t do some really excellent waiting, you may miss out on all the sounds, smells, tastes, textures and sparkles as you count down towards the big day.

Join the spirits of Christmas exploring traditions of the festive season, plus plenty of great tips for helping children cope with excitement and anticipation.

All performances are relaxed with key word signing, and sensory play is integrated throughout.

Touch Tours will take place 15 minutes before the performance begins. There’s no need to book for Touch Tours, just turn up on the day.

To book online please go to: https://www.wmc.org.uk/en/whats-on/events

Telephone box office: 029 2063 6464 

 

 

Carl Chapple Exhibition – Reminder

Audio Described Tour of Exhibition

Wales Millennium Centre

Friday 6th December

7.45pm

Carl is a painter, and artist in residence with the dance company Ballet Cymru.

His exhibition of pictures at Wales Millennium Centre includes audio described/touch tours for people with visual impairments that will be delivered by Alastair Sill of Word of Mouth.

Tours will be free of charge, informal, and run for a little over an hour.

Figure drawing workshops – led by Carl and modeled by pairs of Ballet Cymru dancers – will explore movement and expression using some of the approaches I’ve been developing in my recent work. They will run for around ninety minutes, with dancers improvising together and working interactively with participants to discover poses.

Workshops will take place in the Glanfa at the WMC – the main foyer of the building – beginning at the following times:

  • Friday 6th December – 2pm and 5pm
  • Saturday 14th December – 11.30am and 5.30pm
  • Thursday 19th December – 11.30am and 5.30pm
  • Saturday 21st December – 11.30am and 5.30pm
  • Saturday 4th January – 11.30am and 5.30pm

These events will be free of charge, and suitable for children and adults of all abilities and experience. Materials will be provided, though everyone is welcome to bring their own.

No booking required.

If interested, do come along!

 

Carl Chapple – Dance Exhibition

Painting Dance

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff – November 31st to Jan 5th

As part of the exhibition there are three audio described/touch tours for people with visual impairments that will be delivered by Alastair Sill of Word of Mouth.

The tours will be free to attend, and will take place on the following dates –

Sunday December 1st at 2.30pm and 7pm

Friday December 6th at 7.45pm. 

Painting Dance presents a selection of recent work made during my ongoing residency with Wales’s international dance company Ballet Cymru, including paintings and drawings created collaboratively with dancers, as well as responses to rehearsals of productions such as Romeo a Juliet, Celtic Concerto, and Divided We Stand. Supported by Arts Council of Wales, the exhibitions also reflect elements of the company’s wider education and training programme, including their intensive work with newly-graduated dancers, and the 2019 Wales International Ballet Summer School.

Ballet Cymru’s artistic directors Darius James and Amy Doughty invited me to sketch at the company’s rehearsal studio in Newport as they were developing their production Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. I’d never been in a rehearsal space before, and was immediately struck by the energy and camaraderie of the dancers and choreographers, and by the discipline – physical and mental – that they brought to the process of creating a piece together. It was inspiring to see.

I consider my dance pictures to be portraits (if sometimes blurring lines between the identities of dancers and roles they may be inhabiting), though informed by my background in figure painting and early studies of Classical and Renaissance sculpture. The interdisciplinary nature of my current work is still very fresh and exciting to me, and is something I hope to develop further.

The exhibition at Wales Millennium Centre will feature audio/touch tours for visitors with visual impairments, and, as part of its December activities programme, the exhibition will be accompanied by a series of free drawing workshops, which I’ll be delivering with Ballet Cymru dancers.

Further information will be available nearer the time, but please see my website for examples of my work and some background about the project.

 

Taking Flight Theatre

peeling by Kaite O’Reilly

The Welfare in Ystradgynlais

Wednesday 2nd October,  7.30pm

This is the last chance to see this production in Wales before it continues on it’s tour to England.

Following its first performances in 2002, Kaite O’Reilly’s peeling was hailed as a game-changer; a landmark play that unashamedly puts d/Deaf and disabled people centre stage with wit, intelligence and conviction. Fast forward seventeen years and award-winning theatre company Taking Flight are bringing the play back to British stages in a production that received rave reviews during its tour of Wales earlier this year.

With live audio description, interwoven British Sign Language, and captions, access is at the very heart of this play, and is central to all of Taking Flight’s productions.  

Fiercely clever and uncompromising” **** The Guardian

 

Engaged to play the chorus in an epic production of Greek tragedy The Trojan Women, three performers await their brief moment in the spotlight. Alfa, Beaty and Coral wait… wait while every night the action plays out elsewhere.

peeling features an extraordinary cast of D/deaf and disabled women who are unapologetic in their views and provocations. This production is brought to life on stage by actors Bea Webster, Stephanie Lacey, Ruth Curtis and  actress and interpreter Erin Hutching as Zoe, the stage manager who tries to keep Alfa, Beaty and Coral in line whilst also integrating BSL interpretation into the action. 

Often blisteringly funny, at times almost unbearably painful; peeling takes us backstage into a world of secrets, a world where these fierce, astute and capable women are always the chorus and never the lead.

This play contains adult themes and is not recommended for under 14s.

You can find the audio flyer for peeling here and book your tickets online at the theatre’s website  or from 01639 843163 The show is 90mins long.

Chapter

The Cardiff Tapes

Thursday  19th  – Saturday  21st  September 7.30pm

Saturday 21st 2pm BSL performance

Seligman Theatre

Chapter Arts Centre, Market Street, Cardiff, CF5 1QE     

Tickets £5

‘There’s not much beauty in it. I can’t see no beauty at all in that.’

In 1972 Garth Evans created a large-scale sculpture that was placed in The Hayes, Cardiff for six months as part of a groundbreaking, UK-wide sculpture project.

Garth chose Cardiff as the location for his work as he had very strong family connections with Wales and his Welsh grandfather’s tales of his time as a miner were hugely influential on the sculpture’s form – evoking both a hammer-like tool and the image of a mine tunnel that was as black as coal.

The day after the sculpture was installed, Garth anonymously recorded the comments of passers-by and the transcript of these fascinating recordings forms the basis of this original play.

Adapted by award-winning writer Leila Philip, this production is directed by Wayne Vincent and presented in partnership with Everyman Theatre.

Chapter Box Office: 029 2030 4400

To book tickets online please go here

Audio Described Exhibition

‘Painting Dance’, a new collection of pictures by Carl Chapple.

The exhibition at Ffin y Parc Gallery, Llanrwst runs from September 15th to October 6th.

Audio described tours will take place on Saturday 28th September at 11am and 3pm.

This is the first of two exhibitions. Wales Millennium Centre will play host later in the year, with further details to be announced shortly.

The audio tours will also feature invaluable insights from the artist himself. The inclusion of objects such as ballet shoes, brushes, oils, and the panels that Carl paints on, will be available to touch, feel and smell, giving a sense of the artistic process. The tours will be relaxed and conversational, lasting one to one and a half hours, and will be free to attend.

Carl has been working with Newport-based, international dance company Ballet Cymru since 2016, though the project leading to the current exhibitions began in December 2018.

As artist in residence, Carl has been given free rein to attend Ballet Cymru rehearsals and public performances,
following dancers and choreographers as they explore and develop new ideas, characters and narratives, and create new productions. This access has allowed the artist a unique opportunity to get to know the company and its partners, to engage with their creativity, and to produce new and original works on paper, panel and canvas.

The exhibitions will present pictures depicting Ballet Cymru dancers and others working with the company, including participants in its Pre-Professionals Programme, involving recent dance school graduates from around the world.
The Ffin y Parc exhibition will feature predominantly small to mid-sized paintings and drawings, in oil and charcoal. Some pictures are responses to passages of dance observed in the rehearsal studio – exploring moments both of stillness and of movement – whilst others reflect more collaborative approaches, as dancers and artist work more closely together, away from rehearsal or performance settings.

Entry to the exhibitions and audio tours is free. However, for the audio tours booking is essential. To book tickets, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/carlchapple.

For more details, you can then click on Painting Dance Audio Tour. For any queries or further information, please contact Carl Chapple on 07585 907 051. Carl’s website is www.carlchapple.com.

Ffin y Parc Country House and Gallery in the Snowdonia National Park has quickly grown to become one of the most successful art galleries in Wales. The gallery is based in a lovely old Georgian house with large open rooms and hallways. Excellent home made food is available from the cafe.

The gallery is accessible from the A470 between Llanrwst and Betws y Coed with plenty of parking available on the grounds of the house. The drive to the gallery takes in the beauty of the area passing along the wide flat valley floor with steep wooded hills and occasional cliffs either side.

The gallery’s website address is welshart.net and the address is Ffin y Parc Gallery, Betws Road, Llanrwst, Conwy, LL26 0PT
The project is supported by Arts Council of Wales, and by partners Ballet Cymru, Ffin y Parc Gallery and Wales Millennium Centre.

We look forward to welcoming you!

The Big MaDCaff Project is happening

MaDCaff is going National, and we want you to get involved

We are very pleased to announce that our MaDCaff project, which has been running successfully in and around Ceredigion for 5 years, is about to go National with the help of funding from the WCVA’s Volunteering in Wales grant. 

MaDCaff is a pop-up café style open mic event showcasing the musical talents of people affected by mental illness. It was set up in response to the difficulty that many very talented musicians, dancers, poets, performers who have personal experience of mental illness face in trying to get an audience for their work. The music business, venues and organisations don’t always respond well when a performer pulls out at the last minute because their anxiety has become overwhelming. We decided on the open mic as a pressure free opportunity, nobody is named in advance publicity so there’s no pressure to attend or play, it’s totally up to how they feel on the day.

This project will see 7 new MaDCaff groups forming, all around Wales, with two new groups in the North West, North East and South and one extra group in West/ Central Wales. Each of the 7 new groups will put on 4 MaDCaff  events between now and 31/03/2020. Volunteers will have some amazing training opportunities available to them and each group will be supported by one of our Regional Officers with the aim of ultimately becoming self-sustaining as we have done in Ceredigion.

Interested?

If you are interested in signing up as a volunteer or are interested in the performance opportunities or have a good, accessible venue in mind please get in touch and we will direct you to your nearest DAC Regional Officer. Email [email protected] or call 02920 551040

Here’s the Big Announcement that went out on Facebook last week, listen to find out more about MaDCaff and the volunteers posts that we will be looking to fill.

The Big Announcement

Posted by MaDCaff on Wednesday, 3 April 2019

MaDCaff is funded by Volunteering in wales funding from WCVA, and has been supported by Disability Arts Cymru from the beginning 

Sherman Theatre

Forthcoming Accessible Shows at the Sherman

Anweledig

12th – 13th March

BSL: 12 March, 7.00pm

This production is performed in Welsh

14+

A powerful and harrowing Welsh language production that follows the journey of Glenda, played by Ffion Dafis, as she struggles to deal with this invisible illness.

We follow Glenda’s fiercely personal anguish as she confronts the illness and faces life outside of hospital. How will she, her family and friends deal with the traumatic reality of recovery? Will she find light at the end of the tunnel?

The production has been inspired by real medical records from the old Denbigh mental health hospital in North Wales.

For details and tickets please go here

The Taming of the Shrew

28 February – 16 March

Captioned performance 14th March 7.30pm

A bold new play by Jo Clifford based on Shakespeare’s contentious classic.

Petruchio is a woman who isn’t afraid of a challenge. Which is just as well because her latest task is to tame a beautiful but waspish boy called Kate. But Kate isn’t going to make it easy for her… Has Petruchio bitten off more than she can chew?

Jo Clifford has exploded Shakespeare’s contentious classic to create a raucous and riotous new play which invites us to imagine a world in which women hold all the power. Exploring gender, identity and power this is The Taming of the Shrew for our times.

For details and tickets please go here

Get It While It’s Hot: Five Green Bottles

9th – 13th April

BSL: 10 April 6.30pm 

Come and see what’s cooking in Cardiff theatre right now. Sample the freshest theatre, a tasty pie and a refreshing drink for just £12.50.

Get It While It’s Hot is Sherman Theatre’s new platform for emerging theatre companies in South Wales and the perfect way to relax after a day at work. For the second Get It While It’s Hot we welcome Cardiff based company Spilt Milk Theatre with Five Green Bottles by Joe Wiltshire Smith and Kristy Philipps.

For details and tickets please go here

Lose Yourself

10th – 25th May

Captioned 24th May 7:30pm

Josh is the club’s rising star but injury threatens to ruin everything. Nate’s the veteran; he knows how to enjoy himself. Yaz and her mate Samantha are off on a night out. They know where to find the team and how to get a result. The drinks are flowing in the VIP section. A spare hotel room is booked. But at the end of the night, when things are out of control, someone is going to get hurt.

Lose Yourself, the latest play by Sherman Theatre’s Playwright in Residence and creator of Bird Katherine Chandler, is directed by Associate Artist Patricia Logue. This is a fast, wild and ultimately tragic ride into the darker side of our celebrity obsessed culture.

Contains strong language, sexual content and scenes that some audience members might find upsetting. 

For details and tickets please go here

The Snow Queen

29th November – 31st December

Relaxed performance Saturday 7th December 2pm

Audio described performance Saturday 21st December 2pm

We are delighted to announce next year’s magical show for over 7s in the Main House will be The Snow Queen

For details and tickets please go here

The Ugly Duckling

8th & 9th November and  2nd – 31st December

BSL Saturday 14th December 11am

Relaxed performance Saturday 14th December 1.30pm

We are delighted to announce next year’s magical show for under 7s in the Studio will be The Ugly Duckling

For details and tickets please go here

 

Sherman Theatre

Senghennydd Road, Cathays, Cardiff CF24 4YE

Box Office: 029 2064 6900

Email: [email protected]

 

Theatr Brycheiniog

PINOCCHIO – Carlo Collodi. La Baldufa Theatre, Catalonia.

Tuesday 19th March 2019

7.30pm

Presented by Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch  as part of the Agor Drysau-Opening Doors International Festival 2018 supported by the Arts Council of Wales’ Lottery Fund.

Pinocchio is the story of a child free from prejudices: he’s disobedient and mischievous, yet at the same time naïve. Really naïve. Geppetto, his father, tries to watch over his education. In return, Pinocchio, ever disobedient, is drawn into a series of adventures which will make him grow as a person and very nearly… with a surprising end.

This is a fantastic and fabulous new interpretation. Paper and wood are used to create a production which is multifaceted and organic, through which we can dive into the imagination of a child-puppet – a tale which invites us to reflect on values such as education, graft, responsibility and sincerity.

No language.

Recommended audience age for family performances: 6 years and upwards

Recommended audience age for school performances: from 8 to 11 years

Phone number for further info: 01874 611622  email: [email protected]

To book tickets on the website please go here

Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7EW