Wales Millennium Centre, Accessible Shows

Kinky Boots

July 22nd – 3rd August

Tickets: £19.50 – £49.50 (Hynt Card Scheme applies)

Age: 10+

Winner of every major Best Musical award, including the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, ‘London’s hottest musical’ (Smooth Radio) Kinky Boots comes to the Centre in 2019.

With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), this ‘dazzling, fabulously sassy and uplifting’ (Time Out) musical celebrates a joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit, as it takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Don’t miss the ‘freshest, most fabulous, feel-good musical of the decade’ (The Hollywood News) as it embarks on its first ever UK tour. It’s the ultimate fun night out for you and your loved ones, so book now and experience the energy, joy and laughter of this dazzling show.

Wednesday 31st July 7.30pm Captioned performance

Thursday 1st August 7.30pm Signed performance

Saturday 3rd August 2.30pm Audio Described performance

To book online please go here

 

Club Tropicana

13th – 17th August

Tickets: £16.50 – £39.50

Age: 8+

The brand-new 80s musical from the producers of the hit UK tour of Hairspray.

This star cast is led by Joe McElderry (X Factor winner and star of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Neil McDermott (EastEnders, The Sound of Music), Kate Robbins (Spitting Image, Dinnerladies), Emily Tierney (Wicked, The Wizard of Oz); and former Sugababe star Amelle Berrabah, making her musical theatre debut.

Take a trip back to the electric 80s and embark on a summer of love and smash-hit classics!

Thursday 15th August 7.30pm Signed performance

Friday 16th August 5.30pm Open captioned performance

Saturday 17th August 4pm Audio described performance

To book online please go here

 

On Your Feet!

21st – 26th October 2019

Tickets: £18.50 – £52

Age: 8+

Her voice. His vision. Their story. The Broadway and West End production of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s smash-hit musical is coming to Cardiff.

On Your Feet! is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom.

Featuring 26 of Gloria Estefan’s hits including 1-2-3CongaGet On Your FeetEverlasting LoveDr. BeatMi TierraAnything For YouDon’t Wanna Lose YouRhythm Is Gonna Get YouTurn The Beat Around and more.

Thursday 24th October 7.30pm Signed performance

Friday 25th October 7.30pm Open captioned performance

Saturday 26th October 2.30pm Audio Described performance

To book tickets online please go here

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL

Box Office: 029 2063 6464 (Mon – Sat: 10am – 6pm, Sun: Closed)

www.wmc.org

 

    

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

Wales Millennium Centre

Le Gateau Chocolat

Icons

Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre

18th to 22nd December, at 8pm

Tickets: £12

Opera and lycra loving cabaret sensation Le Gateau Chocolat storms into the Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre with his latest work, Icons, between 18th and 22nd December.

The audio described performance is on Friday 21st December at 8pm, with a free pre show touch tour at 7pm.

My name is Alastair and I will be your audio describer. The place to meet for the touch tour is the Meeting Point in the foyer of the Wales Millennium Centre, a few minutes before 7 o’clock. The touch tour will help set the scene for what is sure to be a sensational evenings entertainment.

Walking the tightrope between his public and private personas, Le Gateau Chocolat explores the people, the moments, the relationships and the art that have come to shape us and the ideals we aspire to. 

Accompanied by a live band, Gateau unashamedly weaves through an eclectic mix of music; Pop, Opera, Rock, Kate Bush, Whitney, Meatloaf, Pavarotti…

Investigating his own objects of worship through the songs and music of his own personal icons.

“His voice is both delicate and gloriously meteorological, his ceiling-lifting baritone, rich and silky as a Lindor Truffle and resonant as a bell.” The Stage

To book tickets and a place on the touch tour, you can contact the Box Office on 029 2063 6464 or visit the Wales Millennium Centre website, wmc.org.uk. You can also book your tickets in person. More information about how to get to the Wales Millennium Centre is available on the website.

Thanks to the Hynt scheme, there is the opportunity to access free tickets for carers and companions.

Hynt is a national access scheme working with a network of theatres and arts centres across Wales. As a member of Hynt, Wales Millennium Centre offers cardholders a free ticket for their companion, carer or personal assistant. You can apply to be a member on the Hynt website, hynt.co.uk.

You can book your tickets in person or over the phone, giving your unique Hynt reference number upon booking.

A carer, companion or personal assistant can book on behalf of a Hynt cardholder, however tickets can only be issued to the cardholder, who must show their photographic Hynt Card.

I look forward to meeting you.

Riverfront, Newport

Sleeping Beauty

This year’s family favourite pantomime at the Riverfront

Tuesday 4th December – Sunday 6th January 2019

Audio Described performance, Thursday 3rd January at 6.30pm. A free pre show touch tour at 5.30pm will help set the scene, ready for two fun filled hours of song, dance and drama for all the family!

Trouble is brewing at Newport Abbey. The Evil Dowager Aunt Draig (Lowri-Ann Richards) is searching for the missing Princess (Alice Rose Fletcher). Lord Griffin of Newport (Michael Geary) and his son the right honourable Dylan (Jack Ayres) with help from Mrs Midges the Housekeeper (Liam Tobin), Muddles the Gardener (Richard Elis) and Chortwood the mysterious Butler (Richard Nichols) make sure that true love wins out in the end.

The production contains flashing lights, loud music, loud bangs, strobe lighting, water and smoke.

To book your ticket, reserve a place on the Touch Tour and set aside an audio description headset, ready for the performance, you can call 01633 656679 or 01633 656757.

The website address is www.newportlive.co.uk/riverfront

Leeway Productions

THE LAST 5 YEARS

Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown

Choreography Mark Smith

Directed by Angharad Lee

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL

November 9th – 17th 

8pm

BSL and Closed Captions

Age Guidance 12+

The Last 5 Years by Tony award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown comes to Wales for the first time in a new touring production by Leeway productions.

An emotionally charged and powerful musical, The Last 5 Years follows aspiring author Jamie and struggling actress Cathy, two twenty-something New Yorkers, who fall in and out of love over the course of five years.

With a stunning, lyrical score telling their story in opposite directions this production will see a love story explored uniquely and poignantly by outstanding musical theatre talent, deaf performers and beautiful choreography by the award-winning Mark Smith.

To book tickets please go here

Or phone the WMC on 029 2063 6464 

The production will then tour to the following venues:

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 20 November. Galeri, Caernarfon, 22 November. Blackwood Miners’ Institute, 27 – 28 November. Ffwrnes, Llanelli, 29 November. Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tydfil, 1 December.

Hijinx

Odyssey – Hansel, Gedeon and the Grimms’ Wood

Follow Hansel’s breadcrumbs to the Wales Millennium Centre!

Weston Studio

6th December 7pm

7th December 7pm (audio description)

8th December 3pm & 7pm

BSL interpretation for all performances and Audio Description on the 7th December.

This Christmas join Hijinx’s community theatre group, Odyssey, as they follow Hansel and Gedeon on their adventure through the Grimms’ Wood. Showing in the Weston Studio of the Wales Millennium Centre from the 6th – 8th December.

Written by Llinos Mai, Hansel, Gedeon and the Grimms’ Wood features a large cast of disabled and non-disabled performers from Odyssey, pupils from Woodlands High School, and haunting, original music by David Roche, composer in residence.

There will also be an exhibition in the WMC from 3rd December – 7th January, where visitors can explore the mysterious Grimms’ Wood even further, but be careful you don’t get lost! The exhibition will showcase the puppet design process by students from the University of South Wales Creative and Therapeutic Arts degree course.

Tickets are £9 for adults and £6 for the under 16’s and are available to book in person from WMC ticket office

Tel: 029 20636464 or book online here  

For further information please visit hijinx

Hijinx Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL
Main line: 02920 300 331 Mobile: 07377 942268