Nyrsys – Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

As this year sees the NHS turn 70, we take a look behind the scenes of a busy cancer ward in a hospital in Wales today, with a script and songs created from interviews with real nurses. This new play shines a light on nurses’ experiences — the challenges they face in their day-today work and the mischief, sisterhood and sense of vocation that sustains them. A heartfelt depiction of the life and work of these real-life heroes who care for us and our loved ones within a healthcare system that’s under perpetual strain.

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.

Age guidance: 11+

As this production is an integral part of the company’s exploration of the theme Care and Community, and comes at the end of a special year in the history of the National Health Service, a special offer is available of concession price or 10% off ticket price for all NHS staff. NHS staff are kindly asked to show their ID card and quote ‘NyrsysGIG’ when buying tickets.
On Tuesday 17 April, we presented the first public presentation of Nyrsys as a work in progress at Wales Millennium Centre, as part of their season ‘Performances for the Curious’.
Click here to see a video  promoting the BSL performances  on 17th November and 20th November : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB1hLroO6eA&feature=youtu.be

Details of pre- and post-show talks along the tour:

Pontio, Bangor 06/11/2018:  18.30 Pre-show talk for Welsh learners, PL2  Post-show talk in the theatre.
Lyric, Carmarthen 09/11/2018:     Post-show talk in the theatre.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth 13/11/2018:    Post-show talk in the theatre.
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff 16/11/2018:   19.00 Pre-show talk for Welsh learners, meeting room. 
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff 17/11/2018:   19.30   BSL Interpreted performance.
Theatr Clwyd, Mold 20/11/2018:    18.30 Pre-show talk for Welsh learners, Haydn Rees room;   Post-show talk in the theatre.
Theatr Clwyd, Mold 21/11/2018  19.45   BSL Interpreted performance.
Borough Theatre, Abergavenny 27/11/2018:  18.30 Pre-show talk for Welsh learners, Council Chamber Room.
Mwldan, Cardigan 04/12/2018:   19.00 Pre-show talk for Welsh learners, Mwldan Café.
Galeri, Caernarfon 07/12/2018:    Post-show talk in the theatre

Visually Impaired Audience Guide for Welsh Venues and Companies | Canllaw Cynulleidfaoedd â Nam ar y Golwg i Sefydliadau a Chwmnïoedd Celfyddydol Cymru

Invitation to the Discussion

I’m Chloë Clarke, a visually impaired theatre-maker and audio description consultant. Much of my work focuses on improving the theatre experience for visually impaired audiences and helping those producing theatre to understand and implement access.

Arts Council Wales has commissioned me, in collaboration with Disability Arts Cymru, to publish a comprehensive and practical guide for Welsh venues and companies to help develop visually impaired (VI) audiences.

We are very keen to hear your thoughts on what a helpful and practical guide would look like for you. Please join us for an open discussion to share your views. What are the barriers you face? Whose responsibility is it? How much adjustment is reasonable?

Before the session we invite you to join us for a matinee performance of ‘The Importance of Being Described…Earnestly?’, a collaboration between Chloe Clarke, Elbow Room Theatre and Galeri Caernarfon, a 60-minute comedy exploring a new style of audio description. This will give attendees a chance to experience integrated access that considers the needs of VI audiences from the outset.

This session will be held at Galeri, Caernarfon on 2nd November 2018 at 3pm following the matinee at 2pm.

To express your interest please contact elbowroomtheatre@gmail.com, call or text 07968 139020 or contact Galeri directly to book tickets www.galericaernarfon.com 01286 68522.

A Poster that says “The importance of being described earnestly’ and depicting a garden scene with a table bearing cake and tea, a man in a suit sits at the table, eating cake with one hand and holding a red handbag in the other. A woman stands to one side, wearing headphones, she is throwing a cup of tea towards the man, the camera has captured the tea in mid air

Gwahoddiad i’r drafodaeth.

Fy enw i yw Chloë Clarke, dwi’n ddyfeisiwr theatr gyda nam ar fy ngolwg ac yn ymgynghorydd sain ddisgrifio. Mae rhan helaeth o fy ngwaith yn ffocysu ar wella‘r profiad theatrig i gynulleidfaoedd sydd â nam ar y golwg ac hefyd i helpu’r rheiny sy’n cynhyrchu theatr i ddeall ac i weithredu yr anghenion hygyrchedd.

Mae Cyngor y Celfyddydau Cymru wedi fy nghomisiynu, mewn cydweithrediad gyda Disabilty Arts Cymru, i gyhoeddi canllaw ymarferol a chynhwysfawr i sefydliadau a chwmnïau celfyddydol yng Nghymru i’ch helpu chi dyfu cynulleidfaoedd sydd â nam ar y golwg.

Rydym yn awyddus i glywed eich barn ar sut i chi buasai canllaw defnyddiol ac ymarferol yn edrych. Plis ymunwch gyda ni am drafodaeth agored i rannu eich barn. Pa rwystrau ydych yn eu hwynebu?  Pwy ddylai dderbyn y cyfrifoldeb? Faint o addasu sy’n rhesymol?

Cyn y sesiwn rydym am eich gwahodd i berfformiad o ‘The Importance of Being Described…Earnestly?’, mewn cyd-weithrediad rhwng Chloë Clarke, Elbow Room Theatre a Galeri Caernarfon. Comedi 60-munud o hyd sy’n datblygu arddull newydd o sain ddisgrifio. Bydd hyn yn rhoi cyfle i’r gynulleidfa i brofi hygyrchedd sydd wedi ei integreiddio i’r darn, ac yn ystyried anghenion cynulleidfaoedd sydd â nam ar y golwg o’r cychwyn cyntaf.

Cynhelir y sesiwn yn Galeri, Caernarfon ar yr 2il o Dachwedd 2018am 3yh, yn syth wedi’r matinee sydd am 2yh.

I ddatgan eich diddordeb plis cysylltwch â elbowroomtheatre@gmail.com, ffoniwch neu anfonwch neges destun at 07968 139020, neu cysylltwch gyda Galeri yn uniongyrchol i arbed tocynnau drwy www.galericaernarfon.com neu 01286 685222.

MACBETH – DIRECTOR’S CUT

Small World Theatre
November 9 Tachwedd, 8pm
£10

A Radical Classic™ from Volcano

An arresting, untraditional Shakespeare with powerful performances, striking design and sensory surprises! We have stripped back action and character to zoom in on the dynamics of the killer couple, tracking their murderous ambitions, escalating anxieties and disintegrating bonds against a backdrop of sensual pleasure and normalised violence. Expect a boisterous, playful Macbeth with ribald humour and a muscular undertow of menace. This production is ideal for anyone interested in both the play itself and in contemporary performance techniques.

For the second time in its career, Volcano re-invents Shakespeare’s pacy, eloquent tragedy; this time with a new generation of outstanding performers.

“Volcano by name, volcanic by nature, the Swansea company’s psycho serial-killer drama smashes down theatre’s fourth wall, […] moving in and out of Shakespeare’s script in a night of sound and fury signifying plenty.”

Drama Shakespeare mewn arddull hynod, anhraddodiadol gyda perfformiadau pwerus, cynllunwaith trawiadol a syndod i’r synhwyrau! Ry’n ni wedi llacio’r pwyslais ar symud a chymeriad er mwyn canolbwyntio’n sylw ar ddeinameg y pâr llofruddiol, gan ddilyn eu huchelgeisiau dieflig, eu gofidiau cynyddol a datgymaliad y cwlwm rhyngddyn nhw, a hynny yn erbyn cefndir o bleserau’r corff a ‘normalrwydd’ trais. Gallwch ddisgwyl Macbeth hwyliog, llawn egni, a hiwmor amrwd ac is-gerrynt o falais cryf yn gwau drwyddo. Mae’r cynhyrchiad hwn yn un delfrydol ar gyfer unrhyw un sydd â diddordeb yn y ddrama ei hun a thechnegau perfformio cyfoes.

Am yr eildro yn ei hanes, dyma Volcano yn ail-ddyfeisio trasiedi gyflym, huawdl Shakespeare; y tro hwn yng nghwmni cenhedlaeth newydd o berfformwyr arobryn.

volcanotheatre.co.uk

Fio Presents The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona

 

Kindly supported by Arts Council Wales and Creu Cymru

The Island is a politically visceral piece of theatre based on a true story.

Set in the same prison where Nelson Mandela was held, this universal story attacks our ability to passively accept immoral laws.

 

How much pain does a state need to inflict before you fight it?

2018 marks Nelson Mandela’s centenary year and Fio want to celebrate an influential historical icon and ask the question, Do we ever learn from those who came before?

Two men, political prisoners and unlikely friends, stagger through days of pointless, back-breaking labour, coping with vicious beatings from the guards and spending their nights remembering a life outside their current misery. They prepare for a performance of Antigone in front of the other inmates and guards – an act of defiance from people who have lost everything…

This soaring, award-winning drama draws on the stories that linger from the notorious prison on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.

Performance dates

Powys Dance 20th October 2018, dawnspowysdance.org

Ffwrnes 14th October 2018, www.theatrausirgar.co.uk

Chapter Arts Centre 27th to 29th October 2018, www.chapter.org

Blackwood 3rd November 2018, your.caerphilly.gov.uk

For a link to each website to buy tickets you can also visit www.wearefio.co.uk/tickets

All performances will have integrated audio description and captioning.

‘2023’ by Illumine Theatre

2023

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

£12/£10

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)

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Ransack Dance Company present Murmur

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

www.ransackdance.co.uk

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Cragen Sea Monster

#cleanseascragen #cleanseas #findyourepic

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The outdoor theatre tour with an important environmental message continues to visit Wales’ beaches in September. Funded through the Welsh Government Tourism Product Innovation Fund (TPIF) the tour is part of Coasts Alive – the summer campaign for Visit Wales in celebration of our epic shores as part of 2018’s Year of the Sea. Sightings of Cragen will next be seen on:
 
15 September – LLAWN Llandudno
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27/10/18 – Gwledd Conwy Feast 7pm

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07/12/18 – Giant Lantern Parade, Cardigan 7pm

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Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas said “It was a great opportunity to meet the team at Small World Theatre while in Cardigan – and indeed to meet Cragen itself! The tour is an opportunity to both celebrate our coastal communities as well as highlight the duty we all have to protect our marine life for future generations to enjoy. I wish the team well with the rest of the tour – and urge everyone to see if they can spot Cragen at one of the upcoming events.”
 
Mae’r daith theatr awyr agored gyda neges amgylcheddol bwysig yn parhau i ymweld â thraethau Cymru ym mis Medi. Mae’r daith hon wedi ei noddi gan Gronfa Arloesi Cynnyrch Twristiaeth (TPIF), ac yn rhan o Arfordiroedd Byw – ymgyrch Croeso Cymru i ddathlu ein glannau epig fel rhan o Flwyddyn y Môr 2018. Fe welir Cragen nesa yn:
 
15 Medi – LLAWN Llandudno
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27/10/18 – Gwledd Conwy Feast 7yp

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07/12/18 – Parêd Llusernau Enfawr, Aberteifi 7yp

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Dywedodd y Gweinidog dros Ddiwylliant, Twristiaeth a Chwaraeon, yr Arglwydd Elis-Thomas “Roedd yn gyfle gwych i gwrdd a thîm Theatr Byd Bychan tra yn Aberteifi – ac yn wir i gwrdd â Cragen ei hun! Mae’r daith yn gyfle i ddathlu ein cymunedau arfordirol yn ogystal â thanlinellu ein dyletswydd ni oll i amddiffyn ein bywyd morol ar gyfer mwynhad y cenedlaethau i ddod. Dwi’n dymuno’n dda i’r tîm efo gweddill y daith – ac yn annog pawb i geisio cael cip ar Cragen yn un o’r digwyddiadau i ddod.”

The Importance of Being Described… Earnestly?

Access all Areas

This hilarious new play – specially created for visually impaired and sighted audiences alike – firmly places audio description centre stage.

Tickets now on sale.

Theatre practitioner and emerging director, Chloë Clarke with Elbow Room Theatre Company, in collaboration with Galeri Caernarfon, launch their premiere show at three venues across Wales. The play is inspired by Clarke’s determination to overcome barriers faced by disabled people based on her own theatre-going experience and prove that inclusive work can be daring and funny.

“Access in theatre is often an afterthought, which means that few shows are accessible and rarely creatively interesting. It’s time to see access as a creative opportunity”.

Audio description is woven in to the fabric of this pioneering play and delivered by every character (and the audience), giving visually impaired people a choice of interpretation and using description to heighten the play for everyone equally. The Importance of Being Described… Earnestly? is a romping hour of fun as the audience join the company’s earnest attempt to stage an Oscar Wilde classic with a twist.

Co-Directed by Robbie Bowman of Living Pictures (Diary of a Madman and Sexual Perversity in Chicago).
“A real treat of a show certain to leave ecstatic eyes, exuberant ears and thrilled middle bodies!”
An integrated cast of visually impaired and sighted actors includes Chloë Clarke, Dean Rehman, Lizzie Rogan & Jake Sawyers.

Age Guide: 16+

Tour Dates:

20.09.2018, 19:30 – Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

26.09.2018, 19:45 – Riverfront, Newport (BSL Interpreted) 

01.11.2018, 19:00 – Galeri, Caernarfon

02.11.2018, 14:00 – Galeri, Caernarfon

03.11.2018, 19:00 – Galeri, Caernarfon (BSL Interpreted) 

04.11.2018, 14:00 – Galeri, Caernarfon

A touch tour is delivered as a standard part of the pre-show for all audience members.

For more information visit www.elbowroomtheatre.com

Cured

Cured is a brand new first play by Laurence which has won an Unlimited R&D commission.

For some people, a pilgrimage to Lourdes is an opportunity for prayer, contemplation and quiet self-reflection. But for Connor Fisher, a young, wheelchair-using scally, it’s just a chance to get his leg over! After lying his way onto the trip in order to pursue Rose, a woman he meets in the queue for a disability benefit reassessment, he proceeds to lead his fellow pilgrims astray. There’s Bernie who has recently become disabled and is searching for that ever-elusive miracle; and then there’s Callum who speaks with a voice synthesiser and always has a witty put-down up his sleeve. But thanks to Connor’s influence, before long they end up doing pretty much everything Catholics hate! 

There will be a rehearsed reading of Cured at the Liverpool Royal Court Theatre on 12 November. Tickets can be booked here.

Cured has been commissioned by Unlimited and is produced by Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre in partnership with DaDaFest