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

35 TIMES – Mercury Theatre Wales

Mercury Theatre Wales Present 35 TIMES.

35 TIMES is a hard-hitting production highlighting the subject of domestic violence and abuse, telling the true stories of women who have survived.

Audio Described Performance on Friday the 14th of September at 19:45 – Newport Riverfront

Jules’s Coffee Mornings are a place to get creative, to glue stringy balloon sculptures, to learn a waltz and to speak out. Inspired by the real experiences of many brave women, join six who are now finding their voices. It’s not all just tea and biscuits.

‘‘So you see, we know what you think of us, we know what we’ve become.
That’s why we’re here….we’re trying to work out together how we move
on. How we survive.’

 

AND SUDDENLY I DISAPPEAR

THE SINGAPORE/UK ‘D’ MONOLOGUES – TOURING ENGLAND AND WALES SEPTEMBER 2018

“Victims, villains, metaphors, parodies, benefit scroungers or inspiration porn stars…. I was tired of the way disabled characters were portrayed and frustrated by the limited range of parts available for disabled and D/deaf actors, so decided to be the change I wanted to see and initiated The ‘d’ Monologues in 2009.” Kaite O’Reilly
AND SUDDENLY I DISAPPEAR: THE SINGAPORE/UK ‘D’ MONOLOGUES is the latest manifestation of the project – fictional monologues in multiple languages inspired by conversations and interviews with under-represented and overlooked disabled and D/deaf people in Singapore and across the UK.

Innovative in form, multilingual and intercultural in its nature, AND SUDDENLY I DISAPPEAR: THE SINGAPORE/UK ‘D’ MONOLOGUES is an international dialogue of what it is to be human from opposite sides of the world. A triumph after its World premiere in Singapore in May 2018, the performance comes to the UK for a limited number of performances, opening the Unlimited Festival at Southbank Centre 5-6 September 2018 and touring to Oxford, Leicester and Cardiff (further dates and venues, below).

The company consists of pioneering artists exploring new theatre languages and form, with the aesthetics of access – audio description, captioning, sign language – at the very heart of the work. Poignant, provocative, with passion and sly wit, stories of difference are told live and via video in unexpected ways, reveling in all the possibilities of human variety.

The show isn’t about access, it’s about the innovative use of theatre languages – mixing visual and spoken storytelling in dynamic form, interweaving English with some Mandarin, Cantonese, Welsh and British Sign language sequences. There’s no static sign language interpreter in the corner of the stage, but live and pre-recorded sequences that tell little-known stories physically and visually, with creative captioning throughout.

The outstanding cast includes Sophie Stone (currently at The Globe in ‘Emilia’), Garry Robson (currently at The National in ‘Titus Andronicus’), Deaf visual language director/performer Ramesh Meyyappan, Welsh disability icon Sara Beer, and introducing Macsen McKay. Singapore performers Peter Sau (National Best Actor award winner) and Grace Khoo perform live, joined by other disabled Singaporeans via film and video sequence. The monologues are written by award-winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly and directed by Phillip Zarrilli.

And Suddenly I Disappear: The Singapore/UK ‘d’ Monologues Trailer: https://vimeo.com/272958421

2018 TOUR DATES:

SOUTHBANK CENTRE’S PURCELL ROOM (LONDON)

5 – 6 September 7.45pm [Unlimited Festival performances] www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/unlimited 

THE OLD FIRE STATION (OXFORD)

8 September 7.30pm www.oldfirestation.org.uk/whats-on 

ATTENBOROUGH ARTS CENTRE (LEICESTER)

9 September 7pm www2.le.ac.uk/hosted/attenborougharts/whatson

CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE (CARDIFF)

11 – 12 September 8pm. www.chapter.org 

THE ‘D’ MONOLOGUES PUBLICATION

– a collection of Kaite O’Reilly’s solo plays for atypical actors will be published by Oberon to coincide with the UK premiere.

OTHER LINKS:

Kaite O’Reilly in conversation with British Council Singapore: https://vimeo.com/242969844

THE STAGE:

Writer Kaite O’Reilly on The Singapore ‘d’ Monologues: ‘It’s like the Vagina Monologues for the deaf and disabled’ https://www.thestage.co.uk/features/2017/writer-kaite-oreilly-on-singapore-d-monologues/

AND SUDDENLY I DISAPPEAR: THE SINGAPORE ‘D’ MONOLOGUES is commissioned and supported by Unlimited, with funding from Arts Council of Wales and British Council.