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

Deadline approaching for proposals for the RawFfest programme

Want to perform at RawFfest? or show a film? or display an artwork? or publish your writing?

We’re looking for work by 14 to 25 year olds.
Less than two weeks to submit your proposals online!

WHAT WE’RE AFTER

RawFfest GŵylGrai showcases the very best of youth arts. This is your chance to apply to be part of the festival at Wales Millennium Centre, 25 -28 Apr 2019

Are you…

  • part of a youth performance group that will have a great show ready for Easter next year?
  • in a band and would love to play at the iconic Wales Millennium Centre?
  • a film-maker with a stunning short film?
  • a photographer, artist or fashion designer and want to exhibit your work?
  • a writer, poet or blogger?
  • a dancer, comic, maker, circus performer…

We’re also looking for professional workshop leaders with original, quirky ideas.
 
To find out more go to our website

HOW TO APPLY

Click through to this form and tell us what you’d like to bring: 

DEADLINE: 6pm, Sunday 28th October 2018

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

We have a group of about 25 young people who are programming the festival from the work proposed, along with workshops, masterclasses, events etc.  We are likely to get back to you with lots more questions. The core programme will be launched on the website in January 2019. We will then continue to build the programme and make further calls for work.

Poetry Book out now for the 2017 Competition

New Poetry Book available now

It might seem like a long time coming, but finally we have put together the best of the poems on the theme of “Stronger Together” with some of the related artworks – some related by the poet, some by what looked good together. Denni Turp was kind enough to provide us with a Foreword.

There’s no charge for the iBook and you can read it on a Mac, an iPad or an iPhone. Just click the link beneath. 

If you don’t have an iDevices you can read it in PDF format on practically any device. To access the PDF version, click on the Cover Art below and you’ll be taken a page at box.com where you can either download the pdf to your device or read it online. This download is for a web version at 4.2MB, so images are downsampled. There is a full resolution PDF available on request. It’s 37.9MB.

Cover Art for Stronger Together Book

We are happy to provide it in any alternative format to suit your access requirements, e.g. if you want a plan text version with no pictures, just ask [email protected]

We hope you enjoy the book and are already thinking about you entries for poems based on this year’s exhibition theme ‘On the Edge…’

Literature Wales – Bursaries and Mentoring

Literature Wales has recently announced that the next round of Bursaries and Mentoring is now open for submission. The schemes are open to emerging and experienced writers alike.

The LITERATURE WALES WRITERS’ BURSARIES enable writers to develop new work without any firm commitment to its publication. This gives writers
the opportunity to venture into new territory and develop their artistic process, providing them with the time and resources to research, write, review and reflect.

A SUPPORT FUND BURSARY is a sum of up to £1,000 for writers with mobility problems or disabilities in need of specialist equipment and assistance to enable them to develop their work in progress.

The MENTORING SCHEME offers support and practical advice to writers at the start of their careers by offering them a place on a bespoke mentoring course as well as a series of one-to-one sessions with an experienced writer in order to develop a specific work in progress to a publishable standard.

 THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 BURSARIES AND MENTORING IS 5.00 PM ON TUESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2018.

The guidelines and application forms for the 2019 Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries and 2019 Mentoring are available to download from the Literature Wales website.

For further information contact Literature Wales on: [email protected] / 029 2047 2266

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.

INVITATION: LITERATURE WALES AT CARDIFF BOOK FESTIVAL 2018

Join LLEUCU SIENCYN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF LITERATURE WALES in conversation with the NATIONAL POET OF WALES, IFOR AP GLYN and MINISTER FOR CULTURE, TOURISM AND SPORT DAFYDD ELIS THOMAS discussing what words and waves mean to Wales.

EVENT: Year of the Sea 2018

LOCATION: Splott Stage, Jurys Inn, 1 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3UD

DATE: Friday 7 September 2018   TIME: 1.00 – 2.00 pm

TICKETS: Free and can be reserved here

This year, Visit Wales has been celebrating Wales’ outstanding coastline, inviting visitors to discover new and exciting experiences all around our shores.  Visit Wales and Literature Wales commissioned Ifor ap Glyn to write a poem titled Blwyddyn y Môr 2018 (Year of the Sea 2018) to celebrate Wales’ epic shores. Click here  to listen to the poem.

Graeae Theatre Company

Write to Play

An opportunity for our friends over the bridge……….

Graeae, together with our South West partners, are offering a unique development opportunity for D/deaf and disabled writers in South West England* to develop their skills and experience.

Write to Play is a paid year-long new writing course for D/deaf and disabled writers run by award-winning theatre company Graeae, in partnership with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Wiltshire Creative, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and the Ustinov Studio at Theatre Royal Bath.

Over the year, you will write two short pieces as well as a full-length play. Throughout the programme, you’ll be mentored and supported to participate in workshops led by theatre professionals to hone and develop your writing. You’ll write two short pieces, as well as a full-length play. Successful writers will be paid £1800 over the year (paid in instalments).

If you’re passionate about theatre, keen to write for the stage and gain experience, we want to hear from you! All access requirements will be met.

“Write to Play is the most inspiring and encouraging opportunity I have had as a writer. I have had access to workshops, mentors and the Graeae team, all of who have helped me to explore my writing in ways not possible before. Apply, it will change your life forever.”  Khush Chahal

“Write to Play has been informative, inspiring and emotional. This is not one of those schemes that only exists on paper to make a place look good, Graeae have been understanding and sensitive and have continued to support me as a writer and artist beyond the end of the scheme.”   Jackie Hagan

Applications now open until Mon 3 September, 12pm

We welcome applications in English and British Sign Language.

Click here for full details on how to apply & to download application forms.

*Open to applicants living in the counties of Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

                CURIOUS TO KNOW MORE?

Why not come to one of our FREE taster sessions* in August.

Tue 21 Aug, 2-4pm @ Theatre Royal Plymouth

Wed 22 Aug, 12.30-2.30pm @ Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST City)

Wed 22 Aug, 6.30pm-8.30pm @ Bristol Old Vic

We are also running an online taster session on Thu 16 Aug 2pm-3.30pm

*Attendance at taster sessions not compulsory for applicants.

Click here to book your place now!

 

 

Literature Wales

Funding for Writers:
The Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Schemes are now open

We are delighted to announce that the next round of Bursaries and Mentoring is now open for submission. The schemes are open to emerging and experienced writers alike.

The Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries enable writers to develop new work without any firm commitment to its publication. This gives writers the opportunity to venture into new territory and develop their artistic process, providing them with the time and resources to research, write, review and reflect. 

The Mentoring Scheme offers support and practical advice to writers at the start of their careers by offering them a place on a bespoke mentoring course as well as a series of one-to-one sessions with an experienced writer in order to develop a specific work in progress to a publishable standard.

The guidelines and application forms for the Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring schemes are available to download from the Literature Wales website.
 

The closing date for applications for 2019 Bursaries and Mentoring is
5.00 pm on Tuesday 11 September 2018.

For further information contact Literature Wales on: [email protected] / 029 2047 2266

Autumn Poetry Masterclass with Two Eminent Welsh Poets

Closing date: 31 August 2018

Are you a budding poet? Would you benefit from a week-long masterclass with Gillian Clarke and Robert Minhinnick? Why not apply to attend the Autumn Poetry Masterclass at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre from 25 October – 3 November 2018? Places are limited to 16 poets. Best of luck! 

For further information, please visit: www.literaturewales.org

Funding for Writers

The Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Schemes are now open

The next round of Bursaries and Mentoring is now open for submission. The schemes are open to emerging and experienced writers alike.

The Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries enable writers to develop new work without any firm commitment to its publication. This gives writers the opportunity to venture into new territory and develop their artistic process, providing them with the time and resources to research, write, review and reflect. 

The Mentoring Scheme offers support and practical advice to writers at the start of their careers by offering them a place on a bespoke mentoring course as well as a series of one-to-one sessions with an experienced writer in order to develop a specific work in progress to a publishable standard.
  
The guidelines and application forms for the Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring schemes are available to download from the Literature Wales website.
 The closing date for applications for 2019 Bursaries and Mentoring is
5.00 pm on Tuesday 11 September 2018.

For further information contact Literature Wales on: 
[email protected] / 029 2047 2266