Theatr Iolo

I Wish I Was A Mountain

Created at the egg Incubator. Co-Produced by the egg and Travelling Light Theatre Company. Presented on tour in Wales by Theatr Iolo

On the day of the famous annual fair, the town of Faldum receives an unexpected visit. A wanderer offers to grant a wish to anyone who wants one. Before long, the city is transformed. Mansions stand where mud huts once squatted, and beggars ride around in horse drawn carriages. And one man wishes to be turned into a mountain.

Written and performed by former Glastonbury Poetry Slam Champion Toby Thompson, I Wish I Was a Mountain uses rhyme, live music, and just a smattering of metaphysical philosophy to boldly reimagine Hermann Hesse’s classic fairy-tale.

Do we really need the things that we need? What do mountains feel? How did time begin?

Adults are kindly requested to leave all answers to these questions at the door. Children, come as you are.

The Welfare, Ystradgynlais                 13/10/2019                            BOOK HERE

Wales Millennium Centre                    29/10/2019 – 01/11/2019       BOOK HERE

The performances on 29 October, 7pm and 30 October, 11am will be creatively translated into BSL by deaf poet Donna Williams.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre                     03/11/2019                             BOOK HERE

Hafren, Newtown                                05/11/2019                             BOOK HERE

Swansea Grand Theatre                    06/11/2019                             BOOK HERE

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon                08/11/2019 – 09/11/2019        BOOK HERE

Gods and Kings On Tour

A Four in Four Co-production with The Riverfront, Newport

Touring across Wales in October – November 2019
Co-directed by Paul Whittaker and Tamsin Griffiths

Newport, Riverfront Wed 9th Oct 7.45 pm
Thur 10th 1pm  & 7 pm
Fri 11th 7.45 pm

Galeri, Caernarfon Wed 16th Oct 7.30 pm

Aberystwyth Arts Centre Thur 17th Oct 7.45 pm

Ffwrnes, Llanelli Fri 18th Oct 7.30 pm

Blackwood Miners Institute Tues 22nd Oct 7.30 pm

Porthcawl, Grand Pavilion Wed 23rd Oct 7.30 pm

Swansea Grand Fri 25th Oct 7.45 pm

Brecon, Theatr Brycheiniog Fri 1st Nov 7.30 pm

With a post-show conversation
Integrated BSL at all performances – BSL interpretation only at Theatr Brycheiniog

“Ever since I can remember I have always been different…
If I take the pill that they have placed in my hand, who will I become?”

At the age of 23, Paul walks into a psychiatrist’s office believing he is either a God, or a King. He leaves with a diagnosis of Bipolar Manic Depression, and facing a life-changing decision: Take the pill and live, or don’t take the pill and die.

23 years later; Gods & Kings draws on Paul’s real-life experience to produce an emotionally honest, and darkly funny, account of what it is to live a life ruled by mental illness.

‘It’s smart, it’s acerbic, it’s generous, it’s funny, it’s genuinely moving.’
Kaite O’Reilly

For further details please visit – https://www.fourinfour.co.uk/tour-dates

 

Laurence Clark On Tour

An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting

Growing up Laurence never saw dads with cerebral palsy; which made him think he’d never be a parent himself. Besides, the only thing he’d ever managed to look after was a cactus, and even that died from lack of water. But then his future wife says he’d better be prepared for the fact she wants babies… which is a pretty strong opening line for a first date! What follows is the hilarious and heart-warming story of two people with cerebral palsy traversing the ups and downs of parenthood.

If Laurence is an irresponsible father then it’s nothing to do with being disabled! It’s probably more to do with balancing his wife’s crutches on his son’s baby walker to make him look like a Dalek!

Ffrwnes, Llanelli

Thursday 14th November 7.30pm

Tel: 0345 226 3510

“Clark’s personality is immediately effervescent, his routine is peppered with deftly crafted anecdotes, shock humour and blistering one-liners. All the while he is making a very serious point in lampooning ableist attitudes.” Disability Arts Online

For all tour dates and to book tickets go to www.laurenceclark.co.uk/live

 

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

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]

 

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

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