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.

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

MAYK ANNOUNCE MAYFEST 2018 PROGRAMME

15 Years of the Unexpected

10–20 May, Bristol

mayfestbristol.co.uk

Mayfest, Bristol’s festival of international theatre, announces its 2018 programme featuring over 20 shows from the very best theatre makers in Bristol, the UK and beyond. 

Mayfest is back, celebrating its 15th year of adventurous, thought-provoking theatre. Spilling out across the city, Mayfest playfully – and sometimes provocatively – champions extraordinary new work from artists with distinct voices, for audiences, whoever they are. From the classical architecture of St George’s to the nightclubs of Old Market, Mayfest invites you to come together, play along and take a moment to reflect. Artists from Canada, Japan and Australia offer opportunities for participation and exchange: Town Choir, Contact Gonzo and We Are Lightning! will all collaborate with talented performers and musicians from Bristol.

Festival highlights include the world premiere of The British Paraorchestra’s new work The Nature of Why, commissioned by Unlimited, who celebrate and support the work of disabled artists. Taking inspiration from the unconventional curiosity of Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, and his search for meaning in the world around us, The Nature of Why brings together dance and live music into an epic and beautiful performance. Featuring a cinematic live-score from Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, an ensemble of musicians from the acclaimed British Paraorchestra and four extraordinary dancers, The Nature of Whypromises to be an up-close-and-personal dance experience like no other.

With an explosion of work from around the world, some of the highlights from overseas this year include the UK debut of Japanese company Contact Gonzowhose jaw-dropping physical style will thrill audiences at Jacob’s Wells Baths on 12 and 13 May, after a week’s residency. It’s violent and tender, very funny and very serious. Direct from an acclaimed off-Broadway run, Halifax Nova Scotia’s, 2b theatre company bring Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, a deliciously dark folktale woven together with a blistering Klezmer-folk gig. Also from Halifax, The Accidental Mechanic’s Group’s Let’s Not Beat Each Other To Death lands at The Loco Klub – a genre-defying play/memorial/electro-pop dance party and a celebration of LGBTQ people around the world. Cult musician Doug Hream Bluntflies in from San Francisco for a collaborative performance with The Cube Workforce at The Cube Microplex.

The UK premiere of WE ARE LIGHTNING! by Sam Halmarack & Joseph O’Farrell takes over Trinity with a cast of nearly 100, including a huge choir, a brass band and a teen band. Following their Mayfest premieres, WE ARE LIGHTNING!, Town Choir and Contact Gonzo will tour to Theatre Orchard, Weston-super-Mare, Strike a Light, Gloucester, Derby Theatre and Quarterhouse, Folkestone this spring and summer, supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.

Bristol’s rich artistic landscape plays out in rude health: Sabrina Shirazi’s Choral Cuisine is a sonorous dining experience in a coffee roastery where a two course meal becomes an opportunity to create music while you dine; Draw to Look byHannah Sullivan invites you to join her in the simple and deliberate act of looking and noticing through drawing, and the world premiere of a major new work by Verity Standen, Undersong. Now Is The Time To Say Nothing by Caroline Williams is an interactive video installation made with Syrian film-maker Reem Karssli and young people from London.

Ridiculusmus make a welcome return to Mayfest, with a rare opportunity to see the full trilogy of their work focusing on mental health, Give Me Your Love, The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland and Complicated Grief, taking place at The Tobacco Factory Theatres and the Southville Centre between 16–19 May.

Also returning to the festival is Scottee, with Bravado, his blistering memoir of working class masculinity, performed at Jack of Diamonds on Old Market.

For younger audiences, there’s Snigel and Friends by Caroline Bowditch and Bristol’s very own Drag Queen Story Time.

The festival also ventures out of the city for the first time with Richard Allen’s The Killers, at The Regent restaurant on the sea front in Weston-super-Mare. Inspired by the Ernest Hemingway short story of the same name, The Killers is a binaural sound work where the audience listen as two assassins arrive at the restaurant thirty minutes before a killing.

Other shows include the smash-hit Edinburgh show Velvet Petal by Scottish Dance Theatre, Palmyra by Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas, Live Before You Die by Byron Vincent and Dave McGinn, and How (not) to Live In Suburbia by Annie Siddons.

Mayfest is curated and directed by MAYK, the producing organisation based in Bristol led by Kate Yedigaroff and Matthew Austin. They said of this year’s programme: “We are living in a particularly big political, cultural and social moment. The work in this year’s festival speaks loudly and subtly about where and who we are, right now. It’s so good to be back after a year away, and we can’t wait to share this year’s programme with audiences from all over the UK.”
 
PRESS ENQUIRIES: Claire Skelcey at Mayfest on 07977 535508 / 0117 925 9999
 
Follow Mayfest on Twitter: @mayfestbristol and via Mayfest’s Facebook page

Laurence Clark

New Show: Independence

Laruence Clark2-28 August (not 16) @ 7pm

Assembly George Square
Edinburgh Fringe

Click on https://www.assemblyfestival.com/event/264/  to book

If you are lucky enough to be at the Edinburgh Festival this year then do go along for lots of laughs at Laurence Clark’s new show.

Everybody seems to want their independence right now – but be very careful what you wish for!  Laurence spins his tales of adolescence, love and Harry Potter, discovering he doesn’t have to be Superman and do everything.  But life sometimes throws up the unexpected when you depend on someone else to fasten your jeans for you.

With TV appearances on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, Laurence starred in the BBC One documentary We Won’t Drop the Baby.  He was awarded Shortlist magazine’s Funniest New Comedian, regularly performs with the comedy collective Abnormally Funny People and was a finalist in the Amused Moose Edinburgh Laughter Awards.

Spring into the New Year with The Riverfront

Riverfront Following a momentous 2015, which saw them achieve record-breaking attendance figures and form a major part of Newport Live, they begin 2016 with a jam-packed season of events, performances, cinema screenings and workshops.

But let’s hold our horses for a moment – have you sorted out all your Christmas shopping yet? Newport Live can offer you a range of ideal Christmas presents for all the family:

From chuckles with the hilarious Debra Stephenson for the comedy queen in your life, to the heart-warming tale of rugby legend Ray Grav Gravell – a perfect present for Dads and Grandads – The Riverfront has got some cracking Christmas pressies lined up. There’s even something for the li’l ‘uns in the form of the colourful and kooky Shiny – a unique participatory performance where all that glitters unfolds before your very eyes.

2016 is also set to be a great year in the music stakes. With top-class tribute acts such as Whitney: Queen of the Night, Frankie Valli celebrators The Sherry Babys and the utterly brilliant A Night of Queen – The Bohemians  rocking the Springtime stage, as well as the return of classical music favourites Sinfonia Cymru, there truly is something to cater to everyone’s musical taste.

For more information please see the new Spring brochure here.