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

Exercise For All – Event

Could Community Activities Help With Mental Challenges?

How does having a physical disability affect mental health?

Could social prescription help as much as formal therapies and pharmaceuticals?

Come join the debate and try a free taster session of mindfulness, music creation or art therapy

Friday 8th November

Insole Court, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2LN

9.30am – 12.30pm

Book your free ticket via email, phone or visit:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0797 342 1644

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 –


Hijinx and National Theatre Wales

Mission Control lands at Wales’ most iconic landmark

Tickets are now on sale for National Theatre Wales and Hijinx Unity Festival’s Mission Control – a brand-new production to be staged in the heart of the Welsh capital, at one of Wales’ greatest landmarks, the Principality Stadium.

Mission Control runs from 22 – 24 November 2019 at The Principality Stadium, Cardiff.

Tickets range from £14 – £18.

To book, call 029 2037 1689 or visit 

Age guidance 14+.   

BSL and closed caption will be available at all performances.  Audio Description at selected performances.

Directed by Kully Thiarai, Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales and Ben Pettitt-Wade, Artistic Director of Hijinx Theatre, Mission Control is a brand-new, guided, immersive show like no other. In a world where everyone creates their own truth, who can we trust, and who gets to make the choices about our future? Mission Control will feature an inclusive cast of over 80 performers including Hijinx actors from their five academies throughout Wales.

Kully Thiarai, Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales said “We are delighted to be collaborating with Hijinx Theatre on this unique production set in one of Wales’ best loved landmarks.  A venue which has seen extraordinary moments of drama and delight whether during the Rugby or being entertained by world renowned artists like Beyoncé. 

Mission Control lets us open the gates to a very different kind of performance, one where we will take audiences on a surprising journey placing them at the heart of the story and the space. 

Inspired by the moon landings of 50 years ago the show celebrates and questions the nature of human endeavour and the choices we make. Our capacity for compassion and our desire for power and control.”

Kully added “Mission Control will be the first performance of NTW’s 10th anniversary year. We are dedicated to making theatre matter, and working with over 70 actors and Wales’ leading inclusive theatre company will do just that.”

22 November 7pm

23 November 3pm & 7pm

24 November 12pm & 4pm

A short message from Monolith, your favourite Megacorporation:

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As leaders in, well, everything, Monolith has secured the exclusive rights to colonise the planet. Any day now our shuttles will launch from the Monolith National Crisis Centre.  And you can join us.

Ben Pettitt-Wade, Artistic Director at Hijinx Theatre said “Faced with increasing uncertainty over Brexit and how this would affect the international programme of our Hijinx Unity Festival we decided to do something a little different with the event this year. 

The result is “Mission Control” – our most ambitious production to date, featuring over 70 of our Hijinx performers from all over Wales, at a truly iconic venue, in collaboration with National Theatre Wales. 

After months of detailed planning, we can’t wait to get stuck into rehearsals with our wonderful cast and creative team. We look forward to welcoming audiences to a unique experience, in the Principality Stadium as you will never have seen it before.”

The cast includes Matthew Davison, Ffion Gwyther, Freddie Holcombe, Iwan Jones, Rebecca Killick, Tesni Kujore, Justin Melluish, Matthew Mullins, Rhiannon Oliver, Francois Pandolfo, Adam Redmore and Luciana Trapman.


Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS)

Mini Volunteering Event on Thursday 17th October

11am – 1:00pm at Penarth Library

There will be a variety of organisations attending to showcase their projects and recruit volunteers; as well as ourselves to provide further information on the hundreds of volunteering opportunities we promote.

This is a fantastic opportunity for people to find out about volunteering and the organisations work and aims.  I am looking to promote this event in many places to encourage the general public to attend. 

Volunteering can offer enormous benefits.  You can build confidence, improve health and well-being,  gain a reference, meet new people, add structure to your day, gain new skills, enhance your CV, gain practical experience. 

There is also a clear link between volunteering and good health, for both volunteers and health service users.  Increase volunteers’ longevity, improve their mental health, keep fitter and enable to cope better with illness when it occurs, provide a sense of wellbeing.

To book a place please email: [email protected]


Dementia Friendly Screening of Elf

Gartholwg Centre

Tuesday 19th November 1 – 4pm

Dementia Friendly Screening of Elf


Come and enjoy a Christmas film in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

The Lifelong Learning Centre
Gartholwg Community Campus
St. Illtyd’s Road
Church Village
CF38 1RQ
Telephone: 01443  570 075

Hijinx Odyssey


Weston Studio

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL

Thursday December 5th – Saturday 7th

Performance times: 7pm and 3pm Matinee on Saturday 7th

All performances will be BSL interpreted

Tickets £9

Tickets on sale NOW: This Christmas join Odyssey, Hijinx’s community theatre group, as they bring to life a dazzling re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale written by Hefin Robinson.
Tocynnau / Tickets

Dum has lost Dee, the Queen has lost her tarts, and the Hatter’s lost the plot…

When Alys follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland, a world of silliness and surprises awaits. Followed by her overprotective mam and faithful cat, Alys discovers the magical delights and darkest depths of a Wonderland full of colourful, comical and curious characters.

This Christmas, join Odyssey, Hijinx’s community group, as they bring you a dazzling reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s famous tale, written by Hefin Robinson. It’s Wonderland, but not as you know it!

The Curious Muchness of Stuff and Nonsense features a large cast of disabled and non-disabled performers from Odyssey and Woodlands High School.

Carl Chapple – Dance Exhibition

Painting Dance

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff – November 31st to Jan 5th

As part of the exhibition there are three audio described/touch tours for people with visual impairments that will be delivered by Alastair Sill of Word of Mouth.

The tours will be free to attend, and will take place on the following dates –

Sunday December 1st at 2.30pm and 7pm

Friday December 6th at 7.45pm. 

Painting Dance presents a selection of recent work made during my ongoing residency with Wales’s international dance company Ballet Cymru, including paintings and drawings created collaboratively with dancers, as well as responses to rehearsals of productions such as Romeo a Juliet, Celtic Concerto, and Divided We Stand. Supported by Arts Council of Wales, the exhibitions also reflect elements of the company’s wider education and training programme, including their intensive work with newly-graduated dancers, and the 2019 Wales International Ballet Summer School.

Ballet Cymru’s artistic directors Darius James and Amy Doughty invited me to sketch at the company’s rehearsal studio in Newport as they were developing their production Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. I’d never been in a rehearsal space before, and was immediately struck by the energy and camaraderie of the dancers and choreographers, and by the discipline – physical and mental – that they brought to the process of creating a piece together. It was inspiring to see.

I consider my dance pictures to be portraits (if sometimes blurring lines between the identities of dancers and roles they may be inhabiting), though informed by my background in figure painting and early studies of Classical and Renaissance sculpture. The interdisciplinary nature of my current work is still very fresh and exciting to me, and is something I hope to develop further.

The exhibition at Wales Millennium Centre will feature audio/touch tours for visitors with visual impairments, and, as part of its December activities programme, the exhibition will be accompanied by a series of free drawing workshops, which I’ll be delivering with Ballet Cymru dancers.

Further information will be available nearer the time, but please see my website for examples of my work and some background about the project.


Black History Month 2019

Movers, Shakers & Legacy Makers

The title for this year’s programme is Movers, Shakers & Legacy Makers and celebrates both historic and present day people making dynamic change for better futures. We celebrate ‘Movers & Shakers’ and we focus on ‘Legacy’, in building long term partnerships and programmes to educate and create new and innovative artistic practice of the highest quality, both in terms of product and presentation.

South Wales Launch

Pierhead Building, National Assembly for Wales sponsored by First Minister Mark Drakeford AM

Friday 27 September 2019 

12pm to 3pm

The BHMW2019 Launch event in the Pierhead will take place not only as the opening event of the 2019 Black History Wales programme but also as part of the Welsh Government 20th Year of Devolution celebrations.

The Youth Awards will showcase young people who have made dynamic change for better futures in Wales and beyond. There are 10 Award categories that will recognise Movers Shakers & Legacy Makers in the Arts, Music, Science, Technology and Sport to Business Entrepreneurs, Community Leaders and Carers amongst others.

The event will have presentations by both Welsh Government, Youth Parliament members, and Armed Forces change agents, plus lunch, refreshments and music performances.

The Black History Cymru 365 programme for 2019-20 launched at this event will be: Wales wide Creative skills programme including new writing.

Contacts for queries and to get involved:
Kay Denyer [email protected] 07809 721047
Uzo Iwobi OBE [email protected] 07838 360979
Adele Dunstan [email protected]