FFILM CYMRU WALES INVESTS IN WELSH FILM AUDIENCES

Ffilm Cymru Wales’ latest round of Audience Access awards will continue to support Welsh venues and festivals to provide a dynamic and diverse variety of cinematic experiences for people right across Wales.

For the first time, new funding awards were made to Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival and Bangor’s Pontio Arts Centre. Running at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff between 28th and 30th September, and at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on the 20th and 21st October, the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival will help audiences explore the latest and best in Japanese animation with films to suit all ages, as well as workshops and masterclasses with Japanese animators. The funding award will support Kotatsu in continuing to build new audiences, working alongside local community, youth and refugee groups to widen the festival’s reach.

Pontio Arts Centre’s new funding will support their project encouraging the community in Bangor to make the most of their local independent cinema. Their initiatives include providing more Welsh-language cinema, community interaction through volunteering, creating access for families with children with additional needs, and continuing the venue’s engagement of student and young audiences through film, gaming and interactive content. 

In addition to the new awards, Ffilm Cymru continued to invest in three established film festivals to advance their expansion and reach new audiences.

Read more here.

METTA THEATRE | ACCESSIBLE AUDITIONS

Spread the word @MettaTheatre is looking for highly skilled D/deaf, disabled & neuro-diverse actor-musicians & singers for 6 new British musicals.

Open auditions on Oct 16 & 17

Are you a collaborative, open & exceptionally talented D/deaf or Disabled or neuro-diverse actor-musician? Want to be considered for 6 new British musicals with @MettaTheatre over the next 3 years? More info www.mettatheatre.co.uk/access-auditions/

If the actors could please fill in this Google Form or if email is easier then email a CV and a self tape of them playing their instrument and/or singing a song that shows off their voice, to [email protected] with the subject heading [ACCESSIBLE AUDITIONS]. Please submit your materials by October 1st.

Metta’s Artistic Director Poppy Burton-Morgan will be meeting with successful candidates in London and Salisbury.

  • LONDON TUESDAY OCTOBER 16th – V&A Museum – Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL

  • SALISBURY WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17th – Wiltshire Creative (Salisbury Playhouse) – Malthouse Lane (off Fisherton Street) Salisbury SP2 7RA

More important information for actors and interested directors:

Please make us aware of any access needs and we will do our best to accommodate them in advance and on the day. An a BSL interpreter / lip-speaker / speech-to-text reporter can be provided for you if you let us know in advance and both spaces are fully accessible for wheelchair users. Parking space can be provided, and there will be a quiet area where you can prepare or rest before/after your audition. Also, please let us know if it would be helpful for us to meet you at the nearest station (London Waterloo or Southwark for the London audition, Salisbury Rail station for Salisbury) and if there’s anything we’ve not mentioned that would be helpful for you and facilitate you giving us your best on the day.

Additionally, if you need support in creating your self tape (an audio file is also fine) please contact [email protected]

If you are invited to meet, you will be given a 30 minute time slot and asked to prepare a song from one of the shows we have in development. You will also be asked to perform another song of your choosing that you feel best shows off your voice and/or instrument(s). There will be a pianist to accompany you, or you may use a backing track or accompany yourself. We are interested in your skills as a collaborator so we will probably work in depth on a short section of song – playing around with it in several different way – rather than hearing a song in full.

We will contact all successful applicants no later than 2 weeks before the audition date with materials to prepare. We will respond to all applicants who apply but we are a very small organisation so we cannot provide feedback for those that we choose not to meet.

We will respond in writing (or phone call) to everyone that we meet with clarifying whether we will offer you a role in a full production or for research and development period for any of the following projects which you may be being considered for:

Upcoming Shows:

  • IN THE WILLOWS by Poppy Burton-Morgan, Pippa Cleary and Keiran Merrick. A hip hop musical based on Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows. Touring spring 2019

  • LITTLE PRINCE by Poppy Burton-Morgan and Simon Bass. A circus musical based on the novel by Antoine de Saint Exupery. In development for production in 2019

  • COLD FRONT by Jason Carr and Poppy Burton-Morgan. An intimate new chamber musical for 2 voices, piano and cello. In development for production in 2019

  • METAMORPHOSIS by Poppy Burton-Morgan and Keiran Merrick. A hip hop musical based on the Kafka novella. Touring spring 2020.

  • WINTER HOLIDAY by Poppy Burton-Morgan and Candida Caldicot. An actor musician folk musical based on the novel by Arthur Ransome. Running at Theatre By The Lake in Keswick, Christmas 2020

  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Poppy Burton-Morgan and Shola Adewusi. A contemporary adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel, with a pop/jazz/soul score. In development for expected touring in spring 2021

 

 

Creative Wales–British School at Rome Fellowship 2019–20

Creative Wales–British School at Rome Fellowship 2019–20

The Creative Wales–British School at Rome Fellowship will provide a valuable opportunity for an artist at a significant juncture of their career, who lives in Wales, to undertake a three-month residency in Rome. The Fellowship is open to exceptional, ambitious and imaginative creative individuals, working within the visual arts artform. It will provide an exceptional opportunity for career development for the artists selected, increase Wales’s artistic profile internationally, and make an invaluable contribution to creative Wales.

Further information upon the Fellowship and details of how to apply can be found at
www.bsr.ac.uk/awards/fine-arts.

The closing date for applications for the 2019–20 Fellowship (tenable October–December 2019) is Friday 19 October 2018.

 

Unlimited Connects: Wales

Supporting disabled-led arts in Wales: panel discussion and networking event

Monday 8th October 2pm – 4pm

Preseli Room, Wales Millennium Centre 

 How might the sector better support work by disabled artists? What change has happened in recent years, and what’s next? As the Unlimited funding programme is open for another funding round for new projects by artists and companies creating disability-led work, it is a key time to gather and assess these questions. Join us for a panel discussion chaired by Unlimited Senior Producer Jo Verrent, bringing together playwright Kaite O’Reilly, artist curator Aidan Moesby and Wales Millennium Centre Assistant Producer Jenny Sturt.

One to one advice surgery sessions for artists interested in applying to Unlimited will be available in 20 minute slots 12pm-2pm and 4pm-6pm. Book ahead of time by emailing [email protected]. Let us know if you have any access needs we should know about.

Surgery places can be booked by emailing [email protected]

Supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council Wales. Delivered in partnership with Wales Millennium Centre and Disability Arts Cymru.

Wales Millennium Centre is wheelchair accessible and BSL and speech to text will be provided for the panel discussion. A separate quiet space will be available. If you have any queries about access please contact [email protected]

 

Click  here for more information and  free tickets

 

 

British Sign Language Level 1 Intensive in Cardiff

Taking flight -

2 final spaces have just opened up on our BSL level 1 course which starts on Monday 17th September here in Cardiff.

 

The course lasts just 2 weeks instead of the 1 year that Level 1 usually takes to achieve. The course has been subsidised by Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru/Arts Council of Wales so it only costs £250 instead of the usual £450. This fee includes an end of course test and certificate.

The course will have an arts vocab slant but you will still have the regular level 1 qualification.It will take place at Cardiff Deaf Club and be run by the amazing Sarona Training.

For more information or to book email [email protected]

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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NOW THE HERO

A POWERFUL MEMORIAL OF CONFLICT, PROTEST, PROSE & PERFORMANCE 

Wednesday 26 – Saturday 29 September 6.30pm

100 years on…
Three soldiers land on a smoke-filled Swansea beach…
Three warriors from different ages:  WWl \ Celtic \ Contemporary.
Together they run towards refuge. As they sprint over the sand a peace protester bellows from a megaphone the opening lines of an ancient poem. The words resonate still. Tonight they will be sung…

Taliesin joins partners to present Now the Hero this September.

Now the Hero commemorates 100 years since World War I. It weaves three stories of war; the Celtic Warrior, a World War I soldier and that of the recently serving Swansea soldier, Captain David Williams. Three soldiers are joined by the protagonist, Peace Protester and a host of performers who will take you on an extraordinary journey.

Through performance, poetry, prose and music, this powerful memorial offers a moving reflection on war from past and present, and a prevailing message of peace. It culminates in an outdoor harvest supper which includes the indigenous vegetables and herbs depicted in the Brangwyn Panels.

At the heart of this promenade performance will be a beautiful requiemsung by the world famous choir, Polyphony, with a libretto written by Bafta Cymru winner and Swansea University’s Professor of Creativity, Owen Sheers. The requiem has been composed by Owen Morgan Roberts – realised from an original collaboration with the late, Oscar-nominated Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything, Arrival). For over a decade, renowned conductor, Stephen Layton’s Grammy award winning choir, have been performing sell-out concerts as one of the world’s leading choirs.

‘Stephen Layton’s choir have become renowned for both their sound and versatility – whether in early music, or contemporary works such as those of Eric Whitacre, they embody the remarkable tradition of British choral excellence at its finest.’ Gramophone Magazine

Now the Hero takes place Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 September, 6.30pm.

Book tickets priced £15, £12 concession today for Wales’s highlight of 14-18 NOW.

Bookings are through Swansea Grand Theatre, online or from their Box Office on 01792 47 57 15.

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.