Sherman Theatre

Theatr Iolo and The Riverfront Present –


  • Written and performed by Catherine Dyson
  • Directed by Andy Smith
  • Sound Design by Lewis Gibson

When was the last time you were transported?

Together we will go on a journey across continents and years, down city streets, through deserts, over oceans, asking questions that echo through history.

Transporter is a bold, spellbinding show, born out of a belief in the power of words to transport. Just one performer in an empty space, and an audience.

An act of shared imagination. A kind of magic that happens…when you simply listen to a story.

This is the story of a girl called Maya. A girl who is always thirteen. A girl who is always on the move. A never-ending search for the last safe place on Earth.

A solo performance which is ideal for families with children aged 10 and above. At 55 minutes long this entrancing storytelling show will be a lovely way to spend an evening together.

For Tickets please BOOK NOW

Standard ticket: £9   

Schools: £7


Thursday     20th June         10:00am             Q&A

Thursday     20th June         1:00pm               Q&A

Friday          21st June          10:00am            Q&A

Friday          21st June          1:00pm              Q&A

Saturday     22nd June         1:00pm

Saturday     22nd June          7:00pm


Written and performed by Catherine Dyson

Directed by Andy Smith and Catherine Dyson

  • Studio
  • Age 10+
  • Running Time: 55m (no interval)
  • Q&A following each performance (Except Saturday)

Please note: There is one instance of strong language in this performance. If you require any further information about this please contact the Box Office 029 2064 6900 or






Cerys Knighton Exhibition


The Gate, Keppoch Street, Cardiff, CF24 3JW

June 20th to August 2nd

Exhibition launch on Thursday 11th July 6 – 9pm

‘Bipolarity’ is an exhibition exploring manic-depressive illness. Pointillist artist Cerys Knighton draws from her experiences of living with bipolar disorder since childhood, as well as her medical humanities PhD research which examines the conceptualisation of manic-depressive illness as a diagnostic category.

An illness surrounded by stigma, this exhibition tackles misconceptions. Those unfamiliar with bipolar are often surprised to learn about the scope of symptoms, from cognitive dysfunction, to hallucination, to sensory overload. The artworks range from depicting individual symptoms to analysing developments in medical treatment from the nineteenth century onwards, exploring the first two chapters of Cerys’ thesis, ‘Animalistic Representations’ and ‘The Dancing Manic Patient’, as well as using her research to reflect on current social attitudes towards bipolarity.

Cerys’ artwork toys with human and animal anatomy through ink textures, and by contrasting pointillism – a process of delicately layering thousands of individual ink dots – with softer mediums. By using familiar signifiers from the world around us, and exploring the divide between organic and inorganic, Cerys’ work challenges the viewer’s perspective to provoke discussion about social perceptions of mental ill health, uncovering the different realities lurking beneath statements of ‘I’m fine’.

About the Artist:

Cerys Knighton is a Welsh artist and medical humanities PhD student funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. Primarily using a pointillism technique with pen and ink, her artwork examines and communicates the findings from her research. Cerys analyses patient case notes, medical journals and literary texts to investigate the conceptualisation of mood disorders as a category for diagnosis. Her artwork also draws from her own experiences of living with bipolar disorder.

During the exhibition Cerys will be running workshops, more details of which will follow nearer the time. DAC is delighted to be supporting Cerys in this exciting development of her work.

Disability Arts Online and Graeae Present….

The Disability And…Podcast

Disability Arts Online, the leading publication for disability arts is joining forces with Graeae, one of the world’s most prominent disability-led theatre companies to deliver the Disability And…Podcast. The first episode, Disability And…Representation launched on May 20th on all major podcast platforms.

The Disability And…Podcast promises to get right to the heart of some of the most pressing issues in arts, culture and beyond with a series of bold, provocative and insightful interviews with disabled artists, key industry figures and the odd legend.

The first episode in the series, Disability And…Representation features a conversation between Deputy Artistic Director at Birmingham Rep (and former Associate Director of Graeae), Amit Sharma and Writer, Actor, Campaigner and Graeae Patron, Mat Fraser. They speak candidly about Mat’s remarkable career, his punk background and how he became politicised around disability rights following a particularly difficult audition.

Graeae has been a force for change in theatre and the wider world for nearly 40 years and Disability Arts Online has for some time been the home for critique and debate about disability arts and culture. Together they hope to tackle today’s burning topics, stir debate and have some laughs along the way.

Initially, The Disability And…Podcast will be released on a monthly basis and will be available on the Disability Arts Online and Graeae websites, on Graeae and Disability Arts Online’s dedicated Soundcloud and also via many of the leading podcast services including:

Spotify; TuneIn;  Stitcher;  ACast;  Blubrry;  Apple Podcasts/iTunes

If you know of any other channels that you’d like this podcast to be available on, please email

The Disability And…Podcast will be edited by Ian Rattray for Clear Voice Enterprises, experts in accessible audio.

The second episode of The Disability And…Podcast, launching in June, will be ‘Disability And…Psychiatry’ featuring Colin Hambrook and disabled artist gobscure in conversation about the history of the representation of mental health and psychiatry within the arts. They will be looking at the contribution of writers, artists and thinkers from the 18th century to the present; from Mary Wollstonecraft to Jessie Kesson.

Future episodes will include topics such as comedy, activism, television and human rights. Listeners can send comments, questions and suggestions via the hashtag #DisabilityAnd

To listen to the first episode and for more information please go here

Ballet Cymru

Inclusive and Beginners Classes

Ballet Cymru is committed to innovation in dance and classical ballet, and to the highest standard of collaboration with choreographers, designers, composers and musicians.

All Ballet Cymru staff are trained to teach and deliver the company’s education work, are DBS approved and have first aid training. All work is monitored and evaluated and the company employs strict health and safety and child protection policies and best practice.

Our work strives to be inclusive and accessible and we believe that everyone should have the chance to dance.

Ballet Cymru is running classes that are open to all in their state of the art dance studios in Newport. 

 ‘Inclusive Youth Creative Dance Session’ 

  • It takes place at Ballet Cymru studio on Wednesdays 6-7pm in term time. 
  • The class is £3 and suitable for ages 8+.
  • The teacher is Louise Lloyd her contact details are / 01633 892927
  • It is a session open to youths both with and without disabilities and is a very creative dance session.

Adult Beginners

  • It takes place at Ballet Cymru studio on Mondays 6-7:15pm in term time. 
  • The class is £6 (£5 if booked termly or as a Friend of Ballet Cymru)
  • The teacher is Jemma Beatty who is an ex-company dancer with Ballet Cymru. 
  • The contact for this session is Jenny Isaacs – / 01633 892927
  • The class is suitable for all abilities including adults returning to ballet & dance, and parents with older children who want to try out ballet together.

For further information please visit –

Ballet Cymru
Unit 1, Wern Industrial Estate
NP10 9FQ

Yello Brick

Announcing Summer playARK

We have been a little quiet for the last few months and thought it was time to relaunch and bring people together again for a bit of Play!

We’ve put together a programme of events for the summer that includes a new game, a reboot of one of our classic street games as well as a night of fun mini games.

What is playARK?

For those who have never been to a playARK event, it is a place where people can play, make and test games. We aim to make cities more playful and bring people together through shared playful experiences.

The games you will discover at playARK often take place in public spaces, can be high tech or low tech, sometimes they are serious, sometimes they are silly, often they are both.

We want to build a community of people interested in games, play and making! If you are interested in bringing a game to playARK or have any questions about our upcoming events please get in touch.

Cold Case

2nd June

14:00 – 16:00

Wales Millennium Centre


Our new detective game in a box: Cold Case. The only evidence that remains of this unsolved murder is stored in this box.  Listen to the police interviews, trawl through the evidence and state your case.

 Can you find what police missed?

Get Your FREE Tickets



28th July

14:00 – 16:00

Wales Millennium Centre


We are putting on a micro-festival of mini-games. We will have a selection of some of our favourites for you to play. Games will be taking place inside and outside. Play to win and play for fun!

Be prepared for silliness!

Get Your FREE Tickets


Street Game

25th August

14:00 – 16:00

Wales Millennium Centre


We have been thinking that it’s been a little while since we played a street game across Cardiff. So we are currently turning thinking into making. This will be a reboot of one of our classic street games.

More details soon…

 Buy Your Tickets Now

playARK is created by yellobrick.

We create meaningful experiences that place audiences at the centre of the story.

Our work is bold, challenging, curious and playfully disruptive.

Find out more:

Learning Disability Wales

Effective Communication with People with a Learning Disability

20 June in Cardiff

Our Effective Communication course aims to help those that work with people with a learning disability play a role in helping those they support live their life to the full and be included.

We will be working with delegates on the concepts and techniques which underpin and make possible effective communication with people with a learning disability.

Delegates will have the opportunity to develop their communication skills, and learn about a range of communication concepts and techniques that can be used to facilitate effective communication with people with a learning disability.

For more information and to book your place, please click on the link below.

Click here to book your place

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on 029 2068 1174.

Inacia Rodrigues

Training  & Events Coordinator

Community Music Wales

Community Music in Mental Health Settings

Who is it for?

Community musicians with some experience of workshop leading in community settings, who would like to increase their knowledge and skills to work in mental health settings.

Musicians with experience as Mental Health professionals or service users who would like to bring their musical experience into mental health settings.

Course Dates:

Cardiff – June 10th, 11th, 17th, 24th, 25th

Carmarthen – July 10th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th

Rhyl – September 9th, 10th, 16th, 23rd, 24th

The course will cover:

  • Creating, adapting and leading appropriate musical activities for people with mental health problems
  • Increasing confidence in working with vulnerable or distressed people
  • Understanding the boundaries of the role of a community musician; what is and isn’t your responsibility, when to ask for help.
  • How to include and empower people in groups
  • An introduction to some of the issues faced by mental health service users.
  • Group leadership and development
  • Planning and flexible working
  • Managing expectations in groups
  • Communicating effectively with agencies and institutions
  • Giving and receiving feedback, including reflecting on own practice.


N.B. The course will not cover diagnosing or curing mental health conditions or music therapy training.

As well as tutor-led practical exercises and discussions, there will be a strong element of shared and collaborative learning, with small and large group tasks, teaching practice and research. We will also encourage structured feedback reflective practice as a lifelong tool for best practice.

Alongside the course, trainees will be offered the opportunity to attend a placement in an existing community music workshop in a mental health setting.


Session 1:  Intro to course, ground rules, including confidentiality. Intros to each other and experience, self-assessment. What is mental health?  Statistics on incidence of mental illness and attitudes.

Session 2:  The role of a community musician in mental health settings, boundaries, asking for help, keeping yourselves and others safe. Possible relevant video of experience and what this means for our work.

Session 3:  Adapting and creating musical activities.  What is the same and what is distinctive about working in mental health settings? Sharing experiences, adapting exercises to suit the context.

Session 4: Adapting and creating musical activities part 2. Pair/small group tasks.

Session 5: Planning/flexibility – importance of planning (avoiding disasters). Need for flexibility.

Session 6: Working with agencies – communicating with agencies to ensure effective practice, dealing with problems, assertiveness.

Session 7: Teaching practice

Session 8: Teaching practice

Session 9: Dealing with challenging situations – Case studies e.g. dealing with group member not participating, someone in distress, someone being aggressive and threatening, someone unable to focus (possibly due to drugs or alcohol).

Session 10: What next – putting skills into practice- project planning, self-assessment, peer assessment. Final questions.

For further details and an application form, please contact – 

Johanna Williams
Cynorthwyydd Prosiect a Gweinyddwr 
| Project Assistant and Administrator
Cerdd Gymunedol Cymru | Community Music Wales 
ffon | tel: 029 2083 8060

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Llanidloes Artists Exhibition


Exhibition open from 12th May until 30th June, Thursdays to Sundays.

Mid Wales Arts Centre, Caersws SY17 5SB

Hidden presents a selection of work from 16 members of Llanidloes Artists. 

Exhibiting artists: Jeremy Andrews, Andrew Baldwin, Junko Burton, Vivi-Mari Carpelan, Leanne Cordingley-Wright, Sandy Craig, Jacob Deakin, Irene Gardiner, Osian Gwent, Erin L Hughes, Annie Levy, Charlotte Lloyd, Marg Munyard, Nia Newson, Diane Rose, Bronwyn Strugnell, Gini Wade.

There will be residencies associated with this exhibition.

Opening 12th May 3-5pm with refreshments available. Music by Gini Wade.


Poster Art work by DAC member Vivi-Mari Carpelan.


More information can be found on facebook/instagram /llanidloesartists    

Link to opening event:

The concept of the exhibition came from discussion on how artists, and particularly rural artists, often inhabit a space outside of public gaze. Most work in isolation at home or in their studios, or keep themselves tucked away in the hills. Even if you actively search it can be difficult to find which artists live and work in this area. This presents something of an issue for a practice that actually requires public interaction.

Primarily this exhibition aims to make visible the talent that exists in and around Llanidloes. By bringing together visual artists and presenting their work in one space it shows more clearly the range and volume of creative work that is happening in the area.

The artists have been asked to submit work on the theme Hidden, a word which can be interpreted many different ways, with endless associations. From work exploring visual elements or places which are literally obscured or hidden, to the hidden depths of the subconscious, or experiences of hidden physical conditions, the work presented explores a wide range of subjects, each as unique as the individual artists that made them.

Llanidloes Artists was formed in August 2018 to support local artists and promote Llanidloes as a vibrant creative town. The group includes artists from a wide range of disciplines, backgrounds and experience and as such itacts as a melting pot of talent encouraging dynamic discussion of work and a place to explore ideas.


Chaiya Art Awards Now Open!

2nd Chaiya Art Awards – £10K TOP PRIZE!

The biggest biennial art awards in the UK exploring spirituality through art is now open for submissions.  

The Chaiya Art Awards is open to any artist and covers all mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media, photography and video. We have also introduced a new category for Community Groups, who can submit a collaborative piece.  Entrants are invited to be authentic and daring as they respond to the theme.

The winners exhibition will take place at London’s prestigious South Bank gallery@oxo from 10-19 April 2020.

The first Chaiya Art Awards proved hugely popular, with over 450 entries and more than 2,700 exhibition visitors.  New to Chaiya 2020 will be an ‘affordable art fair’ over two days of the exhibition. We will invite artists in the exhibition to be present, to discuss, promote and sell their work.

A respected panel will anonymously judge entries on Originality and Technical excellence, Theme Interpretation and Emotional Impact .

Full details of the awards, theme, criteria, deadlines and how to enter, can be found at: