The Romani Cultural and Arts Company

‘Tales from the Camps’; History, Ethnicity, Identity and Mobility – An Educational Training Day

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Monday 21st May 2018

9.30am – 4.30pm

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company are pleased to invite participants 21st May 2018, to a training day at the Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff offering ‘an insider’s guide to a deeper understanding of the Romani and Traveller communities in Wales’ and to building stronger relationships with the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities on the basis of that deeper understanding, for educationalists, policy and strategy-makers, local authority service providers, non-governmental organisations and the Third Sector. 
 
The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is uniquely positioned to deliver such understanding and experience, from a Romani and Traveller perspective, as RCAC is a Gypsy, Roma and Traveller led organisation that promotes development within the community it serves, addressing social justice and improving social cohesion between communities. We provide a deeper insight into working with Romani and Traveller communities, in ways that are intended to enhance, strengthen and support delivery of services by your organisation, in ways no other organisation and training can. Meeting your organisation’s commitments to diversity, social inclusion and addressing disadvantaged communities, in particular to meeting the aims and objectives of the Welsh legislative context, such as the Well-being of Future Generations Act (Wales)2015, (https://futuregenerations.wales/about-us/future-generations-act/) and complying with the statutory obligations of the “Travelling to a Better Future” A Gypsy and Traveller Framework for Action and Delivery Plan (Update March 2016) are an integral part of the development programme to 2020 in Wales (http://gov.wales/topics/people-and-communities/communities/communitycohesion/gypsytravellers/?lang=en). Our training provides the necessary, deep understanding of the issues and challenges historically facing the Romani and Traveller communities and the current, ever-changing societal context faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Who should attend this training?
 
This course is essential for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Romani and Traveller communities and for meeting the complex legislative framework that ensures diversity and . It would be particularly useful for those who work in equality, health, education, social services, planning, housing and accommodation and the early years.
 
Why should you attend this training?
 
It will support you to:

  • Ensure effective engagement with the Romani and Traveller communities in your local area, whilst improving your knowledge of the complex cultural and historical issues that impact upon the relationships you wish to build, to improve service delivery;
  • Be understanding and informed in your interactions with people from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities
  • Be better able to assess the service needs that address the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in Wales

Aims

  • To increase awareness about the cultural, ethnic and historical diversity in Wales; 
  • to address the issues, obstacles faced by and the needs of Romani and Travellers in Wales; 
  • to encourage innovation and improvement in the delivery of services and provision to Romani and Traveller communities, and 
  • to build trust and cooperation between Romani and Traveller communities and local authority and other sector service providers.

 

Learning Objectives

  • To achieve a broader and more comprehensive understanding of the needs of GRT communities, from a local authority perspective;
  • To develop a level of knowledge that will enhance and inform local authority officers’ interactions with individuals and groups from the GRT communities in their areas and localities;
  • To introduce knowledge regarding the important differences between Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities and their cultures, languages and origins, insofar as is useful to participants in the training, with the aim of inspiring best practice and improving service delivery;
  • To introduce to participants examples of community members who are role models and who can challenge the prevailing stereotypes of Gypsies and Travellers or the negative images of Roma, present in media and popular press.

 

Outcomes

By the end the session participants will have:

  • Increased their knowledge of the culture, traditions and history of the Romani and Traveller communities (this includes a timeline of key historical events and legislation);  
  • Developed an understanding of diversity within the Romani and Traveller communities (including addressing the questions of who are Gypsies, Roma and Travellers?);
  • Increased their awareness regarding the obstacles, prejudice and discrimination faced by Romani and Traveller communities in Wales more widely across the UK and across Europe;
  • Identified obstacles to access and attitudinal issues or barriers in accessing education, health, employment, accommodation, justice and other public services, that inhibit the delivery of quality provision to Romania and Traveller people communities;
  •  Improved participants’ understandings of how to engage effectively with the Romani and Traveller communities and what they can do to prevent exclusion and ensure inclusion in the delivery of their services;
  • Developed an approach that will put their learning into practice, in the workplace;
  • Established a baseline of knowledge and support that can be accessed to assist other staff, officers and co-workers.

 

There will only be 50 places available so please book early to avoid disappointment. The cost for the day (to include light refreshments & lunch) is £145 per participant, if you book before the Friday 11th May and £160 per participant if you book between Monday 14th May and Friday 18th May 2018.

 

Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.

The venue will be in Chapter Arts, Market Road, Canton Cardiff, CF5 1QE on Monday 21st May 2018.

The day will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:30, with refreshments included for the workshop participants.

Please email for a booking form to: [email protected]

http://www.romaniarts.co.uk/tales-from-the-camps-history-ethnicity-identity-and-mobility-an-educational-training-day/

Dirty Protest

Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock

By Mark Williams

Dirty Protest in co-production with Chapter and Torch Theatre

1979. When Star Wars superfan Sam discovers that the Millennium Falcon is being built in his home town, his life is turned upside down. Determined to get inside the cockpit; his only obstacle is his stepdad Mike, guardian of the secret hangar where the legendary ship is being built in Pembroke Dock.

2014. Sam’s daughter Lizzie goes missing, forcing him into a desperate hunt to bring her back to safety before it’s too late.

Never mind saving the galaxy, sometimes you just have to save your own world. Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock explores what happens when Hollywood’s best-loved spaceship lands on your doorstep. This is a story of hope, courage, and how to be a family when it seems the universe is against you.

A new play from writer Mark Williams (Jason & the Argonauts) and critically acclaimed company, Dirty Protest (Sugar Baby/Parallel Lines). Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery.

Running time: approx 90 mins 

Age guidance: 8+ Please note this isn’t a children’s show but suitable for families to enjoy together. 

This new production will feature closed captioning via iPad of every performance, increasing access for D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences throughout the tour. 

Tour Dates:

APRIL/EBRILL

4-7    Chapter, Cardiff/Caerdydd  029 2030 4400  chapter.org

17      Soar Centre/Canolfan Soar, Penygraig  01443 30 30 32  valleyskids.org

18      Ffwrnes, Llanelli  0845 226 3510  theatrausirgar.co.uk

19      Taliesin Arts Centre/ Canolfan Y Celfyddydau Taliesin   Swansea/Abertawe

          01792 60 20 60 taliesinartscentre.co.uk

21      The Riverfront/Glan Yr Afon, Newport/Casnewydd  01633 656757

23     Halliwell Theatre/Theatre Halliwell, Carmarthen/Caerfyrddin

24     Pontardawe Arts Centre/Canolfan Y Celfyddydau Pontardawe

         01639 863 722  pontardaweartscentre.co.uk

25     Borough Theatre/Theatr Borough, Y Fenni/Abergavenny

         01873 850 805  boroughtheatreabergavenny.co.uk

26     Blackwood Miners’ Institute/Sefydliad Y Glowyr Coed Duon

         01495 227 206  blackwoodminersinstitute.com

27     Galeri, Caernarfon  01286 685 222  galericaernarfon.com

28     Aberystwyth Arts Centre/Canolfan Y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth

         01970 62 32 32  aberystwythartscentre.co.uk

 

MAY/MAI

2      Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon/Aberhonddu  01874 611 622  brycheiniog.co.uk

4-5   Torch Theatre/Theatr Torch, Milford Haven/Aberdaugleddau

        01646 695 267  torchtheatre.co.uk

Dementia drama to tour nationwide after Theatre Awards success

 

Re-Live Theatre Company’s Belonging makes a triumphant return to the stage with a second national tour following sell-out performances in 2016, and its storming success at the Wales Theatre Awards winning Best Actor for Llion Williams, Best Director for Peter Doran and a Best Playwright nomination for Karin Diamond.

Opening in Cardiff on April 26th and touring Wales until early June, Belonging follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia. The production provides a moving and inspirational insight into the realities faced by families affected by dementia in Wales.

The response to the play from critics and audiences has been unanimous in its praise:

“An important piece of theatre. Beautiful and genuine” 5 Stars Wales Online

“Profoundly involving” British Theatre Guide

Influenced by Re-Live’s creative work with people living with dementia and their families for over five years, Belonging has proved to be a truthful window into what families affected by dementia go through 24/7.

Karin says:

“This play is a testament to the experiences I’ve heard from people living with dementia and their loved ones. Living with dementia can be all consuming for families and Belonging shines a light on the impact this can have on their lives.  We know families can become extremely isolated so we hope Belonging helps to re-connect their friends and local community to help support them through challenging times. Dementia can isolate us but Belonging shows us how we can continue to connect and support each other.”

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Nowhere has the response been more emphatic than in the health and social care sector which has turned to this production as a powerful form of dementia awareness training for thousands of its staff across the country. Belonging 2018 hopes to connect with thousands more professionals who work tirelessly to support people living with dementia.

“As a nurse I have looked after many people living with dementia and I felt that you got the subject absolutely spot on. This is the best dementia training I’ve ever attended.”  Nurse, Pembrokeshire

ARTS AND HEALTH

Due to generous support from the Arts Council of Wales, ticket prices for this production are available for just £10 to encourage as many people as possible to come and see a performance. Re-Live Theatre Company also want to take the message to a younger audience offering a ‘Live for £5’ ticket for anyone aged under the age of 26.

Belonging is touring nationwide between April and June this year.

Tickets are available from venue website and via
www.re-live.org.uk/belonging/ 

Belonging directly reflects the vision set out in the new innovative action plan by Welsh Government to ensure people with dementia can live as independently as possible in their communities.

http://gov.wales/docs/dhss/publications/180214dementiaen.pdf [2]

#Belonging2018      #Perthyn2018

Tour Details:

CARDIFF – CHAPTER*

26th April – 5th May 2pm & 7.30pm

chapter.org  | 029 2030 4400

MILFORD HAVEN – TORCH THEATRE

10th May – 12th May 2pm & 7.30pm

torchtheatre.co.uk 01646 695 267

MOLD – THEATR CLWYD                              15th May 11am 16th – 19th May 2pm & 7.45pm

theatrclwyd.com  | 01352 701 521

SWANSEA – TALIESIN                                     23rd – 25th May – 10am & 7.30pm

taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

ABERGAVENNY – BOROUGH THEATRE    6th June 2pm & 7.30pm

boroughtheatreabergavenny.co.uk | 01873 850 805

Chapter Arts Centre

Louder Is Not Always Clearer

6th – 10th February 

7.30pm

A Mr and Mrs Clark Production

Jonny is a teacher, a workshop leader and an avid football fan. He’s just become a father. His friends say that he’s outgoing and that he loves music, festivals and nightclubs. Jonny is deaf. He was born deaf to hearing parents who were afraid that disability would stigmatise their son and the family.

‘Louder Is Not Always Clearer’ is an honest portrayal of the vulnerability of a deaf man, created and performed by a deaf man. For a hearing audience it is an illuminating and emotional experience. For deaf audience members the show is a familiar tale of misunderstanding and isolation. For all audiences it is a humorous and at times moving story of one man’s attempt to cope, to fit in and be accepted.

Mr and Mrs Clark make new and innovative performances that engage audiences.  The Clarks were short-listed for the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award in 2015 and presented (F.E.A.R.) as part of Wales In Edinburgh in 2017. 

Devised and Performed by Jonny Cotsen

Devised and Directed by Gareth Clark

Sound Design: Chris Young

Choreography: Catherine Bennett 

Support by Arts Council Wales, Chapter Arts Centre, National Theatre Wales

First commissioned by and performed at Experimentica 17

Join Jonny for a post-show Q&A on Tuesday 6th. The Q&A will have BSL interpretation with Claire Anderson. 

Tickets: £13/£11 

For further details and to book online please go to – https://www.chapter.org/louder-not-always-clearer

Telephone: Chapter 029 2030 4400

No age restrictions but please note there is strong language 

Running time: approx 1 hour 

The show is accessible to D/deaf, hard of hearing and hearing audiences through the use of spoken English, British Sign Language and creative captions.

Community Music Wales

Weekly Music Sessions in 2018 – Ffyngau Band

Your chance to get involved and reawaken your passion for music with an outlet for your talents.

Maximise your creativity and learn new skills in a positive and enjoyable environment.

Every Friday from January 19th 2018

The Common Room

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff CF5 1QE

£4 per session

For further information please contact Community Music Wales on 029 2083 8060 

or email: [email protected]

Of Mice and Men – Chapter, Cardiff 18- 28 October

  August 012 are pleased to announce details about the company’s next production, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Award winning company August 012 in collaboration with Hijinx will ex-plore John Steinbeck’s American monolith, performing at Chapter Arts Centre during October. 

 

 

Lennie is strong and simple. George is short and sharp. They are migrant farm workers. It’s the Great Depression. It smells of sweat. Dogs get shot. Black people are lynched and women are whores. Lennie and George talk of living off the fat of the land, raising rabbits and auntie Clara’s blueberry pies.

The cast includes Wil Young who plays Lennie. Wil is a company member from Hijinx North Academy, one of 5 Academies in Wales that trains learning disabled and/or autistic adults to be-come professional actors. Neal McWilliams (Volcano Theatre, The Other Room, Sherman Thea-tre) plays George, Tom Mumford (NPT Theatres, August 012, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru) plays Slim, Anthony Corria (aka Wella; National Theatre Wales) plays Crooks and Sara Lloyd Gregory (Being Human, Torchwood, BBC; Hinterland, BBC/S4C; Theatr Clwyd, National Theatre Wales) who plays Curly and Curly’s Wife. The show is directed by Mathilde Lopez (La Voix Humaine, Aldeburgh Festival 2017 / Festival of Voice 2016 Wales Millennium Centre / Welsh National Opera; Yuri, August 012 / Chapter / Underbelly Edinburgh 2016; City of the Unexpected, associate director National Theatre Wales & Wales Millennium Centre) and the scenographer is Tina Torbey (Design Studio Assistant at National Theatre, London). The Lighting Designer is Ace McCarron (Music Theatre Wales, Scottish Opera, English Touring Opera), Costume Designer is Brighde Penn (recently graduated from RWCMD with a masters in Performance Design) and Composer is Gareth Evans (Tonypandemonium National Theatre Wales; Roberto Zucco August 012). The show opens on the 18th of October at Chapter Arts Centre and will run until the 28th of October.

August 012 is a theatre company that produces vigorous and ambitious international contemporary plays rarely seen in Wales. The company endeavours to bring the writing and ideas of the rest of the world to the Welsh stage, in English, Welsh and other languages.

Director Mathilde Lopez said;
“We are very excited to join forces with Hijinx and wrestle with the seminal piece that is Of Mice and Men. I am also terrified to do it justice and echo the strength, relevance and conciseness of the novel on stage. We will explore documentary realism and the hyperboles of the Bible and find the spaces where Sergio Leone meets The Little House on the Prairie.”

Clare Williams, Chief Executive of Hijinx said;
“Hijinx applauds August 012 for their courage in casting an actor who has a better understanding of Lennie than any neurotypical actor. It has long been Hijinx’s ambition for mainstream theatre companies to recognise the value in casting diversely and this production Of Mice and Men is a perfect vehicle for this.”

The company will also be offering performances for schools during the 10 day run at Chapter Arts Centre.

Macbeth; Act III; Scene III (b)

Chapter Film

Sunday 6 August 4.00 p.m

FREE

“Let the frame of things disjoint…”

In what seems to be a missing scene of sorts, imagined from the middle of Shakespeare’s play, we see Macbeth and Banquo together again in some strange psychic space – a dream, perhaps. The tyrant Macbeth has sent his cronies to murder Banquo, and has begun his descent                                                                                                               into madness, but we see none of this.

Attempting in part to distill the poetic essence of the original play into something smaller, the film is also an exploration into the relationship between the two characters – informed by folk horror, doom metal and buddy movies. We can think of them at once as infamous figures; secondly as archetypes, the tyrant juxtaposed with the eternally curious; and lastly as human beings, mundane and petty.

The film was shot over 5 days around Berwick-upon-Tweed and the Scottish Borders. It was shot by a team of 4 (performers included!) on a Blackmagic pocket cinema camera, predominantly with vintage lenses. Some additional shots were captured later in a studio.

For tickets click: https://uk.patronbase.com/_ChapterArts/Seats/NumSeats?prod_id=MBII&perf_id=1&section_id=M&action=&seat_type_id=S

To see the trailer click :https://vimeo.com/220550157

Chapter

Quiet Hands

Winterlight Theatre

Written by Tim Rhys

Directed by Chris Durnall

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

September 12th – 16th 7.30pm

What do you do when your home is invaded by your new best friends? When they’ve become your only friends in a world where looks in the eye and tones of voice have a thousand meanings you can’t follow?  After their last, sold-out Chapter visit, Winterlight’s new play follows a young autistic man confronting the dangerous rise of ‘Mate crime’.

Quiet hands is the concluding part of a trilogy of plays dealing with the life of an autistic individual from child to adult.

Tickets: £12/£10

Running time: approx. 1 hour 30 mins + interval

There will be BSL interpretation on Friday 15

There will be a post show talk on Tuesday 12

Matinee performance Saturday 16th 2.30pm

For tickets book here

Mercury Theatre Wales

35 Times

Chapter, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Tue 11 – Sat 15 July, 7.30pm
+ Thu 13 July: BSL Interpreted Performance
+ Fri 14 July: Post-show discussion with Women’s Aid SEEDS (Survivors Empowering and Education Services) Group

By Bethan Morgan
Co-produced by RCT Theatres

Jules’s Coffee Mornings are a place to get creative, to glue stringy balloon sculptures, to learn a waltz and to speak out.

a fascinating mixture of sadness and human strength” – Theatre in Wales

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.  

Harrowing but highly enjoyable” – Audience feedback

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.

Tickets: £12/£10 
Age 16 + due to adult themes and use of strong language
Duration: 80 mins (no interval)

For tickets and further information please go to: https://www.chapter.org/35-times