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Odyssey – Hansel, Gedeon and the Grimms’ Wood

Follow Hansel’s breadcrumbs to the Wales Millennium Centre!

Weston Studio

6th December 7pm

7th December 7pm (audio description)

8th December 3pm & 7pm

BSL interpretation for all performances and Audio Description on the 7th December.

This Christmas join Hijinx’s community theatre group, Odyssey, as they follow Hansel and Gedeon on their adventure through the Grimms’ Wood. Showing in the Weston Studio of the Wales Millennium Centre from the 6th – 8th December.

Written by Llinos Mai, Hansel, Gedeon and the Grimms’ Wood features a large cast of disabled and non-disabled performers from Odyssey, pupils from Woodlands High School, and haunting, original music by David Roche, composer in residence.

There will also be an exhibition in the WMC from 3rd December – 7th January, where visitors can explore the mysterious Grimms’ Wood even further, but be careful you don’t get lost! The exhibition will showcase the puppet design process by students from the University of South Wales Creative and Therapeutic Arts degree course.

Tickets are £9 for adults and £6 for the under 16’s and are available to book in person from WMC ticket office

Tel: 029 20636464 or book online here  

For further information please visit hijinx

Hijinx Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL
Main line: 02920 300 331 Mobile: 07377 942268


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Be upstanding for The Flop –

HijinxHijinx takes a firm hold of one of France’s 
most explosive tales

The makers of Meet Fred team up with Spymonkey for a some serious clowning around.

 

Pioneering Welsh theatre company, Hijinx, have a brand new show The Flop, which previews at Chapter in 12-14 July 8pm, before making a world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

 

The Flop, developed with clown supremos Spymonkey, is a historical romp through a bizarre true story of the impotency trials in 17 Century France. Embracing the art of clowning, slapstick and breaking a farcical fourth wall, The Flop blends Hijinx’s trademark playful humour with Spymonkey’s anarchic physicality.

 

About The Show

Paris. 1657ish. Impotence is illegal. When the Marquis De Langey is accused of being less than upstanding, his wounded pride leads him towards a monumental and very public flop. The Flopis a clowning physical comedy show with live music and big wigs.

 

Hijinx, one of Britain’s leading inclusive theatre companies, were winners of Best Ensemble in the Wales Theatre Awards in 2016 for Meet Fred. The Flop is a Hijinx production and the cast comprises of three learning disabled actors alongside three non-disabled actors. It is directed by Ben Pettitt-Wade (Meet Fred) and Toby Parks from Spymonkey is creative mentor and composer.

      

About Hijinx

What makes Hijinx different is that their casts always include professional actors who have learning disabilities. The ability of these effortlessly talented performers is at the heart of every show they produce, creating work that is utterly absorbing, surprising and provocative.

 

About Spymonkey

SPYMONKEY is the UK’s leading physical comedy ensemble, based in Brighton. They have been making sublimely hilarious and deeply ridiculous theatre for the last 20 years, delighting audiences around the world.

 

The Flop previews at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 12-14 July, 8pm. Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased at www.chapter.org./flop or 029 2030 4400.

 

Connect with Hijinx Theatre online at: www.hijinx.org.uk on Twitter @hijinxtheatre instagram @hijinxtheatre Facebook at HijinxTheatre and YouTube at HijinxTheatreCompany #theflop

 

For further information please contact Vanessa Davies: [email protected] / 02920 300331

 

 

Welsh theatre charity success with pioneering learning disabilities project in Lesotho

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  • Four learning disabled actors with Down Syndrome travel nearly 9,000 miles across the globe to perform in small communities in Lesotho
  • Learning Disabled actors perform to over 2000 people, including staff from Mamohato Children’s Centre set up by Prince Harry
  • World Down Syndrome Day – 21 March 2018 signifies how people with Down’s Syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities

Award-winning theatre company, Hijinx, took a group of learning disabled actors and staff to tour the landlocked country of Lesotho from 10-25 of February, with a performance project called Able to Act.

Four professional actors with Down’s Syndrome from Hijinx’s performance training Academies in Wales undertook the trip – Justin Melluish, Gareth Clark, Laura Tilley and Victoria Walters.

Victoria Walters, one of the Hijinx actors who took part in the project said: “I have a disability and the trip to Lesotho has taught me that it’s important to share it with people”.

They partnered with four local drama students from the Machabeng International College to create a totally new piece of theatre, which was initially developed in the Hijinx Academies across Wales.

One the local theatre students, who acted in the performance piece said: “I’ve learnt to be more compassionate and accepting of people with disabilities, there is such a need for this project to continue in Lesotho and also start in other countries too.”

To view daily vlogs from the Able to Act Team Click Here

World Down Syndrome Day, 21 March, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. This year World Down Syndrome Day (#WDSD18) theme is #WhatIBringToMyCommunity. It aims to show how people with Down’s syndrome can and do make meaningful contributions throughout their lives.

Through the Able to Act project, Hijinx have been able to actively show communities in Lesotho its four actors with Down’s Syndrome working alongside local theatre students to create a piece of creative physical theatre, adding to the creative culture of the community and highlighting how they can improve their inclusive practices. This has been the key success to the project, measured in a testimonial from Mary Hlalele, who saw the performance in Machabeng, with the Senior Citizens Association of Lesotho:

“Inclusive theatre has taught us a great deal, about the value and beauty of diversity; you have taught us how to embrace differences with love, care and joy…. making our own lives more joyful and engulfed in love and beauty.  Reflecting on this gift you have exposed us to, has required us to do some deep introspection into how we relate to others who we regard as ‘different’. You have taught us the meaning of true unity.  As people we are already unified through breath, and as such, we therefore have no reason to embrace fear and anger; or to dwell on blame or judgement, when we notice differences in others.”

To view a gallery of images from the Lesotho trip Click Here

Performances were held across five locations throughout Lesotho, including the Mamohato Children’s Centre run by Sentebale – set up by Prince Seeiso and Prince Harry. Here the production was performed for staff from their disability department and the rest of the organisation who were undergoing disability awareness focus training.

Palesa Mphohle, Country Director for Sentebale said: “This was inclusion at it’s best. I’ve never seen such a wonderful performance as this before. It was really inspiring.”

With total audiences of over 2,000 people, ranging from church congregations and school children to the Senior Citizens Association of Lesotho, the impact the Hijinx Able to Act project had is not to be underestimated. Not simply through the performances, but also the drama workshops with learning disabled children at the orphanage, the four learning disabled actors building relationships with the local actors and also regularly going to the local shopping centre and cafes, visibly showing the local community people with learning disabilities doing everyday tasks.

Mamello Mokholokoe, who runs Phelisanong Orphanage, said: “All my life I have never watched an activity that has touched my life this way”.

The Able to Act project was made possible through funding from Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa programme through Hub Cymru Africa, the British Council, and in association with Machabeng International College and Dolen Cymru.

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Hijinx Drama Foundations in North Wales.

Love Drama? A budding Performer? Full of Creativity? 

Then Hijnx Theatre’s Drama Foundations is for you!

Drama Foundations in North Wales meet every Wednesday at the Nova Centre, Prestatyn. Using Drama, Movement and Music you can get creative, make new friends and be the budding performer you always wanted to be.

FREE Taster! 

From January 2018,we are creating pan Wales learning. This means every Drama Foundation course will be exploring the same topics across Wales. For the first time all participants will be able to share their work with friends from other places within Wales.

If you’re interested in joining the North Wales Drama Foundation, join us for our FREE open day and taster workshop on Wednesday 7th March in PrestatynEmail [email protected] and reserve your place today. 

Each session costs £42.00. Start dates are offered subject to the return of all essential information. 
*Excluding Christmas, New Years and Easter.

http://www.hijinx.org.uk/

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.

Hijinx Residencies

 

Upcoming residences

   

  Volcano :                      Carmarthen, 11 – 15 Sept 2017

  Improbable:                Cardiff, 31 Oct – 4 Nov 2017

 

Hijinx Residencies are a fantastic opportunity to learn from some of the most well respected theatre companies working in the UK today. Sharing their expertise over week-long workshops, companies such as Complicite, Frantic Assembly, Punchdrunk, Spymonkey, Cardboard Citizens, Told by an Idiot and Ockham’s Razor will help you develop performance skills including clowning, contact improvisation, devising and aerial work.

Working inclusively

If you have never worked alongside learning disabled performers Hijinx Residencies are a fantastic opportunity to do so. A number of places at each course will be allocated to students from the Hijinx Academy, our advanced drama training course for talented learning disabled actors. Come ready to work in a lively, empowering and massively enjoyable environment.

 

For more details click http://www.hijinx.org.uk/residencies/

Hijinx Academy Mid Wales

Free taster session – 11th September 2017- Aberystwyth Arts Centre

 

On Monday 11 September, learning disabled adults will be able to attend a free taster session for our Mid Wales Academy drama training course, based at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

The course has grown out of our year-long Pathway scheme, which is now ready to expand into our professional performance training – the Academy. Open to adults with learning disabilities or autism, who want to pursue a career in performing arts, our Mid Wales Academy joins the highly successful Academies already established in Cardiff, Carmarthen and Prestatyn. Students here have developed skills in physical theatre, acting for screen, dance, clown, improvisation and many more, and have performed all over the UK and Europe.

Students need to be committed, focused, hard-working and able to participate in the sessions independently. They will work with tutors who are professional arts practitioners initially for 1 day per week, expanding to 2 days per week when student numbers have increased sufficiently. The course is ongoing, 50 weeks per year, breaking only for Easter and Christmas.

The taster session will be from 9.30 – 3.30 at the Dance Studio and will give people the chance to experience a typical Academy day and meet the Hijinx team delivering the course.

For more information or to book a place on the taster day

email Dan McGowan (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Hijinx%20Academy%20Mid%20Wales%20Taster%20Session)

or telephone 029 20 300 331.

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Unity Festival 2017

Hijinx Unity FestivalCircus, sleepwalkers and suitcases as Hijinx Unity Festival arrives in North Wales this week

 Watch out for the pink suitcases popping up around Caernarfon this week as the town is taken over by a surprisingly different arts festival (28 Jun – 2 July)

Spectacular circus, theatre, dance and music acts will fill Caernarfon Castle, Victoria Dock, the Town Square and Galeri Arts Centre as Hijinx Unity Festival returns for another five days packed with performances. Hosted for the first time this year in Caernarfon in partnership with Galeri, the Festival will showcase outstanding inclusive and disability arts performances from Spain, France, Germany, Belgium and across the UK from 28 June to 2 July.

The Festival is distinctively different in that all of the companies performing at Hijinx Unity Festival feature artists who have physical or learning disabilities. The Festival was created by Welsh theatre company, Hijinx, to raise the profile of disabled and non-disabled artists working together as equals, and to surprise and delight audiences with truly remarkable performances.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights of the 2017 line up include a weekend of free performances in and around Galeri (Sat 1 July) and on The Maes (Sun 2 July) in the centre of Caernarfon. Areas of the town will be transformed into eye-catching performance spaces, with more pop up venues on The Promenâd and in Palas Print bookshop.

Headlining the weekend are dare-devil French circus artists Cirque Inextremiste with a breath-taking balancing act on The Promenâd. Elsewhere in town, they will be joined by German theatre company Blaumeier-Atelier, Seville-based dance company Danza Mobile, and Hijinx’s own pop-up theatre shows ‘The Pods’, to name but a few acts. Pioneers of accessible theatre for children, Taking Flight Theatre Company will bring a nautical feel to Shakespeare’s The Tempest which will be performed all around Victoria Dock.

Join Unity @ Castell Caernarfon on Fri 30 June for four jam-packed hours of inclusive street theatre, flamenco and contemporary dance from Germany, Spain and Great Britain.

The Festival also offers a ticketed programme of performances at Galeri from 28 June – 1 July, including: BoHo, a dystopian musical misadventure produced by Hijinx and Theatr Clwyd; I Belong, raw and un-tamed physical theatre from Belgian company Theater Stap; and a stunning flamenco double-bill from Seville-company Danza Mobile.

HIJINX AND FRANTIC ASSEMBLY COLLABORATION

Another highlight of the free performance programme is physical theatre show, Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, produced by Hijinx in collaboration withFrantic Assembly (performances 30 June & 1 July in Galeri). Frantic Assembly are the renowned Movement Directors of the Broadway and West End hit show The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The 20 minute performance features a 20 strong cast of disabled and non-disabled actors, and will be the culmination of a two-week training residency under the tutelage of Frantic Assembly.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Through a high quality programme of performing arts, the Festival promotes positive images of disability and social inclusion to audiences. Since its creation in Cardiff in 2008, it has grown to attract over 20,000 visitors a time from across Wales, the UK and Europe.

15 learning disabled actors from across North Wales, who are trained by Hijinx at their academy in Prestatyn, will be at the centre of a number of Festival performances. They will be joined by fellow Hijinx Academy actors from South and West Wales, for a celebration of inclusion that takes place in Caernarfon for the first time this year.

Further information

The Festival programme can be downloaded at www.hijinxunity.org.uk. Tickets are available at www.galericaernarfon.com

For future updates on Hijinx Unity Festival 2017 programme, visit the event website at hijinxunity.org.uk, follow @HijinxTheatre on Twitter or onwww.facebook.com/hijinxtheatre.