Nyrsys – Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

As this year sees the NHS turn 70, we take a look behind the scenes of a busy cancer ward in a hospital in Wales today, with a script and songs created from interviews with real nurses. This new play shines a light on nurses’ experiences — the challenges they face in their day-today work and the mischief, sisterhood and sense of vocation that sustains them. A heartfelt depiction of the life and work of these real-life heroes who care for us and our loved ones within a healthcare system that’s under perpetual strain.

This is a Welsh-language production. The Sibrwd app provides a live audio synopsis for non-Welsh speakers and Welsh beginners. Full information available here.

Age guidance: 11+

As this production is an integral part of the company’s exploration of the theme Care and Community, and comes at the end of a special year in the history of the National Health Service, a special offer is available of concession price or 10% off ticket price for all NHS staff. NHS staff are kindly asked to show their ID card and quote ‘NyrsysGIG’ when buying tickets.
On Tuesday 17 April, we presented the first public presentation of Nyrsys as a work in progress at Wales Millennium Centre, as part of their season ‘Performances for the Curious’.
Click here to see a video  promoting the BSL performances  on 17th November and 20th November : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB1hLroO6eA&feature=youtu.be

Details of pre- and post-show talks along the tour:

Pontio, Bangor 06/11/2018:  18.30 Pre-show talk for Welsh learners, PL2  Post-show talk in the theatre.
Lyric, Carmarthen 09/11/2018:     Post-show talk in the theatre.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth 13/11/2018:    Post-show talk in the theatre.
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff 16/11/2018:   19.00 Pre-show talk for Welsh learners, meeting room. 
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff 17/11/2018:   19.30   BSL Interpreted performance.
Theatr Clwyd, Mold 20/11/2018:    18.30 Pre-show talk for Welsh learners, Haydn Rees room;   Post-show talk in the theatre.
Theatr Clwyd, Mold 21/11/2018  19.45   BSL Interpreted performance.
Borough Theatre, Abergavenny 27/11/2018:  18.30 Pre-show talk for Welsh learners, Council Chamber Room.
Mwldan, Cardigan 04/12/2018:   19.00 Pre-show talk for Welsh learners, Mwldan Café.
Galeri, Caernarfon 07/12/2018:    Post-show talk in the theatre


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.

What do you think?

Survey for Pontio users

We are currently looking at how Pontio works ‘holistically’ in offering excellence in the overall experience that users have when visiting the building. One aspect of this is the extent to which those who attend performances and/or cinema screenings also take advantage of other facilities in the building such as our signature restaurant on level 2 – Gorad. We’d be grateful if you would consider filling in the online questionnaire here to help us improve the overall Pontio Arts and Innovation offer. The questionnaire is part of a research study being conducted with the School of Psychology at Bangor University and so requires you to read the information in the 1st question and provide consent to take part. All data will be anonymised and kept confidential.

As a thank you for your time, we are offering thechance to win one of three £40 meal voucherfor Gorad for those who complete the questionnaire. Just add your contact details at the end and we will enter you into a prize draw.

Thank you for your time,
Pontio Arts and Innovation in collaboration with the School of Psychology


Pontio , Bangor

Little Wolf by Lucid Theatre

Theatr Bryn Terfel, Pontio, Bangor

Saturday 25th November 7.30 pm


An intense, surreal and honest exploration of a couple who find themselves facing their ultimate fear. Inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s play Little Eyolf, this is a present-day retelling of a compelling classic of modern drama. 

Captions will be displayed in real time during the performance by the side of the performing space

Book tickets: https://www.pontio.co.uk/online/17Little

Tel: 01248 38 28 28

Dawns i Bawb


Dawns i Bawb are joining forces with National Dance Company of Wales, Marc Rees, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Pontio to celebrate 100 years of the original PARADE, to be presented at Pontio, Bangor. The original PARADE was a cultural revolutionary piece that caused quite a scandal at the time.

Dawns i Bawb are looking to recruit between 20 – 24 young people aged 16+ to perform as workers / protesters in the Pontio production. This will be a promenade performance and the group will perform a physical role which will include being choreographed in terms of moving from one place to another. The piece will be performed bilingually and the performers may have spoken text. No previous experience is needed and people of all abilities and backgrounds are welcome.

Rehearsals will be held in the Caernarfon area on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September 2017, followed by Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October. Additional rehearsal dates will be held leading up to the week of production but these are still to be finalised.

Performance dates are 28th & 29th October, with full technical and dress rehearsals on the 26th and 27th. You will need to be available for all the dates confirmed so far.

If you are interested in being part of this exciting opportunity please contact Emma-Jane Sutcliffe at Dawns i Bawb on

0791 7688 437 or email [email protected] to express your interest.


Theatr Iolo

Platfform || Pontio

A New partnership between Theatr Iolo’s Platfform programme and Pontio launched for artists who want to develop Welsh language work for and with families in North Wales.
Platfform is Theatr Iolo’s experimental three year programme designed to support emerging artists research and develop theatre and theatrical happenings with and for children, young people and families in partnership with a venue. A priority for the Teulu Pontio Family strand of programming is to present more Welsh language work for families, so with this is mind the Platfform || Pontio project will bring the experience, resources and support networks of both organisations together in a condensed and focused programme of artist research and development.
Running alongside year three Platfform residencies in South Wales and Powys, Platfform || Pontio will focus on working with a North Wales based artist (or an artist who shows a strong commitment to the area and its communities) from September 2017 to May 2018 to develop Welsh language work for and with families with children aged between 4 and 7
The successful artist will receive a bespoke package of support starting in September 2017 to include support from Platfform’s Welsh Language project Producer and Pontio staff to realise their ideas. They will also receive administrative, technical and marketing support and help making links with families in the area. They will have access to a package of training and go & see visits along with mentor and peer support from industry practitioners. Artists will receive industry standard daily rates of pay and there will be an additional artistic budget of £3000 available for the three blocks of three days research and development running from January 2018 to May 2018, culminating in a public sharing at Pontio in May 2018.
Full details of how to apply for this opportunity can be found here: 

The deadline for submissions is midday on the  4th of July.
To find out more about Platfform, previous and current projects and the artists on longer residencies go to www.theatriolo.com and follow the blog at www.platfform.cymru
Platfform is made possible with the generous support from the Arts Council of Wales and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.