MUSICALS FOR ALL – Wales Millennium Centre Hosts Its First Major ‘Relaxed Performance’ With MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL

 

Wales Millennium Centre will present its first relaxed performance of a large-scale musical in the main 1,800 seat Donald Gordon Theatre this summer.

 

The matinee performance of Madagascar The Musical on Thursday 8th August 2019 is specially designed for people who may find going to the theatre challenging, including those with an autistic spectrum condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder.  The performance is open to all and will include a number of sensory adjustments such as lower sound levels, brighter lighting and a less formal setting. Encouraging an atmosphere where everyone feels safe and able to react to the show as they wish, Madagascar The Musical will be an adventure of a lifetime for everyone who sees it.

As part of the relaxed performance, those attending will be able to come and go from the auditorium as needed. The Centre will also offer quiet spaces for anyone who may feel overwhelmed, provide a visual story that explains everything from arriving at the building to leaving the show, and host a pre-show familiarisation tour of the auditorium. Audiences can be reassured that, although adaptations to the show and the theatre space will be made, the story itself is not affected.

Based on the smash-hit DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar The Musical follows Alex the lion (played by 2016 X Factor winner Matt Terry), Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Age guidance: 3+ (no under 2s)

Tickets: £16 – £31

Price reductions are available on the top two price tickets: Under 16s – £7.50 off; Disabled, Senior, Students and Unwaged – £5 off.

On sale now via wmc.org.uk or 029 2063 6464

To book a wheelchair space or to ask any questions about your visit to Wales Millennium Centre, please call 029 2063 6464

Relaxed performances were first introduced to Wales Millennium Centre’s programme in December 2017 with The Bear, followed by Almost Always MuddyThe Girl with Incredibly Long Hair and Duckie in 2018, which took place in the Centre’s smaller studio theatre, the Weston Studio, and its public spaces.

BSL-interpreted and captioned performances are already available for most of the major touring musical and theatre productions that come to the Centre. This new addition of a relaxed performance of Madagascar The Musical on the main stage demonstrates the Centre’s vision for as many people as possible to enjoy live theatre and entertainment and fire their imaginations.

Sarah Leigh, General Manager Arts & Creative at Wales Millennium Centre said: “As the national arts centre for Wales, we want to ensure our programme is accessible to all, which is why I am thrilled that we are able to extend relaxed performances to our main stage. We hope to welcome audiences both new and old to the Centre for this magical sho,w and I hope it will be the first of many relaxed performances of major touring productions that we present here.”

Meleri Thomas, External Affairs Manager at the National Autistic Society Cymru said: “Autistic people and their families tell us that they would love to visit the theatre, but because of sensory issues and anxiety in unfamiliar surroundings, they are often prevented from doing so.

 “We are thrilled to be working alongside the Wales Millennium Centre to help develop autism-friendly performances that take into account some of the challenges that autistic people and their families can face and enable them to enjoy live theatre in an environment that works for them.”

 

 

David Hutchinson, CEO from Selladoor said: “Relaxed performances allow access to these wonderful shows for those of us who may avoid theatre due to the potential for the situation to cause more stress or discomfort for ourselves and our loved ones. They are quickly becoming a vital part of an inclusive theatrical society.”

 

RawFfest/Gwyl Grai Tickets

Festival 2019 – Tickets Now On Sale

25 – 28 April Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Ticket Prices:
Thursday eve, Friday daytime, Saturday daytime, or Sunday daytime:  £5.
Friday day and evening, or Saturday day and evening: £10
Whole festival weekend: limited number of tickets at £20
Tickets available through Wales Millennium Centre. Click here.

What are you getting for your money?
Have a look here at the exciting things on offer over the four days of the festival. We’re still finalising details of more activity; look out for announcements!

We will be launching a crowdfunding campaign on St Valentine’s Day. We hope you’ll share the love!

This will give you the opportunity to help disadvantaged young people get reduced price and free tickets for the festival. Our PlaceMakers are working on some fantastic rewards for your pledges. By supporting our campaign you could get a unique art work or exclusive experience – while showing how much you care about the arts being enjoyed by more young people. 

During the four week crowdfunding campaign we will be sending out up to one email a week to tell you about new rewards and progress. If you would rather not receive these, please email [email protected] with the message ‘pause emails.’  We’ll then put you back on our mailing list in March.

For details of the festival please visit: www.rawffest.wales 

Leeway Productions

THE LAST 5 YEARS

Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown

Choreography Mark Smith

Directed by Angharad Lee

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL

November 9th – 17th 

8pm

BSL and Closed Captions

Age Guidance 12+

The Last 5 Years by Tony award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown comes to Wales for the first time in a new touring production by Leeway productions.

An emotionally charged and powerful musical, The Last 5 Years follows aspiring author Jamie and struggling actress Cathy, two twenty-something New Yorkers, who fall in and out of love over the course of five years.

With a stunning, lyrical score telling their story in opposite directions this production will see a love story explored uniquely and poignantly by outstanding musical theatre talent, deaf performers and beautiful choreography by the award-winning Mark Smith.

To book tickets please go here

Or phone the WMC on 029 2063 6464 

The production will then tour to the following venues:

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 20 November. Galeri, Caernarfon, 22 November. Blackwood Miners’ Institute, 27 – 28 November. Ffwrnes, Llanelli, 29 November. Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tydfil, 1 December.

Tuck at WMC

TUCK will run the 24th – 27th of October and 1st – 3rd of November in Ffresh at the WMC with captioned performances on the 1st and 3rd of November.

Touch tours availible on request each night before the show. Please request the tours in advance when you book through the WMC Box Office – 029 2063 6464
Tickets available here https://www.wmc.org.uk/en/whats-on/2018/tuck/performances

When Cardiff Drag legend, Patsy Thatcher decides she wants out for good, her framily discover truths nobody wants to face. Can the show go on without her?

Following their acclaimed co-production of Alun Saunders’ award-winning play, A Good Clean Heart, Neontopia return to Wales Millennium Centre with this brand new, exhilarating piece of bilingual theatre, set in the Cardiff Drag scene.

Tuck is a blend of comedy, sequins and sorrow, which will raise the roof using much-loved anthems and original songs… before smashing it back down to earth.

“This is fantastic theatre”
★★★★★
– The Reviews Hub (A Good Clean Heart)

Pan fo Patsy Thatcher, hoelen wyth byd Drag Caerdydd, yn penderfynu troi cefn ar ei gyrfa, mae’i ffrindiau’n wynebu gwirioneddau erchyll. Pa mor derfynnol fydd ei phenderfyniad?
Yn dilyn eu cyd-gynhyrchiad o ddrama Alun Saunders, A Good Clean Heart, daw Neontopia nôl i Ganolfan Mileniwm Cymru â’u cynhyrchiad sîcwin-tastig, amlieithog newydd, Tuck, wedi’i osod yng nghrombil sîn Drag y ddinas.
Mae Tuck yn gynhyrchiad llawn gorfoledd a galar fydd yn defnyddio anthemau cyfarwydd a chaneuon gwreiddiol i godi’r tô cyn ei chwalu’n ddeilchion.

“Dyma waith ffraeth ac atyniadol…sy’n sicr yn werth ei weld.”
– Lowri Hâf Cooke (A Good Clean Heart)

RawFfest Gwyl Gwrai

Festival 2019

RawFfest GŵylGrai showcases the very best of youth arts.

This is your chance to apply to be part of the festival at Wales Millennium Centre, 25 -28 Apr 2019

We’re looking for work by 14 to 25 year olds. Are you…

  • part of a youth performance group that will have a great show ready for Easter next year?
  • in a band and would love to play at the iconic Wales Millennium Centre?
  • a film-maker with a stunning short film?
  • a photographer, artist or fashion designer and want to exhibit your work?
  • a writer, poet or blogger?
  • a dancer, comic, maker, circus performer…

We’re also looking for professional workshop leaders with original, quirky ideas.

 To find out more go to our website

Click through to this form and tell us what you’d like to bring: https://goo.gl/forms/Juhq8bQpCyglCLcJ2.

DEADLINE: 6pm, Sunday 28th October 2018

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

We have a group of about 25 young people who are programming the festival from the work proposed, along with workshops, masterclasses, events etc.  We are likely to get back to you with lots more questions. The core programme will be launched on the website in January 2019. We will then continue to build the programme and make further calls for work.

www.rawffest.wales

5 organisations make the festival a reality: Wales Millennium Centre as the Governing Body, Youth Arts Network Cymru (YANC), A2 Connect, Newport Live and Venue Cymru.

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

 

 

National Theatre Wales

Access Forum

Apologies for the short notice……….

The next access forum will be at 6pm on the 14th of August 2018 at The Sony Room, Wales Millennium Centre. The topic for this session will be ‘Creating integrated performances’, guest speakers to include Elise Davison, Taking Flight Theatre Company; Clare Williams of Hijinx Theatre Company and Jonny Cotsen. They will be sharing insight into their processes of creating work where access is integrated from the very start and throughout creation. After the presentations, we will have an opportunity for Q&A and discussion.

At the end of the evening we will also look at the content that came out of the previous session on the future of the forum.

Please RSVP and let us know of any access requirements to [email protected]

RawFfest GwylGrai Youth Arts Festvial

RawFfest GwylGrai 2019

Wales Millennium Centre,

Thursday 25th to 28th April 2019

Our event on Tues 21 August 2018 is YOUR CHANCE to get involved RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING!

RawFfest is a youth arts festival for Wales that is planned and programmed by young people for young people. It’s fun, innovative and surprising.

We value the original over the copy, the quirky over the conventional, the daring over the dull. RawFfest showcases the best of youth arts today.

The meeting on 21st August is the beginning. Decisions about the exact programme will be made as quickly as possible over the following months.

But it would be great to have some ideas on the table.

  • Are you part of a youth performance group that will have a great show ready for Easter next year?
  • Are you in a band and you would love to play at Wales’ leading venue?
  • Are you a film-maker with a stunning short film?
  • We’re looking for poets, artists, writers, makers, circus performers…

 

This is your chance to get involved in planning a fantastic festival by and for young people – right at the very beginning.

Join us at our launch event on Tuesday 21st August from 2pm to 6pm at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

We’re looking for:

  • 16 – 25 year olds to programme, plan and market the festival
  • youth arts groups and artists who want to perform or exhibit at this exciting showcase of the best of youth arts today.

On the 21st we’ll have some taster workshops and we’ll create our vision for the BEST YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL yet.

Young people are in the driving seat. You decide what sort of shows, bands, art, media, workshops you want. What will it look like? How much will it cost?

To find out more please go to our website

Can’t make 21st August?

We’ll have a follow up meeting in the evening of Tuesday 18th September and other ways to get involved.

Stay in touch by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

Festival of Voice – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Festival of Voice will be starting in just a few weeks’ time at Wales Millennium Centre and as part of the programme there is a series of accessible performances .

WMC have  offered DAC members £5 tickets for these shows.Just use the code FOVfriend2018 at point of purchase to take advantage of this!

 

WMC have teamed up with multi-award winning theatre company Gagglebabble to produce Double Vision. Part murder mystery, part gig, Double Vision is an exciting new thriller that is designed to be completely accessible to those with visual impairments, with audio description built into the script. Touch tours are available before every performance led by trained Stage Management staff with captioned performances on Thursday 14th  and Saturday 16th June. Including UCAN member Mared Jarman in the role of Mel, this is a performance not to be missed.

 

Highway One is a co-production between August 012, Katell Keineg and WMC which takes the audience on a trip from Cardiff to Greece in the company of a centaur, a dead Italian film-maker, Medea, granddaughter of the sun god and a young woman from Cardiff. It will have two Audio Described performances by Alistair Sil on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June, with touch tours available beforehand.

For further information about shows and timings, please visit https://festivalofvoice.wales/.