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Cardiff Boy – 90s nostalgia for the modern day

We’ve posted before about The Other Room (Cardiff’s only pub theatre, attached to Porter’s), and it’s nice to have an excuse to post about them again! There’s a great show on right now in The Other Room called Cardiff Boy, which has made us Very Nostalgic for growing up in Cardiff (and loving tunes!) in the 1990s.

It’s 1996 in the capital.

A seventeen old from Llanedeyrn estate, is our guide, as he and his school mates head into town and negotiate their way through the ever changing streets of Cardiff. This is a study of male friendship, the love and the violence, the codes, the loyalties and rituals, all set to a 90s mixtape. It’s just them and the music.

Cardiff Boy is a dynamic one-man show that explore’s the 1990s in Cardiff. It follows a group of young lads, desperate to make an impression in an ever-changing city. Set to a mix of 90’s music, Cardiff Boy explores the effect music can have on our lives in both times of joy and sadness. Read a review of the show over at The Stage if you still need convincing … “Jack Hammett imbues the role with the right combination of pent-up teenage energy and vulnerability, bouncing around the audience as he describes meeting the girl of his dreams in a club, then rooted to the spot and looking us straight in the eye in the moments of pathos that will go on to define his future.”

CARDIFF BOY IS SHOWING IN THE OTHER ROOM AT PORTER’S : 4/11 – 11/11

BUY TICKETS FOR CARDIFF BOY

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Exciting performance beyond the stereotype – Mags at Sherman Theatre

We’re big fans of the theatre over by here, and so were excited to hear about Cwmni Pluen’s new show Mags – a devised piece that’s been developed over two years through work with three community groups across Wales. The show asks how far family bonds can be pushed, and how does it feel to belong, through following the story of Mags and her return to her hometown after chasing a hedonistic escape from life events. The show is at Sherman Theatre, Cardiff from 25-28 September (get tickets here!)

Reuniting with her past, Mags is determined to discover how we can continue to look after each other in a society that has let traditional community structures break down. Uplifting and provocative in equal measure, Mags prompts conversations on the complex role of care in society today, the impact of human connections, and celebrates the families we can create for ourselves.

“The show our audiences will see is a fusion of movement, bilingual text and live music as we follow Mags’ story – her past, present and future in the small Welsh village she both loves and loathes,” says Gethin Evans, director of Mags. “Her story is created from the people we have met through the community engagement with CAIN, Trans*Form Cymru and Dads Can”.

Like every Pluen production, Mags is bilingual in Welsh and English, and combines an eclectic mix of theatre, live music and physical performance. The original score has been written by Welsh electronic pop artist CASI, who will perform with musician Eddy Bailhache, remaining on stage throughout and performing live – bringing pulsing energy and a connection with the audience. Check below for the Soundcloud link to the beautiful song Rhyw Dynfa that they’ve created for the show – that they’ll be performing live on stage.

Performance Dates

Buy tickets for Mags at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff – performance dates:

  • 25 September, 7:30pm
  • 26 September, 2:30pm & 7:30pm
  • 27 September, 7:30pm (post show talk)
  • 28 September, 7:30pm (Captioned performance)

About Cwmni Pluen

Cwmni Pluen are a Cardiff-based theatre company, working across Wales. Their approach is to create a synergy between text-based and devised work that is always physical, always probing the human condition, always bilingual, and always engaging with new members of communities.

Following the success of their first production Llais / Voice, which the company presented in Wales and at the Edinburgh festival, Sherman Theatre’s artistic director Rachel O’Riordan appointed Cwmni Pluen as the Sherman’s inaugural Company in Residence.

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LOVE, CARDIFF – WORLD PREMIERE – and you can take part!

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PERFORMANCE, EXHIBITION, ARCHIVE

WHOEVER YOU ARE, YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL.

Love, Cardiff is the story of our city’s past, present and future told through the personal accounts of our City Road communities. The customers in the barbers and take-aways pass each other on the street. The staff in the grocers, the sex shop, and the funeral directors sit side by side on the bus. The residents of City Road make their way home, every passer-by, every person an extraordinary story.

Love, Cardiff is a community production that explores the stories that lie behind the faces of those who live, work and play along this vibrant city road.

Do you have a City Road story?

If so, get in touch. Your story may be the inspiration we are looking for to help us build our performance, exhibition and archive. Please contact the Love, Cardiff Team on 02920 646980 or email love.cardiff@shermantheatre.co.uk The Community and Engagement Team at the Sherman Theatre create projects about you, our citizens, together telling the story of our community, our capital city.

‘To have the whole community in a play made entirely of their words was incredible.’ (Waulah Cymru Committee Member on the Sherman Theatre’s Community Production of Home)

 

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My Body Welsh – A Rumination on Welsh National Identity

In a world where nationalism has become muddied by dangerous right-wing rhetoric, it is easy to forget about the metaphysical merit of searching for one’s own national identity. Often, it is a discovery laden with history, language, surprise and – most importantly – growth. Welsh national identity, too, is made particularly interesting  by the complicated amalgamation of Welsh and Anglo culture which has left Wales – particularly the South – iridescent. Despite this, the sense of community in Wales is as prominent as our valleys and our stories. Pontio, Invertigo Theatre Company’s and The Conker Group’s newest offering, My Body Welsh, is a play that concerns itself with these issues of national identity, and more with creative aplomb:

“MY BODY WELSH is a playful, part-bilingual, one-man mystery adventure. Weaving stories, histories, sounds and language, performer Steffan Donnelly transports his audience into a slippery world of small-town myth-making. Accompanied by a live soundscape artist creating sounds both with and in front of the audience, the show creates community in its telling, leaving us wondering the extent to which national identity is built upon stories.”

The play weaves its way through the infamous streets of Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch and into the minds behind small town myth-making and culture building. The play asks if “There’s more to being Welsh than having the accent, isn’t there?”, and it’s up to you to attend and find out the answer. The play is on tour at the moment and will be arriving in Cardiff at Chapter Arts on the 13 / 14 of January. This looks like a real treat, so be sure to grab your tickets for My Body Welsh here at Chapter, if you fancy it.

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Our first ever Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival: 20-25 June

Well HOW exciting! This June we welcome the first EVER Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival to the city.

Following in the footsteps of Edinburgh, Brighton, and London, Cardiff will enjoy an annual shot of affordable theatrical delight from both new and established theatre companies, held in a range of local venues.

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Here’s what the Festival says about itself:

Cardiff’s Fringe Festival was borne from a desire to build on the gathering momentum of performing arts culture in Cardiff, and allow it to reach a self-sustaining critical mass. In order to draw the people of Cardiff to the theatre in larger numbers than a single production might achieve, the festival will present an affordable programme that caters to a wide range of tastes. It encourages the use of non-theatrical venues in an attempt to change the public’s perception of “going to the theatre”.

The festival will prioritise maximum accessibility for audiences and companies alike, promoting an inclusive and nurturing environment where audiences can experience work from both the rawest and most sophisticated ends of the theatrical spectrum. Artists at different stages of their career will be able to mix and learn from each other, and will not be exposed to the financial risk associated with venue hire. Venues will benefit from the publicity and footfall the festival will bring.

This unique collaboration across venues and companies will operate within a financially sustainable model that will bring both cultural enrichment and revenue to the city.

Sounds great, right? If you want to get involved, either pick up tickets for the so-far announced shows, the launch party or the post-festival closing party!

To buy tickets for the announced shows, see the Fringe Tickets page

Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival (CFTF) website

CFTF Facebook page

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Cardiff street theatre company to perform Glasto – and you can help!

Ooooo an exciting new performance company! Bad Egg Theatre tells us about their campaign for a new pram so they can perform their hilarious material at Glastonbury!

We are Olga Kaleta, Rosy Roberts and Maddy Lennox. Together we are The Bad Egg Theatre Company, an emerging company specialising in street theatre. As a company we were brought together by a shared desire to create work focused on current issues. Using a unique blend of physical and verbal comedy, our ambition is to create highly entertaining, multi dimensional work that makes the audience think & question. We’re developing an outdoor street show that will be performed at arts festivals, community events, parades & fairs.

 

“The Sprats”

The Sprats are a wicked take on the limits of our responsibility and knowledge. The twin babies contemplate. They debate. They discuss political apathy and the wealth divides. They also cry a lot and poop. They want to entertain you, but they’re on the edge. Kind of like Robbie Williams, but much more naughty and a little bit less famous.

Story so far…

… we have spent two weeks devising and have showcased the project in Somerset. We’ve developed a prototype pram with support from Take Art. But our main issue is that our pram doesn’t move… This limits us in both a practical and artistic sense. Therefore we’re currently crowd funding for a new pram that will be motorized, all-terrain and easily maneuverable (in collaboration with former Scrapheap Challenge winner- Paul McGarry).

We are scheduled to premier the new version of The Sprats at Glastonbury Festival 2016!!

Why do we do it?

We really believe in this project. In addition to being highly entertaining and visually striking, it also creates a platform to speak about uneasy social and political issues. Children are the ultimate buffoons. Unconfined by social sensitivity, they can say the unspeakable and get away with it.

Here are some lovely things that people said about “The Sprats”:

“Startling and very funny- made some sharp observations too. Great script and acting. As good as any sketch I’ve seen on TV.”

“Spectacularly odious children! Grand children of Jeremy Clarkson? Clever staging and utterly brilliant!”

“Up to date comedy- appropriate for all ages…”

Fundraising

We launched our Kickstarter campaign on the 4th of April. The project will only be funded if we reach our target by the 4th of May 2016. You can support by donating here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1495800494/the-sprats?ref=discovery.
You can also help us by sharing our campaign with your communities.

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https://www.facebook.com/The-Bad-Egg-Theatre-Company-1384244728541512/?fref=ts

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What’s on in Cardiff! 3-7 February 2016

It might be cold and drizzly outside but somehow you Cardiffians are just gagging to get out and about, am I right? There are SO many events on this February, we thought we’d experiment and do a ‘what’s on’ style post for each week this month.

If you like them, make sure to comment and we’ll do more.

If you hate them, comment, and we won’t do more.

If you’re indifferent, say nothing, and we’ll meh along with you.

Are you ready? Then let’s begin!

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What’s on

1 – 20 Feb: Henry VI

Following the success of last year’s all-female production of Richard III, Wales Millennium Centre are collaborating with Omidaze (Oh My Days!) once more; this time on an all-female production of Shakespeare’s Henry VI (The Wars of the Roses).

Exploring notions of power, leadership and trust, director Yvonne Murphy’s new production abridges the three classic history plays into one hard-hitting instalment, focussing on the personal journey of Henry’s rise to power.

Performed in the Centre’s roof void, this usually unseen part of the building will be transformed into an immersive performance space, offering an opportunity to see the Centre from a new perspective. With an inspired soundtrack, aerial circus, original costumes and imaginative set designs, audiences can expect a captivating and fully immersive experience as they are guided around the space, following the action as it takes place around them. Henry VI Tickets £12: Age Guidance: 9+ (No Under 2s)

Thursday 4 Feb – The Lonely Crowd Winter Readings: Cardiff

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A winter’s evening of readings from the new Cardiff literary journal, The Lonely Crowd. Featuring Tom Vowler, Rhian Elizabeth, Jane Roberts, Christina Thatcher, Kate Hamer, Zoe Ranson and Susmita Bhattacharya. Hosted by Lonely Crowd editor John Lavin.

Thursday 4 Feb – British Animation Awards: Public Choice Screenings: Program 1

The BAA Public Choice Screenings are your chance to vote for winners in the British Animation Awards! This year, Cardiff Animation Nights and the University of South Wales have teamed up to bring the BAA Public Choice Screenings to Cardiff.

There will be three programs of animated short films, commercials and music videos, screened on three Thursday nights in February in the Ground Floor Theatre at the ATRiuM, Cardiff. Come along and watch some of the best of British animation from the last two years and vote for your favourites!

19.00, Atrium, Cardiff  |  British Animation Awards: Public Choice Screenings: Program 1 Facebook event

Thursday 4 Feb -Harry Potter Book Night

Calling all wizards and witches in Cardiff and beyond! Celebrate Harry Potter for A NIGHT OF SPELLS! There will be quizzes, treasure hunts and great prizes to be won! Fancy dress is encouraged and all are welcome – witches, wizards, and muggles! There will be activities for all ages – kids, tweens and teens and beyond.

Free entry | 17.30 – 20.30, Waterstones Cardiff, The Hayes | Harry Potter Book Night event page | Harry Potter Facebook event

Friday 5 Feb – Soul In The City #3

The best of Motown, Northern Soul, Stax and more all on vinyl. Tickets on the door on the night!

20.30, St Joseph’s Social Club, Whitchurch Road |  Soul In The City #3 Facebook event

Friday 5 Feb – Vaults D&B Presents LTJ Bukem

If you’re looking for a rave up, The Vaults is your place! They’re kicking off the year off in fine style with drum and bass legend, LTJ Bukem. Since 2012 The Vaults has brought you the creme of the drum and bass crop for a monthly night of unequaled fun with the scenes biggest headliners.

Support in the main bank Vault come from Ransom, Kooley, Apollo, Lubi J, Speedo and Tribe One.

In Vault Two is Neil Young & Friends with Submerge taking care of the banking hall.

Check out this LTJ Buken mix on the Tom Ravenscroft 6 Music show

22.00, The Vaults, 113 – 116 Bute Street |  LTJ Bukem Facebook event page  | LTJ Bukem tickets £13

Saturday 6 Feb – SAVE OUR ARTS! CARDIFF MARCH FOR CULTURE!

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Arts and culture are facing a potential funding crisis and we would like to raise our voice.

Culture makes life worth living. And Cardiff a city worth living in. Cardiff Council want to cut £700,000 from the arts budget. Which threatens the future of culture in the city.

As Europe’s youngest capital city, Cardiff enjoys national arts organisations and institutions including two symphony orchestras, the National Museum, the Welsh National Opera, Wales Millennium Centre, National Theatre Wales, National Dance Company Wales, St David’s Hall; and high profile events such as Artes Mundi, Cardiff Singer of the World, and Cardiff Contemporary. Not to mention countless grassroots and community arts projects.

This kind of activity keeps the city alive, and demonstrates how much it values creativity. It provides rich ground for new ideas and innovation, grassroots engagement and renewal. This is what attracts both people and investment. Where would a city be without this?

Our burgeoning reputation for arts and culture, built over many years, impacts on education, social services, employment, community cohesion, criminal justice, tourism, refugee agencies, youth services, the third age, library services and more.

Culture is all around us from the moment we wake to the moment we sleep. If the next generation of designers, makers, musicians, artists, writers, actors, dancers are placed in an environment that does not encourage them, what kind of Cardiff will we live in? Wales prides itself on its cultural heritage. We need to ensure that our future heritage is as strong.

Join us on Saturday 6th outside the National Museum to call upon the Council to cancel arts cuts and to celebrate Cardiff WITH culture. Bring your banners, signs, instruments, energy. We will end outside the Central Library.

Meet 14.00 outside the National Museum, Cathays Park  |  March for Culture Facebook page

Saturday 6 Feb – Open Studios at the Boneyard and Printhaus

Residents at The Bone Yard will be opening their doors alongside the PrintHaus for the first of their 2016 Openhaus! Our residents have a wide variety of skills from art therapists to jewellers; there will also be a pop up vegetarian and vegan brunch from Commune with their orange container becoming our on-site cafe for the day. So come and have a chat, take a peek at the artists’ workshops, see how they work and buy directly from the makers themselves!

10.00 – 14.00 | The Printhaus / The Bone Yard, Llandaf Road Industrial Estate (Rear of Romilly Crescent, CF11 9NL)  |  Open Studios Facebook event

Saturday 6 Feb – Kitty Daisy & Lewis / Barns Courtney

Kentish Town siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are a group of highly talented and original musicians who play more or less anything they can lay their hands on. Their musical references and skills are rooted in the old tradition where songs and music are handed down, played and enjoyed at gatherings of family and friends. From a very young age Kitty, Daisy and Lewis’ performances have been blowing away and inspiring audiences, building up an impressive fan base from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Chris Martin and Eagles Of Death Metal to Dustin Hoffman and Ewan McGregor. They have had worldwide success with sold out tours and have opened for Coldplay, Razorlight, Richard Hawley, Jools Holland among others.

£12 | 20.00 | 18+ | Tickets: http://bit.ly/1dVr2mR  | Kitty Daisy Lewis Facebook event page

Sunday 7 Feb – The First General Auction of Cardiff’s Newest Auction House

You are invited to the Capital’s Newest Auction House’s First General Auction on February 7 2016! General Auctions every Sunday, Auction starts at 10.00, Viewing on Saturday 9.00 – 17.00 and Sunday from 9.00.

Antique and Household Furniture, Art and Collectables, Jewellery, Books, Garden Furniture, and other Miscellaneous Items.

Antique and Fine Art Auctions the first and third Friday of the month. Auction starts at 18.00, Viewing from 9.00 Friday. House Clearances undertaken, Professional Valuations by appointment.

9.00, Unit 7 Clydesmuir Industrial Estate, Clydesmuir Rd, Cardiff CF24 2QS   |  www.cardiffcityauctions.com |  Cardiff City Auctions Facebook event page

Sunday 7 Feb – Charity Quiz Night

Penylan Pantry are having a charity quiz! They would like to invite you all to a charity quiz night at the Pantry on 7 February from 18.00. The charity they are supporting is the Welsh Refugee Council.

There will be running a pop-up bar stocked with local craft beer, organic wine, soft drinks and they will be making a seasonal cocktail. They will also be making a pantry winter stew to buy on the night.
The prize for winning the quiz is the GLORY! All ticket proceeds will go to charity. £3 per ticket (or more if you’re feeling generous!) Book your ticket online and pay in cash on the night. Limited availability!

18:00–20:30 | Penylan Pantry, 72 Kimberley Road, CF23 5DN | Quiz night tickets | Quiz night Facebook event

Sunday 7 Feb – Something DIFFerent: Stories of science

Storytelling is one of the oldest and most powerful means of human communication. Stories fuel our imagination and inspire our curiosity. Storyteller Christine Watkins joins forces with Cardiff University’s Prof Mike Edmunds and Dr Edward Gomez, to share with us some of science’s stories. In one hour they are going to travel through the galaxy, help Kepler find a wife and look at how science and scientists ask and answer questions.

The Institute of Physics is very excited to present this unique collaborative event in the cosy Gwdihw Cafe Bar in Cardiff. Entry is free but they ask that if you’re planning on joining that you register with their EventBrite page.

18:30 | Gwdihŵ Café Bar, 6 Guildford Crescent, CF10 2HJ | Stories of Science Facebook event

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Come out to play at the cabaret….

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It’s that time of year when Mary Bijou Cabaret get their baubles out for everyone! Yay!

This year’s performance, the usual mix of circus, comedy, sketches, music and lots of other kinds of ridiculousness, did not let us down.

The show began with a sultry rendition of Joni Mitchell’s River, followed closely by a playful Chinese pole act from Kate McWilliam. Trailing a bouncing silver balloon behind her, she flipped around the pole with a massive smile on her face!

Co-founder of the cabaret, George Orange, who we interviewed a couple of years ago, entertained the crowd between acts, drawing attention to the cock-ups in the customary Mary Bijou way. After finishing her own, special rendition of Silent Night, ‘Maxine’ (aka Paul Evans) got stuck suspended in mid air dressed as an angel. It took a good minute or so for the crowd to realise that it wasn’t part of the plan…

Other highlights included the bizarrely hilarious Austrian ski dance to a techno version of Vogue (I can’t explain it any better that that), George’s slackline, Kitsch n Synch‘s little sandman ditty, Catriona and Ben’s furious sketch about Christmas (“IT’S ONLY JUST BEGUN, ARGHHHHH!!”
), Maxine’s powerful static trapeze routine, Olga and Hannah’s silks act, where they transformed from toy dolls into real women to a Beastie Boys soundtrack and, of course, the finale – Eric’s unbelievable straps performance.

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Mary Bijou shows have a warm, social vibe where everyone ends up dancing at the end of the night and acts are so close to the audience that you can feel their breath. The performers are a motley gang of incredible talent, and you always feel as if you’ve just dropped in on a house party where someone decided to hastily arrange a talent show, in the best possible way. Their shows are edgy, socially conscious, experimental and rib-achingly funny.

Oh, also a special shout out to Ernie Sparkles’ set design, which according to him included 4 tonnes of glitter….

If only they were doing more than two shows! Guess you’ll just have to wait until next year…We made a little video for you too – see below.

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Win! Tickets to see The Drowned Girl at Chapter THIS WEEKEND!

BBC Wales Drama Award Winner Kelly Jones presents The Drowned Girl at Chapter! AND YOU CAN WIN TICKETS TO THIS WEEKEND’S SHOWS!

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After a phenomenal run at Cardiff’s pub theatre, The Other Room, the team behind Blud present The Drowned Girl at Chapter, Cardiff from 30 September – 3 October at 8pm.

TO WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO EITHER FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER or SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER, LEAVE A COMMENT UNDER THIS BLOG TELLING US WHAT NIGHT YOU’D LIKE TO ATTEND AND WHY YOU DESERVE TO WIN TICKETS!

Kelly’s Nan told her she was born a mermaid, and with it her childhood was full of mermaid adventures and cornflake box tails. It didn’t matter that Kelly couldn’t swim

But that was a long time ago, and things are now different. Kelly is drowning in a dead-end job at Asda and her beloved Nan passed away three weeks ago. She takes comfort in dreaming and diving into a very different reality full of mermaids and happy memories of being by the sea. But as the dreaming starts to take over, Kelly has to learn to swim all over again.

At times funny, at times sad, The Drowned Girl is a one-woman play about lost youth, lost loved ones and mermaids.

Writer and Performer: Kelly Jones.

Director: Anna Poole.

Musician: Chris Young.

Producer: Olivia Harris.

The Drowned Girl is supported by the Arts Council of Wales. 

Ticket Prices – £12/£10

Age Guide 14+

The show’s running time is approximately 50 minutes.

Find out more and book tickets http://www.chapter.org/drownedgirl

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W is for the Wales Millennium Centre

Katie Hamer continues her A–Z exploration of Cardiff with an excursion to the capital’s flagship arts building. Here’s what she discovered…

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Who in Wales wouldn’t instantly recognize this show-stopping landmark? Surrounded as it is in Cardiff Bay by other iconic buildings, it still holds its own as a bold design statement. Yet could such a well-known building still yield secrets? This is what I set out to explore.

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Like many others, I have queued up to watch performances on the Centre’s main Donald Gordon stage. I’ve seen everything Carmen the opera to Cats the musical on tour. I’ve seen the stage transform from an ornate palace to a desolate litter-blighted street scene and wondered if it could even be the same theatre.

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Every time I visit I’ve been impressed by how smoothly they run the scene and costume changes and how efficiently they process visitors through the building. But I knew hardly anything about the place that has brought pleasure to so many people both nationally and internationally. So I jumped at the chance to go on a guided tour of the Centre, tours of which take place twice daily nearly every day of the year.

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I won’t reveal all the secrets I uncovered, but I will let you know a few things which should be common knowledge, but surprisingly, they’re not.

For instance, I’ve often looked up at the copper-coloured exterior of the main building perplexed at the split between the Welsh language on the left and the English language on the right. Could they be a literal translation? Wrong as it turns out. The Welsh means something entirely different.

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The English, In These Stones Horizons Sing acts as a conversational response to the Welsh rather than an echo. The Welsh, Creu Gwir fel gwydr o ffwrnais awen actually translates as Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration. This is particularly apt, as the glass that makes up this eye-catching calligraphy comes straight from the furnaces of Swansea Institute. Indeed, much of the construction material has been sourced within Wales, making the Centre truly routed within its heritage.

And did you know that they used different shades of glass throughout this installation? Neither did I. So I was fascinated, upon this discovery, to see how the various colours change in intensity depending on the time of day and weather conditions.

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Sitting in the main theatre and seeing the backstage areas including one of the main dressing rooms is another perk of the tour, although photography in these areas strictly prohibited for copyright reasons. I stood in the backstage surrounded by the easily three-storey tall walls and heard the orchestra rehearsal reverberating around the whole space. Then I realized that it wasn’t the whole orchestra, but just a few musicians, making it even more incredible. That’s the advantage of a purpose-built theatre designed to create the best acoustic technology around.

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The Wales Millennium Centre isn’t just a great place for theatrical and musical performances. It is also the home of arts organizations such as Literature Wales, The BBC National Orchestra for Wales, the Arts Council for Wales, and the Welsh National Opera, among others.

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There are bars and restaurants, and huge areas of the ground and first floor are open for the public to roam. Throughout the year, various artists use the public areas to show off their latest inspirations. For instance, upon my visit, I witnessed the Relics exhibition by Matt Wright, which runs from 20 June to 23 August. Relics is:

a multifaceted contemporary art project based around a series of short term, publicly accessible, site-specific art installations featuring a newly developed photographic medium known as the photosphere.’

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These photospheres capture images of other iconic buildings and places within Wales such as Tintern Abbey. Seeing these crumbling buildings and coastlines floating like air balloons within the altogether more modern and neutral environment of the Centre does lend to them a surreal quality that is worth exploring if you happen to be passing by. It’s great to see how many different ways the building can be utilised.

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And there are also free performances on occasion, on the ground floor Glanfa stage, around the building and outside, details of which can be found on the Centre’s website. Quite often these coincide with the main performances in the Donald Gordon Theatre and show how the Centre is always giving back most generously to it’s many visitors.

 

You can find more information on What’s On at the Millennium Centre here:

Wales Millennium Centre Website

Thanks for reading. See you next time.

 

NoFit State Circus’ Bianco returns to Cardiff, 12-27 June – get a sneak peek!

If you’ve been wondering what gives with that giant silver spaceship-like structure on John Street, next to the Street Food Circus, then educate yourself: NoFit State, the UK’s leading contemporary circus, is performing their internationally celebrated show BIANCO in Cardiff from 12 – 27 June. Cardiff will be the only performance in the UK, before the company departs for a European tour.

Yes yes!

The show has visited Cardiff twice before, BUT this time three-quarters of the cast are NEW. That means fresh talent, new skills, and more beautiful (and terrifying) circus performances.

Photographer Lorna Cabble went along to the preview to get these snaps of the performers, hard at work in rehearsal…

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Where:
NoFit State’s iconic silver spaceship Big Top. John Street, Cardiff, CF10 5PE

When:
12-27 June, 2015

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Cirkopolis at the Millennium Centre: fast, funny, sexy and unmissable

Cirque Éloize’s Cirkopolis turns greyscale to technicolour in a heartpounding performance that traverses circus, dance, comedy and theatre. 

With echoes of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and 1984, even flashes of The Hudsucker Proxy, the show portrays a drab, grey world punctuated with joy and colour. Mechanical movements and tightly-performed dance routines make way for fluid, effortless acrobatics within a few minutes and it doesn’t lose pace for the entire 90 minutes. 

From an electro-swing Andrews Sisters-style juggling routine, to the solitary, mesmerising cyr wheel, the first half is incredible. It also includes the sexiest German wheel performance that you’ll ever see (I guarantee).

Photo credit: Cirque Eloize

If it’s even possible, the second half is better. It begins with a perfect tandem trapeze routine (I’ve been learning trapeze for half a year, and I don’t think audiences really appreciate just how hard it is to make it look so easy!). 

The Chinese pole performance was easily the best of the night- the twirling, fast-paced climbs and HUGE drops harvested so many gasps from the audience that I’m surprised there weren’t a few asthma attacks. The three primary performers didn’t make one wrong move, and did it all in time to banging music. This scene is worth the ticket price alone. 

The finishing routine, complete with seesawing, flying acrobats is fast, perilous and fun, just like the rest of the show. None of it wears thin, and the whole thing passed in an instant because of its unfaltering magnetism.

The CGI scenery gives the set a depth that I’ve never seen on stage before – from rising skyscrapers during the handstand tower to the twisting door panels in the comedy interlude.

There is little to complain about- the performance was essentially flawless but for a few imperceptible hiccups, and the music is hit and miss. 

Don’t miss your chance to see the show, which is on at the WMC until Saturday. You’ll never look at office furniture the same again…