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WOMAN OF FLOWERS (Ages 12+)

by SIÔN EIRIAN after SAUNDERS LEWIS in the English language

Thursday 15 February at 7.30pm

Tickets - £13, concessions - £11, students and school groups - £7

Theatr Pena return with the Company’s first co-production with Taliesin Arts Centre, a dynamic and visually rich production of a very ancienttale of betrayal and retribution. Woman of Flowers is a strikingly poetic reimagining of the Mabinogi myth of Blodeuwedd by award-winning Welsh writer Siôn Eirian in which he skilfully combines Saunders Lewis’s Welsh language verse drama of the same name with original material to create a captivating dark fantasy.

Blodeuwedd isn’t like other women. Conjured from wild flowers by the wizard Gwydion to be the perfect wife for the warrior prince Llew, nature’s wild waves surge in her blood and when the dark desires woven into her nature are awakened the consequences are bloody for all around her.

CHAT BACK - Do you ever leave the theatre with burning questions or would like to comment on what you have just seen? Share your thoughts or listen to others after the show in a relaxed discussion.

15/02/2018 7:30 PM
THE WOOD by Torch Theatre Company

Written by Owen Thomas

Directed by Peter Doran

Based on an idea by Ifan Huw Dafydd

Wednesday 14 March at 7.30pm

Tickets- £13, concessions - £11

From Owen Thomas, writer of the award winning ‘Grav’, comes a brand-new play written to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I.

It is July 1916, and as the Battle of the Somme rages, Mametz Wood echoes to the sounds ofwar as the 38th Welsh Regiment face the ferocity of the German army. 

Inspired by a true story. Dan and Billy, two young soldiers, forge a friendship in the heat of the build up to the infamous battle. When Billy is killed in Mametz Wood, he leaves behind a devastated friend and, back home, a heart-broken and pregnant wife. 

Altered by his experiences on the Western Front, Dan returns home to step into his friend’s shoes, ultimately marrying Billy’s widow and raising their baby son as his own. 

Fifty yearsl ater, in a clearing in the wood, Dan has returned to lay a ghost to rest. 

A tale of friendship, love and sacrifice set against the backdrop of world in flames. 

The Torch Theatre is very pleased to be working once again with Owen Thomas – one of the most exciting writers in Wales, following the success of ‘Grav’. Owen is also delighted to be working again with the creative team at the Torch Theatre. 

The production will be directed by our Award Winning Artistic Director, Peter Doran (Best Director, Wales Theatre Awards 2017).

14/03/2018 7:30 PM
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE (Ages 12+)

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Tuesday 20 March at 1pm & 7.30pm

Tickets - £13, concessions - £11, schools and colleges - £7

Running time - Approx 2 hours, age guide 11+

Adapted for the stage by Nick Lane and Directed by Nick Lane

Music by Tristan Parkes, Design by Victoria Spearing, Costume design by Naomi Gibbs, Lighting design by Claire Childs

Doctor Henry Jekyll is a good man. Successful within his field and respected by his peers, he’s close to a neurological discovery that will change the face of medical science forever. However, his methods are less than ethical, and when a close friend and colleague threatens to expose and destroy his work, Jekyll is forced to experiment on himself, whereupon something goes very wrong…or very right. And suddenly Jekyll has a new friend, the brutal Edward Hyde. 

A thrilling adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde immerses you in the myth and mystery of 19th century London’s fog-bound streets where love, betrayal and murder lurk at every chilling twist and turn. Gripping, stylish and thought-provoking, this is unmissable theatre. Go on...treat your dark side!

20/03/2018
CRIMES UNDER THE SUN

Friday 6 April at 7.30pm

Tickets - £15, concessions - £12

Award-winning theatre company New Old Friends present Crimes Under the Sun, a comedy thriller, directed by James Farrell (Associate Director - 39 Steps, West End).

Inspired by Agatha Christie, 39 Steps and film noir, welcome to an hilarious yet murderous trip to a classic English Riviera retreat. The show features the company’s trademark of just four actors playing multiple outrageous characters, and a plot that races along in a romp. 

Reviews for New Old Friends’ previous show Crimes Against Christmas

"a mesmerising mix of murder, mayhem and laugh-out-loud comedy... even has echoes of those word-play specialists the Two Ronnies." –  **** The Stage

“not one person who did not laugh at least 100 times” - ***** What’s Good to Do

“A laugh a minute roller-coaster of fun” - ***** Behind the Arras

06/04/2018 7:30 PM
LOUDER IS NOT ALWAYS CLEARER (Ages 14+)

A Mr and Mrs Clark Production

Thursday 26 & Friday 27 April at 7.45pm

Tickets - £10, concessions - £8

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. 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 this year.

To join the online conversation use the hashtag #LouderVClearer

26/04/2018 to 27/04/2018
OFFSIDE (Age Guide 13+)

Tuesday 12 June at 7.45pm

Tickets - £13, concessions - £11

3 Centuries. 1 Goal.

A glorious tale of struggle and sweat. Heart thumping with oxygenised blood, adrenalin flooding every little bit of me, and every little bit of me, is every little bit of the field in front of me.

It is 1892.

It is 1921.

It is 2018. 

Four women from across the centuries live, breathe, and play football. Whilst each of them face very different obstacles, the possibility that the beautiful game will change their futures - and the world – is tantalisingly close. 

Offside is told through lyrical dialogue, poetry, and punchy prose, placing the audience on the touchline of the game of a lifetime.

***** “Brilliant and polished overlapping storytelling”– Broadway Baby

***** “An impressive feat” – Morning Star

**** “A tremendous three-hander” – The Scotsman

**** “An engaging, enthralling watch” – What’s On Stage

**** “Defiantly and rawly poetic” – AllEdinburghTheatre.com

12/06/2018 7:45 PM