A Hijinx Production in Association with Spymonkey
Ages 16+, adult content
Thursday 20 September at 7.45pm
Tickets - £13, concessions - £11
Paris. 1657ish. Impotence is illegal. When a member of the aristocracy is accused of being less than upstanding, his wounded pride leads him towards a monumental and very public flop. But can a cast of total idiots save a show about a flop… from being one?
Creators of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 hit Meet Fred, team up with clown supremoes Spymonkey, to present an anarchic, slightly rude, hilarious slice of stupidity, with live music and unfeasibly large wigs.
by Stephen Macdonald
Monday 24 September at 7.30pm
Tickets – are free but still need to bebooked as capacity is limited
Stephen Macdonald’s Fringe First winning play about the unique friendship between celebrated World War One poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. They met at Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917, and bonded over a mutual hatred of war and love of poetry.
This production won a Best Actor accolade at the Wales Theatre Awards for Daniel Llewelyn Williams, who reprises his role here as Sassoon. The show is on the first part of a world tour commemorating the centenary of both the meeting depicted in the play, and of the Armistice. The show is presented by acclaimed Welsh company Flying Bridge and Olivier Award winning producers Seabright Productions.
Wednesday 26 September at 7.45pm
Tickets - £10, concessions - £8
When a clueless, but very well-intentioned theatre company attempt to stage their interpretation of an Oscar Wilde classic, objectivity, tradition, British politeness, handbags and several cups of tea fly out the window.
Brace yourself for a romping hour of song, sound effects, deft physicality and live audio description from every character that will transport you into the midst of a delicious, romantic melodrama such as you’ve never experienced before!
Chloë Clarke, in collaboration with Elbow Room Theatre Company and Galeri Caernarfon, presents this innovative 60-minute comedy featuring fully integrated live audio description for visually impaired and sighted audiences to enjoy alike. So, in earnest, throw away those headsets - we’re all in this together.
This performance has live audio description and is interpreted in British Sign Language.
Friday 5 October at 8pm
Tickets - £17.50, concessions - £16
Austentatious is saddling the horses for a Grand Tour of the United Kingdom!
Austentatious is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers. Every single show the cast conjure up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience. The show comes fresh from six sellout runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, a monthly residency in London’s West End and a BBC Radio 4 special to mark the bicentenary of Austen’s death. Now their show will be appearing at two dozen theatres across the country to entertain and astonish audiences in equal measure. Previous ‘lost’ masterpieces have included Sixth Sense & Sensibility, Double 0 Darcy and Mansfield Shark, and no two shows are ever the same. Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment, this is a Regency treat guaranteed to delight Austen novices and die-hard fans alike.
★★★★★ “Ridiculouslysilly…wickedly funny” –The Times
★★★★ “A joy to behold” The Guardian
★★★★ “Super smart and terrifically funny” The Scotsman
Thursday 11 October at 7.45pm
Tickets - £13, concessions - £11
Twisted Tales is a hilariously dark triple bill of riotous comedies that reveal the darkness under the domestic, the lengths people will go to for love and how to wash blood stains out of a carpet.
WHY HAVE three strangers; a brash Bristolian, a Cockney wide-boy & an introverted blogger been summoned to play a deadly locked-room mystery?
WHO IS the bandaged man, obsessively in love and held captive inside an upmarket flat, counting down the seconds until it’s time for her to return and “thing I can’t say” to begin.
HOW WILL two children’s TV presenters dispose of a corpse before time runs out? All they have is their wits, their arts and crafts skills and a foul-mouthed, criminal genius glove puppet.
Join us for an anarchic night of Twisted Tales and consider “how far would you go to get what you want?”
By Rachael Boulton
Tuesday 23 October at 7.45pm
Tickets - £11, concessions - £9
Aberd’air South Wales. The night the last factory closed.Four neighbours build a plane in an allotment and take off down the highstreet, past the butchers, past the curry house, and above the chapel in search of a life free from politics and the grind.
Blisteringly funny, this heart-warming drama accompanied bylive original score and tantalising visuals is a new adventure from the valleys that makes anything seem possible.
"Comic and celebratory, melodic and mournful, it's an elegy for a place that's not dead yet!" - New York Times Review for Motherlode.
Coproduced with RCT Theatres.
In association with Creu Cymru
Supported by Arts Council Wales, Bristol Old Vic & Chapter.
Wednesday 24 October at 7.30pm
Tickets - £14, concessions - £12
Theatr na nÓg
Aneurin Bevan and Jennie Lee were comrades and flatmates who together fought and preached for socialism as they saw it; he the Tredegar firebrand on the Labour back benches, she the miner’s daughter from Fife who became a Socialist MP before she was old enough to vote.
Then they were married; he deeply in love with her; she on the rebound from a tragic love affair. Both of them were loved and loathed by their fellow MP’s; he the Bollinger Bolshevik; she his Lady Macbeth, the dark angel at his shoulder. Life together unfolded through the desolate war years, the trials of founding the NHS, and the vicious internal feuds of the 1950’s. But as it did so their love deepened and matured.
This is the story of a partnership that became one of the outstanding political marriages of the twentieth century.
gan Tim Crouch
Iau 1 Tachwedd am 8pm
Docynnau - £12, gostyngedig - £9
Mae tad yn colli ei ferch mewn damwain car. Mae’n teimlo ei fodmewn drama - heb wybod y geiriau na’r symudiadau cywir. Mae’r dyn oedd yn gyrru’rcar yn hypnotydd llwyfan. Ers y ddamwain, mae ei sioe yn fethiant, mae wedicolli ei bŵer i ddylanwadu. Heno, am y tro cyntaf ers y ddamwain, mae’r ddau yn cyfarfod panmae’r Tad yn gwirfoddoli i gymryd rhan yn sioe’r Hypnotydd.
Dau actor. Un actor yn chwarae’r Hypnotydd bob tro,a’r llall, y Tad, yn actor gwahanol bob nos - yn gwybod dim am y ddrama.
Cyfle i weld drama arobryn un o ddramodwyr blaenllawPrydain, Tim Crouch, mewn addasiad Cymraeg, am y tro cyntaf erioed, gan gwmnitheatr Invertigo (Y Tŵr,My Body Welsh). Gyda’i archwiliad arbrofol o golled, maddeuant, a pŵery meddwl, mae Derwen wedi cyffroi a chynhyrfu cynulleidfaoedd ar draws y byd.Dyma brofiad theatrig unigryw, yn llawn cyfoeth theatraidd, hiwmor tywyll, astori sy’n bachu’r dychymyg - mi fydd yn aros yn y meddwl ymhell ar ôl diwedd ysioe.
Cyd-gynhyrchiad Invertigo a Pontio. Cefnogwyd ganCyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, Llywodraeth Cymru, Loteri Genedlaethol, a PhrifysgolBangor.
Derwen (An Oak Tree) by Tim Crouch
A man loses his daughter to a car. It’s like he’s in a play - but he doesn’t know the words or the moves. The man who was driving the car is a stage hypnotist. Since the accident, his act’s a disaster, he’s lost the power of suggestion. Tonight, for the first time since the accident, these two people meet when the Father volunteers for the Hypnotist’s act.
Two actors. One plays the hypnotist every time, and the other, the Father, is a different actor each night - who knows nothing about the play.
A chance to see this award-winning play by one of Britain’s prominent theatre makers, Tim Crouch, in a Welsh translation by Invertigo Theatre Company (Y Tŵr, My Body Welsh). Derwen (An OakTree) is a breath-taking exploration of grief, forgiveness, and the power of suggestion, which has thrilled audiences across the world. It contains adazzling balance of gripping story, rich theatricality and shocking humour.
Wednesday 14 November at 7pm (Age guide 13+)
Tickets - £11, concessions - £9, youth groups/schools - £6
"I trade in my teenage years for you
To protect you
Create what I never had
So you'll see how beautiful the world can be"
Connor and Kelly are brother and sister.They share the same birthday, but ten years apart. Since the disappearance of their parents, when Kelly was three, they have been dependent on each other for survival. Connor is everything to Kelly: dad, brother, mum, friend – and storyteller. They've learned how important it is to believe in something fantastic when you're living off the grid.
But what happens when you discover you've made the wrong decision? Forced to back down, do you sacrifice your beliefs inorder to stay together?
Developed in partnership with young people, Off the Grid is an immersive new play by David Lane that navigates a shocking and heart breaking human story through the underbelly of a hidden society. Follow Connor and Kelly over seven years and discover if their own tale is as hopeful as the fiction they’ve clung on to for their very existence.
Off the Grid is presented by Half Moon, the UK’s leading small-scale theatre company making work for young people and follows on fromthe company’s 2017 award-winning co-production What Once Was Ours (Off West End OFFIE Award for Best Production for Young People aged 13+).
Monday 19, Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 November at 7pm
Tickets - £10.25, concessions - £8.25, groups of 10+ - £7
Shakespeare Schools Foundation is proud to present the world’s largest youth drama festival.
An exhilarating evening, featuring a series of unique abridged Shakespeare productions by local schools. See Shakespeare’s timeless stories brought to life like never before, and support young people from your community as they take to the stage.
Monday 19 November
St Cenydd Comprehensive (play TBC)
Glan Usk Primary – Macbeth
Newbridge Comprehensive – The Tempest
Willowbrook Primary – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Tuesday 20 November
Cardiff and the Vale College – Hamlet
Dinas Powys Primary – Much Ado About Nothing
Craig-Y-Parc School – Much Ado About Nothing
Merthyr Tydfil College – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Wednesday 21 November
Coleg Y Cymoedd – The Comedy of Errors
St Martin’s Comprehensive – Macbeth
Risca Community Comprehensive – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf – The Tempest (Welsh language)
Saturday 24 November at 7.45pm
Tickets - £13, concessions - £11
‘Don’t be afraid of that floor, hammer it!’
On the eve of the Irish Open championship, we meet Annie, a 16 year old Dubliner, as she charts us through the various successes and disappointments of her Irish Dancing life. We share her mind numbing commitment and burning desire to win the Irish Open title. Will she win and, if so, in what way?
From the confines of every parochial hall in Ireland, Irish Dancing champions are churned out at a massive rate. Medals and cups build up in drawing rooms and Riverdance swells a national pride, but the public aren’t privy to the blood, sweat and tears that pave the way to the first place podium.
The Humours Of Bandon is a coming of age story, full of heart, humour and wisdom, for anyone who had a childhood passion that threatened to overwhelm their life.
Developed as part of Show in a Bag an artist development initiative of Tiger Dublin Fringe, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors.
Written & performed by Margaret McAuliffe
Directed by Stefanie Preissner
Set Design by David Fagan
Lighting Design by Eoin Winning
Script Development by Gavin Kostick
Dramaturgical Assistant Jo Halpin
Produced by Eva Scanlan
By Rob Ward
Thursday 31 January at 7.45pm
Tickets - £11, concessions - £9