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Samuel Bennett leaves his home in South Wales to pursue a career in London. Setting out with an attitude of reckless, nihilistic purpose, he encounters a nightmarish city. A room full of furniture, an assortment of bizarre characters and an embarrassing first sexual experience in a cold bath. Join Samuel as he meanders through this dreamlike world, all with a beer bottle stuck on his little finger.
Dylan Thomas's gloriously surreal coming-of-age and unfinished novel is given new life by Theatr Iolo in a special production for the Dylan Thomas Centenary Festival. Age guidance 14+
This production explores the life, death and legacy of the inspirational campaigner, murdered at the hands of the security police in apartheid South Africa. It takes the audience on a poignant and emotional journey through danced storytelling, often joyous, then dropping into the depths of tragedy.
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Thirteen-year-old Robert Caligari has a rather nasty habit of kicking pigs. But today, Robert is going to get his comeuppance. Today is the day that Robert Caligari is going to die. Kill The Beast present the world premiere of this stage adaptation of the cult novel by occasional Time Lord Tom Baker. This grotesquely comic farce features talking piggybanks, shark mutilation, and a nasty incident involving weedkiller-cornflakes.
Caitlin was the wife of poet Dylan Thomas. At the start of the 70s, 20 years after he died, she started going to Alcoholics Anonymous. In a circle of 40 chairs, set out for an AA meeting Caitlin makes a determined effort to deal with her tempestuous past. The audience of 20 sits with Caitlin in the circle as she revisits her life with Dylan. The unoccupied chairs become part of the action in this physical and powerful duet.
With a lovely poetic lilt, this simple tale captures a child's eye view and adults reminiscences of the time of presents, good things to eat, and in the best of circumstances, newly fallen snow.
Saturday night, small town Wales, only one pub, one party and three lads stuck with their school reputations - the gimp, the geek and the bully. Their dream - to get the hell out. With a dead cat stuffed through a letterbox, a soupcon of mindless violence and a perfect woman to die for, Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco is bursting at the seams with the desperately ordinary, the truly extraordinary, and the just plain mad.
Michael Harrison has it all; great career, great friends and a beautiful fianc?. But when his stag night prank goes horribly wrong, Michael finds himself left alone, buried alive and facing a terrifying death. As time runs out and the terror grows, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace investigates Michael's mysterious disappearance. But as the mystery deepens and he begins to unravel a tangled web of deceit, Grace begins to fear that Michael won't be found in time...
A suitcase trailing family roll into new beginnings. Foreign, distorted and bright, the world resembles a haven of comfort. But as the walls and lives are peeled back, the community's murky environment is revealed. This miniature world of tiny inhabitants is manipulated by three performers using cameras to capture the action. A composer works seamlessly to add a live soundscape, edited in the moment to create a film of a city's rise and fall. Feral is an innovative piece of visual theatre that combines puppetry, film and live sound to create and destroy a world in front of your eyes. Recommended for ages 13 plus.
Based on the chilling tale of Jack Frost, this experiential stage adaptation of the lost 1928 mystery novel will send shivers down your spine. Come prepared, wear sensible shoes and beware the ice.
Age guidance: 16+
The Aman Valley at the end of the 80s. Llew's world, an ex-miner and ex-boxer, is changing. Supporting the families now are not the rough hands of the men but the industrious fingers of the women. And as Llew's horizons narrow, the horizons of Sara his wife, and Lowri his daughter widen in unforeseen directions. And in the wake of these changes, the foundations of the home begin to crumble.
A challenging new play about people and their personal battles in a time of great change in Wales. Age guidance: 14+. Please note: Garw is a Welsh language production.
Dating disaster Rhodri has achieved the impossible. He's finally found the woman of his dreams, but can he escape from his Mam's meddling ways? Can Dad prove he's the one holding the family together as they head to the city of sin? Writer Jack Llewellyn takes us from the rolling hills of Carmarthenshire to the bright lights of Las Vegas with another action-packed comedy featuring Trimsaran's favourite family.
In the summer of 1989, a farmer's wife gave birth to a baby girl. In this moment Buddug James Jones became heir to her family's three hundred year old farming dynasty. Now as a modern young woman, Bud is desperate to change her destiny. Leaving five generations of tradition behind, she sets out alone into the big smoke encountering men, heartbreak, drama and hilarity along the way accompanied by live music and Welsh cakes. Hiraeth is a Welsh word with no direct English translation; it is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness and desire - a pride you feel for your roots and a sadness for the loss of a way of life. The show rejoices in this universal emotion with which everyone can empathise even as Bud wrestles with the knowledge that her departure marks a time of change and sounds the death knell for the family farm. Through one woman's struggle to escape and let go, Hiraeth explores the decline of Welsh identity and tradition.
Running time: 1hr. Age 12+
Intensely physical and loud, driven by explosive choreography and a live four piece band, the National Theatre of Scotland's In Time o' Strife is a powerful reimagining of Joe Corrie's rarely performed classic play, exposing the lives of a Fife mining family staring hunger and defeat in the face during the General Strike of 1926. Produced in association with ON at Fife, In Time o' Strife is playing at Pathhead Hall, Kirkcaldy in October 2013 and tickets are now on sale from ON at Fife box office. In addition to Corrie's original script, the show will interweave fragments of his other plays, poems and songs. Director Graham McLaren, whose productions for National Theatre of Scotland include Men Should Weep and A Christmas Carol, has adapted this classic of the Scottish canon with a contemporary audience in mind. Working alongside choreographer Imogen Knight, this new production embeds a powerful movement aesthetic and a live band comprising members of leading Scottish bands Strike the Colours and Zoey van Goey, performing new songs by MJ McCarthy (Composer and Sound Designer). The creative team also includes Lizzie Powell (Lighting Designer) and Rebecca Hamilton (Design Associate). Corrie was a miner from the Fife coalfields and wrote the play while on strike in 1926, to raise funds for the soup kitchens feeding his fellow miners and their starving families. When the play was first performed by Corrie's hastily assembled local amateur group, the Fife Miner Players, it was an outstanding success, touring to theatres all over Scotland and England, playing to audiences of between 800 and 1000 per night and going on to win international acclaim. Over the years, Corrie has been described as 'the greatest Scottish poet since Burns' by T.S. Eliot, with his works having being compared variously to Emile Zola, Sean O'Casey and Federico Garcia Lorca in their respective local traditions. Despite this, In Time o' Strife and Corrie himself were shunned by the Scottish theatre elite of the day and the play has seldom been performed professionally; 7:84's was the last production, at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow in 1982.
Running time: 90mins (without interval). Age guidance: 12+
Funfairs and sea air, first meetings and fond farewells: but the memories are fading fast. Unwilling to become lost in the ever-shifting landscape of her past, Edna seeks out ways of learning about how to preserve who she is in the present. When everything she can remember is falling away, who is Edna in the here and now? Join Edna on a journey of re-discovery through the stories of her past, navigating the depths of the neuron forest following a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. An interactive exploration of the personal significance of memories, and how we can retain our sense of self when we begin to lose them.
Age guidance: 14+
Written around 1596 and the first Shakespeare to be preformed professionally in America (New York, 1752). A man needs money to pursue a rich heiress (Portia) and approaches his friend Antonio - but unable to lend it Antonio approaches the Jewish moneylender Shylock. Shylock hates Antonio because of his Christian contempt for usury so offers a contract wherebty if the money is not repaid he may take a pound of flesh instead. The quality of mercy is not strained as Shylock is foiled out of his pound of flesh by Portia dressed as a man. A dark comedy exploring greed and racism.
Opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London on 25 November 1952. The World's Longest Running Play! A group of people gathered together in a remote part of the countryside discover there is a murderer in their midst. The question is which one of them is the guilty party.
How Now Mrs Brown Cow is part of the hilarious series written by and starring Brendan O'Carroll.
In 1938,Madame Clara Novello Davies - singer, pianist, conductor, one of Cardiff's most famous daughters - looks back at her life, and her relationship with her son, Ivor, whose unexpected fame has eclipsed hers. In a funny yet poignant final performance, she sings his songs, and allows us a glimpse of her conflicting emotions - envy, guilt, regret.....and a new feeling of invisibility.
Based on Goldoni's 18th-century comedy The Servant of Two Masters. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancee's dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who's been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers' Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
The National Theatre's Award-Winning Comedy.
Victor Smiley and his wife Joan have been married for a long time. But Victor secretly loathes Joan and is getting attention elsewhere. And Joan is bored stiff by Victor, whose irritating ways are driving her mad. The marriage has reached a crisis point and Victor decides there is only one way to get Joan out of his life forever... but he's about to get a nasty surprise.
During the era of reconciliation, white, middle class Ellen Robinson adopted a three year old black baby, Lindwe. Fourteen years later, Lindwe is coming to terms with her life in changing South Africa; her future set, but her identity uncertain. Thought-provoking Rainbow Scars captures Lindwe's emotions as she is forced to confront her true heritage.
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Thabo Mbeki was the man charged with succeeding Nelson Mandela as the second post-apartheid President of South Africa in 1999. After a controversial nine years in high office, Rhetorical revisits some of his most famous speeches, laying bare his powers of persuasion, style of governance and impact on citizens.
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The award-winning Skierlik revisits the horror of the racially motivated shootings that devastated the remote settlement of Skierlik, RSA in 2008. We too experience the tangled emotions of Thomas, who has lost his family in the atrocity, as he returns home to his tiny blue shack after running from the unbearable burden of living alone in the family home.
Recommended for audiences aged 14+
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What happens when your fear comes round for dinner, and your deepest, darkest thoughts refuse to lie low? Solfatara def: openings in volcanic terrain that emit hot, sulphurous gases. We are full of these geological phenomena, orifices that allow our insides to surface. Witty, fast paced and hilarious, a young couple's frustrations explode with catastrophic honesty as a masked figure dares them to voice their true feelings.
Age 16+. Performed in Spanish with English surtitles.
The place is Maycomb, Alabama in the Great Depression years of the 1930s. Momentous events unfold through the eyes of eight year old Scout Finch, growing up in a close knit neighbourhood with her older brother Jem and their summertime visitor Dill. When their father Atticus Finch, a well respected lawyer, mounts a vigorous and compelling case for the defence of Tom Robinson, a poor black man accused of the rape of a young white girl, an idyllic world of childhood is changed forever. Through the drama of the trial and its aftermath comes a searching examination of freedom, justice, honesty and hypocrisy. A compelling, deeply moving story told with warmth and humour.
Fog and creepily haunted houses, supernatural happenings, sea mists and dark stormy nights, lonely funerals and creaking attic doors, all combine in this gripping adaptation of Susan Hill's tense and thrilling story to create a play that taps our primal fears. A grieving lawyer believes a curse has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of the woman in black. In an attempt to exorcise the spirit he engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his story. His plan begins innocently enough, but as the border between reality and fantasy blur, the horror starts and the flesh begins to creep..