Drama & Plays

Saturday, 27 February, 2016 - 19:30

Torch Theatre Company Presents
GRAV
 
In October 2007 Ray Gravell, a man who for many embodied what it is to be Welsh, passed away after succumbing to complications resulting from contracting diabetes. He was 56 years old.
 

 
Known to millions for his legendary exploits on the rugby field, ‘Grav’ was and is so much more than that. An actor, a cultural icon, a father, a husband, a man with a life packed full of stories that deserve to be heard once more.
 
 

The Torch Theatre Company presents Gareth Bale as ‘Grav’ in a play written by Owen Thomas that celebrates the man and the legend. With the blessing of Mari, Ray’s widow, and contributions from his Welsh and British Lions team mates, this one man show will explore the life of a man who was as fascinating away from the rugby field as he was on it.
 

 
Directed by the Torch Theatre’s Artistic Director Peter Doran, ‘Grav’ will remind the world once more of a unique life well lived and of a man who did so much more than eat soft centres
 
TICKETS £14/ £12
 

Tuesday, 1 March, 2016 - 19:30

Theatr Cadair | Taliesin Arts Centre Co-Production
Windsongs of the Blessed Bay
Written and directed by D.J.Britton
Music by Andy Tamlyn Jones
 
Memory, myth and history collide in this beautiful and compelling tale of a brave young Welsh woman, blind since birth, who sets out from Pembrokeshire’s St Brides Bay in her grandfather's fishing boat to make the great catch he had always dreamed of. Guided by a cormorant, she meets a variety of colourful characters in this spectacular and moving dramatic experience, rich in the songs and stories which bind Wales and the world. 
 
Windsongs of the Blessed Bay is a family show featuring a cast of top Welsh acting talent, the haunting original songs of Boys from the Hill folk favourite Andy Tamlyn Jones, and the extraordinary puppetry concepts of Singaporean puppet master Benjamin Ho. 
 
Suitable for all the family 8+ years.
 
TICKETS £12 / £10 concessions / £6 children 

Wednesday, 2 March, 2016 - 19:30

Meet Fred.  He’s just a regular guy who wants to get on in life: get a job, find a nice girl, settle down.  The only problem is that Fred is a Puppet, and that’s where his dependency issues start.
 
Day to day life is tough when everything you do relies on three other guys being with you at all times. Out for a quiet walk, on a date, in the bathroom, life is never simple for the puppets amongst us.
 
Mixing live performance and puppetry, this is comedy theatre with a whole lot of heart, performed by an inclusive cast.
 
TICKETS: £12.00 / £10.00

Tuesday, 15 March, 2016 - 19:30

by TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
Theatr Pena | The Riverfront Co-Production
 
“When you look at a piece of delicately spun glass you think of two things:
how beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken.” Tennessee Williams
 
An absent father, a domineering mother, a daughter lost in a world of her own and a son intent on leaving – “The Glass Menagerie” - a family struggling to survive on fragile dreams.
 
Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield lives for her children and wants only what’s best for them. Her restless son, Tom, longs to escape from his domineering mother but stays for the sake of his older sister, Laura. Desperate to find a husband for her shy and withdrawn daughter, Amanda enlists Tom’s help. But will the arrival of the long-awaited “gentleman caller” fulfil or shatter the family’s fragile dreams?
 
Theatr Pena’s imaginative new production promises to bring something fresh to this timeless American classic by one of the greatest 20th century playwrights.  
THE GLASS MENAGERIE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc. on behalf of The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
 
Supported by the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales through the National Performing Arts Touring Scheme 
 
TICKETS: £14.00 / £12.00
 

 

Thursday, 7 April, 2016 - 19:30

Based on the stories by Angela Carter
 
‘One beast and only one howls in the woods at night'
 
April 7th, 8th & 9th, 2016 7.30pm
 

AT CWMCARN FOREST DRIVE, NP11 7FA

 
In a tiny village on the edge of the mountains, a young girl puts on her red shoes and cloak, and heads into the forest alone, watched by unseen eyes. As the shadows lengthen, she begins to run…
 
Now the hunt begins.
 
Angela Carter's classic tale has been adapted by Burn the Curtain and Shiona Morton to be a promenade theatre adventure for runners and walkers. It also includes elements of the author's stories 'Wolf-Alice', 'Peter and the Wolf ' and 'The Werewolf'.
 
Join Burn the Curtain in the theatrical re-telling of this dark and mysterious modern classic. We need you to run or walk with us. To help us to sniff out those who have been born feet first, to hunt those who are hairy on the inside...
 
The route will be 2-3 miles for walkers, and 4-5 miles for runners. The tale will be performed along the way.
 
To take part in the show, come prepared for physical activity (the route has steep hills and uneven terrain) , either running or walking, with appropriate clothing and good footwear. Some of the action will take place in the dark, so bring a torch or head torch if you have one.
 
There are several route options you can pick the path you want to take at different points in the performance. Choose to be a hunter or a gatherer, fleet of foot or eagle eyed, to pick up the pace, or tread carefully along the forest path.
 
However, stray from the path for one instant, and the wolves will eat you . . .
 
Ticket prices: Adults: £14 / Children (U18): £12

THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR EACH PERFORMANCE. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU BOOK EITHER A WALKER OR RUNNER TICKET. TICKETS CAN NOT BE EXCHANGED.

Minimum age 8+
 
Buy tickets online: www.blackwoodminersinstitute.com
 
All details on booking, for further details visit www.burnthecurtain.co.uk
 

PLEASE ENSURE WE HAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

 

Any questions ask Granny: granny@burnthecurtain.co.uk *

 
* Prior to each performance Burn The Curtain send an email from Granny with details about the venue, health & safety reminders and links to some additional interactive experiences such as soundtrack, images and voice recordings which introduce the audience to the show before they arrive. 
 

THIS PERFORMANCE WILL TAKE PLACE THROUGHOUT CWMCARN FOREST. PLEASE ARRIVE AT CWMCARN FOREST VISITOR CENTRE BEFORE 7.15PM.

 

Click HERE for information on Cwmcarn Visitor Centre 

 

Friday, 8 April, 2016 - 19:30

Based on the stories by Angela Carter
 
‘One beast and only one howls in the woods at night'
 
April 7th, 8th & 9th, 2016 7.30pm
 

AT CWMCARN FOREST DRIVE, NP11 7FA

 
In a tiny village on the edge of the mountains, a young girl puts on her red shoes and cloak, and heads into the forest alone, watched by unseen eyes. As the shadows lengthen, she begins to run…
 
Now the hunt begins.
 
Angela Carter's classic tale has been adapted by Burn the Curtain and Shiona Morton to be a promenade theatre adventure for runners and walkers. It also includes elements of the author's stories 'Wolf-Alice', 'Peter and the Wolf ' and 'The Werewolf'.
 
Join Burn the Curtain in the theatrical re-telling of this dark and mysterious modern classic. We need you to run or walk with us. To help us to sniff out those who have been born feet first, to hunt those who are hairy on the inside...
 
The route will be 2-3 miles for walkers, and 4-5 miles for runners. The tale will be performed along the way.
 
To take part in the show, come prepared for physical activity (the route has steep hills and uneven terrain) , either running or walking, with appropriate clothing and good footwear. Some of the action will take place in the dark, so bring a torch or head torch if you have one.
 
There are several route options you can pick the path you want to take at different points in the performance. Choose to be a hunter or a gatherer, fleet of foot or eagle eyed, to pick up the pace, or tread carefully along the forest path.
 
However, stray from the path for one instant, and the wolves will eat you . . .
 
Ticket prices: Adults: £14 / Children (U18): £12

THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR EACH PERFORMANCE. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU BOOK EITHER A WALKER OR RUNNER TICKET. TICKETS CAN NOT BE EXCHANGED.

Minimum age 8+
 
Buy tickets online: www.blackwoodminersinstitute.com
 
All details on booking, for further details visit www.burnthecurtain.co.uk
 

PLEASE ENSURE WE HAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

 

Any questions ask Granny: granny@burnthecurtain.co.uk *

 
* Prior to each performance Burn The Curtain send an email from Granny with details about the venue, health & safety reminders and links to some additional interactive experiences such as soundtrack, images and voice recordings which introduce the audience to the show before they arrive. 
 

THIS PERFORMANCE WILL TAKE PLACE THROUGHOUT CWMCARN FOREST. PLEASE ARRIVE AT CWMCARN FOREST VISITOR CENTRE BEFORE 7.15PM.

 

Click HERE for information on Cwmcarn Visitor Centre 

 

Saturday, 9 April, 2016 - 19:30

Based on the stories by Angela Carter
 
‘One beast and only one howls in the woods at night'
 
April 7th, 8th & 9th, 2016 7.30pm
 

AT CWMCARN FOREST DRIVE, NP11 7FA

 
In a tiny village on the edge of the mountains, a young girl puts on her red shoes and cloak, and heads into the forest alone, watched by unseen eyes. As the shadows lengthen, she begins to run…
 
Now the hunt begins.
 
Angela Carter's classic tale has been adapted by Burn the Curtain and Shiona Morton to be a promenade theatre adventure for runners and walkers. It also includes elements of the author's stories 'Wolf-Alice', 'Peter and the Wolf ' and 'The Werewolf'.
 
Join Burn the Curtain in the theatrical re-telling of this dark and mysterious modern classic. We need you to run or walk with us. To help us to sniff out those who have been born feet first, to hunt those who are hairy on the inside...
 
The route will be 2-3 miles for walkers, and 4-5 miles for runners. The tale will be performed along the way.
 
To take part in the show, come prepared for physical activity (the route has steep hills and uneven terrain) , either running or walking, with appropriate clothing and good footwear. Some of the action will take place in the dark, so bring a torch or head torch if you have one.
 
There are several route options you can pick the path you want to take at different points in the performance. Choose to be a hunter or a gatherer, fleet of foot or eagle eyed, to pick up the pace, or tread carefully along the forest path.
 
However, stray from the path for one instant, and the wolves will eat you . . .
 
Ticket prices: Adults: £14 / Children (U18): £12

THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR EACH PERFORMANCE. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU BOOK EITHER A WALKER OR RUNNER TICKET. TICKETS CAN NOT BE EXCHANGED.

Minimum age 8+
 
Buy tickets online: www.blackwoodminersinstitute.com
 
All details on booking, for further details visit www.burnthecurtain.co.uk
 

PLEASE ENSURE WE HAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

 

Any questions ask Granny: granny@burnthecurtain.co.uk *

 
* Prior to each performance Burn The Curtain send an email from Granny with details about the venue, health & safety reminders and links to some additional interactive experiences such as soundtrack, images and voice recordings which introduce the audience to the show before they arrive. 
 

THIS PERFORMANCE WILL TAKE PLACE THROUGHOUT CWMCARN FOREST. PLEASE ARRIVE AT CWMCARN FOREST VISITOR CENTRE BEFORE 7.15PM.

 

Click HERE for information on Cwmcarn Visitor Centre 

 

Thursday, 14 April, 2016 - 19:30

From the short story by Nikolai Gogol
 
1930's Russia. Poprishchin is a low ranking civil servant for the Government, struggling to make his mark on life, but one day he makes an amazing discovery. Could he really be the next King of Spain?
Driven insane by government bureaucracy and hierarchy, Gogol’s dark comedy exposes one man’s reality spiralling deeper into a surreal fantasy world.
Performed by award-winning actor, Robert Bowman and directed by Olivier Award nominee Sinéad Rushe.
 
“… Bowman perfectly encapsulates the madness as we watch him unravel before our eyes and head deeper into a fantasy world” - Western Mail
 
“Robert Bowman delivers a riveting performance as Poprishchin which rarely pauses for breath “ - Broadway Baby
 
“Smart, darkly funny and, at times, genuinely unnerving, ‘Diary of a Madman’ is brilliantly performed satire” - Edinburgh Spotlight
 
TICKETS: £14.00 / £12.00

Monday, 18 April, 2016 - 19:30

Starring Frank Vickery
Directed by Richard Tunley
 
Yee Yahh - the undisputed King of Comedy is back in a genuinely hilarious drama that will make you cry with laughter.
 
Tonto Evans, ex-miner, country and western fanatic, given to dressing up as a Native American, feathered headdress and all, has come into money. He dreams of visiting the Wild West and eating beans by the campfire, but Mair, his long suffering wife of 30 years has other ideas. They wrangle non-stop, while their son and his dozy wife prepare for a trip to Disneyland with their share of the windfall. But all their plans are put on hold by a murder inquiry conducted by the other son – where will it all end?
 
Back by popular demand - Tonto Evans is one of Frank‘s most ingenious comedies, packed with laugh out loud one liners and moments of pure slapstick.  It’s the rootin’ tootin’ cowboy comedy!
 
TICKETS £14.00 / £13.00

Tuesday, 19 April, 2016 - 19:30

Starring Frank Vickery
Directed by Richard Tunley
 
Yee Yahh - the undisputed King of Comedy is back in a genuinely hilarious drama that will make you cry with laughter.
 
Tonto Evans, ex-miner, country and western fanatic, given to dressing up as a Native American, feathered headdress and all, has come into money. He dreams of visiting the Wild West and eating beans by the campfire, but Mair, his long suffering wife of 30 years has other ideas. They wrangle non-stop, while their son and his dozy wife prepare for a trip to Disneyland with their share of the windfall. But all their plans are put on hold by a murder inquiry conducted by the other son – where will it all end?
 
Back by popular demand - Tonto Evans is one of Frank‘s most ingenious comedies, packed with laugh out loud one liners and moments of pure slapstick.  It’s the rootin’ tootin’ cowboy comedy!
 
TICKETS £14.00 / £13.00

Wednesday, 20 April, 2016 - 19:30

Starring Frank Vickery
Directed by Richard Tunley
 
Yee Yahh - the undisputed King of Comedy is back in a genuinely hilarious drama that will make you cry with laughter.
 
Tonto Evans, ex-miner, country and western fanatic, given to dressing up as a Native American, feathered headdress and all, has come into money. He dreams of visiting the Wild West and eating beans by the campfire, but Mair, his long suffering wife of 30 years has other ideas. They wrangle non-stop, while their son and his dozy wife prepare for a trip to Disneyland with their share of the windfall. But all their plans are put on hold by a murder inquiry conducted by the other son – where will it all end?
 
Back by popular demand - Tonto Evans is one of Frank‘s most ingenious comedies, packed with laugh out loud one liners and moments of pure slapstick.  It’s the rootin’ tootin’ cowboy comedy!
 
TICKETS £14.00 / £13.00

Saturday, 16 July, 2016 - 19:30

Starring Jamie Rees as Charles Hawtrey
Written by Dave Ainsworth
Directed by Peter Doran
 
Bubbly, energetic and extremely funny Charles Hawtrey was one of the best known comedy actors of the 40s, 50s and 60s but as his career waned so his behaviour became more drunken, promiscuous and eccentric losing him many friends in an age when male homosexuality in Britain was illegal and punishable by a prison sentence.
 
Discover stories of 50 years in the film industry working with the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and starring in films including The Ghost of St Michael’s, Passport to Pimlico and a total of 21 Carry Ons. Hear of his hilarious run-ins with Kenneth Williams and his disdain of the Carry On producers as well as a complex relationship with his senile mother.
 
TICKETS £14 / £12