Dirty Protest in co-production with Chapter and Torch Theatre Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock By Mark Williams Soar Centre, 17th April, 7.30 pm, Tickets £5/£2/50p for members When Star Wars superfan Sam discovers that the Millennium Falcon is being built in his home town, his life is turned upside down. Determined to get inside the […]
Valleys Kids and ArtWorks could not be any prouder of two of our wonderful Young People Nadine Hussein and Zoe Arundell. They have both been on amazing journeys with our organisation and have both recently been appointed as young apprentices to our Board of Trustees. Last week they went to Cardiff Castle with our Operational […]
Yanc Cymru Youth Arts Network Cymru are very pleased to announce that the very wonderful ‘Flossy & Boo’ will be running a Comedy and Improvisation Workshop for our South Wales event. Flossy and Boo will guide you through elements of Clowning, comedy, Physical Theatre, Storytelling and Audience Interaction to generate new ideas and push […]
In a village on the edge of the Enormous Forest, Aggie is always trying to help her mother and the other villagers, but often ends up just making a mess. Whilst on one of her adventures Aggie is given a magical pot which makes tasty porridge, but when her mother tries her hand at it and can’t make the pot stop, the town is filled with porridge and Aggie’s help is really needed… by everyone.
The Magic Porridge Pot is overflowing with songs, music and fun for all the family, especially those under 7, this Christmas.
ArtWorks Valleys Kids, are delighted to welcome back the Sherman theatre this year with thier show the Magic Porridge Pot. We will be hosting a community performance on Monday 6th November at 6pm in Soar Centre, Penygraig, CF40 1JZ
Tickets WILL sell out fast so please reserve them through ArtWorks on 01443 303032
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.
Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa’s sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa’s naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter’s relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities.
Tuesday 5th December 5pm – Soar Centre, Penygraig, CF40 1JZ
For tickets please call ArtWorks on 01443 303032 – emma@ValleysKids.org
Crossings: Stories of Migration is an ICA-led UK-wide film and events programme supported by the BFI using National Lottery funding and in partnership with the Goethe-Institute and the School of Film & Television, Falmouth University.
We live in an age of migration. Driven by political and military conflicts, the pressures and possibilities of increasingly globalised economies, climate change and the desire for a better life, more people than ever now move and live across borders. These are diverse trajectories; each journey has its own story and each story its own journey, traversing different landscapes and carrying with it its own past.
Through a programme of screenings and events, Crossings: Stories of Migration explores the stories of modern-day migration and reflects on cinema’s potential to interrogate the damaging ways in which it is often framed. Including a variety of documentary and fiction features, the programme engages with transnational crossings from the last five decades through different forms of aesthetically-innovative storytelling.
Crossings: Stories of Migration brings together leading commentators, critics and contributors from across various cultural and political contexts to create a rigorous yet diverse platform for discussion to explore migration from both global and local perspectives. Engaging with ethical and political questions raised by representing these narratives on screen, the season aims to open a space for dialogue at a time when this is more urgent than ever.
ArtWorks have been working with the ICA and the Goethe Institute to bring the film ‘Fire at Sea’ to a brand new audience.
Samuele is 12 years old and lives on an island in the middle of the sea. He goes to school, loves shooting his slingshot and going hunting. He likes land games, even though everything around him speaks of the sea and the men, women and children who try to cross it to get to his island. But his is not an island like the others – its name is Lampedusa and it is the most symbolic border of Europe, crossed by thousands of migrants in the last 20 years in search of freedom.
Monday 12th December, 5pm, Soar Centre, Penygraig.
Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Elizabeth to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.
Join us for our last event of the season which is certain to leave you feeling all warm and Christmassy.
Artworks would like to invite you to the first production by our Penygraig Drama Workshop. These children are aged 8 – 12 and their commitment, passion and dedication to their show is admirable. They have been working tirelessly with their support worker Caroline Bunce to bring you their take on Hans Christian Anderson ‘the LIttle Match Seller’
The performance takes us on a journey of a little girl who is sent out into the freezing cold nights to sell her tapers. She freezes near to death for fear of the punishment should she go home with no money for the family. One night her beloved Nana appears from the stars and we see the little match seller find her happy place once more.
We would love to show you our story so please join us in Soar Centre at 7pm on Saturday 29th October. We will be serving refreshments after the show and holding a raffle to support the development of ArtWorks and Valleys Kids.
To book your free tickets in advance or to donate a raffle prize please contact Emma@valleyskids.org or call us on 01443 303032
We look forward to seeing you and showing off our stars.
Sunday 14th August, 7pm Soar Centre, Penygraig, CF40 1JZ
In a small town, buried amongst the hills, a young boy named Phil wakes up one morning to discover he’s changed! Bewildered and terrified by his appearance, he fears his family won’t recognise him! He spends the play tormented by his thoughts both cruel and kind.
Having discovered Phil, the family is horrified by what they see! His father, unable to recognise him and worried he might be vicious; forces him back into his room.
Phil’s younger sister Eira protests that it’s Phil! She gives him hope that in time others will see it’s really him too!
The Change is a dark, comical and emotive story that explores what it means to be to be truly human? Set against the backdrop of a seedy circus, with stunning physical theatre, it is a terrifyingly real story told in a beautifully imagined way.
Originally Devised by Tonyrefail Nurture group and Adapted by Penygraig Youth Theatre. Written and Directed by Claire Hathway
This summer gives you an amazing opportunity to see some high quality Youth Arts with pieces of Theatre devised over the last year by the groups that ArtWorks Valleys Kids have been working with in our weekly sessions.
This Friday (29th August) at 7pm in Ilan Centre, Rhydyfelin Drama Workshop presents their FIRST EVER production of ‘Missing Pieces’ and a fortnight later Penygraig Youth Theatre will be performing ‘Changed’ in our Soar Centre. Excitingly we are taking this piece on TOUR to the Riverfront Theatre in Newport a week later to perform on the main stage on the penultimate night! This is the FIRST EVER Welsh National Youth Arts Festival, run by young people for young people called RAWFfest / GWYLgrai.
History is literally being made and ArtWorks are proud to be a chapter in the story book!
Please SAVE THE DATES so you can be with us at the start of yet another exciting journey!
RCT Homes, Valleys Kids and Artes Mundi are currently collaborating on an exciting and innovative regeneration project called “it’s art but it’s not” as part of the Arts Council of Wales, Ideas, People and Places scheme. For the past year, a group of young people has been working with a contemporary artist Rabab Ghazoul, exploring the local environment, local history, dialogues amongst the group and conversations with local residents and businesses in the area.
The result is an amazing and inspirational installation of posters and billboards created by the group, which will feature in sites around the town. Rabab Ghazoul says, “The young people I’ve been working with have created some very subtle, touching, and sophisticated work.”
The installation was launched at a lovely event on Saturday March 12th 2016.
If you would like to see the work there are maps available from our local shops, Penygraig Central Office at 1, Cross Street, Penygraig and the Soar Centre or you can download them here from our website.
The work is creating a mini sensation locally… do come and see for yourselves.
Please call ArtWorks: 01443 303032/ 07812249921 for more details.
Inside Out – Soar Centre, 5pm, Friday 29th January 2016
Everyone is invited to our family cinema night in Penygraig on the 29th January 2016. Come on down with all your friends and family to watch this hilarious film in the comfort of our Soar Centre. For all your cinema treats we will provide a tuck shop at family friendly prices, an event that’s not to be missed. Come and wash away the January blues with this colourful film that is sure to put a smile on your face
Where: Soar Centre, Tylacelyn Road, Penygraig, Tonypandy, RCT. CF40 1JZ
When: Friday 29th January 2016 – 5pm / Dydd Gwener 29th Ionawr 2016 – 5yt
Tickets Adults £2, Children and OAP’s £1 / Oedolion £2, Plant £1