Countryboy's Struggle - Contact Theatre
ArtWorks are pleased to host a fantastic evening of theatre that will blow you away! ‘Country Boy’s Struggle’ is a unique debut solo show, written and performed by Maxwell Golden. The show follows an MC’s journey from the cliffs of Cornwall to the streets of London. Playing over 30 characters and mixing Hip Hop, movement and comedy.
“Hip hop is more than your shoes, clothes or hat -
It’s a community,
And that community I lacked.
It’s Country Boy’s hip hop struggle.”
The one-man show perfectly captures how it feels to grow up with a sense of isolation – a ‘fish out of water’ story – which is full of humanity, pathos and warm wit.
Please click on link to watch video
The performance is on Friday 10th May at 7pm, Soar Centre, Penygraig roundabout, CF40 1JZ.
This performance is recommended for an audience aged 12+. Ticket prices are £5 and £2 concessions.
If you would like more information or to book tickets, please call the ArtWorks team on 01443 303032.
Climbing Trees Gig in Soar Centre
We are delighted to invite you to an evening of amazing acoustic music at the Soar Centre this coming Friday. ArtWorks and The Factory with Climbing Trees present local talent making national headlines.
Headlining on the night are the fantastic Climbing Trees. They are a five-piece multi-instrumental multi-vocal ensemble based between the Rhondda and Pontypridd. They were named ‘BBC Introducing Band of the Week’ on Radio Wales, the Trees have recently finished recording their first full-length record, 'Hebron', due for release in Summer 2013.
They will be supported by Out of the Woods a four-piece indie-folk band from Swansea, Out Of The Woods combine an earthy delta Americana with British Folk and their own individual influences to make a unique sound. www.facebook.com/outofthewoodsofficial
KYMO an alternative acoustic duo based in Cardiff, Kymo were formed in 2010. The multi-instrumentalists have performed their original and re-worked cover material across South Wales and England since, gaining airplay on BBC Radio Wales of late. This month sees the release of their debut EP, 'Paint By Blunders', www.facebook.com/kymoband
We hope you can join us for this fantastic performance at Soar Centre, The Roundabout, Penygraig CF40 1JZ on Friday April 26th /Gwe 26th Ebrill at 7pm. Tickets/Tocynnau are priced at £4 full price and £2 concessions.
For further details and to book tickets please contact the ArtWorks team on 01443 420870 or 01443 303032.
Come and join us for an unforgettable night.
Massive Theatre Company & ArtWorks
Massive Theatre Company Project
During January 2013 Valleys Kids 16+ group had a fantastic experience working intensively with New Zealand Based Theatre company ‘Massive’ (Sam Scott, Kura Forrester and Jake Arona) who came to Wales to work on a two-week project also in collaboration with NTW and young people from Mess Up The Mess.
Unfortunately we couldn’t work for the full two-weeks with everyone as the snowy weather didn’t permit us to do this! However we made the most of our time together, learning about each other’s cultures and ways of living.
It was a lovely project that saw young people from Wales coming together developing new friendships and building relationships with other organizations. The group learnt about the Māori culture and the traditions of how they work when starting on a new project. The group sampled a tasting of traditional New Zealand cake and welsh Cakes. During the workshops the group learnt new techniques (The Massive way) and developed their ways of working professionally.
On Sunday 27th January Valleys Kids and Mess up the Mess young people performed a small sharing of their work to an audience at Cwmaman Institute, Aberdare. The young people thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are keen to develop this methodology further in their future projects.
We hope to work with all organizations some time in the near future, whether in Wales or New Zealand!
Ken Loach Film Premiered in Soar
Zoom Cymru with support from Valleys Kids have worked with The Film Agency for Wales and the Wales One World Film Festival to help bring lauded director Ken Loach (Kes, The Wind That Shakes the Barley) to the valleys. Loach’s new film The Spirit of ’45 will receive its Welsh premiere at Valleys Kids, Soar Centre, Penygraig Roundabout, CF40 1JZ and Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre on 6th March at 6pm.
It will be followed by a Q&A with the director, streamed live to the Soar Centre, where audience members will have the opportunity to interact with the director and learn about the Welsh stories that made their community what it is today. The Spirit of ’45 is an impassioned documentary about how the spirit of unity that buoyed Britain during the war years carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.
During the post-screening Q&A, Loach will be joined by Ray Davies and Dr Julian Tudor-Hart, two Welsh octogenarians who appear in the film with vivid stories of Wales’ rich social and cultural heritage. This special screening of The Spirit of ’45 leads Zoom into the launch of the 2013 Young People’s Film Festival of Wales that takes from 11th – 15th March across South Wales.
Programme information available through http://www.zoomcymru.com If you are interested and would like to attend this event, please contact a member of the ArtWorks team on 01443 303032 or our main office 01443 420870.
Adapted by Carol Ann Duffy and dramatised by Tim Supple
In the dead of night, the moon is hiding behind a cloud, and deep in the
dark, dark forest two children are lost, scared and hungry....
How are we ever going to find our way out of this enormous forest?
A young girl, exhausted with work and deprived of a bed, lies down in the
dirty ashes. Her stepsisters with hearts as ugly as thorns snigger at her.
Shake your leaves and branches, little tree,
Shower gold and silver down on me.
The deliciously scary and thrillingly dramatic stories of the Brothers Grimm
are brought to life in a imaginative new production by internationally
acclaimed Theatr Iolo.
Includes Hansel and Gretel and the original version of Cinderella, there are
sure to be classic stories you know, and several that you may not!
Soar Centre - Penygraig - Ages 6 +
19th November 2012 - 7pm
Tickets cost £5 adults & £2 concessions
To Book Tickets or for further information please call 01443 534005
Inspired by one of the greatest works of fictions ever published, Hijinx Theatre presents the classic capers of Don Quixote through the eyes of his wise and often hard done-by sidekick Sancho Panza.
So, you're a squire? How does a squire, squire?
Well...first I ride behind him. Then he fights. And then I pick him up off the ground.
Take one idealistic, insane knight and one devoted, down to earth squire, throw them into a plethora of unforgettable incidents, tragic and comic, and watch as an incredible journey unfolds!
The Snow Tiger
Usko loves to be told stories… especially the one about the Snow Tiger. He loves going off exploring too when nobody’s looking. One day he sneaks off to find out what happened to the Snow Tiger but gets lost!
Help Usko as he journeys into the snowy forest to help to save the Snow Tiger from the hands of Baba Yaga. With song, dance and live music, The Snow Tiger will surely be a festive treat.
On 28th November at 1.30pm and 6pm and then on 29th November at 1.30pm all at Soar Centre. There is a limited audiecne for all of these performances so booking tickets is essential. Please call our ticket line to make reservations on 01443 534 005.
The Forgotten Children
RHYDYFELIN DRAMA WORKSHOP
Rhydyfelin Drama Workshop has been working extremely hard over the past year developing and devising their story of ‘The Forgotten Children’.
On Saturday 4th August audiences were in for a real treat as they were taken on a terrifying bus journey throughout the areas of Rhydyfelin, where they experienced a post apocalyptic world of ‘The Forgotten Children’.
The audience were then taken to an empty school for the final performance, where they hid and witnessed what life was like for the children in this world.
The week was a fantastic experience for everyone involved; the performers thoroughly enjoyed frightening the audience members and giving them an unforgettable experience.
Doctor Toniol And His Super Duper Time Travelling Money Making Machine Performance
During the summer Penyrenglyn Drama Workshop performed a sight specific promenade performance of: Doctor Toniol And His Super Duper Time Travelling Money Making Machine in and around the Penyrenglyn Project. Over the past year the group working alongside Tegan have developed and devised the story and scene structure. The group developed new drama skills and learnt how to perform successfully outdoors to a capacity audience. The performance encouraged the audience young and old to have fun and play during the scenes with their children performing in the play. The audience greeted this with much enthusiasm and the interactions really encouraged the possibilities of play development and fun for families within a drama context and beyond.
For the first time ever, ArtWorks' Nurture group performed to a small audience of proud parents and teachers who came along to support and see their trailer to “Brothers”; a story the group have been working on this term. We ended the sharing on a high and thanks to the amazing support of the E3 staff we were able to celebrate the groups success with a lovely buffet. Having shared their trailer, a taster of what’s to come, the group are now looking forward to sharing the full story of “Brothers” in a bigger performance next term.