Have you ever lost something? A toy? A tooth? A memory?
What if, one day, you lost all of your ‘silly’?
When the Emperor demands the coolest clothes to help him be, well, ‘cool’… The call is answered by a pair of wily Weavers, who concoct a cunning plan and land everyone in an embarrassing situation. Who will help the Emperor rediscover his joy and silliness?
Sherman Theatre & Theatr Iolo present The Emperor’s New Clothes / Dillad Newydd yr Ymerawdwr – a reimagining of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. Written by award-winning playwright Alun Saunders, with songs and live music, there’s something here for the whole family this Christmas!
Soar Centre, Penygraig, CF40 1JZ
Wyt ti erioed wedi colli rhywbeth? Tegan? Dant? Atgof?
Beth petaet ti’n colli pob diferyn o wiriondeb?
Mae’r hen Ymerawdwr yn mynnu dillad mwyaf cŵl y deyrnas er mwyn cynnal ei enw da fel yr arweiniwr ffasiwn mwyaf, wel, ‘cŵl’! Pan ddaw’r Gwehyddion cyfrwys i’r fei, mae eu cynllun twp yn bygwth ‘dinoethi’ un o gyfrinachau mwyaf trist y dyn mawr.
Cyflwyna Sherman Theatr a Theatr Iolo Dillad Newydd yr Ymerawdwr / The Emperor’s New Clothes – dehongliad newydd sbon Alun Saunders o glasur Hans Christian Andersen. Gyda chaneuon a cherddoriaeth fyw, mae ‘na rywbeth yma i’r holl deulu y Nadolig hwn.
Soar Centre, Penygraig, CF40 1JZ
ArtWorks are so proud to be able to support our very own Maxine Ridge with the launch of her second novel Crow Falls. We have no idea where she finds the time but we are so blessed to be able to call her one of ours!
They found a doorway to another world.
It has been two years since Robyn and her friends broke the barriers across time and space, but the memories have faded to stories, supernaturally forgotten.
When Robyn falls for someone who doesn’t love her back, heartbroken, she finds solace in parallel world Corvus.
Robyn’s friends need her back – their world is falling apart: the flu pandemic closes down the borders between countries and the terrifying Golden Army draws ever closer and although life in Corvus is sweet, there are whispers on the wind of an uprising of the Earth Born against the First Born.
Crow watches from afar as the end of time hurtles towards them.
You are invited to the book launch of Crow Fall
at The Factory, Porth, CF39 9PP
Friday 30th September 2016 7pm.
After the successful launch of Maxine Ridge’s debut novel When the Crow Cries, Maxine is bringing the sequel Crow Fall to The Factory.
The event includes readings by internationally-famed Mab Jones and Wales’s new and exciting crime writer Victoria Jenkins; an exhibition of the book illustrations by Rhondda-based artist Gayle Rogers; free wine and light refreshments; and music by Tom Stupple’s fantastic folk band Fountainhead. Music albums, reduced-price books and limited edition prints available for purchase.
7.00pm Doors open.
7.15pm Readings and Music
8.15pm Refreshments; Illustrations Exhibition; Book Shop open
Hope you can make it!
It’s Art But It’s Not is very happy to announce the re-opening of Rhiwgarn Infant School in Trebanog, with a programme of activities taking place from the 24th of August to the 2nd of September, led by the Welsh artist Owen Griffiths.
Local residents are invited to join artists, partners and designers exploring ideas related to seasons, food and making. The aim behind the inaugural two-weeks of activities is to spark transformation and reintroduce the community to a forgotten place, giving them the space and the tools to make it their own.
Activities designed by the artist Owen Griffiths include bread and pizza making, in a clay oven especially installed for the use of the community.
Week 1 – August 24, 25 & 27
Week 2 – August 31st & September 1st
Morning Sessions 11am – 12.30pm (Lunch Provided)
Afternoon Sessions 2pm – 4pm
Evening Sessions 4 – 5.30pm (Dinner Provided)
There will also be a special celebration and surprise on Friday 2nd September…. We look forward to seeing you there. Rhiwgarn Infants School, Waun Wen, Porth, CF39 9LX
Building Our Dreams Logo Competition
Building our dreams is an exciting new project to build a landmark residential centre replacing Little Bryn Gwyn our much-loved ramshackle cottage on the Gower. Building Our Dream is a joint project between Valleys Kids and Down to Earth funded by People Postcode Lottery’s Dreamfund
We are looking for entries into a logo competition for a logo that will represent this exciting project.
Theme – The logo must represent the theme of “Building Our Dreams” Project.
Colour – There are no limitations on colour. The logo should look good in both colour and black and white.
Integrity – The logo cannot contain copyrighted material, it must be created and edited by the contestant.
Winners will be selected by Valleys Kids and Down to Earth Project. Contestants agree that Valleys Kids and Down to Earth Project may publish their logo and Names and may use both for advertising and marketing materials in the future. Contestants assign all ownership rights, including intellectual property rights to the logo, to Valleys Kids and Down to Earth Project.
Entries need to be emailed to Ben@valleyskids.org or Posted to
Ben Greenaway, Valleys Kids, 1 Cross Street, Penygraig, Tonypandy, Rhondda, CF40 1LD Good Luck
Deadline for Entries – Friday 16th September 2016
Summer School at The Factory 8th-18thAugust
Monday to Friday week 1: 10am-12pm
Tuesday’s sessions will be for young people and will be 11am-1pm Age 9-16
Monday 8th Pastels
Tuesday 9 th Young People’s workshop
Wednesday 10th Watercolour
Thursday 11th Batik
Friday 12th Drawing and shading
Monday to Thursday week 2: 10am-12pm
Monday 15th Still Life
Tuesday 16th Young People’s workshop
Wednesday 17th Charcoal
Thursday 18th Life Drawing
Sessions are free and materials provided, spaces are limited so book a space if there is a specific session that interests you.
We have a stair lift for access to the Art in the Attic gallery and studio for those with limited mobility.
Contact Anne on 01443 687080
VALLEYS KIDS ART GROUPS
This exhibition features work from artists throughout Valleys Kids who attend the art sessions at the various centres. Penyrenglyn (Treherbert), Penygraig, Dinas and Porth are four of the five areas in which Valleys Kids operate.
This exhibition is a taster of a selection of works that the artists produce throughout the year that culminates in an annual exhibition.
The art groups meet weekly throughout the year at their individual centres, they also get together as a combined group to visit art exhibitions in places such as Cardiff, Penarth and Bristol.
We occasionally travel further afield and have enjoyed trips to London to visit galleries and museums there.
We have the opportunity as a collaborative and inclusive art group to work with other organisations, such as Artes Mundi an internationally focused arts organisation based in Cardiff. This gives us the chance to meet and work alongside international artists who are engaged in bespoke art projects in conjunction with other organisations such as RCT Homes (now Trivallis).
If you are interested in joining one of our groups please talk to Anne, Valleys Kids Artist in Residence based at the Factory.
Tel: 01443 68 70 80
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
Kafka’s story told in our own unique way!
Sunday 14th August 7pm in Soar Centre, Penygraig
Rhydyfelin Drama Workshop have been working hard all year to bring you their first piece of devised Theatre with their Youth Arts Worker Nadine (our Youth Arts Apprentice) at the helm. ‘Missing Pieces’ takes us on a journey of a young girl who is desperate to figure out her past, in order to find her future.’
Come along to Ilan Centre 7pm on Friday 29th July to support this group of very talented young people and watch them fill in the ‘Missing Pieces’.
Missing Pieces will be performed at 7pm in Ilan Centre, Poets Close, Rhydyfelin, CF37 5HL
We have Luke on placement with us this week from school and he’s written his and our first blog about his journey with ArtWorks. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do…..
Hi my name is Luke I am 15 years old and this is my story. I was about 3 years old when I first started going to bike club, and I was there for about 8 to 9 years. In my time there I made a lot of friends but I am not in contact with any of them now sadly. I had a lot of fun at bike club and I got to know the staff and people who had volunteered to work there at the time. My favourite person there was Ross he was funny, strong and you could easily get along with him.
In the time I was at bike club I started to go to Penygraig drama workshop when I was 8 years old. At the time Jonno had left and a man named Ian McAndrew (who was new there like me) had taken his place which made me fell relaxed so I didn’t get nervous when I started and I still go there up to this day. Now I don’t have Ian anymore and I go to the older group. I have a nice woman named Claire Hathway who is head strong and is a very good team leader.
Drama is an after school club which has a lot of people who are very passionate about performing and are easily approachable if you want to talk about something.
If you would want to start Penygraig drama workshop you need to be in between the age of 8 to 12 and have been in contact with one of the art workers. If you have not made contact with them please feel free to come to one of the sessions on Tuesday at 4:30PM.
The older drama group is on the Monday and it starts at the time of 6:30PM and ends at 9:00PM we have longer hours and a lot more time for drama.
When I was 11 years old I couldn’t stay at bike club anymore because I was getting to old to go there. I had to go to middle club which was only on a Tuesday, which was sad because I could only go to the center 1 time a week, this made me upset but I still went for a couple of weeks. I didn’t like it because everyone was bigger than me so I didn’t go to middle club any more.
When I was 13 to 14 years old I started to do some guitar lessons with my friend we had a very good teacher at the time called Tom Stupple who was a close friend with my old drama teacher Ian McAndrew. This only lasted about 4 to 5 lessons because I needed to buy my own guitar, which was like £100 and my mum didn’t have the money at the time so I stopped.
I am now 15 years old and I am sitting in the office in the pop factory typing this up because I am on my work experience with Miranda Ballin who is on the phone right know talking about business.