Youth Arts Showcase Event

Thursday 21st November @ 7pm The Park and Dare Theatre, Treorchy

You are invited to join ArtWorks with their performance of Loose Yourself by Penygraig Youth Theatre and Tonyrefail Nurture Group and many more Youth Arts groups performing at this evening for a night of fun, entertainment and celebration.

In collaboration with Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Youth Arts Strategic Partnership.

The showcase will feature performances in dance, live music, theatre, poetry and short films by young people from Rhondda Cynon Taff.

7pm Thursday 21st November 2013 at The Park and Dare Theatre

Free entry, please confirm your ticket with the box office on: 08000 147     

Lose Yourself

Penygraig Youth Theatre members are performing their latest production ‘Lose Yourself’ on Friday 16th August 2013 7pm at Penygraig Soar Centre.

We are excited that the performance will also include Tonyrefail Comprehensive School Nurture Group, and are supported by the volunteers from Flight Wings 16-25.

“Strength is a thunderstorm, old and eerie.
And love is a fire that strikes when it’s doused.”

That’s the fairytale that Granny used to tell sisters Vicky and Sarah, but that’s a long time ago when they were just kids. They are growing up now and things are changing.

Mobile phone signals are down and the television signal keeps distorting.

There’s a young girl lost on the mountain but why does no one want to talk about it?
There’s something strange happening in the village but only Vicky seems to see it.
How deep would you go to bring back someone you loved?

The performance is on Friday 16th August 2013 7pm at Penygraig Soar Centre CF40 1JZ. Tickets are £1 and 50p concessions. Phone 01443 420870 to book tickets.

Dewch i weld ‘Lose Yourself’ ar dydd Gwener 16ed Awst 2013 7pm yn y Ganolfan Soar, Penygraig, CF40 1JZ. Tocynnau llawn £1 neu consesiynau 50c. I archebu tocynnau cysylltwch a: 01443 420870. Rydym yn edrych ymlaen i croesawu chi i’r performiad

We really hope that you can come along and support the production!

A Love Like Salt

ArtWorks are delighted to present:

A Love Like Salt, at 7.00pm on Sunday 14th July at The Soar Centre, Penygraig /

Canolfan Soar Penygraig 7.00pm Dydd Sul 14dd Gorffenaf.

Please come along to experience this fantastic storytelling event performed by THE DEVIL’S VIOLIN COMPANY with Daniel Morden story |  Oliver Wilson-Dickson violin | Sarah Moody cello |  Luke Carver Goss accordion | Sally Cookson – Director.

Unlocking forgotten folk tales – and putting love to the test

Daniel Morden’s extraordinarily powerful storytelling lures you into another world.
Tickets / Tocynnau:  £5 full / llawn  £2 concessions / consesiynau

For further information on this Night Out Event, or to reserve tickets, please contact a member of the ArtWorks team on: 01443 303 032 / 01443 420 870 / Am ragor o wybodaeth am y digwyddiad Noson Allan hon, neu i archebu tocynnau, cysylltwch a ArtWorks ar: 01443 303 032 / 01443 420 870
Slick and spellbinding, few theatrical experiences come close to this superbly crafted show, which brings the ancient art of storytelling firmly into the 21st century.
Unlocking forgotten folk tales that inspired some of English literature’s greatest works – Shakespeare’s King Lear and Chaucer’s Franklin’s Tale and Wife of Bath’s Tale -The Devil’s Violin takes them on a new voyage of discovery.
Aided by the dramatic, driving rhythms of a skilled and inventive strings and accordion trio, Daniel Morden – one of the UK’s most compelling and applauded storytellers – lures the audience onto a rollercoaster ride in this haunting, hypnotic fusion of music and word.
Love is put to the test in three tales as the audience is transported to King Arthur’s Camelot, the Breton shores and the ancient Britain of King Lear.
Meet a knight on a year-long quest to discover what women really want and enter a world where Cinderella meets Cordelia and “Miss Mossy Coat” emerges from “The Land of Ladles” to thrill a prince.
An alchemic experience that will have you on the edge of your seat, A Love Like Salt is a rich tapestry, peppered with magic and morals, lovers and villains, desire and disguise and even a man hellbent on selling his soul to win a woman. Three wonderfully engrossing tales drawn from the past and skillfully spun into gripping stories for the present.
Timeless and thought-provoking this is a show guaranteed to fire the imagination. Come and see how the story ends.
•    Suitable for anyone over 12 / Yn addas is unrhywun dros 12.
•    See show trailers at

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

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’,

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 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.

Grimm Tales

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

Sancho Panza

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.