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Spring Season at the Barry Memorial Hall Welsh Independent Dance
Dance Bytes on Tour 2008
Wednesday 2 April / Mercher2 Ebril, 7.30pm
Tickets / Tocynnau: £7.00, Concessions / Gostyngiadau £5.00

This Dance Bytes double-bill programme presents some of the best experimental dance that Wales has to offer, an evening of highly physical and engaging dance, ideal for first time dance audiences and regular dance lovers.

Kylie Ann Smith and Ricky White’s unique work is inspired by Manga, Anime and computer games, examining the idea of reality versus virtual reality. They cleverly combine dance, martial arts, props and projected animation to parody classic computer games in an effective and engaging way.

In contrast, Matthew Howell’s sophisticated and lyrical trio focuses very much on pure dance movement, through the innovative use of music and silence against a mix of dynamic trio work and intimate solos and duets.

“What made the evening outstanding was the range of styles and the creativity show” David Adams, Western Mail

Tall Stories
Does a Monster live next door?
Thursday 3 April / Iau 3 Ebril 2.30pm
Tickets / Tocynnau: £6.00

Maud's parents are toymakers. Every day, Maud helps them make toys for other children. Every night, she hears terrifying noises of a monster trying to invade the house.

Maud needs help. But when a girl turns up, calling herself Detective Frieda, will she provide the right sort of help? Will she discover the truth behind this mysterious family?

Tall Stories, the company behind the immensely successful shows The Gruffalo and The Snow Dragon, have a brand new, mysterious, story to tell with all the words, drama, music and physical storytelling style Tall Stories are famous for.

Story-telling, humour and music create a dark and spooky whodunit, for everyone aged six and up, where nothing is what it seems...

This play premiered at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe as part of Tall Stories’ 10th birthday monster season.

‘A mysterious whodunit that keeps you hooked to the last’ The List

Suggested age guidance 5+

Salsa Celtica
Thursday 24 April / Iau 24 Ebril 7.30pm
Tickets / Tocynnau: £12.00, Concessions / Gostyngiadau £10.00

Nominees in three categories of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2007, including the Best Live Band Award Nominees in the Best Live Band category of the Scots Trad Music Awards 2006

Join us for an evening of sexy salsa grooves, snazzy jazzy horns, foxy fiddle and wicked vocals, as we welcome back Salsa Celtica.

Fusing fiery, exuberant Latin rhythms with the whirl and skirl of Scottish folk music, Edinburgh based band Salsa Celtica are an important name in the UK’s World Music scene.

Salsa Celtica’s eleven musicians are drawn from countries as diverse as Venezuela, Ireland, Cuba and Scotland, playing a unique mix of instruments that include brass, Celtic pipes and congas. Salsa Celtica create an experience that looks as good as it sounds.

‘Just what it says on the tin, a great Scottish salsa band that manages to combine the Cuban charanga sound of flute and fiddles with a Highland blend of flute fiddles and bagpipes…one style flows naturally into another and there is a fizzing instrumental musicianship. Live, they are a storm.’ London’s Evening Standar

Salsa Celtica is a unique gathering of musicians from two very different musical cultures who stir up a storm by fusing Latin and Celtic sounds into a high-energy mix of unforgettable musical explorations. Once seen, never forgotten, it is music that gets into the blood and blasts away the boundaries that define where musical genres begin and end.

'An ingenious blend of the styles of the Buena Vista Social Club and traditional Scottish dance halls... a steamy Havana ceilidh driven by an irresistible beat.' Dirty Linen, US

Theatr Na n’Og
Me, a Giant
Saturday 26 April / Sadwrn 26 Ebril 2.30pm
Tickets / Tocynnau: £6.00

A musical play about friendship and first impressions, based on the well-known tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.

When Jack plants a seed in his back garden the unlikeliest of friendships grows. He meets a giant but it's not like the one in his storybook! After Rhys, Jack’s smelly big brother, chops down the Giant's beanstalk the adventure begins.

Can Jack help the Giant get home again and find the strength to become a hero? Along the way, Jack also meets the Troll from the Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Witch from Hansel and Gretel but are they really what they first seem?

Suggested age guidance 5+

Spectacle Theatre
The Lazy Ant
Saturday 28 May / Sadwrn 28 Mai 2.30pm
Tickets / Tocynnau: £6.00

The Lazy Ant is a colourful, funny story of an ant who thinks she works too hard.

We follow her adventures when she leaves the safety of the anthill and encounters the creatures outside.

Especially created for children aged 5+, The Lazy Ant is packed full of colourful characters, memorable music, songs and dance which makes it an absolute “must see”.

‘a marvellous piece of musical theatre… funny, involving, imaginative and engaging” The Western Mail

A Mappa Mundi / Creu Cymru / Theatr Mwldan co-production
The Importance of Being Earnest
Friday 16 May / Gwenor 16 Mai 7.30pm
Tickets / Tocynnau: £10.00, Concessions / Gostyngiadau £8.00

The most popular and razor witted of Oscar Wilde’s social comedies is a brilliant demonstration of the dramatic diamond cutter’s art. Mappa Mundi’s perfectly honed production will dazzle you with that brilliance.

Jack and Algy are in love with Gwendolen and Cecily, who both believe themselves to be in love with the non-existent Ernest. Add a handbag, an absent minded nanny and the redoubtable Lady Bracknell into the wonderful lunacy and perfect symmetry of the plot and you have the ultimate satirical farce. Wilde’s sparkling one-liners shine through to skewer the manners and morals of the pretentious and those to the manor born.

Mappa Mundi’s set; costume, lighting and an original musical score self-consciously display all the mechanics of theatre with an elaborate perfection. You can look forward to a high quality and unique rendition of this, the most dazzling of comedies, from a company at the forefront of theatre in Wales. Make sure you catch them – this is a real gem!

"I hope you will enjoy my 'trivial' play. It is written by a butterfly for butterflies. [The play] has its philosophy . . . that we should treat all the trivial things seriously, and the serious things in life with sincere and studied triviality." Oscar Wilde

Puppet State Theatre Company
The Man who Planted Trees
Sunday 25 May / Sul 25 Mai 2.30pm
Tickets / Tocynnau: £6.00

The Man who Planted Trees is a captivating puppetry adaptation by Puppet State Theatre Company of Jean Giono's timeless environmental cult classic, which has sold over a quarter of million copies, and inspired people around the world to plant trees.

Accompanied by his faithful dog, a French shepherd sets out to plant a forest and transform a barren landscape. Hear the wind, feel the rain, smell the lavender in this multi-sensory theatrical delight. A unique blend of comedy, puppetry and inspiring storytelling.

Winner of the Eco Trust’s Eco Prize 2007 for Creativity

“I’ve never laughed so much IN MY LIFE.” Roger (aged 8)

Suggested age guidence 5 +

Theatre Tours International present
Guy Masterson
Under Milk Wood
Thursday 29 may / Iau 29 Mai 7.30pm
Tickets / Tocynnau: £8.00, Concessions / Gostyngiadau £6.00

If you have never seen Under Milk Wood before, this is perhaps the ultimate rendition. Do not miss!

Guys Masterson’s brilliant spellbinding SOLO interpretation of Dylan Thomas’ lyrical masterpiece must be seen to be believed! All 69 ebullient characters are vividly brought to life in an astonishing tour de force.

Masterson performs the entire work uncut; men, women, girls, boys, cows, pigs, a horse and a cat. Dylan’s inhabitants of “Llareggub” are beautifully recreated in an amazing feat of memory and virtuosity.

This legendary internationally claimed performance just keeps getting better and better. Bawdy and beautiful, sad and sensual, through the music of language Guy Masterson creates indelible, unforgettable images of humanity!
“It is a feat of multiple characterisation impeccable timing, vocal dexterity and precise physical control, performed with tremendous sensitivity and panache!”
The Guardian

“Absolutely wonderful, intensely therapeutic, intensely uplifting. Guy Masterson is something exceptional” Radio Scotland
Suggested age guidance 10+

Vicarage Productions
The Knicker Lady
Wednesday 11 June / Mercher 28 Mehefin 7.30pm
Tickets / Tocynnau: £7.00, Concessions / Gostyngiadau £5.00

Rosemary Hawthorne; An enthralling comic, actress, speaker and writer

The Knicker Lady is the hit show that romps through the history of the humble knicker with a tempo and hilarity that leaves audiences, both male and female, spellbound and dying for more!
Surrounded by old suitcases, boxes and hat stands, Rosemary delves through two hundred and fifty years of bloomers, briefs and bustles, presenting the myriad of colourful characters that wore them, in a unique and enigmatic style of her own.

Audiences are transported back to the muslin clad elegance of Jane Austen’s England, the corset bound nineteenth century, the suffragettes and daring darlings of the roaring twenties. With charismatic vivacity The Knicker Lady scrutinises, like never before, the mighty Y-front and much, much more….there isn’t a brief left unturned.

Rosemary Hawthorne is an actress, fashion historian, best-selling author, hugely entertaining and highly amusing. She is internationally known as The Knicker Lady.

Little Howard and the Magic Pencil of Life and Death
Saturday 14 June / Sadwrn 14 Mehefin 2.30pm
Tickets / Tocynnau: £6.00

A brand new show for all the family from Big Howard and Little Howard, the world’s first human / cartoon double act!

Everyone's favourite 6-year-old animated stand-up comedian is back, in the second epic family show from Big Howard and Little Howard, as seen on the 2007 Royal Variety Performance!
Little Howard finally meets his maker - The Pencil of Creation. But with great power comes great responsibility, and on the other end ... The Rubber of Doom!

As seen on CBBC's smash hit shows The Slammer (CBBC) and ITV's Comedy Cuts.

"wonderfully silly ... original, bizarre and fun" Chortle

Suggested age guidance 6+

Thank You for the Music
Friday 20 June / Gwenor 20 Mehefin 7.30pm
Tickets / Tocynnau: £12.75, Concessions / Gostyngiadau £10.75

Prepare yourselves for a sequin-studded, white-suited, platform-booted spectacular evening, as we bring back disco, reviving the entire glittering careers of ABBA and the Bee Gees.

Abba Magic and Bee Gees Magic star in the year’s biggest and best concert show, taking you on an unforgettable magical musical ride through the decades in a show that has it all – star-studded cast, glittering costumes, superb musicianship. . .
Classic Abba hits Dancing Queen, Super Trouper and Thank You for the Music rub shoulders with chart toppers Massachusetts, Stayin’ Alive and even Bee Gees-penned hits for other artists Islands in the Stream and Woman in Love.

Fancy dress may be optional, but having the time of your life at Thank You for the Music is absolutely compulsory.

Experience the world’s original and best Abba and Bee Gees theatre show – now in its 11th fantastic year – as we say Thank You for the Music.

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