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ARTS CENTRE BACK ON THE ROAD WITH TWO TOURING PRODUCTIONS Aberystwyth Arts Centre will be back ‘on the road’ again, after receiving funding support from Arts Council Wales for two touring projects in 2015.

‘Saturday Night Forever’ is a joint project between the Arts Centre and South Wales based production company Joio which will tour to 12 venues across the UK in the autumn giving 20 performances. It depicts a roller-coaster ride through Cardiff’s night-life, as Lee, a gay man in his thirties living in the heart of the city, breaks up with one lover and resolves never to fall in love again.

The second production sees a development of the venue’s partnership with choreographer Gwyn Emberton, who will be taking his award winning co-production with the Arts Centre, ‘My People’, inspired by the by Caradoc Evans’ controversial collection of short stories to the Edinburgh Festival in August, also in partnership with Coreo Cymru. ‘My People’ received its premiere at the Arts Centre in 2014, where Gwyn is as Associate Artist and Dance Buddy. The Arts Council is supporting this tour to the festival through their ‘Wales in Edinburgh’ scheme.

Arts Centre Director, Gareth Lloyd Roberts said:

‘I’m very pleased that the Arts Council has confirmed its support for these two touring productions, and that the Arts Centre’s touring and production ambitions are being realised. ‘Saturday Night Forever’ and ‘My People’ are very different works, but both share a quality and standard to which we aspire. Touring helps to raise the profile of the work we do, and enables many more people to enjoy the productions. And of course we’ll also be presenting our annual summer season production, which this year is Legally Blonde – we hope that will be an attractive draw for all our local audiences and for visitors to the area.’

‘Saturday Night Forever’ will be touring to venues across Wales and England in November and December 2015. The Arts Centre’s partner in this tour, Joio, is a production company established by the director Lee Haven Jones and the writer Roger Williams in February 2012 to produce drama. Its first commission was a film adaptation of the play ‘Tir Sir Gar’ which was written for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru by Roger Williams. Joio also created complimentary documentary projects for S4C including films for an innovative website in conjunction with S4C, Theatr Genedlaethol and Galactig. Their production of ‘Tir’ is currently showing on S4C.

‘My People’ will be showing at the Zoo Southside venue as part of the Edinburgh Festival from the 24th August for a week. The original production was co-produced by Aberystwyth Arts Centre, where Emberton is an Associate Artist and Dance Buddy, and was created with the support of the Arts Council of Wales, Kevin Spacey Foundation, and through several private donations. It originally toured mid Wales and Cardiff in 2014, with a second tour in the Spring of 2015 made possible with the support of Coreo Cymru, Greenwich Dance Agency, ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) and Jerwood Space. My People won the Ann Sholem and Roy Campbell Moore Award at the 2014 Wales Dance Platform and was nominated for Best Dance Production in the 2015 Wales Theatre Awards.

After leaving Wales to train as a dancer Emberton went on to perform internationally with many leading choreographers and companies such as Scottish Dance Theatre, Matthew Bourne, Akram Khan, Jasmin Vardimon (UK) and Inbal Pinto (Israel). In 2012 Emberton set up Gwyn Emberton Dance, with My People being his first work made in Wales. He continues to perform independently and most recently with renowned performer Eddie Ladd in the Wales Theatre Awards winning production CAITLIN, directed by Deborah Light and based on the life of Caitlin Thomas, Dylan’s wife.
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