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The Space in the Middle     

The Space in the Middle
The Sherman Theatre has announced the first The Space in the Middle summer season of events, which includes comedy, live music, a Beer Festival, a Wine and Vinyl event and circus fun for the whole family.

Sherman Theatre’s summer programme of events is hosted in the “space in the middle”: the foyer, as well as one or two special performances in our theatre spaces.

The Space in the Middle season opens next Saturday 6 June with the award-winning production Hiraeth. With live music and Welsh cakes, this fun filled night out explores the decline of Welsh tradition and identity through one woman’s struggle to escape and let go. Winner of the Best Production in the English Language at the Wales Theatre Awards, 2014, the show is bilingual, mostly in English but a little bit of Welsh thrown in too! Audiences will be invited to join in a twmpath in the foyer to round off a great evening of fun. A real joyful night out to celebrate all things Welsh.

The Space in the Middle season at the Sherman Theatre will be welcoming a lively 7-piece salsa band based into the foyer on Friday 19 June. Cardiff based band, Fiesta Resistànce will be playing the hottest picks of Cuban party music. Salsa and son styles are ignited with dynamic original arrangements featuring blazing trumpets, vocals, crackling percussion, pulsating piano, bass and clavé. Remember to bring your dancing shoes!
As well as dancing, the Sherman Theatre will be raising a few glasses with its first inaugural Sherman Beer Festival supported by Otley Brewing Company. On Saturday 20 June from 4pm the Beer Festival will have a selection of ales from local brewers, with good food provided by Foxy’s Kitchen and accompanied by live music, this promises to be a great way to spend a summer Saturday.

For those who prefer wine, on the 11 July Sherman Theatre is hosting its very first Winyl night. The idea is simple: Come along for an evening of wine tasting, while a DJ spins records all night long, oh and feel free to bring your own…record that is!

As well as beer, wine, live music and Welsh cakes, The Space in the Middle will also host some of the most exciting comedy acts on the circuit before they head to the Edinburgh Fringe in August.

Rising comedy star Amy Howerska and Morgan Berry perform at the Sherman on 16 June. They say you should write about what you know. Amy Howerska was raised by a pack of wild skydivers...in Swansea. With a family consisting of trained killers and extreme sports idiots, comedy is not ‘brave’ compared to going home for Christmas. In the Howerska household it’s not a party until everyone discusses their head injuries. Sasspot contains stories of death, skydivers and Swansea. Amy will join character comedian Joe Rowntree who has made his reputation as a standup comic with his character based on a Pet Bereavement Counsellor, Morgan Berry. Born in Barnsley raised in Africa- Bafrican! The car wash is in trouble. Morgan must save it from going under. Can his on-line course in Pet Bereavement yield dividends and stop it from going Watership Down.

A week later on 23 June it’s the turn of Luke Benson and Tom Allen. Two-time comedian of the year nominee Luke Benson has been looking at his life: nearly 30, not quite winning and obsessing over how big is fun-size. The Geordie giant looks at the expectations of society, self-help, aggrandisement, how best to deal with the whole caper and whether he's managing at all. Luke will be joined by award-winning comedian Tom Allen who has just returned from supporting both Josie Long and Sarah Millican on tour.

Following the success of their one woman cabaret show Pick N Mixx, Swansea’s Double Dipp return to the Sherman with a new comedy about love, relationships and eczema. Friday night is date night on 10 July.

Family audiences will be wowed by the spectacular circus skills of Metta Theatre. The King of Tiny Things is performed on 25 July, 3pm. Metta Theatre brings the enchanting story of The King of Tiny Things spectacularly to life with circus, puppetry and song. Young people and their families will have the opportunity to try out their circus skills in the foyer before the show.

Alongside The Space in the Middle season there will also be a contemporary staging of Dracula from 22-25 July. Dracula is the first performance from the newly formed Sherman Players, comprising 17 people who are 18 and older who have worked together over the past year to bring this production to life.

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama will be performing The Cunning Little Vixen in the Main House from 7 – 9 July. Janaček’s comic opera looks at the cycle of life and shows the composer’s love of the countryside in a rich and colourful orchestral score.

The Space in the Middle will also see the very first TAITH event, a vibrant and exciting evening celebrating new work submitted by new and established writers. Over the last few weeks, Sherman Cymru has received over 60 short 10 minute plays for TAITH and on the 26 June three of the best chosen scripts will be performed and directed by professionals with an open discussion with the audience following the performances.

And for food and drink Foxy’s Kitchen at the Sherman Theatre will be creating a dedicated menu for each event and this will be offered as part of a ticket and meal deal. There will be choice of food platters as well as favourites such as burgers and pulled pork burritos. Advance table reservation is recommended so please contact Sherman Cymru on 029 2064 6900. Audience members can purchase their meals at the point of booking either online or with our friendly ticketing team.

For further details and tickets please contact Sherman Theatre on 029 2064 6900 / www.shermancymru.co.uk
 
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