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Sherman’s Autumn season announced     

Sherman’s Autumn season announced Artistic Director, Rachel O’Riordan announces the Sherman’s Autumn season featuring Henrik Ibsen, the return of Iphigenia In Splott, A Play, A Pie and A Pint and much much more

Autumn 2015 will feature a full-blooded new production of A Doll’s House, directed by Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan as well as the triumphant return of Iphigenia In Splott following its appearance at the Edinburgh Festival as part of the British Council Showcase. Also returning this season is the much-loved initiative A Play, A Pie and A Pint; this season the Sherman Cymru and Òran Mór co-production is Happy Hour, a humorously bleak look at the aftermath of a death in the family by Anita Vettesse.

From 1 – 5 September the Sherman’s highly acclaimed production, Iphigenia In Splott, comes back to Cardiff following the major success of its first run at the Sherman and subsequent week at the Edinburgh Festival as part of the British Council Showcase. Written by Gary Owen (Violence and Son, Royal Court), starring Sophie Melville (Sherman Cymru’s Romeo & Juliet) and directed by Rachel O’Riordan (Arabian Nights, Romeo & Juliet) this powerful drama, inspired by the enduring Greek myth, drives home the high price paid by the individual for society’s shortcomings.

As well as directing Iphigenia In Splott, Sherman Cymru’s Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan will be directing the highlight of the Autumn season; Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama A Doll’s House. From 9 - 24 October, Sherman Cymru stage this iconic play that has latterly been held up as a feminist text for giving voice to female repression, despite its tempestuous beginnings – resulting in a 20 year ban having incensed audiences and critics alike following its debut. Losing none of its power to provoke, and featuring a sumptuous set designed by Kenny Miller (Sherman Cymru’s Romeo & Juliet), Sherman Cymru’s timeless take on this classic will stay with you.

Rachel O’Riordan said: “This play originally shocked audiences, depicting a woman who realises she is deeply constrained and unhappy in her role as wife and mother. Nora heralded a new female agency in modern theatre. This discourse around accepted female roles in society remains relevant now.”

The Sherman’s Company In Residence, Cwmni Pluen, will be performing Ti.Me in the studio from 9 – 11 September. Fusing theatre and live music and performed bilingually, Ti.Me is a physical and provocative exploration of relationships, how it feels to be in love and what happens when that love disintegrates.

Creator Elgan Rhys says: “We are delighted to be performing Ti.Me at the Sherman, it’s extremely exciting to be contributing to such a diverse and eclectic programme of work. The piece is a physical and provocative exploration of relationships.”

On the 25 and 26 September the Sherman Studio welcomes Cwmni’r Frân Wen’s new play Drych (Mirror), a powerful new Welsh language drama starring Bryn Fôn and Gwenno Hodgkins. From the darkest questions about man’s existence, to moments of laughter and humour - Drych presents a reflection of two characters and their desperate journey to understand their own existence.

On the 20 November Sherman Cymru presents the second TAITH event. TAITH is a vibrant project dedicated to developing and celebrating new work submitted by new and emerging writers, from Wales and further afield. The performance on 20 November is the culmination of this process where three carefully selected scripts will be performed followed by an open discussion with the audience.

Associate Artist, Gethin Evans said: “TAITH is an opportunity for writers to develop their craft and have the experience of hearing their work in front of an audience. For the audience, it’s an opportunity to hear the heart of emerging Wales-based writing. They have 10 minutes to affect you in a stripped back environment of bold theatre. I am extremely pleased that it will be running again in the Autumn as a hub for emerging theatre. Having used Social Uprising as the previous stimulus, the inspiration this time will be Motherhood.”

Following the success of Leviathan earlier this year, the Sherman is once again co-producing with Òran Mór to bring another of the A Play, A Pie and A Pint series to Cardiff, Anita Vettesse’s darkly comic Happy Hour is at the Sherman from 24 – 28 November at 6.30pm. A Play, A Pie and A Pint does exactly what it says on the tin: offering a fun evening of food, drink and drama. Directed by Gethin Evans (Sherman Cymru’s Associate Artist) Happy Hour is a black comedy about a family who have gathered in the back room of the pub ready to scatter Dad’s ashes which currently reside in a Nike shoe box. But bitter resentments and long-held grudges might hinder him from resting in peace…

Sherman Cymru’s Christmas production for ages 3-6 this year will be The Princess and the Pea / Y Dywysoges a’r Bysen Fechan Fach co-produced with Theatr Iolo staged at the Sherman Theatre on the 6 and 7 November, followed by a tour of South Wales before arriving back at the Sherman from 5 December – 2 January. Adapted by Katherine Chandler (Sherman Cymru’s The Ugly Duckling / Y Hwyaden Fach Hyll) and directed by Kevin Lewis (Luna, Grimm Tales), The Princess and the Pea / Y Dywysoges a’r Bysen Fechan Fach is a deliciously mischievous re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale. Both companies are highly respected for their work for young people and this production will be a festive treat filled with laughter, music and a big sprinkling of magic. Wonderful storytelling for 3 to 6 year olds and their families.

Following the success of last year’s Christmas show Arabian Nights, Rachel O’Riordan directs the magical tale The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe from 4 – 31 December featuring actor-musicians performing live, with quality music and storytelling at the heart of the production. Renowned for bringing alive wonderful and magical stories at Christmas for children of all ages, Sherman Theatre’s exciting adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe will entertain little ones and those a little bit older. A guaranteed must see.

Actor-musicians will perform a vibrant original score by the award-winning opera, music-theatre and orchestral composer Conor Mitchell with whom director Rachel O’Riordan has had previous success with musical productions of Grimm Tales (Library Theatre, Manchester) and Animal Farm (Theatre Royal, Bath).

And the Sherman 5 initiative, generously supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, goes from strength to strength. Sherman 5 is designed to give people who have never attended a performance at the Sherman Theatre the chance to do so. Special nights across the range of our artistic programme allow first time audiences the opportunity to experience a night out at the theatre free of charge for their first visit and discounted tickets thereafter.

For full details and listings of shows visit www.shermancymru.co.uk or contact Sherman Cymru’s Ticket Office on 029 2064 6900
 
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