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Cardiff’s pub theatre The Other Room announces second season     

Cardiff’s pub theatre The Other Room announces second season


Today, Cardiff’s pub theatre The Other Room, located in Porter’s, announced its second season, which features productions by two exciting young companies otherMother and difficult|stage, alongside Your Room, six weeks where hundreds of local artists are invited to make work in the theatre - with scratch performances, masterclasses and pop up events.

With a theme of ‘Blue Sky’, the season underlines The Other Room’s ambition to be a new, exciting and innovative voice within the cultural landscape of Cardiff. Artistic Director Kate Wasserberg explains:

“The idea behind ‘Blue Sky’ is simple. We are throwing open the doors and inviting the artists of Wales in. The sheer range of this season is thrilling, as we flood our little stage with hundreds of voices from this brilliant city. This is what The Other Room was made for, and we are very proud to be a home to the artists of the future.”


The Blue Sky season will open with Blud (Tue 1 - Fri 18 September), a powerful and authentic exploration of the call for war in a town defined by football, written by Wales Drama Award 2014 winner Kelly Jones. Blud is the first production from brand new company otherMother.

Kate comments:

“When I first read Blud, a play about those girls who are left behind and desperate to belong, it broke my heart a little - and made me laugh out loud. Never allowing her characters to become victims, Kelly tempers the violence and vulnerability of these girls with a celebration of their courage, humour, loyalty and the wild passions of their imagination. It is work like this that has the power to inspire the next generation of audiences, of theatre makers and all of us - to make the world a little better. otherMother is a company of brilliant women with big ideas and I could not be more proud that their very first show will be at The Other Room.”


In the period Mon 5 October – Sat 14 November, there will be a programme of activity including scratch performances, pop-up events and the Blue Sky Artists’ Festival that will make up Your Room. Kate explains:

“Your Room is six weeks of anarchic and joyous activity where we open our doors to hundreds of artists from Cardiff and beyond. Blue Sky Scratch will be a series of work-in-progress performances, there will be a number of pop-up events all conceived in the adventurous spirit of the Blue Sky season, and following the success of our Young Artists Festival, we are delighted to announce the Blue Sky Artists Festival, a week of master classes and collaboration open to artists interested in working together to make fresh and exciting work within Wales. Essentially,Your Room will be a chance for audience and artists to meet, exchange ideas and share the creative process.”

The Other Room’s Blue Sky season will culminate with Alix in Wundergarten (Tue 1 – Sat 19 December), a new production from difficult|stage which will be The Other Room’s very first Christmas show. Kate again:

“difficult|stage is a resident company of The Other Room, one of two Welsh companies selected for ongoing support by the theatre. I saw their last show, The World of Work, and have never laughed so much in a theatre. Anarchic, razor sharp, fiercely intelligent and unapologetically silly, this company combine real artistic integrity with genuine mainstream appeal.

Alix in Wundergarten will be The Other Room’s alternative Christmas show. Both satirizing and celebrating the very British tradition of the Christmas radio play, this piece will bite as it charms and provoke our audience even as it makes them laugh until they cry."


The Other Room’s second season will also feature various ‘TOR Presents’ events, including creative team members in conversation, guest speakers and cast talkbacks.

Tickets for The Other Room’s second season, Blue Sky, which opens with Blud by Kelly Jones on Tuesday 1 September, are available now from www.otherroomtheatre.com. To keep updated on The Other Room, you can also follow the team on Twitter @TORtheatre and Facebook www.facebook.com/otherroomtheatre
 
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