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The Other Room opens its doors for Your Room     

The Other Room opens its doors for Your Room

Cardiff’s pub theatre The Other Room, located in Porter’s, will be opening its doors for five weeks of events this Autumn as part of the Your Room season. The idea behind Your Room is to invite hundreds of new and exciting artists from Cardiff and beyond to collaborate, develop and perform.

The season kicks off with Blue Sky Scratch which takes place from 5 - 23 October and is a series of work-in-progress performances by a variety of new and exciting companies – some of which may have just formed, some slightly more established – giving them a vital platform to experiment. Companies have been invited to apply for a one-night slot in which to show a brand new piece of work. After the performance, audiences are encouraged to grab a drink and will then be invited to return to the theatre to share their thoughts in a feedback session, giving the audience a chance to be part of the creative process and shape the development of a show.

In the same spirit of adventure and experimentation, on 7 and 28 October, The Other Room will present two one-off performances entitled Blue Sky Secrets. What it is, who is in it and who’s involved will be kept a secret until the performance begins. It promises to include some of Wales’ finest talents and to bring audiences something that will knock their socks off. Audiences will get the chance to get involved in some cultural ‘blue sky’ thinking at the Blue Sky Manifesto event on 14 October. The discussion, hosted by the The Other Room team, will centre on a variety of topics including funding cuts and the kind of theatre companies should be producing in the current climate.

On 30 October, bold new company Empty Deck, in co-production with The Other Room and as part of a wider Cardiff residency entitled Season Scandinavia, will present a scratch performance of Danish playwright Christian Lollike’s Cosmic Fear or The Day Brad Pitt Got Paranoia. Empty Deck make work with an international focus and will take over The Other Room for one week in order to research and develop the production. As part of Season Scandinavia, Empty Deck are also presenting a number of other showings in partner venues around the city, soon to be announced.
Cosmic Fear or The Day Brad Pitt Got Paranoia charts our growing concerns and paralysis over the impact of climate change on the planet. LA is filled with traffic jams under heavy smog, trees are drifting under floods in Bangladesh and in China incinerators are burning holes in the ozone layer. Brad Pitt fears the future. Brad is a man of action and he’s not here to entertain, but to make a difference. Brad embarks on the great universal love project: to Save Planet Earth.


Following the success of the Young Artists Festival in the summer, The Blue Sky Artists Festival will take place 2 - 7 November. The week will include master classes and multiple collaborations and is open to artists interested in working together to make fresh and exciting work within Wales. Participants will be able to gain a fresh perspective on rehearsing, fundraising, professional production management, dramaturgy and starting their own company. The Other Room directors Kate Wasserberg and Bizzy Day will be on-hand to talk about their experiences and work with companies throughout the festival, alongside guest master classes from industry leaders. The festival will culminate in three nights of public performances, on 5 - 7 November, of brand new, specially commissioned ten-minute plays from writers Joel Horwood, Lisa Jen Brown, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Alun Saunders.

Blue Sky Scratch takes place from 5 - 23 October with performances on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The Blue Sky Secret performances will be on 7 and 28 October at 7.30pm. Blue Sky Manifesto will take place on Wednesday 14 October. Empty Deck presents Cosmic Fear or The Day Brad Pitt Got Paranoia at 7.30pm on Friday 30 October. The season will finish on a high with performances created during the Blue Sky Artists Festival on 5 – 7 November. A full schedule and tickets will be available from www.otherroomtheatre.com and to keep updated with The Other Room, you can follow the team on Twitter @TORtheatre and Facebook www.facebook.com/otherroomtheatre
 
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