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A Summer of high quality entertainment at Theatr Brycheiniog     

A Summer of high quality entertainment at Theatr Brycheiniog The theatre is nestled at the basin of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, and in addition to the stunning setting it offers an enhanced food menu at its Waterfront Bar. There is free live music every Saturday and a range of activities and classes, including a Youth Theatre for Reception age all the way to 25. Theatr Brycheiniog is one of the leading arts venues in Mid-Wales with its varied, high quality programme of entertainment.

May sees a great range of performances coming to Theatr Brycheiniog, including Mappa Mundi’s The Trial of Oscar Wilde, which uses the actual words from Wilde’s 1895 trial for homosexuality (May 9). Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Vox Fortura (May 10) bring their unique classical crossover style, with songs from Stevie Wonder to Nessun Dorma. They are supported by all-female PopOpera group IDA. Leviathan (May 11) is a ferocious and daring dance piece from award winning James Wilton, an adaptation of Moby Dick. Scorched (May 16) is a critically acclaimed, striking play about a World War II Veteran who is living with Dementia. Live music includes former Only Men Aloud star, and award winning singer pianist / Radio Wales presenter, Ross Leadbeater, supported by local youth choirs (18 May). There is also the return of hugely popular Welsh folk band Calan, whose high voltage performance breathes new life into old traditions. There is also plenty for families with Taking Flight’s fully accessible You’ve Got Dragons (27 May), exploring Kathryn Cave’s popular book, and The Tap Dancing Mermaid (28 & 29 May) which features stunning puppetry and original live music.

June brings more great quality music with the sensational Talon and The Best of Eagles (9 June), and the exceptionally talented Clouds Harp Quartet, featuring Welsh harpist Elfair Grug Dyer in their first performance at Theatr Brycheinog. STIPE (17 June) and Shirley Bassey: This is Me (23 June), bring to life REM and Shirley Bassey. Explorer Benedict Allen talks about his Adventure in Paradise 919 June) with BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner, who crossed Pappa New Guinea with him, in a wheelchair. Arad Goch bring their family show, Do I Have to Wake Up? / Oes Rhaid i Mi Ddeffro? (26 & 27 June), which will be performed in Welsh or English. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School make a welcome return with their production of the Dylan Thomas classic, Under Milk Wood (29 June).

July features the amazing Sir Ranulph Fiennes (7 July) talking about his personal journey, through his life from childhood misdemeanours to Transglobe Expeditions; a unique one-off talk from this iconic figure. Mid Wales Dance Academy present their annual showcase (15 & 16 July), with adaptations of Giselle and Alice in Wonderland. This month also sees a unique performance from Reckless Sleepers, in The Last Supper (19-21 July). This performance invites audiences to join the performers as they sit down together for a last supper. Taken from real life stories from death row prisoners, the performance combines last meal requests and last words in an intimate and entertaining evening.

August sees two very special events with the Brecon Family Summer Festival and King Cetshwayo: The Musical. Over the 12-13 August, Theatr Brycheiniog will be presenting a Brecon Family Summer Festival, which will offer a mixture of free and ticketed performances, street theatre and live music, as well as activities and events across the weekend; a safe and family friendly area for people to enjoy. There will be a special performance by South African Jazz trio, Dream Team, who infuse jazz and hip hop, on Saturday 12 August.

Featuring members of the Zulu Royal Family, Wednesday 23 August will be a special gala event tracing the life of heroic Zulu leader, King Cetshwayo, as he led the defiant Zulu tribes against the English and Welsh regiments of the Anglo–Zulu wars. With activities taking place all over Brecon, including talks and exhibitions, this will be a special occasion for the town. The performances at Theatr Brycheiniog (23 – 25 August) will feature the UK premiere, before heading to London for further shows. The Gala will be opened by the South African High Commissioner. There will also be an opportunity to meet members of the Zulu Royal Family at the reception before the performance. This will be a special way to conclude the season as well as marking Theatr Brycheiniog’s 20th Anniversary.

This season of performances marks the 20th Anniversary of the opening of Theatr Brycheiniog and brings together some great theatre, music, dance and comedy from around the world, to the stage here in Brecon this summer.

For the last 20 years Theatr Brycheiniog has also been home to many of our local community companies, providing opportunities to showcase their work here. This also continues this summer, with Brecon Town Band and Mid Wales Dance Academy.

The last 12 months have seen us working hard to improve the offer and experience for visitors to Theatr Brycheiniog. Work on this will continue over the summer, as we look forward to announcing some exciting new initiatives.

The Gallery will see two exhibitions running. An Art Tour of the Border Country (5 – 28 May) with Sue Williams, Clarissa Price, Mike Shiels and Mark Zytynski, explores work of the Welsh Borders and Brecon Beacons. Farewell Rock (2 June – 3 July) by Hilary Powell, explores the last coal mine of South Wales, and will also include a selection of works from Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru’s Print Residency.

The monthly Comedy Club continues in May and June, and there will also be a special, one-off performance of Mike Bubbins on 12 May. Comedy Club will then take a break in July and August, returning in September.

Theatr Brycheiniog continues to offer a range of classes and activities in May and June, including Mid Wales Dance Academy, Chorus Line, Brecon Town Band, University of the Third Age and Pilates classes, as well as talks from Brecknock Decorative and Fine Arts Society. The theatre has also partnered with Beat it Percussion to offer participatory, Dementia friendly, music making sessions for older people. This is a chance to do something creative and social and have fun at the same time. These weekly sessions will run throughout the summer and are free to take part.

For any details on performances, activities or anything else, please visit or call the Box Office on 01874 611622.

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Harriet Coleman
Friday, May 12, 2017back



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