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Step into Early Summer this May and June with Theatr Brycheinog: A Season of Song, Suffragettes and Sisterly Love     

Step into Early Summer this May and June with Theatr Brycheinog: A Season of Song, Suffragettes and Sisterly Love May begins the start of a bustling season of activity at Theatr Brycheiniog as Brecon’s canal side venue prepares to welcome visitors from near and far. As the weather gets better, the outdoor furniture returns, giving the opportunity to enjoy a hot drink or a tasty bite to eat out on the picturesque canalside at The Waterfront Cafe.
This season Lesley Garrett joins the Welsh National Opera to celebrate Welsh Suffragettes with a new piece, Rhondda Rips it Up! (16 June). Created by, and starring only women, the story follows Margaret Haig Thomas, the Newport suffragette whose activities paved the way for women’s rights in the personal, professional and political worlds. This classic music hall style production is very tongue-in-cheek and will take audiences on a whirlwind tour of the activist’s mission. Leading lady Margaret Haig Thomas (Lady Rhondda) is played by Madeleine Shaw, and soprano, Lesley Garrett, plays the Master of Ceremonies, Emcee.
Lesley Garrett comments: ‘The show is completely unique. It is not a musical; it is not an opera; it is unlike anything I have ever known. It is full of that vibrant and powerful world-changing energy which was around at that time.’
Other highlights not to be missed include Theatr Brycheiniog’s joint production with Brecon Little Theatre of Alice in Wonderland (1 – 3 June). Written by Julie Jones of The Westenders fame and directed by Rosie Mellerick, this enchantingjourney to Wonderland will introduce you to the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and odious Queen of Hearts. The performance on 1 June is a special Relaxed Performance, to extend a warm welcome to those who may find it difficult to follow the usual conventions of theatre etiquette and would benefit from a more relaxed environment. Craft workshops (28 – 29 May) and a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (26 May) will also be running at the theatre in the lead up to the show, offering the opportunity to participate in what will be a fantastic community production for all the family to enjoy.
Extraordinary folk music craftsmen, Show of Hands (30 June) are joined by singer and double bassist Miranda Sykes in Theatr Brycheiniog’s auditorium, as part of the Brecon Folk and More Festival. This concert will be an unmissable celebration of the trio’s enduring impact on roots, acoustic and folk music.
Nestled at the basin of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, and in addition to the stunning setting, Theatr Brycheiniog prides itself on welcoming everyone and being a hub for community activity and tourists alike. From the success of the Friends and Patrons’ Scheme evolves the Corporate Support Club, which sees the theatre celebrating and developing its links with local businesses. Fascinating talks from University of the Third Age and The Arts Society Brecknock continue, and there is also free live music every Saturday, 1-3pm with Live @ The Waterfront. The theatre’s programme of art exhibitions in the stunning Andrew Lamont Gallery brings exciting, diverse and high quality artists’ work to the heart of the Beacons. . With its varied, high quality programme, Theatr Brycheiniog is one of the leading arts venues in Mid-Wales.
May begins with a sci-fi bang with Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock (2 May), which explores what happens when the Millennium Falcon, Star Wars’ best loved spaceship, lands on your doorstep. Graduate students from Tring park School for the Performing Arts take to the stage in Encore Dance (4 May) to perform an eclectic mix of established and newly commissioned dance work. The first family show of the season, Perfect (5 May), is a story of anticipation, disappointment and love which follows a young boy waiting for the birth of his sister. This puppetry and physical theatre piece is a brilliant introduction to disability to those aged 5+. The Remi Harris Trio (6 May) visit Brecon for their rescheduled show, and fans will be blown away by their eclectic mix of gypsy swing, jazz and blues music.
The Westenders have done it yet again with another record breaking sell-out show, One Night Only: Fully Exposed! (12 May). This adult only night featuring a Full Monty finale is raising money for Male Cancer charity, Orchid. Based on the poetry of Dylan Thomas and commissioned by the Brecon Jazz Festival, Do Not Go Gentle (13 May) is a jazz suite from Swansea born composer Huw Warren, which was specially written to mark the iconic poet’s centenary in 2014. International stars, The Searchers (16 May) celebrate their greatest hits, and the month is brought to a close with Cyngerdd Ieuenctid Eisteddfod yr Urdd Brycheiniog a Maesyfed(26 May).
June brings a bestselling Welsh language children’s book to life on stage as Na, Nel! Wwww! (11 June) follows the adventures of a mischievous young girl with an incredible imagination. Students from NPTC Group, Brecon Beacons College and Ysgol Penmaes, come together to present Seren Stars: Pick n Mix all our Favourites (15 June). Award winning travel writer Hugh Thomson (21 June) drops by to discuss his One Man and a Mule adventures whereby he embarked on a ‘South American adventure in England.’ The Welsh Chamber Orchestra (23 June) will take to the stage performing a programme which includes Mozart, Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Bach. Summer big name comedy comes in the form of Tim Key: Megadate (25 June), which promises to blend poeticals, talking, foot-stamping and old school wistfulness amongst other things.
The Andrew Lamont Gallery will host three varied, yet very exciting exhibitions this season. The spectacular Vulgar Earth continues until 20 May, an exhibition that encourages discussion about the direction humanity has taken. Presented by the Lumen Prize for Digital Art will be Microworld: Brecon (28 May – 24 June). This digital art exhibition promises to fill the gallery with computer driver animations, with workshops arranged around the exhibition where young people can learn to program a computer and create their own digital art. Maurice Selden: Rally Photography 1972 -2017 (28 June – 20 August) will celebrate the spectacular career of this renowned motorsport photographer, capturing the thrills, colour and atmosphere of this exciting sport. Following the launch of this exhibition, (28 June) Maurice will take part in a Q&A session in the auditorium, joined by Phil Mills of Viking Motorsports and Welsh rally driver Sara Williams.
Monthly favourites continue this summer, with Comedy Club on the last Friday of every month giving a unique opportunity to enjoy the best up and coming comedians on the circuit in a relaxed and informal setting. May’s line up (25 May) features Suzi Ruffell, Laura Davis and Chris Washington; in June (29 June) Rose Johnson and Will Dugan will be joined by James Acaster as he gives a special extended Edinburgh preview set. The Arts Society Brecknock give a talk on Welsh (and a few English) Cathedrals (1 May), with a subsequent talk on Russian Painting in the 19th Century (June 5).
Theatr Brycheiniog continues to offer a range of classes and activities, including Mid Wales Dance Academy, Chorus Line, Brecon Town Band, University of the Third Age and Pilates. The thriving Youth Theatre is run by professional practitioners and offers the opportunity for young people aged 4 – 25 to develop confidence and performance skills. There are four age groups to choose from, and sessions run weekly, except in the school holidays. This season all Youth Theatre participants are busy working very hard in preparation for their summer showcase in July.
For any details on performances, activities or anything else, please visit or call the Box Office on 01874 611622.

Croeso i ddechrau’r haf ym mis Mai a Mehefin gyda Theatr Brycheiniog: tymor canu, caru eich chwiorydd, a chodi llais dros ferched.
Croeso ym mis Mai i dymor yn llawn o gyffro yn Theatr Brycheiniog wrth i’r lleoliad ar lan y gamlas yn Aberhonddu baratoi i groesawu ymwelwyr o bell ac agos. Wrth i’r tywydd wella, daw’r celfi yn ôl i’w lle tu fas, gan roi cyfle i chi fwynhau diod twym neu rywbeth blasus i’w fwyta yn harddwch glan-dŵr y Waterfront Cafe.
Yn ystod y tymor hwn bydd Lesley Garrett yn ymuno ag Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru i ddathlu Syffrajets Cymru gyda darn newydd, Rhondda Rips it Up! (16 Mehefin). Mae’r stori, a grëwyd gan ferched, gyda chast hollol fenywaidd, yn dilyn Margaret Haig Thomas, y syffrajet o Gasnewydd wnaeth arwain y ffordd i ddatblygu hawliau i ferched mewn meysydd personol, proffesiynol a gwleidyddol. Mae’r cynhyrchiad tafod-mewn-boch hwn yn arddull glasurol y ‘music hall’ yn mynd â chynulleidfaoedd ar daith chwim drwy genhadaeth yr ymgyrchwraig. Chwaraeir prif ran Margaret Haig Thomas (Y Fonesig Rhondda) gan Madeleine Shaw, a’r soprano, Lesley Garrett, yw Meistres y Ddefod, Emcee.
Meddai Lesley Garrett: ‘Mae’r sioe’n hollol unigryw. Nid sioe gerdd mohoni; nid opera; mae’n annhebyg i ddim byd arall y gwn i amdano. Mae’n llawn o’r egni llachar a grymus hwnnw i newid byd oedd ar gael yn y cyfnod hwnnw.’
Ymysg uchafbwyntiau eraill na ddylid mo’u colli mae cynhyrchiad ar y cyd rhwng Theatr Brycheiniog a Theatr Fach Aberhonddu o Alice in Wonderland (1 – 3 Mehefin). Bydd y daith hudol hon i Wonderland, a ysgrifennwyd gan Julie Jones o gwmni adnabyddus The Westenders, a’i chyfarwyddo gan Rosie Mellerick, yn eich cyflwyno i’r Mad Hatter, Cath Caer a’r afiach Queen of Hearts. Mae perfformiad 1 Mehefin yn Berfformiad Ymlaciol arbennig, felly croeso cynnes i bobl a fyddai efallai’n ei chael hi’n anodd dilyn confensiynau ymddygiad arferol y theatr ac a fyddai’n elwa o amgylchedd mwy hamddenol. Bydd gweithdai crefft (28 – 29 Mai) a The Parti’r Mad Hatter (26 Mai) hefyd yn digwydd yn y theatr yn ystod y cyfnod sy’n arwain at y sioe, gan gynnig cyfleoedd i bobl gymryd rhan mewn cynhyrchiad cymunedol gwych i gall y teulu cyfan ei fwynhau.
Ymunir â’r crefftwyr cerddoriaeth werin eithriadol, Show of Hands (30 Mehefin) gan y gantores a’r basydd dwbl Miranda Sykes yn awditoriwm Theatr Brycheiniog, fel rhan o ŵyl Gwerin a Mwy Aberhonddu. Bydd y cyngerdd hwn yn ddathliad na ddylid mo’i golli o effaith barhaus y triawd ar gerddoriaeth ‘roots’, acwstig a gwerin.
Yng nghesail basn Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhonddu, ac yn ogystal â’r lleoliad syfrdanol, mae Theatr Brycheiniog yn ymhyfrydu ei bod yn croesawu pawb ac yn ganolfan i weithgareddau cymunedol ac ymwelwyr fel ei gilydd. O lwyddiant y Cynllun Cyfeillion a Noddwyr yr esblygodd y Clwb Cefnogi Corfforaethol, sy’n gweld y theatr yn dathlu ac yn datblygu’i chyswllt â busnesau lleol. Bydd sgyrsiau diddorol gan yr University of the Third Age a Chymdeithas Gelfyddydau Brycheiniog yn parhau, a cheir cerddoriaeth fyw rhad ac am ddim bob dydd Sadwrn rhwng 1-3 gyda Live @ The Waterfront. Mae rhaglen arddangosfeydd celf y theatr yn Oriel Andrew Lamont yn dod â gwaith artistiaid cyffrous, amrywiol a safonol iawn i galon y Bannau. Gyda’i rhaglen amrywiol, o safon uchel, mae Theatr Brycheiniog yn un o brif leoliadau’r celfyddydau yng Nghanolbarth Cymru.
Mae Mai yn dechrau â ffrwydrad gwyddonias gyda Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock (2 Mai), sy’n archwilio’r hyn sy’n digwydd pan fo’r Millennium Falcon, hoff long ofod Star Wars, yn glanio ar garreg eich drws. Mae myfyrwyr gradd o Tring Park School for the Performing Arts yn llenwi’r llwyfan ar gyfer Encore Dance (4 Mai) i berfformio cymysgedd amrywiol o waith dawns hen a newydd. Mae sioe deuluol gyntaf y tymor, Perfect (5 Mai), yn stori am gyffro, siom a chariad sy’n dilyn stori bachgen ifanc sy’n aros i’w chwaer fach gael ei geni. Mae’r darn theatr pypedau a gwaith corfforol hwn yn gyflwyniad gwych i anabledd ar gyfer unrhyw un sy’n 5 oed a hŷn. Mae’r Remi Harris Trio (6 Mai) yn ymweld ag Aberhonddu ar gyfer eu sioe a gafodd ei haildrefnu, a bydd cefnogwyr wrth eu bodd â’u cymysgedd eclectig o gerddoriaeth ‘gypsy swing’, ‘jazz’ a ‘blues’.
Mae’r Westenders wedi’i gwneud hi eto gyda sioe i dorri pob record gwerthu tocynnau, One Night Only: Fully Exposed! (12 Mai). Mae’r sioe hon i oedolion yn unig sy’n cynnwys diweddglo Full Monty yn codi arian ar gyfer elusen cancr dynion, Orchid. Yn seiliedig ar farddoniaeth Dylan Thomas ac wedi’i gomisiynu gan Ŵyl Jazz Aberhonddu, mae Do Not Go Gentle (13 Mai) yn swît jazz gan y cyfansoddwr o Abertawe, Huw Warren, a gyfansoddwyd yn arbennig i nodi canmlwyddiant y bardd mawr yn 2014. Bydd y sêr rhyngwladol The Searchers (16 Mai) yn dathlu’u caneuon mwyaf, a daw’r mis i ben gyda Chyngerdd Ieuenctid Eisteddfod yr Urdd Brycheiniog a Maesyfed (26 Mai).
Mae Mehefin yn dod â’r llyfr plant Cymraeg poblogaidd Na, Nel! Wwww! (11 Mehefin) yn fyw ar y llwyfan wrth i ni ddilyn anturiaethau’r ferch fach ddrygionus â’r dychymyg enfawr. Daw myfyrwyr o Grŵp NPTC, Coleg Bannau Brycheiniog ac Ysgol Penmaes at ei gilydd i gyflwyno Seren Stars: Pick n Mix all our Favourites (15 Mehefin). Bydd yr awdur taith arobryn Hugh Thomson (21 Mehefin) yn picio i mewn i drafod ei anturiaethau One Man and a Mule pan aeth ar ‘antur drwy Dde America yn Lloegr’. Mae enw mawr comedi’r haf yn dod yn ffurf Tim Key: Megadate (25 Mehefin), sy’n addo cyfuno barddoniaeth, siarad, stampio traed a ffansi’r funud henffasiwn, ymysg pethau eraill.
Bydd Oriel Andrew Lamont yn cynnal tair arddangosfa wahanol, ond cyffrous iawn, yn ystod y tymor. Mae’r syfrdanol Vulgar Earth yn parhau tan 20 Mai, arddangosfa sy’n annog trafod am y cyfeiriad y mae dynoliaeth wedi dewis ei gymryd. Cyflwynir Microworld: Brecon (28 Mai – 24 Mehefin) gan Wobr Lumen am Gelf Ddigidol. Mae’r arddangosfa gelf ddigidol hon yn addo llenwi’r oriel â gwaith animeiddio gan gyfrifiaduron, gyda gweithdai wedi’u trefnu o gwmpas yr arddangosfa fydd yn rhoi cyfle i bobl ifanc ddysgu rhaglennu cyfrifiadur a chreu’u celf ddigidol eu hunain. Bydd Maurice Selden: Rally Photography 1972 -2017 (28 Mehefin – 20 Awst) yn dathlu gyrfa syfrdanol y ffotograffydd chwaraeon moduro adnabyddus hwn, gan ddal holl gyffro, lliw ac awyrgylch y gamp gyffrous hon. Wedi lansio’r arddangosfa hon, (28 Mehefin) bydd Maurice yn cymryd rhan mewn sesiwn Holi ac Ateb yn yr awditoriwm, yng nghwmni Phil Mills o Viking Motorsports a’r gyrrwr rali o Gymru, Sara Williams.
Mae’r ffefrynnau misol yn parhau dros yr haf, gyda’r Clwb Comedi ar ddydd Gwener olaf pob mis yn rhoi cyfle unigryw i fwynhau’r gorau o blith comedïwyr ar eu prifiant mewn awyrgylch hamddenol ac anffurfiol. Bydd detholiad mis Mai (25 Mai) yn cynnwys Suzi Ruffell, Laura Davis a Chris Washington; ym Mehefin (29 Mehefin) bydd Rose Johnson a Will Dugan yn cael cwmni James Acaster wrth iddo gyflwyno set baratoadol estynedig arbennig cyn Gŵyl Caeredin. Bydd Cymdeithas Gelfyddydau Brycheiniog yn cyflwyno sgwrs ar Eglwysi Cadeiriol Cymru (ac ambell un o Loegr) (1 Mai), gyda sgwrs ar Baentio o Rwsia yn y 19eg ganrif (Mehefin 5).
Mae Theatr Brycheiniog yn parhau i gynnig dewis o ddosbarthiadau a gweithgareddau, gan gynnwys Academi Ddawns Canolbarth Cymru, Chorus Line, Band Tref Aberhonddu, University of the Third Age a Pilates. Rhedir y Theatr Ieuenctid ffyniannus gan ymarferwyr proffesiynol, gan gynnig cyfle i bobl ifanc rhwng 4 – 25 oed ddatblygu hyder a sgiliau perfformio. Gellir dewis o blith pedwar grŵp oedran, a chynhelir sesiynau’n wythnosol heblaw am adeg gwyliau’r ysgol. Y tymor hwn mae holl gyfranogwyr y Theatr Ieuenctid yn gweithio’n galed i baratoi ar gyfer y sioe haf ym mis Gorffennaf.
I gael manylion am berfformiadau, gweithgareddau neu unrhyw beth arall ewch i os gwelwch yn dda, neu ffoniwch y Swyddfa Docynnau ar 01874 611622.

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