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Chapter announce Autumn season of art, performance and film     

Chapter announce Autumn season of art, performance and film Cardiff arts centre Chapter has announced its Autumn season, which is packed full of theatre, music, comedy, dance, cinema and art.

Within the season, there are a number of live performances that have a particular focus on accessibility, both in terms of themes and content, and also in terms of how audiences can access those performances.

On 11 and 12 September, writer, theatre-maker and dramaturg Kaite O’Reilly brings her Unlimited International Commission to Chapter. Entitled And Suddenly I Disappear, O’Reilly’s fictionalised monologues shed light on the lived experience of being Deaf or disabled in both the UK and Singapore. The public perceptions, social attitudes and national agendas as well as the misconceptions, stigmas and barriers that empower and/or disempower the individual are explored, and the performance uses the aesthetics of access, including creative captioning and integrated audio description.

On 3-13 October, new Welsh company Illumine Theatre bring their debut performance 2023to us. In Cardiff, in the year 2023, a law passed in Westminster in 2005 has just come into force. Children told they were born from donated eggs or sperm, upon turning 18, are now entitled to know the identity of their donor parent. Mary seeks out sperm donor Chris, knocking his world asunder. In this new era, where racial tensions run high, she wants answers. Who are her half-siblings? Could she have inherited her deafness? And is Chris prepared to risk his marriage and own family plans to help her feel she belongs? Developed with support from academics and researchers in the fields of gamete donation and D/deafness,2023stars deaf actor Stephanie Back, will be BSL interpreted on 11 October and every performance will be captioned.

On 4 and 5 October, Canoe Theatre and Theatrau Sir Gâr present writer Alan Harris’ latest comedy This Incredible Life. Mab has spent her life telling stories. Incredible stories. She was a jet-setting journalist, putting people’s lives into print. As a young boy, her nephew Robert, hung on her every word. He doesn’t listen anymore. In a time when fake news has made it into the vernacular, and the line between fact and fiction becomes blurred, does truth really matter? Starring the always fantastic Sharon Morgan and Christopher Elson, This Incredible Lifehas an audio described performance with touch tour on 4 October, and a Dementia Friendly Performance supported by workshops and activities on 5 October.

On 17 - 20 October, Motherlode Theatre presents its latest show Exodus– and every performance of this will also be captioned. It is Aberd’air, South Wales. The night the last factory closed. Four neighbours build a plane in an allotment and take off down the high street, past the butchers, past the curry house, and above the chapel in search of a life free from politics and the grind. Blisteringly funny, this heartwarming drama accompanied by live original score and tantalising visuals is a new adventure from the valleys that makes anything seem possible.

Marketing Manager Megan Price comments:

“Providing our audiences with shows, performances and events that are accessible is so important to us here at Chapter, and we’re delighted that this Autumn season is a real showcase for how creative and integrated this accessibility can be.”

Other performance highlights of the season include: an arresting untraditional version of Macbethfrom Volcano: Gwyn Emberton and Eddie Ladd in residency at Chapter creating a new piece of work which interrogates the notion of transformation from a transversal viewpoint; and a cabaret show for families that explores gender stereotypes through laughter and sing-a-longs.

The gallery at Chapter will be exhibiting the James Richards curated collection of work, A Slight Ache,until the end of September. Focusing on work that uses materials drawn from every-day life but that possess a visceral emotional intensity and suggestions of ritual and performance, exhibiting artists include Dani ReStak and Torsten Slama, Tolia Astakhishvili, Cathy Wilkes and JX Williams. Chapter’s lightbox at the front of the building and the caffi bar will house the work of Cornelia Baltes until 7 October. Baltes’ brightly coloured paintings combine simplicity with humour and playfulness, with real world observations stripped back to their simplest form, creating new abstract patterns and rhythms.

From 20 October, the gallery space will house the critically acclaimed Spite Your Face, an exhibition of work by Rachel Maclean. Referencing the Italian folk-tale The Adventures of Pinocchio, Spite Your Faceadvances a powerful social critique, exploring underlying fears and desires that characterise the contemporary zeitgeist. Set across two worlds – with a glittering, materialistic and celebrity-obsessed upper world, and a dark, dank and impoverished lower world – the lure of wealth and adoration entices a destitute young boy into the shimmering riches of the kingdom above. Written in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, and during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the story is steeped in the political flux and uncertainty of our time. Spite Your Faceraises issues including the abuse of patriarchal power, capitalist deception, exploitation and the destructive trappings of wealth and fame, all in Maclean’s typically direct and acerbic style.

Chapter’s cinemas will be as busy as ever throughout Autumn as well, with screenings and seasons including: Viva Varda!, celebrating the influential filmmaker Agnes Varda in her 90thyear with a collection of her work and the joyous latest film Faces Places; British Voices, a collection of films including The More You Ignore Mestarring Jo Brand and Sheridan Smith, andYardie, about a young Jamaican navigating the drug-dealing underworld of 1980s London, directed by Iris Elba; American in the Margins, a series of screenings including The Misadventure of Cameron Post about a teenage girl forced into a gay conversion centre, and Blackkklansmanwhich tells the astonishing true story of how an African-American police detective was granted membership to the Ku Klux Klan; and the continuation of Anim18, a year-long celebration of British animation.

For more information on Autumn 2018 at Chapter and to book tickets,call Chapter’s Box Office on 029 2030 4400 or visit

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Alice Baynham
Tuesday, August 21, 2018back



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