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Performances for the Curious is back with a new Autumn Season celebrating individuality, promoting diversity and supporting Welsh talent     

Performances for the Curious is back with a new Autumn Season celebrating individuality, promoting diversity and supporting Welsh talent
 Performances for the Curious is back for its second season at Wales Millennium Centre this autumn, with a programme of theatre and performance to celebrate individuality, promote diversity and showcase Welsh talent alongside some of the best international performers and boundary-pushing companies.

Audiences can unleash their curiosity by choosing from over 25 performances which span comedy, music, drag, theatre, cabaret, dance, storytelling and burlesque. From family-friendly shows to hard-hitting adult drama, Performances for the Curious runs from 6 October to 31 December across Wales Millennium Centre’s 250-seat Weston Studio theatre and its lively cabaret bar, ffresh.

Following on from the first Performances for the Curious season in spring which was largely led or inspired by female artists, this second season’s programme focuses on diversity, celebrating individuality and championing fair representation of our society on stage.

Season highlights from boundary-pushing companies include Tuck (24 Oct – 3 Nov) – Neontopia’s new bilingual play set in the Cardiff Drag scene, written by Alun Saunders; The Last Five Years (9 – 17 Nov) – a professional premiere in Wales for Leeway Productions’ version of Jason Robert Brown’s international hit musical, staged with integrated sign language and closed captioning for D/deaf audiences; and Bullish (20 – 24 Nov) – a mythical new play from Milk presents, exploring trans-masculine gender and identity, from the makers of smash hit Joan (Stage Award winner).

Closing the season with full glamour and glitz will be global cabaret sensation Le Gateau Chocolat, who presents two unique shows. Icons (18 – 22 Dec) is Le Gateau Chocolat’s latest work, exploring the songs and music of his personal icons, including Kate Bush, Whitney, Meatloaf and Pavarotti. While his second show, Duckie (20 – 31 Dec), is a family-friendly reimaging of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, with a message of tolerance and self-acceptance at its core.

Sarah Leigh, General Manager: Arts and Creative at Wales Millennium Centre said:

“We’re buzzing with excitement for this Performances for the Curious season, after the success of our first season in spring which attracted lots of new people to the Centre as well as our loyal visitors. This autumn, we welcome world-renowned performer Le Gateau Chocolat and we host the premiere of a ground-breaking accessible production of The Last Five Years. We’re also proud to support Welsh artists and companies including Neontopia, our Centre residents Hijinx, and Connie Orff – our favourite bilingual Drag Queen! And productions such as Humanequin and Behind the Label show us the importance of how the arts can give a platform and a voice to those who need it most.”

Real Voices

The Performances for the Curious autumn season programme aims to promote diversity and support under-represented groups with having a voice on the stage. In Humanequin (20 – 24 Nov), three transgender actors ask audiences to just listen and hear their truth, in a play that has been created alongside members of TransForm Cymru and students from Radyr Comprehensive School to educate, challenge and provoke conversation about what it means to be trans in 2018.

Wales Millennium Centre, Theatre versus Oppression and The Wallich have been supporting a group of people from South Wales who have experienced misfortune – whether trauma, addiction, homelessness or mental health problems – through applied theatre project, Behind the Label (13 & 14 Dec). Culminating in a fully staged performance created by the group over an 18-week theatre skills programme, Behind the Label shares the real-life stories from society’s invisible people.

And writer, comedian and underclass amputee, Jackie Hagan, performs This is Not a Safe Space (1 Dec), a new solo show about life on disability benefits, featuring the real voices of proper skint disabled people Jackie knows. Winner of the 2018 Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show, This is Not a Safe Space will be British Sign Language Interpreted and is commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists.


Accessible Performances

As well as programming a diverse range of voices, there has been a real focus on increasing the offer of accessible performances in this autumn’s Performances for the Curious season. In The Last Five Years (9 – 17 Nov), director Angharad Lee of Leeway Productions has developed the concept of fully integrating sign language into the production with award-winning choreographer, Mark Smith, of Deaf Men Dancing. With British Sign Language organically embedded into the choreography throughout, plus closed captioning and a Touch Tour (13-17 Nov performances), The Last Five Years can be enjoyed by all.

British Sign Language Interpretation will also be offered for This is Not a Safe Space (1 Dec), Hijinx Odyssey’s sparkling new family production, Hansel, Gedeon and The Grimms’ Wood (6 – 8 Dec), which features a large cast of disabled and non-disabled performers, and Connie: Christmas is Orff (15 Dec), a new Christmas show from bilingual drag queen and host of this year’s Pride Cymru main stage, Connie Orff.

Every performance of Bullish (20 – 24 Nov) will be captioned using the Difference Engine app, making the show accessible for D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences, as well as those who struggle with spoken English. Audiences will be able to access the closed captions by downloading the app on their own hand-held device.

Audio Description will be available on the 7 December performance of Hijinx Odyssey’s Hansel, Gedeon and The Grimms’ Wood as well as the 21 December performance of Le Gateau Chocolat’s Icons.

And Relaxed Performances, designed for audiences with additional needs, including those on the autistic spectrum, will be held for Le Gateau Chocolat’s Icons on 21 December and for family show Duckie on 23 December (11am), 28 December (11am) and 30 December (3pm).


Supporting talent in Wales

As well as some of the brightest UK and international touring companies, the Performances for the Curious autumn season showcases many Wales-based companies and artists, including some who have received support from Wales Millennium Centre’s Artist Development programme. Through rehearsal space, mentoring, a programme of free workshops and hosting scratch nights (26 – 30 Nov) for works in progress, the Centre is continually supporting local artists to reach their potential.

Wales Millennium Centre has been supporting Welsh company Neontopia with the development of their new bilingual play Tuck, which opens the Performances for the Curious autumn season in cabaret space, ffresh on 24 October. Wales Millennium Centre have collaborated with Neontopia since 2015, recognising their ambition as a bilingual theatre company and their creative talent.

Alun Saunders, Neontopia co-founder and Writer of Tuck said:

“Tuck is a play about Drag, about ‘mainstream’ society’s new-found fascination with it, the joy it brings, and how the LGBT+ community - of whom I’m a fully paid-up member - adapts to the idea of being accepted, embraced and/or absorbed. It’s about what each of us - whoever we are - will do to protect ourselves.”

Mared Swain, Neontopia co-founder and Director of Tuck said:

“For many of us, we live on a linguistic spectrum where we speak, use, read, see or hear Cymraeg in our day-to-day lives - it’s a living language, and this bilingual life rightly deserves to be reflected in art. This is where Neontopia steps in - our challenge is to offer an exciting theatrical experience to those who are fluent in Welsh, are actively learning the language and to those with no knowledge of it.”


Alun also performs as bilingual drag artist, Connie Orff, and will be performing in ffresh for a special one-night Christmas show on 15 December.

Other Welsh artists and events in Wales Millennium Centre’s cabaret space, ffresh include: Black History Month with three consecutive Saturday evening events based on the Windrush Generation (6 Oct), African Dance, Tales and Tradition (13 Oct) and Youth Icons (20 Oct); Nelson Mandela: Songs and Stories (9 Nov) hosted by Cardiff’s Keith Murrell; Butetown’s own Leroy Brito, with his brand new show 3 Dads (16 & 17 Nov); Hello Cabaret (23 Nov), Cardiff’s regular cabaret night; Welsh showgirl Rachel Williams (24 Nov); Tiger Bay Presents (29 & 30 Nov ) who return with Reggae, Soul and African inspired sounds from Cardiff musicians; Cardiff Cabaret Club present Ffresh Burlesque (1 Dec); Cappuccino Girls (6 Dec) starring BBC Radio Wales’ Mal Pope; Cabarela Nadolig (13 Dec) with a festive night of cabaret performed in Welsh; and Cardiff-based cabaret collective Mary Bijou (14 Dec) are back with their annual Christmas extravaganza.


Get festive in ffresh

As well as a host of Welsh talent, audiences in ffresh can enjoy a selection of live jazz, bop and boogaloo with Clifford Brown / Max Roach Revisited (8 Nov), London’s Fraser & The Alibis (22 Nov) and King for a Day: The Nat King Cole Story (7 Dec) featuring jazz vocalist, Atila. House of Broadway (10 Nov) will be serving up musical theatre classics performed by a West End cast. And New York’s Tori Scott flies in with her hilarious Christmas show Vodka is the Reason for the Season (8 Dec), including songs by Dolly Parton, Madonna, Michael Jackson and more.

Wales Millennium Centre welcomes new Head of Food and Beverage, Marc Simcox, who has helped to create a new Cabaret Menu for this autumn’s Performances for the Curious season. The menu features Small Plates, Snacks and Boards, with a large selection of Welsh products and special food and drink offers to give audiences a full evening entertainment experience. Plus 2-for-1 cocktails are available in ffresh every day.

With a programme of live jazz, cabaret, burlesque, comedy and more from 6 October to 15 December, visitors can feed their mind, belly and soul in ffresh this festive season.

Performances for the Curious
Autumn Season Listings
6 October – 31 December 2018
Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL
wmc.org.uk/curious
Black History Month in ffresh
6, 13 & 20 October
ffresh
16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
A series of Saturday evening events presented by Race Council Cymru and Wales Millennium Centre around the themes of The Windrush Generation (6 Oct), African Dance and Storytelling (13 Oct) and Youth Icons (20 Oct).

Tuck
24 October – 3 November
ffresh
16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Following their acclaimed co-production of Alun Saunders’ award-winning play, A Good Clean Heart, Neontopia and Wales Millennium Centre return with this brand new, exhilarating piece of bilingual theatre, set in the Cardiff Drag scene.

Clifford Brown / Max Roach Revisted
8 November
ffresh
16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Clifford Brown and Max Roach formed a world-changing quintet in 1954, described by The New York Times as “perhaps the definitive bop group until Mr. Brown’s fatal automobile accident in 1956”. Now, some of Cardiff’s finest musicians come together to reimagine their work and bring the original sounds into the 21st century.

Nelson Mandela: Songs & Stories
9 November
ffresh
16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Joined by local musicians and writers of spoken word, Keith Murrell presents a night of songs and stories inspired by the life of Nelson Mandela. This event has been programmed alongside the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, a major free exhibition at Wales Millennium Centre from 5 October to 18 November.

The Last Five Years
9 – 17 November
Weston Studio
12+ £12 8pm start
Communication breakdown is at the heart of the Welsh premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s international hit musical which follows a passionate five-year relationship of a New York couple. This new accessible production staged with integrated sign language is by Leeway Productions, supported by Wales Millennium Centre, in partnership with Blackwood Miners Institute.

Every performance of The Last Five Years is accessible to D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audience members, with closed captioning and integrated sign language to be enjoyed by all.
House of Broadway
10 November
ffresh
16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
House of Broadway are back with a night of musical theatre performed by a stellar West End cast. From moments of musical comedy to echo the likes of Fascinating Aida, through to the hits that keep pulling audiences back to Broadway, its cabaret at its best.
Leroy Brito: 3 Dads
16 - 17 November
ffresh
16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Following Butetown’s Finest, his sold out 2017 performance, Leroy returns with his brand new show. 3 Dads is a personal look at his experience of fatherhood, as he recalls his experience of the three different men – ages 18, 24, 34 – that he was when his children were born. This is a heartfelt tale, looking at the universal challenges and differences of being a dad through the eyes of 3 different versions of himself.

Bullish
20 - 24 November
Weston Studio
12+ £12 – First Night- Pay What You Decide
Various start times
From the makers of smash hit Joan (Off West End, Fringe First and Stage Award winner) Milk Presents brings you Bullish, a mythical new play with songs. Negotiating ancient and new territories in trans-masculine gender and identity, follow Asterion, better known as the blood thirsty Minotaur of Ancient Crete, through this cabaret odyssey. Bullish is a story about packing, passing, and gambling your way out of the labyrinth.

Humanequin
20 – 24 November 2018
Weston Studio
12+ £12
Various start times
Humanequin is a play about gender, identity and finding your family in the unlikeliest of places. With director Jain Boon and writer Kelly Jones, the actors worked alongside members of TransForm Cymru and students from Radyr Comprehensive School to devise Humanequin. They shared their common and individual stories and experiences to create a performance which educates, challenges and provokes conversation about what it means to be trans in 2018.

Fraser and the Alibis
22 November
ffresh
16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
This London based four-piece play the hippest in Bop, Blues and Boogaloo – channeling the intensity and feel-good effect of the dance hall era, combined with the intricacies of later jazz movements.

Hello Cabaret
23 November
ffresh
16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Hello Cabaret is back with another exciting evening of stars, showstoppers and stories from the world of musical theatre.

Rachel Williams Live!
24 November
ffresh
16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
The Welsh showgirl returns with her dazzling solo show. A dancer’s life lived in the spotlight, told through spectacular song and dance, comedic anecdotes and an eclectic mix of musical numbers.

Tiger Bay Presents
29 - 30 November
ffresh
16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Over two nights, ffresh will be blessed with the sounds of Reggae, Soul and African inspired music by both established and up-and-coming artists. Curated by Gavin Porter, these very special guests will take the audience on a musical journey of collaboration, defying boundaries and crossing genres.

This is Not a Safe Space
1 December
Weston Studio
14+ £12 8pm start
From award-winning writer and comedian Jackie Hagan comes a new show about life on disability benefits. Expect lots of laughter, maybe some tears, and one working class amputee steering the show. Winner of the 2018 Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show. There will be a post-show discussion following the performance. Commissioned by Unlimited. Supported with funding from BlueSCI Wellbeing, Contact and Full Circle Arts. Produced by Jackie Hagan & Big Feast.

Cappuccino Girls
6 December
ffresh
16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Demi, Connie and Hillary meet every day to share their secrets, hopes and dreams over a cappuccino. But when Eddie the new barista walks into their cafe, you know their lives will never, ever, be the same again…Starring BBC Radio Wales’ Mal Pope.

Hansel, Gedeon and the Grimms' Wood
6 – 8 December
Weston Studio
6+ £9 (Under 16s £6) Various start times
This Christmas, join Odyssey – Hijinx’s community theatre group – as they follow Hansel and Gedeon on their adventure into the woods. Hansel, Gedeon and the Grimms’ Wood is a sparkling new production for the whole family, written by Llinos Mai, and features a large cast of disabled and non-disabled performers from Odyssey and Woodlands High School.
King for a Day: The Nat King Cole story, featuring Atila
7 December
ffresh
16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Featuring Atila King for a Day is the brand new concert from acclaimed jazz vocalist, Atila, celebrating one of the defining voices of the 20th century: Nat King Cole.

Tori Scott: Vodka Is The Reason For The Season
8 December
ffresh
16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
New York’s Tori Scott brings her hilarious Christmas show, Vodka is the Reason for the Season to Cardiff. This hysterical and heartwarming show includes songs by Dolly Parton, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and many more.

Cabarela Nadolig
13 December 2018
ffresh
16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Cabarela is back for Christmas. The ideal event for a Christmas party, or just one more excuse to drink cocktails every day in December!

Behind the Label
13 – 14 December
Weston Studio
16+ £12 8pm start
Imagine being looked at but not seen; heard but ignored. This gritty applied theatre production shares the real-life stories from society’s invisible people. Created over an 18-week skills programme by people who have experienced misfortune – whether trauma, addiction, homelessness or mental health problems – and been labelled by society. They’re ready to strip back the labels and share their personal journeys full of twists and turns, dead ends and new directions. A Theatre Versus Oppression project in partnership with Wales Millennium Centre and The Wallich.

Mary Bijou
14 December
ffresh
16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Mary Bijou’s annual Christmas extravaganza returns! Start the Christmas party season in style and join us for a night of wintery cabaret and dodgy Santa comedy.

Connie: Christmas is Orff
15 December 2018
ffresh
16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Performed in English and in Welsh
Take the stress out of the stress-tive season by visiting Connie Orff’s grotto to enjoy her mulled reflections on Christmas.

Le Gateau Chocolat ‘Icons’
18 – 22 December
Weston Studio
Preview: 18 December- Pay what you decide
14+ (No under 2s) £12 8pm start
Opera and lycra loving cabaret sensation Le Gateau Chocolat storms into Cardiff with his latest work, Icons. Walking the tightrope between his public and private personas, Le Gateau Chocolat explores the people, the moments, the relationships, the art that have come to shape us and the ideals we aspire to. Accompanied by a live band, Gateau unashamedly weaves through an eclectic mix of music: pop, opera, rock; Kate Bush, Whitney, Meatloaf, Pavarotti... investigating his own objects of worship through the songs and music of his personal icons.

Le Gateau Chocolat ‘Duckie’
20 – 31 December
Weston Studio
3+ £10 Various start times
Duckie is a reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling with a message of tolerance and self-acceptance at its core. Family friendly glamour and glitz takes centre stage as critically
acclaimed cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat breaks out of his shell in his first work for children, a classic tale of identity and belonging. Supported by Arts Council England. Seed Commissioners New Wolsey Theatre, Colchester Arts Centre & Norwich Arts Centre.



Perfformiadau i'r Chwilfrydig yn ôl gyda Thymor yr Hydref newydd sy'n dathlu'r unigryw, yn hybu amrywiaeth ac yn cefnogi doniau Cymru



Mae Perfformiadau i'r Chwilfrydig yn ôl ar gyfer ei ail dymor yng Nghanolfan Mileniwm Cymru yr hydref yma, gyda rhaglen o theatr a pherfformiadau sy'n dathlu'r unigryw, yn hybu amrywiaeth ac yn arddangos doniau Cymru ochr yn ochr â rhai o'r cwmnïau arloesol a'r perfformwyr rhyngwladol gorau.

Gall cynulleidfaoedd fwydo'u chwilfrydedd drwy ddewis o blith dros 25 o berfformiadau sy'n amrywio o gomedi, cerddoriaeth, drag, theatr, cabare, dawns, adrodd straeon a bwrlésg. O sioeau teuluol i ddrama ddwys i oedolion, bydd Perfformiadau i'r Chwilfrydig i'w gweld rhwng 6 Hydref a 31 Rhagfyr a hynny yn theatr 250 sedd y Ganolfan, Stiwdio Weston, yn ogystal â'r bar cabare bywiog, ffresh.

Yn dilyn y tymor cyntaf o Berfformiadau i'r Chwilfrydig yn y gwanwyn oedd yn cael ei arwain a'i ysbrydoli i raddau helaeth gan artistiaid benywaidd, bydd rhaglen yr ail dymor yn canolbwyntio ar amrywiaeth, dathlu'r unigryw a hyrwyddo cynrychiolaeth deg o'n cymdeithas ar lwyfan.

Bydd uchafbwyntiau'r tymor gan gwmnïau sy'n gwthio'r ffiniau yn cynnwys Tuck (24 Hydref – 3 Tachwedd) – drama ddwyieithog newydd cwmni Neontopia gan Alun Saunders sydd wedi'i gosod yn sîn drag Caerdydd; The Last Five Years (9 – 17 Tachwedd) – première proffesiynol yng Nghymru o fersiwn cwmni cynyrchiadau Leeway o sioe gerdd ryngwladol lwyddiannus Jason Robert Brown, fydd yn cael ei llwyfannu i gynnwys iaith arwyddion a sgrindeitlau caeedig ar gyfer cynulleidfaoedd B/byddar; a Bullish (20 – 24 Tachwedd) – drama newydd o fyd y chwedlau gan gwmni Milk Presents, sy'n astudio hunaniaeth a rhywedd draws-wrywaidd, gan y cwmni a ddaeth â'r cynhyrchiad llwyddiannus Joan i ni (enillydd Gwobr Llwyfan Caeredin).

I gau'r tymor yn llawn hwyl ac asbri, bydd y seren cabare byd-eang Le Gateau Chocolat, fydd yn cyflwyno dwy sioe unigryw. Icons (18 – 22 Rhagfyr) yw sioe ddiweddaraf Le Gateau Chocolat, sy'n astudio caneuon a cherddoriaeth ei eiconau personol, gan gynnwys Kate Bush, Whitney, Meatloaf a Pavarotti. Mae ei ail sioe, Duckie (20 – 31 Rhagfyr), yn ailgread o hanes yr Hwyaden Fach Hyll Hans Christian Andersen sy'n addas i'r teulu cyfan ac yn pwysleisio pwysigrwydd goddefgarwch a derbyn eich hunan.

Meddai Sarah Leigh, Prif Reolwr: Celfyddydau a'r Creadigol yng Nghanolfan Mileniwm Cymru:

"Rydyn ni'n llawn cyffro am y tymor yma o Berfformiadau i'r Chwilfrydig, ar ôl llwyddiant ein tymor cyntaf yn y gwanwyn a ddenodd lawer o bobl newydd i'r Ganolfan yn ogystal â'r hen ffyddloniaid. Y tymor yma, rydyn ni'n croesawu perfformiad byd-enwog Le Gateau Chocolat ac yn cynnal première o gynhyrchiad hygyrch arloesol o The Last Five Years. Rydyn ni hefyd yn falch iawn o gael croesawu cwmnïau ac artistiaid Cymru, gan gynnwys Neontopia, ein preswylwyr yn y Ganolfan Hijinx, a Connie Orff – ein hoff Frenhines Ddrag ddwyieithog! Ar ben hynny, mae cynyrchiadau fel Humanequin a Behind the Label yn dangos pwysigrwydd rhoi llwyfan a llais i'r rhai sydd fwyaf o'i angen."

Lleisiau Go Iawn

Nod rhaglen tymor yr hydref Chwilfrydig yw hybu amrywiaeth a chefnogi grwpiau sydd heb gynrychiolaeth ddigonol i gael llais ar y llwyfan. Yn Humanequin (20 – 24 Tachwedd), mae tri actor trawsryweddol yn gofyn i'r gynulleidfa wrando a chlywed eu gwirionedd nhw, mewn drama sydd wedi'i chreu ochr yn ochr ag aelodau o brosiect Trawsnewid Cymru a disgyblion o Ysgol Gyfun Radur er mwyn addysgu, herio a sbarduno sgwrs am ystyr bod yn draws yn 2018.

Mae Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru, Theatr yn Erbyn Gormes a'r Wallich wedi bod yn cefnogi grŵp o bobl o'r de-ddwyrain sydd wedi profi anffawd – boed hynny drwy anaf, caethiwed, digartrefedd neu broblemau iechyd meddwl – drwy brosiect theatr cymwysedig Behind the Label (13 a 14 Rhagfyr). Penllanw'r prosiect fydd perfformiad wedi'i lwyfannu'n llawn sydd wedi'i greu gan y grŵp mewn rhaglen sgiliau theatr 18 wythnos o hyd, a fydd yn rhannu straeon go iawn pobl anweledig ein cymdeithas.

Bydd y sgwenwraig, y ddigrifwraig a merch ungoes yr is-ddosbarth, Jackie Hagan, yn perfformio This is Not a Safe Space (1 Rhagfyr), sioe un fenyw newydd am fywyd ar fudd-daliadau anabledd, gan gynnwys lleisiau go iawn pobl anabl mae Jackie'n eu nabod sy'n wirioneddol dlawd. This is Not a Safe Space yw enillydd Gwobr Saboteur 2018 am Sioe Gair Llafar Orau. Mae wedi'i chomisiynu a'i chefnogi gan Unlimited, sy'n dathlu gwaith artistiaid anabl, a bydd dehongliad o'r sioe yn Iaith Arwyddion Prydain.


Perfformiadau Hygyrch

Yn ogystal â chynnwys amrywiaeth eang o leisiau yn y rhaglen, mae pwyslais go iawn wedi bod ar gynyddu'r ddarpariaeth o berfformiadau hygyrch yn rhaglen tymor yr hydref o Berfformiadau i'r Chwilfrydig. Yn The Last Five Years (9 – 17 Tachwedd), mae Angharad Lee o gwmni cynyrchiadau Leeway wedi datblygu'r cysyniad o integreiddio iaith arwyddion yn llwyr i'r cynhyrchiad, gyda'r coreograffydd Mark Smith o Deaf Men Dancing. Drwy gynnwys Iaith Arwyddion Prydain yng nghoreograffi'r holl sioe mewn ffordd organig, yn ogystal â darparu sgrindeitlau caeedig a Thaith Gyffwrdd (perfformiadau 13 – 17 Tachwedd), bydd modd i bawb fwynhau The Last Five Years.

Bydd dehongliad yn Iaith Arwyddion Prydain hefyd ar gyfer This is Not a Safe Space (1 Rhagfyr), cynhyrchiad teuluol newydd hyfryd Hijinx Odyssey, Hansel, Gedeon and The Grimms' Wood (6 – 8 Rhagfyr), sy'n cynnwys cast mawr o berfformwyr anabl a pherfformwyr nad ydyn nhw'n anabl, a Connie: Christmas is Orff (15 Rhagfyr), sioe Nadolig newydd gan y frenhines ddrag ddwyieithog a chyflwynwraig prif lwyfan Pride Cymru eleni, Connie Orff.

Bydd pob perfformiad o Bullish (20 – 24 Tachwedd) yn cynnwys sgrindeitlau gan ddefnyddio ap Difference Engine, gan wneud y sioe yn hygyrch i gynulleidfaoedd B/byddar, trwm eu clyw ac sydd wedi colli eu clyw, yn ogystal â'r rhai sy'n cael trafferth deall Saesneg llafar. Bydd cynulleidfaoedd yn gallu gweld y sgrindeitlau drwy lwytho'r ap i lawr i'w ffôn glyfar eu hunain.

Bydd Disgrifiadau Sain ar gael ar berfformiad 7 Rhagfyr o Hansel, Gedeon and The Grimms' Wood Hijinx Odyssey, yn ogystal â pherfformiad 21 Rhagfyr o Icons Le Gateau Chocolat.

Bydd Perfformiadau Ymlaciedig, sydd wedi'u trefnu ar gyfer cynulleidfaoedd ag anghenion ychwanegol, gan gynnwys rhai ar y sbectrwm awtistig, yn cael eu cynnal ar gyfer Icons Le Gateau Chocolat ar 21 Rhagfyr ac ar gyfer y sioe deuluol Duckie ar 23 Rhagfyr (11am), 28 Rhagfyr (11am) a 30 Rhagfyr (3pm).


Cefnogi doniau Cymru

Yn ogystal â rhai o gwmnïau teithio gorau gwledydd Prydain a'r byd, bydd tymor yr hydref Perfformiadau i'r Chwilfrydig hefyd yn arddangos doniau llawer o artistiaid a chwmnïau o Gymru, gan gynnwys rhai sydd wedi cael cymorth gan raglen Datblygu Artistiaid Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru. Drwy roi gofod ymarfer, mentora, rhaglen o weithdai am ddim a chynnal nosweithiau rhoi cynnig arni (26 – 30 Tachwedd) ar gyfer gwaith sydd ar y gweill, mae'r Ganolfan yn mynd ati'n barhaus i gefnogi artistiaid lleol i gyrraedd eu potensial.

Mae Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru wedi bod yn cefnogi'r cwmni o Gymru, Neontopia, gyda datblygu eu drama ddwyieithog newydd Tuck, fydd yn agor tymor yr hydref Perfformiadau i'r Chwilfrydig yn ein gofod cabare, ffresh, ar 24 Hydref. Mae Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru wedi bod yn cydweithio â chwmni Neontopia ers 2015, gan gydnabod eu huchelgais fel cwmni theatr dwyieithog yn ogystal â'u doniau creadigol.

Meddai Alun Saunders, cyd-sylfaenydd Neontopia ac Awdur Tuck:

"Drama yw Tuck sy'n trafod Drag, diddordeb newydd cymdeithas 'brif ffrwd' ynddo, y llawenydd sy'n rhan ohono, a'r ffordd mae'r gymuned LHDT+, cymuned rydw i'n aelod llawn a brwd ohoni, yn addasu i'r syniad o gael eich derbyn, eich croesawu a/neu eich traflyncu. Mae'n ymwneud â beth fydd pob un ohonon ni – pwy bynnag ydyn ni – yn ei wneud i'n diogelu ni ein hunain."

Meddai Mared Swain, cyd-sylfaenydd Neontopia a Chyfarwyddwr Tuck:

"I lawer ohonon ni, rydyn ni'n byw ar sbectrwm ieithyddol lle rydyn ni'n siarad, yn defnyddio, yn darllen, yn gweld neu'n clywed y Gymraeg yn ein bywydau bob dydd – rydyn ni'n byw yn Gymraeg, ac mae'r bywyd dwyieithog yma yn haeddu cael ei adlewyrchu yn y byd celfyddydol. Dyna lle mae Neontopia yn camu i'r adwy – ein her ni yw cynnig profiad theatraidd cyffrous i'r rhai sy'n rhugl yn y Gymraeg, y rhai sydd wrthi'n ei dysgu a'r rhai nad ydyn nhw'n ei siarad o gwbl."

Mae Alun hefyd yn perfformio fel artist drag dwyieithog, sef Connie Orff, a bydd yn perfformio yn ffresh ar gyfer sioe Nadolig am un noson arbennig ar 15 Rhagfyr.

Bydd digwyddiadau ac artistiaid eraill o Gymru yng ngofod cabare Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru, ffresh, yn cynnwys: Mis Hanes Pobl Dduon gyda digwyddiadau ar dair nos Sadwrn yn olynol yn ymwneud â Chenhedlaeth Windrush (6 Hydref); Traddodiad, Straeon a Dawns Affricanaidd (13 Hydref) ac Eiconau Ifanc (20 Hydref); Nelson Mandela; Caneuon a Straeon (9 Tachwedd) yn cael eu cynnal gan Keith Murrell o Gaerdydd; sioe newydd sbon Leroy Brito o Drebiwt, 3 Dads (16 ac 17 Tachwedd); Hello Cabaret (23 Tachwedd), sef noson gabare reolaidd Caerdydd; Cymraes y sioeau, Rachel Williams (24 Tachwedd); Bae Teigr yn Cyflwyno (29 a 30 Tachwedd) sy'n dychwelyd gyda seiniau gan gerddorion o Gaerdydd sydd wedi'u hysbrydoli gan gerddoriaeth Affricanaidd, Enaid a Reggae; Clwb Cabare Caerdydd yn cyflwyno Bwrlésg Ffresh (1 Rhagfyr); Cappuccino Girls (6 Rhagfyr) gyda chyflwynydd BBC Radio Wales, Mal Pope; Cabarela Nadolig (13 Rhagfyr) gyda noson nadoligaidd o gabare Cymraeg; a bydd y cywaith cabare o Gaerdydd Mary Bijou (14 Rhagfyr) yn ôl gyda'u sioe Nadolig fawr flynyddol.


Hwyl yr ŵyl yn ffresh

Yn ogystal â llu o ddoniau o Gymru, bydd cynulleidfaoedd ffresh yn gallu mwynhau detholiad o jazz, bop a boogaloo gyda Clifford Brown / Max Roach Revisited (8 Tachwedd), Fraser & The Alibis o Lundain (22 Tachwedd) a King for a Day: The Nat King Cole Story (7 Rhagfyr) yn cynnwys y lleisydd jazz, Atila. Bydd House of Broadway (10 Tachwedd) yn cyflwyno clasuron o fyd y sioe gerdd wedi'u perfformio gan gast o'r West End. A bydd Tori Scott o Efrog Newydd yn hedfan i mewn gyda'i sioe Nadolig ddoniol Vodka is the Reason for the Season (8 Rhagfyr), fydd yn cynnwys caneuon gan Dolly Parton, Madonna, Michael Jackson a mwy.

Mae Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru yn falch o groesawu'r Pennaeth Bwyd a Diodydd newydd, Marc Simcox, sydd wedi helpu i greu Bwydlen Cabare newydd Perfformiadau ar gyfer y Chwilfrydig y tymor yma. Mae'r fwydlen yn cynnwys Platiau Bach, Byrbrydau a Bwydfyrddau, gyda detholiad helaeth o gynnyrch Cymru a chynigion bwyd a diod arbennig er mwyn sicrhau bod cynulleidfaoedd yn cael profiad adloniannol sy'n para noson gyfan. Heb anghofio bod coctels 2-am-bris-1 ar gael yn ffresh bob dydd.

Gyda rhaglen o jazz byw, cabare, bwrlésg, comedi a mwy rhwng 6 Hydref a 15 Rhagfyr, mae rhywbeth i fwydo'r meddwl, y bol a'r enaid yn ffresh dros yr ŵyl eleni.

Perfformiadau i’r Chwilfrydig
Rhestriadau Tymor Yr Hydref
6 Hydref – 31 Rhagfyr 2018
Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru, Bute Place, Caerdydd CF10 5AL
https://www.wmc.org.uk/cy/digwyddiadur/tymhorau/perfformiadau-ir-chwilfrydig/

Mis Hanes Pobl Dduon yn ffresh
6, 13 & 20 October
ffresh
16+ £15 drysau 8pm, cychwyn 9pm
Cyfres o berfformiadau wedi eu cyflwyno gan Race Council Cymru a Chanolfan Mileniwm Cymru o amgylch themau Cenhedlaeth Windrush (6 Hydref), Dawnsio Affricanaidd, Straeon a Thraddodiadau (13 Hydref) ac Eiconau Ifanc (20 Hydref)

Tuck
24 Hydref – 3 Tachwedd
ffresh
16+ £15 drysau 8pm, cychwyn 9pm
Yn dilyn eu cyd-gynhyrchiad o ddrama Alun Saunders, daw Neontopia nol i Ganolfan Mileniwm Cymru a’u cynhyrchiad deinamig, amlieithog newydd, Tuck, wedi’i osod yng nghrombil sin Drag y ddinas.
Clifford Brown / Max Roach Revisted
8 Tachwedd
ffresh
16+ £15 drysau 8pm, cychwyn 9pm
Ffurfiodd Clifford Brown a Max Roach bumawd chwyldroadol yn 1954, a chawsant eu disgrifio gan The New York Times fel "... y grŵp bop diffiniol hyd at ddamwain fodurol marwol Mr Brown yn 1956". Nawr, mae rhai o gerddorion gorau Caerdydd yn dod at ei gilydd i ail-ddychmygu eu gwaith ac i gyflwyno'r synau gwreiddiol i'r 21ain ganrif.

Nelson Mandela: Songs & Stories
9 Tachwedd
ffresh
16+ £15 drysau 8pm, cychwyn 9pm
Bydd llu o gerddorion a beirdd gair llafar lleol yn ymuno a Keith Murrell am noson o gerddoriaeth a straeon wedi'u hysbrydoli gan fywyd Nelson Mandela. Caiff y digwyddiad yma ei rhaglennu ochr yn ochr â Nelson Mandela: Arddangosfa Canmlwyddiant, arddangosfa am ddim yng Nghanolfan Mileniwm Cymru o 5 Hydref i 18 Tachwedd.

The Last Five Years
9 – 17 Tachwedd
Stiwdio Weston
12+ £12 cychwyn 8pm
Mae’r llwyddiant rhyngwladol, The Last Five Years, yn sioe ddoniol a theimladwy gyda chaneuon bachog a chofiadwy. Cyfuna’r cynhyrchiad arloesol yma sgor ddirdynnol gydag iaith arwyddion a dawnsio hardd gan y coreograffydd mawr ei glod, Mark Smith, sy’n Fyddar. Gan olrhain perthynas pum mlynedd rhwng Cathy a Jamie yn Efrog Newydd, dyma stori fydd yn cyffwrdd a’r galon wrth drafod darganfod a cholli cariad. Cynyrchiadau Leeway gyda chefnogaeth Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru, mewn partneriaeth a Sefydliad y Glowyr Coed Duon.

Mae pob perfformiad o The Last Five Years yn hygyrch i bobl sy’n F/fyddar, rhai sydd wedi colli eu clyw, a phobl trwm eu clyw, gyda chapsiynau caeedig ac iaith arwyddion integredig.

House of Broadway
10 Tachwedd
ffresh
16+ £15 drysau 8pm, cychwyn 9pm
Mae House of Broadway yn ol gyda noson o berfformiadau aruthrol y theatr gerdd gyda chast o ser y West End. O eiliadau o gomedi cerddorol i adleisiau o Fascinating Aida, hyd at y llwyddiannau sy'n dal i dynnu cynulleidfaoedd yn ol i Broadway, dyma beth yw cabaret ar ei orau.
Leroy Brito: 3 Dads
16 - 17 Tachwedd
ffresh
16+ £15 drysau 8pm, cychwyn 9pm
Yn dilyn Butetown’s Finest, ei berfformiad hynod lwyddiannus yn 2017, mae Leroy yn dychwelyd gyda'i sioe newydd sbon. Mae 3 Dads yn bwrw golwg bersonol ar ei brofiad o fod yn dad, wrth iddo gofio ei brofiad o'r tri dyn gwahanol – 18, 24 a 34 oed – sef ei oedran pan aned pob un o’i blant. Mae hon yn stori o'r galon sy’n ystyried yr heriau cyffredinol o fod yn dad a'r gwahaniaethau drwy lygaid tair fersiwn wahanol o’i hun.

Bullish
20 - 24 Tachwedd
Stiwdio Weston
12+ £12 – Noson gyntaf- Talwch fel y mynnwch
Amseroedd cychwyn amrywiol
Gan y bobl y tu ol i'r llwyddiant ysgubol Joan (enillydd Gwobr oddi ar West End, Fringe First a Gwobr Stage) mae Milk Presents yn cyflwyno Bullish, drama fytholegol newydd gyda chaneuon. Gan lywio’r ffordd drwy diroedd hynafol a newydd ym maes rhywedd a hunaniaeth traws-wrywaidd, dilynwch Asterion, Minotor Creta hynafol sy’n sychedig am waed, ar ei odysei cabaret. Dyma stori am bacio, pasio a gamblo’ch ffordd allan o’r ddrysfa.



Humanequin
20 – 24 Tachwedd
Stiwdio Weston
12+ £12
Amseroedd cychwyn amrywiol
Mae Humanequin yn ddrama am rywedd, hunaniaeth a chael hyd i deulu yn y llefydd mwyaf annhebygol. Gyda’r cyfarwyddwr Jain Boon a’r ysgrifenwraig Kelly Jones, mae’r actorion wedi gweithio law yn llaw ag aelodau o TransForm Cymru a disgyblion o Ysgol Uwchradd Radyr er mwyn dyfeisio Humanequin. Drwy gyfnewid profiadau tebyg a phrofiadau personol fe grewyd perfformiad sy’n addysgu, yn herio ac yn pryfocio sgwrs ynglŷn a’r hyn mae’n golygu i fod yn berson traws yn 2018.

Fraser and the Alibis
22 Tachwedd
ffresh
16+ £15 drysau 8pm, cychwyn 9pm
Mae’r band o bedwar o Lundain yn chwarae'r Bop, Blŵs a Bwgalw fwyaf 'hip' yn y byd gan sianelu dwyster a hwyl cerddoriaeth swing cyfnod y neuadd ddawns, wedi’i gyfuno a symudiadau cerddoriaeth Jazz ddiweddarach.

Hello Cabaret
23 Tachwedd
ffresh
16+ £15 drysau 8pm, cychwyn 9pm
Mae Hello Cabaret yn ol gyda noson anhygoel arall o sêr, ffefrynnau sioe gerdd a straeon o fyd theatr cerdd.

Rachel Williams Live!
24 Tachwedd
ffresh
16+ £15 drysau 8pm, cychwyn 9pm
Mae'r ferch sioe o Gymru yn dychwelyd gyda'i sioe unigol wefreiddiol. Dyma hanes bywyd dawnswraig sydd wedi byw yn y sbotolau, wedi’i hadrodd drwy gyfrwng canu a dawnsio ysblennydd, straeon comig a chyfuniad eclectig o berfformiadau cerddorol.

Tiger Bay Presents
29 - 30 November
ffresh
16+ £15 drysau 8pm, cychwyn 9pm
Am ddwy noson, bydd Ffresh yn cael y fraint o glywed cerddoriaeth a dylanwad Reggae, Soul a cherddoriaeth Affricanaidd gan artistiaid sefydledig a rhai sy'n dod i'r amlwg. Bydd y gwesteion tra arbennig yma’n ein tywys ar daith gerddorol o gydweithio, gan herio ffiniau a chroesi’r genres.

This is Not a Safe Space
1 Rhagfyr
Stiwdio Weston
14+ £12 cychwyn 8pm
Mae’r awdur a’r ddigrifwraig arobryn Jackie Hagan yn cyflwyno sioe newydd am fyw ar fudd-daliadau anabledd. Byddwch yn barod am lawer o chwerthin, ambell ddeigryn efallai, a’r ferch ddosbarth gweithiol sydd wedi colli’i choes sy’n arwain y sioe. Enillydd gwobr Saboteur 2018 am Sioe Orau’r Gair Llafar. Bydd trafodaeth yn dilyn y perfformiad. Comisiynwyd gan Unlimited. Cefnogwyd gyda chyllid gan BlueSCI Wellbeing, Contact a Full Circle Arts. Cynhyrchwyd gan Big Feast.

Cappuccino Girls
6 Rhagfyr
ffresh
16+ £15 drysau 8pm, cychwyn 9pm
Mae Demi, Connie a Hillary yn cyfarfod bob dydd i rannu eu cyfrinachau, eu gobeithion a’u breuddwydion dros baned o cappuccino. Ond pan fydd Eddie, y barista newydd, yn cerdded i mewn i'w caffi, rydych chi'n gwybod na fydd eu bywydau fyth yr un fath eto... Gyda Mal Pope BBC Radio Wales.

Hansel, Gedeon and the Grimms' Wood
6 – 8 Rhagfyr
Stiwdio Weston
6+ £9 (Dan 16 oed £6) Amseroedd cychwyn amrywiol
Y Nadolig yma ymunwch ag Odyssey, grŵp theatr gymunedol Hijinx, wrth iddyn nhw ddilyn Hansel a Gedeon ar antur i ddyfnderoedd y goedwig, mewn cynhyrchiad newydd disglair i'r teulu cyfan. Wedi'i hysgrifennu gan Llinos Mai, mae Hansel, Gedeon and the Grimms' Wood yn cynnwys cast bywiog o berfformwyr anabl a rheiny nad ydynt yn anabl o Odyssey a disgyblion o Ysgol Uwchradd Woodlands.
King for a Day: The Nat King Cole story, featuring Atila
7 Rhagfyr
ffresh
16+ £15 drysau 8pm, cychwyn 9pm
King for a Day yw’r gyngerdd newydd sbon gan y canwr jazz fawr ei glod, Alita, sy’n dathlu un o leisiau mwyaf diffiniol yr 20fed ganrif: Nat King Cole.

Tori Scott: Vodka Is The Reason For The Season
8 Rhagfyr
ffresh
16+ £15 drysau 8pm, cychwyn 9pm
Mae Tori Scott o Efrog Newydd yn dod a'i Sioe Nadoligaidd ddigrif tu hwnt, Vodka is the Reason for the Season i Gaerdydd. Mae'r sioe hysterig a chynhesol hon yn cynnwys caneuon gan Dolly Parton, Madonna, Michael Jackson, a llawer mwy.

Cabarela Nadolig
13 Rhagfyr
ffresh
16+ £15 drysau 8pm, cychwyn 9pm
Ar ol llwyddiant y Cabarela cynta’ yng Nghaerdydd, maen nhw’n ôl am y Nadolig. Un rheswm arall i yfed coctels bob dydd ym mis Rhagfyr!
Behind the Label
13 – 14 Rhagfyr
Stiwdio Weston
16+ £12 cychwyn 8pm
Dychmygwch fyw bywyd anweledig. Mae’r cynhyrchiad di flewyn ar dafod yma’n rhannu straeon gwir gan bobl anweledig cymdeithas. Wedi’i greu drwy raglen sgiliau 18 wythnos gan bobl sydd wedi dioddef anffodion – boed hynny drwy drawma, dibyniaeth ar gyffuriau, alcohol, digartrefedd neu broblemau iechyd meddwl. Maen nhw wedi cael eu labeli gan gymdeithas. Heddiw, maen nhw’n barod i rwygo’r label i ddatgelu eu teithiau personol nhw, llwybrau bywyd yn llawn troadau annisgwyl, strydoedd pengaead a chyfeiriadau newydd. Prosiect Theatre Versus Opression mewn partneriaeth â Chanolfan Mileniwm Cymru a The Wallich

Mary Bijou
14 Rhagfyr
ffresh
16+ £15 drysau 8pm, cychwyn 9pm
Dyma strafagansa Nadoligaidd flynyddol Mary Bijou yn ei hol! Dechreuwch dymor y partion Nadolig mewn steil ac ymunwch a ni am noson o gabaret gaeafol a chomedi amheus am Sion Corn.

Connie: Orff Â’r Nadolig
15 Rhagfyr
ffresh
16+ £15 drysau 8pm, cychwyn 9pm
Perfformir yn ddwyieithog
Ymwelwch a groto Connie Orff wrth iddi gnoi cil a chwerthin ar boen a phwysau’r Nadolig.

Le Gateau Chocolat ‘Icons’
18 – 22 Rhagfyr
Stiwdio Weston
Rhagolwg: 18 Rhagfyr- Talwch fel y mynnwch
14+ (Dim plant o dan 2) £12 8pm start
Mae’r seren cabaret a’r carwr lycra glamoraidd, Le Gateau Chocolat, yn ffrwydro ar lwyfan Caerdydd gyda’i waith diweddaraf, Icons. Gan ddawnsio rhwng dau bersona, un cyhoeddus ac un preifat, mae Le Gateau Chocolat yn dod i’r afael a’r bobl, yr eiliadau, y perthnasau a’r gelf sydd yn ein llunio ni a’r delfrydau rydyn ni’n dyheu amdanynt. A chyfeiliant band byw, mae Gateau yn galw ar gymysgedd eclectig o gerddoriaeth: pop, opera, roc; Kate Bush, Whitney, Meatloaf, Pavarotti…gan ddod i ‘nabod yr hyn mae’n ei addoli drwy ganeuon a cherddoriaeth ei eiconau personol.


Le Gateau Chocolat ‘Duckie’
20 – 31 Rhagfyr
Stiwdio Weston
3+ £10 Amseroedd cychwyn amrywiol
Mae Duckie yn gweld stori dylwyth teg Hans Christian Anderson, The Ugly Duckling, ar ei newydd wedd gyda neges arbennig o oddefgarwch ac hunangariad wrth galon y cyfan. Bydd y sioe deuluol ddisglair a glamoraidd yma’n hawlio’r llwyfan gyda’r seren cabaret mawr ei glod, Le Gateau Chocolat, yn dod o’i gragen yn ei ddarn cyntaf i blant gyda stori fythol am hunaniaeth
a pherthyn. Cefnogwyd gan Arts Council England, Seed Commissioners New Wolsey Theatre, Colchester Arts Centre a Norwich Arts Centre.



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