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Performances for the Curious Spring 2019 season announced with immersive theatre, Welsh language productions and an existential digital experience in a coffee shop     

Performances for the Curious Spring 2019 season announced
with immersive theatre, Welsh language productions and an existential digital experience in a coffee shop
Performances for the Curious is back for a third season at Wales Millennium Centre this spring (11 March – 18 May), with thought-provoking theatre, immersive experiences and joy-fuelled performance. The new season offers a wide selection of Welsh talent alongside distinctive touring productions – including a double bill from Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, the Welsh language national theatre of Wales, and a season-closer from poet, author and spoken word artist, Hollie McNish.

Audiences can feed their curiosity with over 30 performances in the season encompassing live music, new theatre, family experiences, cabaret, comedy, drag, photography, poetry and more. Performances for the Curious runs from 15 March to 17 May in a range of venues - including Wales Millennium Centre’s 200-seat Weston Studio theatre, its lively cabaret bar – ffresh, its public spaces and, for the first time, Quantum Coffee Roasters in Cardiff Bay.

Wales Millennium Centre’s Performances for the Curious Spring 2019 season is on sale now and can be explored at

Spotlight on the Weston Studio

Opening the Weston Studio theatre programme is Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Merched Caerdydd / Nos Sadwrn o Hyd (10-13 April). Merched Caerdydd is a new work by Catrin Dafydd and Nos Sadwrn o Hyd is a translation by Roger Williams of his own popular play Saturday Night Forever. Presented as a double-bill from the Welsh language national theatre of Wales, the plays were part of 2018’s National Eisteddfod programme and are suitable for Welsh learners. Both follow the stories of diverse characters who live in our capital city, and are works by popular authors who understand Cardiff’s people and communities to a tee.

The British Paraorchestra bring their immersive dance and live music show, The Nature of Why to Wales for the first time (9-11 May) – an epic performance brimming with emotion and physical beauty, where the artists weave among the audience. Commissioned by Unlimited, the show features a cinematic live score from Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, an ensemble of musicians from the British Paraorchestra and four extraordinary dancers.

Performances for the Curious also hosts another week of Scratch Performances this spring (13-17 May), supporting new writing, artist development and innovation at the Centre. Local artists have the space to develop ideas, while audiences can try something new without risk, with a Pay What You Feel ticket. Pay What You Feel is a new ticketing inititaive, where audiences can book a free ticket, and are invited to make a donation on the night, if they can, to support the artists and the further development of their work.

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

“Since launching Performances for the Curious last spring, the Centre has hosted twelve scratch events – some of which have already led to further collaborations. We’re passionate about supporting artists at all stages in their career and it’s great to welcome scratch performances into a season which also features fully developed touring work. All ideas start somewhere – and we’re proud that some great ideas are developing here.”

‘After Dark’ in ffresh

Venture into the weekend with ‘After Dark’ performances in ffresh every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the season. From 8pm the Centre’s cabaret bar will come alive with artists such as Noel Sullivan (19 April), Wales’ leading Lady Gaga tribute artist Donna Marie (20 April), local soul-reggae singer Aleighcia Scott (26 April) and poet and writer Hollie McNish (15 May). For those who prefer the afterlife, the late great ghost whisperer, Séayoncé (13 April), hosts a dragtastic seance, conjuring celebs from the spirit world.

Familiar hosts making a welcome return to ffresh are House of Broadway, Ffresh Burlesque, Mary Bijou, Machynlleth Comedy Festival Preview, Cabarela, and drag phenomenon Connie Orff (10 May) with new show You’re A Vision – a multilingual journey through decades of Eurovision, the continent’s favourite cultural contest.

Plus much more live music, comedy, cabaret and curiosities. For the full ffresh line-up visit

Family Experiences

Performances for the Curious features two productions aimed at younger audiences and families. You’ve Got Dragons (16-20 April) from Taking Flight Theatre Company, which is based on the book by Kathryn Cave, is a delightful and highly visual tale of a child’s journey to come to terms with their personal dragons. Aimed at age 3+, though everyone is welcome, each performance has interwoven BSL, captions & Live Audio Description. ‘Dragon Taming’ Workshops will also run alongside the performances, aimed at children and their families to provide simple techniques to build resilience in mental health.

And Little Meerkats, Big Panic (22-23 April) from Collar & Cuffs is an award-winning multi-sensory musical adventure in the Kalahari Desert in the company of Little Meerkat. Based on the storybook by parenting and trauma expert, Jane Evans, this little tale helps everyone to see, hear, smell, taste and feel what's going on in their brains and bodies when emotions become overwhelming. These relaxed performances are suitable for 0-7s and children with special needs.

Families are also welcome to drop into the Centre throughout the school holiday, with free daily creative activities on offer (13-21 April).

Discover more in the Bay

For the first time, Wales Millennium Centre is hosting a site-specific piece at Quantum Coffee Roasters in Cardiff Bay. User Not Found (29-30 April) by Dante or Die is a unique digital experience and story of contemporary grief, interrogating our need for connection. Audiences will be provided with a smartphone and headphones and immersed in one man’s story as he’s faced with keeping or deleting his partner’s online existence after his death. All performances are captioned and suitable for D/deaf audiences.


For more information on the Performances for the Curious Spring 2019 season at Wales Millennium Centre from 15 March to 17 May, visit or call 029 2063 6464

Cyhoeddi tymor Gwanwyn 2019 Perfformiadau i’r Chwilfrydig
gyda theatr drochol, cynyrchiadau Cymraeg
a phrofiad digidol dirfodol mewn siop goffi
Mae Perfformiadau i’r Chwilfrydig yn ôl ar gyfer trydydd tymor yng Nghanolfan Mileniwm Cymru y gwanwyn yma (11 Mawrth – 18 Mai), gyda theatr i brocio’r meddwl, profiadau trochol a pherfformiadau llawn hwyl. Mae’r tymor newydd yn cynnig amrywiaeth eang o ddoniau o Gymru ochr yn ochr â chynyrchiadau teithiol unigryw – gan gynnwys eitem ddwbl gan Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru ac eitem i gloi’r tymor gan y bardd, yr awdur a’r artist gair llafar, Hollie McNish.

Gall cynulleidfaoedd fwydo’u chwilfrydedd gyda thros 30 o berfformiadau yn ystod y tymor yn cwmpasu cerddoriaeth fyw, theatr newydd, profiadau teuluol, cabaret, comedi, drag, ffotograffiaeth, barddoniaeth a mwy. Bydd Perfformiadau i’r Chwilfrydig yn cael eu cynnal rhwng 15 Mawrth a 17 Mai mewn amrywiaeth o leoliadau – gan gynnwys theatr 200 sedd Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru, Stiwdio Weston, ein bar cabaret bywiog – ffresh, ein gofodau cyhoeddus, ac am y tro cyntaf, caffi Quantum Coffee Roasters ym Mae Caerdydd.

Mae tymor Gwanwyn 2019 Perfformiadau i’r Chwilfrydig Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru ar werth nawr ac mae rhagor o wybodaeth ar gael yn

Sylw ar Stiwdio Weston

Yn agor rhaglen theatr Stiwdio Weston bydd Merched Caerdydd / Nos Sadwrn o Hyd Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (10-13 Ebrill). Gwaith newydd gan Catrin Dafydd yw Merched Caerdydd, a chyfieithiad gan Roger Williams o’i ddrama boblogaidd ei hunan Saturday Night Forever yw Nos Sadwrn o Hyd. Roedd y dramâu yn rhan o raglen yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yng Nghaerdydd yn 2018 – byddan nhw’n cael eu cyflwyno fel eitem ddwbl gan y theatr genedlaethol, ac maen nhw hefyd yn addas i ddysgwyr. Dyma ddwy ddrama sy’n dilyn hanes rhai o gymeriadau amrywiol ein prifddinas, a’r ddwy wedi’u hysgrifennu gan sgwenwyr sy’n deall pobl a chymunedau Caerdydd i’r dim.

Bydd y British Paraorchestra yn dod â’u sioe ddawns a cherddoriaeth fyw, The Nature of Why, i Gymru am y tro cyntaf (9-11 Mai) – perfformiad epig yn llawn emosiwn a harddwch corfforol, lle bydd yr artistiaid yn plethu drwy’r gynulleidfa. Sioe a gomisiynwyd gan Unlimited yw hon, sy’n cynnwys sgôr fyw sinematig gan Will Gregory o’r ddeuawd Goldfrapp, ensemble o gerddorion o’r British Paraorchestra a phedwar dawnsiwr anhygoel.

Bydd Perfformiadau i’r Chwilfrydig hefyd yn cynnal wythnos arall o Berfformiadau Gwaith ar Waith y gwanwyn yma (13-17 Mai), gan gefnogi ysgrifennu newydd, datblygiad artistiaid ac arloesi yn y Ganolfan. Mae’n rhoi lle i artistiaid lleol ddatblygu syniadau, tra bod cynulleidfaoedd yn gallu rhoi cynnig ar rywbeth newydd heb risg, gyda thocyn Talwch fel y Mynnwch. Menter docynnau newydd yw Talwch fel y Mynnwch, lle gall cynulleidfaoedd archebu tocyn am ddim. Bydd gwahoddiad iddyn nhw wedyn i wneud cyfraniad ar y noson, os gallan nhw, i gefnogi’r artist a datblygiad pellach eu gwaith.

Meddai Sarah Leigh, Rheolwr Cyffredinol: Celfyddydau a’r Creadigol yng Nghanolfan Mileniwm Cymru:

“Ers lansio Perfformiadau i’r Chwilfrydig y gwanwyn diwethaf, mae’r Ganolfan wedi cynnal deuddeg digwyddiad gwaith ar waith – ac mae rhai ohonyn nhw wedi arwain at gyweithiau pellach yn barod. Rydyn ni’n angerddol ynghylch cefnogi artistiaid ar bob cam yn eu gyrfa, ac mae’n wych gallu croesawu perfformiadau gwaith ar waith i fod yn rhan o dymor sydd hefyd yn cynnwys gwaith teithiol sydd wedi’i ddatblygu’n llawn. Mae pob syniad yn dechrau yn rhywle – ac rydyn ni’n falch bod yna syniadau gwych yn datblygu yma.”

‘Gyda’r Nos’ yn ffresh

Mentrwch i’r penwythnos gyda pherfformiadau ‘Gyda’r Nos’ yn ffresh bob nos Iau, nos Wener a nos Sadwrn drwy gydol y tymor. O wyth o’r gloch ymlaen, bydd bar cabare’r Ganolfan yn dod yn fyw gydag artistiaid fel Noel Sullivan (19 Ebrill), artist teyrnged Lady Gaga orau Cymru Donna Marie (20 Ebrill), y gantores reggae-enaid leol Aleighcia Scott (26 Ebrill) a’r bardd a’r sgwenwraig Hollie McNish (15 Mai). Ac i’r rhai sy’n ymddiddori yn y byd a ddaw, bydd y ddiweddar annwyl sibrydwr ysbrydion, Séayoncé (13 Ebrill), yn cynnal seans ddragtastig, gan alw enwogion o fyd yr ysbrydion.

Ymhlith y cwmni cyfarwydd fydd yn dychwelyd i ffresh i’n diddanu bydd House of Broadway, Ffresh Burlesque, Mary Bijou, Rhagflas o Ŵyl Gomedi Machynlleth, Cabarela, a’r ffenomen ddrag Connie Orff (10 Mai) gyda sioe newydd You’re A Vision – siwrne amlieithog drwy ddegawdau o Eurovision, hoff gystadleuaeth ddiwylliannol y cyfandir cyfan.

Gyda llawer mwy o gerddoriaeth fyw, comedi, cabaret a rhyfeddodau. I weld rhaglen gyflawn ffresh ewch i

Profiadau Teuluol

Bydd Perfformiadau i’r Chwilfrydig yn cynnwys dau gynhyrchiad ar gyfer cynulleidfaoedd ifanc a theuluoedd. Bydd You’ve Got Dragons (16-20 Ebrill) gan Gwmni Theatr Taking Flight, yn seiliedig ar y llyfr gan Kathryn Cave, yn adrodd hanes taith weledol a hyfryd plentyn sy’n dod i delerau â’u dreigiau personol. Mae’r perfformiad wedi’i anelu at blant 3+ oed, er bod croeso i bawb, a bydd pob perfformiad yn plethu iaith arwyddion Prydain, geirdeitlau a disgrifiadau sain byw. Bydd Gweithdai ‘Dofi Dreigiau’ hefyd yn cael eu cynnal ochr yn ochr â’r perfformiadau, ar gyfer plant a’u teuluoedd, i gynnig technegau syml ar gyfer datblygu cadernid iechyd meddwl.

Bydd Little Meerkats, Big Panic (22-23 Ebrill), cynhyrchiad gan gwmni Collar & Cuffs sydd wedi ennill gwobrau, yn antur gerddorol aml-synhwyrus yn Anialwch Kalahari yng nghwmni Little Meerkat. Dyma stori yn seiliedig ar y llyfr straeon gan yr arbenigwr trawma a rhianta, Jane Evans – bydd yn helpu pawb i weld, clywed, arogli, blasu a theimlo beth sy’n digwydd yn eu corff a’u hymennydd pan fydd emosiynau’n mynd yn ormod. Mae’r perfformiadau ymlaciedig yma yn addas ar gyfer plant 0-7 oed a phlant ag anghenion arbennig.

Mae croeso hefyd i deuluoedd alw i mewn i’r Ganolfan gydol gwyliau’r ysgol, gyda gweithgareddau creadigol am ddim ar gael bob dydd (13-21 Ebrill).

Mae mwy yn y Bae

Am y tro cyntaf, bydd Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru yn cynnal darn safle-benodol yng nghaffi Quantum Coffee Roasters ym Mae Caerdydd. Bydd User Not Found (29-30 Ebrill) gan gwmni Dante or Die yn brofiad digidol unigryw sy’n adrodd stori am alar cyfoes, gan brocio angen pob un ohonon ni am gysylltiad. Bydd y gynulleidfa yn cael ffôn clyfar a phâr o glustffonau, ac yn ymgolli yn hanes un dyn wrth iddo wynebu’r dewis o gadw neu ddileu presenoldeb ar-lein ei bartner sydd wedi marw. Bydd geirdeitlau ym mhob perfformiad a phob un yn addas i gynulleidfaoedd B/byddar.


I gael rhagor o wybodaeth am dymor Gwanwyn 2019 Perfformiadau i’r Chwilfrydig Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru rhwng 15 Mawrth ac 17 Mai, ewch i neu ffoniwch 029 2063 6464

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