News from Theatr Brycheiniog

Our Autumn Season continues here at Theatr Brycheiniog!

The first two months of our Autumn Season were full to the brim with a wide variety of shows. Looking back to September, we had some wonderful evenings of music with Brecon Town Band and their anniversary concert, superstar Barbara Dickson and a fantastic evening with Pendyrus Male Voice choir. October was equally jam packed, as we welcomed back Ballet Cymru with their visually stunning show The Light Princess, hosted a very informative Brecon Beacons Heritage Day and then finished the month with a very busy weekend of Baroque events. We have also loved seeing the return of our monthly favourites this Autumn, with The Arts Society: Brecknock and Comedy Club returning after summer breaks. Our brand new monthly programme of Classical lunchtime recitals, Brecon Bites have also recieved a great response from members of the audience, and we cant wait to see these concerts continue to grow over the rest of the season!

Here is what we have coming up this November and December:

November starts with smash-hit comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors (1 November), which features songs and hilarious mistaken identities against a backdrop of 1960’s Brighton. A talk from the original Mountain Bike Hall of Famer, Hans Rey: Riding Life (2 November), will please adventure and sport lovers, whilst Diary of a Madman (9 November) is a surreal, dark comedy that follows Poprishchin, a low ranking civil servant, as he is slowly driven insane by government bureaucracy. Television favourite, Andy Parsons: Peak Bullsh*t (10 November) offers laughter as the best tonic to our worries. Taking a magical wintry turn, the Russian National Ballet present timeless classic The Nutcracker (15 November), and The Snow Dragon (13 – 14 November) will delight those aged three and above with songs and laughs from the company behind The Gruffalo stage show. A retelling of an Ibsen classic, Little Wolf (16 – 17 November) from award-winning director and writer Simon Harris, is a raw and funny exploration of family relationships. Fans of the Tour de France will relish Bikeology (Saturday 18 November), Ned Boulting’s talk on the drama that colours the sport and its biggest names. The world’s largest youth drama festival, Shakespeare Schools Festival (20 November) will feature local schools’ performances, celebrating the enduring power of the Bard.

December arrives with a hilarious combination of stand-up and cracking musicianship in Rich Hall’s Hoedown (1 December), before swinging into Christmas with The Rat Pack: Christmas at The Sands! (2 December) a show featuring comedy, camaraderie, a stunning live band and three superb West End performers. The world premiere of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie (6 – 10 December) adapted for stage will delight young audiences with frights, fights and friendship. Sing along to classic Christmas songs with the Brecon Town Concert Band: Christmas Hits (11 December). Inclusive theatre company, Theatr Wildcats presents Fairytales and Reality, a magical piece that brings smiles, dancing and explores our choices in life. The West End at Christmas (14 December) brings festival sparkle with hits from the musicals and the best of Christmas song, featuring a talented West End cast. What better way to round off the festive season that with brand new, all singing, all dancing adventure in the form of professional Pantomime, Jack and The Beanstalk, from Welsh company, Jermin Productions. (28 December- 31 December)

The final two exhibition of the year in our Andrew Lamont Gallery will be Diamond People, (3 – 20 November) a photographic portrait exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Brecon Beacons National Park and some of the special characters who make the Park the place it is today; and Haymakers’ Christmas Collection (22 November – 15 January 2018) which features the varied work of local designer makers, the Haymakers, who celebrate the 30th anniversary of their cooperative gallery in Hay-on-Wye. This is the perfect exhibition to get those last minute Christmas gifts!

In addition to all thees great shows, Theatr Brycheiniog continues to offer a range of classes and activities over autumn, including Mid Wales Dance Academy, Chorus Line, Brecon Town Band, University of the Third Age and Pilates classes, as well as talks from The Arts Society: Brecknock. 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 are free to take part. Our 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.

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

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