News from Theatr Brycheiniog
Step into Early Summer this May and June: 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.
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.
Our completely accessible venue also holds weekly dementia friendly Drumming Together sessions, and a host of regular events, including lunchtime classical music recitals with Brecon Bites, and fascinating talks from University of the Third Age and The Arts Society Brecknock. There is free live music every Saturday 1-3pm with Live @ The Waterfront, monthly art exhibitions, and a vibrant Youth Theatre for Reception age all the way to 25. With its varied, high quality programme, Theatr Brycheiniog is one of the leading arts venues in Mid-Wales.
For any details on performances, activities or anything else, please visit call our Box Office on 01874 611622.