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Drama Events happening in the next 14 days

Atgofion o’r Golchdy – Memories from the Wash House

    • Wed 26th April 2017 to Sat 13th May 2017
  • King Street shop windows, Carmarthen

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

An exhibition in King Street shop windows in Carmarthen displaying artworks created by older people responding to their memories of laundry.

A community project exploring and celebrating memories of wash days past. During workshops with artist Penny D Jones participants have created artworks which will be exhibited in shop windows in Carmarthen.

The project links with Oriel Myrddin Gallery's David Jones exhibition Angels on Washing Lines (18 March - 13 May)

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Writing from Life

  • Tuesday 2nd May 2017
  • Tuesday 9th May 2017
  • Tuesday 16th May 2017
  • Tuesday 23rd May 2017
  • Tuesday 30th May 2017
  • Llanfairfechan Town Hall, Conwy

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

Liz Ashworth will lead weekly creative writing classes based on life experiences. Participants can work on poetry, prose or journalism.

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Cofio / Remember - Invitation to Tic Toc - Parama 2

  • Tuesday 2nd May 2017
  • Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Following the success of the Making it! script writing workshop in last year's Gwanwyn Festival, theatre practitioners Parama 2 are leading a new project.

Cofio / Remember is designed to build on previous work in Making it! but is suitable for new participants. The project is designed to turn oral history and memories into a dramatic, short story or song form. The aim is to inspire both experienced and non-experienced writers, and to encourage those interested to take the first steps.

The project is in two parts: -
Cofio / Remember Part 1 - Invitation to Tic Toc
May 2nd (2.45 - 5pm) Rehearsed reading of Parama 2’s current show Tic Toc followed by a talk by the authors about their modus operandi.

Cofio / Remember Part 2: Creative Writing Workshop
May 23rd (10am - 5pm): An intensive and fun day of creative writing for 55+ women designed to develop characters and stories.

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Writing Memories - Artis Community

  • Tuesday 2nd May 2017
  • Thursday 11th May 2017
  • Tuesday 16th May 2017

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

Work with a creative writing tutor to capture your memories. Using an object or photograph as inspiration, creative writing tutor Steve will explore innovative techniques in language, imagery and narrative to create poems and short stories.

All work will be published as part of a small anthology and a celebration event.

Tuesday 2 May - Fernbank House, Graig
Thursday 11 May - Pontypridd Library
Tuesday 16 May - Old Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Graig

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Natural Resources - Venue Cymru

  • Wednesday 3rd May 2017
  • Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Natural Resources is a day of pin-hole camera workshops with artist Vivienne Rickman-Poole and environmental art with Tim Pug starting at 9:30am through to 5:00pm.

Working with pin-hole cameras, which the participants will make themselves using recycled materials, Vivienne Rickman-Poole's workshop will explore ways to work with natural light to create unusual highly atmospheric images.

Artist Tim Pugh creates extraordinary stunning images using natural materials such as leaves, twigs, berries, nuts acorns etc. Under Tim’s guidance the participants will learn had to identify useful material and transform it into beautiful art work.

Venue Cymru will also host the short film Strictly Llandudno on 3 May as part of Gwanwyn Festival. Find out more.

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Strictly Llandudno - Venue Cymru

  • Wednesday 3rd May 2017
  • Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Type of Event: Film Exhibition

Short film celebrating Llandudno’s history of sequence and ballroom dancing and promoting the benefits of dancing for older people. (Dymphna D’Arcy / Top Notch Films)

Landudno was once a hub for sequence and ballroom dancing. Today the Queens Hotel still offers dancing weekend breaks.

Venue Cymru will be screening a collaborative short dance film incorporating a range of local 50+ dancers who attend some of the various local dance groups in the area including those living with Parkinson’s disease. Members of the Dance for Parkinson’s session and Ted Harding’s and Sandra Isaac’s dance sessions will feature in a short film exploring the sheer enjoyment of moving to music.

Venue Cymru will also be hosting a series of art workshops on 3 May as part of Gwanwyn Festival. Find out more.

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Creative Writing Sessions at Llyfrgell Maindee Library - Gwent Arts in Health

  • Wednesday 3rd May 2017
  • Wednesday 10th May 2017
  • Wednesday 24th May 2017
  • Wednesday 31st May 2017
  • Maindee Library, Newport

Type of Event: Writing Workshop


Mike Church

Come and join poet and performer Mike Church at Maindee Library for a journey into words and story this May at Maindee Library.

Try something new! Write together or individually, and celebrate your creativity at the end of the month.


This project is supported by Gwanwyn Festival and Gwent Arts in Health’s Healing Words programme of activities using creativity as a positive tool for mental health.

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Creative Kinora Creadigol - Small World Theatre

  • Wednesday 3rd May 2017
  • Wednesday 24th May 2017
  • Theatr Byd Bychan, Aberteifi / Small World Theatre, Cardigan

Type of Event: Art Exhibition

Kinora Cardigan is a charity and mental health drop-in centre. Small World Theatre have worked with the centre's visitors to create a dynamic exhibition exploring the issues close to their hearts.

The exhibition will be launched on Wednesday 3 May, 4pm, at Small World Theatre, Cardigan with a short presentation from the group.

Everyone is invited! There will be tea and coffee and a chance to meet the artists.

The exhibition is open Tuesday to Friday, 10 - 4

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Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

Taster Sessions in art, dancing, singing, and therapies including massage and reflexology for people living with Parkinson's and their carers.

Places are limited, so booking is essential. For more information or to book your place please email Elaine Evans: elainekember@btinternet.com

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Bloom: Well-being and Creativity in Age

  • Monday 8th May 2017
  • Wednesday 10th May 2017
  • Friday 12th May 2017
  • Monday 15th May 2017
  • Friday 19th May 2017
  • Monday 22nd May 2017
  • Friday 26th May 2017
  • HeARTh Gallery, Llandough Hospital

Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

Throughout May, the HeARTh Gallery at University Hospital Llandough is offering Gwanwyn workshops with drama therapist Esyllt George, illustrator Helen Turnbull and choreographer Cai Tomos.

Work from the sessions will be on show in the gallery space as part of a Live Wall, which will evolve as the project progresses.

To find out more or to book your place please contact Melanie Wotton or call 029 2071 6216.

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Active Aging Arts Month - Dragon Arts and Learning

  • Monday 8th May 2017
  • Monday 15th May 2017
  • Monday 22nd May 2017
  • Monday 29th May 2017
  • Dragon Arts and Learning

Type of Event: Art Workshop

Take part in photography and creative textile workshops to create a memory wall and memory blanket for public display.

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Chwedlau’r Wyddfa / Lenyddiaeth Cymru / Ty Newydd

  • Tuesday 9th May 2017
  • Taith drên ar Reilffordd Llyn Padarn, Llanberis

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

(Cymraeg) Taith Trên Lenyddol Chwedlau’r Wyddfa

yng nghwmni’r bardd Karen Owen yn rhoi sgwrs am lenorion ardal yr Wyddfa gan ddarllen darnau o’u gweithiau, e.e. T Rowland Hughes, R Williams Parry, T H Parry Williams, Kate Roberts a W J Gruffydd yn ogystal â gwaith beirdd mwy modern sy’n fyw heddiw.

Mae’r trip yn gyfle i bobl werthfawrogi barddoniaeth a llenyddiaeth a hefyd cymdeithasu mewn digwyddiad hamddenol, braf.

Cefnogir gan Ganolfan Ysgrifennu Ty Newydd Llanystumdwy a Llenyddiaeth Cymru

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Quilting Workshop - Treherbert Quilting Group

  • Tuesday 9th May 2017
  • Pen-yr-Englyn Project, Corbett St, Treherbert

Type of Event: Craft Workshop

This year the Treherbert Quilting Group will be making a quilted work caddy.

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Old, Bold, Gutsy and Wise - Fishguard Storytelling

  • Wednesday 10th May 2017
  • Peppers Café at West Wales Art Gallery

Type of Event: Storytelling Performance

Story Night: Old, Bold, Gutsy and Wise.

Floor spot performances by people over 50 who have taken part in the preparatory Storytelling and Performance Skills workshop, plus a guest storyteller over 50 to inspire, entertain and demonstrate how creativity can continue to blossom in our mature years.

The main story shared by the guest teller (Mary Medlicott) will be Old, Bold, Gutsy and Wise - a striking Alaskan legend of two old women refusing to succumb to a terrible fate.

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Creative Community Fun Day

  • Wednesday 10th May 2017
  • Cathays Community Centre

Type of Event: Multi Art

This event is for the People of the Cathays area of Cardiff to enjoy and will integrate the coffee morning for older people and the Seren Fach Toddler Group

The event will be facilitated by Professionals, Students and Volunteers and will feature the following:

ART - facilitated by a community artist.

DRUMMING - facilitated by a community musician

POETRY - facilitated by a community poet

DANCE - facilitated by a local dance group

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50+ SHOW TIME

  • Wednesday 10th May 2017
  • Pontypridd Muni Centre

Type of Event: Music

CONCERT

There will be performances by Members of all 5 50+ Forums.

The acts will include Dancers, Poems, Monologues and Songs.

There will be 20 minutes of community singing involving the audience.

'Hims and Arias' - a small male voice chorus will sing songs which are relevant to the season and the local area.

There will be a number of songs/hymns in the Welsh language.

There will be a display of Arts and Crafts displayed by the members

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Chwedlau’r Wyddfa / Lenyddiaeth Cymru / Ty Newydd

  • Sunday 14th May 2017
  • Gweithdy undydd yn Nhy Newydd, Llanystumdwy

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

(Cymraeg) Gweithdy ysgrifennu creadigol – Chwedlau

Beth ydi’r gwahaniaeth rhwng chwedl a stori? Mae chwedlau yn oesol ac mae pawb yn gwybod o leiaf un chwedl ar lafar, ond sut mae ysgrifennu chwedl?

Cawn gyfle i ddysgu mwy am y grefft o ysgrifennu chwedl, a phwy â ?yr efallai mai’r chwedlau a gaiff eu ysgrifennu yn y gweithdy fydd y chwedlau y bydd pobl yn eu hadrodd ar lafar mewn hanner can mlynedd.

Cefnogir gan Ganolfan Ysgrifennu T? Newydd Llanystumdwy a Llenyddiaeth Cymru

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Cofio / Remember - Creative Writing Workshop

  • Tuesday 23rd May 2017
  • Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

Following the success of the Making it! script writing workshop in last year's Gwanwyn Festival, theatre practitioners Parama 2 are leading a new project.

Cofio / Remember is designed to build on previous work in Making it! but is suitable for new participants. The project is designed to turn oral history and memories into a dramatic, short story or song form. The aim is to inspire both experienced and non-experienced writers, and to encourage those interested to take the first steps.

The project is in two parts: -
Cofio / Remember Part 1 Invitation to Tic Toc
May 2nd (2.45 - 5pm) Rehearsed reading of Parama 2’s current show Tic Toc followed by a talk by the authors about their modus operandi.

Cofio / Remember Part 2: Creative Writing Workshop
May 23rd (10am - 5pm): An intensive and fun day of creative writing for 55+ women designed to develop characters and stories.

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Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

Our colleagues at Chapter are putting on an amazing programme of dementia friendly events on Wednesday 17 May.

Films include the premiere of Forget-Me-Not: The Documentary, with a FREE performance from the Forget-Me-Not Choir and Only Men Aloud.

Also showing: Their Finest, Calamity Jane, Mad to be Normal, Re-Live: The Memoria Project, and the silent films of Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy.

As part of Gwanwyn, Everyman Theatre will be doing a script in hand performance of Do Not Go Gentle, followed by a q+a and workshop.

There will also be art workshops and A Walk Through Dementia, a virtual reality experience that will put you in the shoes of someone living with dementia.

CHAPTER dementia fest flyer 5

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Do Not Go Gentle - Everyman Theatre

  • Wednesday 17th May 2017
  • Chapter, Cardiff

Type of Event: Drama Performance

A script in hand preview of Do Not Go Gentle by Patricia Cornelius, involving Everyman Theate (Cardiff) and The Drill Hall Theatre Company (Mullimbimby, New South Wales) and supported by the Chapter Arts Centre and the National Theatre Wales.

The session will include a question and answer session and a creative opportunity for participants.

Contact Chapter to book your place.

This event takes place as part of Tinted Lens: A Festival of Mind, Memory and Ageing at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

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Old, Bold, Gutsy and Wise - Fishguard Storytelling

  • Wednesday 10th May 2017
  • Peppers Café at West Wales Art Gallery

Type of Event: Storytelling Performance

Story Night: Old, Bold, Gutsy and Wise.

Floor spot performances by people over 50 who have taken part in the preparatory Storytelling and Performance Skills workshop, plus a guest storyteller over 50 to inspire, entertain and demonstrate how creativity can continue to blossom in our mature years.

The main story shared by the guest teller (Mary Medlicott) will be Old, Bold, Gutsy and Wise - a striking Alaskan legend of two old women refusing to succumb to a terrible fate.

More information

Bloom: Well-being and Creativity in Age

  • Monday 8th May 2017
  • Wednesday 10th May 2017
  • Friday 12th May 2017
  • Monday 15th May 2017
  • Friday 19th May 2017
  • Monday 22nd May 2017
  • Friday 26th May 2017
  • HeARTh Gallery, Llandough Hospital

Type of Event: Multi Art Workshop

Throughout May, the HeARTh Gallery at University Hospital Llandough is offering Gwanwyn workshops with drama therapist Esyllt George, illustrator Helen Turnbull and choreographer Cai Tomos.

Work from the sessions will be on show in the gallery space as part of a Live Wall, which will evolve as the project progresses.

To find out more or to book your place please contact Melanie Wotton or call 029 2071 6216.

More information

Cofio / Remember - Invitation to Tic Toc - Parama 2

  • Tuesday 2nd May 2017
  • Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Following the success of the Making it! script writing workshop in last year's Gwanwyn Festival, theatre practitioners Parama 2 are leading a new project.

Cofio / Remember is designed to build on previous work in Making it! but is suitable for new participants. The project is designed to turn oral history and memories into a dramatic, short story or song form. The aim is to inspire both experienced and non-experienced writers, and to encourage those interested to take the first steps.

The project is in two parts: -
Cofio / Remember Part 1 - Invitation to Tic Toc
May 2nd (2.45 - 5pm) Rehearsed reading of Parama 2’s current show Tic Toc followed by a talk by the authors about their modus operandi.

Cofio / Remember Part 2: Creative Writing Workshop
May 23rd (10am - 5pm): An intensive and fun day of creative writing for 55+ women designed to develop characters and stories.

More information

River of Lights - Pembrokeshire Lantern Procession

  • Saturday 29th October 2016
  • The Lab Haverfordwest

Type of Event: Multi Art Performance

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Help create ‘River of Lights 2016’, a celebration of Pembrokeshire’s County Town and its links with the rural communities that it serves.

Last year, over 600 people gathered on the riverside in Haverfordwest, their lit lanterns bobbing, in the shadows of the castle above, as an 11ft skeleton puppet emerged and made its way across the bridge to meet the crowds.

Inspired by the folk tale of The Fisherman and the Skeleton, the procession saw shoals of glowing fish and hand-held pyramid lanterns streaming along the riverside, following the magnificent Skeleton to a spectacular “fire sculpture”, which went off with a real “bang!”

Find out more here http://www.thelabhaverfordwest.org/2016/06/16/river-of-lights/

This year the procession, will be based on the medieval story of the ‘danse macabre’ where Death brings his subjects back to life for one night only to have a glorious party! Who or what would your community like to bring back to life to come and join the dance?

River of Lights is a partnership between Confluence, Span Arts’ Cheerful Project and artist Toby Downing. They will provide training, all the materials and information needed to enable your organisation to safely run a lantern-making workshop for your group or community.

Training for workshop leaders will take place in Haverfordwest over two days on Sunday 18 September 11am-5pm, and Monday 19 September 3pm-9pm. Ideally it would be good to have two people from each group attending, although you only need to attend on one of these days.

Once trained, you will have help to plan and run a workshop in your community. A second weekend workshop will take place on 15 and 16 October in Haverfordwest, when a small group from each organisation will be able to work with Toby and the team to design and make a larger lantern to be carried by your group.

To book your place(s) on the training please or for more information contact: Guy Norman on 07480 902200 email guy@spacetocreate.org.uk or Rowan Matthiessen from Span Arts on 01834 869323 email rowan@span-arts.org.uk

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Re-Live Theatre present Belonging at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

  • Wednesday 8th June 2016
  • Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Re-Live and Gwanwyn present BELONGING at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon as part of a national tour.

BRECON - THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

belonging

“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!”
– Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor, The Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale UHB

Inspiring and moving, Belonging is a powerful new play that follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia.

This production is based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and professional carers.

Belonging dispels the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia-friendly Wales can be created just by being yourself, being in the moment … belonging.

A brand new play written by Karin Diamond and directed by Peter Doran (Grav, Oh Hello!, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?), Belonging will tour nation-wide during May and June 2016.

Full tour dates:

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

MILFORD HAVEN - TORCH THEATRE
May 19th & 20th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
torchtheatre.co.uk | 01646 695267

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

HOLYHEAD - NEUADD UCHELDRE
May 31st - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
ucheldre.org | 01407 763361

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

BRECON - THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

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Re-Live Theatre present Belonging at Galeri, Caernarfon

  • Thursday 2nd June 2016
  • Galeri, Caernarfon

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Re-Live and Gwanwyn present BELONGING at Galeri, Caernarfon as part of a national tour.

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

belonging

“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!”
– Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor, The Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale UHB

Inspiring and moving, Belonging is a powerful new play that follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia.

This production is based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and professional carers.

Belonging dispels the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia-friendly Wales can be created just by being yourself, being in the moment … belonging.

A brand new play written by Karin Diamond and directed by Peter Doran (Grav, Oh Hello!, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?), Belonging will tour nation-wide during May and June 2016.

Full tour dates:

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

MILFORD HAVEN - TORCH THEATRE
May 19th & 20th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
torchtheatre.co.uk | 01646 695267

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

HOLYHEAD - NEUADD UCHELDRE
May 31st - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
ucheldre.org | 01407 763361

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

BRECON - THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

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Re-Live Theatre present Belonging at Pontio, Bangor

  • Thursday 26th May 2016
  • Friday 27th May 2016
  • Pontio, Bangor

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Re-Live and Gwanwyn present BELONGING at Pontio, Bangor as part of a national tour.

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

belonging

“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!”
– Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor, The Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale UHB

Inspiring and moving, Belonging is a powerful new play that follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia.

This production is based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and professional carers.

Belonging dispels the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia-friendly Wales can be created just by being yourself, being in the moment … belonging.

A brand new play written by Karin Diamond and directed by Peter Doran (Grav, Oh Hello!, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?), Belonging will tour nation-wide during May and June 2016.

Full tour dates:

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

MILFORD HAVEN - TORCH THEATRE
May 19th & 20th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
torchtheatre.co.uk | 01646 695267

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

HOLYHEAD - NEUADD UCHELDRE
May 31st - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
ucheldre.org | 01407 763361

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

BRECON - THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

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Re-Live Theatre present Belonging at Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli

  • Tuesday 24th May 2016
  • Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Re-Live and Gwanwyn present BELONGING at Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli as part of a national tour.

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

belonging

“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!”
– Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor, The Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale UHB

Inspiring and moving, Belonging is a powerful new play that follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia.

This production is based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and professional carers.

Belonging dispels the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia-friendly Wales can be created just by being yourself, being in the moment … belonging.

A brand new play written by Karin Diamond and directed by Peter Doran (Grav, Oh Hello!, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?), Belonging will tour nation-wide during May and June 2016.

Full tour dates:

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

MILFORD HAVEN - TORCH THEATRE
May 19th & 20th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
torchtheatre.co.uk | 01646 695267

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

HOLYHEAD - NEUADD UCHELDRE
May 31st - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
ucheldre.org | 01407 763361

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

BRECON - THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

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Writing Your Memories - Theatr Gwalia

  • Saturday 21st May 2016
  • Carnegie House (the old library), Bridgend

Type of Event: Writing Workshop

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A special Gwanwyn workshop for older people to share their stories at Carnegie House in Bridgend followed by performance.

Have you ever thought about what will happen to your stories? A Local writer wants to hear from you if you want to get them down on paper or ensure they are passed on. 

Bring a story with you or think of one on the day. It could be your first day at school, your wedding day, your family past, the day you were born or something that’s full of humour and you want to get down on paper. Capture your story any way you like - write it down or create voice recordings, letters, poems, key words.

Bring objects, photos or items of clothing to prompt reminiscence and provide inspiration. You can also bring a friend or family member if you would like to preserve your story together. The writer will be on hand to guide and help you discover your story and in the evening there will be an informal reading by actors of all the stories that day that an audience can attend.

For more information about the day contact theatrgwalia@gmail.com
 
Open to the public

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Gwanwyn 10th birthday celebration at The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

  • Thursday 19th May 2016
  • Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

In partnership with Arts Care Gofal Celf, The Torch will be celebrating Gwanwyn's birthday in style with workshops, performances, screenings and taster sessions along with Re-Live Theatre's performance of Belonging.

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Shakespeare 400

  • Wednesday 18th May 2016
  • Friday 3rd June 2016
  • Connah’s Quay Labour Club [May] and Theatr Clwyd [June]

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Shakespeare 400

Shakespeare 400 is an anthology of speeches, sonnets, songs and music presented by Suitcase Theatre (pictured here performing a scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream) to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday.

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Re-Live Theatre present Belonging at Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen

  • Tuesday 17th May 2016
  • Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Re-Live and Gwanwyn present BELONGING at Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen as part of a national tour.

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

belonging

“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!”
– Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor, The Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale UHB

Inspiring and moving, Belonging is a powerful new play that follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia.

This production is based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and professional carers.

Belonging dispels the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia-friendly Wales can be created just by being yourself, being in the moment … belonging.

A brand new play written by Karin Diamond and directed by Peter Doran (Grav, Oh Hello!, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?), Belonging will tour nation-wide during May and June 2016.

Full tour dates:

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

MILFORD HAVEN - TORCH THEATRE
May 19th & 20th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
torchtheatre.co.uk | 01646 695267

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

HOLYHEAD - NEUADD UCHELDRE
May 31st - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
ucheldre.org | 01407 763361

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

BRECON - THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

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Re-Live Theatre present Belonging at Taliesin, Swansea

  • Thursday 12th May 2016
  • Friday 13th May 2016
  • Taliesin, Swansea

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Re-Live and Gwanwyn present BELONGING at Taliesin in Swansea as part of a national tour.

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

belonging

“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!”
– Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor, The Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale UHB

Inspiring and moving, Belonging is a powerful new play that follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia.

This production is based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and professional carers.

Belonging dispels the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia-friendly Wales can be created just by being yourself, being in the moment … belonging.

A brand new play written by Karin Diamond and directed by Peter Doran (Grav, Oh Hello!, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?), Belonging will tour nation-wide during May and June 2016.

Full tour dates:

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

MILFORD HAVEN - TORCH THEATRE
May 19th & 20th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
torchtheatre.co.uk | 01646 695267

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

HOLYHEAD - NEUADD UCHELDRE
May 31st - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
ucheldre.org | 01407 763361

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

BRECON - THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

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Parama2 presents Making It!

  • Monday 9th May 2016
  • Preseli Room, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Type of Event: Drama Performance

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A presentation of writing from our Making It! workshops.

Free admission but numbers are limited. To book your place contact parama2@yahoo.co.uk or phone 07803 161 388.

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Gwanwyn 10th Birthday Party, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

  • Saturday 7th May 2016
  • Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Type of Event: Multi Art Festival

As part of Gwanwyn's official 10th birthday celebrations, Wales Millennium Centre will be hosting a day of free performances, drop in sessions and workshops from resident organizations, and a variety of craft and information stalls.

Parkour, singing, craft and music workshops will take place throughout the day.

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Live Music and Dance on the Glanfa Stage:
12pm Ukulele Nights
1pm Only Menopause Allowed
2pm Heavy Quartet
3pm Renè Griffiths
4pm Tystion
5pm Kitty's Little Big Band

All events on the Glanfa Stage are free, just turn up on the day.

Drop-in Pottery Workshop:
Join an exclusive workshop with Maker's Guild in Wales’ artists to perfect your pottery skills. There will be air drying clay available for you to create an individual piece of work and take your masterpiece home with you at the end of the session. This workshop will begin at 11.30am, with lunch-break at 1pm and will then re-start at 2pm.

parkour

Parkour Workshops for older people:
These workshops fuse parkour/free-running with dance and yoga for well-being, fitness and performance purposes. Here’s a way for the participants to explore and reconnect to the environment in a free, safe and structured weekly class led by qualified professionals.

The workshops will start at 11.30am – 12.30pm with an interval and will then start back again at 2pm.

Please contact the Ticket and Information Office on 029 2063 6464 to register your name for a space on the free taster session. There are 20 spaces available on this session.

Yoga with Tori:
This is a general practice for people who are reasonably mobile with a moderate level of fitness. Suitable for both beginners and those who have done yoga before. This event forms part of Gwanwyn Festival.
45 minute session. Starts at 3pm.

http://www.yogawithtori.co.uk/

Please contact the Ticket and Information Office on 029 2063 6464 to register your name for a space on the free taster session. There are 25 spaces available on this session.

Fun and Wellbeing Through Yoga with Rachel Jones:
Limber your body with harmonising sequences. Stretch and strengthen through standing postures. Gain confidence and have fun with balances. Reap the rewards of relaxation of body and mind. This event is part of Gwanwyn Festival.
45 minute session

http://www.penarthyogastudio.co.uk/

Please contact the Ticket and Information Office on 029 2063 6464 to register your name for a space on the free taster session. There are 25 spaces available on this session.

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Re-Live Theatre present Belonging at Chapter, Cardiff

  • Monday 2nd May 2016
  • Tuesday 3rd May 2016
  • Wednesday 4th May 2016
  • Thursday 5th May 2016
  • Friday 6th May 2016
  • Saturday 7th May 2016
  • Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Re-Live and Gwanwyn present BELONGING at Chapter in Cardiff as part of a national tour.

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

belonging

“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!”
– Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor, The Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff and Vale UHB

Inspiring and moving, Belonging is a powerful new play that follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t have to stop because of dementia.

This production is based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and professional carers.

Belonging dispels the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia-friendly Wales can be created just by being yourself, being in the moment … belonging.

A brand new play written by Karin Diamond and directed by Peter Doran (Grav, Oh Hello!, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?), Belonging will tour nation-wide during May and June 2016.

Full tour dates:

CARDIFF - CHAPTER
May 2nd - 7.30pm
*May 3rd to 7th - 2pm & 7.30pm
chapter.org | 029 2030 4400

SWANSEA - TALIESIN
May 12th & 13th - 10am & 7.30pm
taliesinartscentre.co.uk | 01792 602060

CARMARTHEN - LYRIC THEATRE
May 17th 2.30pm & 7.30pm
theatrausirgar.co.uk | 0845 226 3510

MILFORD HAVEN - TORCH THEATRE
May 19th & 20th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
torchtheatre.co.uk | 01646 695267

PWLLHELI - NEUADD DWYFOR
May 24th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor | 01758 704088

BANGOR - PONTIO
May 26th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
May 27th - 2.30pm
pontio.co.uk | 01248 382828

HOLYHEAD - NEUADD UCHELDRE
May 31st - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
ucheldre.org | 01407 763361

CAERNARFON – GALERI
June 2nd - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
galericaernarfon.com | 01286 685222

BRECON - THEATR BRYCHEINIOG
June 8th - 2pm & 7.30pm
brycheiniog.co.uk | 01874 611622

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Sherman Play Readings in the Community

  • Tuesday 22nd March 2016
  • Wednesday 23rd March 2016
  • See above

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Sherman 5 is supporting the Sherman Play readings out in the community this week. The play readings are aimed at older people and are not suitable for children.

Monday 21st – 1.30pm – 3.15 @ Fairwater Leisure Centre

Tuesday 22nd – 10.15 – 12.00 @ John Reynolds Centre, Llanrumney

Wednesday 23rd – 10.15 – 12.00 @ Church of the Resurrection Hall, Ely

“I can’t remember when I laughed so much on a Thursday morning. Give it a try – really you can’t lose!”
Barbara Michaels Third Act Critic.

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Making It! Free Drama Scripting Workshop For Older Women

  • Tuesday 15th March 2016
  • Tuesday 22nd March 2016
  • Tuesday 5th April 2016
  • Tuesday 12th April 2016
  • Tuesday 19th April 2016
  • Tuesday 26th April 2016
  • Tuesday 3rd May 2016
  • Monday 9th May 2016
  • Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Drama Workshop

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Parama 2 present….

Making It!

..an opportunity for older women to partake in free creative scripting and performance workshops and to exchange ideas in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Making It!

…will be based on the successful Women’s Archive of Wales project Voices From the Factory Floor – an oral history of Welsh women’s working lives in the manufacturing industries

Making It!

…the workshops which run for 9 weeks starting on March 15th, will be led by Parama 2 veteran theatre practitioners Valmai Jones and Catrin Edwards, and hosted by our partners Wales Millennium Centre

Making It!

…is free to all older women who have an interest in creating theatre. The workshops are supported by Age Cymru’s Gwanwyn Festival which is funded by Welsh Government and Arts Council of Wales, WI in Wales and Women’s Archive of Wales

Making It!

…to register your interest and for more information, ring Catrin on 07803161388 or email parama2@yahoo.co.uk

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Free Drama Workshop For Older People

  • Monday 8th February 2016
  • Sherman Cymru Theatre

Type of Event: Drama Workshop

Leading theatre company Kaleidoscope have just launched a new initiative aimed at encouraging and supporting more older people to get involved in drama and the performing arts.

The initiative which is called Acting Up will support older people across the UK to set up their own drama groups for older people or develop an existing group.

The new programme will offer groups all kinds of support including access to specially written plays for older people to perform, training workshops and seminars with professional actors, writers and directors and the opportunity to perform in a professional theatre venue as part of the Acting Up Theatre Festival.  Best of all there are no costs for older people taking part in Acting Up thanks to the support of the Big Lottery Fund.

Kaleidoscope will be delivering a number of Acting Up taster workshops at venues up and down the country.  The Wales Workshop will take place at the Sherman Cymru Theatre in Cardiff on Monday 8th February from 11am – 4pm.

The workshop is open to groups and individuals from all over Wales and the surrounding area.  Places are limited and early registration is vital.

To register your interest or for more information contact Karen at Kaleidoscope via info@kaleidoscopeni.com or on 07720773225

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Miramar at Chapter

  • Wednesday 10th June 2015
  • Thursday 11th June 2015
  • Friday 12th June 2015
  • Saturday 13th June 2015
  • Chapter Arts Centre

Type of Event: Drama Performance

Miramar is a dark comedy about 74 year old Enid who is forced to sell the home she's lived in most of her life.  She watches from her neighbour's window as the new owners move in and transform her house into their holiday home.

CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE, JUNE 10TH-13TH, 7:30 PM.

http://www.chapter.org/miramar

For SPECIAL DISCOUNT TICKETS quote 'SAUSAGE AND MASH' to box office staff when buying tickets.

CHAPTER is fully accessible with lift to theatre and car park at rear of building, for more information about bus routes to venue http://www.chapter.org/maps-directions.

The show is approximately 1 hour long and there will be a Welsh performance on Friday 12th.

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Arts Care Gofal Celf - Weave (Pembrey Country Park)

  • Saturday 6th June 2015
  • Pembrey Country Park, Carmarthenshire

Type of Event: Multi Art Performance

Weave with textiles in this fantastic interactive arts project – bring the knitting nancy to life through the movement of weaving.

Learn knitting and weaving techniques whilst being part of a body knitting circle.  Experience being one of the pegs on the loom and help create a giant weaved structure as the fabric is woven around the human pegs to music in an interactive piece of movement.

For those interested in performance you could get the opportunity to create a dance using the woven structure and perform this during a final sharing.  Alternatively you could concentrate on the creation of the woven structure.  Make the project your own, lets weave.

Come and have a go, no experience necessary.  It’s fun for anyone over 50 and FREE.

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Arts Care Gofal Celf - Weave (Carmarthen)

  • Saturday 30th May 2015
  • Nott Square, Carmarthen

Type of Event: Multi Art Performance

Weave with textiles in this fantastic interactive arts project – bring the knitting nancy to life through the movement of weaving.

Learn knitting and weaving techniques whilst being part of a body knitting circle.  Experience being one of the pegs on the loom and help create a giant weaved structure as the fabric is woven around the human pegs to music in an interactive piece of movement.

For those interested in performance you could get the opportunity to create a dance using the woven structure and perform this during a final sharing.  Alternatively you could concentrate on the creation of the woven structure.  Make the project your own, lets weave.

Come and have a go, no experience necessary.  It’s fun for anyone over 50 and FREE.

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I Wish I Knew Then ... Performance

  • Saturday 23rd May 2015
  • Abbey Dingle Nursing Home

Type of Event: Drama Performance

‘I wish I knew then…’ an intergenerational project connecting children and the older generation through storytelling and performance within the community.

We all have had those ‘I wish I knew then’ moments and of course, the older generation with their long life experiences have tons of stories and knowledge to share with the younger generations.

At Abbey Dingle Care Home over May, children from the local community will be collecting and gathering stories from people living at Abbey Dingle Care Home to make an exciting performance called ‘I wish I knew then…’ where they will re-enact and tell the stories they discover from the people at Abbey Dingle Care Home and use it as a way to celebrate life and the stories that come along with it.

This project will come to a finale on the 23rd of May at 3pm for a performance at Abbey Dingle Care Home, as part of the Gwanwyn 2015 arts project.  The performance is open to the local community and we will be serving food and drink.

Please come along to share a unique experience as old and young come together to create something wonderful together.

All ages welcome for performance!

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Parkour for Older People

  • Saturday 16th May 2015
  • Wales Millennium Centre

Type of Event: Dance Workshop

Parkour Dance Company will be holding two workshop sessions that fuse parkour/freerunning with dance and yoga for well-being, fitness and performance purposes. Come and explore and reconnect with the environment in a safe and structured class led by qualified professionals.

Participants should come to the Preseli Room on the day, this workshop is on a first come first serve basis.  Anyone who misses the 11am morning session will be able to attend the 2pm session. There are 20 spaces available on each workshop.

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I Wish I Knew Then ... Workshops

  • Saturday 9th May 2015
  • Saturday 16th May 2015
  • Abbey Dingle Nursing Home

Type of Event: Drama Workshop

‘I wish I knew then…’ an intergenerational project connecting children and the older generation through storytelling and performance within the community.

We all have had those ‘I wish I knew then’ moments and of course, the older generation with their long life experiences have tons of stories and knowledge to share with the younger generations.

At Abbey Dingle Care Home over May, children from the local community will be collecting and gathering stories from people living at Abbey Dingle Care Home to make an exciting performance called ‘I wish I knew then…’ where they will re-enact and tell the stories they discover from the people at Abbey Dingle Care Home and use it as a way to celebrate life and the stories that come along with it.

This project will come to a finale on the 23rdof May at 3pm for a performance at Abbey Dingle Care Home, as part of the Gwanwyn 2015 arts project.  The performance is open to the local community and we will be serving food and drink.

Please come along to share a unique experience as old and young come together to create something wonderful together.

All ages welcome for performance!

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Gwanwyn Festival at Aberyswyth Arts Centre

  • Wednesday 6th May 2015
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Type of Event: Art

A free arts and well being day at Aberystwyth Arts Centre open to anyone aged 50 or over - feel free to come to all or part of the day

A day of free activities with the emphasis on fun and trying something new (tho' we positively welcome people with experience too!)

Sign up to one of our full length sessions or just come along to see what's happening, have some lunch and join in one of our drop in activities

Note - there will be limited places on some activities, so advance booking is essential

 

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