Theatre of the Month > Theatr Brycheiniog
Horrors. Blimey, it’s always exciting, the launch of a new season, dying to tell the whole world about who’s coming to Brecon.
So who have we got? I’ll tell you.
I find it clichéd to say that we cater for everyone. On the other hand, we’re a big theatre in the middle of rural Wales, so we cast the net wide and try to look after everyone.
This October, our local superstar Baroque violinist Rachel Podger launches 11 years of Brecon Baroque Festival. The word Baroque actually means ‘mis-shapen pearl’ and I’ve no idea how that come be attached to JS Bach and his wiggy friends but there you go.
All I know is that we have an entire weekend of Baroque music – it’s hugely violin based and violins with cat gut strings at that. Trivia: Baroque music is performed ever so slightly flatter than usual orchestral music. The cat gut strings just cannot take the tightening. Tell your friends.
Almost at the other end of the musical spectrum, folky-dokey wunderkids CoCo And The Butterfields stomp the theatre stage on October 1. It’s kinda folk but not as we know it, Jim. CoCo play music on the same ballpark as Walk Off The World, if you have to have comparisons. They’re supported by the equally battily names Be Bop Da Jig.
With my serious hat on, you could also learn something this season. Elder statesmen of showbusiness and sporting endurance come to Theatr B in the shape of opera diva Lesley Garratt, Everest ascending mountaineer Chris Bonington and Oxford don Nick Middleton.
Nick talks about An Atlas Of Countries That Don’t Exist. Well, doesn’t that make a pleasant change from the usual end-of-the-pier act? Aparently, it’s an ‘eye-opening tour of a hidden world – wannabe and might-have-been countries that inhabit a realm of shifting borders, idealistic leaders and forgotten peoples’. Not to be missed – and I mean that.
Did I mention that it’s panto season soon? Well, not contented with one panto, we’ve got two coming up. Dick Whittington and Peter Pan – well, they’re the best aren’t they? I expect Captain Hook will be behind Peter Pan at some stage. And Dick will probably sing a song (carefully chosen from our wonderful hit parade / most downloaded list) to his cat. By the way, the cat character is never played by a real cat. Just in case you’re wondering.
Oh the new comedy club! I almost forgot. We have the Widdicombe name to drop here. Not star of stage and screen, Josh but his brother (or as we say in Welsh Wales, brawd) Henry.
Henry Widdicombe is the comedian turned entrepreneur responsible for Machynlleth Comedy Festival and the comedy tent at Green Man Festival. So he’s got credentials and he launches our new comedy club at the end of September. Trivia fact: He used to run Brecknock Knock Club at the theatre six or seven years ago. Household comedy names honed their acts before going stadium. And it’s all going to happen again. Hopefully.
I know what you’re thinking – where’s the ballet? Where’s the drama? Well, fret not. Ballet Cymru perform Romeo a Juliet on October 7 and we have drama in spades – Two by Jim Cartwright (with two actors), Black Rat perform Bouncers on October 27 and Motherlode bring The Good Earth on October 5.
Live music for air guitarists comes in the shape of Explosive Light Orchestra on October 8 and Joe Symes And The Loving Kind on November 12. Air guitars are available at the box office.
Did I leave anyone out from our entertainment spectrum? Rock climbing – Leo Houlding on November 29. Kids – CBeebies’ Bad Guys on October 26 and George’s Marvellous Medicine from December 6 – 10. Big musical numbers – Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra on November 11 and Broadway and Beyond on November 19. Popstars – Joe McElderry on November 4.
Of course, I haven’t covered everything. There’d be nothing to surprise you would there? Get on down to www.brycheiniog.co.uk for the full line-up. You might even find Sing-A-Longa-Rocky-Horror.
Here’s some history stuff.
Theatr Brycheiniog Brecon’s Centre for the Arts opened in April 1997, as the first wholly funded Lottery new build arts organisation in the UK. The Arts Centre is probably situated in one of the most picturesque locations of any venue in the UK. Built alongside the canal basin in the heart of Brecon, serving the town and surrounding areas of Powys, Monmouthshire and beyond it is rooted firmly in the community it serves. The venue currently provides a varied programme of theatre, dance, music and entertainment in its purpose built 477 seat auditorium and 120-seat studio/rehearsal space. It also hosts an exhibition programme in the Gallery.
The Arts Centre serves not only its community through an outstanding programme of quality professional English and Welsh language productions. It is home to the Brecon Baroque Festival and Brecon Jazz Futures, which both attract audiences and visitors nationally and internationally. The Gallery exhibits local, national and international artists, spaces for hire for community and commercial use and our Waterfront Bar & Bistro serves a varied Taste of Wales menu, of locally sourced and produced meals and snacks.
For more information or to order tickets please contact the Box Office team on 01874 611622