Creu Cymru regularly supports the membership by providing a tour co-ordination service – often of work seen on Go & See visits, or by Wales-based performers.
Recent examples include:Mr. & Mrs. Clark
They have three pieces to offer for spring 2013 (and late 2012) – two as Mr & Mrs Clark (both comedy theatre pieces, with strong elements of physical performance) and one from Marega Palser (a dance/visual art installation by the Mrs Clark half of the duo):
A comedy-drama, interactive foray into film noir, NINE allows the audience to choose the order of the scenes as the story unfolds: audience members select from a menu/programme and use a clapperboard to cue the scene. They can choose from any of nine scenes and can reselect the same scene to see how it develops. NINE is a multi-media performance that uses film, dance, theatre and performance to explore the state of a marriage through the role-playing of a film plot.
Available: 25 Feb to 7 April 2013
Fee: guarantee of £600 against a 70/30 split (they’ll need a spread of dates across Wales to meet ACW requirements).
More information: see the NINE attachment to this email – for youtube footage, tech details, reviews….
The piece toured earlier this year to Taliesin (at Volcano’s space), Aberystwyth Arts Centre and The Riverfront (Newport) – and worked really well.
More information: NINE
The Medicine Show
Song, dance and a dark sense of comedy combine to entertain, ridicule and provoke good health practice in Mr & Mrs Clark’s The Medicine Show. The audience can expect to be diagnosed with ailments they were unaware of, to be cured using unique alternative methods and to be entertained with a series of presentations aimed to promote harmonious living. This show, as all Medicine Shows, relies on the audience to believe, and The Clarks aim to win us over and make us feel good before taking us to a new utopian level of happiness.
Available: November/early December 2012, & late-January 2013 onwards (also September/October 2012 for late-bookers).
Fee: £550 v 70/30 split (workshop available, additional cost)
More information: see the Medicine Show attachment to this email – for clip, tech details, reviews….
The piece was developed as part of Incubator at Wales Millennium Centre in 2011. You can see it at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the duration of the festival, and in Cheltenham on 9 June and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama on 25 July.
More information: The Medicine Show
Sometimes We Look (Marega Palser)
A combination of dance, drawing, animation and printmaking that investigates how drawing and the simple use of mark making can affect the way movement can be created, and how dance, in turn, can affect the impulse to draw. Marega combines her training in Dance and Fine Art to provide a performing exhibition of her work with three of Wales’ finest movement artists: Catherine Bennett (Random, Volcano), Belinda Neave (Moving Being, Striking Attitudes) and Rosalind Brooks (Earthfall). This piece is ideally suited to a promenade installation in studio / gallery, but can work in a seated theatre space (as it did in Aberystwyth).
Available: April (after Easter) & May 2013
Fee: 3 nights of promenade performance (audience limited to 40 per night): £800 v 70/30 split
2 nights of promenade (ditto, 40 per night): £675 v 70/30 split
1 night of promenade (ditto): £575 v 70/30 split
or 1 night in seated theatre space: £800 v 70/30 split
More information: Sometimes We Look
The piece toured earler this year to venues including Chapter, Aberystwyth Arts Centre & Taliesin Arts Centre (at Volcano).
To book any of these pieces, please contact Yvonne: email@example.com / 01970 822222.
Cowbois: Contemporary Welsh folk tour
The tour organised by Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff with the help of Galeri Caernarfon.
Thursday 18th October 2012: The Welfare, Ystradgynlais
Friday 19th October: Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd
Saturday 20th October: Blackwood Miners Institute, Blackwood
Tuesday 23rd October 2012: Theatr Felinfach
Thursday 25th October 2012: Hafren, Newtown
Friday 26th October 2012: Theatr Stiwt, Rhosllanerchrugog
Thursday 1st November 2012: Neuadd Dwyfor
Friday 2nd November 2012: Galeri, Caernarfon
Here is some Information on the artists:
Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog: One of the most popular Welsh acts on the scene over the past year, with excellent performances in The Green Man Festival, Sŵn Festival and Maes B amongst the highlights. The band will be releasing their third album on the Sbrigyn Ymborth label in April / May 2012.
Formed in 2005 by Iwan, Dafydd and Aled Hughes – three brothers from the Llyn Peninsula, northwest Wales – Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog play a blend of folk, country and rock music. As well as their own material, the band often perform adaptations of traditional songs.
Their first album, ‘Dawns y Trychfilod’ was released in 2007 on the ‘Sbrigyn Ymborth’ label and topped the BBC C2 chart for Welsh-language releases. The band received the ‘Best New Band’ award at the BBC RAP Awards the same year. This was followed in 2008 by a single, ‘Paid a Deud – a duet with Gwyneth Glyn.
2009 saw Llyr Pari of label mates Jen Jeniro join the band as additional guitarist. His second performance was on the main stage of the ‘Wakestock’ festival in north Wales. Branwen Williams, who had contributed backing vocals on ‘Dawns y Trychfilod’, joined in 2010 on keyboards and vocals. This, alongside Euron Jones’ pedal-steel guitar (which featured on ‘Paid a Deud’) brought a different sound to the second album, ‘Dyddiau Du, Dyddiau Gwyn’, released in 2010.
Recorded with David Wrench, the album brought wider attention to the band, including airplay on BBC 6Music and positive reviews in publications and website in Wales and England. This was followed by live performances at many festivals over the summer of 2011, including the Green Man Festival in the Brecon Beacons, and as one of the headlining acts of ‘Maes B’ in the Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, Wrexham. ‘Dyddiau Du, Dyddiau Gwyn’ received the Album of the Year award from Welsh music magazine ‘Y Selar’.
Over the years the band have recorded numerous sessions, both studio and acoustic, for BBC Radio Cymru as well as many live performances and videos on Welsh-language television channel S4C, notably on the ‘Bandit’ and ‘Nodyn’ programmes.
In 2011, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog were one of four bands included on ‘Y Record Goch’, a compilation double vinyl – the first in a series by the new ‘Recordiau Lliwgar’ label. It was a very busy year for the band, with around 50 live shows played between April and the end of the year. These included some of the band’s first appearances outside Wales, in Ireland and London. An original track, ‘Y Ffenast’, was included on Fatea Records’ Winter 2011 Showcase Session.
The band has stated that their third album will be released in early 2012. Three new songs were broadcast on Radio Cymru’s‘Trac’ programme in November 2011.
The Gentle Good: An artist that has an exceptionally busy year following the release of his second album, ‘Tethered for the storm’ early in 2011. As well as having the album nominated as album of the year in the inaugural Welsh Music Prize, the band also performed in numerous music festivals including Latitude, Brecon Jazz and The Green Man Festival. Gareth Bonello (the inspiration behind The Gentle Good) has also just returned from a six weeks artist residency in Chengdu, China, a project that was funded by The British Council and the PRS Foundation. The Gentle Good are also looking to release new material in 2012. The Mavron Quartet will be performing as part of The Gentle Good’s band on this tour.
Writing in both English and Welsh, The Gentle Good create intricate yet beautiful modern folk music tinted with psychedelia that has seen the critical press draw comparisons with such luminaries as Nick Drake, Martin Carthy, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, John Martyn and Donovan. Since Gareth began performing in 2005 his music has become a prominent feature of the Welsh music scene and is regularly broadcast on both Welsh and English language radio and television.
Gareth signed to Welsh record label Gwymon in 2007 and has released three critically acclaimed records; the EP Dawel Disgyn (2007), debut album While you slept I went out walking (2008) and the follow up album Tethered for the Storm (2011). For the most recent record Gareth worked with composer Seb Goldfinch and the Mavron String Quartet to bring subtle baroque string arrangements to his finger picked guitar sound. In the summer of 2011 The Mavron Quartet joined The Gentle Good on stage for a series of triumphant performances at Latitude Festival, Brecon Jazz and The Green Man.
Capable of performing as a solo guitarist and singer or with a full band and string section, The Gentle Good have played extensively at home and abroad at festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude, The Green Man, End of the Road, Brecon Jazz, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Lorient Interceltique and South by Southwest.
Gareth was awarded the Composer of the Year Award 2011 by BBC Radio Cymru and Tethered for the Storm was nominated for the inaugural Welsh Music Prize in the same year. In the autumn of 2011 Gareth was selected by The British Council and PRSF to take up an artistic residency in China. Travelling to Chengdu in Sichuan province, Gareth began work on a new record that fuses elements of traditional Chinese and Welsh music scheduled for release in the summer of 2012.
As a keen multi-instrumentalist Gareth has collaborated with many of the most talented acts on the Welsh scene, including Richard James (ex Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci), Cate le Bon, Lisa Jen, 9bach, Geraint Jarman, Gwyneth Glyn and many more. Gareth is also involved in running an evening at Chapter arts Centre in Cardiff called ‘In Chapters’, which brings together talented writers and musicians from all over the country to collaborate for an evening of themed music and literature.
Georgia Ruth: Exciting young artist that has generated a lot of attention over the past year. As well as performing in Glastonbury in 2010 she has had the opportunity to support a number of well known musicians including Seth Lakeman, Sweet Billy Pilgrim and Damien Jurado. She will be releasing her debut EP on the Gwymon label in early 2012 with an album to follow towards the end of the year.
Growing up in west Wales, Georgia Ruth Williams became accustomed to sea mists, strange sounds and the melancholy beauty of the Anne Briggs, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell songs found in her mother’s record collection.
Quickly gathering support for her hybrid of folk and blues, she appeared both at Glastonbury and SWN Festival (curated by Huw Stephens) and recorded a session at Maida Vale which was played by Bethan Elfyn on her Radio 1 in Wales show. In 2010 she appeared at Greenman (and was interviewed by comedian Josie Long for Radio 1) and at HMV’s Next Big Thing series (opening for Sweet Billy Pilgrim, after lead singer Tim Elsenburg declared himself a fan). She opened for Seth Lakeman at some of his UK Summer dates last year, and supported Damien Jurado at his September show in Cardiff’s The Globe. She played at the Union Chapel in July 2011 for Arctic Circle’s Daylight Music show.
Now aged 23, with a harp, an assortment of reed organs and an unfailingly haunting voice, Georgia presents a new collection of songs that recall those early-inherited sounds to startling effect. Recorded by David Wrench (Everything Everything, James Yorkston, Bat for Lashes) in the stillness of Snowdonia’s BrynDerwen studios in January 2011, these four original songs feature Georgia on vocals, harp, piano, rhodes and organs; Pete Richardson (of Y Niwl) on drums; Pete Walton on double bass and fiddle; and David Wrench on vibraphones.
Georgia’s version of old Appalachian song, ‘Old Blue’, was recently featured as MPFree of the Day on the Lauren Laverne 6 Music Morning Show.
Georgia presents a regular late-night music show on BBC Radio Cymru.
Crashmat Collective presents Façade, an intimate circus-theatre performance
Inviting bookings for a tour in February / March 2013 (funding pending) - click here for more information
Interest has been shown by Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Pontardawe Arts Centre, SPAN Arts, Theatr Brycheiniog, Riverfront, WMC.
The tour is available for booking between Monday 21st May through till Thursday 31st May, 2012
|In association with Unity Theatre & The Met
An ‘undiscovered’ Aristophanes comedy – the story of three Greek nobodies caught up in a celestial bet between Zeus, Hera and Hercules. Our unwitting heroes: Stanzas (a terrible poet), Darius (the runt of the litter) and Hermaphrodite (born a girl) travel to compete in the ancient Olympics and take on the heroes of the sporting world with epic results for mankind and realistic willies.
‘Definitely triple gold.’ – The Stage
Learn the prophesy of the Oracle!
‘A refreshing and masterful piece of original storytelling… Definitely worthy of a gold medal.’ – Three Weeks
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|The Games incorporates clown, original music, song and shadow puppetry and is co-directed by Mark Smith (Spike) with Toby Park (Spymonkey). Original music composed by Toby Park.
‘Hilarious from beginning to end…’ – What’s On Stage
Spike has been touring comedy theatre across the UK and Europe since 1997. The Games is the company’s 12th touring show.
‘Packed full of energy and fit to burst with wit.’ – The Public Reviews
The Games – Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 - Press & Media Quotes
The Stage (Must See!)
‘The wickedly funny result is Horrible Histories meets Up Pompeii! with a punch in every line.’ – Mark Awde, The Stage
‘Colin Eccleston’s simple set is expertly designed to make the best out of any space, handy for directors Mark Smith and Toby Park who confidently guide the cast through a script to die for that will win over most audiences’ – Mark Awde, The Stage
‘Spike Theatre’s farce qualifies as a ripping comedy in its own right.’ – Mark Awde, The Stage
‘The trio of performers give their all to the audience while ruthlessly refusing to compromise on the humour – a simple and winning formula…’ – Mark Awde, The Stage
‘Definitely triple gold.’ – Mark Awde, The Stage
‘This fusion of puppetry, clowning, dance and singing, with its skilfully crafted melting-pot of gags and quips, manages to captivate without ever letting up.’ – Andrew Latimer, Three Weeks
‘…it’s a refreshing and masterful piece of original storytelling.’ – Andrew Latimer, Three Weeks
‘Definitely worthy of a gold medal.’ – Andrew Latimer, Three Weeks
‘The writing is clever without being haughty, at times knowingly descending into comically naff rhymes and narrative cliché because it’s entertaining – and that’s much more important to Spike Theatre than impressing us with how clever they are.’ – Kieron Corcoran – Broadway Baby
‘Supremely deserving of your time and money.’ – Kieron Corcoran – Broadway Baby
‘Packed full of energy and fit to burst with wit. – Melissa Rynn, The Public Reviews
‘Hilarious from beginning to end…’ – Joe Plumb, What’s On Stage
‘If next year’s Olympiad in London is anything like this performance, we are in for a treat!’ – Joe Plumb What’s On Stage
‘This show will appeal to anyone who loves good old fashioned physical comedy and a few appendage jokes!’ – Joe Plumb, What’s On Stage
‘It’s got rubbish rhymes, a naked, short, fat bloke and a woman – what more could you possible want!’ – Joe Plumb, What’s On Stage
|Musical Theatre Matters
‘Puppetry, slapstick and ‘wink, wink, nudge, nudge’ abound in this highly entertaining production.’ – Musical Theatre Matters
‘This is an innuendo filled, slapstick tour de force, true to the little seen Greek comedy form.’ – Musical Theatre Matters
‘A hugely entertaining modern farce skillfully performed by a trio of bright young things’ – Dan Lentell, Fringe Review
‘Part road movie, with a dash of romcom, some penis puppets, a broadway musical and a hearty deal of bro-mance, The Games is an intelligent and witty parody/tribute.’ - Dan Lentell, Fringe Review
‘This is a smart and very funny, expertly produced and performed parody/tribute.’ – Dan Lentell, Fringe Review
‘…unmissable’ – Dan Lentell, Fringe Review
‘The audience warmed to the performance from the outset.’ – David Cox, Remote Goat
‘The pace didn’t falter with some hilarious set pieces including a truly memorable chariot race.’ – David Cox, Remote Goat
‘For an hour of silly fun, a moral ending with a cast of thousands and some of the worst puns on the Fringe, the Spike Theatre company is the team to beat.’ – David Cox, Remote Goat
‘There’s plenty of clowning, appallingly bad poetry and even worse puns from the cast of three, and it is very, very funny.’ – Peter Lathan, British Theatre Guide
‘This jubilant little hour of theatre has everything you might expect from a comedy about Ancient Greece, (jealous Gods, feats of strength,) and a whole lot more that you won’t see coming…’ - Hannah Friedman, Theatre Guide London
‘A whirlwind of fun with liberal helpings of romance, friendship, and heroic revelations.’ - Hannah Friedman, Theatre Guide London
‘The Games is part Monty Python, part Aristotle, part musical farce, and is overall a very playful, enjoyable show. - Hannah Friedman, Theatre Guide London’
‘[The Games] is possessed with so much charm and enthusiastic energy that it proves impossible not to like’ – Edinburgh Spotlight
‘An enjoyable and good-natured comedy pentathlon: farce, slapstick, music, puppetry and puns’ – Edinburgh Spotlight
‘The Games from Spike Theatre is gloriously funny…’ – Ben, One4Review
‘Liam Tobin, Jamie Wood and Lauren Silver are all magnificent in their versatility.’ – Ben, One4Review
‘I laughed throughout. Utterly, utterly brilliant.’ – Martin Powell, Scotsgay
|Liverpool Echo 8/10
‘[Spike] don’t disappoint in the off-kilter stakes here, with the 70-minute Olympic romp a riot of tomfoolery, twisting wordplay, physicality, music, puppets and an awful lot of near nudity and comedy genitalia.’ - Catherine Jones Liverpool Echo
‘…so deliciously excruciating you’ll watch through your fingers.‘ – Catherine Jones Liverpool Echo
‘Engaging and original… fun and games – Catherine Jones Liverpool Echo
|Made Up: On Stage in Liverpool
‘An absolute riot, and worth 70 minutes of any punter’s time.’ – Vicky Anderson
‘You’d be hard pressed to find a funnier theatre show up there this summer.’ – Vicky Anderson
‘Bursting at the seams with silliness, songs, and gags… it speeds by in a tornado of slapstick, clowning and pure entertainment.’ - Vicky Anderson
‘The Games packs a serious comedy punch and is real feelgood theatre that you can palpably feel winning over the audience with its positivity and wonderful sense of fun.’ - Vicky Anderson
Current work that is available for touring includes:
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