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Polly March Polly March Updates from the arts journalist on Wales' vibrant arts and culture. Blog posts in total 278

  1. Thespian puppets breathe new life into Shakespeare at Wales' beauty spots

    Friday 26 April 2013, 15:14

    Nobody is praying for the emergence of summer more than the Taking Flight theatre company, who will be touring some of Wales' most stunning historic settings with their new outdoor production of A Midsummer Night's Dream from 3 May.

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  2. Circus performers to lead audiences on a merry dance at the Wales Millennium Centre

    Thursday 25 April 2013, 14:32

    For those of you who still imagine the circus as a seated experience in a big top with bearded ladies and seals bouncing balls on their snouts, you'd be surprised at just how far removed from that vision the work of the NoFit State company is.

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  3. Weeping, exploding pipes take centre stage at new gallery

    Thursday 18 April 2013, 15:28

    Attic gallery in Cardiff has played host to several interesting exhibitions exploring the various perspectives surrounding mental illness.

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  4. Academics, poets and musicians unite in evening to mark RS Thomas' centenary

    Wednesday 17 April 2013, 16:54

    This year marks a century since the birth of the celebrated Welsh poet and priest RS Thomas. Famed for his uncompromising and often stark representations of religion and the Welsh landscape, Thomas was also passionate about the Welsh nationalist cause and a fan of the visual arts.

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  5. Very best of Celtic dramatic talent to be showcased at festival

    Monday 15 April 2013, 14:14

    For those of you who missed some of the best productions to come out of Wales over the past year or so, this month and next there is a chance to revisit several of them as part of Clwyd Theatre Cymru's Celtic Festival.

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  6. Welsh baritone to reprise role of mad King George

    Friday 12 April 2013, 11:29

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the contemporary opera outfit Music Theatre Wales. To celebrate they are reprising an opera that chronicled King George III's descent into madness long before the hit film about him gripped audiences worldwide.

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  7. Performance poet is next Young People's Laureate

    Thursday 11 April 2013, 16:40

    When Martin Daws was a schoolboy he, like so many other young people, had little interest in the poetry he was taught in school. But, as a lover of musical lyrics and inspired early on by artists like Bowie and Dylan, as well as hip hop and rap, he soon learned that the scope of poetic verse reached...

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  8. Baby raves, babble and theatre for toddlers at Sherman's first family festival

    Tuesday 9 April 2013, 12:15

    Cardiff's Sherman Cymru theatre is playing host to a 10-day arts festival later this month aimed at families and children, and raving is on the agenda.

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  9. Community project "demystifies opera" while telling of Merthyr's turbulent past

    Friday 5 April 2013, 14:47

    When it comes to the stuff of local legend, there is no one better equipped to assume the role of storyteller than the very community the folklore concerns. For the people of Merthyr, delving back into the area's history for an arts and heritage project has yielded great hidden gems, which now form...

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  10. New work by 20 Welsh artists on show at Hay gallery

    Friday 5 April 2013, 11:01

    Spring may still seem tantalisingly out of our grasp due to the brisk outdoor conditions, but in a picturesque corner of Wales it has well and truly sprung. The Spring Show at the Lion Street Gallery in Hay-on-Wye showcases the best work on offer from contemporary artists working in Wales and the...

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  11. Group of senior citizens to act as senate in Camus' Caligula

    Thursday 4 April 2013, 14:48

    When Albert Camus wrote his absurd play-within-a-play Caligula, he hoped to show the chaos caused by the Roman emperor's obsession with the impossible. A new production sees a supporting cast of 65-80-year-olds from Cardiff acting as the Senate who decide Caligula's fate.

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  12. The Laugharne Weekend 2013

    Thursday 4 April 2013, 11:45

    Celebrated pop artist Sir Peter Blake, columnist and author Caitlin Moran and songstress Beth Orton are just some of the guests who will be heading to Laugharne this weekend for its seventh festival of literature and music.

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  13. A séance to summon up Shakespeare

    Thursday 28 March 2013, 12:02

    So much is written and thought about the great bard that anyone attempting to write a fresh play about him could be forgiven for feeling daunted by the great weight of the literary canon. But an intriguing new production being staged at the Sherman Cymru next month will attempt to explore the interior...

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  14. Dark comedy about perils of personal debt to tour Wales

    Wednesday 27 March 2013, 13:25

    Young Welsh company Waking Exploits has enjoyed hits with its recent productions, and next month the company will stage Dennis Kelly's Love and Money, with a 10-night run at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff before it goes on tour around Wales.

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  15. Public artworks brighten up cityscape once more

    Tuesday 26 March 2013, 10:30

    This week the streets of Swansea will once more become a canvas for artists who have created new public works for the city, as Art Across The City returns.

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  16. Life at arts centre to inspire poet's verse

    Monday 25 March 2013, 09:01

    The award winning poet Rhian Edwards has just been installed in post at the first-ever writer in residence at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

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  17. "Power and pleasure" of buildings to be celebrated in festival

    Friday 22 March 2013, 12:35

    This weekend the first-ever Wales Festival of Architecture gets under way in Aberystwyth. Instigated by the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) it features a raft of events aimed at sparking discussion about the practice.

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  18. Professor revisits 1902 bestseller for modern audiences

    Friday 22 March 2013, 12:11

    The work of Welsh novelist Allen Raine, so popular in the latter part of the 19th century, has largely been forgotten over time. Although written off as romances by publishers in the years after her initial popularity, her 11 novels possess all the ingredients of a really gripping read.

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  19. Tate loans impressive artwork to Pembrokeshire gallery

    Monday 18 March 2013, 12:01

    The artist Graham Sutherland is seen by many as one of the visionaries of 20th century art. A new exhibition at the Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St David's, Pembrokeshire, reveals how deeply Sutherland was influenced by the area's breathtaking scenery.

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  20. Children's writers to descend on Cardiff

    Friday 15 March 2013, 16:58

    Next week sees Cardiff hosting some of the younger generation's favourite authors and characters as the city's first-ever literature festival specifically for children gets underway.

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