Wales

Polly March

Updates from the arts journalist on Wales' vibrant arts and culture.

Blog posts in total 278

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  1. The new theatre company Papertrail is launching its first-ever production next weekend and the action will take place on-board a bus as it journeys through Barry. Day To Go is a new site-specific show insired by the people of Barry and their favourite stories and is created and directed by Brid...

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  2. If you’re looking for something different to do with the family this Easter then a secret location in Bute Street (not normally open to the public) is being transformed into the setting for an intimate new production.

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  3. A poignant exhibition of photographs by the inaugural winner of the Wales International Young Artist Award has just gone on display at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff.

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  4. Last May marked 100 years since the first silent black and white feature film, Raja Harischandra, was released in India and all across the world throughout 2013-14 celebrations have been taking place to herald the milestone. Now a multi-million pound industry, the genre produces up to 1,500 fil...

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  5. It's the centenary year of Dylan Thomas' birth and the arts events taking place in his memory are far too numerous to list. But one of the smaller scale productions touring Wales promises to cast a different glance at the great poet and writer.

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  6. When the American beat poet Allen Ginsberg wrote his poem Wales Visitation during a visit to the Black Mountains in 1967, he intended it as a neo-romantic response to Wordsworth’s infamous Tintern Abbey.

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  7. What will you be doing to mark this year’s International Women’s Day? If the answer is nothing then there is a new festival taking place at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre this weekend which promises a raft of thought-provoking and engaging discussions, workshops and performances.

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  8. New Welsh sci-fi action thriller The Machine has been creating a buzz at film festivals on both sides of the Atlantic and now Cardiff audiences will have their chance to see it at an exclusive screening this weekend to mark St David’s Day.

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  9. Hitchcock’s classic adaptation of John Buchan’s novel The 39 Steps is a favourite with many a film-buff. It was one of the original ‘man-on-the-run’ thrillers but in recent years a comic theatrical reworking of the film has proved popular in London’s West End and scooped several awards.

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  10. Tears in Rain, an exhibition of artwork exploring the social, cultural and health issues that surround conditions such as dementia, is running at The Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay.

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  11. Welsh director Kieran Evans is basking in success after winning a Bafta award for his first feature-length film. He scooped best outstanding debut by a British writer, director and producer for the raw and compelling Kelly + Victor, which is set in Toxteth, Liverpool.

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  12. In 2009 the Aberystwyth Arts Centre opened an award-winning complex of 18 creative studios with three set aside as space for a rolling programme of artists in residence.

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  13. Groeslon-based artist Stephen John Owen has just launched a colourful exhibition of canvases at Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw in Llanbedrog near Pwllheli. The pieces veer from bold landscapes and striking sunsets to observational pictures which record and celebrate everyday activities and people go...

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  14. Ever since Cape Town Opera’s founding patron Sir Donald Gordon generously contributed to the Wales Millennium Centre’s build, the two venues have enjoyed a strong creative partnership.

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  15. If you ask Meirion Ginsberg what drives him to create his unique brand of surreal portraits, he will tell you it is not the story or narrative in the picture but the intrigue generated by each face he captures.

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  16. Utah Bride, the emotionally-wrought debut full-length play by Carmen Medway Stephens, proved a sell-out on its 2012 tour and has now been adapted into the Welsh language for a new tour of Wales which is currently under way.

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  17. A new exhibition at Mostyn in Llandudno promises a unique journey around the UK through different artists’ eyes. It features 25 artworks inspired by the places in which the artists were born or raised.

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  18. A new show by the leading contemporary choreographer Lea Anderson MBE comes to Cardiff next week.

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  19. Over the next two weekends two of the most picturesque spots in south Wales will be transformed into cinemas as part of a series of public film screening events.

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  20. Next month sees Wales’ first-ever comedy writing conference aimed at inspiring the next generation of creators to pen more hilarious hits like Peep Show, Miranda and Fresh Meat.

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