Inspiring Our Littlest Theatregoers at The Welfare Ystradgynlais This Spring!

This season we have not one, not two, not three, but four; that’s right FOUR lovely shows for you and your little ones here at The Welfare Ystradgynlais. Let’s help them catch the theatre bug before they even start school!

Much more than just a nice thing to do for an hour; a trip to the theatre fires imaginations, fuels creativity and helps develop those all-important communication and social skills. So, mark the dates in your diary, print out and stick this newsletter onto your fridge as a reminder; or better still, book your tickets today and show your little one such stuff that dreams are made of!

Monday 19th February, 1.15pm
Tom is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop! When Tom’s endless drooling threatens to tear the brothers’ friendship apart can their dragon’s amazing magic help them put it back together again or will it only end up making things worse? Suitable for age 2 years upwards. The show is around 1 hour long.

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Wednesday 28th March, 1.15pm
This magical show has been written especially for grown-ups to enjoy with their children, so come and relive the delights of this most mesmerising of tales complete with the traditional feast of sing along songs, colourful animal characters and heart-warming family fun. Suitable for age 2 years upwards. The show is around 1hr long.

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a FlyTHE FLYING BEDROOM
Tuesday 10th April, 1pm
Elinor’s bedroom looks ordinary but it isn’t. When Elinor is asleep, her bedroom can fly. Join Elinor and her bedroom on an adventure to far off lands, under the sea and into outer space. A bilingual dance theatre show for 3-7 year olds. The show lasts 45mins and is followed by a free 45mins workshop for those who want to join in the fun.

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Flying Bedroom Promo Shoot Jan 2017 - 1LEAF,
Thursday 26th April, 10am, 1pm & 3pm

A playful theatre experience for the very young inspired by nature and the seasons. Join us as we tell the life story of a very special leaf in this warm, intimate and playful new piece. Recommended for 3yrs and under. The show lasts for 25mins and is followed by a play session.

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Half Moon Theatre presents Leaf at The Welfare Ystradgynlais, SwanseaTickets for all these shows are available to purchase online or by calling the box office on 01639 843163. Tickets are priced from just £5. We hope to see you and your little ones soon!

A Fun New Version of the Classic Tale by The Brothers Grimm’!

The Magic Porridge Pot by Sharman Theatre at The Welfare Ystradgynlais, Swansea

Image Credit: Emily Jones

Sherman Theatre presents The Magic Porridge Pot – a fun new version of the classic The Brothers Grimm tale. Written by award-winning playwright Alun Saunders, with songs and live music, this is the perfect trip to the theatre for families this Autumn.

In a village on the edge of the Enormous Forest, Aggie is always trying to help her mother and the other villagers, but often ends up just making a mess. Whilst on one of her adventures Aggie is given a magical pot which makes tasty porridge, but when her mother tries her hand at it and can’t make the pot stop, the town is filled with porridge and Aggie’s help is really needed… everyone.

Following last year’s highly successful production of The Emperor’s New Clothes, Sherman Theatre is delighted to be bringing this much-loved story to The Welfare.  A relaxed atmosphere perfect for the littlest of theatregoers and their grown-ups, The Magic Porridge Pot is overflowing with songs, music and fun for all the family, especially those under 7.

The show is just 50 minutes long, so plenty of time to get home for bed! The show is performed in the round, which means that the performers are in the middle and the audience sit around them on all sides. The children sit on cushions on the floor so that they are really close to the action; but don’t worry, there are chairs for grownups and more cautious children and you are welcome to sit on the floor with your child if that increases their enjoyment of the show.

The Magic Porridge Pot is at The Welfare on 8th November, tickets for the show are available to purchase online or by calling the box office on 01639 843163. Tickets are priced just £5 per person. We hope to see you and your little ones soon!

The Magic Porridge Pot
By The Brothers Grimm
Adaptation by Alun Saunders / Director Elgan Rhys
Wednesday 8th November, 6pm

BFI Black Star ICO National Tour


BFI Black Star is the UK’s biggest ever season of film dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors in some of the finest performances ever committed to film.The season puts stars of the past and present back on the big screen, recognising the vital role black actors have played in the history of cinema.
Drawing on the pioneering performances of the earlier days of cinema (The Proud Valley), through overlooked masterpieces (Nothing But a Man), to modern day classics (The Color Purple, Glory), Black Star showcases the work of actors classic and contemporary, from early pioneer Dorothy Dandridge to icons like Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Robeson and Denzel Washington.
Crossing genres, generations and the Atlantic, BFI Black Star celebrates performances that will inspire audiences and champions films that deserve to burn long in the memory.

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A month of heritage & classic films at The Welfare Ystradgynlais - Carmen JonesCarmen Jones (U) (1954)
Sunday 20 November,  4pm

In the perfect mix of opera and sexuality, Dorothy Dandridge (Porgy & Bess) heads up the all-black cast in Otto Preminger’s wartime update of Bizet’s opera Carmen by way of Oscar Hammerstein II. Dandridge smoulders in the title role as the temptress who lures handsome GI Joe (Harry Belafonte) from his fiancée Cindy Lou (Olga James), in the first Oscar-nominated performance by an African-American woman. Joe, an obedient corporal is all ready to go to flight school and marry his sweetheart until Carmen enters the picture with disastrous consequences. Preminger took a major risk in pursuing this film in the culturally conservative 1950s, but it paid off, becoming an instant box office hit and propelling Dandridge into stardom.

A month of classic & heritage films at the Welfare Ystradgynlais - The Proud ValleyThe Proud Valley (PG) (1940)
Wednesday 30 November, 7pm

Pen Tennyson directs this Ealing Studios drama set in a Welsh mining valley. In a role written for him, actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson stars as David Goliath, a charismatic African-American drifter who ends up in a small mining village in Wales. There, he finds work alongside the miners down the pit, and his magnificent singing voice attracts the attention of local choir director Dick Parry (Simon Lack), who has ambitions of winning the national choir contest on the strength of Goliath’s talent. However, a mining disaster puts both of these occupations on hold, and Goliath rouses a group of activists to march to London in the hope of reopening the mine in time to serve the nation’s wartime needs. It remains today an almost unique depiction of on-screen blackness for the time, with a multi-faceted hero: a politically active working man who transcends race and nationality.

This is all part of our month of Classic & Heritage Films!
Visit our website for more information on Anthropoid (15) (2016), The Battle of The Somme (PG) (1916) and Ystrad in Lights – Tick Tock and More.