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Tŷhai

An exciting Indo-Celtic collaboration between three musicians based in Wales: Rajesh David (Indian vocals), Pete Stacey (saxophone and flute) and Dylan Fowler (guitar). Their musical adventure travels from the airs and dance melodies of Wales and the Celtic world to the ragas and rhythms of India.

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Black Is The Color Of My Voice

Written and performed by Apphia Campbell
Directed by Arran Hawkins and Nate Jacobs

Direct from sell-out performances in Shanghai, New York and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Apphia Campbell embarks on her debut UK tour.

Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, ‘Black Is The Color Of My Voice’ follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father. She reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church, to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.

After the theatre performance there will be an interval followed by ‘Soul Sessions’, Apphia’s cabaret show paying tribute to Nina Simone’s phenomenal career. Book early so you don’t miss this fabulous night out.

Campbell is a stunning performer with an intense command of the stage ranging from fragile child to sassy soul star to vulnerable, broken adult.

Campbell may wear Simone’s trademark head wrap but her performance goes beyond impersonation.

★★★★ The Times

Apphia Campbell is nothing short of sensational… she will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears.

★★★★★ Broadway Baby

A compelling and heartbreaking story, punctuated with bursts of song.

★★★★ Ed Festival Magazine

Campbell transfixed, she charmed, she entertained and ultimately moved a packed theatre with her touching portrayal of the jazz musician

Smart Shanghai

Supported by Night Out

Recommended for ages 12 +

Fern

7 Conversations Before The End Of Time: Re-enactments and New Dialogues

Over the course of one week, Artist in Residence and 2017 Creative Wales Award Recipient, Fern Smith re-enacts a series of Dialogues on Art, Life & Spiritual Renewal.

These dialogues were originally published 25 years ago in the ground-breaking book Conversations Before the End of Time by American author Suzi Gablik and are as relevant today as ever.

These profound and intimate dialogues with artists, writers and philosophers, address the central questions of the meaning and purpose of art in an age of accelerating social change, environmental crisis and spiritual uncertainty.

Over the past five years Fern, co-founder of Volcano Theatre has been in correspondence with the book’s author, inspiring her to develop Emergence, a new initiative which has at its heart the role of art and dialogue in the transition to a sustainable society.

Fern’s developing relationship with Gablik, now in her 80’s, culminated in a recent invitation to visit her at her home in Blacksburg, Virginia. Over two days last Summer, Fern sat with Suzi speaking with her about her work and fascination with the ‘art of dialogue’. This lead to an idea, with the author’s permission to ‘re-stage’ some of the original published dialogues with invited local artists whose work connects with environmental, social and spiritual ideas.

7 dialogues will be re-staged over 7 days. This is a creative collaboration with ‘the art of dialogue’ at its very heart. You are invited to witness, participate in your own dialogues share your own insights and reflections.

How do we live at a time of decline, maybe even collapse and what role does art have?

Times of the 7 Conversations will be published soon. Please contact the Box Office Tues – Fri 10am – 4.30pm and ask to be kept up to date. Alternatively you can email sam@smallworld.org.uk

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MaDCaff

MaDCaff is a fabulous open cafe event that showcases the talents of local musicians and dancers who are, or have been affected by mental illness. MaDCaff is about providing a safe space for people with mental health problems to share their stories, skills and talents.

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