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WHAT’S ON GUIDE | RHAGLEN DIGWYDDIADAU SPRING | GWANWYN

2017

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Croeso -Welcome Friends of the Congress If you would like to receive regular updates, advance booking and help to provide invaluable support to this vibrant community theatre, please speak to a member of staff today, or pick up one of our Membership guides.

Cyfeillion y Congress Os hoffech dderbyn y newyddion diweddaraf yn rheolaidd, cyfle i archebu ymlaen llaw a chymorth i ddarparu cefnogaeth amhrisiadwy i'r theatr gymunedol fywiog hon, siaradwch ag aelod o staff heddiw, neu codwch un o'n canllawiau Aelodaeth.

Volunteering at the Congress We are looking for people with a pleasant manner, enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to follow instructions. If you would like more information please speak to a member of staff who would love to talk to you.

Gwirfoddoli yn y Congress Rydym yn chwilio am bobl sydd ̂a natur ddymunol, brwdfrydedd, ymrwymiad a pharodrwydd i ddilyn cyfarwyddiadau. Os hoffech ragor o wybodaeth, siaradwch ag aelod o staff fyddai wrth eu bodd i siarad ̂a chi.

Venue Hire If you’re looking to put on a performance or hold a meeting, then we have many options open to you. From 312 seat auditorium to a 20 seat meeting room, with a central location, excellent parking and access we will be able to help whatever your needs.

Llogi’r Safle Os ydych yn ystyried cynnal perfformiad neu gyfarfod, yna mae gennym lawer o opsiynau ar gael ar eich cyfer. O awditoriwm ̂a 312 o seddau i ystafell gyfarfod 20 sedd, mewn lleoliad canolog, gyda pharcio a mynediad ardderchog, gallwn eich helpu beth bynnag yw eich anghenion.

Supported by | Cefnogir gan

Cwmbran Community Council

Registered Charity No. 1132687 | Elusen Gofrestredig Rhif 1132687


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Box Office Opening Hours Oriau Agor y Swyddfa Docynnau 09:30 - 17:00 Tuesday - Friday | Dydd Mawrth - Dydd Gwener 09:30 - 12:00 Saturday | Ddydd Sadwrn And one hour before performance times | Ac un awr cyn y perfformiad

Bookings can be made | Gellir archebu; 50 Gwent Square, Cwmbran

01633 868239

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There is a £1.00 booking fee per transaction on all card payments and a £2.00 fee online. Codir ffi archebu o £1.00 fesul trafodyn ar bob taliad cerdyn, codir ffi o £2.00 ar-lein.

Refunds & Exchanges: The theatre is unable to offer refunds, except in the event of a cancelled performance. Exchanges made only at the discretion of the box office and a fee will be charged. Ad-daliadau a Chyfnewidiadau: Nid yw'r theatr yn gallu cynnig ad-daliadau, heblaw bod perfformiad yn cael ei ganslo. Gellir cyfnewid yn ôl disgresiwn y swyddfa docynnau'n unig a chodir tâl.

Access | Mynediad Seating spaces for wheelchair users and accessible toilet. Mannau eistedd ar gyfer defnyddwyr cadeiriau olwyn a thoiledau hygyrch.

Lift to the first floor lounge. Lifft i’r lolfa ar y llawr cyntaf

Assistance dogs are welcome. Croesewir cw ̂n cymorth

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Hearing Loop system available. System dolen sain ar gael.

Hynt cardholders are entitled to a ticket free of charge for a personal assistant or carer. Visit www.hynt.co.uk for further information about the scheme or to complete an application form. Mae gan ddeiliaid cardiau Hynt yr hawl i gerdyn am ddim ar gyfer cynorthwyydd personol neu ofalwr. Ewch i www.hynt.co.uk i gael manylion pellach am y cynllun neu i lenwi ffurflen gais.


Talon the Acoustic Collection 03 March | Mawrth 2017 • 20.00 This year the show will once again be touring, and if you have not seen this show before then you are in for a real treat. Sat on bar stools and armed with no more than their trademark four part vocal harmony, acoustic instruments and laid back banter, Talon will leave you spellbound. Come and experience the other side of Talon as they perform a wide and varied selection of their own arrangements of contemporary acoustic classics. All Tickets : £15.50

The Congress Youth Theatre are please to bring you ‘Our House’ 15 - 18 March | Mawrth 2017 • 19.15 The story of Camden lad Joe Casey who, on the night of his 16th birthday, makes a decision that will change his life. Trying to impress Sarah, the girl of his dreams, Joe breaks into a building development overlooking his home on Casey Street. But things take a turn for the worse as the police turn up...... From then on Joe’s life splits into two. With Music from Madness this show will certainly not disappoint.......

Tickets : £9.00 ADULT £8.00 CONS

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Ceri Dupree 24 March | Mawrth 2017 • 19.30 The FAAAAAAABULOUS Ceri Dupree is back on the road with his One Man, 21 woman show. Presenting a glamorous evening of hysterical comedy, amazing vocal impersonations and jaw dropping, eye popping costumes. You could meet Adele, Cher, Joan Collins, Lady Ga Ga, Bjork, Shirley Bassey, Camilla and even the Queen! Ceri brings them all lovingly to life with a touch of Las Vegas class rarely seen in the UK today. Once described as ‘Joe Longthorne meets Lily Savage.... only with better legs!’ Early booking for this is strongly advised!!

All Tickets : £16.00

Magic a Kind of Queen 25 March | Mawrth 2017 • 19.30 MAGIC, the first and still the best tribute to Queen, perform all of Queen’s greatest hits plus some you may not have heard for a while, in their latest show for 2017. It’s refreshing that in these days of pre-recorded backing tracks, Magic perform completely live. With five vocals to back up the powerful lead vocal of the dynamic Roger Brown, Magic can recreate all the complex harmonies that are Queen’s trademark recording sound. This, along with two guitars, bass, drums and the brilliant piano and keyboard skills of Dave Chapman, produces a sound that is second to none. While not attempting to emulate Queen visually, Magic creates all the excitement of a Queen live show - not to be missed. “A superb show” Jim Jenkins, Queen Biographer “Magic are a brilliant band” Jacky Smith, Official Queen Fan Club secretary All Tickets : £18.00

March

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Gemini School of Dance presents La fille mal gardée 29 March | Mawrth - 01 April | Ebrill 2017 • 19.00 Gemini School of Dance present the comedy ballet La fille mal gardée (The wayward girl) With many other dance and musical items from the musicals Matilda, Cats, Hairspray and High School Musical

Tickets : £9.50 ADULT £8.50 CONS

Perfect Pitch 03 April | Ebrill 2017 • 19.30 It's an act present the hilarious John Godber comedy 'Perfect Pitch'. The play focusses on the relationships of two very different couples. Firstly we meet Ron, a snobby prematurely retired headteacher and his would-be marathon running wife Yvonne, who have gone camping for the first time in a caravan bought with Ron's early retirement money. At a cliff's edge, with a view of the sea, they are looking forward to a life of relaxing after stressful careers, with a trial run at a seaside campsite in Wales. But what they imagined would be an uneventful time to themselves is interrupted when seasoned caravanners Grant, a bull-terrier breeding former miner and his partner 30 year old Steph roll alongside in their battered old bird. Their loud arguments, and even louder love-making, breaks the comfortable silence Ron and Yvonne had built around themselves, forcing them to accept situations, and home truths, far outside their comfort zone. It's safe to say that Ron and Yvonne's lives will never be the same again!

Tickets : £13.00 ADULTS £11.00 CONS

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Jack the Ripper 04 April | Ebrill 2017 • 19.30 Trevor Marriott is a retired British Police murder squad detective, and leading Ripper expert, who since 2002 has been conducting a cold case investigation into The Whitechapel Murders of 1888 which were attributed to a fearsome unknown killer who came to be known as Jack the Ripper. For the past 128 years this mystery has captivated the imagination of people worldwide and still does today. In 2013 he toured UK theatres with his show titled Jack the Ripper-A 21st Century Investigation” He has now finally concluded his long and protracted cold case investigation with startling new evidence and new facts, which now not only dispel, but shatter the myth that has been Jack the Ripper for 128 years. Packed with pictures from 1888 showing original crime scene photographs of the victims, the suspects, and many other original photographs from 1888 relative to the murders. “Jack the Ripper-The Real Truth” is a show not to be missed.

Tickets : £12.00 ADULT £10.00 CONS This show contains some images of a graphic and disturbing nature. No one under 16 will be admitted without a parent or appropriate adult.

Pontypool Floral Arts 05 April | Ebrill 2017 • 19.00 It's a Spring thing - Floral Demonstration With National Demonstrator Sue Blandford Pontypool and District Floral Arts Society present an evening of flower demonstration. Why not come along and look at these magnificent arrangements and see for yourself how they are put together, who knows you may even be lucky enough to win one of them in the evening raffle.

All Tickets : £10.00

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Gasping 18 April | Ebrill 2017 • 19.30 "When Philip is challenged by his boss to find a new way of making money from nothing, he invents the Suck and Blow machine and along with it the business of air – providing private air, stockpiling air, and eventually selling air. In this sharp-witted satire on the ludicrous, dangerous endgame of commodification, Ben Elton pushes the logic of capitalism through to its ridiculous and alarming conclusion. All Tickets : £7.00 (In the Theatre Lounge/Studio)

Welsh Wrestling 19 April | Ebrill 2017 • 19.30 The number one family entertainment show in Wales is back with a bang! The Top rope flying, body slamming superstars of Welsh Wrestling will dazzle you and amaze you in this one night wrestling extravaganza! Come cheer the good guys, boo the bad guys, and make as much noise as possible at this over the top event which all the family with love!!

Tickets : £12.00 ADULT £9.00 CONS

Coro Cantabile 25 April | Ebrill 2017 • 19.30 Coro Cantabile Ladies Choir, conducted by Andrew jones, sing a wide variety of music to suit all tastes.

All Tickets : £7.00

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Jukebox and Bobbysox 29 April | Ebrill 2017 • 19.30 This show will have audiences rockin’, clappin’ singin’ and dancin’ in the aisles! It’s a high energy show as JUKEBOX & BOBBYSOX celebrates the music and style from two of the most influential decades in the history of music. Songs that will be instantly recognised by all age groups are included as the cast of 14 pay tribute to all the great artistes and bands of that extraordinary era, celebrating the incredible stars such as Dusty Springfield, The Everly Brothers, Connie Francis, Elvis Presley, Brenda Lee, Cliff Richard, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Petula Clark, Billy Fury and Cilla Black. Adding to the wonderful sounds will be a live band, fantastic backing vocalists, an amazing array of colourful costumes.... and the brilliant Bobbysox Dancers. You’ll be guaranteed an evening that will literally.... Rock your socks off! Don’t miss it!

All Tickets : £18.50

The New Jersey Boys Oh What A Night 05 May | Mai 2017 • 14.30 / 19.30 The music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons plus a tribute to Showaddywaddy Back by popular demand following their sell out show at the Congress Theatre last year, the packed 2 set programme featuring the amazing falsetto voice of Einar Vestman and the humour of all round entertainer Gary Gould, is a fusion of tight vocal harmonies and superb solo spots. Expect to hear such hits as Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man and many more. This years sparkling show includes a tribute to another great rock and roll band, Showaddywaddy. So don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing and dancing! Early booking recommended.

All Tickets : £16.00

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The Welsh Floyd 06 May | Mai 2017 • 20.00 The Welsh Floyd was formed in 1999, by its founder members Julian Hutchings and Peter Davis, the band has had different line-ups over 17 years, but the line-up now is the best ever. The band has performed all over Europe and Britain over the 17 years and is Wales’s No 1 tribute to Pink Floyd it brings all the classic Pink Floyd songs and also performs Dark side of the moon from start to finish the classic album that is still topping the album charts. So sit back and enjoy the sounds of Pink Floyd.

Don’t miss them!

All Tickets : £18.50

A Night at the Musicals 07 May | Mai 2017 • 19.00 The Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra make a welcome return to the Congress Theatre after sell-out performances in 2016, with their outstanding musicians, singers and a glittering programme filled with all your favourites from the musicals.

Tickets : £22.50 ADULTS £19.50 CONS

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Voodoo Room 11 May | Mai 2017 • 19.30 Paying tribute to both Hendrix & Cream - Voodoo Room are a stunning high energy "Power Trio" featuring some of the UK's finest musicians, whose credits include: Steve Winwood, Duran Duran, Ben E King, Fish, Thunder etc. NO WIGS NO PANTOMIME - JUST GREAT MUSIC PLAYED BY GREAT MUSICIANS! "INCREDIBLE MUSICIANS!" - Neneh Cherry. "THEY SOUND FANTASTIC" - Judi Spiers BBC Radio. "OUTSTANDING” - Blues In The South Magazine.

All Tickets : £14.00

Cwmbran Woodland Players Present Spiderific 12 May | Mai 2017 • 19.00 Cwmbran Woodland players are please to return to the Congress Theatre with their New Comedy Spideriffic written by their own member Lyndon House

Tickets : £12.00 ADULTS £10.00 CONS

The Dance Machine 19 May | Mai 2017 • 19.30 Rory Jackson nicknamed 'The Dancing Machine' brings his Michael Jackson tribute to The Congress Theatre. The Rory Jackson's tribute show features all the action, choreography, costumes and famous routines that made Michael Jackson the undisputed king of pop. Specializing in the BAD era of Michael Jackson's career, Rory is the same height, build and weight as MJ and has perfectly grown and crafted his own hair to give the perfect look-a-like experience.

All Tickets : £15.00

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Bringing Back the 60’s 20 May | Mai 2017 • 19.30 The hottest ticket in town has just arrived at your theatre. BRINGING ON BACK THE 60’S STARRING THE NEW AMEN CORNER with very special guest’s 60’s icon’s MIKE PENDER ORIGINAL VOICE OF THE SEARCHERS who’s hit include,Needles and Pins, When You Walk In The Room, Sweets For My Sweet, Sugar And Spice. MIKE d’ABO FORMER LEAD SINGER WITH MANFRED MANN performing such classics as, Ragamuffin Man, Ha Ha Said The Clown, My Name Is Jack, Mighty Quinn. Join us for a fantastic evening with Europe’s leading 60s revivalists, as they perform 2 hours of the million selling hit’s from the most prolific decade in musical history that was the 1960s. All Tickets : £18.50

The Oasis Experience 09 June | Mehefin 2017 • 20.00 The Oasis Experience is an outstanding 2 hour show led by front-man Degsy Williamson. The show will take you on a journey through the epic years and hits of super band Oasis. This show brought to you by the same promoters that brought the likes of The Bob Marley Experience, Bon Giovi, Mr Nice aka Howard Marks and Coldplace to the Congress Theatre. Are very exited to bring this show to Cwmbran.

All Tickets : £15.00

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Forbidden Nights 14 June | Mehefin 2017 • 19.30 FORBIDDEN NIGHTS are skilled and professionally trained performers, hand-picked from around the UK with charisma, undeniable talent, sparkling personality and honed physiques in equal measure. They can sing, they can dance and they are VERY easy on the eye! Featuring a vocalist, aerial artist, pole performer and fire act all delivered with an element of naughtiness but not so naughty that you can’t bring your Granny! The evening is suitable for ages 18 to 80.

Think Cirque de Soleil meets Magic Mike! Tickets : £13.50 / £20.00 seating dependent

The Grumbleweeds 17 June | Mehefin 2017 • 19.30 Join legendary comedy act 'The Grumbleweeds' for an evening of laughter, music, magic and more! It's a show that's full to the brim with of laugh-out-loud comedy routines, great singers, theatrical magic and fun for all the family! See exactly what's kept The Grumbleweeds at the very top of their game for over 50 years as they perform some of their hilarious comedy routines in this non-stop variety spectacular. Tickets : £19.00 ADULT £18.00 CONS

Creeds Cross 21 June | Mehefin 2017 • 19.30 The Welsh Floyd was formed in 1999, by its founder members Julian Hutchings and Peter Davis, the band has had different line-ups over 17 years, but the line-up now is the best ever. The band has performed all over Europe and Britain over the 17 years and is Wales’s No 1 tribute to Pink Floyd it brings all the classic Pink Floyd songs and also performs Dark side of the moon from start to finish the classic album that is still topping the album charts. So sit back and enjoy the sounds of Pink Floyd. Don’t miss them!

All Tickets : £19.50

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The Searchers 22 June | Mehefin 2017 • 19.30 The Searchers remarkable career continues. With such classic hits as, Sweets For My Sweet; Needles and Pins and When You Walk In The Room, they have contributed enormously in establishing the UK as the world’s leading nation in the music industry. There is no doubt that the decade that gave us The Beatles as well as The Searchers and many others was very special and will go down in history as being the most imaginative period of music creativity and expression. Don’t miss The Searchers live in concert!

All Tickets : £21.00

The Sounds of Simon 24 June | Mehefin 2017 • 19.30 Come on a journey as the full band take you through the early Simon and Garfunkel albums, through the massive success of Bridge Over Troubled Water and on to the Grammy award winning success of Still Crazy After All These Years and Graceland. With video clips, stories, and memories from the last 50+ years, this is a wonderful show filled with excellent music, nostalgia, and a genuine love for some great musicians. This is the UK’s longest running tribute to Paul Simon. Come and see why!

All Tickets : £15.00

The Beach Boys Story 28 September | Medi 2017 • 19.30 The Beach Boys Band is a tribute show that performs 100% LIVE the fantastic hits of the original Beach Boys, including God Only Knows – Good Vibrations – Wouldn’t It Be Nice – Surfin’ USA – I Get Around – California Girls – Fun Fun Fun and many more.

Tickets : £16.00 ADULTS £15.00 CONS

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Peter Kay Tribute Show 29 September | Medi 2017 • 19.30 Now in his 10th year and with over 2500 performances under his belt, Lee Lard is still being voted the most popular comedy tribute act in the UK! Lee's outstanding tribute to Bolton's funny man Peter Kay has now been enjoyed by thousands of fans throughout the UK and abroad. Lee Lard's Peter Kay Tribute Show is as popular now as ever and continues to 'sell out' wherever he goes. Tickets : £18.00 ADULTS £17.00 CONS

The Swinging Blue Jeans 06 October | Hydref 2017 • 19.30 Formed in Liverpool in 1961 as The Bluegenes, The Swinging Blue Jeans followed virtually the same path to success as many of their Merseybeat contemporaries during the early 1960s. After playing a succession of local dance halls and club engagements, including the Cavern Club, they travelled to Germany and appeared at the Star Club, Hamburg. The Jeans had their own 'Tuesday Guest Night' while they were resident band at the Cavern. One of the first bands they invited as their guests were The Beatles!

The Swinging Blue Jeans

Tickets : £19.00 ADULT £18.00 CONS

Jethro - The Bull and Bonkers Tour 19 October | Hydref 2017 • 19.30 Every once in a while there comes along a true comedy genius, someone who rapidly gains cult status with the British public. Such is the case with Jethro! Armed with nothing more than a microphone and delivered to you in a warm Cornish accent, Jethro has the rare ability to paint hilarious pictures in the mind of his audience.

All Tickets : 20.00

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March | Mawrth 2017

3 March | Mawrth

Talon the Acoustic Collection

21 - 23 March | Mawrth

Primary School Choral Festival

15 - 18 March | Mawrth 24 March | Mawrth 25 March | Mawrth

29 March | Mawrth - 1 April | Ebrill

April | Ebrill 2017

The Congress Youth Theatre present ‘Our House’

20.00 19.15 -

Ceri Dupree

19.30

Gemini School of Dance

19.00

Magic a Kind of Queen

19.30

3 April | Ebrill

Its An Act present Perfect Pitch

19.30

5 April | Ebrill

Pontypool Floral Arts

19.00

4 April | Ebrill

Jack the Ripper

18 April | Ebrill

19.30

AdHoc Theatre presents Gasping

19 April | Ebrill

Welsh Wrestling

29 April | Ebrill

Jukebox and Bobbysox

19.30 19.30

Andrew Jones

25 April | Ebrill

May | Mai 2017

5 May | Mai

Oh What a Night

7 May | Mai

A Night at the Musicals

6 May | Mai

19.30 19.30 14.30 | 19.30

The Welsh Floyd

11 May | Mai

20.00 19.00

Voodoo Room - Hendrix and Cream

12 May | Mai

19.30

Woodland Players

19 May | Mai

19.00

The Dance Machine

20 May | Mai

19.30

Bring back the 60’s

June | Mehefin 2017

19.30

9 June | Mehefin

The Oasis Experience

20.00

17 June | Mehefin

The Grumbleweeds

19.30

14 June | Mehefin

Forbidden Nights

21 June | Mehefin

Creeds Cross

22 June | Mehefin

The Sounds of Simon - A Tribute to Simon & Garfunkel

September | Medi 2017

29 September | Medi

October | Hydref 2017

6 October | Hydref

19 October | Hydref

19.30

The Searchers

24 June | Mehefin 28 September | Medi

19.30

19.30 19.30

The Beach Boys Story

19.30

The Swinging Blue Jeans

19.30

Peter Kay Tribute Show

19.30

Jethro - The Bull and Bonkers Tour

19.30

www.congresstheatrecwmbran.co.uk Box Office | Swyddfa Docynnau

01633 868239

This brochure is correct at time of going to print. The Congress Theatre reserves the right to alter any details without notice, due to any unforeseen circumstance. Mae'r llyfryn hwn yn gywir wrth fynd i brint. Mae'r Theatr yn cadw'r hawl i newid unrhyw fanylion Box Office Congress Theatre heb rybudd, oherwydd amgylchiadau annisgwyl.

March

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