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NPT goes Glee . Ce our community lebrate at the grand final of choir competit ion with groups from around th e county of all ages and abilit ies. Glee yn dod i CN PT Dathlwch ro ein cystadleua eth i gorau cym wnd derfynol fawreddog un rhan o’r sir, o bo edol gyda grwpiau o bob b oed a gallu. Tickets: £5 Adult s £3 Concessio ns

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CINEMA Pontardawe Film Club Want to learn more about film? Want to see interesting movies? Then why not join Pontardawe Film Club for just £40, £30 Concessions for an Annual Subscription, which will give you entry to 20 films over the year, including Talk about Kevin, The Weekend, A Separation & The Deep Blue Sea as well as a range of social events linked to the films. Non Members welcome, individual film tickets cost just £5.50 £3.50 Concessions www.pontardawefilm.co.uk

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Pontardawe Cinema New Horizons Film Festival for children and young people Monday 23rd January – Friday 27th January

Pontardawe Arts Centre hosts the town’s cinema which regularly screens many of the latest releases.

Special Offer… All films just £2.50 per person. Get monthly updates on the latest releases directly to your inbox, email artsmarketing@npt.gov.uk and quote ‘cinema’ to register to your email address.

Featuring workshops and animated films from around the world. The workshops will be interactive and engaging and will allow pupils to use animated films as an inspiration and starting point for writing new stories. We will explore aspects of film such as scenography, soundtrack, plot and character through fun, group exercises. By the end of the workshop we will have created a brand new collaborative story, which everyone will get a copy of before they leave.

Latin American Film Festival Saturday 21st January 12 noon 3 Films and a Sumptuous feast all for just £12 For more information please visit www.pontardawefilmclub.co.uk Please book by Monday 16th January


Good Night Little Star Sunday 29th January at 7pm

Welsh Comedy Showcase!

On September 13th 2011, 5 year old Harry Patterson from Alltwen, died in tragic circumstances.

Ar 13 Medi 2011, bu farw Harry Patterson, 5 mlwydd oed, o Alltwen, mewn amgylchiadau trist.

Bydd hi’n noson i’w chofio! Felly byddwch yn rhan ohoni a dewch i gefnogi Follow Your Dreams, elusen i blant yn Ne Cymru sy’n helpu plant ag anableddau dysgu i wireddu eu breuddwydion!

Harry’s fund has been set up to keep his memory alive, to create a permanent memorial to Harry and to help parents that have lost children in tragic circumstances. Harry was a born performer - he loved to sing, dance and make people laugh - and so tonight we present an evening full to the brim with song, dance and laughter in celebration and thanks for the joyous, loving, funny, mischievous little boy that was Harry Patterson. Come and join the celebration and say good night to a little star.

Sefydlwyd Cronfa Harry er mwyn cofio amdano, i greu cofeb barhaol iddo ac i helpu rhieni sydd wedi colli plant mewn amgylchiadau trist. Roedd Harry’n berfformiwr o’r cychwyn cyntaf - roedd yn dwlu ar ganu, dawnsio a gwneud i bobl chwerthin - ac felly heno, rydym yn cyflwyno noson yn orlawn o ganu, dawnsio a chwerthin er mwyn dathlu a diolch am y bachgen bach llon, cariadus, doniol a direidus sef Harry Patterson. Dewch i ymuno yn y dathliadau a dweud nos da wrth y seren fach.

Compered by Kevin Johns. Cyflwynir y noson gan Kevin Johns.

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Friday 27th January at 7.30pm Join us for a top class ‘Welsh Comedy Showcase’ hosted by Phil Evans, Wales’ best kept secret. Phil will introduce you to a great team of Wales’ best comedians who have been hand picked for this special occasion. This will be a night to remember for years to come! So be part of it and at the same time show your support for Follow Your Dreams, a South Wales based children’s charity helping learning disadvantaged kids make their dreams come true! ^ ni am ‘Welsh Comedy Showcase’ a gyflwynir Dewch i ymuno a gan Phil Evans, cyfrinach orau Cymru – www.philevans.co.uk a fydd yn eich cyflwyno i d^Im gwych o gomed¨Iwyr gorau Cymru a ddewiswyd yn arbennig ar gyfer yr achlysur arbennig hwn.

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The Webb Sisters Thursday 2nd February at 7.30pm Born into a family of musicians in Kent, England, Charley and Hattie are The Webb Sisters..... Dynamic performers with expressive voices and mournful harmonies, The Webb Sisters are multi-instrumentalists and songwriters of originality and intelligence. Ingénues yet thinkers, the sisters create enthralling live performances. Their singing and playing (harp, guitar, mandolin, piano, drums) draw from the folk and pop traditions of Britain and the United States. The Webb Sisters have recorded three albums, building a following on their travels, achieving album, single and record of the week on iTunes and BBC Radio Two. A hwythau’n berfformwyr deinamig a’u lleisiau llawn mynegiant a harmonēau atseiniol, mae’r Webb Sisters yn amlofferynwyr a chyfansoddwyr caneuon gwreiddiol a deallus. Yn ingénue ond yn feddylwyr, mae’r chwiorydd yn creu perfformiadau byw cyfareddol. ^ y mandolin, y Mae eu canu a’u chwarae (y delyn, y gitar, piano a’r drymiau) yn tynnu ar draddodiadau gwerin a phop Prydain a’r Unol Daleithiau. Mae’r Webb Sisters wedi recordio tri albwm, gan ddatblygu cefnogwyr yn ystod eu teithiau, a chyrraedd albwm, sengl a record gorau’r wythnos ar iTunes a BBC Radio Two. Tickets: £14 In Advance £16 On the Day Unreserved Seating

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Squashbox Theatre presents

The Sea Show Saturday 4th February at 3pm A member of Kneehigh Theatre, Cornwall’s internationally renowned Theatre Company Craig Johnson presents The Sea Show.

Mae The Sea Show yn gymysgedd doniol a gwahanol o bypedau, astudiaethau naturiol a chabaret comedi.

The Sea Show is a quirky and hilarious mix of puppets, natural history and comedy cabaret.

Cewch gwrdd a^ chymeriadau lloerig megis Morwenna y forforwyn hardd, Ruan yr wylan ddiwygiedig a’r hen longwr, Capten Pemburthy yn ogystal a^ chriw o chwistrellau môr, anenomis, llygaid meheryn, crancod a phenwaig drygionus

Meet crazy characters like Morwenna the beautiful mermaid, Ruan the reformed seagull and salty seadog Captain Pemburthy, as well as a cast of mischievous sea-squirts, anemones, limpets, crabs and pilchards. Come and celebrate the sea with tales, silly slapstick, fantastic facts, live music and songs - unmissable fun for children and adults of all ages!

Dewch i ddathlu’r môr gyda straeon, slapstic, ffeithiau ffantastig, cerddoriaeth fyw a chaneuon - hwyl na ddylid ei cholli i blant ac oedolion o bob oed!

Tickets: £5 Suitable for ages 5+ and their families Duration: 50 minutes Unreserved Seating

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“We had great fun watching the sea show and making shadow puppets to tell stories just watch out for the seagull!” Emma, 10 11


Headliner Gavin Webster mixes clever observations with incredible flights of surrealism to create huge belly-laughs.

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Support Caimh McDonnell is better known as the silver fox of comedy - he is both as precious and as cunning. A wonderful raconteur. With two kids under 5, your resident host James Cook will be so glad to be out of the house that he’s bound to ensure a top night of entertainment. Mae’r prif berfformiwr, Gavin Webster, sy’n Geordie i’r carn, yn cymysgu arsylwadau clyfar gyda throeon anhygoel o swrealaeth i greu chwerthiniadau dwfn enfawr.

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Mae’r perfformiwr cefnogi, Caimh McDonnell, yn fwy adnabyddus fel llwynog arian comedi - mae yr un mor werthfawr a chyfrwys. Storēwr gwych.

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James Cook

Bydd James Cook, cyflwynydd y cyflwynwyr hunanhonedig, a’ch cyflwynydd arferol, yn cyflwyno’r noson

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Cha..Cha.Cha!! & Tango with us as The Arts Factory @ PAC goes Strictly Come Dancing! Thursday 16th February at 2pm

Thursday 9th February at 2.30pm Pontardawe Arts Centre has stepped back in time with the good old days of Victorian Music Hall. This 60 minute tonic has everything you need from good old fashioned Music Hall with favourite sing-alongs such as “Roll out the Barrel” and “I do like to be beside the Seaside” plus the Pearly Kings and Queens of old London Town. Y Ffatri Gelfyddydau @ CCP yn croesawu....Hen ddyddiau Da y Theatr Gerdd. Mae Canolfan Celfyddydau Pontardawe wedi camu nôl mewn amser gyda hen ddyddiau da’r theatr gerdd Fictoraidd. Mae gan y tonig 60 munud hwn bopeth mae ei angen arnoch o Theatr Gerdd hen ffasiwn.

It will be nice to see you to see you nice! Beth am roi cynnig ar ddawnsio dull neuadd ddawns gyda’n dawnswyr ifanc dawnus. Arddangosiad 45 munud o’r goreuon o ddawnsio dull neuadd ddawns gyda gweithdy/dosbarth cyffrous i ddilyn gyda thiwtor profiadol a’r dawnswyr fu’n arddangos eu doniau.

Tickets: Display only £3.50, Workshop only £5.50, Display and Workshop £8

The Arts Factory logo by Lydia Shaw

The Good Olde Days of Music Hall

Why not try your hands and feet at Ballroom with our young talented dancers. A 45 minute display of the very best of ballroom followed by an exciting workshop/class with an experienced tutor and our display dancers.

Display commences at 2pm, followed by a Workshop at 3pm PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE

A ticket, a cup of tea and a slice of cake for just £3.50 The perfect way to spend the afternoon!

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Sambasunda Quintet

Groundbreaking gamelan innovators SambaSunda have a flair for experimentation with new ideas, both forwards and backwards in tradition. In their latest incarnation, Sambasunda strip down to a quintet, reflecting an enduring classical tradition of Sundanese music while at the same time creating something fresh, modern and original.

Friday 17th February at 7.30pm

The music is centred on the kacapi, a boat-shaped zither whose mellifluous tones have been heard in Sunda (West Java) for centuries. It’s a haunting and evocative sound which connects to the Sundanese soul and poetry often singing of displacement, longing and melancholy. Using kacapi, violin, suling (bamboo flute) and the unique, tuned kendang drums to accompany a truly stunning singer (and dancer!) Mae gan Sambasunda, yr arloeswyr gamelan blaengar, ddawn am arbrofi gyda syniadau newydd sy’n symud ymlaen ac yn ôl yn mewn tradddodiad. Ar eu gwedd ddiweddaraf, mae Sambasunda yn bumawd sy’n adlewyrchu traddodiad clasurol parhaus o gerddoriaeth Sundanaidd, ac ar yr un pryd yn creu rhywbeth ffres, cyfoes a gwreiddiol. ^ Mae’r gerddoriaeth yn canolbwyntio ar y kacapi, sither siap cwch y mae ei donau melodaidd melys wedi’u clywed yn Sunda (Gorllewin Java) ers canrifoedd. Mae’n creu sain swynol ac atgofus sy’n cysylltu ag enaid a barddoniaeth y Sunda sy’n aml yn canu am ddadleoli, hiraeth a’r felan. Yn defnyddio kacapi, feiolin, suling (ffliwt bamboo) a’r drymiau Kendang cyweiriedig, unigryw yn gyfeiliant i ganwr (a dawnsiwr) gwirioneddol drawiadol! E

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Pentangle Wednesday 22nd February at 7.30pm Celebrating the launch of their new live CD and UK tour, this concert is a rare opportunity to catch Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle in an intimate atmosphere.

Yn dathlu lansio’u CD byw newydd a’u taith ledled y DU, mae’r gyngerdd hon yn gyfle prin i weld Pentangle Jacqui McShee mewn amgylchedd cartrefol.

Jacqui McShee is best known as lead singer and co-founder of the original Pentangle with Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. Jacqui’s current band consists of band members Spencer Cozens (Keyboards & Vocals), Gerry Conway (Drums), Alan Thomson (Bass) and Gary Foote (Saxaphone & Flute), who will perform an exciting and eclectic mix of folk, blues, jazz and world music.

Mae Jacqui McShee yn enwog fel prif ganwr a chyd-sylfaenydd Pentangle gyda Bert Jansch a John Renbourn. Mae band presennol Jacqui yn cynnwys Spencer Cozens (Allweddellau a Chanu), Gerry Conway (Drymiau) , Alan Thomson (Bas) a Gary Foote (Sacsoffon a Ffliwt), a fydd yn perfformio cymysgedd cyffrous ac eclectig o ^ jazz gerddoriaeth werin, blws, a cherddoriaeth y byd. M I LY F R IE

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A Pontardawe Arts Centre & Citrus Arts production Friday 24th February at 8pm

New Line up! Expect the unexpected as Cwtch Cabaret opens its doors once again to an exciting evening of alternative cabaret! If you are looking to spice up your routine, look no further! Cwtch Cabaret is a slice of decadence, with performances from curious circus acts, mesmerising musicians and hilarious comedians. Cwtch Cabaret offers an array of sensational artists, from the juggling and trickery of Luke Wilson, aerial art and acrobatics of vampish siren Petra Lange, humour galore from off the wall comedian Frank Sinazi and of course the return of the hilarious antics of Chris Lynam and Kate McKenzie. Why not blow away the winter blues and be enticed into a whimsical world of indulgence, and let Cwtch Cabaret seduce you with a scintillating array of variety entertainment. Warning, may contain excitement!

Gallwch ddisgwyl yr annisgwyl wrth i Gabaret Cwtch godi’r llen ar noson gyffrous o adloniant anghyffredin! Os ydych yn chwilio am rywbeth gwahanol i roi hwb i’ch bywyd bob dydd, rydych wedi dod i’r lle iawn! Bydd Cabaret Cwtch yn eich croesawu i fyd o bleser gyda pherfformiadau syrcas penigamp, cerddorion campus a chomediwyr digrif tu hwnt. Mae Cabaret Cwtch yn cynnig amrywiaeth o artistiaid anhygoel, o jyglo ac ystryw Luke Wilson, celfyddyd ac acrobateg awyrol y seiren swynol, Petra Lange, gwledd o ddigrifwch gan y comed¨I wr unigryw, Frank Sinazi ac, wrth gwrs, dychweliad anturiaethau digrif Chris Lynam a Kate McKenzie. Anghofiwch am felan y gaeaf a chael eich denu i fyd o foethusrwydd ac ysmaldod, gan adael i Gabaret Cwtch eich swyno gydag amrywiaeth ysblennydd o adloniant. Rhybudd, gall gynnwys cyffro! Tickets: £8 In Advance £10 On the Day Unreserved Seating

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Karnataka Wednesday 29th February at 7.30pm

“it doesn’t get better than this... this is Karnataka” Rick Wakeman

Tickets: £10 In Advance £12 On the Day Standing Downstairs

Karnataka rose to the forefront of new, Celtic inspired rock bands, following the release of five critically acclaimed albums. The band’s latest release, The Gathering Light, recently won Best International Album at the World Web Awards in Italy. Winning plaudits from Radio 2’s Bob Harris and Rick Wakeman, Karnataka have performed in the UK, USA and Europe alongside prestigious artists such as Robert Plant and Porcupine Tree. Now Joined by Hayley Griffiths, lead vocalist with Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord Of The Dance, whose beautiful vocals have already brought her major success winning Best Classical Crossover Artist in 2010. From powerful to ethereal, breathtaking to haunting, Karnataka’s music takes you on a never to be forgotten journey.

Daeth Karnataka i reng flaen y bandiau roc newydd sydd wedi’u hysbrydoli gan gerddoriaeth Geltaidd ar ôl rhyddhau pum albwm a dderbyniodd glod gan y beirniaid. Enillodd albwm diweddaraf y band, sef The Gathering Light, wobr yr Albwm Rhyngwladol gorau yng Ngwobrau’r We Fyd-eang yn yr Eidal. Mae Karnataka wedi cael eu canmol gan Bob Harris a Rick Wakeman ar Radio 2 ac maent wedi perfformio yn y DU, UDA ac Ewrop gydag artistiaid o’r radd flaenaf megis Robert Plant a Porcupine Tree. Bellach mae ganddynt aelod newydd, Hayley Griffiths, prif gantores gyda Riverdance a Lord Of The Dance Michael Flatley, sydd eisoes wedi cael llwyddiant mawr ac ennill gwobr yr Artist Clasurol Gorau sy’n Perfformio mewn Arddulliau Gwahanol 2010 oherwydd ei llais hyfryd. O bwerus i nefolaidd, gwefreiddiol i hudolus, bydd cerddoriaeth Karnataka yn eich tywys ar daith i’w chofio.

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Wednesday 7th March at 8pm

Headlining is Comedy Store legend and Godfather of alternative comedy Steve Gribbin. Steve is still as fresh and funny as ever. A true punk spirit with an intelligent perspective that combine to create huge waves of laughter.

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Supported by Tiernan Douieb, everyone’s favourite high-energy diminutive comedy beardy-faced wondermidget. Tiernan may have a name that looks like a bad hand at Scrabble – but his jokes are sure to get a triple word score in the game of comedy. Compere for the evening is comedy cougar Karen Bayley who has a whole bunch of terrific punchlines and an arousing take-no-prisoners approach.

Tiernan Douleb

Y prif berfformiwr yw seren enwog y Comedy Store, Steve Gribbin, brenin comedi amgen. Mae Steve yn dal mor ffres, bachog a doniol ag erioed. Ysbryd pync gwirioneddol gyda safbwynt deallus sy’n cyfuno i greu tonnau mawr o chwerthin.

Tickets: £7 In Advance £9 On the Day

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Yn ei gefnogi mae Tiernan Douieb, corrach comedi rhyfeddol, barfog, egniol a bychan sy’n ffefryn gan bawb. Efallai fod gan Tiernan enw sy’n edrych fel casgliad o ^m o Sgrabl, ond bydd ei jôcs lythrennau gwael mewn ge ^ ^m comedi. yn siwr o sicrhau sgôr eiriau driphlyg yng nge Cyflwynydd y noson yw’r cwgar comedi, Karen Bayley, y mae ganddi lwyth o Karen linellau clo gwych a dull cynhyrfus, Bayley beiddgar.


Fairport Convention Thursday 8th March at 7.30pm Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention remains one of the most entertaining bands on today’s concert circuit.

Mae Fairport Convention, sydd wedi’u canmol fel arloeswyr cerddoriaeth roc-gwerin Brydeinig, yn dal yn un o’r bandiau mwyaf difyr ar y cylch cyngherddau heddiw.

Fairport has a vast repertoire to draw on and this concert will mix old and new. As well as showcasing brand new songs from their recently-released studio album, the show will also feature a suite of songs celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their groundbreaking ‘folk opera’ Babbacombe Lee.

Mae gan Fairport gasgliad eang o waith i ddewis ohono, a bydd y gyngerdd hon yn cymysgu’r hen a’r ^ chaneuon newydd sbon o’u newydd. Yn ogystal a halbwm stiwdio a ryddhawyd yn ddiweddar, bydd y sioe hefyd yn cynnwys cyfres o ganeuon yn dathlu deugain mlynedd ers cyfansoddi eu hopera gwerin arloesol, Babbacombe Lee.

Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music, book now to enjoy an evening with Fairport Convention.

P’un a ydych wedi’u cefnogi ers blynyddoedd, neu’n newydd-ddyfodiad i’w cerddoriaeth, cadwch le nawr i fwynhau noson gyda Fairport Convention.

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Tickets: £17.50 Standing downstairs

Winners of BBC Lifetime Achievement Award & Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’.

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Walter Trout Monday 12th March at 8pm Doors open from 7.30pm Touring with his 20th album, “Common Ground”, but for the visionary roots singer, songwriter and guitarist that’s more than a title, it’s where Trout’s compelling music resides — in a territory that unites the worlds of blues, rock and pure sonic adventurism, where inspiration and technique meet to create a unique, soulful language. Trout’s soaring warm guitar matches the plainspoken tenderness of the lyrics of Common Ground for a performance that sounds truly inspired, especially in the song’s concluding solo where Trout makes his sixstring speak with the eloquence of a travelling tent revival preacher. Ar daith gyda’i 20fed albwm, “Common Ground”. I’r canwr, y cyfansoddwr a’r gitarydd gwreiddiau gweledigaethol, mae’n fwy na theitl, dyma darddle cerddoriaeth afaelgar Trout - tiriogaeth sy’n uno byd blws, roc ac anturiaeth sonig bur, lle mae ysbrydoliaeth a thechneg yn cwrdd i greu iaith unigryw, a theimladwy. Tickets: £17 Standing Downstairs

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Phil McIntyre Entertainments by Arrangement with Objective Talent Proudly Present:

Pete Firman: Jiggery Pokery

Thursday 15th March at 8pm Following a fantastic run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival everyone’s favourite comedic conjuror is taking his hilarious new 5-star show Jiggery Pokery on a national tour. Expect amazing feats that defy logic, a fast and furious delivery of gags and astounding tricks that will leave you dumbfounded for days! As seen on Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford, Saturday Live Again! and For One Night Only, all ITV1, Dirty Tricks and Derren Brown’s 3D Magic Spectacular (Channel 4) and The Secret World of Magic (Sky 1). Tickets: £10 In Advance £12 On the Day Unreserved

Yn dilyn cyfres o berfformiadau gwych yng ^ Caeredin eleni, bydd hoff gonsuriwr Ngwyl ^’i sioe 5 seren comedēaidd pawb yn mynd a newydd ddoniol iawn sef Jiggery Pokery, ar daith genedlaethol. Gallwch ddisgwyl campau rhyfeddol sy’n trechu rhesymeg, jôcs a gyflwynir mewn dull cyflym a gwyllt a chastiau anhygoel a fydd yn eich gadael yn gwbl syn am ddiwrnodau! Fel y gwelwyd ar Comedy Rocks gyda Jason Manford, Saturday Live Again! a For One Night Only, pob un ar ITV1, Dirty Tricks a Derren Brown’s 3D Magic Spectacular (Channel 4) a The Secret World of Magic (Sky 1). www.petefirman.co.uk

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‘Funnier than most comedians and more magical than Dumbledore on a good day’ Time Out

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Class Act Theatre School presents

Vagina Monologues

The Tempest

Thursday 22nd March at 7.30pm

by William Shakespeare

After last year’s huge success, Swansea Valley’s Vagina Sisters are coming to the stage again!

Ar ôl llwyddiant aruthrol, mae Chwiorydd Gweiniau Cwm Tawe yn dychwelyd i’r llwyfan!

Written by American playwright and activist Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues is an intriguing and poignant collection of monologues, each relating to the vagina as a symbol of female empowerment and individuality, and it draws on issues from rape to sexuality to childbirth.

Wedi’i ysgrifennu gan y dramodydd a’r ymgyrchydd Americanaidd Eve Ensler, mae The Vagina Monologues yn gasgliad diddorol a theimladwy o ymsonau, ^ gyda phob un yn ymwneud a’r ^ wain fel symbol o bwer benywaidd ac unigoliaeth, ac mae’n sôn am faterion megis trais, rhywioldeb a genedigaeth.

An entertaining, and powerful piece, it is something everyone should see at least once, so why not show your support for V Day 2012 by coming along to this Charity production and in doing so become a part of a much bigger picture.

Mae’n sioe ddifyrrus a phwerus y dylai pawb ei gweld o leiaf unwaith. Felly, dewch i gefnogi Diwrnod V 2012 drwy ddod i’r cynhyrchiad hwn er elusen a bod yn rhan o’r darlun ehangach.

Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th March at 7.30pm

A play that involves human beings, spirits and the casting of spells, a handsome Prince and a beautiful Princess, and the triumph of good over evil. This talented local company invite you to embark on a journey with them to a magical island as their association with the Royal Shakespeare Company comes to fruition in their performance of, what is almost certainly, Shakespeare’s final play.

Drama sy’n cynnwys bodau dynol, ysbrydion a bwrw hud, tywysog golygus a merch hardd, a daioni’n trechu drygioni. Mae’r cwmni lleol talentog hwn yn eich gwahodd i fynd ar a’r Royal daith gyda hwy i ynys hud wrth i’w cysylltiad ^ Shakespeare Company ddwyn ffrwyth yn eu perfformiad o’r hyn sy’n debygol o fod yn ddrama olaf Shakespeare.

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Martin Taylor Friday 23rd March at 7.30pm Award winning guitarist Martin Taylor has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognised as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing. Although completely self taught, he has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across four decades. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humour, with a strong stage presence. A night of incredible music not to be missed!

Photo by Richard Ecclestone

‘He out-shred’s all of us put together….I’ve never seen anything like it’ Jeff Beck

Mae’r gitarydd arobryn, Martin Taylor, wedi sefydlu gyrfa gerddorol unigryw fel cerddor rhyngwladol nodedig, ac yn sg^Il ei arddull dihafal, fe’i cydnabyddir yn ddehonglydd ^ jazz solo. pennaf chwarae gitar Er ei fod wedi dysgu ei hun, mae wedi cael gyrfa gerddorol ^ bod yn wir nodedig ar draws pedwar degawd. Yn ogystal a ^ mae hefyd yn feistr ar berfformio arloeswr ar y gitar, mewn cyngherddau, yn syfrdanu cynulleidfaoedd gyda’i ^ sioeau unigol sy’n cyfuno hyfedredd, emosiwn a hiwmor a phresenoldeb cryf ar lwyfan. Noson o gerddoriaeth anhygoel na ddylid ei cholli! Tickets: £12 In Advance £14 On the Day Cabaret Seating

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Elis James: Do You Remember the First Time? Friday 30th March at 8pm

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A chance encounter with a celebrity, an accident at a wedding and the good old-fashioned drunkenness of others make this a show to remember. Having recently appeared on 8 Out 10 Cats, The Rob Brydon Show, Russell Howard’s Good News and BBC Wales’ Rhod Gilbert Show Elis James has cemented himself as one of comedy’s brightest young stars.

^ seleb, Mae cyfarfod ar hap a damwain mewn priodas a meddwdod hen ffasiwn pobl eraill yn golygu bod hon yn sioe i’w chofio. Ar ôl ymddangos ar 8 Out of 10 Cats, The Rob Brydon Show, Show & Tell, Russell Howard’s Good News, Dave’s One Night Stand, Back End Of Next Week Radio 5 a Sioe Rhod Gilbert BBC Cymru, mae Elis James wedi sefydlu’i hun fel un ^ ifanc mwyaf disglair comedi. o swr

On the back of his critically acclaimed, sell-out run at last year’s Edinburgh festival, Elis brings his hilarious, freewheeling storytelling show to Pontardawe Arts Centre for one night only. This is definitely not one to miss.

Ar ôl gwerthu pob tocyn am gyfres ^ Caeredin y o sioeau yng ngwyl llynedd a chael ei ganmol i’r cymylau gan y beirniaid, mae Elis ^ i sioe ddoniol, llawn yn dod a’ straeon dilyffethair i Ganolfan Gelfyddydau Pontardawe am un noson yn unig. Nid yw hon yn sioe i’w cholli.

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‘Charming, impish, excruciatingly funny’ The Scotsman


Amy Wadge and Pete Riley Saturday 31st March at 7.30pm Amy Wadge and Pete Riley first came together a little over two years and have now together penned their new album “Rivers Apart”, which they have also co-produced & released to wide critical acclaim. Amy is widely regarded as one of the country’s most successful female singer/songwriters. Her voice is simply amazing with a breathtaking range and emotional impact while her songwriting continues to surpass most of her contemporaries. “An irresistible, riveting performer” - Bob Harris, BBC Radio2

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Pete Riley, recently returned to Liverpool, after spending some 10 years touring the States with the iconic American artist, Edwin McCain and with his own band ‘Treehouse’ before that.

Daeth Amy Wadge a Pete Riley ynghyd am y tro cyntaf ychydig dros ddwy flynedd yn ôl a bellach maent wedi cyfansoddi albwm newydd gyda’i gilydd, sef “Rivers Apart”, a gyd-gynhyrchwyd ganddynt hefyd a’i ryddhau i glod uchel gan y beirniaid. Caiff Amy ei hystyried yn un o gantorion/gyfansoddwyr mwyaf llwyddiannus y wlad. Mae ei llais yn wych gydag ystod wefreiddiol ac effaith emosiynol ac mae ei chyfansoddi yn parhau i ragori ar ddoniau ei chyfoedion. Yn ddiweddar, mae Pete Riley wedi dychwelyd i Lerpwl ar ôl treulio 10 mlynedd yn teithio o amgylch America gyda’r artist Americanaidd eiconig, Edwin McCain a chyda’i fand ei hun, ‘Treehouse’ cyn hynny.

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16+ Wednesday 4th April at 8pm Headliner George Egg is the Tommy Cooper for the twenty first century a cross between alternative stand-up comedy and music hall variety that’ll bring tears of laughter to your eyes.

Mickey Sharma

Support Mickey Sharma mixes stand-up, sound effects, beat-boxing and impressions to hilarious effect. With two kids under 5, your resident host James Cook will be so glad to be out of the house that he’s bound to ensure a top night of entertainment. Y prif berfformiwr, George Egg, yw Tommy Cooper yr unfed ganrif ar hugain. Mae’n gymysgedd o ddigrifwr ar ei draed a sioe amrywiaethol ^ dagrau chwerthin i’ch llygaid. theatr gerdd a ddaw a Bydd y perfformiwr cefnogi, Mickey Sharma, yn cymysgu digrifwch ar ei draed, effeithiau sain, b^It-bocsio a dynwarediadau i greu effaith hynod ddoniol.

George Egg

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Citrus Arts presents

Heist Friday 20th April at 8pm Diving into the world of classic bank robber movies “HEIST” is a story of greed, cunning and super acrobatic skills.

Yn plymio i fyd ffilmiau lladron banc clasurol, mae “HEIST” yn stori am drachwant, cyfrwystra a sgiliau acrobateg gwych.

Citrus Arts bring Big Top artists into the theatre to re-enact some famous and classic movie moments; this is a great show for kids with enough inventive and cheeky humour for grown-ups of all ages.

Mae Citrus Arts yn dod ag artistiaid o’r radd flaenaf i’r theatr i ail-greu rhai golygfeydd enwog a chlasurol o’r ffilmiau; dyma sioe ^ digon o wych i blant sydd a ddigrifwch dyfeisgar a direidus i oedolion o bob oed.

Don’t miss one of Wales’ most exciting new circus companies!

Un o gwmn¨Iau newydd mwyaf cyffrous Cymru.

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Wednesday 25th April at 7.30pm

Unigryw, blaengar a llawn egni, mae Khyam Allami yn artist o Lundain ^ wreiddiau yn Irac. Mae ei sydd a’i frwdfrydedd dros gerddoriaeth wedi’i dywys ar daith anhygoel o ganu’r feiolin pan oedd yn blentyn yn Damascus i fod yn ddrymiwr roc yn Llundain a pherfformio ar lwyfan Proms y BBC. Bydd Making Tracks yn caniatáu i Khyam ddatblygu gwaith newydd ar gyfer y daith hon sy’n seiliedig ar syniad 2x2 newydd (oud gyda/yn erbyn offerynnau taro), gydag Ahmad Al-Khatib, chwaraewr oud Palestinaidd mawr ei fri, Youssef Hbeisch, yr offerynnwr taro anhygoel (a ymddangosodd gyda Trio Joubran), ^ meistr y drwm ffram ^ yn ogystal a Eidalaidd, Andrea Piccioni.

Individual, inventive and energetic Khyam Allami is a London based artist of Iraqi descent. His passion for music has lead him on a remarkable journey from child violinist in Damascus to rock drummer in London to the stage of the BBC Proms. Making Tracks will enable Khyam to develop new work specially for this tour based on a new ‘2x2’ idea (oud with/versus percussion), featuring highly respected Palestinian oud player Ahmad Al-Khatib, amazing percussionist Youssef Hbeisch (as featured with Trio Joubran), as well as Italian frame drum master Andrea Piccioni.

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Alan Price Saturday 28th April at 7.30pm The name Alan Price immediately summons up some of the most memorable sounds in the last 40 years: from the Animals’ ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ to his quirky take on Randy Newman’s ‘Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear’. His induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1994 was testimony to his achievements throughout his career in the music industry and sits well alongside his BAFTA award for the soundtrack of the highly acclaimed film ‘O Lucky Man!’ in which he also appeared as ‘himself’. This year, 2012, Alan celebrates his 70th birthday and has lot’s of projects on the go to keep him out of retirement! Ar unwaith, mae enw Alan Price yn ein hatgoffa o rai o seiniau mwyaf cofiadwy y 40 mlynedd diwethaf: o ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ gan The Animals i’w fersiwn unigryw ‘Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear’ gan Randy Newman a’i ganeuon enwog gyda Georgie Fame, gan gynnwys yr enwog ‘Rosetta’. Roedd ei gyflwyniad i’r Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ym 1994 yn dyst i’w gyflawniadau drwy gydol ei yrfa ac yn mynd ochr yn ^ wobr BAFTA ar gyfer trac sain y ffilm a enillodd glod ochr a’i mawr, ‘O Lucky Man!’ lle ymddangosodd fel ‘ef ei hun’. Eleni, yn 2012, mae Alan yn dathlu ei ben-blwydd yn 70 oed ac mae ganddo lawer o brosiectau ar y gweill fel nad oes rhaid iddo ymddeol! Tickets: £16 In Advance £18 On the Day Theatre Style

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Headliner Josie Long will entertain you with her intense surreal rants, as seen on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and 8 out of 10 Cats.

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Support Chris Stokes is laid-back, original and intelligent. This comedy wunderkind is so good that after this gig a bunch of older comedians are going to run him out of town on a rail out of sheer jealousy.

Wednesday 2nd May at 8pm

Resident compere James Cook…A gentleman, a scholar and an acrobat, James will be displaying one and a half of those attributes as he introduces the acts and makes you feel all warm inside. Bydd y prif berfformiwr, Josie Long, yn eich difyrru gyda’i rhefru dwys, swrrealaidd, fel y gwelwyd ar Never Mind The Buzzcocks ac 8 out of 10 Cats.

Chris Stokes

Mae’r perfformiwr cefnogi, Chris Stokes, yn hamddenol, yn wreiddiol ac yn ddeallus. Mae’r athrylith gomedi ifanc ^ n yn ei yma mor dda, y bydd criw o gomed¨I wyr hy gwrso mas o’r dref ar ôl y sioe am eu bod mor genfigennus.

James Cook

Y cyflwynydd arferol, James Cook…Bonheddwr, ysgolhaig ac acrobat - bydd James yn arddangos un a hanner o’r priodoleddau hynny wrth iddo gyflwyno’r perfformiadau a fydd yn cynhesu’r galon.

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The Devil’s Violin Company presents…

A love like salt Wednesday 9th May at 7.30pm Daniel Morden- Story Oliver Wilson-Dickson - Violin Sarah Moody - Cello Luke Carver Goss - Accordion With thanks to the Arts Council of Wales we are offering this piece at just £5. Take a chance, we know you’ll like it!

‘How much do you love me?’ Before the written word was the spoken word. Many of our greatest writers were inspired by traditional tales. Those tales cast new light on some of the central works of English literature.

Cyn y gair ysgrifenedig roedd y gair llafar. Ysbrydolwyd llawer o’n hawduron gorau gan straeon traddodiadol. Mae’r straeon hynny’n taflu goleuni newydd ar rai o brif weithiau llenyddiaeth Saesneg.

In A LOVE LIKE SALT, The Devil’s Violin Company bring their trademark blend of authenticity and accessibility to the half forgotten tales that have cast a long shadow over our culture.

Yn A LOVE LIKE SALT, mae The Devil’s Violin Company ^ cymysgedd nodweddiadol o ddilysrwydd yn dod a’u ac agosatrwydd i chwedlau sydd wedi hanner eu hanghofio ond sy’n taflu cysgod hir dros ein diwylliant.

With their unique combination of live music and timeless tales, The Devil’s Violin Company weave a powerful spell of melody and mood. Unforgettable images, haunting tunes... Don’t miss it!

Gyda’u cymysgedd unigryw o gerddoriaeth fyw a chwedlau diamser, mae The Devil’s Violin Company yn gweu cymysgedd pwerus o alawon a naws. Delweddau bythgofiadwy, alawon hudolus... Peidiwch a’u colli! Supported by The Arts Council of Wales

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Peter Knight of Steeleye Span presents

Pontardawe SpringFest

Gigspanner’

F E S T I VA L F O R F O U R S E A S O N S

Thursday 10th May at 7.30pm

Friday 11th and Saturday 12th May A Bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player, but Gigspanner’s musical reach probes into Eastern European, French, African and even Aboriginal influences. It is music played with a potency and love that leaves audiences spellbound.

Byddech yn disgwyl llond lle o gerddoriaeth Brydeinig draddodiadol gan feiolinydd enwog Steeleye Span, ond mae naws cerddoriaeth Gigspanner yn cynnwys dylanwadau Dwyrain Ewrop, Ffrainc, Affrica a hyd yn oed Cynfrodorol. Mae’n gerddoriaeth a chwaraeir yn ddwys ac mewn ffordd deimladwy sy’n hudo cynulleidfaoedd.

Peter is joined by Roger Flack on Guitar, and Vincent Salzfaas on Congas and Djembe, both intelligent and powerful musicians. If you have a taste for “music of intelligently crafted brilliance” (Songlines magazine) there is something here to nurture your soul.

^ a Vincent Salzfaas ar Mae Roger Flack ar y gitar ^ Peter. Mae’r y Congas a’r Djembe yn ymuno a

Free Music and entertainment

Stondinau bwyd a chrefftau Cerddoriaeth ac adloniant am ddim

ddau yn offerynwyr deallus a phwerus. Os yw “cerddoriaeth o’r radd flaenaf wedi’i llunio’n ddeallus” (cylchgrawn Songlines) at eich dant, bydd rhywbeth yma i feithrin eich enaid.

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Food and Craft Stalls

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Join in the fun and activities at one of Pontardawe’s Four Season’s Festivals:

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NoFit State Circus presents

Barricade Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May at 7.30pm @ Parc Ynysderw (next to Pontardawe Leisure Centre) The wind is rising, people are building a barricade to defend themselves from the storm, they hurry to bring tyres, ladders and other objects to Pontardawe’s playing fields in impossible volumes.

Mae’r gwynt yn codi, mae pobl yn adeiladu barice^ d i’w hamddiffyn eu hunain rhag y storm, maent yn brysio i fynd a^ llwythi amhosib o deiars, ysgolion a phethau eraill i feysydd chwarae Pontardawe.

The barricade they build - a spectacular aerial playground - sets the scene for a breathtaking circus of acrobats, aerialists and tightrope walkers.

Mae’r barice^ d y maent yn ei adeiladu lle chwarae awyrol trawiadol - yn gosod yr olygfa ar gyfer syrcas rhyfeddol o acrobatiaid, awyr gampwyr a rhaff-gerddwyr.

Barricade is the stunning new open air show from NoFit State Circus - the world class company that brought us Parklife. The iconic new set is designed by Dan Potra whose most incredible record includes creating the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games Open and Closing Ceremonies and Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Barricade invokes a glorious spirit of resistance to empower its people to fight for freedom. This will be a world class circus spectacle for us all to enjoy right on our very doorsteps. Tickets: £5

Barricade yw’r sioe awyr agored wefreiddiol newydd gan Nofitstate Circus, y cwmni byd-enwog a gyflwynodd PARKLIFE i ni. Dylunnir y set eiconig newydd gan Dan Potra y mae ei gampweithiau mwyaf anhygoel yn cynnwys creu Seremoniau Agor a Chau Gemau’r Gymanwlad Delhi 2010 a Seremoni Agor Gemau Olympaidd Sydney 2000. Mae Barricade yn ennyn ysbryd godidog gwrthsafiad i roi grym i’w bobl ymladd dros ryddid. Dyma sioe syrcas o’r radd flaenaf i ni ei mwynhau ar garreg ein drws.

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The Harri-Parris: The Leaving Do Thursday 17th May at 7.30pm

A thoroughly entertaining evening of comedy, drama and song that takes a warm and witty look at the ups and downs of living in rural West Wales

Mae unig ferch y teulu, sef Anni Harri-Parri, yn dianc i oleuadau llachar Llundain ac estynnwn wahoddiad i chi ddweud ffarwel wrthi. Noson ddifyrrus iawn llawn comedi, drama a chaneuon sy’n edrych ar fanteision ac anfanteision byw yng nghefn gwlad gorllewin Cymru mewn ffordd gynnes a doniol.

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The family’s only daughter, Anni Harri-Parri, is off to the bright lights of London and you are invited to help send her off in style.

Mae’r Harri-Parris yn deulu amaethyddol gorllewin Cymru. Maent yn dwlu ar ymwelwyr... unrhyw ymwelwyr. Mae’r rhai sy’n mentro teithio i lawr lôn hir, hir y fferm yn cael croeso mawr. Ar ^ neu yr amod nad oes ots ganddynt ambell gan, damaid o glebran am y pentref...a gwobrau sioeau amaethyddol - rhaid bod ganddynt ddiddordeb mewn gwobrau sioeau amaethyddol.

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The Harri-Parris are a farming family residing in the heart of West Wales. They love having visitors…any visitors. Those who brave the farm’s long, long lane are very, very welcome. Provided they don’t mind the odd song. Or a bit of village gossip…and agricultural show rosettes They must be interested in agricultural show rosettes.

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A Pontardawe Arts Centre & Citrus Arts production Friday 18th May at 8pm

Roll up! Roll up! Expect the unexpected as Cwtch Cabaret opens its doors to it’s 3rd season of exciting alternative cabaret! Cwtch Cabaret is a slice of decadence, with performances from curious circus acts, mesmerising musicians and hilarious comedians. Cwtch Cabaret offers an array of sensational artists. Chris Lynam and Kate Mckenzie return with a brand new line up! Be enticed into a whimsical world of indulgence, and let Cwtch Cabaret seduce you with a scintillating array of variety entertainment.

Gallwch ddisgwyl yr annisgwyl wrth i Gabaret Cwtch godi’r llen ar noson gyffrous o adloniant anghyffredin! Os ydych yn chwilio am rywbeth gwahanol i roi hwb i’ch bywyd bob dydd, rydych wedi dod i’r lle iawn! Bydd Cabaret Cwtch yn eich croesawu i fyd o bleser gyda pherfformiadau syrcas penigamp, cerddorion campus a chomediwyr digrif tu hwnt. Chris Lynam a Kate McKenzie yn dychwelyd gyda artisiaid newydd sbon.

Tickets: £8 In Advance £10 On the Day

Anghofiwch am felan y gaeaf a chael eich denu i fyd o foethusrwydd ac ysmaldod, gan adael i Gabaret Cwtch eich swyno gydag amrywiaeth ysblennydd o adloniant.

Unreserved Seating

Rhybudd, gall gynnwys cyffro!

Warning, may contain excitement!

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Juju Saturday 19th May at 7.30pm Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara’s style is raw and gutsy Afro-Blues. Adams’ driving guitar finds a perfect match in Gambian master musician and celebrated Griot Juldeh Camara’s hypnotic playing and powerful voice. Adams brings Clash-style punk energy to West African trance rhythm while Camara - a Homeric bard who carries the traditions of his forefathers - creates a haunting sound with the riti (a single string violin). The son of an itinerant diplomat, Adams formed The Invaders Wobbleformed, and went on to create a legacy that spawned a multitude of reinventions from Robert Plant and Tinariwen to Natacha Atlas.

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Bunk Puppets and Scamp Theatre are delighted to present:

“simply has to be seen to be believed” Whatsonstage.com

Swamp Juice Friday 25th May at 7pm Welcome to a swamp like no other. Bickering toads, overbearing fairies and a rather gentle swamp monster. Using mind-blowing shadow puppetry, acclaimed Canadian performer Jeff Achtem brings his astonishing award-winning show about life in a swamp, with a stunning, jaw dropping 3D finale. This made audiences of all ages literally scream the house down, at this years Edinburgh Festival. Yes, it’s that good!

Croeso i gors unigryw. Llyffantod sy’n cweryla, tylwyth teg gormesol ac anghenfil tyner y gors. Gan ddefnyddio pypedwaith cysgodol gwefreiddiol, mae Jeff Achtem, y perfformiwr o Ganada yn cyflwyno’i sioe arobryn anhygoel am fywyd mewn cors, gyda diweddglo 3D anhygoel. Roedd cynulleidfaoedd o bob oed yn sgrechian yn ^ yl Caeredin wyllt yng Ngw eleni. Yn wir, mae mor ^ hynny! dda a

After the stonking success of Jeff Achtem’s first show, Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones which stormed the UK in 2010, comes the dazzling new show SWAMP JUICE. (some scenes may frighten the under 7s).

Ar ôl llwyddiant aruthrol sioe gyntaf Jeff Achtem, Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones a oedd yn boblogaidd tu hwnt yn y DU yn 2010, mae’r sioe newydd SWAMP JUICE yn dod i’ch diddanu. (gall rhai golygfeydd dychryn plant o dan 7 oed).

Whether you’re 5 or 105… trust us, this is not only the best puppetry that Canada has to offer but it’s simply International Theatre at its best!

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Wednesday 13th June at 8pm

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Headliner Silky, your former resident compere comes back to his old haunt to show-off all the shiny new jokes (and fiddly guitar riffs) that he’s developed playing the more salubrious gin joints and clam bakes of the international comedy scene. Don’t let support Rich Wilson’s rough, tough demeanour fool you - Rich is all of those things but so much more, smart, quick-witted with well observed jokes that’ll have you rolling around like you’re trying to quell a small fire. Resident compere James Cook is sure to have tons of amazing anecdotes about his recent foray into terrible daytime television. Daw’r prif berfformiwr, Silky, eich cyn-gyflwynydd arferol, yn ôl i’w hen gynefin i arddangos y jôcs newydd sbon. ^ gadael i ymddygiad garw, gwydn Rich Wilson, y Peidiwch a perfformiwr cefnogi, eich twyllo - mae’r nodweddion hyn i gyd yn perthyn i Rich ond mae e’n llawer mwy na hynny - yn glyfar, yn chwim ei feddwl a chanddo jôcs craff. ^ Fe’i clywyd fel llais DJ radio pennod o Doctors, ac mae’n siwr bod gan y cyflwynydd arferol, James Cook, lawer o anecdotau rhyfeddol am ei brofiad diweddar ym myd teledu dydd ofnadwy.

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Elective Home Education Wales Presents

SEED...Sharing Education Every Day

Pontardawe SummerFest

F E S T I VA L F O R F O U R S E A S O N S

More fun and activities at one of Pontardawe’s Four Season’s Festivals.

Thursday 4th July at 7pm Thousands of young people in Wales are now electively home educated for many different reasons. Tonight is a showcase of the talents of a group of these young people and children who have come together to produce musical pieces, an original play ‘famous’ and more! Information and support for new families will be available and all are welcome.

Food and Craft Stalls Addysg Ddewisol Gartref Cymru yn cyflwyno: SEED... Rhannu Addysg Bob Dydd Mae miloedd o bobl ifanc yng Nghymru bellach yn cael addysg ddewisol gartref am sawl rheswm gwahanol. ^ Heno, cewch weld doniau grwp o’r bobl ifanc a’r plant hyn sydd wedi dod ynghyd i gyfansoddi darnau cerddorol, drama wreiddiol ‘famous’ a mwy! Bydd gwybodaeth a chefnogaeth i deuluoedd newydd ac mae croeso i bawb.

Free music entertainment. 17th, 18th, 19th August

Ymunwch yn yr hwyl a’r gweithgareddau yn un o Wyliau Pedwar Tymor Pontardawe: Stondinau bwyd a chrefftau Cerddoriaeth ac adloniant am ddim

More events to be confirmed closer to the day please check website.

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Maria Lalic 4th - 27th January Maria’s Creative Textile Art and Embroidery work has been informed by the ruggedly beautiful but ravaged landscape of Glamorgan. She is also inspired by her interest in the concept of Anima Loci (the possibility of a spiritual existence in nature, landscape and place) which she still feels has particular resonance in Wales and for the Welsh. Maria Lalic’s work is an echo of the landscape, legend and people of her native Glamorgan. She hopes that her wall hangings go some way towards giving voice to the past and creating a story for the future.

trinARTy CELFdrin 1 - 24 February

Gallery opening hours: 12 – 7pm Monday – Friday. FREE entry

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An exhibition by third year BA Fine Art students from The University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, School of Creative Arts. This lively and diverse exhibition gives students the opportunity to plan and curate their own exhibition as part of their studies. This year, a group of sixteen students show the results of one semester’s work and invite the viewers to share in the experience of their exploration of a wide range of artistic expressions including paintings, drawings and mixed media.


Justine Johnson and Dalit Leon - Of This World and The Other 29 Feb - 23 March Justine Johnson: “The women who worked in the South Wales Industries that drove the Empire have intrigued me. As an artist working with both textile and metals and sharing the landscape and culture and space left by this generation I felt an immediate connection.” Dalit Leon is inspired by natural forms and forces, spatial fluidity and infinity, consciousness and dream-these meditational pieces are intuitive and process led, operating as pathways between internal and external, material and essential realities.

‘Sorry I Don’t Eat Fish’ Exhibition of Art & Poetry 28 March - 20 April Whether you believe it’s man-made, God’s will or just natural forces climate change is happening and we all have to adapt to survive. This exhibition by artist Ieuan Rhys Daniel and writer Janet Daniel is their creative response to the challenge of climate change and celebrates the natural world.

Jane Davies. - Metier Mosaics 25 April - 25 May Jane’s mosaics are created from recycled china and jewellery. They are mounted on reclaimed quarry tiles, urinals and toilets. Her work often reflects a social comment or political message and she always aims to amuse and tell a story.

Launch: Wednesday 28 March 7pm with Open Mic poetry readings on the theme. Proceeds of sales donated to families of those affected by the Gleision Colliery disaster.

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John Howes Landworks: mixed-media responses to the landscape 30 May - 29 June John Howes lives and works on a farm. Much of his artwork explores the relationship between the land and the intervention of man. “The environment of the farm is a constant ‘touchstone’ for him, and making work with and from the very substance of a location is paramount, whether as an intervention at a particular site or as site-derived works for exhibition elsewhere.” www.johnhowes.co.uk

‘Wrecks’ Sculpture by Alison Lochhead 3 July - 27 July

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The ‘Wreck’ series reflect on uncovered wrecks of boats. The materials used (clay, iron and wood) act to expose feelings about fragmentation of memory and experience which is trapped within the earth; and within human consciousness.

Tawe Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers 1 August - 31 August Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the organisation Tawe Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers would like to invite you to see representative samples of their woollen, woven and knitted items.


Access for people with disabilities For any special requirements please discuss with the Box Office at time of booking.

Mynediad i bobl ag anableddau Trafodwch unrhyw ofynion arbennig gyda’r Swyddfa Docynnau wrth i chi brynu tocynnau.

Wheelchair Users: There are disabled parking spaces in front of the building on Herbert Street (subject to availability). Please note the circle area is unsuitable for wheelchairs, prams or pushchairs. Please ask a member of staff if you require assistance.

Defnyddwyr Cadeiriau Olwyn: Mae lleoedd parcio i’r anabl o flaen yr adeilad ar Stryd Herbert (yn amodol ar argaeledd). Sylwer nad yw ardal y cylch yn addas i gadeiriau olwyn, pramiau na chadeiriau gwthio. Gofynnwch i aelod o staff os oes angen cymorth arnoch.

Deaf or Hearing Impaired: Pontardawe Arts Centre is fully fitted with Hearing Loops. Guide dogs/hearing dogs welcome.

Large print brochures are available on request Mae llyfrynnau print bras ar gael ar gais

Byddar neu Nam ar y Clyw: Mae gan Ganolfan Celfyddydau Pontardawe Ddolenni Clyw. ^ tywys/cwn ^ clywed. mae croeso I gwn

HOW TO FIND US... By Road Leave the M4 at Junction 45 and take the

A4067 signposted Pontardawe. At the 1st roundabout go straight ahead (2nd exit). At the 2nd roundabout go straight ahead. At the 3rd roundabout (Tesco’s Superstore) take the 2nd exit left. At the 4th roundabout go straight ahead (3rd exit) onto Pontardawe Industrial Estate. Take the 1st left for Herbert Street shopping Centre. Turn left at the T-junction. Pontardawe Arts Centre is on your left.

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Gadewch yr M4 ar Gyffordd 45 a chymerwch yr A4067 i Bontardawe. Ar y cylchfan ewch yn syth ymlaen (2il allanfa). Ar yr 2il gylchvan ewch syth ymlaen. Ar yr 3ydd gylchfan cymerwch yr 2il allanfa ar y chwith. Ewch yn syth ymlaen ar y 4ydd cylchfan (3ydd allanfa) i Ystad Ddiwydiannol Pontardawe. Cymerwch y troad 1af ar y chwith ar gyfer Canolfan Siopa Stryd Herbert. Trowch i’r chwith wrth y gyffordd T. Mae Canolfan Celfyddydau Pontardawe ar y chwith

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Parking is available along Herbert Street, Herbert Street public car park (turn right at the Arts Centre) or at the ‘Paradise’ nightclub car park, directions are as follows: At the 4th roundabout turn left (2nd exit) and the car park is situated on your right hand side. There is a footbridge located in the car park, walk across the footbridge and Pontardawe Arts Centre is located on the opposite side of the road.

Mae lle i barcio ar hyd Stryd Herbert, yn y maes parcio cyhoeddus lleol (trowch i’r dde wrth y Ganolfan Gelfyddydau) neu wrth faes parcio clwb nos ‘Paradise’. Mae’r cyfarwyddiadau fel a ganlyn: Ar y 3ydd cylchfan, trowch i’r chwith (2il allanfa) ac mae’r maes parcio wedi’i leoli ar y dde. Mae pont gerdded yn y maes parcio. Cerddwch ar draws y bont gerdded ac mae Canolfan Celfyddydau Pontardawe wedi’I lleoli ar ochr arall y ffordd.

Public Transport

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By Bus There are frequent buses direct to Pontardawe from Neath and Swansea.

By Train The nearest train station is Neath Station, approx 6 miles

Nearest Taxi: Pontardawe taxi: 01792 865560 A&M taxi: 01792 830241 Black Cabs: 01792 864856

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OPENING SEASON:

MELINCRYTHAN AMATEUR OPERATIC SOCIETY PRESENT THE FULL MONTY AGOR DRYSAU/OPENING DOORS FESTIVAL FEATURING INTERNATIONAL THEATRE EVENTS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE DYAD PRODUCTIONS WITH AUSTEN’S WOMEN CERYS MATTHEWS SAXOPHONIST JULIAN SMITH (BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT) MID WALES OPERA WITH BENJAMIN BRITTEN’S NOAH’S FLOOD WELSH NATIONAL OPERA WITH THE REAL PRINCESS JAZZ TRIO PHRONESIS COMEDY MUSICAL TRIO PLUCK WITH TITANIC EUROPEAN ARTS COMPANY WITH A HAROLD PINTER DOUBLE BILL OCKHAM’S RAZOR – STUNNING CIRCUS SHOW AND MUCH MORE.

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What’s On at … The Princess Royal Theatre Saturday 11th February @ 7.30pm

Tuesday 10th April @ 7.30pm

Patrick Monahan

Cavern Beatles

Winner of ITV 1’s ‘Show me the Funny’

Tickets: £15 £14 Concessions

Tickets: £12 Thursday 23rd February @ 7.30pm

The Original Bucks Fizz

Monday 30th April @ 8pm

Rich Hall Tickets: £15

Tickets: £14.50

Friday 1st June @ 8pm

Thursday 8th March @ 7.30pm

Jackson live in concert

The ELO Experience

Tickets: £17 £15 Concessions

Tickets: £16.50 £14.50 Concessions

Box Office 01639 763214

Wednesday 14th March @ 7.30pm

www.princessroyaltheatre.com

Derek Acorah Tickets: £14.50

Saturday 30th June @ 1pm & 3.30pm

Fireman Sam Tickets: £12 £44 Family Ticket

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January Friday 27 at 7.30pm Sunday 29 at 7pm

February Thursday 2 at 7.30pm Saturday 4 at 3pm Wednesday 8 at 8pm Thursday 9 at 2.30pm Thursday 16 at 2pm Friday 17 at 7.30pm Wednesday 22 at 7.30pm Friday 24 at 8pm Wednesday 29 at 7.30pm

March Wednesday 7 at 8pm Thursday 8 at 7.30pm Monday 12 at 8pm Thursday 15 at 8pm Thursday 22 at 7.30pm Friday 23 at 7.30pm Wed 28 & 29 at 7.30pm Friday 30 at 8pm Saturday 31 at 7.30pm

April Wednesday 4 at 8pm Friday 20 at 8pm Wednesday 25 at 7.30pm Saturday 28 at 7.30pm

May Wednesday 2 at 8pm Wednesday 9 at 7.30pm Thursday 10 at 7.30pm Friday 11 & Saturday 12 May Saturday 12 & 13 at 7.30pm Thursday 17 at 7.30pm Friday 18 at 8pm Saturday 19 at 7.30pm Friday 25 at 7pm

June Wednesday 13 at 8pm

Comedy and Cwtshes Good Night Little Star

The Webb Sisters The Sea Show Punchline Comedy Nights The Good Olde Days of Music Hall Cha..Cha.Cha!! & Tango Sambasunda Quintet Jacqui Mcshee’s Pentangle Cwtch Cabaret Karnataka

Punchline Comedy Nights Fairport Convention Walter Trout Pete Firman: Jiggery Pokery The Vagina Monologues Martin Taylor CATS: The Tempest Elis James Amy Wadge and Pete Riley

Punchline Comedy Nights Heist Double Duo Alan Price

Punchline Comedy Nights A love like salt Gigspanner’ Pontardawe’s Festival for Four Seasons NoFit State Circus presents Barricade The Harri-Parris Cwtch Cabaret Juju Swamp Juice

Punchline Comedy Nights

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