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Arts and Innovation Centre Bangor

Artistic Programme January – April 2018 1

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Pontio at a glance January – April 2018 January Saturday 6 Saturday 6 Saturday 13 Tuesday 16 Wednesday 17 Thursday 18 Friday 19 Saturday 20 Saturday 20 Sunday 21 Thursday 25 Friday 26 Saturday 27 Saturday 27 February Saturday 3 Tuesday 6 Thursday 8 Saturday 10 Sunday 11 Wednesday 14 Friday 16 Saturday 17 Sunday 18 Tuesday 20 Wednesday 21 Thursday 22 Thursday 22 Friday 23 Saturday 24 Saturday 24 March Thursday 1 Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 Thursday 8 Friday 9 Saturday 10 Wednesday 14 Thursday 15 Thursday 15 Friday 16 Friday 16 Saturday 17 Monday 19 Tuesday 20 Thursday 22 Friday 23 Tuesday 27 Wednesday 28 April Wednesday 4 Saturday 7 Friday 13 Saturday 14 Wednesday 18 Tuesday 24 Thursday 26 Friday 27 Saturday 28

Time 1pm, 4pm 7.30pm 6.30pm 7.30pm (Preview) 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 11.30am - 1pm 7.30pm 2pm 8pm 8pm 11.30am & 2.30pm 8pm

Circus on Saturday Workshops New Year in Vienna Work in Progress Sharing Event: Drudwen Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine (RUHM) Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine (RUHM) Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine (RUHM) Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine (RUHM) Aerial Workshop Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine (RUHM) Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine (RUHM) The Comedy Club Cabaret Pontio Elephant Sessions Teulu Pontio Family Tom Thumb Crys & Maffia Mr Huws with DJ Rhys Mwyn

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Throughout the Day 10.30am & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7pm 2.30pm 8pm Throughout the Day Throughout the Day Throughout the Day 8pm 7.30pm (Preview) 8pm 7.30pm 2pm & 7.30pm 10.30am & 12.30pm 8pm

Bangor Music Festival 2018 2071 Sir Bryn Terfel & Hannah Stone Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast Sophie Willan: Branded Wales China Festival Wales China Festival Wales China Festival The Ensemble of St Luke’s Y Tad Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru The Comedy Club Y Tad Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru Y Tad Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru Dafydd Iwan: Cwm-Rhyd-y-Rhosyn Mark Steel

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7.30pm 8pm 7.30pm 1-3pm 1.30pm & 6.30pm 8pm 8pm 7.30pm 11.30am & 2.30pm 7.30pm 7pm 8pm 7.30pm 11.30am - 2pm 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm

Cân i Gymru 2018 The BBC Songs of Praise Young Choir of the Year Competition 2018 Eugene Onegin Mid Wales Opera Cabaret Pontio Chouk Bwa Bangor University Symphony Orchestra Yng Ngolau'r Lleuad Ŵy, Chips a Nain Kiri Pritchard McLean: Appropriate Adult Dr John Cooper Clarke with special guests Haydn & Mozart with Rachel Podger Teulu Pontio Family: Tidy Up Songs from Afar Cyngerdd Pen-blwydd Codi’r To yn 4 oed The Comedy Club High School Musical Soundtrack Disco Pontio’s Easter Bunny Adventure!

11.30am - 2pm 11.30am & 2.30pm 7.30pm 8pm 8pm 7.30pm 8pm 8pm 8pm

Soundtrack Disco Teulu Pontio Family: A Tiger's Tale RLPO: The Power of Love Colorama, Plu, Bendith Jon Boden – The Afterglow Tour Terra Firma The Comedy Club Cabaret Pontio TOKO TELO Shappi Khorsandi Mistress and Misfit

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Lunch Dinner Pre theatre Our new pre theatre menu will be available from early 2018 In addition to our regular menu our weekly specials board showcases the produce of the season.

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Bagels, cakes, homemade waffles & more Pontio level 3

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Welcome to Pontio’s new season As we look towards a brand new year, we invigorate our programme with productions that will shake you, wake you and put a spring in your step. We look forward to an exclusive run of a brand new showstopper production by Pirates of the Carabina RUHM, new production Y Tad by Theatr Genedlaethol opening their Wales tour, our inaugural Wales/China Festival in partnership with associate theatre company Invertigo, and Sir Bryn Terfel’s first performance in the theatre named after him.

We relaunch our Comedy Club - in partnership with the people behind the successful Machynlleth Comedy Festival - and we welcome the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra back to Bangor.

programme of films and live screenings in the only cinema in Bangor here at Pontio – plus the weekly BLAS sessions to whet the creative appetite of the young people of Bangor and beyond...

Cabarets, Teulu Pontio Family activities and the Bangor Music Festival pepper the season – all this with a rich and varied

Come join us, come experience arts and entertainment for all!


Elen ap Robert Pontio Artistic Director

Circus Music

Saturday 6 January 1pm age 8-16 yrs 4pm age 16+ Cimera

Circus on Saturday Workshops Beginners aerial and circus skills Studio ÂŁ3 All are welcome to come along for a chance to try out some circus skills. Practice your moves and try out some new ones! Have a go at aerial hoop and trapeze,

learn to juggle, balance and spin plates. Workshops are led by local performers from North Wales based circus theatre company Cimera. 6

Saturday 13 January 6.30pm Cimera

Work in Progress Sharing Event: Drudwen Studio £3 Cimera have been in residence in Pontio’s Theatre Studio developing their new touring show Drudwen. A dark fairy tale about an enchantress who rescues foundling twins abandoned in the forest, Drudwen is a story of choice and consequence told

through circus, spoken word, physical theatre, music, comedy and puppetry. It is performed bilingually in Welsh and English. This is a work in progress sharing and we would love the audience to stay and give us feedback after the presentation.


Written by Kate Driver Jones, Directed by Sarah Davey Hull Supported by Arts Council of Wales, Creu Cymru and Pontio Age guidance: over 7s Duration 1 hour Tactile tour available at 6pm, please enquire for further details.

A resource for teaching, research, public education and enjoyment.

Regular volunteering session every Wednesday & Friday

Treborth Botanic Garden comprises planted borders, species-rich natural grassland, ponds, arboretum, Chinese garden, ancient woodland, and a rocky shoreline habitat. Six glasshouses provide specialised environments for tropical, temperate, orchid and carnivorous plant collections.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? CONTACT US Treborth Botanic Garden Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2RQ 01248 353398

We organise regular talks, plant sales, specialist workshops, crafts and more!

Buy your drinks in advance at the bar to avoid queuing during the interval. Bwyd a Diod 8

Food & Drink

Saturday January 6 7.30pm WNO Orchestra

New Year in Vienna Prichard-Jones Hall £18.50/£17.50 concessions/£7.50 students* and under 18s including glass of Prosecco £16.00/£15.00 concessions/£5.00 students and under 18s without glass of Prosecco *ID will be required

WNO Orchestra Presented and Directed from the violin by David Adams Horn Soloist Angus West After a great success with this concert in 2017, WNO Orchestra makes another midwinter return to Bangor and to our important relationship through Pontio. The Prichard-Jones Hall is our destination for this year’s traditional New Year Concert.

Again, we leave the conductor behind and the musicians and audience are brought together for the evening by David Adams, WNO’s Orchestra Leader and Concertmaster. The concert includes one of the most famous works from Mozart, the Horn Concerto No 4. Surrounding this exciting offering, the ‘PJ’ Hall will resonate to the sounds of the most famous waltzes and polkas from glittering Vienna ballrooms.


Our opener, the fabulous overture to Der Freischutz by Weber, will get us off to a cracking start. Favourite waltzes such as Wine, Women and Song, The Blue Danube and Gold and Silver alongside the TritschTratsch, Thunder and Lightning and Champagne polkas and the great Radetsky March, will adorn the rip-roaring second half, alongside some of the less familiar fare. As usual, this is all guaranteed to put a spring back into your postChristmas step….with some interval surprises thrown in!


Every Wednesday

*Excluding certain performances see online for details



Child main course + soft drink + popcorn



Freshly baked 10” pizza + drink* (*either a glass of house


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wine, bottle of beer or a soft drink)

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Live screenings coming up at Pontio Cinema…

ROH LIVE: Rigoletto January 16

ROH LIVE: Winter’s Tale February 28

ROH LIVE: Tosca February 7

ROH LIVE: Carmen March 6

NTLIVE: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof February 22

Oscar Wilde LIVE: Lady Windermere’s Fan March 20

Please see monthly cinema brochure for details of other live screenings not yet announced and full cinema listings or contact the Box Office on 01248 38 11 28 28

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NT LIVE: Julius Caesar March 22

ROH LIVE: Bernstein Centenary March 27

ROH LIVE: Macbeth April 4


January 16 (Preview), 7.30pm January 17-20, 7.30pm Sunday 21 January, 2pm Pirates of the Carabina presents

Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine (RUHM) Theatr Bryn Terfel Preview £14/£12 over 60s/£8 students and under 18 £16/£14 over 60s/£10.50 students and under 18 An exclusive run of the brand new mechanically ingenious circus show from the makers of FLOWN before going on to the Roundhouse in London. Adventure into a world of mechanical chaos, where everything has a mind of its own and connections appear in unexpected ways. Enjoyably anarchic, punchy and exhilarating, with an ingenious interconnected

set and original live score, Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine (RUHM) delves bravely into the fantastical imaginations of two neighbouring acrobats. As contraptions, fixtures and fittings come to life, our heroes begin to question their place in it all and to reassemble the components of their world. Featuring vertical-swinging trapeze, never-ending ropes, a spinning carousel, 12

high-wire and a very temperamental staircase, RUHM offers up a playful, humorous modernist parable about time, technology and the forces that drive us. Developed with support from Pontio, Bangor, Roundhouse, London, Ffwrnes, Llanelli and the Arts Councils of England and Wales.

Have a go at flying! Special Aerial Workshop! Saturday 20 January, 11.30am-1pm Theatr Bryn Terfel ÂŁ12 Open to all from 7-70 A chance to learn simple tricks and shapes in the air on the Aerial Hoop and Silks AND experience the sensation of flying! Have fun, build confidence, learn new skills and make friends whilst experiencing the fun of the circus.

Suitable for everyone including children, parents, grandparents and differently abled people. Limited spaces available book early to avoid disappointment


Pontio Gift voucher The perfect gift for any occasion With a wide range of events being held at Pontio, from drama and contemporary circus to world music, gigs, ballet, panto, film and much more – why not consider a gift voucher for £10, £20 or £50

You can order gift vouchers from our website, by calling the Box Office on 01248 38 28 28 or visiting in person. We’re sure you’ll find something to suit everyone.

Comedy Club Meal Deal Burger & Beer*


*Or 175ml glass of house wine or soft drink Vegetarian burger available

To book: 01248 383826 14

Available on every Comedy Club event

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A cinema for everyone in the heart of Bangor

1 Screen 7 days a week 3D 15 new films a month 70 showings a month 1 stage for the best in live opera and theatre Pontio’s cinema programme is published online and through a monthly programme distributed locally or picked up at the centre. To receive weekly email bulletins, sign up at and tick ‘Cinema’ in the interest categories. Follow the latest cinema news on Twitter @sinemapontio 16

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Friday 26 January 8pm Cabaret Pontio presents

Elephant Sessions Theatr Bryn Terfel £14/£13 concessions Recently nominated as Live Act of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2016, fiery highland five-piece Elephant Sessions fuses rich folk and trad influences with funk, rock and electronica in an instantly captivating, progressive, visceral blend. In just a few short years, the group have become

renowned for breathtaking live shows, taking the festival scene well and truly by storm with appearances at Glastonbury, Denmark’s Tønder, a sold-out headline show at Celtic Connections 2017 and a 18 show run at the Showcase Scotland Expo in Lorient 2017 where they managed to break the floor. Twice. 17

"These Scots are using their instruments to destroy clichés. We love them!" Rolling Stone Magazine

"Absolutely Superb" Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6

"Almost definitely the gig of the festival [Celtic Connections]" Ticketmaster


Saturday 27 January 11.30am and 2.30pm


Lyngo Theatre


Tom Thumb

FREE art workshop with Luned Rhys Parri follows each show

Studio ÂŁ6/ÂŁ20 family and friends ticket (4 people, at least one under 18) A show by MARCELLO CHIARENZA Adapted and performed by PATRICK LYNCH Original music by CARLO CIALDO CAPELLI Assistant director GIANNI BISSACA Design assistant ELENA MARINI

One night tiny Tom overhears Mum and Dad talking - there's nothing left to eat so they are going to leave him and his six brothers in the forest! Outwitting his parents and the ogre Tom shows everybody that even though he is small he is still mighty as he protects his brothers, finds the treasure and makes sure they'll never be


hungry again. Performed entirely on and under a kitchen table this wee wonder of a show is full of Lyngo magic with feathery spinning birds, a flying house and a portable forest. Cbeebies Patrick Lynch, who has been performing it for more than a decade, brings this classic story to life in a playful and fascinating show. Ages 3+

Family Music

Saturday 27 January 8pm

Crys & Maffia Mr Huws with DJ Rhys Mwyn Theatr Bryn Terfel £10/£8 concessions After at 12-year hiatus, the Welsh heavy rock band Crys return to North Wales and Bangor to relaunch a new version of their song ‘Lan yn y Gogledd’. Joining them will be local lads and one of Wales’ most popular bands the famous ‘howgets’ Maffia Mr Huws!

This promises to be a great evening of headbanging and nostalgia with excellent music and unforgettable songs. A chance for the new generation to hear two of Wales’ biggest bands playing live once again! Join us! 16+ Stand-up gig 19


Saturday, 3 February Throughout the Day

Bangor Music Festival 2018 Theme: SPACE The Bangor Music Festival is a unique opportunity to explore space, planets, stars and galaxies through the medium of music and science that will be an inspiration to the whole family. The Music of the Spheres will resound during Zubin Kanga’s concert, that also includes festival commissions by Maja Palser and Claire Victoria Roberts together with two iconic pieces by George Crumb and Patrick Nunn. Live electronic sounds led by Scott Wilson will take centre stage at the Electroacoustic Wales and Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research concert at Theatr Bryn Terfel, with additional acousmatic music by Jo Thomas and a festival commission by Ed Wright. Throughout the day the other events are placed within various locations within Pontio that presents us with an exploration of the Planetarium, music for young children with Marie-Claire Howorth and creating electronic sounds from the BEER website. Audiences will be captivated by the performance of student compositions performed by the Bangor New Music Ensemble and local instrumentalists are encouraged to improvise with the Bangor University Fusion Ensemble. Other activities include a piano masterclass and stargazing opportunities on the Friday. 20




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Piano Masterclass * Zubin Kanga (piano) (in collaboration with CGWM, GYWM and BU) Mathias Hall, School of Music, BU 4pm £15 participants/£3 observers

Bangor Stargazing Experience * Convene at School of Music Foyer 6.30-8pm/ 8-9.30pm/ 9.30-11pm

03/02/2018 The Music of the Spheres Zubin Kanga (piano) Studio 1pm £12/£10/£5 students and under 18 Dark Matter BEER + Electroacoustic WALES Theatr Bryn Terfel 7.30pm £15/£12/£5 students and under 18

03/02/2018 Next Steps in Music * with Marie-Claire Howorth (suitable for children 3 to 7 years old, with parent/guardian supervision) Level 0 10-11am/11am-12pm Planetarium Event * (suitable for children of 10 upwards) Cemlyn Jones Room, Level 2 10am-12pm - Every half an hour 12.00pm Great Equatorial (David Bedford) Pontio’s public spaces Moon Bangor University Fusion Ensemble Bar Ffynnon 14.15pm Session A) Dark Matter workshop * Cemlyn Jones Room, Level 2 Session B) Musical improvisation Bar Ffynnon 3-4pm/4-5pm Orbit Bangor New Music Ensemble Level 2 5pm Pre-concert talk and festival reception * Cemlyn Jones Room, Level 2 6pm 21


Tuesday 6 February 10.30am & 7.30pm Cwmni Pendraw

2071 Enviromental Project Studio ÂŁ10/ÂŁ8 students and under 18s A production outlining some of the environmental issues of the day - air pollution, plastic waste, loss of species, eforestation, loss of bees and of course climate change. A Welsh language show with songs, spoken word, music and video.

Creative team includes Wyn Bowen Harries (Actor), Angharad Jenkins (Musician - Calan), Gwilym Bowen Rees (Musician - Bandana, Plu), Sion Eirwyn Richards (Video). Why 2071? - "in that year the granddaughter of the world famous climate change


scientist Professor Rapley, author of the original 2071, will be the same age as he is now. What kind of world awaits her?" Aimed at Year 8 and above Please ask about group discounts by phoning 01248 38 38 29

Thursday 8 February 7.30pm Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias, Pontio & Bangor University present a Concert to Launch Wales International Harp Festival IV

Sir Bryn Terfel & Hannah Stone Theatr Bryn Terfel ÂŁ40 We are delighted to announce that Sir Bryn Terfel will perform for the first time at the theatre named in his honour at Pontio to launch the Wales International Harp Festival IV on the day that Festival President, Dr Osian Ellis CBE, celebrates his 90th birthday.

Sir Bryn Terfel and Hannah Stone (Harp) will give the first performance of Osian Ellis’ Cycle of Welsh Folk Songs. Past students from Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias, finalists in the Urdd Bryn Terfel Scholarship, will be supporting artists.



Saturday 10 February, 7pm Sunday 11 February, 2.30pm Gwynedd School of Dance and Performing Arts Centre

Beauty and the Beast Theatr Bryn Terfel £13 adults /£11 children Gwynedd School of Dance & Performing Arts Centre are proud to be back at Pontio in the year of their 20th Anniversary, with a stunning Pantomime performance of everyone’s favourite story ‘Beauty and the Beast'. As always, bringing together their combined talents, the

students of this local awardwinning Performing Arts Centre will provide a show for everyone to enjoy, with singing, dancing and acting from pupils as young as 12 months to adults in their 70s….proving that you are never too young or old to perform! 24

With their own Adult choir BanCôr joining their performance this year, the audience really are in for a treat. Be Our Guest for a wonderful weekend of fairytale fun and making memories with, of course, a happily ever after!

Wednesday 14 February 8pm

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Soho Theatre in association with UTC Artist Management presents

Sophie Willan: Branded Studio £12/£10 students and under 18s Fresh from a total sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, this multi award winning break out star is heading out on tour! Sophie Willan has had a lifetime of being branded by others. In her smash hit new show, this

brutally honest breakout star returns to tell us why. Expect a raucous hour like no other from this unapologetic young powerhouse. As seen on As Yet Untitled (Dave) and as heard on BBC Radio 4.

"Entertaining and inspiring… perfectly structured with a rare sensitivity and intelligence” The Times

"one of the best I’ve ever seen at the Fringe at any time in the last two decades” The New European


Commissioned by Contact Age Guidance: 16+

WALES CHINA FESTIVAL 16-18 February 2018 Celebrate the arrival of the Chinese New Year at Pontio as we explore the creative connection between Wales and China, through cutting-edge art and culture! Join us for a weekend of eclectic performances, films, and family-friendly activities, showcasing the cultures, languages, and art of Wales and China. The first of its kind in Wales, this multi-lingual festival provides a platform for British East Asian stories, and collaborations between Welsh and Chinese musicians, playwrights, and artists. In addition to the productions and live events, our cinema will be hosting a range of Chinese films throughout the weekend. On Saturday, enjoy live music and pop up events in the foyer, as well as family-friendly craft workshops - all for free. Welcome to the Year of the Dog!

See More Pass Save money, see more! For ÂŁ12, you can gain access to any 2 live events and 1 film on Saturday 17th February. Photo credits (from left to right): Kirsten McTernan, Francesca Rhydderch, Zsuzsa Zicho, Douglas Hook, Confucius Institute.


2018年2月16日至18 为迎接中国新年,我们将在Pontio举办一系列最受欢迎 的文化艺术活动。此次活动将探索威尔士与中国间的 文化联系。在这个周末,我们将为大家带来能充分展 现两地文化、语言及艺术特色的演出、电影和亲子活 动。这是威尔士地区首次举办此类活动,多语种的文 化节为威尔士和中国音乐家、剧作家、艺术家提供了 英国与东亚文化交流合作的平台。 除以上作品及现场活动,我们影院将在整个周末播放一系 列中国电影。 星期六,请在门厅欣赏现场音乐和弹窗式活 动,体验家庭友好式工艺间 - 全部免费。 翘首期盼狗年!

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Saturday 17th February

The Rice Paper Diaries

Francesca Rhydderch and Yan Ying Cemlyn Jones Lecture Room (Level 2), 3 - 4pm. £5 (See More Pass) Hong Kong, 1940. A Welsh family and a Chinese nanny are thrown into the havoc of military conflict. Charting the family’s journey from China to a coastal village in Wales, this is a poignant story of the effects of war on individual lives. Inspired by her family’s history, Francesca Rhydderch reads from her award-winning novel (Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize 2014), joined by Yan Ying whose Mandarin translation was recently published. Followed by discussion about the novel’s lived events, stories across continents, and the process of translation.

Friday 16th February

The Gentle Good: The Immortal Bard Theatr Bryn Terfel, 8pm £14/£13 concessions A rare opportunity to hear The Gentle Good perform songs from their award-winning album (Welsh Album of the Year 2014), The Immortal Bard, created by Gareth Bonello during a 6-week residency in Chengdu, Southern China. Fusing Celtic and Chinese folk sounds, this captivating performance tells the magical story of 8th century Chinese poet, Li Bai. The evening begins with a short set by Chinese musician Zining Wang who will introduce us to the traditional Chinese Pipa. Zining will then join The Gentle Good to perform songs from the album. Cabaret: English, Welsh, Mandarin. 2 hours (with interval).

Reading: English and Mandarin. 1 hour.

2月17日,星期六 《米纸日记》 Francesca Rhydderch Yan Ying (艾黎) Cemlyn Jones Lecture Room (Level 2), 3 - 4pm, 5镑(查看更多通票)

PONTIO歌舞表演: 中国/威尔士


节目。温柔之乐:不朽的吟游诗人 这是个千载难逢之机来倾听“温柔之乐”表演 他们的获奖专辑歌曲(威尔士2014年度专辑) 。“不朽的吟游诗人”是Gareth Bonello在华 南成都居住的六周期间所创作。这张专辑融合 了中国与凯尔特传统音乐,迷人的表演将八世 纪中国诗人李白的传奇故事娓娓道来。本次晚 间表演从中国音乐人王子凝以中国传统乐器琵 琶的短奏开始,其后子凝将加入“温柔之乐”, 表演专辑中的歌曲。 28

和来自广东农村的保姆深陷战争浩劫。 战争结束了,而战争的创伤难以愈合。 哪怕回到千万里外威尔士的滨海小城, 战争的风云仍在人们的心中奔涌。

Francesca Rhydderch的创作灵感源自家族 的故事,该书获2014年威尔士最佳小说奖。 作者将朗读小说选段,并和译者艾黎、听众 一起讨论故事背后的真实事件和翻译过程。 阅读。英语、普通话


Lladron a Llanc

(Burglars and Boy) by Hao Jingfang, adapted by Steffan Donnelly Studio, 7 - 8pm, £5 (See More Pass) Two construction workers turn vigilante, trying to right the wrongs of society by burgling the home of a high-ranking, corrupt official. However, once they get inside, it appears they both have very different ideas about justice.

Orlando Warrior Theatr Bryn Terfel. 4.30 - 5.15pm £5 (See More Pass) Presented by House of Absolute, choreographed by Julia Cheng, this solo contemporary dance piece accompanied by live music explores the myth of a modern Mu-Lan. Externalising her inner battles through wu-shu martial arts and waacking, this piece examines displacement and hybrid identity, masking a yang (male) fighter behind a yin (female) form, travelling through time via physical paintings of a Warrior Poet in motion. The dance piece is followed by a discussion with performer Sam Lu. Dance: 45 minutes.

Orlando Warrior Bryn Terfel 剧场 4.30 - 5.15pm 5镑(查看更多通票) 由Julia Cheng编舞,House of Absolute表演的 当代独舞作品,随着现场音乐诠释了一个现代 木兰的神话。这部作品通过武术和甩舞表现出 其内心的挣扎,探究错位及混合的身份特征。 男性战士头戴女性面具,通过一位战士诗人画 像的舞动穿越时空。舞蹈之后是与演员Sam Lu 的讨论。 舞蹈。45分钟。

The world premiere of a new adaptation by Steffan Donnelly of Hao Jingfang’s contemporary Chinese play, Lladron a Llanc (Burglars and Boy) - a strikingly universal, tragi-comic take on inequality and justice in our modern society. The first Asian woman to win the Hugo Award in 2016 for her novella Folding Beijing (in competition with veteran writer Stephen King!), Hao Jingfang is a Chinese writer on a meteoric rise. Supported by Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery. Drama: Welsh, with English and Mandarin subtitles. 1 hour

盗贼与少年 郝景芳创作 Steffan Donnelly改编 音响室, 7 - 8pm, 5镑(查看更多通票) 两个建筑工人转业为治安管理员,为寻求 社会正义破窗闯进一间高级顶楼公寓。 这是Steffan Donnelly《盗贼与少年》的首次公 演,该舞台剧改编自郝景芳 原创的中国当代剧 作,反映了当代社会普遍的,因社会不公而引发 的悲喜故事。 郝景芳是中国文坛的一位新星, 也是首位获得雨果奖的亚洲女性(2016年,同 年 竞争者包括斯蒂芬·金)。 由威尔士艺术委员会,威尔士政府及英国国家 乐透提供支持。 歌剧威尔士语,英文和中文字幕 1小时。 29


Explore Pontio’s public spaces and find artworks created to celebrate the festival by students from Coleg Menai’s Art Foundation Course. Look out for digital artworks on the screens and be sure to catch Pontio’s first ‘Wal Wen’ (White Wall) commission – a large-scale digital projection responding to the Wales-China theme (screening times to be announced).

艺术 探索Pontio的公共空间,领略由Coleg Menai艺术预科课程的学生所创作的庆 祝该节日的艺术作品。 在屏幕上欣赏数 字艺术品,且切莫错过Pontio首个“Wal Wen”(白墙)委员会 – 为威尔士 中国主题举办的大型数字投影(放映时间 函待公布)。

Chinese Dragon Dance


A Chinese dragon dance created by the Confucius Institute kickstarts Saturday - an explosion of colour to welcome visitors.

Studio, 1 - 5pm, Free Hear stories from the local Welsh-Chinese community in this immersive sound installation, created specially for the Festival by Linbury Prize winning designer Wang Minglu and sound designer Jethro Cooke. A striking audio story unfolds within a unique bamboo structure, connecting the sounds of Wales and China.

中国舞龙 活动第二日将进行孔子学院的中国舞龙表 演 – 色彩纷呈迎接各位的莅临。

Sound Installation: Welsh, English, Mandarin. On loop.

BLAS Project


Pontio’s Youth Theatre, BLAS, will create a site specific piece within the spaces of Pontio inspired by Welsh and Chinese folklore.

音响室,下午1点-5点, 免费 在此沉浸式虚拟音响设备中倾听来自本地 威尔士-华人社区的故事,本设备由获得 林伯里奖的设计人Wang Minglu (王明禄) 以及音响设计人Jethro Cooke 特别制作。 在一片独特的竹木建筑中展现出惊人的音 效故事,连接起威尔士与中国的声音。 音响设备, 威尔士语,英语,汉语 循环播放。 30


BLAS青年艺术团将在Pontio公共区域为大 家带来他们的原创表演,该作品基于中国 动物及威尔士民间传说。

Workshops Free

Join us on Level 2 for a range of Chinese-themed workshops and events for all ages on the afternoon of Saturday 17th February. Try your hand at the ancient art of calligraphy, learn some tai qi, paint a Beijing Opera mask or treat yourself to a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. In partnership with Bangor University’s Confucius Institute: confucius-institute.

文化活动 自由 2月17日星期六,参加我们在二层错层对所有 年龄段的人士开放的一系列中国主题的研讨 会和活动。尝试一下古老的书法艺术,体验 一下太极,画一个京剧脸谱,或者参加一个 传统的中国茶道。合作单位:合作单位: 班 戈大学孔子学院 。

Cinema All films £5

Details of the festival’s cinema programme will be launched soon. Keep your eyes peeled for a range of feature-length and short Chinese films to inspire and thrill.

电影 所有電影£5 我们即将公布艺术节展映影片的排片细节。 各类中国影片及短片将为大家带来全新的体 验和感悟。敬请期待!

Chinese New Year Parade Bangor Town Clock

Saturday 24 February, 12-2pm Bangor’s Chinese New Year Parade returns for the Year of the Dog! An energetic display of Chinese street performance, this colourful family event is not to be missed. Featuring performances from pupils at Our Lady’s School and from the Confucius Institutes at Bangor and London Southbank Universities.

春节游行 班戈钟楼 2月24日,星期六,12-2pm 一年一度的班戈中国新年狗年游行又回来 了!这是一场充满活力的中国街头表演, 这一多彩的家庭活动不容错过。担纲演出 的是Our Lady学校的小学生,班戈大学孔 子学院及伦敦南岸大学孔子学院。

Detailed timings of pop-up events and the cinema programme, will appear online and in the Festival brochure available in January.

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Tuesday 20 February 8pm

The Ensemble of St Luke’s Studio £12/£10 over 60s/£5 students and under 18s We continue to develop our relationship with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018 and are delighted to include the smaller Ensemble of St Luke’s in our programme. The Ensemble of St Luke's began its life in 1992, when a group of friends, all members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, decided to perform a number of chamber concerts to fundraise for various charities.

Since then, it has gone on from strength to strength and performs regularly in music clubs & festivals throughout Wales and the North of England. In 2012 the ensemble were invited to give a special concert to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Rodewald Society, one of the oldest chamber music concert societies in the world. 32

In August 2014 they were the first chamber group to feature at the Liverpool International Music Festival. They regularly coach in both Liverpool Hope University and the University of Liverpool, often appearing in both universities concert series. This season, the ensemble celebrates its 25th anniversary.



Wednesday 21 February 7.30pm (preview evening) Thursday 22 February 7.30pm Friday 23 February 2pm & 7.30pm Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in association with Pontio

Y Tad by Florian Zeller Theatr Bryn Terfel Preview £14/£12 concessions £15/£13 concessions Welsh translation by GERAINT LØVGREEN Director ARWEL GRUFFYDD “There are strange things happening around us. Haven’t you noticed?” The father’s world is topsy-turvy. Who are these strangers in his house? Is it his house at all? This is a heart-rending story about a man who is failing to understand what is happening to him as his memory crumbles, and a daughter who is struggling to come to terms with her father’s illness.

A new Welsh translation of Le Père, winner of the Molière Award 2014 for the Best Play, and winner of the competition to Translate a Play into Welsh at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, 2016. Cast includes: Dyfan Roberts, Catrin Mara, Dafydd Emyr, Fflur Medi Owen, Rhodri Siôn, Mirain Fflur. Age guidance: 11+ Group discount available ask box office This is a Welsh language production. English language access available through the Sibrwd app. Details: 34

Pre-show talk for Welsh learners Wednesday 21 February, 6.30pm Studio Post-show talk Thursday 22 February Theatr Bryn Terfel Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance.

Saturday 24 February 10.30am & 12.30pm Teulu Pontio Family presents

Dafydd Iwan: Cwm-Rhyd-y-Rhosyn Studio ÂŁ6/ÂŁ20 family and friends ticket (up to 4 people, at least one under 18) Welcome to the World of Cwm-Rhyd-Y-Rhosyn. Dafydd Iwan will present a session of well-loved Welsh nursery rhymes and contemporary songs from the popular series Cwm-Rhyd-Y-Rhosyn.

Children will be able to take an activity sheet home with them, with a chance to win a Pontio goodie bag! Welsh medium event, learners welcome. Merchandise will also be on sale. 35


Saturday 24 February 8pm Mark Steel

Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright Theatr Bryn Terfel £15 This time last year, it seemed highly unlikely the UK would vote to leave the EU; we had a reasonable opposition to the Tory Government; Donald Trump was a buffoon who surely wasn’t going to beat Hilary Clinton and Mark was living the married suburban ideal, a year later it’s all gone to absolute sh*t! But don’t worry, as Mark thinks Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright. Mark’s sell-out show Who Do I Think I Am, revealed his natural father was a world backgammon champion. Now the star of Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s in Town, and newspaper columnist of the year, is back on the road with a new show, guaranteed to make the world seem even more mental than it is.

Mark has written and presented many series of Mark Steel’s In Town on BBC Radio 4 (new series out soon) and toured it live around the UK. Mark, is a regular on BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s The News Quiz. He’s also appeared on BBC2’s QI and Room 101. Mark has written several acclaimed books, including: Reasons To Be Cheerful and What’s Going On. 14+ (Parental Guidance) Likely to be swearing and adult content



Thursday 1 March

Cân i Gymru 2018 Pontio welcomes Wales’ most famous songwriting competition to Theatr Bryn Terfel on St. David’s Day, March 1st 2018. Elin Fflur and Trystan Ellis Morris are your hosts for the evening when the nation

chooses the winner of the Cân i Gymru trophy and a cash prize of £5000. A chance for you to have your say and vote for your favourite from a shortlist of songs which will be performed live.


This event will be broadcast live on S4C. Tickets are free and will be available from 10am, 15th January 2018 from Pontio Box Office 01248 38 28 28 and

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March

The BBC Songs of Praise Young Choir of the Year Competition 2018 A brand-new singing competition for young choirs whose members are 18 years old or below, to be broadcast on Songs of Praise on BBC One throughout the UK.

Recorded as live in Theatr Bryn Terfel on March 3rd and 4th 2018, the 10 chosen finalists each sing a hymn, before the celebrity judges choose the top 6 to sing again to win the trophy and the title Songs of Praise Young Choir of the Year 2018.


Details of how to obtain FREE admission will be released in January 2018

Operatif Wednesday, 7 March, 6-7pm Bar Ffynnon FREE

Thursday 8 March 7.30pm Mid Wales Opera

Eugene Onegin

Mid Wales Opera soloists join forces with local aspiring singers including Kiefer Jones and Morgana WarrenJones to perform operatic excerpts in the informal setting of Bar Ffynnon on Level 0.

Theatr Bryn Terfel £19/£18 over 60s/£10 students and under 18s Eugene Onegin combines Pushkin’s compelling and heart-breaking story with Tchaikovsky’s sweeping lyricism in a stunning exploration of love, death, life and convention. Filled with breath-taking arias including Tatyana’s great letter scene, a tour de force of the soprano repertoire, the

poignant tale contrasts the simplicity of country life with the sophisticated excesses of Russia’s pre-revolutionary court and tells of the fated love between the innocent Tatyana and the world-weary cynic Onegin. A fabulous cast includes rising new stars and internationally recognised performers. Led


by MWO’s Artistic Directors Richard Studer and Jonathan Lyness, and accompanied by the brilliant Ensemble Cymru, this new production will ensure audiences are left enthralled and deeply moved.

Friday 9 March 8pm Making Tracks present

Chouk Bwa Drums, poetry and trance from Haiti's vodou heartlands Theatr Bryn Terfel £14/£13 concessions Chouk Bwa are a traditional Haitian Mizik Rasin (‘roots music’) ensemble bringing together the essence of Haitian Vodou without unnecessary frills. Their music rises in waves of percussion, vocals and dance, authentically

inspired in the moment and communicating nothing but the unique joy of this shared spontaneity. With deep roots in the religious rites of West African Vodún, their repertoire blends traditional songs with compositions by lead vocalist and poet


Jean-Claude 'Sambaton' Dorvil. The celebratory power of their sound has already ignited audiences at major festivals around the world, including Roskilde, WOMAD and Amsterdam Roots.

Saturday 10 March 7.30pm

Bangor University Symphony Orchestra Theatr Bryn Terfel £12/£10 over 60s / £5 students and under 18s Chris Collins and Graeme Cotterill (conductors) Grace Williams Ballads Sibelius Symphony No. 6

The University Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of atmospheric music, including two rarelyheard masterpieces. Welsh composer Grace Williams described her orchestral suite Ballads as a 'synthesis of medieval Welsh laments, proclamations, feasts and combat’. Sibelius’s 41

Sixth Symphony evokes a similar timeless past, its soundscapes reminiscent of the stark beauty of Finland and the rippling colours of the Northern Lights. The concert also includes a concerto performance by the winner of the School of Music’s annual soloist competition.

s/ Glyn Jone Pic: Dewi ra Caws Theatr Ba

Wednesday 14 March 1-3pm

Sion Trysta n and Cary s Gwilym in Un Nos Ola Leuad

Pontio’s BLAS Project present

Yng Ngolau’r Lleuad Studio £3 Following the success of our other sessions exploring prominent Welsh texts, this time we bring together a panel of experts to discuss Caradog Prichard’s Un Nos Ola Leuad, the novel originally published by Gwasg Gee in 1961 which has captured the imagination of generations in Wales and beyond with its vivid portrayal of childhood in Bethesda, North Wales and which is regularly performed as a stage play.

Our panel includes: Dr J. Elwyn Hughes Betsan Llwyd, actor and artistic director of Theatr Bara Caws Carys Gwilym, actor Siôn Trystan, actor Two actors from Bangor University’s Welsh Drama Society will perform extracts from the play on the day.


Aimed particularly at those studying the play as part of WJEC syllabus, but open to all. Don’t forget about the Arts Council of Wales’ Go and See scheme that schools can use to fund visits to high-quality arts events, visit for details.

Thursday 15 March 1.30pm & 6.30pm Cwmni’r Frân Wen

Ŵy, Chips a Nain Theatr Bryn Terfel £8/£6 concessions A truly heart-warming family tale celebrating the unique relationship between grandparent and grandchild. Guto loves spending time with his Nain. A boat trip to Ireland, picnics by the sea, semaphore flags and fairies turning children into sausages!

But their biggest adventure is yet to come...


Written by Gwyneth Glyn, Ŵy, Chips a Nain (Egg, Chips & Grandma) is an honest portrayal of love, friendship and fun between two generations when facing life with dementia.

Director: IOLA YNYR


Author: GWYNETH GLYN A Welsh language production.

Thursday 15 March 8pm

Kiri Pritchard McLean: Appropriate Adult Studio £12/£10 concessions Chortle Award nominee Kiri thinks the world revolves around her, but she didn't let that stop her wishing to mentor vulnerable kids. Consequently, she's going

to be extremely careful what she wishes for in future. An immoral comedian's morality tale about other people's lack of morals. Age guidance 16+

"Packed with laughs, powerhouse Stand up” Guardian

"Passionate, smart and yes, bloody funny. There's a raw depth of feeling here that you won't find in many shows’ ” Scotsman


Friday 16 March 8pm

Dr John Cooper Clarke with special guests Theatr Bryn Terfel £16-£26.50 POET; MOVIE STAR; ROCK STAR; TV & RADIO PRESENTER; COMEDIAN; SOCIAL & CULTURAL COMMENTATOR

fashionistas young and old, and his poetry included on national curriculum syllabus, his effect on modern music is huge.

John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’. Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.

His influence can be heard within the keen social observations of the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B. These collaborations mean that John has been involved in 2 global number 1 albums in the last 2 years - with The Arctic Monkeys putting one of John's best loved poems, I Wanna Be Yours, to music on their critically acclaimed A:M Album.

Today, JCC is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence just as visible on today’s pop culture. Aside from his trademark ‘look’ continuing to resonate with


He returns to the area after performing at Festival Number 6 last year with his latest show, which is touring across the UK and Europe this year. A mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat - witness a living legend at the top of his game. Age guidance: 12+ some swearing

Friday 16 March 7.30pm BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Haydn & Mozart with Rachel Podger Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor University £15/£13.50/£5 students and young people under 18 Family tickets: £15/£20 Haydn Symphony No.8 in G major "Le Soir" Mozart Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major Mozart Adagio in E major for Violin and Orchestra Haydn Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat major for violin, cello, oboe and bassoon

Rachel Podger joins BBC NOW in Bangor as soloist and director, leading the orchestra on a journey through some of her favourite late baroque and early classical works; including a performance of Mozart’s first violin concerto, and his melodic and emotional Adagio in E.


Alongside, musicians from the orchestra join Rachel in the spotlight for a performance of Haydn’s dainty Sinfonia Concertante.

Saturday 17 March 11.30am & 2.30pm Peut-être Theatre presents

Tidy Up Studio £6/£20 family and friends ticket (up to 4 people, at least one under 18) Peut-être Theatre returns to Pontio following their popular show Shhh... Bang! When it starts out ship-shape, there’s only one way for it to go… this dance-theatre show gets all messed up!

to create order, patterns and systems, this show is a witty and uplifting journey discovering if chaos and order can ever live side-by-side… with plenty of surprises, Tidy Up is an unforgettable party!

Why can’t tidiness be exciting for children or chaos joyful for parents? Who said there’s a ‘right way’ anyway? Inspired by the child’s desire

The production was developed in partnership with GOSH Arts, patients and families and the Psychological Services 47

Department at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Age guidance 3+ No spoken language

FREE post-show creative workshop with Nerys Jones

Monday 19 March 7.30pm

Songs from Afar Living with dementia – a musical conversation Studio £10/£8 concessions Beti George hosts an evening of innovative live music and conversation about life with dementia, with a special emphasis on family carers. An ensemble of 13 musicians will perform a series of short, thought-provoking pieces featuring the voices of people with dementia and the partners who care for them. Building on music and drama interventions undertaken

by Pontio Arts in care home and research led by Prof. Bob Woods of Bangor University, composer Andrew Lewis has created these unique musical portraits of life with dementia. The aim is to break the silence that often surrounds the topic, giving voice to the reallife, day-to-day experience of what is fast becoming the defining medical condition of our age.


Along with the music, Beti George will be in conversation with a series of special guests, people with dementia, carers, researchers and some of those whose voices are heard in the pieces. With comments and questions from the audience, this will be an inspiring evening of music and conversation, exploring the highs and lows of living well with dementia.

Tuesday 20 March 7pm

Codi’r To 4th Birthday Concert Theatr Bryn Terfel £5/£2 Inspired by the hugely successful and famous El Sistema programme from Venezuela, Sistema Cymru - Codi'r To is a community project which works with local primary schools and their communities to deliver

regular musical tuition, working with whole year groups of children. Join us to celebrate Codi'r To's 4th Birthday with pupils from Ysgol Glancegin as they raise the roof with their choir, brass band and lively Samba band!



Friday 23 March 7.30pm Bangor University’s Musical Theatre Society presents

High School Musical Theatr Bryn Terfel £10/£7 concessions From the Student Society that brought you the award winning production of ‘FAME’ comes based on the hit Disney original movie. Join Troy and Gabriella as they follow their dreams and encourage others not to ‘stick to the status quo’.

Sing along to your favourite tracks and follow the Wildcats as they learn that ‘we’re all in this together’ and we’re not that different after all. Advisories: Contains flashing lights, pyrotechnics, loud sounds


10% group discount for groups of 10 or more.

BLAS is Pontio’s youth project giving children and young people a taste for the arts. We hold drama workshops in the Pontio Studio Mondays Year 3 and 4 - 5-6pm Year 5 and 6 - 6:15-7:15pm Year 7, 8 and 9 - 7:30-8:30pm Wednesdays Year 10 – 13 - 7:30-8:30pm

To book a place on the weekly workshops, please contact the Box Office on 01248 38 28 28, or for more information please contact Mared Elliw Huws on


In addition to the workshops BLAS works in the community and with schools.

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Circus Feast Procession

Lleisiau / Voices

R U There? (In The Mind)

5 schools working with the Cimera Circus Company creating 3D art work for a procession along Bangor High Street to open the Pontio Circus Feast. The procession themes were Bangor's Lost Stories, with each school having a story about Bangor's history.

10 students studying drama and health and social care received an introduction to dementia from Joan Woods, a training officer at Bangor University Dementia Services Development Centre, before visiting Plas Hedd care home to get to know residents over a period of five weeks.

The year 7, 8 and 9 BLAS class joined forces with the year 10–13 class to create a devised performance. It played with the horror genre and looked at social media and the dream world.

These conversations were recorded in the home and developed as a verbatim drama by the young people under the guidance of Branwen Davies and Pontio's BLAS coordinator Mared Elliw Huws. 53


at Pontio

£5 Wednesday 28 March 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm

Pontio’s Easter Bunny Adventure! Join us for an hour-long session packed with fun and suitable for the whole family. We’ll start by creating fun bunny ears and rabbit’s tails and then we’ll all go on an adventure through Pontio to

feed the hungry little bunnies and maybe earn a reward! Family activity, children will need to be accompanied. Limited capacity, book to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday 27 March and Wednesday 4th April 11.30am-2pm


Soundtrack Disco

Over the Easter holidays we’ll be hosting our FILM+ soundtrack disco in the Studio on Level 2 in Pontio. Come and enjoy before or after films. Feel free to dress as your favourite film character!


See monthly cinema programme for details of films being shown on these dates

Saturday 7 April 11.30am & 2.30pm M6 Theatre Company

A Tiger's Tale Studio £6/£20 family & friends ticket (up to 4 people, at least one under 18) A new show written by MIKE KENNY Directed by GILLY BASKEYFIELD Music by JAMES ATHERTON M6 Theatre (Mavis Sparkle, Whatever the Weather, One Little Word) presents a fantastical new production by the award winning playwright

Mike Kenny. Based on the extraordinary story of Fenella, the Holmfirth Tiger, A TIGER'S TALE is a high spirited balancing act of circus, puppetry, live music and song.

story of a family of acrobats and their adopted tiger cub. Join Titch, Ma and Pa on their riotous adventure into a world where ‘all the best stories end with a surprise.’

From a circus train in South Africa, to a steamboat on the Atlantic Ocean and onward to West Yorkshire, a ramshackle travelling troupe tell us the unbelievable true

For ages 4+ Running time: 50 minutes


FREE post-show creative workshop with Eleri Jones

Friday 13 April 7.30pm Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

The Power of Love Theatr Bryn Terfel £18/£16 over 60/£10 students and under 18s VERDI Overture, The Force of Destiny DVOŘÁK Romance for Violin and Orchestra WAGNER Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde BRAHMS Symphony No.2 NATHALIE STUTZMANN conductor THELMA HANDY violin ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

When Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde drink a magical potion, they unleash forces no-one can control – and a love more powerful than life itself. Tonight, it’s all about love: from the Verdi’s hot-blooded overture, to the serene warmth and endless tunes of Brahms’s sunniest symphony: music that seems to sing for sheer happiness. Making it all happen is the extraordinary Nathalie Stutzmann, sharing the limelight with the Orchestra’s own Thelma 56

Handy, in Dvořák's exquisite Romance. During their visits in 2018, Pontio will be working with the RLPO to hold engagement activities with community groups and the Codi’r To project.

Saturday 14 April 8pm Pontio present

COLORAMA PLU BENDITH Theatr Bryn Terfel £14/£12 students and under 18s Colorama Welsh singersongwriter, music producer and multi-instrumentalist Carwyn Ellis and his band perform in Pontio for the very first time with special guests, Plu. Formed of sibling trio - Elan, Marged and Gwilym Rhys from Caernarfon, North Wales in the Summer of 2012, Plu (meaning 'feathers' in Welsh) play alternative Welsh language pop-folk, with close 3 part harmonies a backbone to their varied set.

Impressed by the trio from Bethel’s harmonies, Carwyn Ellis of Colorama decided to ask Elan, Marged and Gwilym Rhys of Plu to collaborate on an album of original music and perform under the name Bendith. The album Bendith won the Welsh Language Album of the Year 2017 at the National Eisteddfod and was shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize 2017. The songs on the album are inspired by roots – the sense of place, 57

family and home with most of the songs based on, and named after, a particular area of Carmarthenshire that’s close to Carwyn’s heart. A rare opportunity to see this beguiling combination of talented artists perform. Sit-down gig


Wednesday 18 April 8pm

Jon Boden – The Afterglow Tour

"Vivid lyrics, striking imagery, fascinating ideas, challenging arrangements and Boden’s characteristically striking vocals…it has to be considered a Major Work.” fRoots review of Afterglow

Theatr Bryn Terfel £20 / £18 students and unders 18s In spring 2018 Jon Boden, former lead-singer of Bellowhead, will head out on the second leg of his Afterglow album tour - his first new release since leaving Bellowhead in May 2016. In the solo leg of the tour audiences

can enjoy a close-up, intimate performance with Jon showcasing his infectious new material in a stripped-down, highoctane, very personal show. Using fiddle, guitar, concertina and his trade mark stomp box Boden 58

also draws on material from throughout his fifteen year career including hits from Bellowhead, selections from his project and music from the Afterglow album.

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Angharad Harrop: Lle Pontio’s White Wall, After Terra Firma

Tuesday 24 April 7.30pm

Terra Firma Theatr Bryn Terfel £14/£12 concessions Choreography by Caroline Finn, Marcos Morau and Mario Bermudez Gil Terra Firma tells stories drawn from the very ground on which we build our communities; The Green House brings the outside in; on a Wes-

Creu Cymru’s ‘dance buddy’ scheme pairs up independent dance artists with a theatre or arts centre. Through dance, film and sound, Pontio dance buddy Angharad Harrop’s ffilm Lle takes the audience on a journey finding the hidden places and spaces of Pontio. An exploration of site and sight, this playful film questions our perspectives and provides new angles from which we can view Pontio's architecture.

Anderson style TV set, the ‘stars’ are stuck in a neverending loop. Beautifully unsettling and full of character. Tundra is a barren landscape where ultra-modern creativity blinks into life and tears pages from Russian folk dance and revolution. 59

Atalaÿ is a watch tower from which far off lands can be seen from four points; a contagious dance influenced by the warmth of the Mediterranean. With post-show talk


Friday 27 April 8pm Making Tracks present

TOKO TELO The best of Madagascar: Soulful traditions reinvented with sublime artistry Theatr Bryn Terfel £14/£13 concessions A dazzling all-star trio from an exceptionally rich musical country, Toko Telo features the stunning guitar work of D’Gary, accordion wizardry from Regis Gizavo and soulful vocals from Monika Njava. Honoured at home and acclaimed abroad, these heroes of Madagascan music

come together with Toko Telo (‘group of three’) to revisit their shared southern roots. Interpreting traditional musical styles like tsapiky, jihe and beko with sublime musicianship and artistry, Toko Telo provide the perfect introduction to some of the best music that Madagascar can offer. 61

"Dynamic, fluid, complex and inventive” fRoots on Régis Gizavo

"The voice of Madagascar” Afropop Worldwide on Monika Njava

"She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency”

Saturday, 28 April 8pm

The Guardian

Off the Kerb present

Shappi Khorsandi Mistress and Misfit Theatr Bryn Terfel £15/£13 concessions Shappi presents England's unsung heroine, Emma Hamilton. For too many years she has been known as just ‘Nelson's mistress', a bit of a harlot. (You get ONE job in a brothel and bang goes your reputation.) Women's lib wasn't a 'thing' in Georgian times, Emma moved mountains to haul herself from 'scullery maid' to 'Lady Hamilton'. Yes, she occasionally danced on tables naked to get ahead in life, but who hasn't? As a fellow naked dancer on tables, Shappi is inspired by Emma, although she never wants hair big enough to house mice in. Star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News for You and Q.I, Shappi is on the road with her new sell out show.

She has whip-crack jokes and is effortlessly funny as she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously mischievous delivery and endless charm. Shappi Khorsandi is also the best selling author of ‘A Beginners Guide to Acting English’ and her fantastic debut novel ‘Nina is not OK’ was published by Ebury in 2016. Shappi was also recently elected president of the British Humanist society. 14+ (Parental Guidance) Likely to be swearing and adult content


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Pontio Bangor January-April 2018 English Version  

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