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Arts and Innovation Centre Bangor

Artistic Programme May – August 2018


Welcome to Pontio Opening hours Monday to Saturday 8.30am–11.00pm Sunday 12.00pm-8.00pm

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Pontio will be closed Monday 7th May, Monday 28th May and Monday 27th August 2018 for the Bank Holidays.

Gorad Restaurant Level 2 Monday – Saturday 8.30am – last food orders 8pm Sunday 12.00pm – last food orders 6pm

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Pontio at a glance May – August 2018 May Saturday 5 Saturday 5 Tuesday 8 Wednesday 9 Friday 11 Saturday 12 Sunday 13 Thursday 17 Thursday 17 Saturday 19 Wednesday 23 Friday 25 Tuesday 29 Thursday 31 Thursday 31

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

Haydn: The Creation Summer Dance Showcase Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru: Estron (Alien) The Fureys 40th Anniversary Tour Gandini Juggling: Spring Half Breed Ensemble Cymru: Anniversary Finale Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Wales/Senegal) The Comedy Club Teulu Pontio Family: Chwarae Relaxed Screening at Pontio Cinema BLAS: The Upside-down World Half Term Activities - Cantre’r Gwaelod Drama Workshop Half Term Activities - Fuoch chi rioed yn morio? Bangor University End-of-Year Gala Concert

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2.30pm & 4pm 7.30pm 1pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 12pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 8pm 8pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

Teulu Pontio Family: Moonfall Shakespeare’s Globe Twelfth Night (primarily for schools) Shakespeare’s Globe Shakespeare’s Globe Charley Bach: Conversation with Charles Duff Lunch on the fly Driftwood Driftwood Driftwood Gwenno The Comedy Club WNO: Summer Opera Classics Bardd

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Ysgol Glanaethwy: Camllisafu Ysgol Glanaethwy: Camllisafu Ballet Cymru: Cinderella Centenary Concert of Remembrance BLAS: Ein Lleisiau/Our Voices Carnival Dream NHS70: Touch NHS70: Touch

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Coming soon! September Thursday 13 Friday 14 Saturday 15

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Now or Never Now or Never Now or Never

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Audience Feedback from last season... On Y Tad, Welsh-language drama from Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

“I’ve just been to see Y Tad and it was genuinely fantastic” “I thought it was a very touching experience”

On the inaugural Wales-China Festival, co-curated with Invertigo Theatre Company:

“Very good selection especially for families” “I wouldn't change anything: Interesting, varied, insightful.”

On Relentless.Unstoppable.Human. Machine's exclusive run before the London Roundhouse première by Pirates of the Carabina

“It was all absolutely fantastic. My favourite parts were probably the staircase and the party, and I don't think I have a least favourite part, apart form the part where it had to2 end.”

Welcome to our May-August 2018 season You, the audience, decide… As we look towards the summer season, we’re delighted to welcome back a number of national companies – Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, National Theatre Wales, Welsh National Opera and Ballet Cymru. For those of you who experienced Smashed and 4x4 Ephemeral Architectures, the unique Gandini Juggling return with their brand new production Spring, which is an innovative combination of dance and juggling and Casus Circus company from Australia visit Bangor for the first time with their show Driftwood – a concise and lyrical production which celebrates relationships.

There’s a new show by Ysgol Glanaethwy, and seasonal concerts from Bangor University’s ensembles, world music, Comedy Club, community shows, a vertical dance workshop suitable for all abilities and creative half-term activities on the theme of the sea, linking up with Visit Wales Year of the Sea in 2018. Our participatory activity also present the fruits of their labour, with a performance by the youngsters from BLAS and a verbatim play by young people following the collection and sharing of stories at local care homes. Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the programme will be Shakespeare's Globe visit to Pontio as

Once again, we thank everyone who makes the delivery of an artistic programme at Pontio possible, including the following organisations who support the programme in its entirety

ICronfa Datblygu Pontio IPontio Development Fund


part of a national and international tour of Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice, beginning and ending at The Globe. We’ll be turning the theatre into a space that resembles the Globe itself – with space to stand in the middle – and in the spirit of Shakespearean tradition, the company will allow you, the audience, to decide which of the three plays you would like to see, with the voting mechanism to be determined over the course of rehearsals… Join us for a new season and get ready for some truly unique theatrical experiences! Elen ap Robert Pontio Artistic Director

Saturday 5 May 7.30pm Bangor University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Haydn: The Creation Prichard-Jones Hall £12/£10 over 60/£5 students and under 18s Elizabeth Peirson Soprano Alex Jarrett Tenor Terence Ayebare Baritone Chris Collins Conductor

From the first ray of light to the joyous union of Adam and Eve before the Fall, Haydn’s oratorio depicts the creation of the world as it is told in the Book of Genesis. Lyrical arias, intricate

ensembles, monumental choruses and evocative orchestral effects characterise this masterpiece of Western music.

Buy your drinks in advance at the bar to avoid queuing during the interval. Bwyd a Diod 4

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Saturday 5 May 1.30pm & 6.30pm Bangor University Dance Societies

Summer Dance Showcase Theatr Bryn Terfel ÂŁ5/ÂŁ4 students and under 18s 10% discount for groups of 10 or more

Bangor University Dance Societies invites you to enjoy their Summer Showcase! The club's inclusive attitude has welcomed students with different backgrounds in dance, from those who have been dancing all their life, to those who only started this year.

With over 300 members, the committee, teachers and dancers have worked tirelessly to create a captivating show, full of different styles of dance.

the traditional such as ballet and jazz to less conventional styles of dance such as belly dancing and burlesque and specialised dances such as pointe.

Along with 16 group dances, you will also be treated to amazing soloists from the club. Dances will vary from

Flashing lights. Advisories may be announced during the performance.


"I was in tears, with a wide grin on my face, when I jumped to my feet at the end ...This is a powerful play... that must be experienced"

Tuesday 8 May 7.30pm

Lowri Cooke

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in association with the National Eisteddfod of Wales and Theatrau Sir Gâr

Estron (Alien) by Hefin Robinson Studio £12/£10 concessions 10% discount for groups of 10 or more

A laptop, a tin of Quality Street chocolates, and an author searching for his play in an infinite universe. Recent devastating events have turned Alun’s world upside down, but in the darkness he seeks solace in a visitor from another world. An intriguing new play for the current generation by one of our most talented young writers, and winner of the Drama Medal at the

Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod, 2016. Estron was performed for the first time in the Cwt Drama at the Anglesey National Eisteddfod, 2017. This is a rare opportunity to see this award-winning play on a national tour. Live audio translation via the Sibrwd app for non-Welsh speakers and Welsh beginners Age guidance 11+ 6

Pre-show talk for Welsh learners 6.15pm Cemlyn Jones Room (PL2), Level 2 FREE but ticket required Please note that this talk will be conducted in Welsh.

Wednesday 9 May 8pm

The Fureys 40th Anniversary Tour Theatr Bryn Terfel £20 10% discount for groups of 10 or more As part of their 40th Anniversary tour, Irish Legends, THE FUREYS will perform here on Wednesday 9 May in a great night of music, songs and stories. Hear them sing their timeless classics including ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old

man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc plus songs from their new CD ‘The Times they are a changing’. Their emotive songs stir many emotions…. tears and laughter, sadness and joy.


Friday 11 May 7.30pm Gandini Juggling

Spring Theatr Bryn Terfel £15/£13 10% discount for groups of 10 or more £25/£20 to see the show and take part in the workshop on 10 May Formed in 1992 by worldrenowned jugglers Sean Gandini and Kati YläHokkala, Gandini Juggling continue to be at the forefront of contemporary circus, reinventing and reinvigorating juggling for the 21st century. Gandini Juggling and Alexander Whitley have joined forces to create a new show. Adventurous and kaleidoscopic, Spring is an enquiry into the nature of colour and how we perceive it. A cross art form production, Spring challenges impressions of movement and physicality, embracing deconstructed rhythms and jubilant patterning. Featuring virtuoso jugglers and contemporary dancers, Spring takes these tangible and visceral art forms into new territories - and further establishes the relationships between them.

Performed to an original score by Gabriel Prokofiev and with eye-popping lighting from Guy Hoare, it is set to be wondrous, transcendent and prismatic. Spring is the third and final part of Gandini Juggling’s trilogy of flirtations between juggling and elaborate dance languages which began with 4x4 Ephemeral Architectures and Sigma. Spring is co-produced with Cambridge Junction (UK); London International Mime Festival (UK); and Plateforme 2 pôles Cirque en Normandie / La Brèche à Cherbourg et le CirqueThéâtre d’Elbeuf (FR). Spring is supported by artsdepot (UK); Arts Council England; Birmingham Hippodrome (UK); CIRCa pôle National des Arts du Cirque Auch Gers Occitanie (FR); Lighthouse Poole (UK); Theatre Op de Markt (BE). 8

Age guidance 12+

Post-show talk Join us for a post-show talk chaired by Elen ap Robert, Artistic Director at Pontio, in the company of Sean Gandini, director of Gandini Juggling and Ray Davies Director of Photonics Academy of Wales @ Bangor (PAWB), School of Electronic Engineering, Bangor University.

Pic - Simon Carter

Take Part! An unique opportunity to take part in an interactive workshop with the Gandini Juggling company the evening before the performance. Only 20 spaces available so book early to avoid disappointment!

Pattern Creation and Juggling to Music A workshop with Gandini Juggling Thursday 10 May 6.30pm - 2 hours Studio ÂŁ13/ÂŁ10 concessions 9

Fun exercises to practice and learn systems and develop ideas to make patterns in juggling. Some experience required

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Live screenings coming up at Pontio Cinema…

ROH LIVE: Manon (12A) Live Satellite Screening

Thursday 3 May, 7.15pm £15/£12.50

ROH LIVE: Swan Lake (12A) Live Satellite Screening

Tuesday 12 June, 7.15pm £15/£12.50

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 28 28 12

Glyndebourne Cinema Season 2018 The success of the Glyndebourne cinema broadcasts has been growing year on year, and 2018 promises to deliver more of the same distinctive, dramatic and sophisticated opera that the Glyndebourne festival has become known for the world over.

Madama Butterfly

Vanessa (12A) 210mins

(12A) 210mins

Live Satellite Screening

Thursday 21 June, 6.30pm £12/£10

One of the most famous operas of all time and has inspired numerous contemporary adaptations and reimaginings, including the hit musical Miss Saigon. Praised by critics as a ‘thoughtful, provocative staging’ and a ‘scathing study of exploitation’, Annilese Miskimmon’s production of Puccini's classic opera updates the action to the 1950s.

Saul (12A) 210mins Live recording from 2015

Thursday 26 July, 7pm £12/£10

Barrie Kosky’s extraordinary, award-winning 2015 production of Handel's Saul is bursting with energy and sensation, combining exhilarating contemporary choreography with lavish period costumes.


Live Satellite Screening

Tuesday 14 August, 6.30pm £12/£10 A rare opportunity to see Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, broadcast live from its debut in Festival 2018; Vanessa is an opera from the age of Hitchcock, with an atmospheric score and tense, psychological twists. Fulfilling the ambition of a lifetime, award-winning British director Keith Warner makes his much-anticipated Glyndebourne debut.

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Saturday 12 May 8pm Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company present

Half Breed Studio £12/£10 concessions 10% discount for groups of 10 or more Written and performed by Natasha Marshall Directed by Miranda Cromwell Designed by Ruby Spencer Pugh Lighting Design by Amy Mae Sound Design by Xana “I am that mixed race kid, like 50/50, on the fence, luke warm, in-between maybe. Trust me, around here I’m about as black as it goes…”

Jazmin feels different. She doesn’t want to stay in the village. She doesn’t want to have a baby. She doesn’t want to laugh at racist jokes in the local pub. She’s got to get out. Following its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and a run at London’s Soho Theatre, Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company present Half Breed, Natasha Marshall’s semi-autobiographical dark comedy about finding your voice. 14

Natasha Marshall trained on Soho Theatre Young Company’s Writer’s Lab and the Talawa First newwriting scheme. Half Breed was shortlisted for the Tony Craze Soho Young Writers Award and the Alfred Fagon Award and was nominated for Best new play in the 2017 UK Theatre Awards. Age guidance 14+


Sunday 13 May 3pm

Ensemble Cymru: Anniversary Finale Studio £12/£10 over 60 /£5 student or under 18 After 15 years of musicmaking, our expanded ensemble enables an arresting programme for May 2018 that is truly diverse in both time and place. From Wales, we are absolutely thrilled to perform works by two living Welsh composers: a brand new commission from Gareth Glyn, as well as Emerging (lightly) by Aberdyfi-based Rhian Samuel.

From the 20th century is the rarely-performed gem, Nonet, by England’s great Arnold Bax, alongside Debussy’s Dances for Harp and String Quintet, conceived as a harp ‘showcase’. Going right back to 1738, Handel’s remarkable Harp Concerto Op. 4, No. 6 draws on nearly all our varied instrumental forces for this exciting season.

The Programme Music for the flute, oboe, clarinet, harp, violins, viola, cello and double bass Claude Debussy – Dances for Harp and String Quintet Arnold Bax – Nonet Gareth Glyn – New commission for Ensemble Cymru, To the Four Winds. Handel – Harp Concerto No. 6 Rhian Samuel – Emerging (lightly) for Solo Viola and Chamber Ensemble Duration: 90 minutes (including 15 min interval)


Composer's Spotlight – the music of Guto Pryderi Puw Studio Sunday 13 May, 2pm Duration: 30min FREE event but ticket required A performance of A Gwaedd y Bechgyn... for flute, clarinet and harp, introduced by the composer.

Donations in aid of Ensemble Cymru’s work with composers in Wales. Promoted by Ensemble Cymru and Composers of Wales.


Lunch Dinner Pre theatre

Bwyty Restaurant

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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Thursday 17 May 7.30pm Theatr Mwldan presents

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Wales/Senegal) with Gwyneth Glyn Theatr Bryn Terfel £20/£18 This sublime, critically acclaimed and multi award-winning collaboration between two adventurous virtuoso musicians - Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita - delivers a stunning exhibition of worldclass musicianship. Catrin and Seckou will be joined at Pontio by Gwyneth Glyn as support artist. Poet, writer and singer of songs, Gwyneth comes from Cricieth in North Wales and will be performing material from her new album 'Tro'.

Drawing deep on their own diverse traditions and transforming them with remarkable synergy, Catrin and Seckou have built a formidable reputation for extraordinary performances. Following the huge success of their debut release, their longawaited second album 'SOAR' launches in April 2018. The album takes flight on the wings of the osprey, the magnificent bird of prey recently returned to Wales after centuries of absence, which makes its annual 3,000-mile migration from 19

the coasts of West Africa to the estuaries of Wales, soaring like music and dreams over man-made borders, in an innate and epic journey of endurance. Entrancing, mesmeric, intricate and ethereal, this is remarkable music and a thrilling live experience. "oh my God, incredible… you’re witnessing a state of rapture, it’s entrancing" Toby Jones, actor

"Absolutely hypnotic" BBC 6 Music


Pontio calling scientists and artists! What can happen in the space between molecules and marimbas, trills and test tubes? Following the success of our initial SYNTHESIS pilot project to encourage two pairs of artists and scientists to work together to bridge two separate worlds, we’re once again on the lookout for new projects. Applications for the fund of £2,000 per pair are invited from scientists and artists working in the performing arts.

Closing date: 28 January 2019 The successful projects will be announced during the Bangor Science Festival in March and the projects will need to commence in April and presented on 22 June 2019. For further information, contact


Saturday 19 May 11.30am & 2.30pm Theatr Iolo & Pontio present

CHWARAE By Elgan Rhys Studio £2 including light refreshments Which toys, which games and whose rules? Come on in for a sneak peek of a new piece of theatre being developed collaboratively at Pontio with families and professional artists for those aged 4 - 6 and their adults. Artist Elgan Rhys has been exploring the importance play has in the lives of children and adults alike and this work-in-progress celebrates the complexities of the how, where, why, with who and what of play in our ever-busy world…

Following the sharing there will be a fun and imaginative workshop for the whole family to enjoy, led by Elgan. CHWARAE is part of Theatr Iolo’s Platfform programme that supports emerging artists develop theatre for children and young people in partnership with arts centres and theatres. Platfform receives support from Arts Council of Wales and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


To coincide with the show, creative work inspired by the CHWARAE project families will be exhibited in the cabinets on Level 0. Head over for a peek at the findings of the project created by Eva Lin Jerkovic, a student on the Product Design course at Bangor University. A short film will also give a taste of this exciting project between Elgan Rhys, the families and professional artists.

“It was a special experience for both of us. It can be easy for us to lose touch with the incredible freedom of being a child. I am very proud that we are a part of such an innovative and important project.” Awen Owen, Projects’ Family Ambassador (and Efa’s Mam!)


Relaxed screenings at Pontio Cinema Wednesday 23 May 2pm Relaxed Cinema Screening

+ Interval sing-along with Huw Llywelyn & Annette Bryn Parri Aimed at 60+ Pontio Cinema & Bar Ffynnon £3 Join us in Pontio's Cinema for an afternoon of entertainment and singing as a part of Age Cymru’s Gwanwyn Festival, Wales’ national festival celebrating creativity in older age.

The afternoon will begin with a special screening of a classic film chosen by members of the local community, with live music entertainment in the break at 3pm by tenor Huw Llywelyn accompanied on


the piano by Annette Bryn Parri. There’ll be the chance to take part in a fun sing-along session whilst enjoying a cup of tea and some cake before returning to the cinema to enjoy the final half of the film.

Saturday Mornings at 11am: May 5, June 9, July 7 & August 4 Monthly Relaxed Cinema Screenings Aimed at families Pontio Cinema £5.50 for all Come and enjoy a recent family film favourite as we slightly adapt our cinema environment – so you’re free to come and go, sound levels are turned down, the lights left on at a low level, there are no trailers, and you’re able to make noise and go and sit where you feel.

For information about the film which will be shown, go to or phone 01248 38 28 28


BLAS is Pontio’s youth participation programme and gives children and young people a ‘taste’ (BLAS in Welsh) for the arts. Weekly workshops are held in the 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 our Arts Development Co-ordinator Mared Elliw Huws on or 01248 382 141.

Here’s a taste of our latest work Ballet Cymru: Curtain Raiser Light Princess During their visit to Pontio with their show ‘Light Princess’, Ballet Cymru worked with two schools for children with additional needs, Pendalar and Hafod Lon, and teamed up with Ysgol Cefn Coch and the professional dancers to create a Curtain Raiser in the public spaces at Pontio.

The Light Princess Bangor Dance Studio and Ballet Cymru Also during their visit, students from Bangor Dance Studio had a taste for life as a real dancer as they worked, rehearsed and performed with the company in their show The Light Princess. 26

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

Friday 25 May 7pm Pontio’s BLAS bach presents

The Upside-down World Theatr Bryn Terfel £6/£3 under 18s BLAS’ two younger group, Class Year 3 and 4 and Year 5 and 6 have teamed up to create their own devised show.

They have been working very hard with ideas and playing with different characters and have come up with a story that might turn your world ‘Upside-down’.

Wales–China Festival

R U There? (In The Mind)

The Year 7, 8 and 9 BLAS class worked with Confucius Institute to create a short Flashmob inspired by Welsh and Chinese animals in the public spaces at Pontio as a part of the Wales–China Festival.

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.


As the characters live their grey and dull lives, they dream of escaping to a fantasy. Sometimes, dreams come true. As this is a devised piece, things might change and evolve as we continue to create the show.

May Half-term Activities In 2018 Wales celebrates its coastline, with new epic experiences all around its shores. This is the Year of the Sea. So when you’re not here enjoying our sea-themed activities for half term at Pontio, discover beaches, harbours and islands along the Wales Coast Path, and explore the rivers and inland shores of Wales’s lakes. #Findyourepic


Tuesday 29 May 10.30-12.00pm for Years 3 and 4 (7-9 year olds) 1-2.30pm for Years 5 and 6 (9-11 year olds)

Cantre’r Gwaelod Drama Workshop Studio £3.50 Bilingual activity Take a magical journey to the world of Cantre'r Gwaelod with Manon Wyn Williams.

Actor and scriptwriter Manon Wyn Williams will be holding a fun drama workshop based on the story of Cantre'r Gwaelod as part of the Year of the Sea celebrations.

Parents are welcome to stay but not obligatory. Only 20 spaces available.

Thursday 31 May 10:30-11:30am 1-2pm 2.30-3.30pm

Fuoch chi rioed yn morio? Studio £3 for all Bilingual activity suitable for the whole family, most suitable for 0-7 year olds. A practical music session with Manon Llwyd and Leisa Mererid.

Multi-talented performer Manon Llwyd leads an interactive music session on songs of the sea with actress Leisa Mererid using Macaton and Yoga. 29

This is a family workshop and children must be accompanied by an adult. Limited spaces available

Thursday 31 May 7.30pm Bangor University School of Music

End-of-Year Gala Concert Prichard-Jones Hall £12/£10 over 60s /£5 students and under 18s Join Bangor University’s Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Music Society, Concert Band, String Orchestra, Jazz Band and Brass Band for

an eclectic evening of entertainment as they celebrate the end of another year of excellent student music-making in their traditional exuberant style.


Father’s Day 17 June A night at the theatre the perfect gift! With a wide range of events being held at Pontio, from drama and contemporary circus to world music, gigs, comedy, film and much more – why not treat your dad this Father's Day?

You can also order gift vouchers for £10, £20 or £50 from our website, by calling the Box Office on 01248 38 28 28 or visiting in person.

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Comedy Club Meal Deal Burger & Beer*


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

To book: 01248 383826 31

Available on every Comedy Club event Bwyd a Diod Food & Drink

“The circus routines are full of charm and wit and bounce easily and confidently between knockabout fun and serene beauty.” Broadway Baby

Saturday 2 June 2.30pm & 4pm Hikapee Theatre FREE creative workshop for families with artist Llŷr Erddyn Davies follows each performance. As it will involve clay, please wear suitable clothing!

Moonfall Studio £6/£20 family & friends ticket (up to 4 people, at least one under 18) Join a princess like no other as she embarks on the biggest journey of her life – to the Moon! With two performers and many more characters, this brilliantly comical story-telling performance explores the role of gender stereotypes within children’s theatre, using a rope, a hoop and bags of imagination.

Moonfall is a 45-minute two-hander using aerial circus, physical comedy and magical story telling, to bring to life this original story of a princess and the moon. Moonfall has been created by Hikapee, with support from Arts Council England, Theatre Delicatessen, Jacksons Lane, SeaChange Arts and Circus Futures. 32

Moonfall is a completely non-verbal production, with the narrative told through physical performance and an original soundtrack. A magical, playful and charmingly entertaining circus theatre show suitable for families and children aged 4+

Be an important part of our team Meet a diverse range of people Learn, develop and apply new skills

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“It’s a great venue and a great way to keep in touch with a huge variety of the arts as well as improving my Welsh” Wendy, Volunteer

"I love volunteering as a way to meet new people" Michael, Volunteer 33

Thursday 7 June 7.30pm (with post-show Q&A – see details on p.37) Friday 8 June 1pm (primarily for schools: Twelfth Night) Friday 8 June 7.30pm (with pre-show talk 6.15-7pm – see details on p.37) Saturday 9 June 7.30pm Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour

The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew & Twelfth Night Theatr Bryn Terfel £18-£6.50 How did a company tour in Shakespeare’s day? We know that when the theatres closed, a small group of actors, juggling a variety of roles in three or four plays from their extensive repertoire, would leave London and head off on tour. We also know that the choice of play or entertainment was left to the most powerful person of the household. So following in the tradition of our resident playwright, and in a first

for Shakespeare’s Globe, between May and August 2018, a company of 8 actors will offer audiences a choice of three plays: The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night. They will perform all three at the Globe before setting out on a national and international tour. Join us here at Pontio as Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour perform their only dates in Wales. Never afraid of a challenge, we’ll


set about transforming Theatr Bryn Terfel to offer that ‘Globe’ experience, with standing positions available as well as seats. In keeping with tradition - and with thrilling unpredictability - the choice of play will be put back into the hands of the most powerful members of the house: the audience. ‘Thy frank election make’ (All’s Well That Ends Well, Act 2 Scene 3)

The Merchant of Venice

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The Merchant of Venice

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The Merchant of Venice

The Taming of the Shrew

In Venice, the epicentre of consumption, speculation and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt to win the hand of Portia, a wealthy heiress. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock. The loan will be repaid when Antonio’s ships return to the city. But if they should fail, and the money cannot be repaid, Antonio shall give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh. And they do fail. And Shylock will have his ‘bond’.

Two wealthy sisters in Padua must be married off. The modest, demure Bianca has no shortage of suitors, but who on earth will take the wild, ungovernable, ‘shrewish’ Kate? Perhaps the gold-digging Petruchio, as maddeningly strong-willed and perverse as Kate herself, will be equal to the task of bullying her to the altar.

In some of his most highly-charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatizes the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, justice and mercy, while in the character of Shylock he created one of the most memorable outsiders in all theatre.

Shakespeare’s outrageous comedy introduces one of theatre’s great screwball double-acts, a couple hellbent on confusing and outwitting each other right up to its controversial conclusion.


Twelfth Night In the household of the Countess Olivia, two campaigns are being quietly waged - one by the lovesick Duke Orsino against the heart of the indifferent Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against the high-handedness of her steward, the pompous Malvolio. When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows. Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Twelfth Night combines cruelty with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with some of the subtlest poetry and most exquisite songs Shakespeare ever wrote.

Director Brendan O’Hea, director and actor, has previously performed in a number of productions at Shakespeare’s Globe including Cymbeline (2015), Measure for Measure (2015), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014) and Henry V (2012).

Brendan O’Hea ‘The combination of Shakespeare, the Globe and touring ticks every box for me. The chance to share those glorious words and my experience of playing that beautiful theatre with audiences throughout the world excites me beyond measure. And I’m relishing

the opportunity to direct three of Shakespeare’s most popular plays in a unique and unpredictable presentation.’ Designer Andrew D Edwards Composer Bill Barclay Choreographer Siân Williams

Special events as part of Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour visit... Wednesday 6 June, 2pm Studio Shakespearean Theatre Practice This workshop will allow participants to consider practical approaches to performing in outdoor and indoor playhouses in Shakespeare's time. Supported by the School of English Literature, Bangor University and led by a member of the Globe’s Higher Education Faculty. Suitable for English or Drama/Theatre Students in years 12/13, Further Education or Higher Education. FREE but ticket required

Thursday 7 June Post-show Q&A Chaired by Professor Helen Wilcox from Bangor University’s School of English Literature with members of the cast, opening up to questions from the audience. Friday 8 June, 6.15-7pm Studio FREE, but ticketed Shakespeare a Chymru/ Shakespeare and Wales A pre performance event exploring Shakespeare’s interaction – real, possible and imagined – with the Welsh language and its culture, led by Professor Jerry Hunter with readings by Dr Manon Williams and Pontio’s Mared Huws. This will be a Welsh medium event, with simultaenous translation provided 37

On display There will be a selection of props, photographs and drawings associated with the three productions on display in the glass case on Level 0, as well as an exhibition of manuscripts and rare books from the Shakespearean period, from the University’s Archives, on the corridor of The Council Chamber, Main Arts Building (not far from Pontio). Globe in Y Glôb! In the run up to the Globe’s visit to Bangor, Pontio will hold an informal and fun Shakespeare reading and discussion session, in the famous Y GLÔB pub in Upper Bangor. For further details contact “Good company, good wine, good welcome can make good people” Henry VIII, Act 1 Scene 4

Special Event

Sunday 10 June 2.30pm Pontio presents

'Charley Bach' – Gwyn Llewelyn in conversation with Charles Duff Studio £12 Charles Duff grew up in many worlds at once. Like an enfilade, one led into another, but each was distinct and self-contained. At his family's country house, 'Vaynol', Royalty mingled with eccentric relations and glamorous socialites, supported by a colourful ensemble cast of cooks, nannies and butlers. In London, Charley met his father's boyfriends and his mother's lesbian lovers, as well as leading artists, musicians and directors.

Through the theatre, he discovered his vocation in academia and teaching. But these worlds did not co-exist in harmony. As the estate faced ruin and his parents' marriage fell apart, Charley's relationship with his family festered. He was known to be adopted, and speculation about his identity fanned rumours that many still believe today. Charles Duff’s newlypublished, exquisitely vivid memoir Charley’s Woods draws a detailed and unidealised picture of the 38

Charles Duff was born in 1949. His first book, The Lost Summer, was a history of the West End in the 1940s and 1950s. He is an actor, a lecturer in Shakespeare and theatre history, and a contributor to the national press on arts-related subjects. fascinating spheres he has inhabited. But more than anything, it is the moving account of the personal and spiritual development of an adopted son: a touching meditation on class, culture and the search for a sense of belonging. Leading the conversation will be one of Wales' best known broadcasters Gwyn Llewelyn, with a Q&A to follow. Age: 16+

Monday 11 June 12pm VDKL and Pontio

Lunch on the fly Studio £5 This is a fun session in which you can have go at vertical dance. Starting with an easy warm up, you will then try to stand on and jump off a vertical floor using waist harnesses.  You will be guided through some simple positions, and then you will fly!

Limited capacity – space for 12 people only. Wear comfortable clothing with snug layers around waist and top of legs. Age: 16+

“Spending time upside down, weightless, and flying through space hands down makes the Lunch on the Fly workshop the most exciting and invigorating way you can spend your lunch hour in North Wales!” Professor Emily Cross, School of Psychology, Bangor University


Circus Music

"Breathtakingly beautiful...” The Scotsman

"Dazzling... incredibly impressive...” The Stage

"Magnificent...” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine


Friday 15 June 7.30pm Saturday 16 June 7.30pm Sunday 17 June 2.30pm Casus Circus presents

Driftwood Theatr Bryn Terfel £15/£12 students and under 18s

10% discount for groups of 10 or more

Only performance in Wales In this colourful and turbulent concoction of pure joy and intimacy, watch Casus bring a blank canvas to life and reveal our innate need for human contact. This is a circus show that does not let you forget that to feel is to be human and in a moment of danger, a grasping hold is survival. The unique acrobatic shapes signature to Casus abound in this journey of explosive encounters, hidden looks, and humorous discoveries.

Using traditional and contemporary circus techniques, Driftwood is a spectacular display of choreography, acrobatics, trapeze and aerial stunts. Marvel at the breathtaking skill, strength and bravery of these phenomenal performers who test the limits of the human body, their only performance in Wales. Australia’s hottest young circus company takes this art form to a whole new level Suitable for all ages but recommended for Aged 12+


Have a go at circus with Casus Saturday 16 June 11am - 12.30pm Studio £10 An introduction to circus skills including trapeze, hoop and silks led by members of the company. Age recommendation: 12+ Suitable for all skill levels Spaces limited to 25 – book early to avoid disappointment.

Music Gig

Friday 22 June 8pm


"A dazzling album of strange Celtic magic”

Support to be confirmed

Evening Standard

Theatr Bryn Terfel £12 beforehand/£14 on the door Le Kov (The Place of Memory) is the second solo album by Welsh singersongwriter and musician, Gwenno Saunders. Created alongside longterm collaborator and producer, Rhys Edwards, with additional drum engineering by Gorwel Owen (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Super Furry Animals) and mixing and additional programming by David Wrench.

Gwenno, who was raised entirely in Cornish and Welsh, explores the myths and legends of Cornwall, and the history of the survival of our lesser known Brythonic language, creating one of 2018’s most beautiful and stirring records, swirling with ancient myths and urgent modern themes. You don’t need the translation sheet to appreciate the gorgeous, sea-warped psychedelia 42

that Gwenno has created, evoking the music of her childhood – Brenda Wootton, Alan Stivell, BUCCA along with the The United States of America, White Noise and Serge Gainsbourg. Le Kov features forlorn piano, crisp drums, and searching synth lines that seem to reach across the horizon. Age: 16+ Stand-up gig


Thursday 28 June 7.30pm WNO Orchestra and the Men of the WNO Chorus

Summer Opera Classics Theatr Bryn Terfel £18/£16 over 60s /£12 students and under 18s 10% discount for groups of 10 or more Welsh National Opera Orchestra is delighted to return once more this year to Bangor with a popular and varied concert programme of music from the theatre stage. Alongside the Orchestra in this exciting presentation are the Men of the WNO Chorus and soloists. Together they will explore strong male characters from the world of opera – Soldiers, Sailors, Prisoners and Priests!

Among a wide range of music, this concert includes excerpts from Verdi’s La traviata, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, traditional Welsh music for Male Voices, orchestral favourites and much more besides.


In the run-up to the concert, WNO will be working with local schools on an exciting opera project, which will culminate in a opportunity for participating schools to sing with the orchestra in Theatr Bryn Terfel, on the afternoon of the public concert.


Saturday 30 June 7.30pm

Bardd Studio ÂŁ5 Brand New for 2018 Bardd is the latest creative output for North Wales Hip Hop Legends Martin Daws (Young People's Laureate Wales 2013-16) and Ed Holden/Mr Phormula (Wales Looping Champion 2016). Pulling in the best of oral tradition from the roots of the Welsh Bards to contemporary Spoken Word and Emceeing in a distinctive bilingual lyrical masterclass. Bardd build their sound on the

harp-like repeats of Martin's Kalimba and the technical brilliance of Ed's Human Beatbox and Live Looping, expanding the musicality of the collaboration with an outstanding ensemble of North Wales musicians featuring Neil Yates (Trumpet), Henry Horrell (Guitar/Strings), Colin Daimond (Percussion) and Voice Specialist Huw Llywelyn.


Supported by Arts Council Wales and developed in association with Pontio, this showcase is the very first performance of Bardd: the original, lyrical, authentically global North Wales Hip Hop collective.

Informal music in Bar Ffynnon to follow.

Thursday 5 July Friday 6 July 7.30pm Ysgol Glanaethwy present

CAMLLISAFU Theatr Bryn Terfel ÂŁ12

10% discount for groups of 10 or more

During his time at primary school, spelling mistakes and mispronuncing a few words occasionally were a bit of a headache for Rhys, but no more so than missing a few penalties or missing the bus home - everyone makes mistakes every now and again. It was at secondary school that the hinderance turned

into a nightmare for the boy that was slightly different to the rest, and had problems with his reading and writing. Each day brings more challenges, even his friends distance themselves, and Rhys finds it more difficult to turn a blind eye to the bullies and ignore the cruel words. 47

Camllisafu is a colourful and original show about children and young people performed by the children and young people of Ysgol Glanaethwy. Even though the school has travelled world wide, they are always proud to return to perform in their home town of Bangor!

Pic - Sleepy Robot

Saturday 7 July 7.30pm Ballet Cymru

Cinderella Theatr Bryn Terfel £13/£11 concessions

10% discount for groups of 10 or more

Ballet Cymru, nominated by the Critics’ Circle UK National Dance Awards in 2017 as Best Independent Company, and winners of the Best Dance Production 2016 at the Wales Theatre Awards, presents a sparkling and refreshing ballet based on the eternal fairy tale. Ballet Cymru prides itself on being different and

Cinderella will be no exception, with a specially commissioned music score and circus elements combined with the finest classical dance. Ballet Cymru will be working with award winning composer Jack White and Circus Company Citrus Arts to conjure a surprising world of wonder and magic. 48

Featuring choreography by Creative Wales Award winner Darius James, Ballet Cymru brings to life this timeless story using the company’s unique blend of classical technique and storytelling. Suitable for ages 5 and upwards. Recommended for aged 7 upwards.

Friday 13 July 7.30pm

Centenary Concert of Remembrance with The Band of the Welsh Guards and the Military Wives Choir from RAF Valley Theatr Bryn Terfel £16/£14 under 18s A fundraising concert in aid of SSAFA – the Armed Forces Charity. The Band of the Welsh Guards was founded in 1915, and is the youngest of the five bands in the Foot Guard Regiments in the Household Division which primarily guards the British monarch. THE ANGLESEY BRANCH OF SSAFA – THE ARMED FORCES CHARITY

SSAFA provides lifelong support to those who are serving or who have ever served in the British Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force and their families. SSAFA offers practical, emotional and financial support to meet individual needs through a network of trained volunteers. Support also extends to Merchant Navy personnel and/ or their dependants. 49

To have served and received only one day’s pay means a lifetime of support. Anyone who did National Service is also entitled to SSAFA’s support as are their dependants. For Further information please contact Mrs Kathryn E Eastment, Honorary Branch Secretary of the Anglesey Branch of SSAFA on 01407 861171 or email:

Wednesday 18 July 7pm BLAS, Pontio’s youth participation project presents

Ein Lleisiau/Our Voices Studio £3 A reading of a verbatim “Our Voices – A Play For Voices” by the students of Ysgol Friars, Bangor.

Care students from Ysgol Friars, led by BLAS, Pontio’s arts participation programme for young people.

Following on from the success of last year’s crossgenerational project Lleisiau/ Voice, this year we shall explore further the power of conversation between young people and those living with dementia, in bridging worlds and alleviating isolation.

10 students were given an introduction to dementia, by retired Dementia Services Development Centre training officer Joan Woods, before visiting Glyn Menai and getting to know residents over a period of five weeks. The conversations which took place were recorded and then developed into a verbatim play by the young people themselves, under the guidance of playwright and theatre practitioner Branwen Davies.

This evening sees the culmination of an intergenerational project with the residents of Glyn Menai, Fairways Care Home and Drama and Health and Social


This special evening will be hosted by Gwion Hallam, presenter, writer and 2017 National Eisteddfod Crowned poet, whose winning poem was inspired by the theme of dementia. The evening will include interviews with the young people who have taken part in the project, responses from residents and staff from Glyn Menai, as well as a conversation with Branwen Davies and Joan Woods. Bilingual event with simultaneous translation

Saturday 21 July 7pm Bangor Dance Studio presents

Carnival Dream Theatr Bryn Terfel ÂŁ12 Bangor Dance Studio are proud to be back at Pontio for their annual summer show. The students at this local dance studio will be showcasing a variety of dance genres including Ballet, Tap, Disco and Musical Theatre to name only a few, with performances from pupils as young as 2 to adults.

We hope you have a wonderful evening of song and dance with us and enjoy the show!


Friday 27 July 8pm Saturday 28 July 2pm, 5pm, 8pm National Theatre Wales & Migrations

NHS70: Touch Studio £12/£10 concessions 10% discount for groups of 10 or more An interactive piece to soothe the soul, marrying the therapeutic, healing powers of dance and touch. This tactile, contemplative show is created by a powerhouse of international, national and local artists and organisations -

National Theatre Wales, Llanrwst-based Migrations, French choreographer and dancer Julie Nioche, choreographers Filiz Sizanli and Mustafa Kaplan from Turkey, and a cast of local dancers.

NHS70: Touch is one of seven nationwide events staged by NTW in July to celebrate the National Health Service’s 70th birthday. Full details on NHS70 can be found at: Age recommendation: 14+


Coming Soon in our SeptemberDecember 2018 programme…

Thursday 13 September 6.30pm Friday 14 September 6.30pm Saturday 15 September 3pm

10% off for grou of 5 or more ps with promo cod e: NOW10 Limited ava ilability

Crying Out Loud presents

Now or Never By Circa Tsuica, returning to Bangor A Big Top! Friars Field, Coleg Menai, Ffriddoedd Road, Bangor £15 / £12 concessions Under a star studded big top a vibrant band of international acrobats and musicians invite you to share in their circus spectacle, Now or Never.

as they fly, fling and swing across their beautiful tent on trapeze, Cyr wheels, trick bicycles, trampolines and seesaws to the thundering sound of brass.

Join in the feast as acrobats and musicians mingle, make and share pancakes before launching into an exhilarating fanfare of music and circus. And then watch

Crazy, colourful and chaotic, Now or Never is an unmissable celebration in a big top in the grounds of Coleg Menai on Ffriddoedd Road in Bangor. 53

An unforgettable experience and great for sharing with family and friends! Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. More suitable for 5+ as the show lasts for 105 minutes with no interval

General information Group Bookings We cater for groups and schools and can occasionally offer great discounts. Please contact our Box Office for more information on 01248 38 28 28. All bookings are subject to our standard terms and conditions. Please visit our website for more information https://www. Postal Charges No booking fee will be charged when you buy tickets, but a ÂŁ1 mailing charge is applied if you request tickets by post. Tickets by post can only be requested until 10 days before the event to ensure they reach you on time. After this, all pre-bought tickets can be collected from the box office or printed at home.

Families Where a family ticket price is denoted, the offer is available to a group of four. A minimum of one member of the group must be under 18. Concessions Wherever concessions are denoted for Pontio events, the following categories are included in that definition, unless otherwise stated: students and those over 60. Children and young people include anyone under the age of 18. Children under 2 years of age go free. Hynt Access Scheme Art and culture is for everyone. If you have an impairment or a specific access requirement, often enjoying a visit to a theatre or an arts centre can be more complicated than just booking tickets and choosing what to wear.


Hynt is a national scheme that works with theatres and arts centres across Wales to make things clear and consistent. Pontio is a part of the Hynt scheme as we believe it offers our customers the very best practice in fair ticketing policy and accessibility. Hynt is a Membership Card Hynt is a resource Hynt cardholders are entitled to a ticket free of charge for a personal assistant or carer at Pontio and all the theatres and arts centres participating in the scheme. Visit or www.hynt. cymru to find a range of information and guidance about the scheme.

Pontio May-August 2018 Artistic Programme  
Pontio May-August 2018 Artistic Programme