Arts and Innovation Centre Bangor
Artistic Programme September â€“ December 2017 1
Welcome to Pontio Opening hours Monday to Saturday 8.30am - 11.00pm Sunday 12.00pm - 8.00pm Pontio will close 5pm 22 December and re-open as usual 3 January 2018
(Open until 11pm for evening performances) Sunday 12.00pm-5.30pm Gorad restaurant will re-open in the New Year. In the meantime, meals are available from Teras lounge in the Main University Building, see opening times below, and Bar Ffynnon.
Tickets Online www.pontio.co.uk 01248 38 28 28 Ticket enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teras Main University Building Monday-Wednesday 8.30am-6pm Thursday and Friday open 8.30am - last food orders 8pm
Cegin Café Monday-Saturday 8.30am-6pm
Pre-theatre meals will also be available at Teras before performances in Theatr Bryn Terfel
Ffynnon Bar Monday to Saturday 8.30am-9pm
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Theatr Bryn Terfel Seating Plan
Pontio at a glance September – December 2017 September Monday 4 Wednesday 6 Friday 15 Saturday 23 Tuesday 26 Friday 29 Saturday 30 October Sunday 1 Sunday 1 Tuesday 3 Thursday 5 Friday 6 Sunday 8 Wednesday 11 Thursday 12 Saturday 14 Wednesday 18 Friday 20 Saturday 21 Tuesday 24 Saturday 28 Sunday 29 Tuesday 31 November Wednesday 1 Thursday 2 Thursday 2 Friday 3 Friday 3 Saturday 4 Sunday 5 Wednesday 8 Friday 10 Saturday 11 Sunday 12 Tuesday 14 Tuesday 14 Wednesday 15 Thursday 16 Friday 17 Friday 17 Saturday 18 Wednesday 22 Thursday 23 Friday 24 Friday 24 Saturday 25 Saturday 25 Thursday 30 Thursday 30 December Friday 1 Friday 1 Saturday 2 Saturday 2 Sunday 3 Thursday 7 Monday 11 Tuesday 12 Wednesday 13 Thursday 14 Friday 15 Saturday 16 Sunday 17 Monday 18 Saturday 16
Time 5.45pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 11.30am & 2.30pm
Landmarks On Wings of Song Bywyd gyda'r Signora Elis James: Yn Llygaid y Byd Comedy Central Live Cabaret Pontio: Bob Delyn a'r Ebillion + Bwncath Poggle Barrowland Ballet
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3.30pm 6pm 7.30pm 8pm 8pm 2pm 8pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 8pm 8pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 3pm All Day
Taster workshop Sioeau Cerdd Cwta Sioeau Cerdd Cwta Dim Byd Ynni How to Win Against History How to Win Against History As a Tiger in the Jungle Phill Jupitus Juplicity Clare Hammond Piano Ali Cook: Principles of Deception The Golden Dragon Cabaret Pontio: Lankum Gig Y Niwl + support The Mountaintop P.A.R.A.D.E P.A.R.A.D.E Creepy Caban
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2pm 1pm 7.30pm 11.30pm & 2.30pm 8pm 11.30+2.30pm 5pm 1.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 3pm 7.30pm 8pm 2pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 8pm 7pm 7.30pm 6pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm
Ghostbusters (12A) Workshop: Light the Blue Touchpaper Sparks in the Dark: An evening of sonic fireworks Peter & the Wolf Cabaret Pontio: Saz'iso Peter & the Wolf Magic of the Musicals Mwgsi Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd Ensemble Cymru - The Anniversary Tour FLOWN Comedy Central Live FLOWN FLOWN Beethoven with Xian Zhang + Jam in the Bar Ruby Wax: Frazzled! BBC NOW/Richard James RU There? (In the Mind) Menna Cazel (Soprano) & Eugene Asti (Piano) Huw Edwards: Duw a'r Ginshop Little Wolf Little Wolf The Light Princess Cinderella Allegri String Quartet
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1pm 8pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 8pm 12.45pm 10am & 12.45pm 10am & 12.45pm 10am & 12.45pm 10am & 12.45pm 11.30am & 2.30pm 1.30pm & 4.30pm 10am & 12.45pm From 7pm
Allegri String Quartet DakhaBrakha Come & Sing... Carols Côr y Penrhyn & Gwawr Edwards Bangor University Symphony Orchestra Philip Pullman: The Magic of Storytelling Culhwch ac Olwen Culhwch ac Olwen Culhwch ac Olwen Caban Hud Caban Hud Caban Hud Caban Hud Caban Hud Rock Against Racism: Hope not Hate
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Welcome to Pontio’s new season As we look towards our next season of events, it’s hard not to feel that we inhabit a world that’s a little less secure at the moment. And so we turn towards the arts to help us understand each other and the world around us that little bit better... From drama that celebrates the life of one who wasn’t accepted by society due to his less than conventional ways – the 5th Marquess of Anglesey in How to Win Against History – to The Mountaintop, a play recalling the life of one who fought against racial discrimination, Martin Luther King, fifty years after his assassination. We welcome the quartet DakaBrakha to Pontio from the Ukraine, with their indigenous voices, unfamiliar to us, and we première a brand new opera in Welsh by Mererid Hopwood and
Gareth Glyn which portrays two starkly contrasting versions of Wales in the future, in an adaptation of Islwyn Ffowc Elis’ novel Wythnos Yng Nghymru Fydd. Our National Dance Company, in partnership with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, offers a reimagining of Parade, a revolutionary piece of dance celebrating its 100th anniversary which ties in with a momentous moment in world history – the Russian Revolution. We stage a magical production for children, Caban Hud
(Magical Caban) which shows that it IS possible to make dreams come true with hard work, and a timely ‘Rock Against Racism’ gig embraces difference. There is beauty and vitality in voice and colour, in stories and circus tricks, but also in the things that make every one of us unique. Here at Pontio, we will always try and play a part in encouraging tolerance and celebrate diversity in the way we create and present the arts. Elen ap Robert Pontio Artistic Director
Monday, 4 September 5.45pm
Landmarks Powis Hall £10 Ensemble Cymru showcase some of the finest chamber music by female composers in this landmark concert. Pride of place goes to Grace Williams’s Sextet, a rarely-performed work championed by the Ensemble, which includes a prominent part for trumpet - the Welsh composer’s favourite instrument. Hilary Tann’s haunting trio The Walls of Morlais Castle is directly inspired by the ruins
of the 13th-century castle near Merthyr Tydfil, while the spirit of Irish jig lies at the heart of Rhian Samuel’s dynamic Phantasy Trio. The Ensemble also perform young Welsh composer Claire Victoria Roberts’s new trio, Block (winner of the William Mathias Composition Prize 2017), and are joined by baritone Jeremy Huw Williams for the world premiere of Nicola LeFanu’s The Swan. 6
Ensemble Cymru – Huw Clement-Evans (oboe), Cai Isfryn (trumpet), Florence Cooke (violin), Sara Roberts (viola), Heather Bills (cello) and Harvey Davies (piano). This concert is part of The First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music, School of Music, Bangor University 2017. 10% discount for groups of ten or more
Wednesday, 6 September 7.30pm
On Wings of Song Elin Manahan Thomas Jeremy Huw Williams Paula Fan
Theatr Bryn Terfel £15/£12 concessions £5 students and under 18s Internationally acclaimed Welsh singers Elin Manahan Thomas and Jeremy Huw Williams make their Theatr Bryn Terfel debut, accompanied by American pianist Paula Fan. This innovative concert features music by female composers across the ages – from 11th-century Hildegard of Bingen’s exquisite Caritas Abundat to Grace Williams’s My Last Duchess and current Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir’s electrifying King Harald’s Saga.
Elin Manahan Thomas gives the world premiere of a hitherto unknown soprano version of Dilys ElwynEdwards’s The Cloths of Heaven, and Jeremy Huw Williams premieres Eleanor Alberga’s song-cycle The Soul’s Expression. An exhilarating concert not to be missed! This concert is part of The First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music, School of Music, Bangor University 2017. 10% discount for groups of ten or more 7
On Wings of Song: Pre-concert talk Pontio Studio 6.15pm FREE but booking required Elen ap Robert and Geraint Lewis discuss the work of the composer Dilys Elwyn-Edwards and other female composers of her time. The discussion will be in Welsh with simultaneous translation, and will be streamed live on the web.
Friday, 15 September 7.30pm
Bywyd gyda’r Signora Studio £12 Bruna Lupoli was maid, housekeeper and companion to the great soprano Maria Callas for nearly twenty years. The woman known as “the soprano of the century” led a life as full of passion and drama as the operatic roles she portrayed. In the one-act presentation of “Life with the Signora”, Bruna reminisces on the later years of Callas’ life, reflecting on the downward spiral in her career and personal life which led to her early death in September 1977. Bruna’s reminiscences are illustrated by performances of arias from Maria Callas’ greatest roles – arias which mirror the tragedy and drama of her life. (Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata…)
Anne Williams-King, herself a soprano of international stature who has sung many of Callas’ operatic roles all over the world, portrays the diva with former Covent Garden singer and vocal coach Marian Bryfdir as Bruna Lupoli. Written and directed by Jamie-Glyn Bale. With Anne Williams-King as Maria Callas and Marian Bryfdir as Bruna Lupoli. Sung in Welsh and Italian, with some English. 10% discount for groups of ten or more – please contact Box Office 01248 38 28 28
Saturday, 23 September 8pm Zeitgeist presents
Elis James: Yn Llygaid y Byd Theatr Bryn Terfel £12/£10 concessions This is a Welsh language stand-up comedy show from one of Britain’s most popular and fast rising comedians, Elis James. After an overwhelmingly positive response to his debut show in 2015, Elis will be performing the type of material that has propelled him to the forefront of the UK comedy scene and helped to put Welsh
language comedy on the map. An unique opportunity to see one of Britain’s best comedians, developing a live show by testing material, in front of a live audience. Nominated for best club comic in the 2014 Chortle Awards, Elis starred in BBC3 sitcom Crims (BBC3), and has appeared in 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Dave’s One Night Stand 9
(Dave) Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central) Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3) and The Elis James and John Robbins Show (XFM). Last year he performed alongside Josh Widdicombe and Jack Dee as a cast member of BBC sitcom, Josh. Age guidance: 14+ Welsh language show.
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Live screenings coming up at Pontio Cinema… ROH Live: The Magic Flute
Wednesday, 20 September, 7pm Live Satellite Screening £15/£12.50 concessions
KING LEAR: Live from Shakespeare's Globe
Julia Jones conducts the Royal Opera’s spellbinding production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute with a wonderful cast including Roderick Williams as Papageno.
ROH Live: La Bohème Tuesday October 3, 7pm Live Satellite Screening
Thursday 21 September 7.30pm
Live Satellite Screening £15/£12.50 concessions
King Lear (Kevin McNally) decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters, but fails to anticipate the consequences of his actions. This is the first live broadcast from the iconic Shakespeare's Globe, and this brand new retelling of one of the Bard's greatest plays will capture your heart.
Please see monthly cinema brochure for details of other live screenings not yet announced or contact the Box Office on 01248 38 28 28
ROH Live: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Puccini’s passionate opera is conducted by Antonio Pappano and stars a superb young cast including Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano and Mariusz Kwiecień, in a new production by Richard Jones.
ROH Live: The Nutcracker
Monday, October 23, 7pm Live Satellite Screening £15/£12.50 concessions
Tuesday, December 5, 7pm Live Satellite Screening £15/£12.50 concessions
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant ballet, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book.
A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.
Tuesday, 26 September 8pm Pontio Comedy Club with Comedy Central Live presents
Andrew Stanley (MC) Eshaan Akbar Rob Rouse Studio ÂŁ10/ÂŁ8 concessions Age guidance 16+ Join us for a night of laughs featuring three comedians on the UK touring circuit.
Drinks are permitted in the Studio at our Comedy Club events.
Comedians are subject to change, see website for latest line-up.
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Friday, 29 September 8pm Cabaret Pontio present
Bob Delyn a’r Ebillion + Bwncath
Theatr Bryn Terfel £14/£13 concessions Bob Delyn a’r Ebillion started out as buskers, and then formed a small folk band. They have been going in some form of other since Newport Eisteddfod in 1998! Over the years, their sound has been influenced by all kinds of music: Breton, jazz, reggae.
But their material comes from the quarries of the Welsh tradition. Sometimes on their new album ‘Dal i ’Redig Dipyn Bach’ (Sain), they look back over their shoulder to where it all began…
Saturday, 30 September 11.30am, 2.30pm
FREE Creative Workshop following each show!
Pontio Cemlyn Jones Room, Level 2
Creative workshop inspired by ‘Poggle’ with the artist Tim Pugh. Suitable for families and friends.
Studio £6/£20 family and friends ticket (4 people, at least one under 18) 6 months -4 years old Created by Natasha Gilmore with dancers Jade Adamson and Vince Virr, with music and sound by Daniel Padden Barrowland Ballet is one of Scotland’s most exciting and successful contemporary dance companies and is based in the East End of Glasgow.
Mischief maker Maker of fun Tumble tumble Tickle my tum Beasties beasties Buzzing bees Poggle’s not scared of climbing trees Splash splash Squelch in mud Creeping crawling Chasing bugs
Poggle is the story of Vince, who wants to explore the forest but is too scared, until one day he meets Poggle, a friendly creature. A warm hearted sensory dance theatre piece with live music, clapping rhythms and comedy throughout in an imaginatively changing world which the children have the chance to explore.
Taster Workshop 3.30pm-5pm Studio
Sunday, 1 October 6.00pm
Sioeau Cerdd Cwta 10 minute muscials Studio ÂŁ6 In association with The Other Room, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru, supported by Arts Council of Wales
for a fun evening as they present brand-new musical theatre ideas written and composed by 10 aspiring musical theatre creators.
Love musicals? Love new writing?
10 Minute Musicals is an opportunity to see 5 new musicals in development. Join Leeway Productions
Leeway Productions present a taster workshop for all artists, whatever their experience, of their successful project '10 Minute Musicals'. Are you an aspiring writer, musician, composer? Want to meet new creatives and try your hand at writing for Musical Theatre? This fun workshop is an introduction to our hugely popular 10 Minute Musicals project. For ages 13+ maximum capacity 20 people, book early to avoid disappointment. Bilingual.
Tuesday, 3 October 7.30pm Theatr Bara Caws presents
Dim Byd Ynni
Or The Mystery of Dolbythwyrdd Mansion Theatr Bryn Terfel £12/£10 concessions by Emlyn Gomer Director: Betsan Llwyd What is Sir Felix ap Llywarch’s secret? Is Angela truly a lady? Why has Dylan Tudur returned to the Mansion? How good an actress is Candi Mêl? What exactly does Geriach the butler know? How much of a rogue is Malcom Leech? Who’s life is in danger, and
why? And can Inspector Carnben solve the mystery before it’s too late? A farce for the whole family. Welsh language production. Cast: Rhian Blythe, Iwan John, Rhodri Evan, John Glyn Owen, Christine Pritchard, Rhys Parry Jones.
Thursday, 5 October 8pm Friday, 6 October 8pm Áine Flanagan Productions, Seiriol Davies, Young Vic co production
How To Win Against History A free post-show talk will follow the performance on Friday 6 October
Studio £12/£10 concessions Henry Cyril Paget, 5th Marquis of Anglesey, was one of the Earth's wealthiest men, until he lost it all by being too damn fabulous. Seiriol Davies's fierce, hilarious, tragi-gorgeous, ripped-up new musical about being too weird for the world (but
desperately not wanting it to forget you) was the solid gold, sparkly-diamondstudded hit of the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. Wales Tour supported by Arts Council of Wales National Lottery Funding and in collaboration with Pontio. 17
"A work of genius" The Daily Telegraph
"Gleeful, ludicrous - a larky collision of Gilbert & Sullivan and Monty Python" Time Out
Sunday, 8 October 2pm
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As a Tiger in the Jungle Theatr Bryn Terfel ÂŁ10/ÂŁ8 concessions by Cirkus Xanti (Norway) and Ali Williams Productions (Wales) Three performers from Asia ask questions about life, love, poverty and greed. Using spoken word, movement, circus and ceremony, they tell the story of how, against all odds, they survived their childhood and created their own destiny. An inspiring, authentic, raw and heart warming performance about life and circus, entertainment and reflection.
Produced through an international partnership between artistic directors from two renowned European circus companies. As a Tiger in the Jungle will be a unique theatrical circus experience! Cast: Renu Ghalan (Nepal), Aman Tamang (Nepal), Loan TP Hoang (Vietnam/Norway) Creatives: Director/Writer: Sverre Waage (Norway), Creative Producer: Ali Williams(Wales), Choreographic assist: Hannah Mjaavatn 18
(Philippines/Norway) Composer/Music: Per Zanussi (Norway/Italy), Design: Rhi Matthews (Wales) and Tarn Aitken (England). Musicians (not live): Per Zanussi, Harpreet Bansal (India/Norway), Sanskriti Shrestha (Nepal/ Norway) Funded By Arts Council Wales, Arts Council Norway, Ffuk, Spenn, DTS/FD/Stikk, Supported by nofitstate, Pontio, Baerum Kulturhus, PIT, Black-E, Chora Chori Nepal Age guidance: 12+
Wednesday, 11 October 8pm Off the Kerb presents
Phill Jupitus Juplicity
"A talented focused wordsmith" Fest
"… a true comic talent”
Theatr Bryn Terfel
Manchester Evening News
£15 Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it.
On BBC Radio 4 Phill is a regular panellist of the award winning I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and The Unbelievable Truth and was resident curator on The Museum of Curiosity. Age guidance: 14+ (parental guidance)
Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly. Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years. Aside from Never Mind the Buzzcocks and live stand up shows all over the UK, he also appears as a regular guest on QI (BBC2) and Alan Davies As yet Untitled (Dave), and in 2012 returned to television stand-up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live at the Apollo (BBC1). 19
Thursday, 12 October 7.30pm
Clare Hammond Piano Theatr Bryn Terfel £14/£12 concessions /£5 students and under 18s HAYDN Fantasia in C major, Hob XVII: 4 (5') CHIN Études Nos. 4-6 (9') SCHUBERT 4 Impromptus, D. 899 (30’) INTERVAL BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 (18’) SCRIABIN Sonate-Fantasie No. 2, Op. 19 (11’) STRAVINSKY Petroushka Suite (15’) Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph),
Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine, ‘Rising Star’).She won the Royal Philharmonic Society's 'Young Artist Award', in recognition of outstanding achievements, in 2016. Highlights last year included a performance at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia and a series of concerts at the Belfast International Arts Festival, broadcast for BBC Radio 3’s 20
Lunchtime Concerts series. Future projects include the premiere of Edwin Roxburgh’s Concerto for Piano and Winds with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and world premiere recordings of two concertos by Myslivecek with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan for BIS. Clare studied at Cambridge University and completed a doctorate with Ronan O’Hora at the GSMD and Professor Rhian Samuel at City University London.
Saturday, 14 October 7.30pm Off the Kerb presents
Ali Cook: Principles of Deception Studio
Taking its name from Arthur Buckley’s seminal magic compendium Principles and Deceptions – the first book to categorize every magic trick – the show demonstrates Ali Cook’s skill as a historian of deception. In a masterclass of technique across a range of magic disciplines, including close up magic, mind reading, deception, sleight of hand, and escapology, expect an evening of magical invention and re-invention.
"Immensely Funny" Daily Telegraph
"His tricks are dazzling" The Daily Mail
£13/£11 concessions The star of West End magic marvels and big screen spectacles Ali Cook brings his critically acclaimed Principles of Deception to Pontio featuring his own brand of awe-inspiring magic and off-beat comedy.
"The Show is Perfection"
"Supremely talented" Ali starred in the West End illusion spectacular Impossible, as well as television magic specials including Penn & Teller: Fool Us (ITV), Dirty Tricks (Channel 4), Secret World of Magic (Sky One) and Now You See It (BBC One). He also co-stars in the upcoming political comedy How To Sell A War with Sharon Horgan. Age guidance: 8+
Wednesday, 18 October 7.30pm Music Theatre Wales
The Golden Dragon Theatr Bryn Terfel £15 adult / £12 over 60s / £5 students and under 18s By Peter Eötvös Based on the play by Roland Schimmelpfennig Set in a Chinese restaurant found in any city anywhere, The Golden Dragon is a compelling fable of modern life. At the heart of this East-meets-West tale, is the discovery of a decayed tooth in a bowl of soup. It belongs to a kitchen boy, a long way from home and with no papers. He’s looking for his sister, but she’s been forced into a very different kind of service just next door...
Funny and shocking in equal measure, this brilliant new opera poignantly captures the horrors of too many lost lives. DIRECTOR Michael McCarthy CONDUCTOR Geoffrey Paterson DESIGNER Simon Banham LIGHTING Ace McCarron
Pre-performance talk Studio 6.30pm
“Music Theatre Wales’s performance is exemplary in its clarity and simplicity. The pacing is masterly, as is the passage from two-dimensional cartoon-like farce to resonant human tragedy: I began being baffled and amused, but I ended up haunted and moved.” The Telegraph
An insight into The Golden Dragon from Director Michael McCarthy. FREE but booking required. 22
Friday, 20 October 8pm Cabaret Pontio presents
”The most convincing band to come out of Ireland for years”
Theatr Bryn Terfel
£14/£13 concessions Nominated ‘Best Group’ and ‘Best Album’(Cold Old Fire) BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 Lankum (Lynched) are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and
street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. The group have completed a six week coast-to-coast tour of the United States, as well as performing in the last two years alongside some notable artists, including Blackbird Raum, Harry Bradley, Daoiri Farrell, Fred Fortune, Mike Gangloff, Paddy & Séamus Glackin, 23
Barry Gleeson, Landless, Lau, Leyla McCalla, Jem Mitchell, Liam O’Connor & Seán McKeon, Morgan O’Kane, Lisa O’Neill, Tim Scanlon and Skipper’s Alley. The band played a blinding set at Celtic Connections festival, where they were snapped up for both Cambridge Folk Festival and Sidmouth Folk Week 2015. A live TV appearance on the Later With Jools Holland and a sold out UK tour followed.
Saturday, 21 October 8pm
New Album Launch
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Y Niwl Omaloma Pasta Hull Ffracas Theatr Bryn Terfel £10 in advance/£12 on the evening Y Niwl are back with their long-awaited second album. Last year the band travelled to Stiwdio Mwnci in the depth of Pembrokeshire to record ten tracks of their unique surf-instrumental
sound, and at last the result is ready for release. Be ready for an evening which is sure to get you moving as the quartet bring some Californian waves to the shores of North Wales.
Supporting Y Niwl on the evening will be Omaloma, Pasta Hull and Ffracas.
Tuesday, 24 October 7.30pm Fio
The Mountaintop Studio £12/£10 concessions The Mountaintop is the fictional depiction of Martin Luther King's last night on Earth. In his motel room in Memphis, King is visited by Camae, a maid on a much greater mission than delivering his coffee. Gripping, relevant and often
humorous Katori Hall's The Mountaintop won an Olivier for Best New Drama. 12+ some swearing Presented by Fio, a company intent on diversifying Welsh Theatre. 25
'Shayek’s production is a strong one that drills home Dr King’s repeated line: “We’ve still got so much work to do.”' The Stage
'The Mountaintop' is a truly inspiring, moving and compelling performance. Do not miss this – it’ll stay with you for a very long time.' The Reviews Hub
Saturday, 28 October 7.30pm Sunday, 29 October 3pm
. E . D . A . P.A.R Pontio Outdoor Performance Area and Theatr Bryn Terfel £14.50/£12.50 concessions Presented by National Dance Company Wales and Marc Rees In collaboration with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rubicon Dance and Dawns i Bawb Featuring dance, music and a renegade aerial robot, P.A.R.A.D.E is an epic spectacle created by National Dance Company Wales and the artist Marc Rees. Join us outside as momentum gathers and protest builds as speakers take to the stage – but is everything as it seems? As you’re guided through an art installation to take your seats in the theatre you’ll hear the glorious sound of
the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and be immersed in two dance pieces: a new commission by Marcos Morau and the rarely seen Parade, reimagined by NDCWales artistic director Caroline Finn. These happenings are a reimagining of Parade’s premiere a century ago in 1917. Revolutionary and scandalous it was an artistic collaboration between choreographer Leonide Massine, writer Jean Cocteau, composer Erik Satie, and designer Pablo Picasso for the dance company Ballets Russes, and which laid the foundation for the surrealism movement.
P.A.R.A.D.E is part of the Russia ’17 season that marks the centenary of the Russian revolution with a range of events which capture the social and cultural explosion of the era and Wales’ historic connections with the Russia of the time. www.R17.wales The outdoor events are free and you can turn up on the day. A ticket is required for the performances in the theatres which can be bought in advance or on the day. Age guidance 8+ (no under 2s)
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Satie: music and life less ordinary Friday, 27 October, 1-2pm Studio, FREE but ticketed
REVOLUTION IS IN THE AIR JOIN THE P.A.R.A.D.E ‘It’s not a question of Satie’s relevance. He’s indispensable’ said John Cage.
In anticipation of National Dance Company’s P.A.R.A.D.E., we look at the life and music of Erik Satie and particularly his collaboration with Cocteau, Picasso and Diaghilev, 27 Parade in the company of Professor Chris Collins, Head of Music at Bangor University.
Tuesday, 31 October 10.30am-11.30am (storytelling in Welsh) 12.00pm-1pm (storytelling in English) 1.30pm-2.30pm (storytelling in Welsh) 3pm-4pm (storytelling in English)
Storytelling and spooky crafting Caban, Pontio landscape Level 2 and Studio ÂŁ4.50 Join us during the school holidays for spooky stories in our outdoor public artwork Caban. Suitable for ages 4-7, but open to all.
warm. A creative workshop outside the Studio on Level 2 will follow the storytelling. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Wear your favourite Halloween costumes and bring a coat to keep
Capacity limited to 15 people.
Wednesday, 1 November 2pm
Ghostbusters (12A) Pontio Cinema
£2.50 for all Ivan Reitman, 1984, 105 minutes The classic 1984 version starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Annie Potts and Rick Moranis. Three university parapsychologists lose their
research grant and their credibility when the Dean decides that their theories, methods and conclusions have no place in his august institution. Out of a job, they decide to go into business for themselves, setting up as professional supernatural eliminators. Starting out
with only a converted fire station and a beat-up ambulance to their name, the Ghostbusters quickly become local heroes when the city sees a dramatic rise in paranormal activity and a giant marshmallow threatens its very existence.
Light the blue touchpaper! Thursday, 2 November, 1–2pm Theatr Bryn Terfel FREE Light the blue touchpaper and stand well back! Fire off some invisible sonic fireworks using Electroacoustic Wales’ amazing multi-speaker sound system. A hands-on demonstration, suitable for all ages.
Capacity limited, book early to avoid disappointment. Under 8s to be accompanied by an adult. 29
Thursday, 2 November 7.30pm Electracoustic WALES
Sparks in the Dark: An evening of sonic fireworks Theatr Bryn Terfel £10/£8 concessions/£5 students and under 18s A concert with a fire and fireworks theme, with guest composer Adrian Moore. A leading figure in UK acousmatic music, Adrian Moore’s work is characterised by its sense of explosive energy and its remarkable sonic
transformations. The evening will feature a breath-taking array of his invisible ‘sonic fireworks’, along the best of recent Welsh acousmatic music. The programme will be performed on the Electroacoustic WALES 30
‘Acousmonium’, an orchestra of loudspeakers filling every part of Theatr Bryn Terfel, creating a truly immersive experience of sound in space.
Friday, 3 November Saturday, 4 November 11.30am, 2.30pm Goblin Theatre
Peter and the Wolf Studio £6/£20 Family & Friends Ticket (4 people, at least one under 18) Peter and Grandad have gone camping for the weekend. Grandad says stick to the campsite but Peter has other ideas…
a rocking wolf. With new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic, this is Peter and the Wolf as you’ve never seen it before.
Join Peter on a hilarious adventure through the fields and forest as he discovers new sounds and noises. Featuring animal antics of singing birds, waddling ducks, sneaky cats, and
Goblin’s Peter and the Wolf is a brand new show with amazing music created live with a variety of instruments and objects, including real musical vegetables. Combined with imaginative
puppetry, physical comedy and fun interaction, the show will have children ages 4+ jumping for joy. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. www.goblintheatre.co.uk @goblintheatre FREE creative workshop follows each show.
Friday, 3 November 8pm Cabaret Pontio presents
The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song Theatr Bryn Terfel £14/£13 concessions Saze hails from the stark landscapes of Southern Albania - a polyphonic music with the power to entrance any listener, even if they are strangers to the culture of this long-isolated country. Urban instruments such as clarinet and violin took their inspiration from the iso-polyphonic singing of the villages where vocalists
follow the ancient patterns of 'lead' and 'cutting' voices to improvise swirls around the melody, with moods ranging from aching, blueslike ‘kaba’ to joyful dances. This hand-picked ensemble includes some of the finest contemporary performers of this mesmerizing style originating in the cradles of 32 beautiful Saze around the
towns of Korça and Përmet, opening a window into Albania's fascinating musical traditions. "music... that beautifully navigates the different and the familiar" Glitterbeat
Sunday, 5 November 5pm Take 2 the Stage presents
Magic of the Musicals Studio ÂŁ10.50 The students of Ava Smyth's renowned stage school in Bangor have been working hard all year to bring you their end of year spectacular.
Magic of the Musicals is the perfect mix of song, dance and drama. Join us on a journey through Broadway and beyond, with hits from Annie, Hairspray, The Sound of Music along with some of your favourite hits from today.
Magic of the Musicals is all about local kids Taking 2 The Stage... don't miss their big moment to shine!
Wednesday 8 November 1.30pm FrĂ˘n Wen
Mwgsi Studio ÂŁ10 (10% discount for groups of 10 or more) This new Welsh language drama from Manon Steffan Ros is a brutally honest and humorous account of the notoriety and loneliness of being a teenager living with cancer. "It was going to be epic. I was just a normal 18 year old. A-level stress was but a brief blur. Ready for a wine filled summer before I started nursing degree. "Then bang! No duty free, sun tan and piss-ups for me.
"The toughest and sh*ttiest year of my life." Instead of a hell-raising, wine-filled summer with the girls, 18 year old Mwgsi enters a world of chemo, illness and the loneliness of a strange, tragic creature. Mwgsi is based on the candid blog by 18 years old Megan Davies (www.mwgsi. com), who recorded her experiences of teenage life with cancer.
The tension between Mwgsi, her friends, her family and herself offers a piece of theatre full of dark humour that will force us to confront our own uncertain futures. Cast: Mirain Fflur, Catrin Mara and Ceri Elen Director: Iola Ynyr Author: Manon Steffan Ros Suitable for ages 14+ This is a Welsh language production. Q&A session to follow
Friday, 10 November 7.30pm – WORLD PREMIÈRE Saturday, 11 November 7.30pm OPRA Cymru in partnership with Pontio and Bangor University
Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd Theatr Bryn Terfel £15/£7.50 students and under 18s Opera by Gareth Glyn and Mererid Hopwood Based on the novel by Islwyn Ffowc Elis In a productive year for opera in the Welsh Language, Islwyn Ffowc Elis’ vision of the future of his homeland – part utopian, part dystopian - is now realized on the operatic stage in a thrilling version by Wales’ foremost creative artists, composer Gareth Glyn and chaired poet Mererid Hopwood. On the 60 th anniversary of the novel’s publication, the world’s only Welshlanguage opera company brings together a stellar cast of native singers to breathe musical life into this famous cautionary tale of love, loss, community and belonging.
Cast and Creatives include: Gwawr Edwards, Sian Meinir, Euros Campbell, Sion Goronwy, Robyn Lyn Evans, Eleri Gwilym, Ilar Rees Davies, Gethin Lewis, Seimon Menai; Corws Ysgol Glanaethwy Conductor Iwan Teifion Davies Director Patrick Young Designer Lois Prys Lighting Designer Gwion E. Llwyd The opera is written predominantly in Welsh, but thanks to the Sibrwd mobile phone app, performances will be wholly accessible for non-Welsh speakers. The opera is presented with the kind permission of the Islwyn Ffowc Elis Estate and Gwasg Gomer.
Pre-show talk Friday 10 November 6.15pm, Studio Chaired by Elen ap Robert, Pontio Artistic Director, in the company of the opera’s librettist Mererid Hopwood and composer Gareth Glyn. FREE but booking required due to limited capacity.
Sunday 12 November 3pm
Prelude concert: Tudur Owen’s Chamber Music Challenge
Ensemble Cymru – The Anniversary Tour Studio Standard: £12 (early bird £9.60) Concession: £10 (early bird £8) Student or Child: £5 (early bird £4)
2.15pm Entry free with concert ticket As part of a special programme for Radio Cymru, comedian and presenter, Tudur Owen, will give his first ever chamber music performance alongside Ensemble Cymru percussionist, Dewi Ellis Jones.
Early bird offer available until October 13th 2017
Music for harp, piano, flute, clarinet, viola, violin and cello Chamber Music no. 1 Bohuslav Martinu Piano Quartet in A minor Gustav Mahler Concert a Cinq Joseph Jongen Not the Stillness John Metcalf Block Claire Roberts
Wales’s leading chamber music ensemble, Ensemble Cymru, will mark its 15 year anniversary with a very special and extended concert at Pontio this autumn, bringing together world-class musicians with a passion for sharing rare chamber music from Wales and the world. Ensemble Cymru will put Welsh composers in the spotlight with a performance 38
of John Metcalf’s Not the Stillness and the work of an emerging young Welsh composer, Claire Roberts. It’s also a rare opportunity to hear a live performance of Martinu’s Chamber Music No. 1 which has the unusual combination of harp and piano. Duration: approx 90 minutes (including 15 minute interval)
Tuesday, 14 November 8pm Pontio Comedy Club with Comedy Central Live presents
Danny Ward (MC) Henry Paker Dan Nightingale Studio ÂŁ10/ÂŁ8 concessions Age guidance 16+ Join us for a night of laughs featuring three comedians on the UK touring circuit.
Drinks are permitted in the Studio at our Comedy Club events.
Comedians are subject to change, see website for latest line-up.
Tuesday, 14 November 7.30pm Wednesday, 15 November 2pm, 7.30pm Thursday, 16 November 7.30pm Pirates of the Carabina present
FLOWN Theatr Bryn Terfel £16/£14 over 60 /£10 students and under 18s Back by popular demand following the performance in a Big Top on Beach Road in 2015! FLOWN invites you into the magical world of the circus backstage, where a life treading the high-wire and swinging from the rafters is as absurd as it is wonderful. But disagreements, accidents and all manner of mishaps threaten to ruin
the show. Catastrophe is just one move away! Mixing comedy and chaos with bold physicality and live music, FLOWN is big, beautiful, and daringly bonkers, and of course in the end, everything is FLOWN - even the band! Turning whatever you think you know about the circus on its head, FLOWN will captivate the whole family and leave you lost for words.
If you missed this show last time - make sure you don't make the same mistake twice!
"A mesmerising family showâ€? Wales Online
"Skin-tinglingly goodâ€? Time Out
Friday, 17 November 7.30pm BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Beethoven with Xian Zhang Prichard-Jones Hall £15/£13.50/£5 Family Tickets: £15/20 Beethoven Symphony No. 2 Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme Beethoven Symphony No. 4 Xian Zhang Conductor Alexey Stadler Cello BBC NOW’s Principal Guest Conductor Xian Zhang hand-picks two of Beethoven’s less frequently performed symphonies
for a special performance in Bangor, as part of a wider Beethoven series around Wales; pairing the unpredictability and playful humour of the second symphony, with the infectious jollity and explosive finale of the fourth. Between the two, Tchaikovsky’s elegant and charming Variations on a Rococo Theme played by Russian cellist Alexey Stadler. 42
Join us in Bar Ffynnon after the concert for something a little "extra" ...as members of Band Pres Llareggub, and BBC NOW Jam in the Bar with Mr Phormula, with an opportunity for members of the public to join in! A Pontio and BBC NOW collaboration TICKETS - FREE Simply join us after the concert
Friday, 17 November 7.30pm Lakin McCarthy presents
RUBY WAX FRAZZLED! Theatr Bryn Terfel £20/£18 concessions 10% discount for groups of 10 or more Ruby Wax is a much-loved US born comedian, actor and writer, along with being the ‘it girl’ of mental health campaigning. She has a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University.
This event is a follow up to her sell out touring show, and best-selling book, ‘Sane New World’, which helps us understand why we sabotage our sanity with our own thinking. 43
Her new best-selling book, ‘A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled’ is the basis for the discussion. Funny and insightful, this event is your passport to saner living. She might not be sane herself, but she does a pretty good imitation.
Saturday, 18 November 8pm BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Pontio present
BBC NOW/Richard James Theatr Bryn Terfel £16/£14 over 60s/£5 students and under 18s Family Tickets: £20/£15 Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci cofounder Richard James joins forces with BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a dynamic new collaboration - with performances by Richard and the Orchestra of brand new music alongside adapted previous instrumental works.
Richard James, in his first time composing for orchestra, will be working with arranger Seb Goldfinch to create new material based on the relationship between external and internal landscapes, capturing how our environment shapes and forms our thoughts and emotions. 44
Support Act - Iwan Hughes from Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog performs an intimate solo set with material from his first solo album. A collaboration between Pontio, BBC Radio Cymru and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Wednesday 22 November 7pm Pontio’s BLAS presents
R U There? (In the Mind) Theatr Bryn Terfel £6/£3 under 18s A devised and experimental show by BLAS, Pontio’s youth participation programme, looking at corridors of the mind and our new ways of communicating in this modern world. The Year 7, 8
and 9 and Year 10+ crews will be devising and creating RU There? during the autumn term. Their first task was to select a title, and following improvisation work on all
suggested titles intertwine the two and create this ambiguous title. BLAS Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6 class will be devising and performing their own show during the Spring & Summer Term.
BLAS is Pontio’s youth project, which gives 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
Year 10 - 13 7:30-8:30pm BLAS also works in the community and with schools. 45
To book a place on the weekly workshops, please contact the Box Office on 01248 382828, or for more information please contact Mared Huws on email@example.com.
Thursday, 23 November 7.30pm Pontio presents
Menna Cazel (Soprano) & Eugene Asti (Piano) Theatr Bryn Terfel £14/£12 over 60s/£5 students and under 18s Franz Schubert Lachen und Weinen (Rückert), D. 777 Erster Verlust (Goethe), D. 226 Die Liebe hat gelogen (Platen), D.751 Die Forelle (Schubart), D. 550 Robert Schumann Frauenliebe und–leben (Chamisso), op. 42 INTERVAL Sergei Prokofieff 5 Poems of Anna Akhmatova, op.27 Leonard Bernstein I Hate Music! Dilys Elwyn-Edwards Caneuon Natur
Menna Cazel Davies has a beautiful, warm, lyric soprano voice, a strong stage presence and natural performing ability. She made her professional operatic debut in 2014 singing Erste Blumenmädchen in Parsifal for Oper Leipzig. She has already received great success in Wales, winning all the major prizes for singers under twenty five years of age - the W. Towyn Roberts scholarship and the Osborne Roberts Memorial Award at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, and first prize at the 2009 Llangollen International Eisteddfod. She also won the inaugural 'Voice of the Future Award' at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in 2013. 46
One of the foremost accompanists of his generation, New York born Eugene Asti has performed with many great artists including Dame Felicity Lott, Sir Thomas Allen, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sir Bryn Terfel and the late Dame Margaret Price. An official Steinway artist since 2009, Eugene returns to Bangor following a sell-out concert with Sir Williard White in 2014, this time to perform with soprano Menna Cazel and to undertake outreach work and a master class for young singers.
Friday, 24 November 6pm Bangor University Archives and Special Collections Annual Lecture
Huw Edwards: Duw a’r Ginshop: hanes cynnar capeli Cymraeg Llundain Pontio Lecture Room 5 FREE but ticket required The main founder of the first Welsh chapel in London was Edward Jones, a former soldier and publican. In this lecture, Huw Edwards relates the early history of the Welsh chapels in London, and explains their significance in terms of the history and culture of the London Welsh.
Huw Edwards is one of the foremost broadcasters and communicators of his generation, familiar to the nation through his work on BBC News at Ten and his coverage of major national and international events. This is a special opportunity to hear him speak on his recent research, some of 47
which was undertaken in Bangor University’s archives. This lecture will be given in Welsh
Friday, 24 November 7.30pm Saturday, 25 November 7.30pm Lucid Theatre presents
Little Wolf Studio £12/£10 concessions When a young boy mysteriously disappears, Freddie and Rita are forced to confront the truth of their marriage. Is their love too fragile for the truth? As their worlds fracture and collide, what is there worth holding on to? Little Wolf is an
intense, surreal and honest exploration of a couple who find themselves facing their ultimate fear. Inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s play Little Eyolf, this is a present-day retelling of a compelling classic of modern drama. 48
From award-winning writer and director Simon Harris, Little Wolf is a play that speaks to the heart of our current uncertainty – one that’s vital, raw and often blisteringly funny. Requires maturity. Some swearing. Age guidance: 14+
Saturday, 25 November 7.30pm
Ballet Cymru presents
The Light Princess Theatr Bryn Terfel £13/£11 concessions Ballet Cymru return to Pontio with a new full length ballet for 2017. With a new score by brilliant Welsh harpist, composer and recording artist Catrin Finch in collaboration with The Riverfront Theatre in Newport, The Light Princess is the lightest and brightest dance event of the year. Using elements of circus and outstanding classical choreography the story draws inspiration from Sleeping Beauty, telling the story of a princess
afflicted by a constant weightlessness, unable to get her feet on the ground, until she finds a love that brings her down to earth. Featuring ground breaking video projections and stunningly vibrant costumes The Light Princess will transport you to a world of laughter, beauty and wonder. George MacDonald’s quirky and timeless tale takes on a new life, interpreted in dance by some of the finest dancers in the world to the haunting and lyrical music of Catrin Finch. 49
Ballet Cymru are a young, vital group of dancers who are pushing back the barriers of classical ballet. During this autumn visit Ballet Cymru and Pontio BLAS project will collaborate on a programme of outreach and participation activity with local schools and community dance groups. 10% discount for groups of 10 or more
Thursday, 30 November 2pm & 7.30pm
Cinderella Theatr Bryn Terfel £10/£7 students and under 18s 10% off for groups of 10 or more
From the Student Society that brought you the award-winning production of ‘FAME’ comes Cinderella. The classic tale of rags to riches, Cinderella searches for her true love with the help of her Fairy Godmother
and her loyal friend Buttons. Will Cinderella’s dreams come true? Or will The Evil Baroness get her way? Filled with fun, laughter and hit songs you know and love; a show for all the family!
Thursday, 30 November 7.30pm Friday, 1 December 1pm
Allegri String Quartet In association with The Radcliffe Trust Studio 30 November: £14/£12 concessions/£5 students and under 18s 1 December: £12/£8 concessions £5 students and under 18s
Programme 30th November Mozart A Major K464 Szymanovsky 2 Schubert G Programme 1 December Beethoven op 132 The Allegri Quartet, in its 62nd year, is Britain's oldest chamber group. Founded in 1953 by Eli Goren and William Pleeth it has played a key role in
the British musical scene, working with composers such as Benjamin Britten, Michael Tippett, Elizabeth Maconchy, John Woolrich, Peter Fribbins, Anthony Payne, James MacMillan, Matthew Taylor and most recently Alec Roth, resulting in new commissions and recordings. Regular invitations to concert societies and leading concert halls stand alongside newer 51
relationships such as with the Southbank Sinfonia and their festival in Anghiari, Italy and ACE tours based in Cambridge. They are visiting professors through residencies at Bangor and Middlesex universities and enjoy regular invitations to teach/ coach at music colleges and amateur chamber music courses around the UK.
Friday, 1 December 8pm "Damn it was amazing, sublime, beautiful. Audience went crazy. They are just spectacular. My 5th show with them. It was a true pleasure. Magnificent.”
DakhaBrakha Theatr Bryn Terfel
Isabel Soffer, Globalfest, Live Sounds, New York City
£15/£13 DakhaBrakha is a world music quartet from Kiev, Ukraine. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band DakhaBrakha create a world of unexpected new music.
The name DakhaBrakha means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly
powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. There will be a Q&A session with DakaBrakha after the performance, led by Lisa Jên of folk band 9bach.
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 pontio.co.uk, by calling the Box Office on 01248 38 28 28 or visiting in person. We’re sure you’ll find something to suit everyone.
Pontio and Welsh National Opera team present
Come and Sing… Carols Saturday, 2 December 2.30 - 3.30pm, Level 2, Free As part of Bangor’s Christmas Cracker celebrations in a fun and informal setting. With Jenny Pearson Opera singer and vocal animateur
Huw Llywelyn Opera singer and vocal animateur Annette Bryn Parri Repetiteur / Piano Mince pies and seasonal drinks will be available to 53 purchase.
Saturday, 2 December 7.30pm
Côr y Penrhyn and Gwawr Edwards Theatr Bryn Terfel £12 Musical Director: Owain Arwel Davies Accompanist: Francis Davies Assistant Conductor: Caleb Rhys Jones Côr y Penrhyn has its roots in the slate quarrying village of Bethesda in the Ogwen Valley. The choir can trace its origins back to the 1880s, when a united choir was formed from a number of smaller groups that existed on the various galleries or levels in the mighty Penrhyn Slate Quarry.
The Penrhyn Male Choir is one of the busiest choirs in Wales with around 30 concerts a year, and has taken part in a variety of projects with other musicians, dancers and artists. Gwawr Edwards studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has recently released her second Album 'Alleluia' featuring Only Men Aloud, Rhys Taylor's dixieland jazz 54
band, mezzo-soprano Caryl Hughes, and Côr Ieunectid Môn. She has recently played the role of Mair in OPRA Cymru’s Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd. She has toured the UK with Sir Bryn Terfel performing at Birmingham Symphony Hall, London Festival Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, and Cardiff St David's hall accompanied by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sunday, 3 December 7.30pm
Bangor University Symphony Orchestra Prichard-Jones Hall £12/£10 over 60/£5 students and under 18s Bangor University Chorus Iwan Llewelyn-Jones (piano) Chris Collins (conductor) Poulenc Gloria Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition An evening of spectacular and evocative music from north-west Wales’ longestestablished symphony orchestra, joined by the
Bangor University Chorus and locally-born and internationally-renowned pianist Iwan Llewelyn-Jones. Ravel wrote his stirring Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in 1932 for the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during World War: its journey from darkness to light evokes both the spirit of the times and Wittgenstein’s own personal trajectory. The concert opens with Poulenc’s 55
exciting and haunting Gloria for choir and orchestra, and concludes with one of the best known works in the repertoire: Mussorgsky’s ingenious Pictures at an Exhibition, based on paintings and designs by the Russian artist Viktor Hartmann, and rendered even more colourful in Ravel’s spectacular orchestration.
Thursday, 7 December 8pm Pontio presents
The Magic of Storytelling In Conversation with Philip Pullman Theatr Bryn Terfel £17.50/£12 students and under 18s Contact the box office for discounts on group bookings: 01248 38 28 28 Chaired by Jon Gower “As a passionate believer in the democracy of reading, I don't think it's the task of the author of a book to tell the reader what it means. The meaning of a story emerges in the meeting between the words on the page and the thoughts in the reader's mind. So when people ask me what I meant by this story, or what was the message I was trying to convey in that one, I have to explain that I'm not going to explain. Anyway, I'm not in the message business; I'm in the "Once upon a time" business.”
Philip Pullman, a Fellow of Bangor University, is the acclaimed author of the His Dark Materials trilogy: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. His other books for children and young adults include Count Karlstein and a trilogy of Victorian thrillers featuring Sally Lockhart. Northern Lights, the first of Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Fiction Prize. Taking the author’s latest book La Belle Sauvage, Volume 1 of The Book of Dust published this autumn 56
as the point of departure, join us as we explore the magic of storytelling with Philip Pullman. Author and Former BBC Wales arts correspondent Jon Gower leads the discussion. Age advisory: 11+ Creative Writing and English Literature students at Bangor University will be able to choose new modules in Children's Literature (running from 2017) and Young Adult Fiction (running from 2018) as part of their degrees.
Monday, 11 December 12.45pm Tuesday, 12 December 10am, 12.45pm Wednesday, 13 December 10am, 12.45pm Cwmni Mega present the pantomime
Culhwch ac Olwen Theatr Bryn Terfel £10 adults/£8 children contact Box Office for group and school bookings 01248 38 28 28 By Huw Garmon The story of "Twrch Trwyth" is famous in Wales. This is the largest hog in the whole world which came to Wales many centuries ago and caused chaos. Legend has it that the hog was a prince who had a spell cast on him, so don't be surprised if the Twrch Trwyth in our show is full of magic!
Listen to the story of Culhwch, the best hunter in the world, and Olwen, the girl whose beauty caused flowers to grow everywhere she walked. But, as in every good story, there are characters to scare you –Ysbaddaden Bencawr, the fierce ogre and Cas, the wicked witch. Will Culhwch succeed in catching the Twrch Trwyth? Will Culhwch and Olwen fall in love? 57
Or will Cas spoil everyone's fun? And what about Ysbaddaden Bencawr? There may be a way of conquering him after all! Cwmni Mega continues with the tradition of live music, professional dancers and a cast of eager actors to entertain the audience and introduce a chunk of Welsh culture at the same time!
Thursday, 14 December 10am, 12.45pm Friday, 15 December 10am, 12.45pm Saturday, 16 December 11.30am, 2.30pm Sunday, 17 December 1.30pm, 4.30pm Monday 18 December 10am, 12.45pm Murmur and Pontio presents
Caban Hud Studio £6/£20 Family & Friends Ticket (4 people, at least one under 18 Please ask Box Office about group and school bookings Created by Rhodri Siôn Music by Osian Gwynedd It's almost Christmas and time to write a letter to Father Christmas, but what would you wish for? Caban Hud is a story of a child whose mind is filled with dreams, and the labour of love shown by a gentle friend determined to realise them. Join us on a journey from a child’s bedroom, to a faraway workshop and under the Christmas tree.
A development of work first created by Murmur last year, this show is primarily aimed at children between 3-8 years old but is designed to bring the whole family together to enjoy a sprinkle of goodwill and festive magic. Told in Welsh with minimal language Saturday 16 December Join us after each show for a creative workshop inspired by the Caban Hud story with artist Mari Gwent.
Sioe hudolus, wych. Wedi mwynhau yn arw, y teulu i gyd 5 oed-71 oed. Diolch yn fawr.
Caban Hud was absolutely beautiful. So lovely. Audience Member
Aelodau oâ€™r Gynulleidfa
Saturday, 16 December From 7pm Rhys Mwyn and Pontio presents
Rock Against Racism: Hope not Hate Theatr Bryn Terfel £14 DJ set: Dennis Bovell with Welsh Rebel Dub Dafydd Iwan Banda Bacana DJ Fflyffilyfbybl Join us for a special gig to celebrate music of all kinds. Headliner is reggae maestro Dennis Bovell. He is renowned as an an accomplished multiinstrumentalist (playing guitar, bass and keyboards), sound engineer, composer, band leader and producer and continues to lead the UK scene with innovative and adventurous music. He has collaborated with too many to mention, but amongst them I Roy, Steel Pulse and Errol Dunkley, Johnny Clarke, The Slits, Chalice, The Thompson
Twins and Bananarama as well as re-mixing albums for the great Marvin Gaye, Wet Wet Wet and The Boomtown Rats. Other great artists that Bovell has worked with include Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Alpha Blondy, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Edwyn Collins and Pablo Moses. Dafydd Iwan will present the evening and Welsh Rebel Dub will open. Also joining us an night will be the fantastic live band Banda Bacana who are guaranteed to get any floor stomping with their funk, latin, reggae and afro-latin beats.
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Delicious food served in an elegant atmosphere Located on the lower ground floor of the University’s Main Building, Teras Lounge is a stone’s throw away from Pontio’s theatre and cinema.
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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!
Thursday, February 8, 2018 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 Ellisâ€™ Cycle of Welsh Folk Songs. Past students from Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias, finalists in the Urdd Bryn Terfel Scholarship, will be supporting artists.
www.walesharpfestival.co.uk Tickets will go on sale from 10am on 10/10/2017 from Pontio box office and online from pontio.co.uk.
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. pontio.co.uk/Online/term 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 hynt.co.uk or www.hynt. cymru to find a range of information and guidance about the scheme.