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Croeso i’n tymor newydd!

Welcome to our new season!

Mae’r hydref bob amser yn gyfnod prysur i ni, ac nid yw eleni’n wahanol i’r un flywddyn arall. Mwynhewch amrywiaeth o ddawns, theatr, cerddoriaeth a ffilm yn Nhaliesin, ynghyd â rhaglen gyfoethog o gerddoriaeth a digwyddiadau llenyddol yn y Neuadd Fawr.

Autumn is always a busy time of year for us and this year is no different. Enjoy a host of dance, theatre, music and film at Taliesin, alongside a rich programme of music and literary events at the Great Hall.

Bydd y gwaith o ailddatblygu llawr gwaelod Taliesin yn parhau drwy gydol y tymor, ond byddwn yn dal i ddarparu rhaglen amrywiol o ddigwyddiadau byw, darllediadau byw ac, wrth gwrs, y ffilmiau diweddaraf er eich pleser.

The re-development of the ground floor of Taliesin will continue throughout the season, but we are still providing for your enjoyment a varied programme of live events, live stream broadcasts, and of course the latest films.

Cynllun y Cyfeillion: Mae gennym nifer cyfyngedig o leoedd ar gael ar gynllun y Cyfeillion. Bydd y rhain ar werth drwy'r swyddfa docynnau ddydd Sadwrn 16 Medi.

Friends’ scheme: We currently have a limited number of places available on our Friends’ scheme. These will go on sale through the box office on Saturday 16 September.

Mae Canolfan y Celfyddydau Taliesin yn perthyn i Brifysgol Abertawe ac yn cael ei rheoli ganddi. Cydnabyddir gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru fel Canolfan Ranbarthol y Celfyddydau Perfformio. Taliesin Arts Centre is owned and managed by Swansea University. Recognised as a Regional Performing Arts Centre by the Arts Council of Wales.

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music & talks

SUN 19 NOV Opera Classics WNO Orchestra

Mae fersiwn Cymraeg o'r llyfryn hwn ar gael. A Welsh language version of this brochure is available.


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live performances

TUES 7 - 10 NOV Theatr na nÓg Eye of the Storm

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broadcast events SUN 8 OCT Royal Opera House La bohème (as live 12A)

The new season opens Saturday 16 September

Tickets are on sale now for all live performances and live broadcasts.

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cinema TUES 19 - 20 DEC Murder on the Orient Express (cert tbc)

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Monday 2 October 7.30pm

A celebration of the poetry of Vernon Watkins in reflection and response. ‘The most profound and greatly accomplished Welshman writing poems in English’ DYLAN THOMAS To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Vernon Watkins Swansea University’s Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers, has invited five awardwinning Welsh poets to write a response to Watkins’s work. Chaired by Professor of English and holder of the Emyr Humphreys Chair of Welsh Writing in English at Swansea University, M. Wynn Thomas, poets Rhian Edwards, Menna Elfyn, Paul Henry, Robert Minhinnick and Jonathan Edwards read and discuss the poetry of ‘Swansea’s other poet’ before sharing their own new work. In support of this event the exhibition; Vernon Watkins 19061967: Poet of Gower, in partnership with Jeff Towns, Honorary Fellow of Swansea University, and Dylan's Mobile Bookstore, includes a group of early manuscript poems, original letters, rare editions of his books, ephemera and photographs of Vernon and his family. The exhibition runs from Saturday 30th September to Tuesday 3rd October, Singleton campus main library. Presented in association with Dylan's Mobile Bookstore and Research Institute for Arts & Humanities. Presented in association with Literature Wales, Research Institute for Arts & Humanities, CREW

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The Strings of Song


Thursday 5 October 7.30pm, Friday 6 October 11am (Schools Matinee) & 7.30pm Flying Bridge Theatre Company and Seabright Productions in association with Pleasance and Newport Live present

Not About Heroes by Stephen Macdonald Directed by Tim Baker Stephen Macdonald’s Fringe First-winning play about the unique friendship between celebrated World War One poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. They met at Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917, and bonded over a mutual hatred of war and love of poetry! This production won a Best Actor accolade at the Wales Theatre Awards for Daniel Llewelyn Williams, who reprises his role here as Sassoon. The show is on the first part of a world tour commemorating the centenary of both the meeting depicted in the play, and of the Armistice.

Recreates the Great War as tangibly as if the theatre had filled with the smoke and stench of the battlefield. Compelling and superbly performed.’ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE ‘Tim Baker’s production creates an engaging delineation between two entirely different personalities united by a common vocation and some truly hellish experiences.’ THE GUARDIAN WWW.NOTABOUTHEROES.INFO

£ 12 Concessions £10 Schools £8

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Thursday 12 October 1pm & 4.30pm A Sherman Cymru, Alice House Theatre & RGM production

The Hunting of the Snark ‘...as an introduction to the magic of theatre, it is hard to beat.’ RADIO TIMES ★★★★ '...a daffy yarn with dash, hilarity and a sweet heart.' THE TIMES ★★★★

1 pm £7 4.30pm £10 Family £35

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The impossible voyage of an improbable crew to hunt an imaginary creature is brought magically to life in this sparkling musical comedy adventure for 4 to 94 year olds. Enter the imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland creator, Lewis Carroll, in this brand new, highly original, ultra-modern adaptation inspired by his beloved classic poem. Fresh from London’s West End, this show features five high-energy actors, a life-like puppet, fantastical characters, and lashings of daft humour. A riotous ragtag gang of bold adventurers including the Banker, the Boy, the Butcher, the Baker, the Bellman and the knitting Beaver set off on a quest to catch the mythical Snark. They encounter the Jub Jub bird, the sly Bandersnatch and the dastardly Boojum. Can a Snark be caught with soap? Will the Beaver escape the hungry Butcher’s clutches? Will the Baker remember his name? Does anyone know what a Snark actually looks like? Funny, fast-paced and bursting with an award-winning soundtrack of witty and memorable songs.

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Friday 13 October 7.30pm James Wilton Dance presents

Leviathan LEVIATHAN follows Ahab, a ship’s captain hell-bent on capturing the white whale: Moby Dick, a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining. Ahab’s crew are drawn into the unhinged charisma of their captain, blindly following him on his perilous adventure towards almost certain destruction! Multi-award winning choreographer James Wilton re-imagines Herman Melville’s seminal novel, Moby Dick. Featuring a cast of 7, Wilton’s trademark blend of athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work, LEVIATHAN will have you on the edge of your seat. It will leave you gasping for air under the sheer ferocity of movement, all accompanied by a powerful electrorock soundtrack by Lunatic Soul!

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£ 14 Concessions £12 Schools £8

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Saturday 21 October 7.30pm

The World’s Wife by Tom Green Soprano: Amanda Forbes with the Mavron String Quartet. We do our best, we Queens, we mothers, mothers of Queens That saying? Behind every famous man...? From Mrs Darwin to Queen Kong, Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife is a poetry collection that takes a swipe at the famous men of history and myth from their spouses’ perspective. Composer Tom Green has transformed these firework poems into a 21st century opera for solo soprano and string quartet and loop pedals. Join us for the debut of a radical new operatic voice, as five onstage musicians construct disembodied choirs and armies of string quartets to tell a story we all share. A production by Welsh National Opera, Taliesin Arts Centre, Echo Forest and The Mavron Quartet.

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Sung in English with surtitles in English £ 12 Concessions £10


Thursday 2 November 7.30pm Dyad Productions presents

Jane Eyre: An Autobiography

★★★★★ ‘Hands down the best

adaptation of Jane Eyre, in any medium.’ BROADWAY BABY

Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Told through Jane’s eyes, English literature’s most celebrated autobiographical novel shocked the Victorians, and Charlotte Bronte’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage. Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane – and several other characters – in this intimate study of love’s realities.

★★★★★ ‘Truly extraordinary…

one of the most exciting young performers on the British Stage’ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

★★★★★ ’A theatrical

masterpiece’ EDINBURGH GUIDE

£ 12 Concessions £10

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Saturday 4 November 7.30pm

Doug Scott CBE A Crawl Down the Ogre In 1977 legendary mountaineers Chris Bonington and Doug Scott made the first ascent of The Ogre (7825m) in Pakistan. That was just the start of the adventure. Doug will be telling a thrilling tale of hard climbing, team work and survival against all odds that has since become part of mountaineering folklore and extended the boundaries of what had been achieved before at that altitude. Their subsequent descent in the dark immediately became an epic. Doug broke both legs just above the ankles. A storm blew in lasting five days, during which time Chris smashed his ribs and contracted pneumonia. With the selfless help of Mo Anthoine and Clive Rowland, it took them eight days to reach Base Camp. But it was another 24 years before The Ogre was climbed again. Proceeds from the talk will help fund reconstruction of Community Action Nepal’s earthquake damaged projects Nepal. The talk will be followed by an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints and also sign copies of his award-winning autobiography Up And About.

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£ 15 Concessions £12


Tuesday 7 November 7.30pm, Wednesday 8 November 11am & 4.30pm Thursday 9 & Friday 10 November 1pm & 7.30pm Theatr na nÓg presents

Suitable for adults with or without children age 7+

Eye of the Storm A new musical play to inspire young audiences by Geinor Styles and Amy Wadge. In association with Taliesin Arts Centre and in partnership with Technocamps. A new musical play which will seize your heart and capture your mind. With original songs written by Grammy Award Winner Amy Wadge, we follow the story of Emmie who is torn between following her dreams of being a scientist and caring for her mother. With a bursary to study in America up for grabs Emmie must fight to keep her place on her course and win the competition with her invention for renewable energy. This inspiring story features a live band on stage made up of a cast of 8 talented actor musicians. A theatrical event of courage, determination and compassion, guaranteed to enthral and inspire young people and their families. Shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice 2017.

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Saturday 11 November 7.30pm A Theatr Mwldan Mintaka Music OTA Records Co-Production

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita Transparent Water Transparent Water is an exquisitely beautiful new collaboration between the seven-time GRAMMY-nominated pianist, composer and bandleader Omar Sosa from Cuba, and the award-winning Senegalese kora master and singer Seckou Keita. Following the worldwide release of their debut album Transparent Water in February 2017, the pair are taking to the road together this November with percussionist Gustavo Ovalles to give UK audiences a thrilling live experience. Sosa and Keita are both acclaimed musical adventurers with a rich global heritage that spans jazz, Latin and African influences. The combination of both artists on stage is an incredibly exciting prospect. Transparent Water is the latest example of Omar Sosa’s transcendent determination to seek new combinations, a manifestation of improvisatory freedom and the joy of shared artistic expression with Keita, who recently won the Songlines Best Album Award 2016 for Africa & Middle East.

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“an extraordinary album seamlessly melding Latin American and West African music.” ★★★★ ROGER FARBEY, ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“Transparent Water is where world music meets world jazz, where tradition meets improvisation and where the lines of spiritual and earthy meet - The result is stunningly evocative.” TJ NELSON, WORLD MUSIC CENTRAL

“Sosa and Keita deliver a work that variously ebbs, flows and sparkles.” ★★★★ JANE CORNWELL, JAZZWISE

£ 20 Concessions £18


Tuesday 14 November 7.30pm

Saba Douglas-Hamilton A Life with Elephants

£ 17.50 Concessions £15.50

Join Saba Douglas-Hamilton, the highly acclaimed elephant conservationist and wildlife TV presenter of This Wild Life and Big Cat Diaries for an evening of exciting animal stories and intimate behind the scenes tales of life in Kenya with her young family. Saba was born in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, and met her first wild animal, an elephant called Virgo, when six weeks old. In 1997, Saba joined her father’s charity Save the Elephants to help build up their research centre in Samburu National Reserve in Kenya. Saba currently runs the family’s luxury tented eco-lodge, Elephant Watch Camp.

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Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 November 7pm

Shakespeare Schools Festival Shakespeare Schools Foundation (SSF) is proud to present the world’s largest youth drama festival at Taliesin Arts Centre. Join us for a series of unique Shakespeare productions staged by local schools. Whether you are a parent, friend or another local school, we invite you to an exhilarating evening of theatre where you will see Shakespeare’s stories brought to life like never before. Details of the schools performing can be found on SSF’s website: shakespeareschools.org/the-festival. SSF is a cultural education charity, transforming lives through the unique power of Shakespeare. In the celebratory finale of their Festival journey, 30,000 young people from primary, secondary and special schools across the country will unite on their local professional theatre in thrilling performance evenings. It promises to be the most exciting Festival yet!

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£ 9.50 Concessions £7 Group £6.50


Friday 17 November 4.30pm Little Blue Monster productions

“Perfectly charming.”

Lost and Found

THE GUARDIAN

Oliver Jeffers’ award-winning picture book live onstage “Once there was a boy and one day he found a penguin at his door. He didn’t know where it had come from or who it belonged to. The penguin looked sad and the boy thought it must be lost.” Set sail on a wonderful adventure in this magical, musical show for ages 3+. From the bestselling picture book by award-winning children’s author, Oliver Jeffers, this simple story of true friendship comes to life with puppetry, songs and music. No one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the penguin home himself, and they set out in his rowing boat on a journey to the South Pole. But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn’t what the penguin was looking for after all.

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Thursday 23 November 7.30pm Opra Cymru WORLD PREMIERE

Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd Opera by Gareth Glyn and Mererid Hopwood Based on the novel by Islwyn Ffowc Elis Islwyn Ffowc Elis’ vision of the future of his homeland – part utopian, part dystopian - is now realised on the operatic stage in a thrilling version by Wales’ foremost creative artists, composer Gareth Glyn and poet Mererid Hopwood. On the 60th anniversary of the novel’s publication, the world’s only Welsh-language 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. The opera is written 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.

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£ 15 Under 18s & Full time students £5 Family £30


Thursday 30 November 7.30pm

Aakash Odedra Rising Nritta (Kathak) choreographed by Aakash Odedra Constellation choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui In The Shadow Of Man choreographed by Akram Khan CUT choreographed by Russell Maliphant

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£ 14 Concessions £12 Schools £8

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Rising is the first production of Aakash Odedra Company. An astonishing hit, it is an evening of work performed by Aakash Odedra, exploring different processes and aesthetics to create a new personal language. Aakash performs solos choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan and himself and featuring lighting by Michael Hulls and Willy Cessa. All use Aakash’s background in Kathak and Bharatanatyam to create a new flavour of contemporary dance. Aakash also presents a contemporary Kathak solo choreographed by himself. The production has won him numerous awards and nominations including a Danza e Danza Award (Italy), Dance Week Performance Award (Croatia), Infant Festival Audience Award (Serbia), Best Male Dancer Dora Award (Canada) and nominated for the New York Bessie Award for Best Male performer.

‘British Indian dancer Aakash Odedra is simply breathtaking.’

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Saturday 2 December 7.30pm Royal Welsh College Big Band

Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite You'd be hard pressed to find a Big Band as swinging, as entertaining and versatile as the Royal Welsh College Big Band who are going from strength to strength under the directorship of Robert 'Teddy' Smith. Join them this Christmas for American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s jazz interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite. We continue celebrating the work of Ellington in the second half with a shift of focus to some of his great vocal numbers, paying homage to some of his great vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Mahalia Jackson.

£ 12 Concessions £10

Supported by the Arts Council of Wales

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Thursday 14 December 1pm & 4.30pm The People’s Theatre Company presents

“Full of charm, fun and interactive enjoyment. The children loved it.”

Santa in Love by Steven Lee

SHARON SMITH, SETTING MANAGER, GOWAR DAY NURSERY

Have you ever wanted to know a secret? A Christmas secret! Maybe you’d like to know where the fairy on top of the Christmas tree comes from, or why you never see a Christmas elf, or what exactly happened to Frosty the Snowman? Or maybe you’d like to know the greatest secret of them all... the one about Santa Claus and the thing he secretly loves best. Could it be presents? Could it be reindeer? Could it be snow? You’ll never guess, so if you want to find out then join Santa and his friends in this fabulous fun filled musical complete with games, giggles and all your favourite Christmas songs. Santa will be available after the show to meet your little ones and read their letters as well as give them a gift so don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the smiles!

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“A great introduction to the theatre with just the right balance of sitting listening and taking part.” BRISTOL GUIDE

Running time approx: 1 hour including the meet and greet with Santa. £8.50

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Forthcoming live events at Taliesin Thursday 1 – Saturday 3 February 7.30pm An audio description service will be available for the Saturday performance.

Woman of Flowers by/gan Siôn Eirian after/gan ddilyn Saunders Lewis Cyd-Gynhyrchiad Theatr Pena | Taliesin Arts Centre Co-Production Blodeuwedd isn’t like other women. Conjured from wild flowers by the wizard Gwydion to be the perfect wife for the warrior prince Llew, nature’s wild waves surge in her blood and when the dark desires woven into her nature are awakened the consequences are bloody for all around her. Theatr Pena return with the Company’s first co-production with Taliesin Arts Centre, a dynamic and visually rich production of a very ancient tale of betrayal and retribution. Woman of Flowers is a strikingly poetic reimagining of the Mabinogi myth of Blodeuwedd by award-winning Welsh writer Siôn Eirian in which he skilfully combines Saunders Lewis’s Welsh language verse drama of the same name with original material to create a captivating dark fantasy. This is an English language production.

Running time approx: 1 hour 20 minutes (no interval) Age 12+ Supported by the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales through the National Performing Arts Touring Scheme. With additional support from Curo Advisers Limited and their strategic partners. £ 14 Concessions £12 Schools £8

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Thursday 25 January 7.30pm Chickenshed | Creu Cymru co production developed with South Gwynedd Domestic Abuse Services

In the Absence of Silence Five women meet on the beach in a seaside town for a picnic lunch. As the day progresses their friendship and shared experiences reveal devastating truths from the hidden corners of their lives – but through their heartache and pain has come an unbreakable bond of strength, love and hope. In the Absence of Silence is an honest and poignant portrayal of what can all too often be untold stories, and the life-affirming truth of what is possible when the silence is broken. This optimistic and powerful drama is inspired by interviews conducted with women as part of the outreach project, Survivors. Age recommendation 15+. Contains very strong language with themes which some may find upsetting.

'You leave with a feeling of hope' ★★★★★ ENFIELD INDEPENDENT

£ 12 Concessions £10 Groups £8

Friday 9 February 7.30pm

Motionhouse

£ 14 Concessions £12 Schools £8

Charge An electrifying new dance-circus from Motionhouse

PHOTO: Chris Nash

From the electrical charge that sparks human life, to the beating of our hearts and the memories we make, six performers use dance, acrobatics, and digital projections, to delve deep into the human body, tracing the incredible story of energy in our lives.

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Broadcast events The autumn season brings a varied and exciting programme of broadcast performances from National Theatre Live, Royal Opera House and Royal Shakespeare Company. Tickets are now on sale for all shows. Please visit the website or enquire at the Box Office for information. LIVE SCREENING TICKET PRICES £14, Concessions £12 *Certificates subject to change on all streamed events. Live screening running times are approximate.

Sunday 8 October 2pm Royal Opera House

La bohème (As Live 12A) Opera in four acts Music: Giacomo Puccini Director: Richard Jones Conductor: Antonio Pappano

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Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris, the capital of the 19th century. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualised in Stewart Laing’s spectacular, stylised 1850s setting.

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Running time approx: 2hrs 35mins (including 1 interval) Sung in Italian with English surtitles £ 14 Concessions £12


Thursday 19 October 7pm NT Live - Encore screening

Hamlet (As Live 12A) Running time approx: 3hrs 25 mins

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

£ 14 Concessions £12

Sunday 29 October 2pm Royal Opera House

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (As Live 12A)

Running time approx: 2hrs 50mins (including 2 intervals)

Ballet in three acts Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon Music: Joby Talbot Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant ballet, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary sound worlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognisable characters but the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story which sees the Royal Ballet at its very best. follow us

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Friday 3 November 7pm RSC Live – Encore screening

Coriolanus (As Live 12A) A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome, where he must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie. Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.

Running time: to be confirmed £ 14 Concessions £12

Friday 1 December 7pm National Theatre Live

Follies (As Live 12A) Director: Dominic Cooke Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre. New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production.

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Running time: to be confirmed £ 14 Concessions £12


Tuesday 5 December 7.15pm Royal Opera House

The Nutcracker (As Live 12A)

Running time approx: 2hrs 15min (including 1 interval)

Choreography: Peter Wright After: Lev Ivanov Music: Pyotr Il’Yich Tchaikovsky

£ 14 Concessions £12

Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.

Tuesday 16 January 2018 7.15pm Royal Opera House

Rigoletto (As Live 12A) Opera in three acts Music: Giuseppe Verdi, Director: David McVicar Conductor: Alexander Joel The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.

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Running time approx: 2hrs 45mins (including 1 interval) Sung in Italian with English surtitles £ 14 Concessions £12

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Saturday 20 January 2018 7pm National Theatre Live

Young Marx (As Live 12A) Rory Kinnear is Marx in this new comedy. It is 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway.

Running time: to be confirmed £ 14 Concessions £12

Monday 12 March 2018 7.15pm Royal Opera House

Carmen (As Live 12A) Opera in four acts Music: Georges Bizet Director: Barrie Kosky Conductor: Jakub Hrůša Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form. This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors. For Carmen he has devised a farfrom-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character. 24 book by phone 01792 60 20 60

Running time approx: 3hrs 20mins (including 1 interval) Sung in French with English surtitles £ 14 Concessions £12


Swansea University’s newest venue, The Great Hall offers a range of cultural events, complementing the vibrant programme presented by Taliesin Arts Centre. Visit our website for further information about all our arts events: www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk

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Wednesday 4 October 7.30pm

Elin Manahan Thomas and Jeffrey Howard My Own Country This year’s Swansea International Festival opening concert is a world tour in song, courtesy of Swansea’s globe-trotting soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and her pianist Jeffrey Howard. Among enchanting songs by Debussy, Schubert and others will be the world premiere of a new song cycle about Swansea by Jeffrey Howard, composed for this year’s Swansea International Festival.

Programme to include: Debussy: Ariettes Oubliées Schubert: Lieder (selection tbc) Rodrigo: Cuatro madrigals amatorios Barber: Hermit Songs Britten: British folk songs (selection tbc) Warlock: My Own Country Howard: new commission – world premiere £17  Concessions £8.50 Under 18's and SU student £5 Unreserved seating Great Hall Ticket Package: Book a ticket for My Own Country, Tim Horton, Llyˆ r Williams and Orpheus Sinfonia for £55

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Sunday 8 October 11.30am

Sunday 8 October 2.00pm

Tim Horton

Friends Festival Talk

Tim Horton is a brilliant star among the emerging generation of UK pianists. Today’s programme, given as part of the Presteigne Festival tour, sees Tim playing some of Beethoven’s best-loved music for piano alongside some exciting new music commissioned as part of this year’s Presteigne Festival.

The distinguished writer, broadcaster and composer Stephen Johnson gives this year’s Friends Festival Talk. Stephen is brilliant, knowledgable, and funny – it’ll be unmissable.

Programme to include: Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A, Op 2 No 2 Bagatelles after Beethoven: a commission to celebrate the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Presteigne Festival Beethoven: Six Bagatelles, Op 126 1 hour recital, no interval £12 Concessions £6 Under 18's and SU student £5 Unreserved seating Great Hall Ticket Package: Book a ticket for My Own Country, Tim Horton, Llyˆ r Williams and Orpheus Sinfonia for £55

Stephen has taken part in several hundred radio programmes, most recently concentrating on documentaries about composers and musicians, and particularly on Radio 3’s Discovering Music series. He is also presenter on the Classic Arts podcast series Archive Classics. Stephen has also made numerous TV appearances, including The Proms, The South Bank Show, and the The One Show. FREE EVENT but ticket required  Unreserved seating Why not make a day of it by booking tickets to Tim Horton‘s piano recital at 11am and having lunch with the Festival Friends before Stephen’s talk at 2pm?

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Sunday 8 October 3.30pm

Llyr ˆ Williams Llyˆ r Williams is now one of the most admired and sought-after piano soloists in the world. His visit to Swansea today focuses on holidays and travel, with happy recollections by Debussy, Britten, and others, and concludes with a rare opportunity to hear Liszt’s fearsomely challenging Réminiscences de Norma.

£17  Concessions £8.50 Under 18's and SU student £5 Unreserved seating Great Hall Ticket Package: Book a ticket for My Own Country, Tim Horton, Llyˆ r Williams and Orpheus Sinfonia for £55

Programme to include: Debussy: Suite bergamasque Debussy: L’isle joyeuse Britten: Holiday Diary, Op.5 Albeniz, Granados, Mompou: A selection of Spanish songs Liszt: Réminiscences de Norma

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Wednesday 11 October 7.30pm

Orpheus Sinfonia / Thomas Carroll Of the stellar music talents to emerge from Swansea in recent years, Thomas Carroll is one of the brightest. Now one of the world’s most sought-after cellists, Tom also conducts his own orchestra, Orpheus Sinfonia which, under his artistic direction, is establishing itself as one of the most vibrant and dynamic and inspiring of young orchestras.

Come and join them tonight for their Swansea debut, in a programme of popular evergreen classics. Programme to include: Mozart: Don Giovanni (overture) Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor Op 129 (soloist Thomas Carroll) Mendelssohn: Symphony no 4 ‘Italian’ £18  Concessions £9 Under 18's and SU student £5 Unreserved seating Great Hall Ticket Package: Book a ticket for My Own Country, Tim Horton, Llyˆ r Williams and Orpheus Sinfonia for £55

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Thursday 26 October 7.30pm

Xiaolu Guo: Once Upon a Time in the East Swansea University Centenary Lecture Series Curated and introduced by Swansea University's, Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers After a decade in Europe award winning author and film maker Xiaolu Guo will share passages from her extraordinary memoir ‘Once Upon a Time in the East.’ Described as a ‘Wild Swans’ for a new generation, the BBC4 Book of the Week which details the author’s incredible life journey, is a handbook of life lessons from beginnings in a state of malnutrition living in a fishing village on the East China Sea to film school in a burgeoning Beijing and a scholarship to Britain, her now adopted home. This rebellious and moving piece provides the perfect backdrop for 30

an evening of insightful discussion on the themes of migration, literature and Xiaolu’s creative life as writer and film maker. £8  Full time students and schools £5 Unreserved seating SPECIAL OFFER - If you book also to see She, A Chinese(18), Xiaolu Guo’s award winning 2009 film adaptation of her own novel (screening on Friday 27 October at Taliesin Arts Centre), you will receive a 20% discount on the combined ticket price. Books available to purchase on the night from independent bookseller Cover to Cover.

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Saturday 4 November 7.30pm

Ensemble Cymru – The Anniversary Tour Wales’s leading chamber music ensemble, Ensemble Cymru, will mark its 15 year anniversary with a very special and extended concert at The Great Hall, Swansea 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 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 min interval) Programme to include: Music for flute, clarinet, harp, piano, violin, viola 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 £10 concessions £8  Full time students and schools £4 Unreserved seating Early bird tickets - the prices displayed are available until 13 October 2017 and offer up to 20% saving on the full ticket price.

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Saturday 11 November 7.30pm

Stile Antico In a Strange Land ELIZABETHAN COMPOSERS IN EXILE Queen Elizabeth I may not have wanted “to make windows into men’s souls”, but faced with threats at home and abroad, her regime dealt increasingly harshly with supporters of the old Catholic religion. Torn between obedience and conscience, several of England’s most talented musicians - Philips, Dering and Dowland chose a life of exile abroad. Those Catholic composers who remained in England – chief amongst them William Byrd and Robert White - expressed their spiritual exile in music of astonishing intensity and emotional impact. 32

Stile Antico is a British ensemble now established as one of the most original and exciting new voices in its field and has an extensive and award-winning discography on the Harmonia Mundi label. ‘Stile Antico is anything but antique. Their sound has the urgency and freshness you get from young voices, and an amazing rhythmic vitality.’ THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘Perhaps the most ravishing sound I heard this year.’ THE NEW YORKER Meet the artists: singers will be available after the concert to talk to audience members.

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Thursday 16 November 7.30pm

Figure in a Landscape by David Carpanini The Richard Burton Annual Lecture The famed Welsh artist and printmaker will deliver an illustrated talk that will offer an exploration of the creative processes and inspirations that have fuelled a celebrated career spanning six decades and documenting the natural and ever changing industrial landscapes of his native South Wales.

David Carpanini: Storm Over the Avon

The collection owes its existence to the vision of the late Clive Jenkins, general secretary of ASTMS, a great patron of the arts and a native of Port Talbot. These works of art complement a collection of prints already generously donated by David Carpanini in 2016. FREE EVENT but ticket required  Unreserved seating

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Opera Classics WNO Orchestra Judith Howarth Soprano Paul Charles Clarke Tenor Timothy Burke Conductor Welsh National Opera present an evening of operatic highlights with music by Puccini, Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Lehar, including excerpts from Tosca, La Traviata, Eugene Onegin and The Merry Widow.

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An evening of poetry with Simon Armitage and Daljit Nagra Swansea University Centenary Lecture Series Curated and chaired by Swansea University's, Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers Join us for this rare dynamic double-bill of two award-winning poets writing at the height of their powers. As well as being two of the most exciting and relevant poets in the UK today Simon Armitage, Oxford Professor of Poetry, and Daljit Nagra, Poet in Residence for Radio 4, are also experienced broadcasters whose work is widely studied in schools. Daljit Nagra will read from his new collection British Museum - a book that asks profound questions of our ethics and responsibilities at a time of great challenge to our sense of national identity.

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Simon Armitage will read from his latest collection The Unaccompanied, which documents a world on the brink. A discussion and Q&A will follow the reading after which both poets will sign copies of their books. FREE EVENT in association with Being  Human: A Festival of the Humanities - booking required. The festival, now in its fourth year, is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. This partnership draws together the three major bodies dedicated to supporting and promoting humanities research in the UK and internationally.

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Red Priest WINTER BAROQUE CARNIVAL Piers Adams – recorders Adam Summerhayes – violin Angela East – cello David Wright – harpsichord The world-famous baroque quartet Red Priest, led by recorder playing maestro Piers Adams, present a cheering feast of music for winter performed in their own inimitable, high-octane style. Expect music by Vivaldi, Bach and Handel as well as a few unsung heroes, in a display of baroque brilliance with a modern twist.

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Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, Vivaldi’s Winter from the Four Seasons, Van Eyck’s Carol Variations and a suite from Handel’s Messiah provide a seasonal flavour. £15  Concessions £12 SU student £5 Unreserved seating

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CINEMA TICKET PRICES £7.75, concessions £6.50 Booking for the new season opens on Saturday 16 September. Please inform the box office at time of booking if you would like to use the audio description or audio enhancement facilities. Certificates displayed where available. For details of classification decisions, and further information on film content, please visit www.bbfc.co.uk. Visit our website for updates on certificates & running times.­Please ensure you allow ample time for parking. A map for evening and weekend parking can be found on page 52. Tuesday 3 October 7.30pm

The Big Sick (15) Dir: Michael Showalter USA 2017 2hrs Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the film tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail, (played by himself), who connects with student Emily after one of his standup sets. What they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents who he has never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. ‘There is comic gold in the cultural disconnect between Kumail and Emily’s congenial, if politically incorrect, father.’ NEWSWEEK

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Wednesday 4 October 7.30pm

Lift to the Scaffold (PG) Dir: Louis Malle France 1958 1hr 31 mins with subtitles Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Yori Bertin, Georges Poujouly Ex-paratrooper Julien Tavernier and his mistress Florence plan to murder her husband, and Tavernier’s boss, Carala. Having carried out the killing, the former soldier finds himself trapped in the office lift, and fails to make the agreed rendezvous with Florence. Meanwhile, two teenagers steal Tavernier's sports car and end up shooting a German tourist at a motel - All the evidence points to one man. Accompanying the tightly controlled performances is a wonderful jazz score from Miles Davis. ‘a brilliant, preposterous slice of noir-suspense realism.’ THE GUARDIAN ‘Louis Malle’s debut crime thriller is punchy, cool and influential.’ TELEGRAPH

Monday 9 October 7.30pm

The Beguiled (15) Dir: Sofia Coppola USA 2017 1hr 34mins Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning The story unfolds during the American Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school in Virginia. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events. ‘Witty, menacing and steamy (in every sense), The Beguiled is an intelligent update and Coppola’s best work to date. Oscars await.’ TOTAL FILM ‘Coppola is a virtuoso of image and sound but don’t mistake her delicate touch for weakness. The Beguiled is a hothouse flower of startling power and intimacy. You can’t shake it.’ ROLLING STONE 38 book by phone 01792 60 20 60


Tuesday 10 October 7.30pm

Howards End (PG) Dir: James Ivory UK/Japan/USA 1992 2hrs 22mins Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Merchant Ivory's landmark adaptation of Howards End returns to cinemas in a new 4K restoration. The social and class divisions of Edwardian England are ripped apart as three disparate families collide in E.M. Forster’s classic tale. Nominated for nine Academy Awards®, the film broke new ground for heritage dramas, blending entertainment with sophistication and creating a formula since mirrored in Downton Abbey, The Crown and beyond. Featuring an all-star cast, Howards End remains an exquisite masterpiece, as elegant and moving as ever. ‘a sumptuous piece of heritage prestige cinema …. It looks as handsome and high-minded as ever.’ ★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

Wednesday 11 October 7.30pm

Land of Mine (15) Dir: Martin Zandvliet Denmark/Germany 2015 1hr 50mins Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman English & German/Danish with subtitles The year is 1945 and, responding to a British military decision, the Danish government has forcibly deployed 2000 German prisoners of war to the western coast of Denmark to begin the arduous and wildly dangerous task of clearing 1.5 million landmines from the beaches by hand. The work is undertaken under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film 2017 Oscars ‘The film works as a moving anti-war essay and as a gripping thriller.’ HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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Monday 16 October 7.30pm

The Limehouse Golem (15) Dir: Juan Carlos Medina UK 2016 1hr 49mins Olivia Cooke, Eddie Marsan, Bill Nighy London is gripped with fear as a serial killer dubbed The Limehouse Golem - is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in his victim’s blood. With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare - a seasoned detective with a troubled past and a sneaking suspicion he’s being set up to fail. Faced with a long list of suspects, Kildare must get help from a witness who has legal troubles of her own, so he can stop the murders and bring the killer to justice. ‘this unlikely feminist Jack the Ripper-esque thriller cleverly unpicks late-Victorian London’s social strictures.’ THE GUARDIAN

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Tuesday 17 October 7.30pm

Back to Burgundy (15) Dir: Cédric Klapisch France 2017 1hr 53mins with subtitles Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil, Jean-Marc Roulot The film tells the story of Jean, who returns to Bourgogne after ten years away, called back by his winegrower father, who is on his deathbed. After he passes away, Jean, his brother and his sister decide to take over the family business. As the seasons go by, governing the pace of the vineyard and the various stages of the winemaking process, they ask themselves the question of how to protect the estate. ‘gorgeous landscapes showcased in everything from time-lapse photography to overhead shots, drone footage and seasonal side-by-side split-screen.’ HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Wednesday 18 October 7.30pm

Logan Lucky (12A) Dir: Steven Soderbergh 2017 1hr 59mins Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Katie Holmes West Virginia miner Jimmy Logan loses his job. In desperation, he enlists his brother Clyde to plan a robbery on the Coca-Cola 600, one of the biggest NASCAR motor races of the year. ‘Steven Soderbergh’s first feature film in four years is a low-down, high-spirited redneck heist yarn.’ VARIETY

‘a comic thriller brimming with energy and wit.’ THE GUARDIAN

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Monday 23 October 5pm

Liyana (cert tbc) Dir: Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp Swaziland/Qatar/USA 2017 with subtitles Documentary A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. This beautiful documentary and animated fiction hybrid tale is born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in Swaziland who collaborate to tell a story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character’s journey is interwoven with poetic and observational documentary scenes to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling. Suitable for ages 10+. Winner Best Documentary at LA Film Festival ‘Gorgeous. Unlike any documentary you have seen before.’ ENTERTAINMENT ‘A lyrical work that is as bright and captivating as it is poignant’ HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Monday 23 October 7.30pm

Difret (12) Dir: Zeresenay Mehari Ethiopia/USA 2014 1hr 39mins with subtitles Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Abel Abebe This award-winning drama is based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a clash between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights. When 14-year-old Hirut is abducted in her rural village’s tradition of kidnapping women for marriage, she fights back, accidentally killing her captor and intended husband. Local law demands a death sentence for Hirut, but Meaza, a tough and passionate lawyer steps in to fight for her. With Hirut’s life at stake, they must make their case for self-defence against one of Ethiopia’s oldest and most deeply-rooted traditions. Winner Audience Award - Sundance Film Festival ‘An important story, told with commitment.’ TIME OUT 42 book by phone 01792 60 20 60


Tuesday 24 & Wednesday 25 October 4.30pm & 7.30pm

Victoria and Abdul (PG) Dir: Stephen Frears UK/USA 2017 1hr 52mins Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Olivia Williams, Michael Gambon The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim , a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

Friday 27 October 7.30pm

She, A Chinese (18) Dir: Xiaolu Guo UK/France/Germany/China 2009 1hr 43mins Lu Huang, Wei Yi Bo, Geoffrey Hutchings Mandarin/English Xiaolu Guo's award winning 2009 adaptation of her own novel centres around Mei, a young woman who leads a monotonous life in her hometown in China. Her restless nature brings her to England, discovering that "the west" is just as tough as the place she left. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the film's director. Contains scenes of a sexual nature. SPECIAL OFFER - Book also to attend Xiaolu Guo's Centenary Lecture, Once Upon a Time in the East, at the Great Hall on Thursday 26 October, and receive a 20% discount on the combined ticket price. follow us

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Monday 30 October 7.30pm

Wind River (15) Dir: Taylor Sheridan USA/Canada/UK 2017 1hr 47mins Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Kelsey Asbille, Julia Jones Fish and Wildlife agent Cory Lambert discovers a body in the rugged wilderness of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The FBI sends in rookie agent Jane Banner, but she’s unprepared for the difficulties created by the oppressive weather and isolation of the Wyoming winter. When she employs Cory as a tracker, the two venture deep into a world ravaged by violence and the elements, where the rule of law is eclipsed by the laws of nature. ‘this near-masterpiece of mood and character study stands on its own as one of the very best movies I’ve seen this decade.’ CHICAGO SUN TIMES

Tuesday 31 October 7.30pm

The Endless Winter II; Surfing Europe (cert tbc) Dir: Matt Crocker, James Dean UK 2017 1hr 34mins Documentary Mitch Corbett, Mark Harris Europe is, and always has been a travelling surfers dream. Wildly diverse coastlines, curiously “other” cultures and perfect waves: a beguiling mix for those hardy souls who first explored the Old World for surf and adventure. What transpired was an annual winter pilgrimage, from the bitter North to the sunlit South. A quest for perfect waves and life changing experiences in the most culturally diverse continent on the planet. 50 years on, we join a new generation of European surfers as they trace the steps of the pioneering few who first tackled Europe’s waves and sculpted its extraordinary surf scene. 44 book by phone 01792 60 20 60


Monday 13 November 7.30pm

Detroit (15) Dir: Kathryn Bigelow USA 2017 2hrs 23mins John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest race riots in United States history. The story is centred around the Algiers Motel incident, which occurred in Detroit, Michigan on July 25, 1967, during the racially charged 12th Street Riot. It involves the death of three black men and the brutal beatings of nine other people: seven black men and two white women. ‘A drama as powerful as it is timely.’ VARIETY ‘Tense, excruciating and entirely necessary.’ LOS ANGELES TIMES

Monday 20 November 4.30pm & 7.30pm

Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG) Dir: Simon Curtis UK 2017 1hr 47mins Margot Robbie, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Macdonald A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

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Tuesday 21 November 7.30pm

Mother! (18) Dir: Darren Aronofsky USA 2017 1hr 55mins Jennifer Lawrence, Xavier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.

Wednesday 22 November 7.30pm

Blood Simple (15) Dir: Joel Coen USA 1984 1hr 39mins John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh Visser is an unscrupulous private eye hired by Texas bar owner Marty to murder Marty’s faithless wife Abby and her lover. But Visser makes some slight modifications of the original plan so that it better serves his own best interests. After a surprise double-cross and the murder of one of the important players, matters spiral out of control, and the plot gyrates through a complicated string of darkly humorous events. ‘a dazzling comedie noire, a dynamic, virtuoso display by a couple of talented fledgling filmmakers who give the conventions of the genre such a thorough workout that the result is a movie that’s fresh and exhilarating.’ LOS ANGELES TIMES 46 book by phone 01792 60 20 60


Monday 27 November 5pm & 7.30pm

The Party (cert tbc) Dir: Sally Potter UK 2017 1hr 11mins Timothy Spall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson A comedy wrapped around a tragedy. It starts as a celebration and ends with blood on the floor. ‘A deliciously heightened, caviar-black comedy that sets up its brittle, bourgeois characters like bowling pins and gleefully knocks them down in 71 minutes flat.’ VARIETY ‘a short, sharp, funny shock of a movie; a theatrical drawing-room comedy which plays out in real time with elegance and dispatch.’ THE GUARDIAN

Tuesday 28 November 7.30pm

The Midwife/ Sage femme (12A) Dir: Martin Provost France 2017 1hr 57mins with subtitles Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, Olivier Gourmet A bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire, a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Béatrice, the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire’s late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that brought them together in this sharp character study. ‘Delight is appropriate throughout.’ WALL STREET JOURNAL

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Monday 4 December 7.30pm

Blade Runner 2049 (cert tbc) Dir: Denis Villeneuve UK/USA/Canada 2017 Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Monday 11 December 7.30pm

Hotel Salvation (PG) Dir: Shubhashish Bhutiani India 2016 1hr 39mins Hindi with subtitles Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni This gentle and tender Indian comedy follows the ordeal of an over-worked modern son forced to accompany his 77 year old father, who is in search of salvation, to the holy city of Varanasi. Father and son, belatedly, come to know each other, both in the confines of their cramped hotel room and the teaming streets of the awe-inspiring city. The multi-award winning film marks the debut of Shubhashish Bhutiani, one of an exciting new wave of young Indian filmmakers. ‘Pulsating, Soulful, Lively tale, of Death. Rarely has any film about death been so lively, so pulsating, so soulful.’ FILMFESTIVALS.COM 48 book by phone 01792 60 20 60


Tuesday 12 December 7.30pm

Caravaggio (15) Dir: Derek Jarman UK 1986 1hr 33mins Nigel Terry, Sean Bean, Tilda Swinton, Nigel Davenport This fictional portrait of Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio follows the painter as he wanders the streets, often using prostitutes and homeless people as models for his work, which was lauded in his own time. Involved with two very different lovers, Ranuccio and Lena, Caravaggio leads a troubled life in spite of his relative success, with his reckless behavior steering him towards an early grave. ‘there’s a genuine, haunting power to Jarman’s film.’ THE GUARDIAN

Wednesday 13 December 7.30pm

The Death of Stalin (15) Dir: Armando Iannucci France/UK 2017 1hr 47mins Jason Isaacs, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Jeffery Tambor, Andrea Riseborough A satirical comedy about the Soviet dictator’s last days. Based on the graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, the film chronicles how Joseph Stalin’s stroke in 1953 threw the USSR into chaos and inspired a mad power grab among his top advisers.

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Monday 18 December 7.30pm

Menashe (U) Dir: Joshua Z Weinstein USA 2017 1hr 22mins English & Yiddish with subtitles Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz, Ruben Niborski Deep in the heart of New York’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe a kind, hapless grocery shop clerk struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven, following his wife Leah’s death. Tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven’s strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Though Menashe seems to fail at every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before Leah’s memorial. It’s his chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood, and restore respect among his doubters. Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 December 4.30pm & 7.30pm

Murder on the Orient Express (cert tbc) Dir: Kenneth Branagh Malta/USA 2017 Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz Agatha Christie’s novel, published in 1934, is considered one of the most ingenious stories ever devised. The novel revolves around a murder of an American tycoon on board the famous train. Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must solve the case, but there are a number of passengers who could potentially be the murderer. Everyone’s a suspect as Poirot interrogates all the passengers and searches for clues before the killer can strike again.

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Swansea University Singleton Campus

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Book at your convenience with our online booking system. www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk Send booking details. Please add £1 if you would like your tickets posted. Cheques made payable to: Swansea University. For events at Taliesin, send to: Taliesin Arts Centre, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PZ For events at The Great Hall, send to: The Great Hall, Bay Campus, Fabian Way, Swansea SA1 8EN Booking for Taliesin Arts Centre on 01792 602060 Booking for The Great Hall on 01792 604900 / 604999.

Gift cards are available at the Box Office for all Taliesin events and Gallery purchases.

Opening Hours

Parking There is limited free parking plus a Pay and Display car park nearby for cultural events at Swansea University’s Bay Campus. There is free parking on evenings and weekends for cultural events at Taliesin Arts Centre, Singleton Campus.

Facilities for customers with disabilities Please inform the box office staff if you have any particular requirements and we will be happy to help.

Taliesin Box Office is open Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm Saturday: 10am-1pm & 1.30pm-4pm and on performance evenings until 15 minutes after the performance begins. Great Hall Box Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm and from 2 hours prior to a performance during evenings and weekends, remaining open until 30 minutes after performance begins.

Refunds Tickets are not refundable. In the event of an emergency, tickets may be exchanged for an alternative event, only if we receive the tickets at least 24hrs before the performance. There is a charge of £1 per ticket for this service.

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October Hydref

November Tachwedd

2 Vernon Watkins – The Strings of Song 5-6 Not About Heroes 12 The Hunting of the Snark 13 Leviathan 21 The World’s Wife

2 Jane Eyre: An Autobiography 2 Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite 4 Doug Scott CBE 14 Santa in Love 7-10 Eye of the Storm 11 Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita 14 Saba Douglas Hamilton 15-16 Shakespeare Schools Festival 17 Lost and Found 23 Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd 30 Aakash Odedra

December Rhagfyr

broadcast events October Hydref

November Tachwedd

December Rhagfyr

8 La bohème (As Live 12A) 19 Hamlet (As Live 12A) 29 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (As Live 12A)

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Coriolanus (As Live 12A)

* Certificates subject to change on streamed events.

Follies (As Live 12A) The Nutcracker (As Live 12A)

cinema

October Hydref 3 4 9 10 11

The Big Sick (15) Lift to the Scaffold (PG) The Beguiled (15) Howards End (PG) Land of Mine (15)

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The Limehouse Golem (15) Back to Burgundy (15) Logan Lucky (12A) Liyana (cert tbc) Difret (12)

24-25 Victoria and Abdul (PG) 27 She, A Chinese (18) 30 Wind River (15) 31 The Endless Winter II; Surfing Europe (cert tbc)

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Mother! (18) Blood Simple (15)

27 The Party (cert tbc) 28 The Midwife/ Sage femme (12A)

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Caravaggio (15) The Death of Stalin (15)

18 Menashe (U) 19-20 Murder on the Orient Express (cert tbc)

November Tachwedd 13 Detroit (15) 20 Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG)

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Blade Runner 2049 (cert tbc) Hotel Salvation (PG)

music & talks (The Great Hall) October Hydref 4 Elin Manahan Thomas and Jeffrey Howard 8 Tim Horton 8 Friends Festival Talk

8 Ll yr ˆ Williams 11 Orpheus Sinfonia / Thomas Carroll

26 Xiaolu Guo: Once Upon a Time in the East

16 The Richard Burton Annual Lecture 19 WNO Orchestra

23 Simon Armitage and Daljit Nagra

November Tachwedd 4 Ensemble Cymru – The Anniversary Tour 11 Stile Antico

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Red Priest

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Front cover: FRI 13 OCT Leviathan

live performances

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