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July - September Gorffennaf - Medi 2014 01792 60 20 60

Croeso i’n tymor newydd! Cerddoriaeth Giwbaidd hwyliog, comediwyr penigamp, Fflamenco tanbaid a hwyl i’r teulu, i enwi dim ond rhai o uchafbwyntiau ein tymor newydd. Mae’n bryd i chi dynnu’r sandalau o’r cwpwrdd esgidiau a mynd i Taliesin (cerddediadau gwirion a hancesi clymog yn ddewisol) ar gyfer ychydig o hwyl yr haf! Ac os ydych yn hoffi eich adloniant haf yn al fresco, peidiwch â cholli’r Diwrnodau Dawns yng nghanol y ddinas a’r Ardal Forol - gweler tudalen 4 am fanylion.

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Gallwch archebu ar gyfer y tymor hwn o ddydd Llun 16 Mehefin. PERFFORMIADAU 2-19, SINEMA 20-28, GALERI 29-3, GWYBODAETH ARCHEBU 32-33, DYDDIADUR 34 Swyddfa Docynnau: 01792 602060 Gweinyddiaeth: 01792 295238 Marchnata: 01792 295438/602429





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Bright and breezy Cuban music, comedy legends, fiery Flamenco and family fun are just some of the highlights of our new season. It’s time to dust off your sandals and head to Taliesin (silly walks and knotted hankies are optional) for some Summer fun! And if you like your summer entertainment al fresco, don’t miss Dance Days in the city centre and Maritime Quarter, see page 4 for details. Receive Taliesin News by email. Join our e-list you can also find us on Facebook & Twitter:

PERFORMANCES 2-19, CINEMA 20-28, GALLERY 29-31, INFO 32-33, DIARY 34 Box Office: 01792 602060 Admin: 01792 295238 Marketing: 01792 295438/602429 BOOK ONLINE Find the BOOK NOW button on our website. Avoid the queue when the new season opens on Monday 16 June. NT Live, RSC Live & Monty Python screenings on sale now! Simply log on or scan this code with your smartphone to book your tickets with ease.

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Friday 4 July 7.30pm

Tradicional Cubano Jose Zalba-Smith flutes, Juan Carlos Arenas cuatro guitar Paul Trippett double bass, Zands Duggan percussion Guests: Javier Zalba flute/clarinet/saxophones Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian voice James Clark piano Javier Zalba, former member of the Buena Vista Social Club Orchestra and his son Jose Zalba-Smith join forces for this unmissable evening of Cuban traditional music. Let the band transport you to the Cuba of times gone by. This is a rare opportunity to hear father and son perform together with this unique ensemble. Completing the group and bringing their own distinctive edge to the evening are special guests, singer Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian and pianist James Clark. Deeply rooted in Cuban traditional music from the 1930’s and 40’s, Tradicional Cubano gets right to the heart of Cuban music, with fantastic results. Don’t miss this opportunity to see them in Swansea. £14/ Concessions £12


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Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 July 11am – 4.30pm

Dance Days Dance Days returns to Swansea’s streets this summer for another free weekend of dance, joining an international network of urban dance festivals, alongside cities such as Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Manchester and London. Contemporary, street, parkour and circus skills combine in Swansea’s annual festival which celebrates dance from all around the UK. You’ll have to get up early to catch daring parkour and circus skills from Market Stall and look out for the Immaculate Men who break dance their way through the city, cleaning up the streets. Alice and the Hatter prepare for an action-packed tea party whilst our glamorous housewives tackle some rather unruly flora and fauna in Topiary Trauma. And there is a new store in town… Festival regulars County Youth Dance Company and Douglas Comley are joined by GDance in collaboration with Ballet Cymru – a collective of disabled and non-disabled dancers, and local community performers who take you on a breathtaking journey around the National Waterfront Museum. This year you can also enjoy an amazing 360 degree cinema experience of cutting edge dance in the Dance Dome. For more details of this, and so much more, visit Free event

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Sunday 20 & Saturday 26 July 7pm

Monty Python Live (mostly) (12A) Screened from the O2 arena For the first time in more than three decades, comedy legends Monty Python will perform live on stage together this year. Broadcast from London’s O2 Arena, Monty Python Live (mostly) will play at Taliesin for two nights only this July. At a combined age of just 358, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will once again perform some of their greatest hits, with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists. Monty Python are rightfully regarded as among the world’s finest-ever comedians. They influenced a generation and revolutionised comedy. Their eagerly awaited reunion promises to be among the biggest live events of 2014. £13/ Concessions £11


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Wednesday 23 July 4.30pm

Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company presents

The Little Red Hen “Who will help me plant these grains of wheat?” “Not I” said the Pig. “Not I” said the Rat. “Not I” said the Cow. “Fair enough,” said the Little Red Hen, “I’ll do it myself!” An early learning classic for ages 3 -7 and parents too. Running time 60 minutes Making bread is hard work, but it would be a lot easier if the lazy farm yard animals got off their reclining sofas and lent a hand! This ingenious adaptation of the nursery school favourite features a host of animal puppets, sing-along songs and madcap comic routines. It’s a real treat for the whole family with no scary bits whatsoever! £7.50/ Family £27

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Thursday 24 July 7.30pm

Musafir, Gypsies of Rajasthan Hameed Khan “Kawa”, the creator and artistic director of Musafir belongs to the tradition of the travelling musician. His father and forefathers were musicians, exponents of both folk and classical Indian music. Hameed, a master tabla player, left his native Jaipur to travel through the world, settling in France where he has been living since 1984. In time, Hameed wanted to continue his journey with artists from his own tradition: musicians, dancers, fakirs from Rajasthan. From this ambition, Musafir was born. Coming from all corners of this mystical region, the Langas and Manghanyar are renowned wandering poets who sing a wide repertoire of ancient songs from the Thar Desert. These musicians of the court of Maharajas play the sarangi (Indian violin), kartals (castanets) the murchang (Jew’s harp), the harmonium, the dholak (two headed drum) and tabla. Together, they present an ethnic and spiritual music, where Gypsy, Hindu and Muslim cultures come together. A music, sometimes very close to the qawwali of Pakistan, on the other side of the border with the Thar desert, in the style of the great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. £14/ Concessions £12


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Sunday 27 July 7pm

NT Live Screening

Skylight (12A) Bill Nighy (Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby) feature in the highly anticipated production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry (The Audience), broadcast live from the West End by National Theatre Live. On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant, a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. £13/ Concessions £11

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Community Performances

West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Thursday 31 July 2.30pm & 7.30pm

A Night Out by Harold Pinter Living at home with his widowed, domineering mother, Albert is a meek, hen-pecked fellow for whom the invitation to an office party is a rare and welcome chance for a bit of fun. Last performed by the WGYTC more than 25 years ago, a new generation of the Company returns to Taliesin with this Pinter classic. Saturday 2 August 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Is There Life After High School? by Kindley/Carnella A nostalgic look back at the highs and lows of high school life by a group of graduates meeting again at their school reunion. This heart warming ensemble musical takes a humorous and poignant walk down memory lane and asks ‘Is There Life After High School?’ £10/ Concessions £8 Friday 29 August 7.30pm

Hummadruz Youth Theatre

Holst’s The Planets Following 2013’s tour of Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Hummadruz looks to the heavens and presents a psychedelic, multi-coloured voyage through the Cosmos. Gustav Holst’s astrological take on The Planets has inspired seven stories that will transport you to an underwater kingdom, the elastic planet, through time and beyond our solar system. Performed by a talented group of young people, this major tour is a mix of Ultra-Violet Circus, Dance, Theatre and Illusion. Featuring the Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra recording of The Planets. Suitable for ages 5+. A Hummadruz Youth Theatre and Circus production supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Youth in Action and Cardiff Youth Service. £8/ Concessions £6 8

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Wednesday 3 September 8pm

Ian McMillan with Geraldine Monk and David Annwn

Poetry in Performance Join three of the most talented and entertaining poets writing today for an evening of performance and conversation. Ian McMillan, of Radio 3’s The Verb, is an extraordinary poet known for his verbal gymnastics and comic timing. He is joined by Geraldine Monk, a poet concerned with emotional geography of place, the physicality of words and lurking ghosts, and the wonderfully eclectic David Annwn, whose linguistic inventiveness, verve and humour leave audiences dazzled. “world-class – one of today’s greatest poetry performers” CAROL ANN DUFFY

£5/ Concessions £3.50 A Dylan Thomas Centenary Conference event, organised by CREW, Swansea University. All welcome.

Uplands Arts presents

The Yeomen of the Guard Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th September 2014 Curtain up nightly 7.15pm Tickets £12 (Concession £10 Wednesday only)

Ticket Secretary: Kim Burgess 01792 581162

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Thursday 4 September 7pm

RSC Live Screening

The Two Gentlemen of Verona (12A) Valentine and Proteus are best friends until they fall in love with the same girl. Having travelled to Milan in search of adventure, they both fall for the Duke’s daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart Julia at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia. With friendship forgotten, the rivals’ affections quickly get out of hand as the four young lovers find themselves on a wild chase through the woods, confused by mistaken identity and threatened by fierce outlaws before they find a path to reconciliation. This is the first time in 45 years that The Two Gentlemen of Verona has been performed in full production on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage. £13/ Concessions £11

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Sunday 21 September

Sunday 28 September

Friday 5 September 7.30pm

Chelsea Dreaming D.J. Britton An acclaimed evening of music and drama from the writer of the Taliesin hit The Wizard, the Goat and the Man Who Won the War. Since its opening in 1884, New York’s Chelsea Hotel on West 23rd Street has been a magnet for hell-raisers, artists and writers. From Mark Twain to Arthur C.Clarke, from Edith Piaf to Joni Mitchell, from Bob Dylan to Sid Vicious, they all stayed at The Chelsea Hotel. It was here, in November 1953, that Dylan Thomas spent his last conscious moments. In this unique live performance of his acclaimed BBC radio sound work, D.J.Britton combines with composer Paula Gardiner to conjure a cool and questing duel between Dylan and the voice of the Chelsea itself. An ensemble of top Welsh actors and superb jazz musicians blend the poet’s comic and sad imaginings with the acid observations of a hotel who has seen it all before. “Brilliant” THE GUARDIAN.

£12/ Concessions £10 A Dylan Thomas Centenary Conference event, organised by CREW, Swansea University. All welcome.

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Saturday 6 September 7pm

NTLive Screening

Medea (12A) Euripides Terrible things breed in broken hearts. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear. Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) takes the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell. Music by Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp). £13/ Concessions £11

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Saturday 13 September 7.30pm

The Life of Bessie Smith Sarah Gillespie vocals/guitar Kit Downes piano Ben Bastin bass Enzo Zirilli drums Having premiered her new project at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, British-American singer songwriter Sarah Gillespie brings The Life of Bessie Smith to Taliesin. The show features Gillespie singing a cappela blues before joining her band on stage for a trip through Bessie Smith’s cannon of classic songs chronicling a life of gin-soaked bar room brawls, renegade lovers and bawdy nights of Harlem vaudeville. “Gillespie’s realism, passionate energy, wry wit and insight into the personal and social challenges Smith faced in the 1920s and 30s make her an appropriate torchbearer for the legendary singer’s legacy.” THE GUARDIAN

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Thursday 18 September 7.30pm


Downtown Paradise Mark Jenkins Downtown Paradise is a bold new drama, based on a true story. The play recalls how Rachel Bloom, a radical Jewish lawyer, falls for her imprisoned Black Panther client. A fascinating, engaging, and darkly humorous two-hander, starring Clare Cage and Sule Rimi. Writer Mark Jenkins is best known for Playing Burton, a one-man show based on the life of Richard Burton. The play has been translated into several languages and continues to be performed throughout the world. A film version was screened on Sky Arts earlier this year. “Sule Rimi is remarkably, charismatic as the radical and defiantly imperfect jailbird, Claire Cage all tough tenderness as the cynically idealistic heroine, the writing is slick and convincing and director Michael Kelligan keeps things flowing with great deftness.” OTHNIEL SMITH “A measured and provoking drama, confident in its craftsmanship…a powerhouse of emotion.” EVENING STANDARD

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Friday 19 September 7.30pm

Jaleo Flamenco

A Compás In a scintillating fusion of heartwrenching vocals, explosive footwork and virtuoso guitar playing, Jaleo returns to Britain with this new stage show A Compás, brimming over with the intoxicating rhythms, palpable energy and joie de vivre which has become synonymous with the company. A Compás (In Rhythm) charts an evocative musical journey through the diverse flamenco regions of Andalusia in which some of Spain´s finest awardwinning artists combine their talents in a mesmerising tour de force to produce a unique spectacle of universal appeal which encapsulates the very essence of flamenco. £16/ Concessions £15

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Forthcoming Events Thursday 2nd October 7.30pm

Friday 3 October 7.30pm

The Power of Compassion

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Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery The Power of Compassion is a dramatic, entertaining and enlightening performance of the majestic masked dances and the sacred chant from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery - one of the most important of Tibet’s teaching monasteries. The monks, from their re-established monastery in exile in South India, present a taste of the culture of Tibet, and of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in particular. The monastery was founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447 and is renowned for its scholarship in Mahayana Buddhist Philosophy and the Tantric tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The traditional chants heard in this performance are shortened versions of the prayers used in the Monastery from day to day. £14/ Concessions £12

Adventures in the Skin Trade Dylan Thomas’ gloriously surreal coming-of-age story and unfinished novel is given new life by acclaimed writer, Lucy Gough (Hollyoaks, Wuthering Heights) in a special production for the centenary. Samuel Bennett leaves his home in South Wales to pursue a career in London. He sets out with an attitude of reckless, nihilistic purpose but encounters a nightmarish city. A room full of furniture, an assortment of bizarre characters and an embarrassing first sexual experience in a cold bath. Join Samuel as he meanders through this dreamlike world, all with a beer bottle stuck soundly on his little finger. Suitable for ages 14+ £12/ Concessions £10

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Sunday 12 October 7.30pm

Monday 13 - Saturday 18 October 7.30pm

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Afrovibes Festival

Juan Martín & Chaparro de Málaga Juan and Chaparro both come out of the Málaga tradition of flamenco and bring a pure, powerful and poetic art of today to their duo. Juan is a world renowned guitarist who was voted into the top flamenco guitarists in the world and Chaparro is a prize winning guitarist from Málaga who has toured widely accompanying famous flamenco singers. £16/ Concessions £15 for under 25s

Afrovibes is a festival of music, theatre and dance celebrating twenty years of democracy in South Africa. In Swansea, Afrovibes will include The Soil, Rainbow Scars, Biko’s Quest and 7 Pillars. Biko’s Quest uses dance, music and text to tell the story of Steve Biko. It is a reflection on our humanity that reaches far beyond the racial context. In Rainbow Scars, one of South Africa’s most brilliantly incisive playwrights, confronts the question of racial identity head on, probing the universal issue of adoption. The Soil is an award-winning three-member a cappella group coming to Swansea direct from the Apollo in Harlem. 7 Pillars is a UK/SA collaboration, marking years of democracy in South Africa. During the festival, our bar will be transformed into a township cafe. Come and join the celebration. See our website for details

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The Two Faces of January (12A)

CINEMA TICKET PRICES £6.75, under 18’s £5, all other available concessions £5.30 SCREENINGS START AT 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. Booking for the new season opens on Monday 16 June. WOW Festival films are now on sale.

Deaf and hard of hearing and blind and visually impaired people can enjoy the magic of cinema at Taliesin, please contact box office or visit our website for details of confirmed subtitled and audio described screenings. 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 Visit our website for updates on certificates & running times. 18 book by phone 01792 60 20 60

Monday 30 June & Tuesday 1 July

The Two Faces of January (12A) Dir: Hossein Amini UK/USA/France 2014 1hr 36mins Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac Based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr Ripley) The Two Faces of January is a tense and dangerous battle of wits, set in 1960s Athens. “An elegantly pleasurable period thriller” DAILY TELEGRAPH

Thursday 3 July

Locke (15) Dir: Steven Knight UK/USA 2013 1hr 25mins Tom Hardy, Olivia Coleman, Ruth Wilson Ivan Locke has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, Locke is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life. A unique cinematic experience of a man fighting to salvage all that is important to him.

Monday 7 July

A Thousand Times Goodnight (15) Dir: Erik Poppe Norway/Ireland/Sweden 2013 1hr 57mins English/Norwegian with English subtitles Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Chloë Annett A Thousand Times Goodnight examines the choice between family and career when that career represents work of real social importance. On assignment photographing a female suicide bomber group, Rebecca gets too close and is badly hurt in an explosion. Back home, another bomb drops. Her loved ones can no longer bear the thought of her dying on assignment in some faraway land. She is given an ultimatum: choose your work or your family. Inspired by the director’s own experiences as a war photographer. “Binoche is marvellous throughout” DAILY MAIL

“This supremely gripping one-man drama is a perfect vehicle for Tom Hardy’s pent-up brilliance” THE GUARDIAN

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Tuesday 8 July

Wednesday 9 July

Frank (15)

American Interior (12A)

Dir: Lenny Abrahamson UK/Ireland 2014 1hr 35mins Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Dir: Gruff Rhys UK 2014 1hr 32mins English/Welsh with English subtitles Gruff Rhys, Matthew Batten, Cory Spotted Bear, Keith Bear

Inspired by the life of Chris Sievey (aka Frank Sidebottom) Frank is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank and his terrifying sidekick, Clara. Frank’s uniqueness lies in the fact that he makes music purely for the joy of creating…and because he wears a giant fake head.

Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) documents his latest musical road trip, retracing the fantastical adventure of his 18th Century relative, the explorer John Evans. In search of a lost tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans, John Evans left Wales for America in 1792 with only a $1.75 in his pocket. Alone and without a horse, he walked into the wilderness of the Great Plains and reappeared 7 years later having changed the shape of American history.

Frank possesses such creative audacity and thought-provoking observations, propelled by a barrage of wit, performance, and song, that audiences and critics alike have described it as something completely original. “Frank manages to get beneath the mask and the skin of its eponymous antihero in a manner that bridges the gap between absurdist laughter and all-tootender tears.” THE OBSERVER

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Fiction, fact, fantasy, myth and music documentary collide as Rhys uncovers Evans’ legacy to the American people, the true circumstances of his death, and his final resting place. “It’s impossible not to warm to Gruff’s passion for uncharted corners of Welsh culture.” TOTAL FILM

Monday 21 July

Before the Winter Chill (15) Dir: Philippe Claudel France/Luxemburg 2013 1hr 43mins French with English subtitles Daniel Auteuil, Kristen Scott-Thomas, Leila Bekhti A psychological thriller. Lucie believes that her neurosurgeon husband of thirty years, Paul is having an affair. When Paul starts receiving gifts and flowers Lucie begins to suspect Lou, a waitress from their local cafe, is the other woman. As the conflict between husband and wife drives Paul further away from Lucie and closer to Lou, he spends more and more time with a woman he knows little about. The masks begin to fall: is everyone really what they pretend to be? Is there still time to dare to reveal unspoken stories and secrets? “handsomely mounted and consistently well-played” THE OBSERVER

Tuesday 22 July

The Wind Rises (PG) Dir: Hayao Miyazaki Japan 2013 2hrs 6mins Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci Miyazaki’s final film is an epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.

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Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful aeroplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, he joins the aircraft division of a Japanese engineering company. Jiro’s genius is soon recognized, and he becomes one of the world’s most accomplished aeroplane designers. The film chronicles his life, depicting key historical events that deeply affect him, including the Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. He meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. A tremendous innovator, Jiro leads the aviation world into the future. Beautifully drawn and deeply moving.

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“A rich treat for the eye and soul alike.” THE OBSERVER


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Wednesday 23 July

Fading Gigolo (15) Dir: John Turturro USA 2013 1hr 30mins John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Vanessa Paradis Florist Fioravante decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way of making money to help his cash-strapped friend, Murray. With Murray acting as his “manager”, the duo quickly find themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money. An easy blend of offbeat humour and observational drama, Turturro and Allen’s odd couple pairing makes for an enjoyable comedy. “Artful, insightful and at times very, very funny,” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Monday 28 July

Jimmy’s Hall (12A) Dir: Ken Loach UK/Ireland/France 2014 1hr 49mins Barry Ward, Simone Kirby, Andrew Scott In 1921, Jimmy’s sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in County Leitrim, Ireland, where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. Jimmy’s Hall celebrates the spirit of these free-thinkers. Ken Loach’s period-drama tells the true story of political activist Jimmy Gralton, who became the only Irishman ever to be deported from Ireland. The film is set in 1932 and follows events when Jimmy returned from a decade in New York and re-opened the hall. Rumoured to be Loach’s final feature film, Jimmy’s Hall tells the story of a man prepared to stand up to the police, the government and the church to fight for his beliefs. 22 book by phone 01792 60 20 60

Tuesday 29 July

Beyond the Edge 3D (PG) Dir: Leanne Pooley New Zealand 2013 1hr 30mins Chad Moffitt, Sonam Sherpa, John Wraight In 1953, the ascent of Everest remained the last of Earth’s great challenges. Faced with treacherous winds, subzero temperatures and battling altitude sickness, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay finally achieved the impossible and became the first men to stand atop Everest. It was an event that stunned the world and defined an era. For the first time ever, their story will be brought to life on the big screen, relived using both original colour footage and photographs and dramatised recreations of the assault in stunning 3D. Monday 1 September

In Secret (15) Dir: Charlie Stratton USA 2013 1hr 47mins Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange, Oscar Isaac Based on Émile Zola’s controversial novel Thérèse Raquin, In Secret tells the tale of the ill-fated romance between a 19th-century Parisienne and her ailing husband’s dashing best friend. When domineering Madame Raquin forces her niece Therese to marry her sickly cousin Camille, the dejected young woman gets drawn into a scandalous affair with Camille’s handsome friend Laurent that results in a murder. “Sensitive performances from a willing cast bring Zola’s novel to life on the big screen.” EMPIRE book online 23

Tuesday 2 September

Grace of Monaco (PG) Dir: Olivier Dahan France/USA/Belgium/Italy 2014 1hr 43mins English/ French with English subtitles Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Derek Jacobi A film about legendary Oscar-winning actressturned-princess Grace Kelly. From the director of the Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose. LIVE STREAM REMINDERS

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Monday 8 & Tuesday 9 September

Jersey Boys (15) Dir: Clint Eastwood USA 2014 2hrs 14mins Christopher Walken, John-Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the Four Seasons - the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the centre of the group, with a special focus on frontman Frankie Valli, the small kid with the big falsetto.

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Tuesday 16 September

Belle (12A) Dir: Amma Asante UK 2013 1hr 44mins Gugu Mbatha-Row, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson

Monday 15 September

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet 3D (12A) Dir: Jean-Pierre Jeunet France/Canada 2013 1hr 45mins Helena Bonham-Carter, Kyle Catlett, Dominique Pinon A sumptuous, tender-hearted film in which a small boy goes on a fantastic journey across the US. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s (Delicatessen, Amelie) homage to youth and the wonders of science boasts his recognisably quirky touches and gives us an ode to childhood, science, family and ultimately humanity itself.

Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

T.S., a 10 year-old prodigy with a passion for cartography and scientific inventions, lives on a ranch with his beetle-loving mother, his cowboy father and his 14 year-old Miss America obsessed sister. One day, he receives a call from the Smithsonian telling him that he is the winner of the prestigious Baird prize and inviting him to a reception in his honour where he is expected to give a speech. Without telling anyone, he sets out on a fantastic journey to reach Washington, D.C.

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Monday 22 September

Chinese Puzzle/ Casse-tête Chinois (15) Dir: Cédric Klapisch France/USA/Belgium 2013 1hr 57mins English/French with English subtitles Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou Xavier follows his English ex-wife Wendy to New York to be near their kids and tries to carve out a place for himself amidst the cheerful chaos of Chinatown. Separation, stepfamilies, gay parents, immigration, working under the table, globalization: Xavier’s life is like a Chinese puzzle. But although it lacks cohesion and calm – just like New York – it does provide a rich source of material for his writing. Wednesday 17 September

Devil’s Knot (15) Dir: Atom Egoyan USA 2013 1hr 54mins Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Stephen Moyer This gripping film is based on the true story of the murder of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas and the murder trial that shocked the US. In the rush to find and convict the killers, police focus on a trio of teenagers suspected of devil worship. As the mother of one of the boys tries to come to grips with this unspeakable tragedy, she is desperate to believe that the killers have been found and will be brought to justice. When an investigator reveals that the evidence doesn’t add up, the community is forced to face the reality that the true killer might still be at large.

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Chinese Puzzle is a dazzling and masterful French comedy, featuring stellar performances from France’s most beloved acting combo. “Two hours whiz by decoratively and entertainingly” VARIETY

Monday 29 September

Chef (15) Dir: Jon Favreau USA 2013 1hr 55mins Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jnr, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman When chef Carl Casper suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant, he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife, his friend and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen and zest for life and love. “Like the best meals and movies, this irresistible concoction feels good for the soul.” ROLLING STONE


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Tuesday 30 September

Tracks (12A) Dir: John Curran Australia 2013 1hr 52mins Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver From the producers of The King’s Speech. Tracks tells the remarkable true story of Robyn Davidson, a young woman who leaves her life in the city to make a solo trek through almost 2,000 miles of sprawling Australian desert. Accompanied by only her dog and four unpredictable camels, she sets off on a lifechanging journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she meets National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan who offers to fund the project in exchange for the opportunity to photograph her voyage. “Stirring and beautifully shot” THE INDEPENDENT book online 27

Wednesday 1 October

Believe (PG) Dir: David Scheinmann UK 2014 1hr 36mins Brian Cox, Toby Stephens, Jack Smith Manchester, 1984 - legendary football manager Sir Matt Busby, restless in the twilight of his life, discovers a young tearaway lad on the streets of Manchester with an extraordinary talent for football. So begins the thrilling adventure as Matt Busby comes out of retirement for one last coaching challenge, to transform this young lad and a group of scallywags into a dream team to compete for the upcoming Manchester Junior Football League Cup. A funny and touching family film, Believe tells the story of how Matt continues to inspire generations of dreamers and leaving the world’s greatest football team as his legacy.



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restaurant-rooms-relaxation Open for morning coffee, lunch and dinner 2 course lunch £20 3 course lunch £25 (Fairyhill classics menu also available)

Afternoon tea from £12.50 Dinner from £35 for two courses

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Friday 27th June - Saturday 9th August

Friday 15 August - Saturday 20 September

Summer Show

Itchy Fingers

Continuing our Dylan Thomas centenary celebrations, Ceri Richards Gallery’s Summer Show features artistic responses to Dylan’s poetry; its symbolism and metaphors, as well as interpretations of places, both real and imaginary, so recognisable in Dylan Thomas’ writing. The exhibition includes works by Michael Freeman, Annie Giles Hobbs, Daphne Hurn, Phillip Jacobs, Kathryn le Grice and Adrian Paul Metcalfe.

In an exploration of Dylan Thomas’ life, loves, poetry and prose, textiles artists have used print, appliqué and embroidery, working with recycled fabric, paint and wire, to create a diverse portrayal of a complex man. Central to the exhibition is a 3D group project depicting Thomas’ fictional fishing village of Llareggub, crowned with the imposing house of Mrs Ogmore-Pritchard at the top of the town.

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Friday 26 September - Saturday 1 November

Sir Peter Blake

Simon Dark

Under Milk Wood has long echoed in the imagination of Sir Peter Blake, culminating in a richly detailed sequence of watercolours, pencil portraits and collages. From this are presented limited edition prints from the founding father of British Pop Art.

Simon is proud to be from the same small city as Dylan Thomas, who, through his American bar room discussions impacted on the early Beat Generation movement. Simon’s work depicts writers, poets and artists from that cultural movement.

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Ceri Richards Gallery hosts a wide range of exhibitions throughout the year from renowned Wales-based to international recognised artists. We showcase a range of works including paintings, ceramics, textiles, photography and glasswork. The gallery can offer commissioned work by a variety of artists for that unique gift idea. The gallery gift shop also stocks a much revered range of gifts to suit all tastes. Arts Council of Wales Collectorplan offers interest free credit (subject to status) on fine art and designer craft purchases from ÂŁ50 - ÂŁ2,000. The gallery space is an ideal setting to host evening events from wine tasting to group socials. Please contact the Gallery Manager for more details. Visit the Ceri Richards Gallery today. Free parking on evenings and weekends. Artists & crafts people interested in selling or exhibiting their work, please contact the gallery manager.

Swansea University Campus Pedestrian access

Public Parking (for evenings and weekends) Wheelchair Accessible Parking Pay & Display Cycle stand


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Efallai na roddir mynediad i hwyr ddyfodiaid Llogi Taliesin Mae Taliesin yn cynnig amrywiaeth o gyfleusterau gwych ar gyfer cynadleddau a defnydd preifat o bob math. I gael gwybodaeth am brisiau, neu i drafod dyddiadau posibl a sut i logi’r ganolfan, cysylltwch â Sybil Crouch, 01792 295491

Cyfleusterau i bobl ag anghenion arbennig Rhowch wybod i staff y swyddfa docynnau os oes gennych unrhyw ofynion penodol a byddwn yn barod i’ch helpu. Mae’r Ganolfan yn rhoi pwyslais ar sicrhau mynediad i bawb:

Mae’r llyfryn tymhorol ar gael mewn print bras, braille neu ar dâp sain (ar gais).

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Plant/digwyddiadau oed penodol Rhaid i blant dan 12 oed fod yng nghwmni oedolyn. Mae gan ein staff sydd ar ddyletswydd yr hawl i wrthod mynediad i blant heb oedolyn os credant fod y digwyddiad yn anaddas iddynt. 32 book by phone 01792 60 20 60

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Information Book online Book at your convenience with our new online booking system. Simply click the ‘Book now’ button on our website.

Booking by post Send us the details of how many tickets you require, for which event (name, date and time) and if you receive any discounts. Please add 70p to the total amount if you would like us to post your tickets to you. Cheques made payable to: Swansea University. Send to: Taliesin Arts Centre, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PZ

Booking by phone 01792 602060 We accept all major debit & credit cards. We can also post your tickets to you for an extra 70p.

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Children/certificated events

Our Box Office is open Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm Saturday: 10am-1pm & 1.30pm-4pm and on performance evenings until 15 minutes after the performance starts.

Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. Our Duty staff reserve the right to refuse admission to children if deemed inappropriate to the event. For cinema screenings we abide by classification decisions made by the BBFC, and reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone felt to be underage who cannot provide identification to prove otherwise. For further information regarding film certificates:

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. This service does not apply to Private Hires.

Discounts For Under 18s, full-time students, student nurses, Passport to Leisure, pensioners, income support, disability living allowance (carer/personal assistant free). Proof of concession must be shown.


Parties & schools Group bookings of 8 or more seats benefit from a 10% discount on all Taliesin events, (discount may be taken on both full price and concessionary tickets). Special schools prices are often available and school parties may bring one free accompanying teacher for every ten pupils.

Hiring Taliesin Taliesin offers a range of excellent facilities for conferences and private hires of all kinds. For information on price, availability and booking contact Sybil Crouch, 01792 295491

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 has been designed with the emphasis on access for all:

Seasonal brochure available in large print, braille and audio CD on request.

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

Latecomers may not be admitted

Taliesin Arts Centre is owned and managed by Swansea University. Recognised as a Regional Performing Arts Centre by the Arts Council of Wales. Cydnabyddir gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru fel Canolfan Ranbarthol y Celfyddydau Perfformio


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Performances Perfformiadau Tradicional Cubano and friends The Tempest (12A*) Dance Days Monty Python Live (mostly) (12A*) The Little Red Hen Musafir, Gypsies of Rajasthan Skylight (12A*) West Glamorgan Youth Theatre

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West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Hummadruz Youth Theatre Holst’s The Planets Poetry in Performance The Two Gentlemen of Verona (12A*) Chelsea Dreaming Medea (12A*) Sarah Gillespie Downtown Paradise Jaleo Flamenco Macbeth (12A*) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (12A*)

October Hydref 2 3 12 13 - 18

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Locke (15) A Thousand Times Goodnight (15) Frank (15) American Interior (12A) Before the Winter Chill (15) The Wind Rises (PG) Fading Gigolo (15) Jimmy’s Hall (12A) Beyond the Edge 3D (PG)

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30 - 1 The Two Faces of January (12A)

The Power of Compassion Adventures in the Skin Trade 2 Guitarras Malagueñas Afrovibes Festival

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In Secret (15) Grace of Monaco (PG) Jersey Boys (15) The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet 3D (12A) Belle (12A) Chinese Puzzle/Casse-tête Chinois (15) Devil’s Knot (15) Chef (15) Tracks (12A)

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Front cover: 24 July Musafir, Gypsies of Rajasthan, 29 July Beyond the Edge 3D, 12 - 13 July Dance Days, 22 July The Wind Rises

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July Gorffennaf 4 10 12 - 13 20 & 26 23 24 27 31

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The July-September 2014 brochure of events for Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea