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Month: April 2017

We’re Still Here

National Theatre Wales & Common Wealth   People have forgotten how to say ‘no’. That’s the problem in this country. We are allowed to say ‘no’. Port Talbot steelworks; site of one of the last heavy industries in Wales, and threatened with closure in 2015. The story made headlines around the world, and the Save Our Steel campaign was quick to respond, gathering a momentum that captured the spirit and uncertainty of our times. So what happens when we come together?  What happens when we say ‘no’? In Port Talbot, leaders, workers and unions all said no. These people came together to save their jobs and their community. These are the people behind the headlines and the politics, living and working at the heart of the machine. These are their lives, hopes, fears and dreams and this is their story, told with humour, passion and pride.  Based on interviews with steelworkers, union representatives and the people of Port Talbot, We’re Still Here is a site-specific performance. Dynamically staged in the disused Byass Works, it celebrates the unique spirit of the town. 6 years after The Passion, We’re Still Here marks National Theatre Wales’ return to Port Talbot, in co-production with Common Wealth. Byass Works, Dock Road, Port Talbot15 – 30 September 2017, 7.30pm(except Tuesday 19, 7pm)Matinees – 27 & 30 September, 2pm Tickets£15 / £12.50 (Concessions)£10 LocalHynt scheme applies to all Disabled tickets...

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To the Living Waters – conference

Welsh-speakers will be meeting in Cardiff next week to explore ways of improving ministry through the Welsh language. The two-day event will include a range of speakers from across Wales and workshops focusing on various aspects of church life, including music, evangelism, worship and serving communities. It will take place on May 2-4 in Cardiff Bay and will be led by the Bishop of Bangor, Andy John. Organiser, the Revd Dr Ainsley Griffiths, chaplain at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, says, “The Church in Wales serves communities across our country, from Holyhead to Chepstow, offering ministry to all....

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Kully Thiarai

National Theatre Wales On July 5th 2018, the National Health Service will be 70 years old. The brainchild of Aneurin Bevan, MP for Ebbw Vale, this iconic institution is one of the most influential ideas ever to come out of Wales, and has touched all of our lives in countless ways. With the people of Wales, National Theatre Wales will tell the stories of these 70 years. Working with communities and artists from cities, towns and villages across the whole country, we will unlock and share hidden stories from the seven decades. We’ll discover people’s connections to the Health Service, families and links across the world, as we travel the length and breadth of the country, listening and recording. We’re looking for people and places who can help us mark and celebrate this remarkable moment in our shared history. We’re looking for you. You might be a patient, a practitioner, a researcher, a relative or all of the above. Scroll down to share your experiences with...

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Rachel Trezise

National Theatre Wales & Common Wealth ‘It gives you a funny feeling, right here in your solar plexus, when people come together to speak up for themselves.’ Port Talbot steelworks, one of the last heavy industries in Wales, where generations of steelworkers carry their craft. Standing shoulder to shoulder, sharing their space, stepping up to the plate. These are the leaders, workers, fathers and sons. Marking National Theatre Wales’ return to Port Talbot, along with Common Wealth, We’re Still Here will explore the experiences and stories of the people behind the politically-charged headlines. Byass Works, Dock Road, Port Talbot15 – 30 September 2017, 7.30pm(except Tuesday 19, 7pm)Matinees – 27 & 30 September, 2pm Tickets£15 / £12.50 (Concessions)£10 LocalHynt scheme applies to all Disabled tickets – bookable on 029 2037 1689 Age guidance 14+ Accessible performances Each performance is accessible by wheelchairCaptioning is available at all performances, on an iPadAudio Description will be available at several performances, with dates to be confirmedPlease contact if you have any...

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New Bishop of Llandaff appointed

One of the most senior and experienced church leaders in the UK will be the next Bishop of Llandaff. June Osborne, who has served as Dean of Salisbury for the past 13 years, has been chosen as the 72nd Bishop of Llandaff, a diocese which serves most of Cardiff, the South Wales Valleys and the Vale of Glamorgan. A ground-breaking figure in the Church of England, Dean June was the first female Dean to be appointed to a medieval cathedral, having served as Salisbury Cathedral’s Canon Treasurer for nearly 10 years. She has been active in the national life...

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