Venue: Church Hill Theatre: Studio
¡Bocón!, a fable, tells the story of Miguel who flees a repressive military regime in Central America for Los Angeles. An irrepressible big mouth or bocón, Miguel loses his voice when his parents are taken and begins a metaphorical journey. Along the way he meets up with La Llorona, the legendary Weeping Woman of Mexican and Central American mythology, finds his voice and the courage to cross the border to a new life. Miguel’s story is relevant to immigrant children from all parts of the world … and any child learning the many meanings of finding one’s own voice.
Venue: Summerhall: The Street
YurtaKids! Best children’s and family theatre in a tent. Hop in and discover UnLeashed by ScarlattineTeatro (shortlisted Total Award and Pick of Fringe 2009)! A trip for little ones along waves of music-playing chains, simultaneously captivating and releasing, in a game of metamorphosis, discovery and enchantment. A sea travel exploring a world where chains, chainlets and laces draw circles, snakes and waves on the wood maintop. An adventure with no words, just light, sound and action. To enjoy together and reinvent everything again. A five-sense research on our link with the world and the others.
Venue: Venue 13: Venue 13
In his centenary year 2013, we celebrate this often overlooked Welsh Victorian scientist, who’s curiosity as to why there are so many different varieties of species, was ignited during his formative years in Usk and Neath, and would later find the answer to the mystery of all mysteries. His findings would compel Darwin to publish his seminal work On the Origin of Species. The play takes us through his life as a young boy growing up in Wales to embarking on epic adventures in the Amazon and Malay Archipelago, where he discovers the theory of evolution.
An exploration of how witches and witchcraft have been depicted by artists over the past 500 years, including works by Dürer, Goya and Blake, alongside pieces by 20th-century artists such as Paula Rego and Kiki Smith. An investigation of extremes, Witches & Wicked Bodies explores the highly exaggerated ways in which witches have been represented, from hideous hags to beautiful seductresses. The show includes 16th and 17th-century prints and drawings that successfully spread fears about witches across Europe and modern works that challenge how these myths have contorted representations of women ever since.
Come to our family friendly workshop for 5-10 year olds just before the show where children can be introduced to the characters from the book and work on themed drama activities.
This joyful musical adaptation of the much loved riverbank tale is brought to life for all the family. Including songs, dances and interactive fun it is presented by a professional cast bursting with energy. ‘Wonderful ... entertaining ... enthralling’ **** (WhatsOnStage.com). Before each performance, there will be a 45 minute drama workshop. Here children aged five-ten will be introduced to characters and themes from the play through music and games. ‘Has families rolling around with laughter’ (Guardian). ‘A laughter-filled treat from start to finish’ (Stage).
Venue: The Queen's Hall
The lyrical Lieder performances of acclaimed German tenor Werner Güra take listeners on a spiritual and emotional journey. His glowing voice’s remarkable shadings only add to his dramatic yet subtlevocal.deliveries.
With pianist Christoph Berner, Güra begins his concert with songs of love and longing by Beethoven, from the highly personal song cycle An die ferne Geliebte (‘To the distant beloved’) to expressions of bittersweet desire in Wonne der Wehmut and An die Hoffnung.
After the interval, Güra brings together a selection of Schubert Lieder to convey the life, loves and losses of a Romantic hero, from the youthful Schlummerlied and Ganymed to the moving Willkommenund Abschied.
‘Güra, outstanding in his unfussy, intense delivery, is a formidable, rousing guide.’ The Guardian
This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Friday 16 August 11.00amThe Queen’s Hall
Tickets£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8
1 hour 45 minutes approximately
It's New Year's Eve in the household of Bill Ding and Anne Arky. The wine is flowing and the guests are buzzing, all unaware as to what is about to happen. As the clock strikes twelve, chaos descends upon the party. Whose New Year's will be cut short and whose will be a blur? Come along to this amusing get together, to watch as all the characters bring their own story to the party. From fear of loneliness to never finding love to bickering couples and hand guns.
Venue: New Town Theatre: Mysterious
The best-selling children’s author and singer Richard Digance takes to the stage…‘this is a story that needs lots of noises from everyone. It’s a grimy, slimy, mucky, yucky story so we need mucky, yucky noise, lots of ooo’s while you all hold your noses’. The Slime Age took place on earth many years before the arrival of bad-tempered dinosaurs. A time when only helpless, little worms lived on our planet. Find out what happens in this interactive children’s musical full of gooey, gungy fun telling the story of the War of the Worms.
Vernon God Little (adapted from the award winning Novel by DBC Pierre) follows the journey of Vernon, an intelligent teenager from the small town of Martirio in Texas, on his adventures through the penal and legal system. When his friend Jesus Navarro commits suicide after killing sixteen bullying schoolmates, suspicion falls on Vernon and he is accused of capital murder. Fearing the death penalty, he goes on the run to Mexico.