THEATR CLWYD TO BE PART OF WELSH GOVERNMENT’S
TRIAL OF A RETURN TO OUTDOOR EVENTS
First Minister Mark Drakeford today announced that Theatr Clwyd will be part of a trial of outdoor events in Wales. Initially three small events, with limits of up to 100 people, and subject to strict risk assessments, will be held across Wales. Outdoor events are being prioritised in this review period, while the weather is mild, due to evidence of lower transmission of coronavirus outdoors. In addition to outdoor performances at Theatr Clwyd, Welsh Triathlon’s planned ‘Return to Racing’ competition at Pembrey Country Park will go ahead with a closed venue and without spectators; and a car rally will take place at Anglesey Circuit/Trac Mon Race track.
Mark Drakeford said today, “We will trial three small scale events, in partnership with the events’ organisers, local authorities and other stakeholders, to see if they can be carried out in a safe way, with a view to supporting the sector and making the most of the remaining summer months where we can spend time outdoors.
“We will also learn from pilots being conducted across the UK, in reopening professional sport and indoor theatre to supporters and audiences, so we base our decisions on the best possible evidence available. We will continue to talk with event organisers about the possible resumption of some other activities later in the autumn.
“But, for the time being, we need to learn from how we can safely hold outdoor events while maintaining social distancing.
We will use the next three weeks to continue to engage with those remaining sectors of our economy that remain affected by coronavirus restrictions. I would like to thank the sector representatives for the way they continue to engage, coming out of lockdown will always be harder than going into it – but, together, we will do it in the safest possible way.”
Artistic Director Tamara Harvey added, “It’s great to be working directly with Welsh Government to do all that we can to bring live performance back to our communities, not least so that everything we learn can be shared with as many of our colleagues as possible across the nation. Direct conversations and collaboration with government are vital to ensure the survival of the arts. These are baby steps but each step brings us closer to a future where we are all working together to create a truly vibrant and diverse cultural landscape in Wales and beyond.”
For tickets at just £5, and further information, please visit www.theatrclwyd.com
FULL SUMMER PROGRAMME:
- Musical theatre star Mared Williams performs her original music, a fusion of folk, soul, and pop – 27 August, 7pm
- Tayo Alukoshowcases his baritone voice in An Evening with Tayo Aluko – 28 August, 7pm.
- Vikki Stone and Natasha Barnes move through a history of women being hilarious in musicals; from Sondheim to Streisand, in Funny Gals – 29 August, 7pm
- Orpheus tells a tale of ancient gods and late-night karaoke through spoken word and soaring soul music – 4-5 September
- A preview of Welsh playwright Tim Price’s brand new comedy English – 6 September, 6pm.
- Welsh trio The Goat Roper Rodeo Band perform their cosmic ‘Country Blues’ – 18 September, 7pm
- Steffan Hughes presents an evening of performances by Welsh musical theatre stars in Welsh of the West End: Live – 19 September, 7pm
- Three weaves together fairy tales in a spellbinding musical play for children aged 3+ and their families – 20 September, 11am and 2pm
- Singer-songwriter Aleighcia Scott blends soul, R&B and gospel into her reggae music – 25 September, 7pm
- Kidsmoke perform their brad of dreamy indie-pop – 26 September, 7pm
- The Tip Topsingers present a celebratory night of musical theatre with Tip Top’s Musical Magic – 27 September, 7pm
ABOUT THEATR CLWYD
The award-winning Theatr Clwyd is Wales’ biggest producing theatre. Since 1976 Theatr Clwyd has created exceptional theatre from its home in Flintshire, North Wales. Driven by the vision and dynamism of award-winning Artistic Director Tamara Harvey and Executive Director Liam Evans-Ford, Theatr Clwyd pushes theatrical boundaries creating world-class productions.
Theatr Clwyd’s recent partnership with the National Theatre led to the creation of Home, I’m Darling which won Best New Comedy at the Olivier Awards and was nominated in five categories including Best Set Design and Best Costume Design. Other projects of note include the UK Theatre Award-winning musical The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, the site specific, immersive Great Gatsby and the Menier Chocolate Factory co-production of Orpheus Descending.
Theatr Clwyd is one of only four theatres in the UK to build sets and props, make costumes and paint scenery in-house. Their impressive team of workshop, wardrobe and scenic artists, props makers and technicians ensure the skills vital to a vibrant theatre industry are nurtured right in the heart of Wales, developing the theatre makers of the future. In addition to this, Theatr Clwyd hosts an artist development programme, trainee technicians’ scheme and an eighteen month traineeship for directors, to develop the Artistic Directors of the future.
Theatr Clwyd works in the community across all art forms and is recognised as a cultural leader for its cross generational theatre groups, work in youth justice and diverse programme of arts, health and wellbeing. Award-winning Community Engagement projects include Arts from the Armchair, in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, which uses theatrical making skills to help people with early onset memory loss and their carers, and Justice In A Day, working in schools and the law courts to help at risk children to realise the consequences of crime.
Theatr Clwyd has completed the public consultation period for a major Capital Redevelopment Project which will reimagine the theatre’s public spaces and create a greener, more efficient and sustainable building where world-class art can thrive and social action is rooted for generations to come.
During the Covid-19 pandemic the theatre has been active in helping its community, from hosting blood donation sessions and distributing food to vulnerable families to creating digital dance workshops for those with Parkinson’s and sharing creative packages and activities with those most isolated.