Canolfan UCHELDRE Centre

Canolfan UCHELDRE Centre

Courtyard beside the Ucheldre Kitchen
Courtyard beside the Ucheldre Kitchen
Canolfan UCHELDRE Centre
Centre for the performing and visual arts in Anglesey, North Wales

Diary — Literary events

The Ucheldre Centre regularly presents talks and readings by leading authors, often sponsored by the Literary Society. P D James, Simon Brett, and Celia Skidmore are just some of the writers who have talked about their work from the Ucheldre stage.


Weekly Classes and Groups at Ucheldre this Autumn

Weekly Classes and Groups Are Held at Ucheldre

for more information please see the News tab on this website

for dates and times please call the box-office on 01407 763361

or email

Drama PropsAnvil Weekly


Artistic Director and Props Principal Anne Jones

Props Theatre School and Anvil Productions

Currently producing up to five shows a year, and holding weekly classes, examinations and rehearsals at the Ucheldre

Props Theatre School

The education and training unit of PropsAnvil is for children and adults.  

Anvil Productions

As a leading theatre company Anvil nurtures fresh young talent introducing them to experienced professionals. Together they rediscover the classics and more to produce quality theatre of all kinds for audiences across the country.

click here to see the PropsAnvil website for futher information.
Broadcast RSC Live: Troilus& Cressida
Wednesday 14 November7pm

RSC Live

Troilus & Cressida (12A)

William Shakespeare

In Shakespeare's poetic and tragic telling of the Trojan war, virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle.

 "Lechery, lechery, still wars and lechery: nothing else holds fashion"

Troilus and Cressida swear they will always be true to one another. But in the seventh year of the siege of Troy their innocence is tested, and exposed to the savage corrupting influence of war, with tragic consequences.

3hrs 30
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £4 children/plant
Literary Lit Soc: Lee Duggan
Friday 16 November1pm - 3pm

Reference Points: The Body and the Breath


Lee Duggan

A creative writing workshop on translation with Lee Duggan which will reflect upon the author's personal creative approaches and will consider the body and the breath as a vehicle to composition.

The workshops will focus on the body's natural rhythms, in particular the breath in relation to the work of Charles Olson and that of prominent feminist thinkers, and explore moment to moment experience, dreams, journeys and stream of consciousness. Using association and prompts from life stories we will then investigate links to the wider world.

Lee Duggan was born in London 1976. She was pulled to the dramatic landscapes of North Wales aged 20 where she studied English at Bangor University. She went on to complete an MA in Writing: Practice and Context and has since been active as a poet in various ways.  She has presented critical papers, her most recent at the 2018 Black Mountain Festival, which is due to be pulished by Aquifer Press. Through her work she has used poetry and the spoken work to facilitate expression as a therapeutic tool.  She has worked holistically in a variety of roles including Forest School Practitioner and Team Leader for therapeutic and educational services for GISDA, a charity working with homeless and hard to reach young people across North Wales. Her debut collection Reference Points was published by Aquifer Press in 2017 and received a review in Poetry Wales this year. Her work appeared in the Innovative Poets of Wales Anthology, 2018 and has been published by Seren Press, Poetry Wales, Cinnamon Press and The Absurd.

A warm welcome to all / Croeso cynnes i bawb

£5, £4 concessions/ gostyngiadau
Broadcast NT Live:
The Madness of George III (12A)
Tuesday 20 November7pm

National Theatre Live

The Madness of George  III

by Alan Bennett

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.

Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

2hrs 40
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £4 children/plant
Literary Rhwng: The Point Between
Saturday 1 December10am-4pm

Rhwng: The Point Between


In My End Is My Beginning: The Spirit of the Four Quartets

led by

Graham Hartill

This day workshop will involve writing, discussion and contemplation, based around T.S. Eliot’s masterpiece, ‘Four Quartets’

Graham writes: When I first encountered this sequence as a student I didn’t understand a word of it; then a compassionate teacher began to open the door. Since then it has been a central work of art in my life. 

We will encounter selections from the poems, not from a merely analytic point of view, but from our personal experiences, whether we espouse any spiritual practice or none. In particular, we will consider how they address issues of time, loss, recovery and transience and how we hold our humanity in the face of the storm. 

'Time present and time past

Are both perhaps present in time future,

And time future contained in time past.'

Selections will be brought for us to read and talk about, but it would be helpful if you could familiarize yourself with the work in advance. Aspects of ‘Four Quartets’ may appear challenging, but our aim is not to struggle so much as to appreciate its poetry and to respect our own understanding. 

'Home is where one starts from …

In my end is my beginning …'

Graham Hartill was born in the industrial English Midlands in 1952. As a teenager he was fascinated by avant-garde music and theatre and staged a few chaotic performances. He moved to Wales, worked as a performer and installation artist and went on to study in the USA. On his return he began to assimilate the influences of American open-field poetry and became a mainstay of the burgeoning poetry scene in Cardiff. He is currently writer-in-residence at HMP Parc, Bridgend, and teaches on the Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes MSc for the Metanoia Institute. In 2013 he became the first Writer-in-Residence at Swansea College of Medicine. 

Graham has published widely, both poetry, papers on facilitation and co-translations from classical Chinese. Recent publications include: Selected Poems of the Three Caos: Cao Cao, Cao Pi and Cao Zhi (with Wu- Fu-Sheng), Slipping the Leash (with Chris Torrance & Phil Maillard) and Chroma

Graham Hartill has been providing workshops at Ucheldre since the mid-1990s. 

All levels of writing experience are very welcome. Come as you are! Croeso cynnes i bawb.


£15, £10 concession
Broadcast NT Live:
Antony & Cleopatra
Thursday 6 December7pm

National Theatre Live

Antony & Cleopatra

by William Shakespeare

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.

 Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £4 children/plant
Literary Lit Soc: Phil Bowen
Friday 14 December1pm - 3pm

The Colour of Saying


Phil Bowen

A poetry writing workshop led by Phil Bowen

This will be followed by a showing of Love Somehow, a film written by Phil Bowen.

Please note that the time given (13:00 - 15:00) is for the workshop.

This will be followed by a short tea break, and then we can watch the film.  The workshop looks at and develops Dylan Thomas's addiction to synaesthesia - seeing sounds and hearing sights - and aims to both simplify and unravel certain instinctive understandings and write beyond them. Love Somehow is a 30-minute multi award-winning film written by Phil Bowen, made by Kate Cheeseman, and featuring Sally George and Griff Rhys Jones. It is about Caitlin Thomas and is set in Laugharne.

Phil Bowen is a poet, performer, biographer and playwright who has worked in over 500 schools in more than thirty counties as a poet-in-education since becoming a freelance writer in 1994. He has published three full collections - Variety's Hammer and Starfly, both with Stride, and Nowhere's Far - New & Selected Poems 1990 -2008 with Salt Publications, printed and reprinted in 2009. He is part of a duo 'Time n Time' with Ric Hool.

A warm welcome to all / Croeso cynnes i bawb

£5, £4 concessions/ gostyngiadau
Broadcast RSC Live: As You Like It
Wednesday 17 April7pm

RSC Live

As You Like It

William Shakespeare

                               Come into the forest: dare to change your state of mind.
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £4 children/plant
Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head.  With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves.

Director Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare's romantic comedy.

Broadcast RSC Live:
The Taming of the Shrew
Wednesday 5 June7pm

RSC Live:

The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare

In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story. Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta) returns Shakespeare's fierce, energitic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of heirarchy and power.

£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £4 children/plant
Broadcast RSC Live:
Measure for Measure
Wednesday 31 July7pm

RSC Live:

Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare

"To whom should I complain?"

When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today.

Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, directs this new production.

£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £4 children/plant

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