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.


Community

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 box-office@ucheldre.org


Drama PropsAnvil Weekly

PropsAnvil

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 NT Live: King Lear (12A)
Thursday 27 September7pm


National Theatre Live

King Lear

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season.  Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them.  Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’ (Daily Telegraph)
3hrs
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £4 children/plant

Please note that King Lear will contain strobe lighting
Literary Lit Soc: Sian Northey
Friday 12 October1pm - 3pm

Ar Goll in Translation

with

Sian Northey

A creative writing workshop on translation with Sian Northey.

Working with texts in other languages, be they languages you’re familiar with or not, and having your own work translated into another language can be valuable exercises. You’re forced to think deeply about meaning or to listen carefully to sound and often to collaborate with others and be open to new ideas. And don’t worry if you’re monolingual, or almost monolingual – that will only add to the fun and to the originality of what you produce!

Sian Northey writes in Welsh and writes in many genres – mainly fiction, for children and adults, and poetry. Her first poetry collection, Trwy Ddyddiau Gwydr, was on the shortlist for Welsh Book of the Year and two of her novels, Yn y Tŷ Hwn and Rhyd y Gro, were chosen to be on the Welsh Literature Exchange's Bookcase. She was the translator of Alys Conran's novel, Pigeon, into Welsh and in March this year took part in a ten day translation workshop in Kerala, India co-organised by Literature Across Frontiers and Sahitya Pravarthaka Saharkarana Sangham. She was recently awarded a PhD in Creative Writing in the School of Welsh at Bangor University.

A warm welcome to all / Croeso cynnes i bawbription


2hrs
£5, £4 concessions/ gostyngiadau
Broadcast NT Live: Allejujah!
Thursday 1 November7pm


National Theatre Live

Allelujah!

by Alan Bennet

Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss this ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer) in your local cinema.

The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir. 

Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.

‘Leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness’ Independent
1hr 35
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £4 children/plant
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

with

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 welcom to all / Croeso cynnes i bawb

2hrs
£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.


3hrs
£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.

 

6hrs
£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

with

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

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