The Sherman Theatre‘s Space in the Middle Summer season is underway. Filled to the top through June and July with events including Comedy, Live Music, Beer Festivals, Wine and Vinyl, and Family Circus fun- there’s definitely something for everyone.
For me, I’m looking forward to Date Night. I’m sure my hubby will love to read that. But having missed Double Dipp on their last visit, their next looks too good to miss. And read on about Taith, a fantastic opportunity to see new talent and a great opportunity to be supported by the Sherman.
The summer programme of events is hosted in the “space in the middle”: the foyer, as well as one or two special performances in the theatre spaces.
I love the openness of the Sherman, and it’s great to see the foyer being used as the focal, given it is such a great social space.
Friday 19 June will see Cardiff based band, Fiesta Resistànce playing the hottest picks of Cuban party music. A 7-piece salsa band, there will be blazing trumpets, vocals, crackling percussion, pulsating piano, bass and clavé to set feet alight.
As well as dancing, on Saturday 20 June from 4pm the theatre hosts its inaugural Sherman Beer Festival supported by Otley Brewing Company. With a selection of ales from local brewers, good food provided by Foxy’s Kitchen and accompanied by live music, this promises to be a great way to spend a summer Saturday.
For those who prefer wine, on the 11 July Sherman Theatre is hosting its very first Winyl night. The idea is simple: Come along for an evening of wine tasting, while a DJ spins records all night long, oh and feel free to bring your own…record that is!
As well as beer, wine, live music and Welsh cakes, The Space in the Middle will also host some of the most exciting comedy acts on the circuit before they head to the Edinburgh Fringe in August.
Rising comedy star Amy Howerska and Morgan Berry perform at the Sherman on 16 June. They say you should write about what you know. Amy Howerska was raised by a pack of wild skydivers…in Swansea. Amy will join character comedian Joe Rowntree who has made his reputation as a standup comic with his character based on a Pet Bereavement Counsellor, Morgan Berry. Definitely tales to stay with you.
A week later on 23 June it’s the turn of Luke Benson and Tom Allen. Two-time comedian of the year nominee Luke Benson has been looking at his life: nearly 30, not quite winning and obsessing over how big is fun-size. The Geordie giant looks at the expectations of society, self-help, aggrandisement, how best to deal with the whole caper and whether he’s managing at all. Luke will be joined by award-winning comedian Tom Allen who has just returned from supporting both Josie Long and Sarah Millican on tour.
Following the success of their one woman cabaret show Pick N Mixx, Swansea’s Double Dipp return to the Sherman with a new comedy about love, relationships and eczema. Friday night is date night on 10 July.
Family audiences will be wowed by the spectacular circus skills of Metta Theatre. The King of Tiny Things is performed on 25 July, 3pm. Metta Theatre brings the enchanting story of The King of Tiny Things spectacularly to life with circus, puppetry and song. Young people and their families will have the opportunity to try out their circus skills in the foyer before the show.
Alongside The Space in the Middle season there will also be a contemporary staging of Dracula from 22-25 July. Dracula is the first performance from the newly formed Sherman Players, comprising 17 people who are 18 and older who have worked together over the past year to bring this production to life.
The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama will be performing The Cunning Little Vixen in the Main House from 7 – 9 July. Janaček’s comic opera looks at the cycle of life and shows the composer’s love of the countryside in a rich and colourful orchestral score.
The Space in the Middle will also see the very first TAITH event, a vibrant and exciting evening celebrating new work submitted by new and established writers. Over the last few weeks, Sherman Cymru has received over 60 short 10 minute plays for TAITH and on the 26 June three of the best chosen scripts will be performed and directed by professionals with an open discussion with the audience following the performances.
For further details, tickets and bookings for food with Foxy’s please contact Sherman Theatre on 029 2064 6900 / www.shermancymru.co.uk