I used to think we spent most of our Autumn at the theatre and not so much in Spring. I am not sure what’s changed, but I’m so excited about the amount of theatre outings we already have in our diary, as well as those I still need to book.
The Sherman’s Spring Programme is as always full of great theatre, and something for all the family. Having had a busy few weeks I wasn’t pleased to have missed productions which I would have love to seen, and had rave reviews, so now I’m going to have to get ahead of the game!
CM turns 6 next week, so is now old enough for the Sherman’s Activity weeks which run in school holidays.
During the Easter holidays (30 March- 2 April) the workshops will focus on film, drama, art and dance with a different activity each day. The workshops are £30 per day which includes a packed lunch for children and you can choose from:
Monday 30 March: Drama (8-12 years) run by Sherman Sherbets Tutor, Actor and Director Elgan Rhys.
Tuesday 31 March: Dance (11-16 years) run by dancer Cet Haf.
Wednesday 1 April: Film-making (11-16 years) run by Paul Whittaker
Thursday 2 April: Arts & Crafts (6-10 years) run by Zoe Hewett.
Straight after the holidays, The Stick Man will be at the Sherman on the 14th and 15th April. A favourite book of my three, there is much excitement surrounding this.
And with Julia Donaldson in mind, I was also a little excited to see Room on a Broom will be at the New Theatre from the 24th- 26th July. We have so much fun reading this at bedtime, I just have to hope the hubby isn’t planning any camping expeditions which coincide.
On the subject of children’s theatre, there is so much going on, for all ages, from Sooty at St David’s Hall, and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom at the New Theatre to slightly further afield, Swansea Grand has B & E’s favourite- Tree Fu Tom taking to the stage on 4th July, as well as Basil Brush, and another favourite of all three- the Octonauts.
Back to the grown ups! A cause of much excitement to me is that this Spring will see the hubby coming to the theatre with me. Over the years I think we’ve an understanding, like Dirty Dancing- “This is your dance space”. And the theatre has always been mine. Until…
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is coming to the Wales Millennium Centre from the 14th-18th April, for which two tickets are currently on my desk. It’s a book with which we both enthralled, I hope it does translate well and is the start of a few more nights out for me and him.
Back to the Sherman, and I definitely can’t tell CM about this one. Award winning Shared Experience is bringing a bold contemporary version of Hans Christian Andersen’s Mermaid to the stage from the 21st- 25th April. Whilst CM will be transformed into a mermaid on her 6th birthday complements of a fun fin mermaid tail, this production in contrast to CM’s vision will see the haunting tale for its dark, erotic, mythic power, with writer and director Polly Teale creating a new world for this story.
I am also absolutely intrigued by the world premiere of Iphigenia In Splott which will be at the Sherman from the 8th-16th May. The intrigue starts with the image which adorns the Spring brochure, and because it’s based on the area where my dad was born and bred, and Rachel O’Riordan is directing- three excellent reasons then.
And finally, I’m hoping for a few return visits to The Other Room, Cardiff’s first pub theatre has opened to fantastic reviews. With just 44 seats, I was lucky to be able to get a sought after ticket to Blasted last week. Completely gripping theatre, in a great setting, it definitely reinvigorates the love of the Arts. Please don’t let me start ranting about career choices again.