Tomorrow (8 May) sees the release of tickets for more events and activities at the Cardiff National Eisteddfod.
With concert tickets selling extremely well, organisers are expecting great demand for the tickets to the shows released tomorrow.
As the Cardiff Eisteddfod is an urban and experimental festival, organisers are using an exciting mix of the Bay’s iconic buildings and attractive temporary structures, tailoring different events for various spaces. This has allowed them to be ambitious and daring with some performances, whilst ensuring that the best resources are available for other shows.
Eisteddfod Organiser and Artistic Director, Elen Elis, says, “With only three months to go until the festival, we are delighted to announce details of more of the artistic performances taking place this year. We are very proud of the variety and breadth of the shows which are held at various locations around the Bay, and I hope we have managed to include something which will appeal to everyone.
“It’s been exciting to have the freedol to experiment with different spaces, and to consider the use of permanent and temporary structures. We’ve been able to look again at the way we programme and present some things. I hope the audience will also see this and will enjoy a different experience in Cardiff Bay this year.
“By now, the final closing date has passed and the work of creating the competition programme has begun. Competitors numbers are very encouraging, and the chance to perform for a national audience on the Pavilion’s famous stage in the Donald Gordon Theatre has definitely appealed to many.
“With the information and tickets released tomorrow, visitors are now able to start planning their week. August will soon be here and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Cardiff Bay.”
Wristbands for the Wales Millennium Centre will also go on sale on 8 May. Visitors will need a wristband to attend daytime sessions in the Centre, to ensure that the Eisteddfod adheres to the building’s health and safety regulations. These can be purchased at an early bird rate until 30 June.
Tickets go on sale online, www.eisteddfod.wales, at 08:30 on 8 May, and on the telephone line, 0845 4090 800 at 10:00. Calls will cost up to 5p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge. Non-BT customers and mobile phone users should contact their service providers for information about the cost of calls.
The Cardiff National Eisteddfod is held in Cardiff Bay from 3-11 August. For more information go online.
Details of the shows on sale from 8 May:
Anweledig by Aled Jones Williams
Step down the narrow stairs to the coldness of Portland House’s underground rooms on Bute Street, to experience a new interpretation of Anweledig by Aled Jones Williams. The nightmare of Glenda’s existence and condition is brought alive in front of the audience.
Not suitable for the weak-hearted. Ffion Dafis is Glenda in this production by Frân Wen (Monday – Friday, 20:00)
Sieiloc by Gareth Armstrong
A new Welsh one-man show by the team which brought Burton and Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon to the stage, with Rhodri Miles. Winner of the 2018 Best Touring Production in Welsh at the Wales Theatre Awards.
Is Shylock the Jewish moneylender from The Merchant of Venice a villain or victim? Gareth Armstrong's award winning solo play confronts these Jewish stereotypes through the eyes of his only friend - and the only other Jewish man in the whole of Shakespeare - Tubal.
Celebrating the richness of Shakespeare's language and conjuring up a whole cast of characters from Portia to Pontius Pilate, from Romeo to Max Reinhardt, and from Barabbas to Richard Burbage, this dazzling, moving, often hilarious play is a fascinating exploration of Shylock and his people. Performances held at the Literary Pavilion, Wales Millennium Centre (Sunday – Tuesday, 20:00)
Milwr yn y Meddwl by Heiddwen Tomos
Ned has arrived home in west Wales from the battlefield. But his recent experiences in the Iraq war have left deep scars; some visible, and others – the deepest – invisible.
This is a new, heart-rending play examining the effects of traumatic events on a Welsh soldier, as he and his family try to come to terms with horrific events from his past and the new challenges facing him. In an eternal story about love and belonging, will the bonds of love and family overcome the bullet and the bomb?
The winner of the Drama Medal Competition at the Anglesey National Eisteddfod 2017, is a Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Sherman Theatre production, in partnership with the National Eisteddfod of Wales with support from the Gwenlyn Parry Literary Estate and the Hugh Griffith Memorial Trust. Performances held at Theatr y Maes, Wales Millennium Centre (Monday – Friday 18:00)
Mynd a Dod – Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr
Mynd a Dod is Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr’s response to an innovative National Eisteddfod commission. A fresh new script written by a group of pupils from the school, and music by Wigwam a vibrant new young band who are also pupils in the school.
A deep but funny exploration which asks, in a world governed by images, social media, parents and teachers, can we truly be honest about who we are as young people?
Whether you are from “Upper” or “Lower” In Education, employment, training or not. Everyone is the same when borders are closed and nobody is free to come and go.
Financed by The Arts Council’s Creative Collaborations under the leadership of Bethan Marlow, Mei Gwynedd, Marc Lewis and Rhydian Lake. Performances held at Theatr y Maes, Wales Millennium Centre (Monday, Thursday 20:00)
Cyw and the Orchestra
Join Tref and Tryst, Huw and Elin, Dona Direidi, Ben Dant, Radli Miggins, Deian and Loli and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, in a special concert to celebrate Cyw’r 10th birthday. Performances held at Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre (Monday, Tuesday 13:30 and 15:30; relaxed show at 13:30 on Tuesday)
A special Twmpath to celebrate half a century of folk dancing in Cardiff, with a late bar. The Twmpath is held in Dawns, Portland House, Bute Street (Monday, 21:30)