Event Details


Time: October 18, 2014 from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
Location: South Wales
Street: High Street
City/Town: Swansea
Website or Map: https://www.google.co.uk/maps…
Phone: 01792 464790
Event Type: site, specific, performance
Organized By: Volcano Theatre
Latest Activity: Sep 23, 2014

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Event Description

Specially created as the inaugural performance in the new bunker theatre in the darker recesses of The Iceland Building in Swansea High Street.

BLACK STUFF is a performance about coal, art, politics and a doomed search for the Great White Tip of Dowlais. It takes its cue from a short story: The Hangman’s Assistant by the largely forgotten Welsh writer Dai Alexander. Black Stuff is a show about the past and the present, and the creative images that have accumulated around the town of Ystradgynlais. And features aspects of the lives of Josef Herman, David Martin and Betty Rae Watkins.

This unusual site-specific performance is a grimy subterranean journey, a modern Welsh work of art and a chance to explore Swansea’s new culture house in the making!

Features real people, real coal, a real building and a few surprises. Wear warm clothes and be prepared to get slightly grubby.

7 – 18 October, Tuesday to Saturday, 7:30pm

(except 10 Oct, which is a 9pm showing)

Buy tickets online via www.volcanotheatre.co.uk

Directed by Paul Davies
Movement Director: Catherine Bennett
Design: Lizzie French and Cadi Lane
Performers: Rhys McLellan; Neal McWilliams; Barbara Sarmiento Araña; Robin Willingham
Production Manager: John Kirk
Rehearsal Stage Manager: Fiona McCulloch

Thanks to Betty Rae Watkins, Sarah Pace and the Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru

Tickets: Full Price £10, Concessions £5

Concession price applies to unwaged, students, disabled people, under-18s and senior citizens. Proof of status for concessions or special offers may be required upon collection.


  • PREVIEW Tuesday 7 October - all full-price tickets £8, discounts £4
  • BEEP LAUNCH Friday 10 October (9pm show)- £5 on the door with a stamped BEEP flyer from the exhibition launch
  • PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT Tuesday 14 October. A number of tickets will be reserved for sale on the door on a pay-what-you-can basis. You may not reserve these tickets in advance. Advance sales are available at the usual rates.
  • COASTAL OFFER Employees, tenants and residents of Coastal Housing Group - £5 any night.
  • GROUP BOOKING DISCOUNT – 10% off for group bookings of 10 or more people. Please ring 01792 464790 for group bookings.

You may buy advance tickets online. Tickets will not be posted, but will be held on the door for collection before the show. Doors open an hour before performance.

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