Chelsey Gillard's Blog (58)

Season Scandinavia Part 2 (Featuring Brad Pitt)

Me again!

Throughout this week I've been lucky enough to assist Kay Michael of Empty Deck during their R&D of Cosmic Fear or the Day Brad Pitt got Paranoia.

It's been a wonderful week working on a really cracking script. To celebrate we will be sharing a scratch performance tomorrow at The Other Room and it would be ace to see some of you there. NTW TEAM members look on the group page to get a special ticket offer and then book your tickets…

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Added by Chelsey Gillard on October 29, 2015 at 21:19 — No Comments

Season Scandanavia

Hello all,

Just want to let you know about some exiting projects that are happening as part of Empty Deck's Season Scandanavia. The Peter Brook Award nominated theatre company are presenting rehearsed readings of some of the best contemporary European work - something certainly not often seen in South Wales. And for those of you who are NTW TEAM members look out for an exclusive ticket offer heading your way!

WINTERREISE

By…

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Added by Chelsey Gillard on October 21, 2015 at 14:32 — 1 Comment

An Open Letter To Artists Throughout Wales

Yesterday I attended and spoke at the Arts Freedom Wales Symposium at Chapter Arts Centre. The central theme was ‘Is Wales enjoying its right to artistic freedom of expression?’

The afternoon allowed various people to deliver 3 minute presentations about issues allowing or inhibiting their right to artistic freedom of expression. The topics covered were vast and important – too much to fully cover in one afternoon. The opening speech was made by Meltem Arikan, a Turkish…
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Added by Chelsey Gillard on November 28, 2014 at 13:00 — 4 Comments

Young Critic's Preview - Belonging

Preview: Belonging

Re-Live

Chapter Arts Centre

 

Twice nominated for the Theatre Critic’s of Wales Awards, life story theatre company Re-Live are returning to the stage with a new agenda – to start the conversation about dementia.

 

Dementia affects over 800,000 people in the UK yet, like many mental illnesses, it still carries stigma. It has become a taboo subject, something best left behind closed doors. Re-Live want to break…

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Added by Chelsey Gillard on April 28, 2014 at 19:42 — No Comments

Young Critic's Easter Treats

I hope you all had a great Easter, even if it was just an excuse to eat loads of chocolate! If you are looking for some light reading and want to catch up on some of the performances that have been going on in Cardiff over the last few weeks head over to my Young Critics Blog here.

It's been a really busy few weeks! There's reviews of The Good Earth, Maudie's Rooms, NYTW's dead, born grow and a few…

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Added by Chelsey Gillard on April 21, 2014 at 15:12 — No Comments

R&D week with Mercury Theatre Wales

From 3rd to 9th March Mercury Theatre Wales invited actors and writers to participate in their research and development week at Chapter Arts Centre. The aim of the week was to take the next step in the development of the company’s upcoming Christmas show.  

Improvisation session in the Loft

The…

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Added by Chelsey Gillard on March 16, 2014 at 19:56 — No Comments

Mercury Theatre Wales start R&D for their next exciting and immersive production!

Last year Mercury Theatre Wales showcased their tour-de-force production SPANGLED throughout the nation. Exploring the underground club culture of the 90s the immersive, promenade performance really caught the audience up in the action. I myself described it as ‘a truly original and innovative piece of work that is sure to leave the audience with a smile on their face and a sudden desire to don their best shell suit.’ Actor Lee Mengo was also nominated for a Theatre Critics of Wales…

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Added by Chelsey Gillard on March 2, 2014 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

Young Critic's Preview - The Winter Gift

‘There is no Garbo! There is no Dietrich! There is only Louise Brooks!’

Preview – The Winter Gift

By T.J. Davies…

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Added by Chelsey Gillard on February 15, 2014 at 18:03 — 1 Comment

Young Critic's Review - Chelsea Hotel

Chelsea Hotel

Earthfall

Wales Millennium Centre, Weston Studio

Tues 29th Oct

 

For over a century Hotel Chelsea was a centre of creativity and artistic collaboration in New York City. Made famous in numerous songs, films and books the hotel has housed some of the most famous names in the world, including Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan and Madonna; it was also the place where Welsh-great Dylan Thomas succumbed to…

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Added by Chelsey Gillard on November 4, 2013 at 11:12 — No Comments

Young Critic's Review - Shh!

Shh!

Sue Williams and Roy Campbell-Moore

Wales Millennium Centre, Weston Studio

13th Oct 2013…

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Added by Chelsey Gillard on October 28, 2013 at 18:21 — No Comments

Young Critic's Review - Hapiness Repeats Itself

Happiness Repeats Itself
By Sean Tuan John
7th and 8th October 2013
Wales Millennium Centre, Weston Studio

Happiness Repeats Itself is a textual and physical exploration of the infamous lobotomy procedures carried out in America by the notorious Dr Walter Freeman during the 1950s. 

Dr Freeman was the first person to carry out a lobotomy in America and eventually…
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Added by Chelsey Gillard on October 12, 2013 at 9:02 — No Comments

Young Critic's Response - Fresh INK

Fresh INK
A Sherman Cymru Outreach Programme
Friday 11th October 2013

 

As part of its extensive outreach programme Sherman Cymru have established a new and exciting project called Fresh INK. The literacy enhancement programme is for primary and secondary school pupils and aims to ignite a passion for…
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Added by Chelsey Gillard on October 12, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Young Critics at WSD2013

After going to the World Stage Design Festival at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama some of the Young Critics decided to respond as a group via a Pinterest board.

To have a look at our responses please click here: http://www.pinterest.com/elin0391/wsd2013/

Added by Chelsey Gillard on September 17, 2013 at 13:25 — No Comments

Young Critic's Review - Re-Live 'Age'

Age

Re-Live

Chapter Arts Centre, Theatre

Friday 14th June 2013

 

No matter how much we may complain when our grandparents decide to tell us all about the good old days AGAIN, I’m sure I’m not the only one who secretly enjoys hearing the tales of their youth. In an astounding display of bravery ten older people have decided to share their very best and worst moments with a room full of strangers. But this…

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Added by Chelsey Gillard on June 15, 2013 at 9:25 — No Comments

Young Critic's Reviews - Diary of a Madman and Say it With Flowers

To read my latest reviews of Living Picture's 'Diary of a Madman' and Sherman Cymru's 'Say it with Flowers' please visit www.hypercriticreviews.blogspot.com or to see all the latest reviews by the Young Critics visit http://theyoungcritics.wordpress.com

Thanks!

Added by Chelsey Gillard on June 10, 2013 at 17:39 — No Comments

Young Critic's Review - Salt, Root and Roe

Salt, Root and Roe

Theatr Clwyd Cymru

Sherman Cymru, Theatre 2

8th May 2013

 

The run down house of elderly twin sisters Anest and Iola seems to rise up out of the sea and if the stories are to be believed they themselves were found in a lobster pot by their father who was half merman!

This feeling of Welsh fairytale runs deep through Tim Price’s beautifully written play and it gives the sense that the twins are…

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Added by Chelsey Gillard on May 10, 2013 at 17:41 — No Comments

Young Critic's Reviews - Spangled and Bianco

I've been very busy recently seeing what Cardiff has to offer. It's definitely been worth it!

To see my most recent reviews of Mercury Theatre Wales' Spangled and NoFit State Circus' Bianco please click on the link below:

www.HyperCriticReviews.blogspot.com

Thanks!

Chelsey

Added by Chelsey Gillard on May 6, 2013 at 16:35 — No Comments

Young Critic's Review - To Live, To Love, To Be

To Live, To Love, To Be

Company 5

Sherman Cymru, Theatre 2

17th April 2013

 

Being in the audience of To Live, To Love, To Be was like being  a witness to some occult religious ceremony; the atmosphere was heavy with expectation and a sinister sense of danger never left the room. Sitting on the balcony looking down at the huge revolving table as incense filled the room was the beginning of our initiation to the…

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Added by Chelsey Gillard on April 19, 2013 at 18:16 — No Comments

Young Critic's Review - Love and Money

Love and Money
Waking Exploits
At Chapter Arts Centre
11th April 2013

 

 

Almost hidden in the corner a small fish tank filled with its very own barcode striped set mirrored the stage. As the small goldfish swam aimlessly around it was impossible not to draw comparison between this small creature and the characters that are all trapped by their own compulsions, passions or self-imposed…
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Added by Chelsey Gillard on April 13, 2013 at 15:48 — No Comments

Young Critic's Review - Past Half Remembered

Past Half Remembered

New International Encounter

At Sherman Cymru, Theatre 2

27th March 2013

 

It’s safe to say that after being handed vodka shots and Russian tea at the start of the show this is going to be a great review!

Beverages aside Past Half Remembered is a gem of a show. In just over an hour the energy-pumped cast take us through the life of Maria Michailovna who lived through the Soviet…

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Added by Chelsey Gillard on March 29, 2013 at 18:19 — No Comments

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