Lleisiau - Open Call - Got an unusual vocal talent or know someone who has? We need you to be part of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival!!!

Do you have an unusual vocal talent? Is your voice essential to the work you do? Then I want to talk with you . . . 

Basically, I am currently working on a project called Lleisiau which is part of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival which over this year is celebrating the birth of the great Welsh poet!

As part of Lleisiau we are looking for professional and non-professional performers to take part in our performances at Chapter Arts Centre from the 8th - 10th of May 2014 and will be live streamed all over the world.

I find this project so interesting and exciting because its about showcasing the real voices of Wales and about showing how creative and beautiful our voices are even when we aren't trying.

If you can yodel or rap or are an auctioneer or are a singer or a poet or a twmpath caller or a sheepdog caller or a town crier or the guy/girl who sends the trains off on their way from the platform then I want to hear from you!

This is not a paid performance gig but we will pay expenses and broadcast and celebrate your voice!

P.s. you need to be Welsh or living in Wales or your talent should be inspired by Wales. 

Here is the official blurb . . . 

Lleisiau

From the fire and brimstone of revivalist preachers, contemporary poetry slams or ancient verse to Burton reciting the works of Dylan Thomas; Wales has a rich and varied history of the performance of the spoken word. But there is more to the voice than words, it is also a tool of work and instrument of play.

“Lleisiau/Voices” is a performance project produced by a creative partnership between Chapter and good cop bad cop celebrating how the people of Wales use their voices in a variety of ‘unsung’ ways.

Performances will happen in Cardiff at Chapter from the 8th – 10th of May 2014. Tickets cost £12/£10/£8 and performances start at 8pm.

From the newspaper seller, to the town crier, a shepherd, a rag and bone man, a singer of alawon gwerin, a rapper, an auctioneer . . . Performers are being recruited from across Wales by open audition, chosen for their distinctive use of voice in their daily lives, in Welsh, English or other languages spoken in Wales. The result is an informal and experimental evening of live and pre –recorded entertainment, curated by good cop bad cop and featuring contributions from established inter-disciplinary artists.

Can you whistle, are you an auctioneer, or a yodeler? Or have a vocal talent never heard before? Then why not share your talent with the nation and the rest of the world. Join us at one of our open days, which are happening all over Wales:

  • Chapter, Cardiff: Saturday: 01/02/2014: 11am – 5pm
  • CARAD, Rhayader: Sunday: 02/02/2014: 11am – 5pm
  • Ffwrnes, Llanelli: Saturday: 15/02/2014: 11am – 5pm
  • Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan: Sunday: 16/02/2014: 12pm – 6pm
  • Canolfan Hirael Community Centre, Bangor: Saturday: 15/03/2014: 11am – 5pm
  • Oriel Wrecsam, Wrexham: Sunday: 16/03/2014: 11am – 5pm

Or submit your audition digitally online!

For more information on the project, to get involved or to book tickets connect with us at:

Or call Chapter on +44 [029] 20304400

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Comment by Jan Miller on February 6, 2014 at 14:00

Hi Sarah - thanks for Film Team support!  I'll get this info to as many people as possible - do you have any literature you want handed-out for it?  I'll be roaming through Gywnedd, Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy over the next few weeks so it would be a great opportunity.  If you do, I'll text you my address...

Comment by Sarah Jane Leigh on January 27, 2014 at 16:21

Hi Jan, Oh no! Have you got the same number? Shall I text you? I won't be there for the audition but please promote far and wide to all your contacts. I would be so grateful! I'm in Wrexham on the 5th of March though, are you about? S x

Comment by Jan Miller on January 22, 2014 at 16:35

Sarah! this looks amazing!  How are you and will you be at the open day at Wrexham by any chance??????? Missing you all very, very much - have lost your phone number as old one had an accident (!) 

Would love to catch-up xxx

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