words: DOMINIC MARTIN
A black comedy set on a Welsh ostrich farm?! The Road To Port Of Barry (Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 8pm, Tues 11, tickets £4) is surely worth a look. The latest irreverent and hilarious offering from the On The Edge theatre project, the production has been described as “Gavin And Stacey with a Gun.” The production is also showing at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, at 7.30pm on Wed 12.
Never experienced a parody cabaret act? Now you can with Frisky And Mannish (Gwyn Hall, Neath, Fri 14, tickets £14/£12), a hilarious duo spoofing the likes of Lana Del Rey, Kelly Clarkson and Made In Chelsea. For a taster, see their version of Wuthering Heights in the style of Kate Nash here.
Billy Brag and Martin Joseph pay tribute to folk singer and activist Woody Guthrie (Parc And Dare, Treorchy, Wed 12, tickets: £17.50). Drawing on a wealth of Guthrie’s unpublished material, “Brag will explore and expand the folk legend’s songbook through a combination of acoustic instruments, singing, and Guthrie’s own words.” Should make for a memorable evening.
“A festival like no other, in a place like no other.” Portmeirion’s Festival No.6 (Fri 14-Sun 16, tickets: £79-£125) offers a huge range of entertainment, from literature to stand-up in a truly unique location. Watch out for New Order and Primal Scream with comedy relief from the likes of Phil Jupitus and Marcus Brigstock.
Art in miniature is on display as part of The British Mini Print Exhibition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (until Sun 23 Sept). The exhibition features pieces measuring eight by 10cm – the size serving to draw the eye to their beautiful intricacy and detail. Featuring work from around the world, and with every piece up for sale, this charming exhibition is well worth a look.
Nashville folk duet Jeff And Vida (Boomswinger Bluegrass Club, The Mackintosh Institute, Cardiff, Sat 15, tickets: £8) bring their unique brand of smoky pool hall folk to the Bluegrass Club.
For something a little darker, visit mixed-media artist Doug Jones’ new exhibition, Alieni Iuris (Oriel Davies, Newtown, Sat 15-Wed 7 Nov). When walking among the haunting mannequins of the Brotherhood Of Saints in their exquisite handcrafted robes, the visitor has the feeling of intruding on some dark and secret ritual. An intriguing and unsettling exhibition.
Sundays are a time for gluttony and overindulgence, and for those seeking new and exciting ways to achieve this, the Abergavenny Food Festival (Sat 15-Sun 16 Sept) may well be for you. Watch out for Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi revealing the food culture of Jerusalem while Norman Musa offers a taste of Malaysian street cooking.
For a free event, visit Cardiff City Centre (Friday 14-Sat 15 Sept, 9pm) where National Theatre Wales will be performing their production of Branches: The Nature Of Crisis. With an eclectic cast of performers both from Wales and the Berlin-based company Dorkypark, groundbreaking physical theatre producer Constanza Macras asks you to join her for “an adventure in the forest where you’ll come across things you might not expect.
For those who prefer physical exertion, you could pop down to Pembrokeshire this weekend and watch hardened masochists competing in one of the most gruelling competitions around: The Ironman Welsh Triathlon (Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Sun 16 Sept) combines a full marathon with a 2.4 mile open water swim and 112-mile cycle route. It’s a great way to get inspired or feel ridiculously lazy.