words: TRYSTAN KENT
Fancy a slightly different craft experience? Then you can Pimp Your Bra over at Gwdihw (Mon 29 Oct, 8.30pm, admission: £2) where creative individuals, male and female, are invited to use the materials provided to turn their bras into unique masterpieces! DJs will provide the music, prizes will be given out for the best designs, and all proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research.
For a more chilled evening, legendary songwriter Don McLean will be appearing at St David’s Hall (Mon 29 Oct, 7.30pm, tickets: £25-£33) to promote 40 years in music. A great chance to catch the man who brought us Vincent (Starry Starry Night), Crying and the iconic sing-a-long American Pie, with just enough time left for you to memorise the lyrics.
The sell-out 2010 theatrical show Things Beginning With M returns, with performances at Chapter Arts Centre (Mon 29 Oct-Friday 2 Nov, 8pm, tickets: £8-10). An experimental collaboration of theatre, new writing, comedy and visual art, the production is based around real women’s stories and testimonials on various topics such as men, motherhood, menopause and more.
For a memorable night of passion, energy and heated poetry, catch Volcano’s returning production of L.O.V.E at Sherman Cymru (Tues 30-Wed 31 Oct, 8pm, tickets: £12-£20). Three “lovers” will present dramatic renditions of Shakespearean sonnets, bringing vigour and tenderness to the texts, as well as dynamic physicality that should be sure to inspire and intrigue.
Rannel’s critically-acclaimed 2Deep tour comes to the Wales Millennium Centre (Wed 31 Oct, 8pm, £8-£12) with the exploits of two men mysteriously trapped in a room together, bringing their trademark hip-hop style comedy enthused with a futuristic twist, an impressive display of physical set pieces, dancing skill, and plenty of music.
As part of Artes Mundi’s competitive showcasing of some of the finest international artists around, performance artist Kathryn Ashill will be exploring themes of the Mexican Day Of The Dead at the National Museum, Cardiff (Thu 1 Nov, 1pm, admission: free) in what’s sure to be a fascinating inclusion to the schedule.
For a more interesting approach to healthcare, The Medicine Show is coming to the Millennium Centre (Thu 1 Nov, 8pm, £8-12) to provide some expert diagnoses for ailments you didn’t even know you had, with alternative treatment also being offered; possibly in the form of song and dance. Expect dark humour, interesting choreography, and some entertaining audience interaction.
Veteran alternative comedian and ‘grumpy old man’ Arthur Smith will be performing at the Glee Club (Thu Nov 1, entry 6.45-7.30pm, tickets: £15) with some more wizened anecdotal comedy.
Inspired by the music of Wagner and the likes of Braham’s Violin Concerto, the late Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony will be performed at St David’s Hall (Fri 2 Nov, 7.30pm, £10-£27.50) to continue to explore the yearnings and fulfilments of love.
2008 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner David O’Doherty will be turning up to entertain at the Glee Club (Sunday 4 Nov, 6.45pm, tickets: £15 or £13 with NUS) armed with only a teeny tiny keyboard, some spare batteries, and a book of sex tips found in a dentist’s waiting room.