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ADULT ALADDIN AFTER DARK | STAGE PREVIEW

ADULT ALADDIN AFTER DARK | STAGE PREVIEW

Pontardawe Arts Centre Fri 15 – Sat 16 Dec Just like pigs in blankets, Bucks Fizz for breakfast and the Dr Who special, a trip to the pantomime is a staple part of the festive period for children and adults alike, and this year the Pontardawe Arts Centre is taking a Christmas classic to a whole […]

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DOCK OF THE BAY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL | CLUBS PREVIEW

DOCK OF THE BAY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL | CLUBS PREVIEW

Penarth Soul Club @ Portland House, Cardiff Bay Fri 15 Dec Soul music has always had a presence in Tiger Bay, the historic forebearer to what’s now the regenerated Cardiff Bay area. More recently (since 2014, actually) it’s found a home over the water in Penarth at venues like the historic Paget Rooms and the […]

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STAR WARS – THE LAST JEDI | FILM PREVIEW

STAR WARS – THE LAST JEDI | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Rian Johnson (12A 130 mins) The Force Awakens shook up the Star Wars universe under JJ Abrams’ reverential direction. After the disappointments of the sci-fi prequels, Episode VII truly delivered for Star Wars and non-Star Wars fans. Now Rian Johnson, the director of classy nourish films like Brick and Looper has been handed the keys to the Millennium Falcon, will […]

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THE SPOOK SCHOOL | LIVE PREVIEW

THE SPOOK SCHOOL | LIVE PREVIEW

Le Public Space, Newport Fri 15 Dec The Spook School are at the forefront of the UK’s present-day queer punk scene. By breaking the boundaries of the gender binary, they are providing a call to arms to those who feel confined by societal constructs to do the same. It could be said that some pseudo-DIY […]

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MARILYN MANSON | LIVE PREVIEW

MARILYN MANSON | LIVE PREVIEW

Newport Centre Fri 8 Dec After a recent spell on the sidelines with an injury, caused by a falling stage prop, goth overlord Marilyn Manson will be back on top form when his Heaven Upside Down tour hits Newport Centre in December for a pre Christmas treat. After catching the eye of Trent Reznor  in the […]

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STRONGER | FILM PREVIEW

STRONGER | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: David Gordon Green (15 119 mins ) A true-life, inspirational tale of triumph over adversity with a grueling performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, Stronger deals with life for a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Jeff Bauman (Gyllenhaal), whose on/off girlfriend Erin (Tatiana Maslany) is running in the marathon. Their relationship is […]

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PUNK ROCK | STAGE PREVIEW

PUNK ROCK | STAGE PREVIEW

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff Fri 1 Dec – Sat 9 Dec We’ve all been through it, right? From deadlines to dating, the fluorescence of adolescence is unsettling – for some more than others. In this instance, we have a group of seven high-achieving students, who are utterly riddled with A-Level angst, […]

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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS | STAGE PREVIEW

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS | STAGE PREVIEW

The much-loved and esteemed Wind in the Willows will be gracing the Sherman Theatre’s Main House this Christmas, combining beautiful sets and scenery, a vibrant atmosphere and a charming spirit with live music and oodles of laughter to share Kenneth Graeme’s renowned and timeless story of Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad in a truly special way. […]

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CHRIS LORENZO | CLUBS PREVIEW

CHRIS LORENZO | CLUBS PREVIEW

Sink @ Sin City, Swansea Sat 9 Dec If you haven’t heard a Chris Lorenzo-produced jam in 2017, where have you been? The prolific Brummie producer’s sound – a hybrid of 4/4 jack, rude garage basslines and mid-range screech that scientists have reportedly found to creates the perfect sonic frequency for a club to ‘go […]

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BETTER WATCH OUT | FILM PREVIEW

BETTER WATCH OUT | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Chris Peckover (15 99 mins) Home Alone with queasy violence, this horror-comedy provides an antidote to anyone wanting to escape a saccharine Christmas with its macabre twists and turns. Luke (Levi Miller) is a twelve-year-old left with regular babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), when parents Deandra (Virginia Madsen) and Robert (the ever-droll Patrick Warburton) go […]

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