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THE GRUFFALO | STAGE PREVIEW

THE GRUFFALO | STAGE PREVIEW

Grand Theatre, Swansea / New Theatre, Cardiff Tue 29 + Wed 30 Aug / Thu 31 Aug-Sun 3 Sept This magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler invites you to join Mouse and friends on an adventure through the deep dark wood. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse […]

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KANDA BONGO MAN | LIVE PREVIEW

KANDA BONGO MAN | LIVE PREVIEW

Bluestone Brewing Company, Newport, Pembrokeshire Sun 27 Aug 62 year old soukous god Kanda Bongo Man has been around a bit, from the Congo to Manchester, and on August Bank Holiday Sunday him, his wide-brimmed hat, and his band are getting their kwassa kwassa on in North Pembrokeshire. John Peel first inspired me to buy […]

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AMERICAN MADE | FILM PREVIEW

AMERICAN MADE | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Doug Liman (15, 120 mins) Tom Cruise ditches the franchises for this loose biopic of pilot Barry Seal, who worked both for the CIA and drug runners in south America in the 1970s and 80s. An almost implausible tale which re-teams the megastar with director Doug Liman, with whom Cruise made the satisfying […]

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CLARE JAMES / DALE RANKMORE | CLUBS PREVIEW

CLARE JAMES / DALE RANKMORE | CLUBS PREVIEW

Unity @ Undertone, Cardiff Sat 26 Aug Techno, house and the hinterland ‘twixt the two is rather well served – some might say on the verge of oversaturation – in the Welsh capital right now, but UNITY has a purpose and ethos slightly different to the rest. Inviting residents and promoters from other similarly minded […]

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LOGAN LUCKY | FILM PREVIEW

LOGAN LUCKY | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Steven Soderbergh (12A, 119 mins) Steven Soderbergh, the man behind Sex, Lies and Videotape and the Oceans 11 series as well as a raft of other diverse and interesting films like Traffic and Magic Mike had apparently retired from directing. He’d done this before years ago, but thankfully this always engaging film maker is back once again […]

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NICKY BLACKMARKET | CLUBS PREVIEW

NICKY BLACKMARKET | CLUBS PREVIEW

Unified Beatz presents Anti-Social Birthday Bash @ Inkspot, Cardiff Fri 25 Aug From graffiti warehouses to antiques basements, some of Cardiff’s most interesting venues of the past few years aren’t really venues at all – rather, they’re existing spaces which are used as something else during the day with a temporary license and a big […]

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AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER | FILM PREVIEW

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Bonni Cohen/Jon Shenk (12A, 100mins) Chillingly pertinent thanks to Donald Trump’s wayward presidency, this sequel to climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth has former almost President of the USA, Al Gore, in winning form highlighting the setbacks and steps forward made in the decade since his original film. Following Gore as he globe-trots, spreading […]

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KING CETSHWAYO: THE MUSICAL | STAGE PREVIEW

KING CETSHWAYO: THE MUSICAL | STAGE PREVIEW

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon Wed 23-Fri 25 Aug Many may already be familiar with the heroic Zulu leader, King Cetshwayo, who memorably led the Zulu nation to victory against the British in the Battle Of Isandlwana. Regardless of prior knowledge, King Cetshwayo: The Musical is sure to entertain audiences everywhere. Merging elements of theatre, film and traditional […]

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JUXTAPOSITION | ART PREVIEW

JUXTAPOSITION | ART PREVIEW

  Boundary Art, Cardiff Bay Until Sat 30 Sept Boundary Art’s new exhibition places the work of two Western artists, Arnold Lowrey and Alistair Tucker, alongside that of two Eastern artists, Ping Gang Cheng and Yuet Yean Teo. The viewer is invited to open their mind and draw conclusions based around this juxtaposition of East […]

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THE SKATALITES | LIVE PREVIEW

THE SKATALITES | LIVE PREVIEW

The Globe, Cardiff Wed 23 Aug Had there never been a Skatalites, there most likely never would have been ska music, and if your thoughts instantly turn to the bad things done in the name of the genre, then it’s a trip to the re-education camps that’s needed for you, buddy! By ‘re-education camps’ we […]

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