words: HAYLEY COX
The award-winning Fringe First production Release reaches the Richard Burton Theatre at the RWCMD this week (Tues 12 Jun, 7.30pm, tickets from £10). This innovative production follows the lives of three ex-cons as they adjust to life without bars to contain them.
The Pembrokeshire coast will be dominated by post-exam students embracing the summer at Beach Break Live this week (Thurs 14-Sun 18 Jun, tickets from £109). Artists including Chase & Status, Friendly Fires, Dizzee Rascal and Nero will be performing at Pembrey Country Park.
For a different music experience, the Sonic Rock Solstice music festival returns to Builth Wells for its fourth year (Fri 15-Sun 17 Jun, tickets: £65). Boasting three days of space rock/prog/blues/folk with a line-up including Girlschool, Hawklords and System 7.
For some historical exposure, Barry’s Wartime Weekend (Fri 15-Sun 17 Jun, admission: free) will be providing the opportunity for visitors to learn more about the significant role Barry played in the WW2 effort.
Finnish daredevils Petit, Rauli and Kalle, collectively known as Petit Mal, will be showcasing their extreme performance skills at the Sherman Theatre this weekend (Sat 16-Sun 17 Jun, tickets from £15).
A celebration of cycling reaches South Wales as Cardiff welcomes this year’s Cycle Festival (Sat 16-Sat 30 Jun, tickets: check online). With a number of public events including cycle tours and training courses there’s plenty to get involved in.
Fern Thomas’s exhibition continues at Mission Gallery, Swansea. She invites her audience to examine the nature of dreams in her latest exhibition, When The Moon Fell Out Of Orbit (Until Tues 15 July, admission: free).
For something a little darker, The Maids opens this week at The Riverfront, Newport (Wed 13-Sat 16 Jun, tickets from £6). Ripe with scandal and controversy, this disturbing play portrays the revenge sought by two servant sisters against their mistress.
On a lighter note, Canadian comedian Mike Wilmot comes to Cardiff this week (Thurs 14-Sat 16 Jun, 7.15pm, tickets from £6) where he is joined by Danny McLoughlin, Tim Clark and John Goraillo.
Alan Bennett’s The Lady In The Van opens in the New Theatre, Cardiff (Tues 12-Sat 16 Jun, tickets: check online), starring the Olivier Award-winning Nichola McAuliffe as said Lady.