Burning Bright – 11 Jan
The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama have a few events on this January to lift your spirits after the holidays. This show is a selection of the recent work from the students studying Composition at the college and is and a great opportunity for an inside look at the work undertaken at this notable and respected institution.
Tickets: £6 Advance/£8 On Day (Get your ticket plus tea and cake for £9)
Speed Dating Cardiff – 11 Jan
With Tinder the new norm – try the old fashioned way. Run by the leading speed dating agency in the UK SpeedDater, it will give singles the opportunity to have up to 15 four minute dates throughout the evening. The organisers request booking advance only, with the need to keep an equal ratio of male to female singles. Tickets are selling fast, so book soon!
‘Allo ‘Allo – 11 Jan – 12 Jan
Allo Allo is local theatre company Adhoc’s latest production. The company has had great success with previous productions such as The Vicar of Dibley, so audiences are expected to be in for a night of great entertainment with their brand new show.
Dry Humour – 13 Jan
Taking part in Dry January? Or just looking for something to do that doesn’t involve alcohol? This charity comedy night is run as a fundraiser for Alcohol Concern – a charity working to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol in the UK. There will be an alcohol-free bar selling a variety of non-alcoholic refreshments. Amongst the comedians are Tony Law and Suzy Bennett.
Tickets: £9/£12 Concession
My Body Welsh 13 – 14 Jan
There’s more to being Welsh than having the accent, isn’t there?…Brought to you by the Invertigo Theatre Company, My Body Welsh is a contemporary, part bilingual play that explores the themes of identity and the role story telling plays in the construction of Welsh national identity. On in the Chapter Arts Centre, it’s a short enough play of a running time around an hour, but with previous acclaim from the critics, Invertigo’s production looks to be engaging and thought provoking.
King King – 13 Jan
King King are setting the blues world on fire, say Classic Rock. As winners of “Best Band” three years running, they were inaugurated into British Blues Awards Hall of Fame in 2015 and since have only been rising in success as a blues rock band. This is a great chance to check out what modern day blues sounds like. On at The Globe this Friday.
Junior Conservatoire Competition – 14 Jan
Another treat from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. With this Junior Concerto Competition, you can see the future of Wales’ most talented musicians. It’s afternoon showing, so they won’t be up past their bedtimes!
Tommy Emmanuel – 14 Jan
Back with his “It’s Never Too Late” tour, Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel is famous for his 1997 album with Chet Atkins The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World. Playing at the St David’s Hall with special guest Clive Carroll, he is famed for embracing his unique guitar style.
Journey Around the Night Sky – 15 Jan
If you love astronomy, this is a great find. Travel around the night sky and learn about the constellations, planets and moon at the Coliseum Theatre in Aberdare. And if the weather permits, look through one of their telescopes into the stars. With only six half hour slots running in this once off event, you need to book in advance to ensure yourself a place.
The Colour of Saying – Glenys Cour: An Artist Her World – 10 Dec – 5 Feb
Glenys Cour’s work has travelled far from the seaside county of Pemrokeshire where she was born in 1924. Her work as a painter and designer has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe and USA and is held in several public and private collections. She is regarded as an artist of great significance in Wales and this exhibition celebrates and explores the ways in which the artist has influenced the cultural life of Swansea.
words RUTH SEAVERS