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SHREK THE MUSICAL REVIEW

Orbit’s production of ‘Shrek the Musical’ landed in the New theatre last night and exceeded all of my expectations. It was on par with the other mainstream touring productions, I have seen in the past. This production was fun for the whole family. Not only was this show appropriate for children, as there were jokes …

Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Extends Residency in Cardiff

Due to phenomenal demand, the world-class interactive exhibition will be extending in Cardiff’s St. David’s Shopping Centre until November 10, 2019. After an overwhelming response from fans in Cardiff, Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. will be extending its stay in Cardiff’s St. David’s Shopping Centre. The news follows a hugely successful run for S.T.A.T.I.O.N. in London, New York, …

Write To Kill

Okay, a little bit of shameless self promotion. If you've read any of my previous articles written for the Valley Times, featuring TV programmes such as Sanditon and Keeping Faith with Eve Myles, singer/songwriters like Amy Wedge (who wrote the theme for Keeping Faith), and actress and author Jessica Martin, you may or may not …

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THEBRITISH ACADEMY CYMRU AWARDS IN 2019

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THE BRITISH ACADEMY CYMRU AWARDS IN 2019 Documentary feature film Anorac leads with six nominations Netflix feature Apostle and S4C television drama Enid a Lucy each receive five nominations 19 first time nominees confirmed as record entries received 5 September 2019: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in Wales, BAFTA Cymru, has announced today the nominations …

TUCKED (15) Written and Directed by Jamie Patterson Starring Derren Nesbitt, Jordan Stephens, Steve Oram, April Pearson UK DVD & DIGITAL HD RELEASE DATE: MONDAY 9th SEPTEMBER

TUCKED is a raw and tender drama about an ageing 80 year old drag queen who forms an unlikely friendship with a younger queen, both struggling with their own issues of gender identity & mortality. As they discover more about each other, they realise how to truly be themselves. A story about love, loss and friendship …

Let the sunshine in! 30 things to try at The Red Dragon Centre as temperatures rise

THIS IMAGE IS LICENSED TO THE RED DRAGON CENTRE FOR PR, COMMUNICATION AND MARKETING USE ONLY. © Roger Donovan, Media Photos Tel: 02920 361126 Mobile: 07711 325100 e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk http://www.mediaphotos.co.uk Summertime is upon us; the days are brighter, and everyone is excited to spend time together with friends and family as summer is here. For anyone staying …

A Brighter Future at Cynon Valley Museum

The Cynon Valley Museum is now brighter than ever before. All three galleries this week have seen extensive investment in their lighting. This has included replacing older inefficient lights with new energy efficient LED’s and expanding the number of lights in the galleries improving the visitor experience and making the museum more accessible than ever …

REVIEW OF JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

The legendary “Jesus Christ Superstar” from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, was brought to life, once again, last night, at the “Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival”, which is part of the “Everyman Theatre”. This biopic, stage production, tells the story, of Jesus Christ’s, final week on earth, which includes, scenes of love, heartache and …

Lion King musical is coming to Cardiff in 2020

The incredible stage production of "The Lion King", will visit Cardiff during July and August 2020, for a 7 week run. This explosive musical, based on Disney's hit 1994 film and now 2019 film, featuring the voices, from the likes of "Beyoncé Knowles" and "Seth Roger", last visited Cardiff in 2014 and was hugely successful, …

Sanditon

I have a confession to make. I'm not one to sit and watch period drama's. Yes, I confess now. BUT....... this Autumn I will be sitting comfortably in front of the television to watch a new adaptation of an unfinished novel by Jane Austen. In January 1817, Jane began work on a new novel she …

CHICAGO FROM KINETIC SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS REVIEW

CHICAGO CAST Local esteemed theatre group, Kinetic, opened its much anticipated production of “Chicago” last night, at the “Royal College of Welsh Drama” and what a Chicago style opening it was! Chicago the musical, tells the story of how two showgirls, are arrested for murder, one for the murder of her husband and her sister, …

REVIEW OF WELSH PROMS’ “ONE SMALL STEP…”

The legendary Welsh Proms, opened at St David’s Hall last night and what a superb opening it was. We were taken on a journey, celebrating 50 years of the iconic moon landing, which is something very special indeed. Classical music played a big part of this momentous occurrence and Welsh Proms certainly celebrated this. Artistic …

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie coming to the WMC Next May

Happy Friday everyone! 👏 We're super excited to announce that...Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the smash-hit, West End musical is coming to the Centre 18 – 23 May 2020 as part of its first UK tour! The brilliant Layton Williams (OFFICIAL) (Bad Education, Billy Elliot the Musicals l) stars as Jamie New and Shane Richie (Alfie …

Review of “our generation” by Shine Theatre School

Shine theatre school shows titled “it's our generation” and “time to shine”, in Wales Millenium Centre dance house, were two fantastic shows that demonstrate what ‘Shine’ the company was all about. Every cast member, including the little ones, performed fantastic dance routines, great vocals and entertaining acting schemes. On top of this, every child was …

Cardiff Metropolitan University and Primary School Pupils Design Wellbeing App

Cardiff Metropolitan University has launched a wellbeingapp designed by primary pupils with university students to support schools and parents in enhancing children’s wellbeing. The iValue U Wellbeing App, which recently became available to download from the Apple App Store, was developed by Welsh primary pupils for other children.  iValue U resulted from a year-long project between Cardiff Metropolitan University’s School of Education and Social Policy and schools across South Wales. …

Keeping Faith Record-breaking drama returns for a second series on BBC One on 23 July

Eve Myles returns as Faith Howells, the much-loved lawyer, wife and mother whose life was turned upside down by the unexplained disappearance of her husband, Evan (Bradley Freegard). Now, 18 months later, Faith is drawn into a new mystery as she takes on the case of Madlen Vaughan (Aimee-Ffion Edwards), a local farmer accused of …

GHOST TO BRING “THE ULTIMATE TOUR NAMED DEATH” TO EUROPE THIS NOVEMBER/DECEMBER TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 12 JULY AT 10AM

Following the coveted Special Guest slot on Metallica’s 26-date summer European stadium tour “WorldWired,” and a 32-date Fall headline arena tour of North America, Ghost will bring its “Ultimate Tour Named Death” to European arenas starting November 16 at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, England. The company will travel across the UK and Europe over …

Review of ‘Hello Cabaret in the Park’ as part of the Everyman Open Air theatre festival

‘Hello Cabaret’ returned to Sophia Gardens on Sunday night for the third year running, performing their cabaret in the park, closing the first weekend of the Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival (on until the 3rd August). The show promises ‘popular show tunes, spellbinding stories and hidden gems performed under the stars’, and for the most part, …

WEST END SUPERSTAR KERRY ELLIS PERFORMS AS PART OF RAFT

KERRY ELLIS OUTSIDE THE PARK & DARE THEATRE TREORCHY West end superstar Kerry Ellis, famous for playing Elphaba in smash west end hit ‘Wicked’ landed not in Oz, but in the beautiful Rhondda valleys last night and this was one landing, Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy Gale would never have forgotten. Kerry Ellis shot to fame …

WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME – THE BOOK AND MOVIE THAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT!

LONDON AUTHOR CELEBRATES PUBLISHING SUCCESS OF HIS AMAZON BEST-SELLING NOVEL WITH A BOOK TO MOVIE PROJECT! From wrongly imprisoned life-saver to self-published Amazon No 1 bestselling author, David P Perlmutter’s debut novel, WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME, also edited by his partner Julie Tucker is now a book to movie project with Golden Mile Productions and …

The Late Late Show with James Corden

The Late Late Show with James Corden broadcasting from London with Mumford & Sons performing. Airing June 20th, 2019 (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) Photo: Craig Sugden/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved The fourth episode of the London edition of The Late Late Show with James Corden airs tonight at 10pm on Sky One and NOW TV. The Late …

POSTER AND TRAILER REVEALED FOR NEW ARE YOU PROUD? DOCUMENTARY

Peccadillo Pictures has revealed the new poster and trailer for the new UK documentary Are You Proud? The film is released in cinemas on  26th July  and VOD/DVD on 29th July, including in US.You can watch the trailer here:  https://youtu.be/aL1hTa7R9ps The LGBTQ+ movement in the UK has fought bruising battles for equality. Directed by Ashley Joiner, …

Sky announces upcoming original Christmas special, Cinderella: After Ever After, starring David Walliams, Sian Gibson, Celia Imrie and Sir Tom Courtenay

This Christmas, Sky One turns the classic Cinderella story on its head, thanks to new Sky original comedy Cinderella: After Ever After starring David Walliams. Sian Gibson, Celia Imrie and Sir Tom Courtenay also join the all-star line-up in this King Bert Productions special. All fairy tales end with ‘happy ever after’ but what happens after ever after? …

Lady Taverners host inter-school sports fun day for special schools

Around 120 children from 6 special schools competed in The Lady Taverners inter-school sports day at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cyncoed. Heronbridge, Meadowbank, Ty Gwyn, Riverbank, Ysgol y Deri and The Hollies competed in sports from wheelchair races, long jump, table tennis, skittles and egg and spoon races. The event finished a relay …

Caroline Sheen & Amber Davies To Star in 9 To 5 The Musical at Wales Millennium Centre Theatre

The producers of Dolly Parton’s 9 To 5 The Musical have announced  that Caroline Sheen will star as Violet Newstead and Amber Davies will star as Judy Bernly when the smash hit musical plays at Wales Millennium Centre during autumn 2019. Caroline Sheen played the role of Violet Newstead to rave reviews when this production …

Coppafeel Charity

Me again! Sorry, but as I mentioned in my previous article, I was kindly invited to two events this week in London, the first, being Jessica Martin's book launch, the second, last nights charity event at Myla. It was a social gathering in aid of CoppaFeel breast cancer charity, hosted by the stunning lingerie shop, …

Another Sky Life Was Coming In Through The Blinds Release date: Friday, June 14th 2019

Today Another Sky release their ‘Life Was Coming In Through The Blinds’ EP on Fiction Records. A stunning body of work, setting the band firmly within their own creative lane, the four-track release focuses on resilience and celebration in the darkest of times, loosely inspired by‘The Wisdom Of No Escape’, by Pema Chodron. A woman …

The Red Dragon Centre invites families to enjoy ‘One Great Day’ at Cardiff Bay

The Red Dragon Centre is joining organisations nationwide to celebrate ‘One Great Day’, a charity fundraising day in aid of local children’s health charities that support families, including Tŷ Hafan.  The entertainment centre is inviting families and friends to Cardiff Bay on Saturday 22 June in celebration of One Great Day between 12pm and 4pm. With Toy Story …

Planet Earth II Live In Concert 2020 UK and Ireland Arena Tour

Hosted by Liz Bonnin Music by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea & Jasha Klebe For Bleeding Fingers Music City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Conducted by Matthew Freeman Planet Earth II Live in Concert, from BBC Studios and the acclaimed BBC Natural History Unit that created TV sensations, Blue Planet II and Dynasties, has announced a UK & Ireland arena tour for Spring 2020. Experience …

FORMER FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA JOINS SKY ONE’S THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN IN LONDON

Former First Lady Michelle Obama will join James Corden for an epic international dodgeball game that will kick off The Late Late Show with James Corden in London, airing Tuesday 18 June to Friday 21 June, exclusively on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV in the UK. This is the third UK trip for The Late Late Show with …

Breaking Down Society’s Barriers: Tolerance vs Inclusion

Art and design are powerful tools to raise awareness and inform observers of societal issues. That’s what Stephen Burridge focused on for his final piece at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The 28-year old just completed his undergraduate in Graphic Communication at the Cardiff School of Art and Design and will showcase his completed design work,‘Tolerance’, at the school’s summer show. His exhibition looks to educate visitors and fixates on the difference between tolerance …

Authors – Actors and The Kray Twins

You know what it’s like when you’ve been invited to an event or party months in advance of the event date, and you’re looking forward to it so much and for so long but in the end, the party is so disappointing, it feels like fireworks disintegrating without an Ohhh or an Ahh on the stroke of midnight? Well, …

Gok Wan amongst first acts announced for Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend

Pride Cymru has revealed the first set of performers for its annual Big Weekend, celebrating diversity and unity. Over a set of three days in August, more than 75 acts will come to Cardiff, providing a variety of entertainment that ranges from music acts to drag performers to comedians. Among the performers is one of Britain’s favourites, GokWan, …

RAFT 2019

The 2019 Rhondda Arts Festival (RAFT) opens next weekend with a month long series of arts events across the regions, as organisers reveal a trio of additional events to add to their high profile roster.Blackadder & Time Team’s Sir Tony Robinson joins Wicked star Kerry Ellis and award winning comedian & actor Omid Djalili in headlining the festival’s second year, which runs from June …

LAST SUMMER FILM WELSH PREMIERE

Set in Welsh countryside during the 1970s, with the prospect of a long, hot summer ahead  of play and friendships, four boys find their own adventure until unexpected tragedy strikes with devastating consequences. Catapulted into the adult world, they strive to take matters into their own hands. Will the boys learn the value of their childhood …

Happy birthday Sir Ian McKellen (Winner of the first ever Valley Times living legend award)

The inspirational Sir Ian McKellen, CH, CBE, celebrated his 80th birthday recently and coincidentally, Stonewall, (LGBT rights charity) which he co-founded, celebrated their 50th birthday! Furthermore we are extremely proud to announce, that we are awarding the first ever Valley Times living legend award to Sir Ian, for his sensational contribution to the world of Arts …

A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES WITH ONLY MEN ALOUD AND THE CORY BAND

The sensational Only Men Aloud and the magnificent Cory band, showcased their “A Night At The Movies” show last night, at the iconic St David’s hall Cardiff and what a superb show it was! The evening was a celebration of the world’s most loved films, especially focusing on the wonderful music, from legendary American composer, …

New Cygnet arrivals hatched for the Summer

Let’s raise a glass to the brand new Cygnet additions ‘landing’ safely at the distillery this week.  Following on from the huge success of the debut 70cl craft gin from the Welsh gin company, Cygnet, the South Wales Distillery have announced not one, but two brand new Cygnet products which are now available to buy.  The …

NON-BULLSHIT INNOVATION

Last week I was invited to a book launch at a very cool book shop in London. Designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano, the book shop, called Libreria, was located just off Brick Lane, in the very trendy Shoreditch. The launch was for author, David Rowan, who happily signed copies of his debut book "NON-BULLSHIT INNOVATION" …

WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE LAUNCHES WEEKLY ‘SATURDAY SUPPER CLWB’

Supper Clwb launches on 1st June 2019 and features monthly cabaret nights of drag, musicals, burlesque and comedy, with great food and drink Saturday Supper Clwb, a new evening of food and the best cabaret in town presented by Wales Millennium Centre, is launching this June!   Each Saturday of the month will feature an exciting …

REVIEW OF THE NORTHERN BALLET’S VICTORIA

The New Theatre was abuzz last night. Crowds of audience members anticipating the Northern Ballet’s production of ‘Victoria’ created a real atmosphere of excitement as soon as you stepped foot into the building. Having never been to a professional ballet performance before, I was on tenterhooks, not quite knowing what to expect from a performance …

Peter Kitchen

Hello all. A new week, well Tuesday, but hey, only four days to go until another Bank Holiday Weekend. Talking about weekends, last Sunday I was at Wembley Stadium for the F A Trophy and even though my team, Leyton Orient lost, it didn't matter one single bit. Why you may ask, or maybe not. …

WELSH SINGING SENSATION LUCIE JONES TO PLAY LEAD ROLE ON WAITRESS THE MUSICAL

The incredibly talented Lucie Jones from Cardiff (X-Factor, UK Eurovision 2017) has had all her dreams come true, by joining the WAITRESS London cast to play Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that …

Ashleigh K – Singer – Model – Leyton Orient Fan…..

Hello Wales, yes me, again. I just can't keep away. I hope you're enjoying all my articles, ranging from actors from Hollywood to meeting Jodie Comer from Killing Eve, to Stephen Hammett-Perlmutter founder of Origins Cuisines from Bristol and now let's meet singer and model and Leyton Orient fan, ASHLEIGH K. Having begun her music …

Origins Cuisine – Bristol

This is Stephen Hammett-Perlmutter collecting his award from Cllr Asher Craig who was voted to receive funding for his next adventure. Hello again WALES. I hope you're enjoying my column. I'm moving completely away from my previous article/subject about the Baftas, Jodie Comer and Hollywood actor Rich Graff to, as Kenny Everett (remember him?) would …

Bafta Winner And The Hollywood Actor…..

Jodie Comer with her Bafta award! Hello WALES, me again from London, with another update about what I’ve been up to recently…. and have I got a story for you….. Monday, just gone, 24 hours after the Baftas on BBC. Did you watch the awards? I did. Have you seen Killing Eve? I have. Are you …

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT REVIEW

GO GO GO JAYMI! Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s fascinating musical is back on the road and, has arrived in Cardiff. The show follows Joseph, the favourite son of Jacob, after his eleven brothers sell him as a slave due to their jealousy of him receiving a technicoloured coat from Jacob. What follows is …

Patti Boulaye – Aretha & Me!

Following the last two years of sell-outs of her show “Billie & Me” the award-winning singer and musical theatre star Patti Boulaye, returns with her brand new one-woman show “Aretha and Me”. In this fascinating show, Patti compares and contrasts her life with that of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, whose celebrated career included 17 …

RUSSELL T DAVIES YEARS AND YEARS FROM RED PRODUCTION COMPANY FOR BBC ONE, HBO AND CANAL+

YEARS AND YEARS COMING TO BBC ONEPictured: Daniel (Russell Tovey), Ruby (Jade Alleyne), Edith (Jessica Hynes), Rosie (Ruth Madeley), Muriel (Anne Reid), Stephen (Rory Kinnear), Celeste (T'nia Miller), Bethany (Lydia West) A six part upcoming drama called 'Years and Years' written and produced by the legendary 'Russell T Davies', will premiere Tuesday 14|05 at 9PM BST, …

LGBTQ+ community members share messages and support for Lesbian Visibility Day

LGBTQ+ people around the world, along with politicians and advocacy groups, have been raising awareness and support for the 11th annual Lesbian Day of Visibility.  Held on April 26 every year, Lesbian Visibility Day showcases women-loving-women, providing a platform for lesbian role models to speak out on the issues facing female sexual minorities. Happy Lesbian Visibility day 🏳️‍🌈🌈

VOICES OF WALES: A FREE 360O FILM EXPERIENCE COMES TO WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE

2 – 4 MAY 2019 @ GLANFA, WMC Showcasing Wales’ dramatic and diverse landscape and the vibrant music scene embedded within it, Voices of Wales is an innovative short film experience with spine tingling performances from Wales’ emerging musical talents. From the mountains of Snowdonia to the inner-city clubs of Cardiff, audiences will enjoy a gloriously immersive …

THE BODYGUARD UK TOUR REVIEW

The 'Bodyguard The Musical' landed at the 'Wales Millennium Centre' Cardiff last night and what a STAGGERING landing it was! THE ORIGINAL 'THE BODYGUARD' FILM POSTER Based on the iconic hit 90s film 'The bodyguard', starring the late 'Whitney Houston' and Hollywood legend 'Kevin Costner', the film has been transitioned to the stage and given …

Review of Airbnb property in Cardiff

Set on Amesbury RD in Penylan, Cardiff, is this charming Victorian family home, which is being offered on the Airbnb platform. It has 3 bedrooms, that will comfortably sleep a family of six /party of six and has some superb facilities. Upon entering this beautiful house, you're greeted with a sensational period tiled floor, which …

COLLABRO ST DAVID’S HALL CARDIFF REVIEW

Collabro Review  On Friday night, St David’s Hall in Cardiff became the 41st venue of Collabro’s Road to the Royal Albert Hall tour; the quartet’s largest tour to date. In a city and country that knows a thing or two about male-voice groups, the 2014 Britain’s Got Talent winners entertained a lively crowd with a …

Wales Millennium Centre CO-PRODUCTIONS Excite And Inspire The World in March 2019

Wales’s number 1 visitor attraction has had a hugely successful March and really keeps Wales at the foreground of the arts sector. Set over its 7.5 acre site in the heart of Cardiff Bay, with its main theatre being able to accommodate 1900 people. The centre plays a hugely important role, in wales' arts and …

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL REVIEW AT THE WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE

The iconic ‘Motown The Musical’ hit Cardiff this week and was a colossal event!  This heart warming musical, tells the story of how ‘Berry Gordy’s’ ’Motown Record Corporation’,who brought some of the world’s most recognisable stars, into the limelight , such as Marvin Gaye, Dianna Ross, Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson, The Jackson 5 and The …

CHAPEL 1877 GIN TASTING SESSION

My most recent discovery took me to Chapel 1877 Bar and Restaurant, which is located on Churchill Way, Cardiff.  It is a grade II listed building which maintains all its original gothic charm. The converted chapel is tastefully decorated whilst maintaining many original features. The building has an overwhelming feeling of grandeur due to its …

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