What’s on @ Taliesin – March 2016

Taliesin Arts Centre is your on campus arts hub, providing a range of films, live performances and live stream broadcasts to suit everyone.

Live music events include jazz, world music, folk and contemporary music. Taliesin also offers top quality drama and international dance performances. Live stream of the best plays, operas and ballets are now a feature at Taliesin, broadcast from National Theatre. Royal Opera House and Royal Shakespeare Company among others…

Great ticket deals for Swansea University students!

See films for only £6 a ticket. If 8 or more book together, it is only £5.40!

See live drama, dance and music for only £3 a ticket (£5 if buying a ticket at the door on the night).

See live streams from the major theatres for only £5 (less than half price)

Don’t forget, you must produce your student card to get the discount

Pop in and pick up a brochure (we are opposite the library) or visit the website at www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk

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What’s coming up at Taliesin?

The coming weeks bring a mix of excellent live performances and high quality films to Taliesin.


Wales One World Film Festival returns to Taliesin

Monday 14 – Wednesday 16 March

Once again, WOW will be covering the globe, from windswept Iceland to the highlands of Ethiopia, from the dusty back roads of Brazil to the paradise island of Vanuatu, with films that have picked up major prizes around the world. This year’s films are – 

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Monday 14 March 6pm

Arsenal (PG)

Director: Oleksandr Dovzhenko

With live musical accompaniment by Bronnt Industries Kapital

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Russia, 1929. Beautifully framed and shot, this visceral anti-war silent movie is brought to life by Guy Bartell’s expertly judged resonant score. The Great War has brought devastation, heartache and hardship to the Ukrainian people. Timosh, a recently demobbed soldier, returns to his hometown Kiev amidst the celebrations of Ukrainian freedom. But Timosh challenges the local authorities by calling for the soviet system to be adopted. From its devastating opening sequence onwards you are acutely aware of the emotional impact of a completely different style of filmmaking.

Monday 14 March 8pm

Neon Bull (15)

Dir: Gabriel Mascaro

Portuguese with English subtitles

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A cowboy working the rodeos of Brazil, Iremar knows there’s more to life than his daily routine of bulls, dust and macho posturing. What he really likes doing is making glamorous dresses for his boss Galega. Beautifully shot to capture the rhythms of Iremar’s life, this overflows with vitality and sly humour. This beguiling, visually ravishing tale of sequins and sawdust upends conventional thinking about masculinity, sexuality, class and creativity and contains the most natural sex scene you’re ever likely to see.

Winner Venice Horizons Award – Special Jury Prize Venice Film Festival 2015

Tueday 15 March 6pm

Lamb (PG)

Dir: Yared Zeleke

Amharic with English subtitles


Set in the fabulous Ethiopian Highlands this delightful film gives us a multi-layered portrait of village life amongst subsistence farmers. It’s the story of young Ephraim who is left with his tyrannical Uncle while his father looks for work. Alone in an unfamiliar world, Ephraim’s constant companion is his pet sheep, apparently destined for the pot. Simply told through the eyes of the boy, there’s rather more going on than initially appears. This charming story about growing up in a land where everyone is short of food has an undeniable ring of authenticity.

Tuesday 15 March 8pm

Rams (15)

Dir: Grímur Hákonarson

Icelandic with English subtitles


An endearing story of love, loss and forgiveness set against the backdrop of the magnificent Icelandic landscape. On neighbouring farms in a remote valley two warring brothers tend to their prized sheep. They haven’t spoken to one another in over forty years. Each as stubborn as the other, Gummi and Kiddi communicate only via notes dutifully delivered by their sheep dog. But can they end their feud when disaster strikes their beloved sheep?

Iceland’s entry to the Best Foreign Language Oscars®

Wednesday 16 March 6pm

The Pearl Button (tbc)

Dir: Patricio Guzman

Spanish with English subtitles

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Delighting in the beauty of Patagonia’s volcanoes, mountains and glaciers, this extraordinary film will give you much to ponder. In the same lyrical vein as his wonderful Nostalgia for The Light,Guzman ruminates on astronomy, water, memory, and much else besides. Via a pearl button he links Pinochet’s atrocities to the story of Jimmy Button, a native Amerindian taken to Europe in the 19th century. Guzman explores Chile’s tortured history through many poignant interviews. Nobody else really makes films like this that express deeply humanist, spiritual ideas so effortlessly.

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Script at Berlin International Film Festival 2015

Wednesday 16 March 8pm

Tanna (12A)

Dir: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean

with English subtitles

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Set against the rain forest and stark volcanic slopes of the Pacific Island paradise of Vanuatu, this is a Romeo & Juliet tale of how two young lovers challenge their cultural tradition of arranged marriages in the name of love. Performed by an extraordinary cast from the Yakel tribe, This visually ravishing film tells the story of Wawu, a young woman who has fallen in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When her family forbids their marriage they run away, causing further trouble as an inter-tribal war threatens.

Winner International Critics Week Award for Best Director and Best Cinematography Venice Film Festival 2015

10% discount when you book 3 or more films from Taliesin’s WOW programme

Dydd Iau 17 Mawrth / Thursday 17 March 7.30pm

Opra Cymru

Deigryn yn y Dirgel (L’elisir d’amore) gan Donizetti

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Bydd OPRA Cymru yn dod a’i fersiwn Cymraeg o gomedi poblogaidd Donizetti L’elisir d’amore i Taliesin Nos Iau 17 Mawrth. Gyda cherddorfa siambr o dan arweinyddiaeth Anthony Negus (gynt o OCC) a chast o dalentau addawol ac ifanc, mae hon yn argoeli i fod yn noson bleserus o gerddoriaeth hudolus, farddonol a theatrig. Mae’r cwmni’n falch i gyflwyno’r tenor dawnus o Lanfyllin, un o enillwyr yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, Rhodri Prys Jones.

OPRA Cymru brings a new Welsh-language version of Donizetti’s popular comedy L’elisir d’amore to the Taliesin Arts Centre. With a chamber orchestra under the leadership of Anthony Negus (formerly of WNO) and a cast of young up-and-coming talent, this promises to be an evening of musical, poetic and theatrical delight. The company is proud to present the exceptionally talented young tenor from Llanfyllin, National Eisteddfod prize-winner, Rhodri Prys Jones.

Friday 18 March 7.30pm

Theatr Pena/The Riverfront co-production

The Glass Menagerie 

by Tennessee Williams

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Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield lives for her children and wants only what’s best for them. Her son, Tom, longs to escape from his domineering mother but stays for the sake of his sister, Laura. Desperate to find a husband for her shy and withdrawn daughter, Amanda enlists Tom’s help. But will the arrival of the long-awaited “gentleman caller” fulfil or shatter the family’s fragile dreams?

Theatr Pena’s imaginative new production promises to bring something fresh to this timeless American classic by one of the greatest 20th century playwrights.


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