Dates Confirmed for Opening Doors Festival 2019


Last week, Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch announced the dates for the next Opening Doors Festival – Wales’ International Festival of Performing Arts for Young Audiences. The festival will take place March 18th-22nd 2019.

The international festival brings companies from all over the world to Aberystwyth for a jam-packed week of new and contemporary productions for children and young people. In the past, the festival has been a bi-annual event, but recently was given a break to make room for the staging of last year’s community arts festival, Far Old Line. The last Opening Doors Festival was back in 2014.

The Festival provides children, young people and families in Wales with the opportunity to experience some of the best international performances, as well as providing Welsh performers with the opportunity to showcase the wealth of artistic talents we have here in Wales to an International audience. The programme of the festival will include productions by international companies, new, exciting productions by companies from Wales, open air performances, new projects and interesting presentations.

More information about Opening Doors 2019 will be released soon, keep an eye on Arad Goch’s social media pages. @AradGoch.
For more information, contact Arad Goch on 01970617998, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Do I Have to Wake Up? on tour!


Between the 7th of June and July the 10th we will be touring our production for young children (2-8) Do I Have to Wake Up? around Wales’ theatres.

“Ro’n i’n wên o glust i glust am dri chwarter awr wrth wylio Oes Rhaid i Mi Ddeffro? Mae’r cynhyrchiad newydd hwn yn cynnig ‘cwtsh’ i’r galon, a lle i’r enaid gael llawenydd.”
(I was smiling constantly for three quarters on an hour as I watched Do I Have to Wake Up? This new production offers the heart a big ‘cwtch’, and gives joy to the soul)
– Lowri Cooke

Music, dance, flying, dreams, a magical world where socks turn into breakfast… and a lot of fun! Do I Have to Wake Up? is an interactive production for young children (2-8) and their families which is a feast for the imagination!

The audience gets a chance to build their own stories in a performance which touches on themes such as sharing, creating and friends. Join us in the dreamy world of the production by Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch which broke new grounds in the world of children’s theatre in Wales by mixing the contemporary choreography of Eddie Ladd with traditional Welsh music from the 18th century.

Do I Have to Wake Up? toured around a few of Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire’s schools back in January 2016. It was a short tour, and since then the production has been performed in festivals in Europe and was nominated for the award Best Production for Children and Young People at the Wales Theatre Awards.

Despite being performed many times in Britain and beyond, this will be the production’s first public tour in Wales. Below is the full tour and for more information contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone us on 01970 617998.

Canolfan Arad Goch - 01970 617998 7.6.17 13:30 (C) 8.6.17 13:30 (C)

Neuadd Ogwen - 01248 208485 12.6.17 10:00 (C) 13:00 (C) 13.6.17 10:00 (C) 13:00 (C)

Galeri Caernarfon - 01286 685222 16.6.17 10:30 (C) 13:30 (C) 17.6.17 10:30 (C)

Canolfan Banw - 01938 820226 19.6.17 10:30 (C) 13:30 (C) 20.6.17 10:30 (C)

Theatr Clwyd - 01352 701521 21.6.17 11:00 (C) 13:30 (E) 16:30 (C)

Theatr Stiwt - 01978 841300 22.6.17 10:00 (C) 13:00 (C) 23.6.17 10:00 (E) 13.00 (E)

Theatr Brycheiniog - 01874 611622 26.6.17 11:00 (E) 13:30 (E) 27.6.17 11:00 (E) 13:30 (C)

Theatr Mwldan - 01239 621200 28.6.17 10:30 (C) 13:30 (C) 29.6.17 10:30 (C) 13:30 (C)

Neuadd Dwyfor - 01758 704088 30.6.17 11:00 (C) 13:30 (C) 1.7.17 11:00 (C)

Theatr Felinfach - 01570 470697 3.7.17 10:30 (C) 13:30 (C) 4.7.17 10:30 (C) 13:30 (C)

Theatr Torch - 01646 695267 5/7/17 11:00 (C) 13:30 (E+W)

Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru/ Wales Millenium Centre - 029 2063 6464 7.7.17 10:00 (E) 13:30 (C) 8.7.17 10:00 (C) 13:30 (E)

The Hafren - 01686 614555 10/7/17 10:30 (C) 13:30 (E)

(C) - Perfformiad Cymraeg (E) - English Performance (E+W) English with some Welsh

Vacancies with Arad Goch


Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch are currently looking to fill two vacancies.

We are looking for an Associate / Deputy Director and a Funding Researcher.

For both of these positions, the ability to work through the medium of Welsh is essential.

For more information, contact Arad Goch on 01970 617998.

A Good Clean Heart - at Arad Goch


A GOOD CLEAN HEART – Showing at Arad Goch

Two brothers, raised apart in West Wales and South London, now reunited. This dynamic, bilingual play in English & Welsh from award-winning playwright Alun Saunders is the rollercoaster story of HEFIN & JAY, where things go from brilliant to horrific in a heartbeat.

Arad Goch is looking forward to welcoming the Neontopia crew to the Arad Goch venue to perform their production A Good Clean Heart. The show is touring theatres in Wales over September and October, including four performances here in Aberystwyth in Canolfan Arad Goch.

“Here is a witty and very appealing piece of work by a new author which is certainly worth seeing!”
-Lowri Haf Cooke, Theatre Critic

With animated surtitles in both languages, this a truly accessible and exciting production of a funny and moving play. A Good Clean Heart will be showing at 7:30 every evening between the 13th and 18th of October, and also as a matinee at 2:00pm Friday the 14th of October.

For more Information, phone Arad Goch on 01970617998 and to book tickets, follow this link!

Ceredigion Art Trail


Calling Young artists in Ceredigion – We have a gallery to fill for the Ceredigion Art Trail

This summer, the Arad Goch building will be part of the Ceredigion Art Trail, and we need pieces of art to fill the exhibition. We are looking for young people who either have art work already, or are keen to create new pieces to be displayed at Arad Goch.

The work can be in any medium – paint, photography, sculptures, textiles… The work can be any size also, but spaces are limited so first come first served…

The work will be seen by visitors to Canolfan Arad Goch over the summer, and will be a part of an art trail full of well-known and professional artists too. This is a great opportunity for anyone with an interest in art!

For more information, contact Nia .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone Arad Goch on 01970 617998.

For more information on the art trail, follow this link;

The Dylan Thomas Sound Project


Dylan Thomas Sound Project!

This weekend (Saturday the 9th of April) we will be welcoming the Dylan Thomas Sound Project to Arad Goch. This is a very exciting production which revolves around the idea of mixing the famous poems of Dylan Thomas with music.

Gwyn Griffiths (one of the producers of the production) describes the production as, “The Dylan Thomas Sound Project is a combination of original music put to the wonderful poetry of Mr Dylan Thomas”. The production evolved after Gwyn Griffiths listened to a reading of the famous poem “Do not go Gentle...” and found that the rhythmical delivery of the reading sparked an abundance of musical possibilities.

The tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children, and the performance is at 19:45 on the 9/4/16.

For more information, visit:

To book a ticket, or for any further information, phone Arad Goch on 01970 617998.

Canolfan Arad Goch



Canolfan Arad Goch is a fantastic location for your meetings, lectures and conferences in addition to being a great venue for training sessions and workshops. It’s also an ideal facility for arts performances and rehearsals.

Located in the centre of Aberystwyth, a stone’s throw from the famous Promenade, shops and various services, we are within walking distance of the train and bus stations and nearby car parks.

The Ganolfan, which is, architecturally, a modern adaptation of a former church vestry and adjoining manse, was opened in 2008. The building has a number of spaces, including a multi-purpose theatre room, a studio, an airy galley space and a meeting room. There is, in addition, a green room / kitchen and entrance hall.

The building is disability accessible and has a lift operating to all floors.

A number of the available spaces are very adaptable and it’s possible to hold several events, or break-out sessions of the same event, concurrently. Indeed, the building is highly suited to the staging of a multi-faceted event – there are enough spaces here to ensure privacy whilst maintaining a homely feel. The entire building can house an event for 100 people, with the individual spaces available catering for numbers between 5 and 60.

Arad Goch’s staff are known for their geniality and friendliness and a warm welcome is assured.

Canolfan Arad Goch is available for hire 7 days a week. Catering, by local producers, can be arranged on request.
Our hire charges are competitive and we offer discounts for first time and regular users.

For further information contact Nia Wyn Evans on 01970 617998 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)



A powerful drama by Mari Rhian Owen about the hopes, fears and adventures of the Welsh people who sailed to Patagonia to create a new life 150 years ago.

Schools performances to be staged in the autumn, along with public performances at 4 venues between 9 and 24 October -

9th Y Ganolfan, Nefyn 19.00 Tel. 01758 721313
16th Neuadd y Dref, Llangefni 18.30 Tel. 01248 725700
18th Chapter, Cardiff 11.00/14.00 Tel. 02920 304400
24th Neuadd y Dref, Denbigh 14.00/19.00 Tel. 01745 812822

These public performances will be held in Welsh.





Eddie Ladd and her contemporary choreography mixed with traditional Welsh music from the 18th Century – Arad Goch introduces a brand new concept to the world of children’s theatre in Wales.

‘Do I Have To Wake Up?’ is Arad Goch’s first production for 2015 and is based on two characters and a musician who live in the land of dreams, where anything is possible! This is the third in a series of interactive performances for children 3 – 7 years old. ‘One Step Two Step’ was developed in 2010 and ‘Where the Leaves Blow’ in 2012, both proved immensely popular and toured extensively throughout Wales with over 350 performances in schools, nurseries and family festivals.

Both performances have also put Wales on the map in the world of interactive and contemporary performances for children; Arad Goch have performed the work in children’s festivals in Russia, South Korea, Tunisia and Majorca.

“The interactive element has proved that Wales is not scared to explore and to develop new concepts. Children in Wales and abroad have thoroughly enjoyed being able to take part in the performance by helping the characters to find objects, responding to questions during the performance and creating their own stories at the end of the performance. The interactive element will continue in order to enhance the children’s experience” Jeremy Turner, Artistic Director of Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch & Production Director.

Two new and exciting elements will be at the heart of ‘Do I Have To Wake Up?’; Eddie Ladd’s contemporary choreography, and live music performed by violinist Mari Morgan who has just completed her MA in Welsh Traditional Music in Bangor University.

“This is Arad Goch’s first experience of working with a choreographer to develop a physical piece for children. The combination of contemporary performance side by side with the traditional music is a new concept for children’s theatre in Wales” Jeremy Turner.

Actors Ffion Wyn Bowen and Mark Roberts were the cast members in the two previous performances. For this new performance, both have spent time with children at Ysgol Llanilar and Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth, discussing children’s ideas about ‘dreaming’ and ‘sleeping’.

“Children are full of ideas. They shared some great stories about the characters they dream about, the emotions they feel when they dream and wake up and also the sounds they hear when they sleep. It became apparent that music and dance would be the perfect art forms for this production.” Ffion Wyn Bowen

The children also came up with some fantastic ideas about what sounds they hear when they dream, and as a result it’s Mari Morgan, the musician who rules the narrative;

“I’m the instigator in the cast! The change in rhythm, sound effects, songs and so on tells the young audience that something new is about to happen, it directs the narrative in a subtle but effective way. The music is a fun combination of traditional 18th Century Welsh music alongside sound effects such as car horns, raindrops, racing cars and all sorts of other things! It’s been great fun developing the sound effects on the violin!” Mari Morgan

Eddie Ladd worked with Jeremy Turner on the Urdd’s Youth Theatre musical ‘Cysgu’n Brysur’ in 2014, and following this partnership Jeremy was very keen to invite Eddie to step into the world of children’s theatre, for the first time! Eddie is extremely pleased that she took on the challenge;

“I’ve learnt so much from the cast who are very experienced in the world of theatre for children. I’m not scared of the children’s reaction, children are exposed to all sorts of dancing and movement on TV shows, music videos and through ever popular dance lessons. Dance conveys the body’s messages, it is a natural way of presenting a story” Eddie Ladd.

Mark Roberts has worked with Arad Goch on several productions including ‘Mordaith Anhygoel Madog’ in 2014. Mark confesses that this production has been a very different experience;

“Remembering a script is one thing but remembering dance sequences is something else! We begin each day with a team jog on the prom and then further warm ups take place in the theatre before the ‘real’ work begins! I’m full of admiration for dancers!” Mark Roberts

‘Do I Have to Wake Up?’will be on tour in schools in Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire from the 26th January until the 27th March. We are very keen to welcome theatre reviewers to the performances in schools, to arrange a visit please contact Arad Goch’s Marketing Officer Heulwen Davies;
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) /01970 617 998

Arad Goch is part of the UK wide summer of somewhereto_ Festival



Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch is one of the Regional Delivery Partners for somewhereto_ a UK wide campaign which finds free space for young people aged 16 -25 to do the things they love to do. somehwereto_ is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

Last year Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch were part of somewhereto_re:store the high street heist; the first ever somewhereto_ campaign, which helped to match young people with empty spaces on high streets throughout the UK.

Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch’’s somewehereto_ re:store project helped over 300 young people from Ceredigion to access spaces in Aberystwyth, Cardigan and Carmarthen. As a result the flagship store for the new somewhereto_ campaign; summer of somewhereto_ will see the Wales flasgship store moved from Cardiff to Aberystwyth.

The shop, which is the former Columbine Florists in the heart of Aberystwyth will officially open on the 10th of July. Opening the shop will be two Young Ambassadors, Emily Farr and BBC Rdaio Cymru DJ Guto Rhun, both got involved with last year’s somewhereto_ re:store campaign.

“somewhereto_ re:store was a fantastic opportunity. I held weekly jamming and music workshops to gove locals the chance to learn a new instrument or play as a group. As a result I secured O2 Think Big funding which allowed me to buy new instruments and develop a collaborative CD project. Get involved this summer!” Emily Farr.

“I used somewhereto_ re:store to secure a rehearsal space for a ground breaking multimedia theatre project called ‘Outsiders’ which I was acting in. I also used the service to find a rehersal space for Theatr Gabolfa’s ‘Champion o Bentra’ production. It’s a fantastic service and I’m extremely proud to be involved in it” Guto Rhun

Could you be the star of Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch’s summer of somewhereto_?

Calling all young people aged 16 – 25, if you have a talent, a business idea or a creative project in hand, pop into the shop and let us shine the spotlight on you this Summer.

Between the 10th and 31st of July 2014 the space is yours; to showcase your talents and develop your own projects, we will be there every step of the way to help you sell your products, ideas and services to crowds from your community and beyond.

Many young people have already signed up to take part; musicians, artists, film makers, actors, photographers and young entrepreneurs. Their projects and products will be showcased in the shop for all to see, and you could be there too!

If you would like to help us run the show we would love to hear from you! All volunteers welcome!

Contact us!

01970 617 998 or @somewhereto_WLS.


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