Cardiff's Sherman Theatre Announces Autumn 2018 Season

Sherman Theatre is today unveiling its Autumn 2018 season, led with the announcement that it is to mount a major new production of Welsh dramatist Meic Povey's Fel Anifail from 11-20 October. Before his passing last year, the playwright - one of Wales' most important dramatists - gave his blessing for the production.

Fel Anifail looks at the lives of Defi and Mair, who have spent their whole lives living at the same house, but soon the prospect of leaving becomes inevitable. The production will be directed by Jac Ifan Moore who was the first JMK Assistant Director at Sherman Theatre before going on to direct Sherman Youth Theatre's Citizenship and A Play, A Pie and A Pint: World Domination. Non-Welsh speakers and learners will be able to follow the play throughout with simultaneous surtitle translation at all performances.

The season Welsh language and bilingual work also includes Mags (25-28 Sep) a bilingual production looking at the role of care in society which marks the culmination of Cwmni Pluen Company's tenure as the first Company in Residence at the Sherman, and the Sherman's annual bilingual Christmas show, this year a version of Little Red Riding Hood / Yr Hugan Fach Goch (9-10 Nov &3-29 Dec) devised and directed by former Sherman Theatre Associate Director Gethin Evans.

Following the announcement earlier this year of Sherman Theatre's co-production with Theatr Clwyd on Lord of the Flies (17 Oct-3 Nov), it has been revealed that the production will be directed by Irish Theatre Award winner Emma Jordan, Artistic Director of Northern Ireland's Prime Cut productions. Using Nigel Williams' stage adaptation of William Golding's book, new life will be breathed into the well-known tale with a gender-switched production featuring an all-female cast which will be announced over the summer.

As part of Sherman Theatre's ongoing mission to nurture theatre talent in Cardiff and beyond, this Autumn, the theatre will launch a new initiative, Get It While It's Hot (13-17 Nov). Audiences are invited to see a show staged by an emerging company from South Wales, eat a tasty pie and have a drink for just £12.50. The first edition sees Cardiff based Clock Tower Theatre Company present Shed Man by Kevin Jones.

December will see Artistic Director Rachel O'Riordan return to the main house stage to direct the Sherman's Christmas production Alice in Wonderland. A talented, all Welsh/Wales based cast of actor-musicians, stunning sets and costumes will bring Mike Kenny's adaptation of this much-loved classic to life.

Highlights from visiting companies include Rosie Kay Dance Company's MK Ultra, Ruby Wax, and Starving Artists' Let Me Look at You.

Speaking about the season, Rachel O'Riordan said "Sherman Theatre's wonderful new season builds on the work we have done so far. We are honoured and delighted to produce Fel Anifail by Meic Povey. This extraordinary Welsh language play is directed by Jac Ifan Moore, one of our directors nurtured though the Sherman artist development programme. The Sherman will continue to live its commitment to nurturing the best emerging Welsh and Wales based talent through our new Get It While Its Hot programme. This autumn also sees our first Company in Residence Cwmni Pluen present Mags - bilingual physical theatre made by one of Wales' most exciting young companies.

"We are also proud to share the first co-production between the Sherman and Theatr Clwyd which is an exciting development for Welsh theatre - and we have award-winning guest director Emma Jordan at the helm."

Tickets for newly announced productions go on sale on Thursday 21 June at 10am.

Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4YE | 029 2064 6900

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