Theatr Brycheiniog will be running a family festival on 12 – 13th of August with an outdoor stage, workshops and main stage performances, which includes a performance from the South African super band Dream Team. Their stage-show will launch a season of South African activities in Brecon and Wales, culminating in performances of King Cetshwayo: The Musical on 23-25 August.
The Family Festival will open on Saturday morning with the local Uskulele ukulele band at 10.30am, followed by a performance from Dream Team at 11.30am. Multi-award winning family favourites, Abergavenny’s Puppet Soup present their high quality and engaging puppetry show at 12.30pm & 4.30pm.
Matahari Acoustic bring a touch of jazz and lounge with acoustic sets at 1.30pm and 5.30pm ahead of a hilarious performance by members of the cast of this year’s professional pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk at 2.30pm. The Brecon Frazz Parade will make its way down from the town centre arriving at the theatre at 3.00pm.
Theatr Brycheiniog’s Youth Theatre take to the stage at 6.30pm to celebrate the first year of the new Youth Theatre and the day closes with music by Hywel and Gen performing a collection of popular soul and jazz covers.
Saturday night sees a unique World Premiere of a theatrical and musical stage-show by South African Dream Team who combine hip-hop, jazz, stagecraft, costume and props. Dream Team is made up of 3 of South Africa’s most renowned hip-hop artists, combing with a four piece band to celebrate the beginning of a Zulu takeover, as 100 Zulu’s head to Brecon throughout August ahead of the World Premier of King Cetshwayo: The Musical.
Dream Team are am multi award winning group that have performed internationally since 2011. Following the launch of their Dreams Never Die album in 2015 they were chosen to perform for the current King of the Zulu’s in 2016 and now have been chosen to launch this special month of events, opening at Theatr Brycheiniog.
“To have a spectacular show from an internationally renowned act like Dream Team is an amazing opportunity for Brecon audiences and a unique chance to see a once in a life time performance. What a great headline act for our Summer Family Festival, which is a great chance for families to enjoy a range of activities and performances at the Theatre during the weekend and for young people from all over to experience arts and culture in such a beautiful location.”
Martyn Green, Chief Executive, Theatr Brycheiniog
The Sunday sees a similar line up to Saturday but will also include special Frozen Sing Along screening in the theatre at 10.30am. Dressing up and singing at full volume is encouraged.
As well as great performances there will be a Gruffaloe inspired troll songs and trails workshop at 11.00am, followed by a special hip-hop workshop for children by Dream Team at 4.00pm on Saturday and Puppetry workshops at 1.30pm on Saturday and Sunday by Puppet Soup. With face-painting, stalls, a range of local food stalls and fate attractions throughout the weekend this promises to be one of the highlights of the summer for Families
To book for Dream Team or any of the ticketed events such as workshops please book online at Brycheiniog.co.uk or call 01874 611622 and speak to our friendly Box Office Team.
Saturday 12 August
11.00 Troll Tales WORKSHOP Tickets on sale
11.30 Dream Team
12.30 Puppet Soup – Puppet Show
13.30 Metahari Acoustic
13.30 Puppet Making WORKSHOP with Puppet Soup – Tickets on sale
14.30 Jack and The Beanstalk (Jermin Productions) Preview
15.00 Brecon Frazz Parade
15.30 DJ and Parade Welcome
16.00 Dream Team WORKSHOP Tickets on sale
16.30 Puppet Soup
17.30 Matahari Acoustic
18.30 Theatr Brycheiniog Youth Theatre – WELSH LEGENDS COME TO LIFE
19.30 Hywel & Gen – Musical Performance
20:30 Dream Team – MAIN STAGE Peformance Tickets on sale
Sunday 13 August
10:30 Just Nat – Musical Performance
10.30 Frozen Sing Along- MAIN STAGE Tickets on sale
11.30 Puppet Soup
12.30 Jack and The Beanstalk Preview
13.00 Puppet Making WORKSHOP with Puppet Soup – Tickets on sale
13.30 Tobias- Musical Performance
14.30 Puppet Soup
15.30 Theatr Brycheiniog Youth Theatre- WELSH LEGENDS COME TO LIFE
16.15 Sophie de Winter- Musical Performance
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Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon’s Centre for the Arts opened in April 1997, as the first wholly funded Lottery new build arts organisation in the UK. The Arts Centre is situated in one of the most picturesque locations of any venue in the UK. Built alongside the canal basin in the heart of Brecon, serving the town and surrounding areas of Powys, Monmouthshire and beyond, it is rooted firmly in the community it serves. The venue currently provides a varied programme of theatre, dance, music and entertainment in its purpose built 478 seat auditorium and 120-seat studio/rehearsal space. It also hosts an exhibition programme in the Gallery. The Arts Centre serves not only its community through an outstanding programme of quality professional English and Welsh language productions. It is home to the Brecon Baroque Festival which attracts audiences and visitors nationally and internationally. The Gallery exhibits local, national and international artists, with spaces for hire for community and commercial use and the pop-up Waterfront Cafe and Waterfront Bar serves a varied Taste of Wales menu, of locally sourced and produced snacks. The Waterfront Bistro will be opening fully later in the year. Theatr Brycheiniog is funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Powys County Council and Brecon Town Council.
Dream Team has been invited to be the opening act in August 2017 of the series of events planned to mark 135 years of King Cetshwayo since his stay in the UK. The celebrations will be the start of a youth cultural exchange between South Africa and Wales in celebration of the common history shared by the two nations and the Anglo Zulu Wars. Dream Team is tasked with not only performing, but producing a 2 hour stage production, and as such the team will incorporate various pieces into their performance that will amount to a World Class Production with the help of an experienced Production Specialist. The cultural pieces in the performance will include Zulu Dance pieces; Spoken Word/Poetry and instrumental music pieces with Vocalists. To further aid the visual element in support of the production, the stage dancers, backing vocalists and Dream Team will make use of a variety of wardrobe clothing items which will be custom designed for the production.