Sherman Cymru’s powerful new one-woman play, Iphigenia in Splott will open at the Sherman Theatre, from 8-16 May, and the Sherman 5 is working with local well-known photographer Jon Pountney (Cardiff Before Cardiff blog and BBC Wales’ Forgotten Images of Valleys Life) to launch an exciting photographic project which asks the local community to submit photographs of Splott and the STAR cluster – Splott, Tremorfa, Adamdown and Plasnewydd.
The Sherman Theatre’s successful scheme, Sherman 5, gives new audiences the opportunity to engage with the arts. Sherman 5 is now launching a photographic exhibition of memories and contemporary images of Splott and would like the public to contribute.
All photos will be exhibited and entered into a competition which will be judged by Jon Pountney. There will be two categories, under 25s and over 25s ages groups and the winners will receive tickets to see Sherman Cymru’s Iphigenia In Splott performance between 8-16 May and a meal at Foxy’s Kitchen at the Sherman Theatre.
Sherman 5 co-coordinator, Guy O’Donnell said; “We are thrilled to be working with Jon Pountney and the communities in Splott to create an exciting exhibition that has been created by them and that reminds them of what is special about the area. Jon will be displaying his own professional photographs of the area, but we are also looking for images from the community and what they feel represents Splott, from the present right back to the 1900s. The photographs will form an exhibition that will complement Jon’s own exhibition in the foyer of the Sherman Theatre throughout the period of the Iphigenia in Splott performances.”
Sherman 5 is an initiative supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and is designed to give people who have never attended a performance at the Sherman Theatre the opportunity to do so.
Iphigenia in Splott has been written by the award-winning Welsh playwright Gary Owen (Natioanl Theatre Wales & Sherman Cymru’s Love Steals Us From Loneliness and BBC Wales’s Baker Boys), who used to live in Splott.
Inspired by the Greek myth, the story is set in an urban Cardiff suburb of Splott, and focuses his adaptation on the impact that the welfare cuts are having on today’s society. Fusing coarse poetry with the language intrinsic to Splott, Gary Owen’s play brings to the surface the timeless issues that makes Iphigenia’s tale so enduring. Directed by Sherman Cymru’s Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan, Effie will be played by the talented actress Sophie Melville, who mesmerised audiences playing Juliet in Sherman Cymru’s Romeo & Juliet last year.
If you would like further information or would like to submit your photograph, please send your photographs to:
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make sure all photographs have contact details; name, address and telephone contact number. Please also submit a headshot photo with submissions of yourself as these will be displayed next to the images. Unfortunately due to the amount of photographs we will be unable to return these.
Sherman Cymru’s Iphigenia in Splott is at the Sherman Theatre on 8 – 16 May at 7.30pm (Previews: 8 – 11 May). Tickets are £15 (Previews: £13) Concessions: £2 off, Under 25s: Half price. To book please contact the friendly ticketing team on 029 2064 6900 or find out more