THEATRE THAT SPEAKS TO YOU
Today, we are announcing details of our Autumn 2020 season. With our doors temporarily closed this is not the season we expected to announce. Our planned productions have been, in most cases, re-scheduled to 2021. In place of the planned programme we are proud to announce a season of audio theatre and online work which aims to continue to entertain and engage the people and diverse communities of Cardiff. We want to turn the end of this difficult year into a joyous celebration of our city for its citizens.
Our programme also continues to build on the work we started with our Spring Interval programme to support Welsh and Wales-based freelance theatre makers during this exceptionally challenging time. We look forward to the time when we can welcome our audiences and artists, including those who are just beginning a relationship with us, to the building. In the meantime, here are details of our packed programme for the autumn. Thank you for your continued support. We hope you can join us, wherever you are in Cardiff, Wales or beyond.
HEART OF CARDIFF 8 Oct – 10 Dec
At the centre of our season is Heart of Cardiff. It’s a celebration of ordinary humans and the extraordinary things they do, a love letter to our magnificent city and the people who make it what it is. Each of the ten audio theatre experiences tells a story about a different community or area in the city.
Our call out to writers across Cardiff to submit a pitch for the series resulted in a huge response with over 100 submissions. Ten pitches were selected. The line-up of writers includes established names, emerging talent and first time writers. The Heart of Cardiff writers are: Claire Boot, Emma Cooney, Emily Garside, Tim Green, Kyle Lima, Hannah McPake, Nia Morais, Mali Ann Rees, Owen Thomas and Aled Wyn Thomas. Three pieces will be performed in the Welsh language or bilingually. The ten writers are now working on developing their pitches into scripts. Facilitated by the Sherman team, each writer is conducting conversations with members of the community that their piece focusses on. Heart of Cardiff will be accompanied by a vibrant audience development programme led by our sector leading Creative Engagement Team.
Full details of the series including the complete creative team will be announced on 25 Sept.
Our Artistic Director Joe Murphy has said: “When we first conceived the Heart of Cardiff project we thought it would be exciting to try and harness the incredible creativity of this extraordinary city. And we were blown away by the reaction. We received over 100 pitches. They told stories of love. Stories of despair. Stories of great drama. But above all they told stories of hope. Hope seems to be the beating heart of Cardiff. “Throughout its long and illustrious history, Cardiff has always embodied hope: hope that whoever you are and wherever you come from, you are welcome here. Hope that we are better together than we are apart. And that spirit runs through all the pitches we received. “We wish we could have commissioned many more of these great ideas, but due to resource we were only able to take 10 forward. I couldn’t be more excited by the writers we are working with on this project and to share with you their brilliant scripts. We are hugely grateful to Arts Council Wales National Lottery Fund and The Moondance Foundation for making this project possible.”
Heart of Cardiff was made possible through funding from the Arts Council of Wales’s National Lottery Fund and The Moondance Foundation.
Heart of Cardiff will be released on a weekly basis from 8 Oct. For more details click here
NOVA’S WINNERS 16 – 30 Sept
Nova’s Winners was a huge hit when it was premiered as part of our Get It While It’s Hot programme in February. We are delighted to be supporting this exciting Cardiff company to revive the show as an audio theatre experience for our audiences to enjoy at home or on the go. For more details click here.
MEET THE MAKERS AND MEET THE HEARTS OF CARDIFF 4 Nov – 23 Dec
Our Autumn season also sees the launch of two new documentary podcast series. Meet the Makers takes listeners behind the scenes to meet actors, creatives and production staff to reveal how their favourite productions were made. In this time when most theatres are still dark, we hope this series will give our audiences a taste of the theatrical magic they have been missing.
Meet the Hearts of Cardiff podcast accompanies our audio theatre experience series, it’s a kind of very special bonus feature which will take listeners further into these incredible stories to meet the extraordinary people they belong to.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH OPEN PLATFORM 5 – 30 Oct
Conceived by Sherman Associate Artist Suzanne Packer to amplify Black voices, Open Platform will see the Sherman celebrate the work of Black artists through its digital channels throughout October. We want to hand over the microphone to any Welsh or Wales based Black Artist so they can shout about themselves and their work. Find out more here.
Your Platform was created as our doors closed in March. The scheme set out to help freelance theatre makers maintain their profile as opportunities dwindled, by championing them and giving them a platform on our social media channels. 34 freelance theatre makers have taken advantage of the initiative so far and we are committing to extending it through the autumn and into 2021. Once business begins to resume across the industry we will re-share the profile of every individual who has been profiled so far to help generate new opportunities for them.
Throughout October, the scheme will focus on championing Black and Non-Black People of Colour. More details here.
WORKSHOPS 6 Nov – 11 Dec
Our free workshops for freelance theatre makers were hugely popular in spring 2020 and we are pleased to confirm that a new series of workshops will take place this autumn. The workshops are led by members of Sherman Theatre’s expert staff team and artistic family, and are designed to provide theatre makers with the opportunity to learn a broad range of new skills. Find out more here.
TYDFIL TRUTHS: A DRAMA BY THOSE UNHEARD 11 Dec – 11 Jan
Following the success of our intergenerational storytelling project Tydfil Tales, Sherman Theatre will once again team up with UAL Performing Arts students at The College Merthyr Tydfil to tell the stories of the people of Merthyr. Find out more here.
Further details of Sherman Theatre’s programme for autumn 2020 including a special digital Christmas at the Sherman season will be announced in late September. Sherman Theatre Associate Artist and Senior Lecturer In Acting at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama will offer potential drama school candidates the opportunity to learn how to effectively approach an audition. Patricia will work on an individual basis with each student, working through their pieces and advising on how they can be best delivered in an audition setting. Patricia will also advise students on how to self-tape.
Each session will last 40 minutes and will be offered on a first come first served basis. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.