Sherman Theatre’s Spring Season includes two major new Sherman Theatre productions; co-Productions with both Tron Theatre Company, Glasgow and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama; and Sherman Youth Theatre take on Alice Birch’s [ BLANK ] as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival.
Sherman Theatre’s Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan said “The Sherman’s spring season is exciting and vibrantly alive with a selection of outstanding plays. Conor McPherson’s Dublin Carol, directed by Matthew Xia (Wish List, Manchester Royal Exhange & Royal Court Theatre); the regional première of Stephen Adly Giurgis’s The Mother f**ker with the Hat, in co-production with Glasgow’s Tron; a new play Tremor by Welsh writer Brad Birch, which looks at the personal consequences of terror, and a co-production of a new play by Katherine Chandler for NEW at RWCMD. I am so proud of the range of work; these are plays that speak to our humanity and our soul.”
The first Sherman Theatre production of the season is Dublin Carol, a raw and unflinching, yet quietly beautiful account of a life wasted (1 – 17 Feb). Intense comedy The Motherf**ker with the Hat is performed on the main stage from 21 – 31 Mar. Written by the 2016 Pinter Commission recipient, Brad Birch, Tremor (12 Apr – 5 May) is a hard hitting play about how people see things and live their lives in a world riven with tension. Making his directorial debut for Sherman Theatre, Associate Director David Mercatali takes on a new play by Sherman Theatre Associate Artist Katherine Chandler in NEW: 2018, part of RWCMD’s New Writing Festival (20 – 22 Mar). Taking part once again in National Theatre’s Connections Festival, Sherman Youth Theatre explore the impact of the criminal justice system in [ Blank ] by Alice Birch from 1 – 3 Mar.
Alongside Sherman Theatre’s own productions there is also a programme of impressive productions from around the UK. Sherman Theatre is again the stage for Wales’s national companies, National Dance Company of Wales’s perform Terra Firma on the 8 Feb and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru present Y Tad a Welsh language adaptation of The Father by Florian Zeller from the 8 – 9 Mar.
If drama is what you’re looking for Torch Theatre Company’s Grav about Welsh hero Ray Gravell returns to Sherman Theatre between 22 – 23 Feb; Liz Clarke’s Cannonballista comes to Cardiff on the 8 Mar, Education, Education, Education is on from 1 – 2 May and the National Theatre Connections Festival returns from 12 – 14 Apr.
Spring 2018 is a strong season for comedy fans: Mark Thomas brings his new show Showtime from the Frontline to Cardiff on the 21 Feb, Griff Rhys Jones’s show Where Was I? is on the 14 Mar and Bridget Christie’s performs her new show What Now? to Sherman Theatre on 24 May.
There is a host of children’s shows this season to appeal to every age group. Julia Donaldson’s Tiddler and other Terrific Tales from 22 – 23 Feb; the ever popular Horrible Histories - More Best of Barmy Britain from 16 – 17 Mar; an adventure that children can only dream of The Flying Bedroom from 6 – 7 Apr; manic science show Braniac Live on 10 Apr and an adaptation of Tom Thumb, written and performed by CBeebies star Patrick Lynch between 1 – 2 Jun.
Music fans aren’t left out either, Mark Ravenhill and Conor Mitchell’s award winning show Ten Plagues is on 13 Mar; and RWCMD’s musical revue of the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber One More Look plays between 27 – 31 Mar.