About Circle of Fifths | Tour

4 Stars

[A] beautiful and moving portrait of a place and its people.


Circle of Fifths was an immersive theatre experience celebrating life in death.

The show explores what connects us in times of grief and loss, using film, music and real-life stories from Butetown, Wales’ oldest multicultural community, and beyond.

Director Gavin Porter, a film and theatre-maker from Butetown, created this show with musicians and artists from his community. Together, they offered us a moment of collective reflection and celebration.

"A time capsule of this unique culture in Wales."

Circle of Fifths was supported by John Ellerman Foundation, as part of NTWs’ Dramaturg programme.

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First presented in Cardiff in 2022, Circle of Fifths toured venues across Wales and to London:

19 - 21 October – The Riverfront, Newport
26 October – Ebbw Vale Institute
28 October – Black Park Chapel, Chirk
3 November – Small World Theatre, Cardigan
8 November – Drill Hall, Chepstow
10 November – Hopkinstown Hall, Pontypridd
11 - 12 November – Butetown Community Centre, Cardiff
17 - 20 January – Brixton House, London

Thank you

We want to give a big shout-out to Rogue Welsh Cakes and Mam-Gu Welshcakes for supplying Welsh cakes across the tour, and Simla Spice in Newport, Valley’s Spice in Ebbw Vale, Mumbai Maska in Chirk, Ali’s Tandoori in Cardigan, Sitar Balti in Chepstow, Rice Box Indian Café in Pontypridd, Vegetarian Food Studio in Butetown and En Root in Clapham for the samosas.

Creative team

Gavin Porter
Dawn Walton OBE
Ruth Stringer
Lighting Designer
Jane Lalljee
Assistant Designer
Sandra Gustafsson
Original Set & Costume Design
Jacob Hughes
Video Design & Technician
Nic Finch
Lighting Technician & Relights
James O’Neill
Sound & Video Technician
Ian Barnard