About Circle of Fifths

Circle of Fifths is 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 offer us a moment of collective reflection and celebration.

Join us for music, stories, samosas and Welsh cakes.

First presented in Cardiff in 2022, Circle of Fifths is touring venues across Wales and to London.

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

4 Stars

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


5 Stars

You feel you are part of something real and stark and spiritual.

Buzz Magazine

A time capsule of this unique culture in Wales.

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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, Newport; Valley’s Spice, Ebbw Vale; Mumbai Maska, Chirk; Ali’s Tandoori, Cardigan; Sitar Balti, Chepstow; Rice Box Indian Café, Pontypridd; Vegetarian Food Studio, Butetown and En Root, 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
Stage Manager
Weronika Szumelda
Video Design & Technician
Nic Finch
Lighting Technician & Relights
James O’Neill
Sound & Video Technician
Ian Barnard