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 to venues across Wales and to London.

Circle of Fifths is a standing show. If you'd like to arrange seating in advance, please contact rsvp@nationaltheatrewales.org.

Life in all its diversity; death in all its universality.

Institute of Welsh Affairs

5 Stars

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

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Accessibility info

The Riverfront, Newport
  • The performance on 19 October will be BSL interpreted by Nez Parr.
  • A free ticket is available for personal assistants or carers for people who need their support to visit The Riverfront. This is only available for customers who have a Hynt Card.
  • There will be five wheelchair spaces available.
  • Assistance dogs are welcomed and can be cared for during performances by arrangement.
  • There are two accessible parking spaces for Blue Badge holders at all times.
  • Step-free access is available on all levels except the basement.
Ebbw Vale Institute, Ebbw Vale
  • The main hall is on the ground floor with double doors that can be opened throughout for wide access.
  • An accessible toilet is available near the entrance.
  • There's step-free access to the front entrance from the pavement.
  • There are two disability parking places outside.
  • There are two fire exits from the hall, one being through the front entrance. However the back exit is through fire escape stairs.
Black Park Chapel, Chirk
  • The site has step-free access.
  • There is an accessible toilet with a changing space.
Small World Theatre, Cardigan
  • The whole site has step-free access.
  • Visitors with mobility issues may arrange to be dropped off and collected near the entrance.
Drill Hall, Chepstow
  • There's a public car park adjacent to the the Hall, which has some provision for Blue Badge holders.
  • There's a dropped curb from the car park
  • Step-free access is available to the hall.
  • Once in the Hall, all audience areas are on the same level. Access to the stage is either via a small number of steps or a ramp.
  • Designated, wheelchair-accessible/usable toilet available.
Hopkinstown Hall, Pontypridd
  • There is no step-free access.
  • There is no wheelchair accessible toilet.
Butetown Community Centre, Cardiff
  • The site has step-free access.
  • Accessible toilet is available.
Brixton House, London
  • The building and theatre spaces have step-free access.
  • Wheelchair-accessible seating is available.
  • Available to be contacted in advance to meet specific access requirements.
  • Will accommodate assistance dogs.


Shakeera Ahmun
Maureen Blades
Francesca Dimech
Rose Beecraft Music

Creative team

Gavin Porter
Set and Costume Designer
Ruth Stringer
Lighting Designer
Jane Lalljee

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