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14-24 June 2018 / Cardiff
National Theatre Wales & Quarantine
Part of Festival of Voice 2018
Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
National Theatre Wales and Quarantine’s extraordinary new show invites its audience into a conversation about language with performer Jonny Cotsen – a performance built out of a fascination with what happens when we try to talk about how to live together. It’s inspired by the theatricality of language lessons, and discussions with migrants who learn English for all kinds of reasons; for business, for pleasure, for survival, to take part, to pass the test…
This exuberant A to Z of language and identity – made in Wales, but with a global perspective – pulls pop songs apart, tears grammar to pieces and invites all the languages in the room to be heard. A joyous, intimate, provocative encounter, English asks how language shapes us all and what happens to our sense of self when we don’t really know how to say who we are.
BSL interpreter – Tony Evans
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Age Guidance: 14+
You can book tickets online via the WMC website here or by calling the box office on 029 2037 1689.
Information for Audiences
- Doors to the venue will open 15 minutes prior to the performance starting. That is, 6.45pm for evening performances and 1.45pm for matinees
- Pre-purchased and print-at-home tickets can be collected from front of house staff in the foyer of the Dance House from 15 minutes prior to the performance
- Any unsold tickets will be available to buy from the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) ticket office until just prior to the performance start time
- The performance space within the Dance House is a short walk around the corner from the main entrance foyer of the WMC. There will be staff on hand to assist you and signage to guide you to the Dance House entrance
- There is no café or bar within the Dance House itself, but there are several within the WMC and a short walk away at Mermaid Quay. Please note though that no drinks (except bottled water) are permitted in the performance space
- Please arrive promptly, as latecomers are not admitted
- Seating is unreserved
- The running time is approximately 90 minutes with no interval
- No photography or recording of the performance is permitted
- Please put mobile devices on silent mode before the performance starts
- We hope you enjoy the performance. Please tell us what you thought, on Facebook and/or Twitter
Free Event: Listen to the City
Listen to the City: an interactive journey through multilingual Cardiff
This free event offers a chance to explore the city through the eyes of our diverse population. Every day, we work out how to get along together in shops, businesses, libraries, sports grounds and on the streets. Have you ever thought about how that works? During this session, we will showcase findings from a Cardiff University research project* to consider how people talk together to persuade, teach, learn, share, entertain, relax and work.
Join us on a journey through Cardiff as it is experienced by people who share languages and those who don’t. Using photographs, recordings, interviews and observations we will ask how people get along despite, or perhaps because of, their differences. We invite you to join in the conversation.
This conversation event will link in with Quarantine and National Theatre Wales’ new production: English – to discuss language and identity, as English premieres in Cardiff, 14-24 June at Wales Millennium Centre.
* the Tlang project “Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities” led by Universitity of Birmingham and Cardiff University.
DATE AND TIME
Thu 21 June 2018
16:00 – 17:45 BST
David Morgan Room, Wales Millennium Centre
Click Here to Register for the event