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ALL TOGETHER NOW
with The Mighty New

The Mighty New is Volcano's youngest wing! During the lockdown, as part of our ENCOUNTERS UNKNOWN programme, they are working on ideas and tasks using a closed group website. Group director Catherine Bennett recently set them the following task, and they would like to share the video they made...

"Using the track All Together Now by The Farm I would love you to dance for a 30 second burst. You can twist, bop, jump, walk, run, spin, or do a combination of all of these.

Enjoy the beat, play it loud, and enjoy feeling 'all together now' as your bursts of energy will be spliced together from your own homes."
 

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

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NOTES FROM THE INTERIOR

Our Notes from the Interior team took a few days off over the Bank Holiday to spend more time with their sheds, so there was no new task video last week. Today Notes returns with the first in a new series of videos, and a slight shift of gear.

Watch TASK #9 - BUT HOW ARE YOU?

Artistic Director Paul Davies has been pondering the next steps for the project. The tasks to date have been predicated on the likelihood of disparate responses, created in private. This time we have asked the actors to envisage that their videos are part of a conversation with the others.

We are looking towards the possibility that the work the company has been doing in lockdown might form the basis of a live performance, albeit in conditions radically different from those that prevailed before.

“We have tried to create interventions that describe the conditions and times we are living in,” says Davies, “and those conditions give rise to certain forms and modes of being - we want now to think about how this could form the starting point of an authentically live performance. I would not usually approach a performance or begin working on a project in this way, committed (before it even begins) to the integration of live and digital elements – such plans or preconceptions might ordinarily be early casualties of a creative process with demolition at its core. But the ‘liveness’ of theatre needs now to engage with the digitalisation of our lives, communities, and ways of talking to one another…”

You can watch all the videos on our Vimeo showcase here, and if you'd like to create your own video in response to any of the tasks, you can send it to us at any time and we'll include it in the final compilation.

Notes from the Interior features Christopher Elson, Neal McWilliams, Mairi Phillips, Rebecca Smith-Williams and Manon Wilkinson (and occasionally Peggy the Dog). The Editor is Victoria Boobyer.
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MARK THOMAS
Showtime from the Frontline
 
Another Lockdown Livestream!
TUESDAY 9 JUNE, 7:30PM

If you enjoyed Bravo Figaro last month, you are in luck - Mark is back with another great show complete with live intro and Q&A from Mark in his house, and his co-stars Alaa Shehada and Faisal Abu Alhayjaa in theirs. Showtime from the Frontline played to a packed house at Volcano in 2018 - here's your chance to catch it if you missed it, or to enjoy it again if you were there. Showtime tells the extraordinary and hilarious story of their attempt to open a comedy club in a refugee camp in Palestine.

TICKETS ARE £5. Buying a ticket through this link supports Volcano - thank you!

You can leave questions for Mark in the chatroom whilst the show is on. The show will remain online for ticket-holders until midnight on Weds 10th.

SCHEDULE
7.30pm - Intro from Mark (live)
7.35pm - Showtime from the Frontline
9.05pm - Comfort Break
9.10pm - Q+A with Mark (live)

Age Guidance - 15 (some swearing)

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SOFIE HAGEN - THE BUMSWING

In the Bunker Theatre
Thursday 29 October, 7:30pm

We're pleased to announce that this postponed gig has been rescheduled! One of British comedy's most exciting talents (although she's Danish), winner of the prestigious Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award, a cult podcaster, and now the author of the hugely successful book 'Happy Fat', Sofie Hagen comes to Swansea with a show all about a memorable trip... to Swansea.

A show about the things you forget, the things you remember, and the things you wish you could forget. But also, there's a bit about bums. 

An evening of brilliant stand-up from a fast-rising star.

Please note that a reduced number of tickets will be on sale for the time being, in order to allow for social distancing in the venue due to anticipated continuing COVID-19 restrictions. We are reviewing the situation regularly.

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There's more...
 
Things remain uncertain for everyone, and we are currently likely to remain closed to the public well into June, but we hope to bring you as many as possible of the events that were due to happen this Spring/Summer. We are hoping that the Trade Union Film Festival presented in association with Swansea Unite Community Branch will now begin in October. We will bring news of our new Hit & Run scratch night curated by Luke Bailey, performances by Small World, Lighthouse Theatre and Gower College as soon as we can, as well as exhibitions by Alison Lochhead, Swansea Print Workshop and more. And don't forget to check out the great new platform at amam.cymru for new content from us and across the culture scene in Wales. Take care of yourselves. We hope to see you soon.
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