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PRETTY SHITTY CITY

An Exhibition by Math Roberts
Until 25 September

We are delighted to present an exhibition by Math Roberts. Open 10-5 weekdays.

Math is a Swansea-based photographer with a sharp eye and a instinctive style. His portraits, observations, street scenes and candid compositions record the moments and the people that make up our city, from its forgotten corners to its everyday interactions, capturing the strange beauty always hidden in plain sight.

The exhibition is accompanied by a limited edition Zine with 24 colour images. Buy online or from Volcano!

"Using photography, or to be more specific 'street' photography I capture the moments that I find absurd, magical, strange or simply just interesting. The main aim of my work is to try and get people to notice these moments, encourage them to take the time to look more carefully and to start to appreciate 'the now' rather than worrying about what happened in the past or what's going to happen in the future." Math Roberts

Please note that social distancing and other Covid-19 safety measures are in place for the exhibition. You are now required, unless exempt, to wear a face covering to enter.

MARK THOMAS - THE RED SHED
Thursday 24 September 7:30pm
 
A topical tale about the Miners' Strike, The Red Shed is the fifth in Mark's series of online performances, begun during lockdown and presented in partnership with a network of regional venues to which he would be touring in person in easier times. Featuring a live intro and Q&A with the man himself. Tickets are a fiver, and a portion of your ticket price goes to Volcano - thank you!
 

The Red Shed is part of Mark’s theatrical trilogy, following the much-revered Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed. Mark returned to the place where it all began - the Red Shed, a labour club in Wakefield - to celebrate the club’s 50th birthday.

The Shed, home to Mark’s first public performances, is also a home to dissent, to organising and to progressive politics. A south London lad, born to a Thatcherite world of self-employed builders, labourers and tradesman like his father where the individual is key, Wakefield’s alien traditional labour community awoke a new determination in Mark and changed his life forever.

Interviewing old friends and comrades, Mark pieces together the club’s history and works alongside it to campaign with some of the poorest workers in the country. It is the story of the battle for hope and the survival of a community. It is a tale of strikes, fights, dinner ladies, crap beer, good beer, burger slingers, pickets, placards, commies, friendship, love, history, dreams and, above all, remembering. Part theatre, part stand up, part journalism, part activism, Mark realises his obsession with community and struggle.
 
 
KLATCH COLLECTIVE - YMA
A BEEP Painting Biennial Exhibition
03 - 16 October at Volcano

Abi Birkinshaw | Shauna Chapman | Magda Lackowska | Luke Roberts | Francesca Wilcox

'Klatch' was initially formed with the aim of celebrating our own distinctive approaches to contemporary painting through exhibiting work that prompts critical discussion about what it means to be a painter today; through discussion, collaboration, residencies and evolving exhibition spaces — the broadest definition of painting from traditional canvas-on-frame, to sculpture and installation — we aim to break down the conventional, reveal the different relationships that exist between contemporary practices, and bring a new joy to the viewing experience.

Launched in 2012, BEEP (biennial exhibition of painting) is a contemporary international painting prize based in Swansea, Wales.
 
BEEP supports imaginative and vibrant practice in contemporary painting.
 
BEEP returns on 3rd October - 7th November 2020 with an expanded programme of satellite painting led exhibitions, residencies and symposiums around the main BEEP show in partnership with Swansea and South Wales galleries and arts organisations.

BEEP is a not-for-profit, artist led project run by elysium gallery.

 

IN THE PIPELINE...

Opening our Bunker Theatre fully is still a way off, but our new FAMILY CHRISTMAS SHOW will take a different approach to performance under Covid guidelines - we will create a journey through a specially-designed wintry world, that you can embark upon in your bubbles or extended households. You might need to keep your coat on, but we'll guarantee - no pantomime dames... Watch this space for news!

An early casualty of lockdown for us was a planned residency at the Festival Internacional de Teatro de Pernambuca in Recife, Brazil. We're delighted that we are able to resume the project in digital form, and that our Artistic Director PAUL DAVIES will be working remotely with performers from the region in partnership with the Federal University of Pernambuco,
Remo Produções and Oi Futura. Supported by British Council Brazil.

Paul is also acting as a mentor on a new project led by writer Tracy Harris. Arden: Reimagined is an exploration of the work of Welsh film director, actor and writer Jane Arden, directed by Paul Jenkins and featuring Manon Wilkinson, who has appeared in several of Volcano's recent productions as well as Dirty Protest's recent audio play Double Drop.


Volcano's youngest wing, THE MIGHTY NEW, will be back, together but distanced, in real space very soon, and will be working on a new film this Autumn - a defiant piece exploring the joy, optimism and power of collective movement.
 
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

Our lockdown programme ENCOUNTERS UNKNOWN is still available to view online.

Paul Davies communes with the ghosts of the Bunker Theatre in THE EMPTY PLACE.

NOTES FROM THE INTERIOR is available to watch on on our Vimeo channel, and you can download the whole series of performance tasks as a pdf. Featuring: Christopher Elson; Neal McWilliams; Mairi Phillips; Rebecca Smith-Willams and Manon Wilkinson.
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