On Saturday 8 April 2017, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, jointly with Oriel Myrddin Gallery, will be taking part in Get Creative, an exciting weekend that celebrates creativity in Wales. As part of this special weekend, the company will be hosting ‘Soprano and Chalk on the Street’ – a free event held in Nott Square, Carmarthen, giving children and people of all ages an opportunity to engage with opera, classical music and street art.
The street will be filled with live music, both from the opera and popular classics, as the soprano Jessica Robinson performs a selection of songs. The music will fill the air from a sound system fitted inside an old multicoloured car, which is a joy to behold. As the music flows, artist Seren Stacey and a group of students from the Carmarthen School of Art will respond by drawing in chalk on the street. The artists will invite members of the public to join them, to listen and to respond creatively as they become engrossed in the music. Everyone is most welcome to take part, to watch, and to enjoy.
Providing that the weather is dry, Soprano and Chalk on the Street will take place in Nott Square, outside Carmarthen Castle, between 11am – 3pm. If it is wet, the event will move indoors to Siop Nyth, Yr Atom, 16–18 King Street, Carmarthen. So remember to dress appropriately for the weather, and come over to say hello and to take part.
Who will be taking part?
In addition to the artists, and members of the public, members of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Drama Club, tutors from the Street Dancing Club, Menter Sir Gâr and students from Carmarthen School of Art, including Mark Dugdale, Amy Davies, Xander Fox Robinson and Ellie Dragone, will join in the fun. The students will respond to the music, and create images and themes from the opera Y Tŵr.
The event is an opportunity for us as a company to celebrate not only the creativity of our local community, and to bring people together to enjoy art, but also to celebrate our next production – Y Tŵr – which will take us to the field of opera for the first time ever. Y Tŵr, a new opera by Guto Puw and Gwyneth Glyn, is based on the iconic play by Gwenlyn Parry and is a co-production with Music Theatre Wales. It will open at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, on
19 May 2017, before touring in Wales and to the Buxton Festival in Derbyshire.
What is Get Creative?
Get Creative is an annual campaign arranged by BBC Cymru/Wales, The Arts Council of Wales, Voluntary Arts Wales and What Next, celebrating the creative activities that occur every day – whether in the home or in public. The aim of the weekend is to encourage and support creativity in all corners of Wales, and offer opportunities for all – of every age, background and ability – to engage with the arts. Everyone is encouraged to have a go at doing something creative – whether in their own home or at a public event. Many of the events that have been arranged are available free of charge. Although the arts and creativity can be seen around us throughout the year, they are usually given scant recognition in the media, and even those who are creatively active often do not realise the value of their work. The aim of Get Creative is to create an effect, show everyone the value of creativity, and spark a national conversation about the arts, creativity and culture. For more information, and to see a map and events held throughout Wales, please visit the Get Creative website.
Llinos Jones, Leader of Soprano and Chalk on the Street, and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Participation and Marketing Officer, said: “It is very important to us as the National Welsh-language Theatre of Wales based here in Carmarthen that we get to know our community, and what better way of doing that than offering an arts activity that is free of charge and open to everyone on the street. I’m really looking forward to meeting new people, and I hope that this event will be full of excitement, mess and colour.”