Spotlight on May

May is finally here, and have we got an eclectic, highly entertaining line up for you this month! With award-winning dramas, famed operas, a rising star of the jazz world, and even former X Factor winner Joe McElderry taking to the stage, May is shaping up to be truly unforgettable. So, here’s a sneak peek at some highlights which will certainly make you more than a little curious…

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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The critically acclaimed adaptation of the 2003 best seller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is set to hit the Centre on May 2 until May 6 after claiming multiple Tony and Olivier Awards.

The story follows 15-year-old Christopher who is exceptional at Maths but is unable to deal with everyday life. However, when he is suspected of killing his neighbour’s dog he is taken on a journey that upturns his world.

The novel is being adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott following its highly-acclaimed run at the National Theatre.

Land of our Fathers (Online)

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This dark comedy, which surrounds south Wales’s tragic mining history, will be screened across  the Centre’s Facebook channel on 3 May at 7.30pm.

Directed by Paul Robinson and set in May 1979, the play centres around the experience of six miners whose destinies collide when they find themselves trapped in a collapsed mine. Reflecting the damp and cramped conditions expertly is the set design from Signe Beckmann.

Land of Our Fathers is a collaboration between Wales Millennium Centre, Tara Finney Productions and Theatre 503, with funding from The Space to bring the project to a digital audience.

This will be the final opportunity for audiences to catch the show, which has already been seen by over 6,500 people in Wales and the UK.

The Request Show

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Contemporary dance at its finest. The Request Show brings some of the most talented emerging dancers to the Dance House on 6 and 7 May.

Known as the ultimate destination for some of the most incredible up-and-coming artists, the Dance House promises to deliver unique and thought provoking performances encompassing some of the finest international talent.

This 1971 piece Wunschkonzert from Cuban dancer and choreographer Maura Morales, follows a woman who loses her speech to the monotony of her everyday existence. The piece sees the struggles of normality contrasted with a dream-like existence to send the audience on a journey beyond the ordinary.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat

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Guess who’s slipping into the infamous technicolour dream coat this time around?

It’s none other than former X Factor winner Joe McElderry. The Geordie singing star will be taking on the eponymous role in this record-breaking Bill Kenwright production this month.

The show, with music and lyrics from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, will be heading to the Centre on 9 May following a sell-out UK tour.

Chart-star McElderry will take the lead in this smash-hit retelling of the biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, featuring a host of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.

Adam Ben Ezra

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Multi-instrumentalist double bass phenomenon Adam Ben Ezra is lighting up the Centre with his unique blend of sounds this month!

The YouTube sensation draws from rock, jazz, and world music inspirations to create a sound that is truly his own.  With a mission to bring the double bass to a new audience and create a place for his music in today’s landscape, he will be performing at the Centre on 12 May.

Enemy

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London meets Berlin in Cardiff Bay as three of the jazz scenes’ finest musicians come together on 24 May.

Solo pianist Kit Downes, bassist Petter Eldh and drummer James Maddren, merge together to create an extraordinary three-piece in the form of Enemy. Outstanding as individuals, and unforgettable as an experimental jazz ensemble – this is certain to be an outstanding event.

Experience award winning artists groove and jive together on stage as they perform a selection of their finest, weaved in and out of live improvisations. There’s nothing quite like watching talent of this sort getting lost in their own music.