The hats and scarves are officially out, and for those more organised, maybe then Christmas shopping has even begun? For us at the centre, all systems are go go go. November is the month that two spectacular musicals take on our Donald Gordon Theatre. Our very own epic production, Tiger Bay The Musical explores Cardiff in the early 1900s and Cameron Mackintosh’s world-renowned production, Miss Saigon, returns to the Centre as our Christmas treat.
Here are our top picks from the month ahead…
Black Out is a wonderful mix of modern dance, graphic art and performance, all shown through a genius usage of light and darkness that will lift up your spirits. Prepare yourself for an extraordinary experience as the whole play is taking place within a specially-constructed box on the Dance House stage, letting the audience to witness everything from above.
Witness the intimate magic of Black Out on 10 and 11 November.
If you’d like to find out more about how the project was sculpted together, you can join Philippe Satire and the artists for a post-performance Q&A after the 8pm showing on 10th November.
Tiger Bay The Musical
Our very own production, in association with Cape Town Opera, will hit the stage for its first UK showing on Monday, 13 November. Tiger Bay The Musical will transport you back in time to the early 1900s, when life was tough and Cardiff was best known for its major coal export.
This spectacular new musical follows a young woman’s determination to challenge society’s injustices, follow her heart and realise her dreams. With rousing music and unforgettable characters including John Owen-Jones as the Third Marquess of Bute, and Suzanne Packer as landlady Marisha, Tiger Bay will transport you to the notorious public houses and alleyways of the city’s underworld at this extraordinary turning point in history..
Tiger Bay The Musical will be roaring to life on stage at the Centre from 13 November. Visit the website to discover more about this spectacular drama. (link to the website: https://www.tigerbaythemusical.com ).
Tiger Bay Presents is a season of performances showcasing the talent of some of Butetown’s best artists. It’s a great chance to see something different and support local talent.
We’ll be kicking off our Tiger Bay Presents Ffresh lineup with Li Harding, a mesmerising jazz and blues singer, born and bred in Butetown. She will be accompanied by the Gary Phillips trio, a Swansea-based jazz ensemble who together, form one of the most sought-after quartet in the UK based live music scene. Join Li for an electrifying montage ranging from Etta James all the way through to Dakota Staton, 11 November.
Next up, Leroy Brito: Butetown’s Finest. What’s better than a night full of comedy? A night full of relatable Welsh comedy! Leroy is no stranger to the scene, having performed in New York, the Edinburgh Fringe festival, and Cardiff’s very own Glee Club. With a lead from Clint Edwards, and support from Welsh/Spanish Ignacio Lopez, we’re proud to be clearing the Ffresh stage for one of our finest on 17 November.
Our final show in the November Tiger Bay Presents Ffresh line-up is our multitalented, one-man marvel, Kyle Lima. Performing his own creation, Heart and Soul, sit back and enjoy a night spanning from comedy, to story-telling, to R’n’B and vocal jazz. Kyle is a celebration of all things Cardiff, and he will be with us for two nights on 24-25 November.
If Black Out has left you in search for more immersive art, we have a performance which should do just the trick.
Following an award-winning performance at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Under Glass is returning to the Centre with their new performance. This time, you can experience a series of individual performances that will take place within a collection of jars and glass containers. Under Glass blends visuals, choreography and an original score to create an animated portrayal of human life in a way that has not been seen before on a stage.
Under Glass starts at the Centre on 22nd November.
One of theatre’s most enduring tragic love stories is set to break our hearts all over again this season.
The world-famous Miss Saigon will be taking over the Centre from 29 November, with fans old and new set to be blown away by its breath-taking songs and timeless storyline.
The classic production, which has taken the West End and Broadway by storm over the decades, follows the ill-fated love story of Asian woman Kim and her American soldier lover Chris, who are torn apart with the fall of Saigon. As the years go by and worlds apart, the undying love between the two still lingers and they refuse to give up on their true love.
Miss Saigon is at the Centre from 29 November.