Spotlight on March

Spring is on the way and to celebrate we’ll be welcoming everyone from frivolous Frenchmen and killer rabbits, to an iconic showgirl, and even the First Lady.

March is set to be marvellous, so read on to find out more…

First Steps: A Child’s Sleeping Beauty

A child's Sleeping Beauty

This month Birmingham Royal Ballet is joining us for one very special dance performance on 16 March.

First Steps: A Child’s Sleeping Beauty, is a one-hour long production designed to introduce your tiny dancer to the world of ballet.

The show, suitable for those aged three to seven, is an interactive performance incorporating the use of storytelling to excite and inspire your little ones into exploring the world of ballet.

Accompanied by the Birmingham Royal Ballet orchestra, the dancers relive the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, with added magic, fun and dance.



Join National Dance Company Wales for an evening of some of the finest young Welsh dance talent on 17 March.

Ignite is Dance Blast’s dance project created for youth dance and dance disability development, and this year, it will be bringing together two of Monmouthshire’s most dedicated dance groups: Monmouthshire Youth Dance Company and Monmouthshire Connected Com-pany.

Experience an evening of pure passion for dance, inspiration and creativity: buy your tickets.



Misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen… what’s not to love?

Spamalot is the stage production based on the hit TV show, Monty Python. Follow Kind Arthur and his motley crew of Round Table knights on an eventful mission to retrieve the Holy Grail. Will they make it? Will they fail at their, er, ridiculous mission? Join us 20 to the 24 March and find out.

Written by the Monty Python star Eric Idle, and with a score co-written by John DuPrez that includes Always Look On the Bright Side of Life, Spamalot won the 2005 Tony Award for Best New Musical, and continues to enthuse audiences today.

A night of silliness and laughter awaits – onward trusty steed!


March is the month that we will officially begin our Performances for the Curious programme – and boy is it good!

With a season of performances ranging from comedians to cabaret, musicians to dance, we’re confident there’s something to suit everyone.

Below we give a quick glimpse into our must-see ffresh season…

Appropriate Adult

Approproate Adult

Kiri is a young adult, here to tell other young adults how to live their lives. What could possibly go wrong?

Kiri is convinced that she, a model millennial, has cracked the code to living a perfect life. She’ll be here on 17 March to give us the lowdown and dish out the guidelines.

Watch as things start to fall to pieces for the young know it all, whilst she attempts to mentor a group of young and vulnerable people.



Alaw is a Welsh three-piece, comprised of a guitarist, a violinist and accordionist.

Brought to you by Cwpwrdd Nansi, the trio is aiming to deliver a night of traditional Welsh music.

The three have worked together on countless successful projects, such as the Devil’s Violin and Szapora and The Ian McMillan Orchestra, and are well known throughout the folk world. Join Oli, Jamie and Dylan for an evening of old favourites reimagined, and their own creations written in the style of classic Welsh folk music on 23 March.

First Lady

Frist Lady

It’s the early 90s in Chicago, and one man is taking a stand while wearing a dress.

With HIV ravaging the community and politicians failing to act, Terence decided to take matters into his own hands.

First Lady is the story of how Terence became Joan Jett Blakk and challenged the government to act. Join us in ffresh on 30 March


Interested? Well, as they say, curiosity killed the cat… check out the full Spring season here.



Student volunteers taking Centre stage

This year, during the week commencing 19 February, students will be encouraged to give a little back to the community as part of student volunteer week. To celebrate the 17th anniversary of student volunteer week, we thought we’d share a profile of one or our volunteers, to show you that volunteering is not just something you do for other’s. Lauren Thornell, a music student at Cardiff university and a regular on our volunteer scheme, took the time to speak to us about her work here.

Student volunteers taking Centre stage

Standing ovations for Laura Fear

Laura Fear is 25 years old and lives just outside of Cardiff. She signed up to our volunteering scheme back in 2017 and has since become one of our top volunteers, clocking up over 62 shifts in a matter of months. We put together some questions and had a chat with her to find out just what makes her keep coming back!

Standing ovations for Laura Fear

Spotlight on February

After a long, dreary, and very cold January, it’s finally over. February has arrived along with a new schedule of entertainment.

With soaring, operatic voices from the Welsh National Opera (WNO), stunning showcases of movement from NDC Wales and a transatlantic tale of fading Hollywood stardom, February’s line up is sure to cheer up what’s left of the winter season.

Spotlight on February

Fairy tales set to enchant the Centre

Once upon a time in the land of hills and song, there was a theatre and arts centre which was beloved by all who visited it …

Yes you guessed it, it’s National Storytelling Week once again!

To celebrate this national initiative, which encourages people to explore their love of literature, we will be delving into the fantastical world of fairy tales.

Take a look at the heroes and villains, glass slippers, beauties and beasts, fairy godmothers, magic and ogres that we’ve got coming to the Centre this year …   Fairy tales set to enchant the Centre

Have a laugh with our top comedy picks

Everyone knows that if you’re feeling a bit down, laughter is the best medicine. With immersive and wacky dining experiences, comical musicals and stand-up from some of our favourite comedians, there’s sure to be something to leave you tickled. Whether you’re looking for a little light relief, or just an excuse to laugh out loud with your friends, fill your calendar with comedy and come and have a chortle with us at the Centre.

Here’s our pick of 10 shows not to miss in 2018…

Have a laugh with our top comedy picks