Prepare to Blysh; As the Wales Millennium Centre's annual summer cabaret opens at venues in Cardiff, we pick a selection of the highlights that you must put in your diary.
STORE Where? Royal Arcade, Cardiff city centre. When? Today, 10am to 4pm.
What? STORE is a shop offering a completely different shopping experience. Much as a normal high street shop sells pre-packaged goods in tins, bags or boxes, STORE sells live performances to passing shoppers at prices starting from as low as 50p. Arriving in Cardiff after appearances in Vienna, Paris, Kyoto and New York, join performance artists and salesmen Michikazu Matsune (Japan) and David Subal (Austria) as they perform especially for each purchase. With more than 50 performances to choose from, there really is something for everyone.
Acrojau: Frantic Where? Outside the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay.
When? Today at 1.30pm. What? This free performance around a large German wheel, Frantic is a breathtakingly choreographed story of one man's thirst for escape told through an explosion of acrobatics and dance-theatre.
Ramshacklicious: Grime Where? Outside the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay.
When? Tomorrow at 7.30pm. What? Pulling up outside the WMC in their burger van, Grime is a modern day soap opera about a man fighting his disillusioned way to happiness - and it all happens in a haphazard
shack above the van. Another free performance.
Circus Geeks: Down Up Where? Spiegeltent, Cardiff Bay.
When? July 26 at 12.30pm & July 27 at 2pm. What? Remember the '90s yo-yo craze? Well Arron Sparks never gave up on it and after hours of yo-yoing every day for almost two decades, needless to say he's now pretty good at it. And as you'd expect from a Circus Geek, there really isn't a lot about the yo-yo's history that Arron doesn't know about. Expect breath-taking yo-yo displays and a story that will really get you thinking... along with a touch of nostalgia for those school playground days spent 'walking the dog' and 'rocking the baby'. Age guidance: 10 plus.
The Big Bingo Show Where? Spiegeltent, Cardiff Bay. When? July 30 & 31 at 8pm. What? Another one for the grown ups, join hosts, glamorous bearded drag-lady Timberlina and DJ Hey Baylen, for an evening of bingo-cabaret mayhem. A riotous rock 'n' roll night of hilarity, the critically acclaimed Big Bingo Show features themed rounds, impromptu rants, spontaneous dance routines, reckless danger, topical interventions and environmental household tips... not to mention sensationally cheap prizes!
The Blysh Busk Weekend Where? Outside the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay.
When? August 2 & 3. What? A brand new addition to the festival, there will be a selection of free performances over two days. Performance spaces will be opened up across Cardiff Bay giving buskers a one-off opportunity to perform for visitors. With a range of sets from musicians, singers, poets, one-man bands and anyone else who volunteers, there's sure to be something for everyone - and you can even vote for your favourite performance. A final will take place at 5pm on August 3 on the WMC's Glanfa Stage, with the winner receiving PS1,000 and the opportunity to perform a full set on the Glanfa Stage.
| Blysh runs until August 3. For full |details, call the box office on 029 2063 6464 or visit www.wmc.org.uk Pop-up Performances This year the Wales Millennium Centre has commissioned some fantastically silly pop-up performances for the whole family to enjoy. Highlights include...
Flossy and Boo's Curiosity Shop at the Wales Millennium Centre (today at 5pm, July 26 at noon & 2pm, July 27 at 1pm & 3pm) Flossy and Boo have run away from the circus and set up their very own travelling Curiosity Shop. Trade ideas, thoughts and objects in return for stories, songs and insights into Flossy and Boo's mind-boggling world.
#BYFF at the Wales Millennium Centre (today at 12:30pm, tomorrow at 1.30pm & 3.30pm, August 2 at noon & 2pm) Blysh gets physical with two hilariously competitive fitness-fanatics at a zany, madcap gym session.
You And We For Tea at the Wales Millennium Centre (today at 2pm, August 3 at noon) Offering a truly unique twist on the vintage tea party, enjoy a brew with two beautifully eccentric characters.
Meet the Lupivarians at Wales Millennium Centre (today at 3pm, tomorrow at 12.30pm & 2.30pm, July 27 at noon & 2pm) The Lupivarians, a curious, colourful species from the far corners of the universe, have travelled light years and landed in Cardiff Bay. But they're met with danger in the form of entomologist Peter Potts who's desperate to examine them using his latest invention the Universal Translationiser!
Chloe Loftus Dance at the Wales Millennium Centre (today at 7.30pm, July 26 at 1pm & 3pm, August 2 at 1pm & 4.15pm) Watch in amazement as dance and aerial artistry combine in this elaborate escape down the walls of Wales Millennium Centre.
Lady Rizo Where? Spiegeltent, Cardiff Bay. When? July 25 & 26 at 8pm. What? Lady Rizo, New York's cabaret superstar, comedienne and chanteuse heads to Blysh with her vintage arrangements and theatrical pop songs from every decade. A Grammy-winning diva, Lady Rizo combines glamour, charm and bawdy humour with a songbook that travels from South Pacific to Judy Garland via the Pixies. This is for those aged 18 and above.
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|Publication:||Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Jul 19, 2014|
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