Friday, 4 November 2011

Centre offers so much

Below is my “Big Day Out” column from the Saturday, October 22, 2011, Swansea edition of the South Wales Evening Post.


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Centre offers so much
A big day out!
RICHARD THOMAS heads to ...
The Taliesin Arts Centre in Swansea.
WHY?
The Taliesin Arts Centre is a very popular venue presenting a wide variety of performances and exhibitions. Open throughout the year the centre host a broad programme of events including cinema screenings and a wide variety of live performances. With a programme ranging from children's events to opera, there's something to suit all tastes.
WHAT’S THE BUZZ?
The Taliesin hold over 50 live performances per year. With Halloween just around the corner, on October 20 and 22 the Volcano Theatre Company will be performing a production of Anthony Burgess' dystopian novel made infamous by Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film adaptation, A Clockwork Orange. Then on November 4, six piece ensemble HarmonieBand perform Paul Robinson’s new score for Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror durring a screening of F. W. Murnau's classic vampire film. The 1922 German Expressionist horror film starring Max Schreck, whose surname appropriately translates to terror, was the first film version of Dracula.
ANY HISTORY?
The Taliesin first opened in 1984 and is named after the 6th century Celtic bard or poet of the same name. According to legend Taliesin sung at the court of King Arthur and other British kings.
WHAT TO TAKE?
Tickets for A Clockwork Orange cost £18 for adults and £10 for under 18s, full time students and senior citizens. Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror tickets cost £8 full price and only £6 for under 18s and other concessions. More information about ticket prices can be found on the Taliesin website.
LOOK OUT FOR?
The Ceri Richards Gallery inside the Taliesin hosts regular touring exhibitions and stocks an excellent range of greetings cards as well as jewellery, ceramics and other craft items.
The Taliesin also houses the Egypt Centre, a museum of Egyptian antiquities. There are over 4500 items in the collection. Egypt Centre staff have published over 100 online pages concerning individual items, which you can find on the Egypt Centre website at ww.swan.ac.uk/egypt.The funerary items on display in the House of Death are one highlight. These include amulets, shrouds, statues, coffins and fragments of coffins, and even canopic jars, which were used by the Ancient Egyptians to store and preserve the internal organs of the deceased for their journey through the afterlife.
WHEN TO GO?
The Taliesin is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. On Saturdays the centre is open 10am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 4pm. The box office remains open until 8pm on performance evenings. Unless otherwise stated screenings begin at 7.30pm. More information about event times and dates can be found on theirthe Taliesin website. Just go to www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk and click "diary".
TELL ME MORE
The Taliesin Arts Centre can be found on the campus of Swansea University at Singleton Park. For sat nav users their address and postcode is: Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PZ. For more information and to book tickets call 01792 602060.

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