Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Extends Residency in Cardiff

Due to phenomenal demand, the world-class interactive exhibition will be extending in Cardiff’s St. David’s Shopping Centre until November 10, 2019. After an overwhelming response from fans in Cardiff, Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. will be extending its stay in Cardiff’s St. David’s Shopping Centre. The news follows a hugely successful run for S.T.A.T.I.O.N. in London, New York, […]

Write To Kill

Okay, a little bit of shameless self promotion. If you’ve read any of my previous articles written for the Valley Times, featuring TV programmes such as Sanditon and Keeping Faith with Eve Myles, singer/songwriters like Amy Wedge (who wrote the theme for Keeping Faith), and actress and author Jessica Martin, you may or may not […]

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THEBRITISH ACADEMY CYMRU AWARDS IN 2019

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THE BRITISH ACADEMY CYMRU AWARDS IN 2019 Documentary feature film Anorac leads with six nominations Netflix feature Apostle and S4C television drama Enid a Lucy each receive five nominations 19 first time nominees confirmed as record entries received 5 September 2019: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in Wales, BAFTA Cymru, has announced today the nominations […]

ANNIE THE MUSICAL UK REVIEW

Straight from the West end, “Annie The Musical UK”, opened at the Wales Millennium Centre this week, starring BBC’s strictly come dancing’s, Mr nasty himself, Craig Revel Horwood, taking the role of “Miss Hannigan”. Annie is also a family loved film and tells the tale of an orphaned, larger than life, young lady, named Annie, […]

Keeping Faith

So, I kept faith with Keeping Faith (original title in Welsh Un Bore Mercher, translates to One Wednesday Morning) and oh boyo, what a dramatic second series. Keeping Faith, written by Matthew Hall, is located in rural Wales, with stunning scenery. Directed by Pip Broughton and Andy Newbery, Keeping Faith series one was watched by […]

Review of “The Little Mermaid”.

Disney’s 1989 smash hit “The Little Mermaid”, has truly been brought, to life, at the “Cardiff Open Air Festival”, in Sophia gardens. Telling the wonderful story, of how a teenage mermaid, longs to live, a human life and gives up a great deal, to achieve that.  The role of “Ariel” was played by “Cadi Mullane”, […]

REVIEW OF JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

The legendary “Jesus Christ Superstar” from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, was brought to life, once again, last night, at the “Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival”, which is part of the “Everyman Theatre”. This biopic, stage production, tells the story, of Jesus Christ’s, final week on earth, which includes, scenes of love, heartache and […]

Sanditon

I have a confession to make. I’m not one to sit and watch period drama’s. Yes, I confess now. BUT……. this Autumn I will be sitting comfortably in front of the television to watch a new adaptation of an unfinished novel by Jane Austen. In January 1817, Jane began work on a new novel she […]

JOHN BARROWMAN REVIEW ST DAVID’S HALL

John Barrowman’s tour titled ‘fabulous’ is only at the St David’s Hall for two nights (one of which sold out a few days after the tickets were released) and I would advise that if you haven’t already, and if there are tickets available, to book a ticket to this fantastic celebration of Barrowman’s career. I […]

Review of ‘Hello Cabaret in the Park’ as part of the Everyman Open Air theatre festival

‘Hello Cabaret’ returned to Sophia Gardens on Sunday night for the third year running, performing their cabaret in the park, closing the first weekend of the Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival (on until the 3rd August). The show promises ‘popular show tunes, spellbinding stories and hidden gems performed under the stars’, and for the most part, […]

WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME – THE BOOK AND MOVIE THAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT!

LONDON AUTHOR CELEBRATES PUBLISHING SUCCESS OF HIS AMAZON BEST-SELLING NOVEL WITH A BOOK TO MOVIE PROJECT! From wrongly imprisoned life-saver to self-published Amazon No 1 bestselling author, David P Perlmutter’s debut novel, WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME, also edited by his partner Julie Tucker is now a book to movie project with Golden Mile Productions and […]

Coppafeel Charity

Me again! Sorry, but as I mentioned in my previous article, I was kindly invited to two events this week in London, the first, being Jessica Martin’s book launch, the second, last nights charity event at Myla. It was a social gathering in aid of CoppaFeel breast cancer charity, hosted by the stunning lingerie shop, […]

Jessica Martin

It’s Friday. Who’s happy about that? I’m sure many of you are, unless you’re working over the weekend. Anyway, I hope your week has been a good one. I’ve had a busy one, not only with meetings about the new children’s book I’m writing, writing my new fiction book, plus chats with the production companies […]

HORMONAL HOUSEWIVES REVIEW

This hilarious three women show visited the Coliseum in Aberdare last weekend and what a visit it was! Focusing on mainly female related issues of all ages, it was really well received by the pro-dominantly female audience. Starring Vicki Michelle, who starred in classic BBC sitcom “Allo Allo” the hilariously funny Julie Coombe (Co-writer of […]

DIRTY DANCING THE MUSICAL REVIEW

‘Dirty Dancing the Musical’ landed at our prestigious New Theatre Cardiff last night and what a storm it brought with it! Based on the iconic ‘Dirty Dancing’ movie and currently performing a UK tour, I was taken on a magical journey, that felt extremely special. I was fortunate enough to be sitting in the second […]

Authors – Actors and The Kray Twins

You know what it’s like when you’ve been invited to an event or party months in advance of the event date, and you’re looking forward to it so much and for so long but in the end, the party is so disappointing, it feels like fireworks disintegrating without an Ohhh or an Ahh on the stroke of midnight? Well, […]

THE KINGDOM CHOIR REVIEW

The sensational Kingdom Choir landed at our iconic St David’s hall in Cardiff this week and what an incredible landing it was! This remarkable choir, were sadly performing their final show of their current tour, which I was honoured to witness, but I’m sure they’ll be back with another phenomenal production! THE KINGDOM CHOIR PERFORMING […]

LAST SUMMER FILM WELSH PREMIERE

Set in Welsh countryside during the 1970s, with the prospect of a long, hot summer ahead  of play and friendships, four boys find their own adventure until unexpected tragedy strikes with devastating consequences. Catapulted into the adult world, they strive to take matters into their own hands. Will the boys learn the value of their childhood […]

REVIEW OF DONBASS BODERLAND

When we heard of this Russian film about the current situation in the separatist Donbass region of Ukraine and former Imperial Russia, we envisaged the potential for a possible piece of open pro-Russian propaganda. What we witnessed instead however at the joint U.K. premieres in Chapter Arts, Cardiff and at the Redhouse Cymru, as part […]

Happy birthday Sir Ian McKellen (Winner of the first ever Valley Times living legend award)

The inspirational Sir Ian McKellen, CH, CBE, celebrated his 80th birthday recently and coincidentally, Stonewall, (LGBT rights charity) which he co-founded, celebrated their 50th birthday! Furthermore we are extremely proud to announce, that we are awarding the first ever Valley Times living legend award to Sir Ian, for his sensational contribution to the world of Arts […]

REVIEW OF SOUL LEGENDS

Soul Legends visted St David’s Hall last night, which promised to bring back to life all the soul legends of yesteryears, which it most definitely did, in fact, my aunty, who attended the show with me, said it took her back to when she was a child and so obviously successfully managed to rebuild the […]

New Cygnet arrivals hatched for the Summer

Let’s raise a glass to the brand new Cygnet additions ‘landing’ safely at the distillery this week.  Following on from the huge success of the debut 70cl craft gin from the Welsh gin company, Cygnet, the South Wales Distillery have announced not one, but two brand new Cygnet products which are now available to buy.  The […]

NON-BULLSHIT INNOVATION

Last week I was invited to a book launch at a very cool book shop in London. Designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano, the book shop, called Libreria, was located just off Brick Lane, in the very trendy Shoreditch. The launch was for author, David Rowan, who happily signed copies of his debut book “NON-BULLSHIT INNOVATION” […]

Peter Kitchen

Hello all. A new week, well Tuesday, but hey, only four days to go until another Bank Holiday Weekend. Talking about weekends, last Sunday I was at Wembley Stadium for the F A Trophy and even though my team, Leyton Orient lost, it didn’t matter one single bit. Why you may ask, or maybe not. […]

Origins Cuisine – Bristol

This is Stephen Hammett-Perlmutter collecting his award from Cllr Asher Craig who was voted to receive funding for his next adventure. Hello again WALES. I hope you’re enjoying my column. I’m moving completely away from my previous article/subject about the Baftas, Jodie Comer and Hollywood actor Rich Graff to, as Kenny Everett (remember him?) would […]

AN EVENING OF ERIC AND ERN

The New Theatre opened its doors on Wednesday for an ‘Evening of Eric and Ern’ (directed by Daniel Clarkson) an upbeat, contemporary homage to the comedy of Morecambe and Wise. Set against the backdrop of the classic red velvet curtains, Ian Ashpitel (Ernie) and Jonty Stephens (Eric) gave a stellar performance as their comedic idols, […]

Bafta Winner And The Hollywood Actor…..

Jodie Comer with her Bafta award! Hello WALES, me again from London, with another update about what I’ve been up to recently…. and have I got a story for you….. Monday, just gone, 24 hours after the Baftas on BBC. Did you watch the awards? I did. Have you seen Killing Eve? I have. Are you […]

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT REVIEW

GO GO GO JAYMI! Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s fascinating musical is back on the road and, has arrived in Cardiff. The show follows Joseph, the favourite son of Jacob, after his eleven brothers sell him as a slave due to their jealousy of him receiving a technicoloured coat from Jacob. What follows is […]

Patti Boulaye – Aretha & Me!

Following the last two years of sell-outs of her show “Billie & Me” the award-winning singer and musical theatre star Patti Boulaye, returns with her brand new one-woman show “Aretha and Me”. In this fascinating show, Patti compares and contrasts her life with that of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, whose celebrated career included 17 […]

A bit About Me with Wayne Clark

Good morning. Another start to a new week and I hope it’s a beautiful Monday morning where you are as it’s as beautiful as it is with me. Apparently it’s going to be warm and sunny for the next few days. So get out and enjoy, but don’t forget the sun cream. See, you even […]

Take A Bow, Elliott Ross!

As mentioned yesterday in my debut column, which I hope some of you read and enjoyed, or saying that, even read at all, I was invited to attend a play at the Trafalgar Studios in London. The male lead, Elliott Ross, who kindly invited me, is a young British actor who I believe to a rising star and one to look out for in the […]

NEW JERSEY NIGHTS REVIEW

New Jersey Nights landed in the iconic New theatre Cardiff last night and boy what a landing it was! This hit show is direct from the USA and drove us back to the iconic 1950s and 60s to the groovy 1980s. Frankie Valli shot to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four […]

CALENDAR GIRLS REVIEWING

A film. A play. And now a musical, touring the UK. Ever since seeing the cast of Calendar Girls The Musical opening the Olivier Awards back in 2018, I have wanted to see this show. A collaboration between Gary Barlow and Tim Firth brings us an enchanting musical, hitting all the right emotions. The opening scene brings […]

ETC PENARTH VEGAN NIGHT

As a vegetarian of eight years moving onto a vegan lifestyle of four years, I had the great pleasure of attending ‘Etc’s’ first ever Vegan night, housed in Penarth, the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan, to taste five courses of their unique vegan food and cocktails. The demand for vegan food and drink has […]

THE BODYGUARD UK TOUR REVIEW

The ‘Bodyguard The Musical’ landed at the ‘Wales Millennium Centre’ Cardiff last night and what a STAGGERING landing it was! THE ORIGINAL ‘THE BODYGUARD’ FILM POSTER Based on the iconic hit 90s film ‘The bodyguard’, starring the late ‘Whitney Houston’ and Hollywood legend ‘Kevin Costner’, the film has been transitioned to the stage and given […]

HAIR THE MUSICAL REVIEW

HAIR THE MUSICAL 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR REVIEWThis exuberant award winning show landed in full glory last night, at the iconic ‘New Theatre’ Cardiff and what a hair raising experience it was! It was the winner of the ‘WhatsOnStage’ 2018 award. Featuring an all star cast, including reality TV star ‘Jake Quickenden’ who plays the role of […]

SISTER ACT REVIEW

‘SISTER ACT’ performed by the Harmonic Arts Company, St Peters Hall, Roath, 3 and 4 AprilLast Thursday I attended this excellent production of ‘Sister Act’ by an entirely teenage cast.  Most of you will have heard of the famous film, ‘Sister Act’, featuring Whoopi Goldberg, which was a huge hit in 1992.  However you may […]

ETC PENARTH REVIEW

I visited ‘Etc’ to experience their Motown supper club and it was truly superb. I was really impressed with the opulent ‘GATSBY’ decor, which really heightened the elegant ambiance. The fusion inspired restaurant and cocktail bar was really inviting and had plenty of staff to cater for your every need. I felt really comfortable and […]

ST DAVID’S DEWI SANT #BigNightOut

The iconic St David’s shopping centre hosted its 2019 #BigNightOut and what a great success it was! The night was a celebration of all things retail and really gave something back, to the thousands of customers that visit the centre weekly. The centre is home to over 150 shops, restaurants and cafes! And is a […]

Octopus Soup Live Review

The latest addition to the British farce scene made its way to Cardiff on Tuesday evening, with an eagerly anticipated opening night at the New Theatre. Despite the title sounding like a starter at an upmarket restaurant, Octopus Soup is in fact a story of burglary, insurance fraud, and mob bosses – with the occasional […]

Review of Airbnb property in Cardiff

Set on Amesbury RD in Penylan, Cardiff, is this charming Victorian family home, which is being offered on the Airbnb platform. It has 3 bedrooms, that will comfortably sleep a family of six /party of six and has some superb facilities. Upon entering this beautiful house, you’re greeted with a sensational period tiled floor, which […]

PAULUS:BETA REVIEW

“I Was Never Born, I Was Discovered” Paulus from BBC hit show ‘ALL TOGETHER NOW’ and a regular performer at our very own ‘Cardiff Cabaret Club’ brought his sensational ‘One Person Musical’ to the ‘FFRESH BAR AND RESTAURANT’ in Cardiff on Saturday, at the iconic ‘WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE’ and what a show he delivered! Accompanied by a superb 3 piece band, ‘Paulus’ […]

THE DEAD CANARY GIN DINNER PART ii

I was invited down to experience the Dead Canary’s Gin dinner and felt like I was transported back in time, to the opulent 1920s. The evening was hosted by one of the representatives from Fields, Morris & Verdin named ‘Ruairidh Muir”, who has a superb knowledge of the Gins on offer and made the guests […]

CHAPEL 1877 GIN TASTING SESSION

My most recent discovery took me to Chapel 1877 Bar and Restaurant, which is located on Churchill Way, Cardiff.  It is a grade II listed building which maintains all its original gothic charm. The converted chapel is tastefully decorated whilst maintaining many original features. The building has an overwhelming feeling of grandeur due to its […]

BENIDORM NEW THEATRE REVIEW

Wow!! Derren Litten’s iconic tv series ‘Benidorm’ has a new home, the classic theatre stage! Opening the show at Newcastle theatre royal in 2018, it’s had rave reviews and we were extremely excited to see it here at Cardiff times. It had that recognisable British humour that we all know and love and it was […]

CAPTAIN MARVEL REVIEW

The iconic Marvel franchise has hit us with its latest superhero movie film ‘Captain Marvel’. The opening credits play tribute to Marvel’s primary creative leader ‘Stan Lee’ by combining all his iconic Marvel film scenes, into the Marvel logo. This was a real special and moving moment and one that won’t be forgotten in a […]

PIATTO CARDIFF BAY

A new pasta house is in town and boy is it Fantastico! The iconic Cardiff based Giovanni family, who are behind this new offering have brought something special to the Cardiff Bay area. Giovanni Malacrino’s son, Luca Malacrino had the vision of ‘PIATTO’ and has opened this really cool new Italian pasta house. This beautiful […]

ODEON GALLERY

ODEON GALLERY CARDIFF BAY The Odeon cinema chain is an iconic brand in British society and has always offered something special to is customers in my view. It’s always investing in making it’s cinemas the best it can be. I visited the Odeon Gallery Cardiff bay which boasts the only IMAX screen in Wales! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 […]

BLUE PLANET LIVE REVIEW

BLUE PLANET II MOTORPOINT ARENA CARDIFF REVIEW  The BBC hit show ‘Blue Planet II‘ has transitioned to a live in concert tour, accompanied by a full symphony orchestra (City of Prague orchestra) conducted by Matthew Freeman, with music by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea and David Fleming for Bleeding Fingers Music and hosted by Anita Rani. The […]

PURPLE POPPADOM CARDIFF REVIEW

PURPLE POPPADOM 07/03/2019 Set on Cowbridge road east is the fetching Purple Poppadom Indian restaurant. The restaurant had a lovely airy feel to it and the decor was very contemporary. Upon arrival, we were greeted straight away and quickly shown to our seats and offered drinks. Carl Marsh and I  asked the waiter for his […]

SHAKIN’ STEVENS CARDIFF REVIEW

The iconic Shakin’ Stevens performed at St David’s hall Sunday and boy did he deliver! He was accompanied with a 9 piece band, who were sensational! Aged 70 years at the time of this concert as he turned 71 on Monday! The audience actually sang happy birthday to him which was really memorable. He was […]

CILIEGINO ITALIAN CARDIFF

This sensational Italian restaurant set in the St David’s 2 food quarter really blew us away! Carl and I were invited down to try “The best pizza and pasta in town”. With so many Italian restaurants in Cardiff, I was of course sceptical but eager to indulge and make my own conclusions. We arrived and […]

DIRTY MARTINI BAR CARDIFF REVIEW

Bespoke cocktail bar Dirty Martini invited us down to try their new vegan cocktail range and we were thoroughly impressed. The vegan trend has quadrupled in the last five years, so it’s really refreshing to see the hospitality industry incorporating this into their offerings. Dirty Martini Cardiff will be celebrating their third birthday this year […]

SANTIAGOS TAPAS BAR/RESTAURANT

SANTIAGOS TAPAS RESTAURANT Review | January 2019 | Brett Salway | This authentic Spanish tapas restaurant set on church street in Cardiff, is a unique new concept for Cardiff and beyond and will please the most finical of tapas seekers. This was originally Truffles Cafe but has had an inspiring change of style. The building […]

DEATHS AND ENTRANCES COCKTAIL BAR

Deaths & Entrances Cardiff Cardiff’s latest cocktail bar offering is the intriguing Deaths & Entrances,  set in the same building as Cardiff’s iconic ‘The Dead Canary’ on Barrack Lane.  It has the same secretive concept as its sister bar ‘TDC’ and really offers something quite unique.  You first ring the door bell , eagerly await […]

TY NEWYDD

TY NEWYDD COUNTRY HOTEL-CARADOG RESTAURANT Review | January 2019 | Brett Salway | This beautiful Georgian country manor is now a fully functional restaurant and hotel, set on the border of the striking Brecon Beacons in the quaint village of Penderyn, Aberdare. The location makes it an excellent choice for guests wanting to experience some […]

ASADOR 44

Review| January 2019| Brett Salway My most recent discovery was ASADOR 44, set in the heart of Cardiff’s castle quarter area. I would describe it as a modern-day Spanish steak house, which would appeal to anyone wanting an authentic Catalan experience. The inspiring decor combines beautiful glossed wood, glass and leather to stay fitting with […]

TY MADEIRA

Review| January 2019| Brett Salway I visited Cardiff’s newest Portuguese restaurant and it seemed somewhat familiar. This is because Cardiff has enjoyed the family run Madeira restaurant for many years already but in a different location. This is a newly opened second restaurant of the same name. From the moment you walk in you feel […]

Fly By Night

Review| December 2018| Brett Salway Set in the heart of Cardiff’s very affluent high street, sits the incredible fly by night. I was invited down to experience something truly unique. The decor has a beautiful zen feel to it which enhances the tranquil ambiance. I felt very relaxed and comfortable sitting in such opulent surroundings. […]