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 …

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 …

CHICAGO FROM KINETIC SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS REVIEW

CHICAGO CAST Local esteemed theatre group, Kinetic, opened its much anticipated production of “Chicago” last night, at the “Royal College of Welsh Drama” and what a Chicago style opening it was! Chicago the musical, tells the story of how two showgirls, are arrested for murder, one for the murder of her husband and her sister, …

FRONT ROW REVIEW OF KINKY BOOTS THE MUSICAL

The smash west end hit “Kinky Boots”, landed at the glorious, Wales Millennium Centre last night and what a landing it was! We were taken on a journey of heartache, passion, sheer determination, with lots of high wrenching sass, thrown in! PRICE & SONS LTD SHOE FACTORY Kinky Boots tells the story, of Northampton based …

REVIEW OF WELSH PROMS’ “ONE SMALL STEP…”

The legendary Welsh Proms, opened at St David’s Hall last night and what a superb opening it was. We were taken on a journey, celebrating 50 years of the iconic moon landing, which is something very special indeed. Classical music played a big part of this momentous occurrence and Welsh Proms certainly celebrated this. Artistic …

Review of “our generation” by Shine Theatre School

Shine theatre school shows titled “it’s our generation” and “time to shine”, in Wales Millenium Centre dance house, were two fantastic shows that demonstrate what ‘Shine’ the company was all about. Every cast member, including the little ones, performed fantastic dance routines, great vocals and entertaining acting schemes. On top of this, every child was …

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, …

WEST END SUPERSTAR KERRY ELLIS PERFORMS AS PART OF RAFT

KERRY ELLIS OUTSIDE THE PARK & DARE THEATRE TREORCHY West end superstar Kerry Ellis, famous for playing Elphaba in smash west end hit ‘Wicked’ landed not in Oz, but in the beautiful Rhondda valleys last night and this was one landing, Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy Gale would never have forgotten. Kerry Ellis shot to fame …

13 GRAVES – THE MOVIE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeWLbrYECmU The Official 13 GRAVES Trailer Yes, it’s me again. It’s been awhile, well a week, but I’m back! Today I want to let you know about a movie premiere I was invited to on Monday night at a packed Cineworld in the vibrant Leicester Square in the heart of London, with guests that included …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES WITH ONLY MEN ALOUD AND THE CORY BAND

The sensational Only Men Aloud and the magnificent Cory band, showcased their “A Night At The Movies” show last night, at the iconic St David’s hall Cardiff and what a superb show it was! The evening was a celebration of the world’s most loved films, especially focusing on the wonderful music, from legendary American composer, …

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” …

REVIEW OF THE NORTHERN BALLET’S VICTORIA

The New Theatre was abuzz last night. Crowds of audience members anticipating the Northern Ballet’s production of ‘Victoria’ created a real atmosphere of excitement as soon as you stepped foot into the building. Having never been to a professional ballet performance before, I was on tenterhooks, not quite knowing what to expect from a performance …

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. …

Ashleigh K – Singer – Model – Leyton Orient Fan…..

Hello Wales, yes me, again. I just can’t keep away. I hope you’re enjoying all my articles, ranging from actors from Hollywood to meeting Jodie Comer from Killing Eve, to Stephen Hammett-Perlmutter founder of Origins Cuisines from Bristol and now let’s meet singer and model and Leyton Orient fan, ASHLEIGH K. Having begun her music …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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’ …

COLLABRO ST DAVID’S HALL CARDIFF REVIEW

Collabro Review  On Friday night, St David’s Hall in Cardiff became the 41st venue of Collabro’s Road to the Royal Albert Hall tour; the quartet’s largest tour to date. In a city and country that knows a thing or two about male-voice groups, the 2014 Britain’s Got Talent winners entertained a lively crowd with a …

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL REVIEW AT THE WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE

The iconic ‘Motown The Musical’ hit Cardiff this week and was a colossal event!  This heart warming musical, tells the story of how ‘Berry Gordy’s’ ’Motown Record Corporation’,who brought some of the world’s most recognisable stars, into the limelight , such as Marvin Gaye, Dianna Ross, Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson, The Jackson 5 and The …

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 …

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 …

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 …