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, [...]

BRIDGEND Q POPUP FROM CHEF TOM MARTIN

“The Q Pop Up” will be hosted at Heol-y-Cyw Rugby Football Club on the evening of August 30th and the evening of September 6th. The idea of the pop up is to provide High Quality Restaurant food at an accessible price all the while supporting local producers, Farmers and Artisans. Our aim is to provide [...]

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 [...]

TUCKED (15) Written and Directed by Jamie Patterson Starring Derren Nesbitt, Jordan Stephens, Steve Oram, April Pearson UK DVD & DIGITAL HD RELEASE DATE: MONDAY 9th SEPTEMBER

TUCKED is a raw and tender drama about an ageing 80 year old drag queen who forms an unlikely friendship with a younger queen, both struggling with their own issues of gender identity & mortality. As they discover more about each other, they realise how to truly be themselves. A story about love, loss and friendship [...]

Let the sunshine in! 30 things to try at The Red Dragon Centre as temperatures rise

THIS IMAGE IS LICENSED TO THE RED DRAGON CENTRE FOR PR, COMMUNICATION AND MARKETING USE ONLY. © Roger Donovan, Media Photos Tel: 02920 361126 Mobile: 07711 325100 e-mail: roger@mediaphotos.co.uk http://www.mediaphotos.co.uk Summertime is upon us; the days are brighter, and everyone is excited to spend time together with friends and family as summer is here. For anyone staying [...]

A Brighter Future at Cynon Valley Museum

The Cynon Valley Museum is now brighter than ever before. All three galleries this week have seen extensive investment in their lighting. This has included replacing older inefficient lights with new energy efficient LED’s and expanding the number of lights in the galleries improving the visitor experience and making the museum more accessible than ever [...]

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 [...]

Cardiff Metropolitan University and Primary School Pupils Design Wellbeing App

Cardiff Metropolitan University has launched a wellbeingapp designed by primary pupils with university students to support schools and parents in enhancing children’s wellbeing. The iValue U Wellbeing App, which recently became available to download from the Apple App Store, was developed by Welsh primary pupils for other children.  iValue U resulted from a year-long project between Cardiff Metropolitan University’s School of Education and Social Policy and schools across South Wales. [...]

GHOST TO BRING “THE ULTIMATE TOUR NAMED DEATH” TO EUROPE THIS NOVEMBER/DECEMBER TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 12 JULY AT 10AM

Following the coveted Special Guest slot on Metallica’s 26-date summer European stadium tour “WorldWired,” and a 32-date Fall headline arena tour of North America, Ghost will bring its “Ultimate Tour Named Death” to European arenas starting November 16 at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, England. The company will travel across the UK and Europe over [...]

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 [...]

THE ST DAVID’S GIN LOUNGE FESTIVAL

The Hayes is set to be transformed into a gin lovers paradise this August, with the St David’s Gin Lounge Festival heading to the heart of the city centre. St David’s is teaming up with the Gin Lounge, a band of gin enthusiasts to put together a jolly, gin-filled interactive event to celebrate some of [...]

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 [...]

The Late Late Show with James Corden

The Late Late Show with James Corden broadcasting from London with Mumford & Sons performing. Airing June 20th, 2019 (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) Photo: Craig Sugden/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved The fourth episode of the London edition of The Late Late Show with James Corden airs tonight at 10pm on Sky One and NOW TV. The Late [...]

Sky announces upcoming original Christmas special, Cinderella: After Ever After, starring David Walliams, Sian Gibson, Celia Imrie and Sir Tom Courtenay

This Christmas, Sky One turns the classic Cinderella story on its head, thanks to new Sky original comedy Cinderella: After Ever After starring David Walliams. Sian Gibson, Celia Imrie and Sir Tom Courtenay also join the all-star line-up in this King Bert Productions special. All fairy tales end with ‘happy ever after’ but what happens after ever after? [...]

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 [...]

COSY CLUB CARDIFF BAY

COSY CLUB OPENS ITS DOORS IN CARDIFF BAY The newest addition to the Cardiff Bay food and drink scene has flung open its doors in spectacular style, creating 40 jobs for local people. Cosy Club Mermaid Quay celebrates the joys of relaxed dining, drinking and lounging in a fabulous, welcoming setting: think aristocratic abundance with [...]

The Red Dragon Centre invites families to enjoy ‘One Great Day’ at Cardiff Bay

The Red Dragon Centre is joining organisations nationwide to celebrate ‘One Great Day’, a charity fundraising day in aid of local children’s health charities that support families, including Tŷ Hafan.  The entertainment centre is inviting families and friends to Cardiff Bay on Saturday 22 June in celebration of One Great Day between 12pm and 4pm. With Toy Story [...]

Planet Earth II Live In Concert 2020 UK and Ireland Arena Tour

Hosted by Liz Bonnin Music by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea & Jasha Klebe For Bleeding Fingers Music City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Conducted by Matthew Freeman Planet Earth II Live in Concert, from BBC Studios and the acclaimed BBC Natural History Unit that created TV sensations, Blue Planet II and Dynasties, has announced a UK & Ireland arena tour for Spring 2020. Experience [...]

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 [...]

Admiral announced as headline sponsor for Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend

Pride Cymru and Admiral have revealed they’ll continue their partnership, which has spanned for nearly 20 years with the Welsh employer returning as headline sponsor of Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend for the second year running.  Over the years, Admiral has become widely respected for its proactive steps towards creating a more inclusive work environment; and [...]

MP CHRIS BRYANT RAFT INTERVIEW

The 'Rhondda Arts Festival' opened this weekend and our Editor-in-Chief 'Brett Salway' caught up with MP Chris Bryant, who is the chair person, of the RAFT committee, to discuss the festival and it's importance within the Rhondda. How did you become involved with RAFT? Mr Bryant stated, that he was sitting next to Mr Rhys [...]

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 [...]

Breaking Down Society’s Barriers: Tolerance vs Inclusion

Art and design are powerful tools to raise awareness and inform observers of societal issues. That’s what Stephen Burridge focused on for his final piece at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The 28-year old just completed his undergraduate in Graphic Communication at the Cardiff School of Art and Design and will showcase his completed design work,‘Tolerance’, at the school’s summer show. His exhibition looks to educate visitors and fixates on the difference between tolerance [...]

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 [...]

Gok Wan amongst first acts announced for Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend

Pride Cymru has revealed the first set of performers for its annual Big Weekend, celebrating diversity and unity. Over a set of three days in August, more than 75 acts will come to Cardiff, providing a variety of entertainment that ranges from music acts to drag performers to comedians. Among the performers is one of Britain’s favourites, GokWan, [...]

RAFT 2019

The 2019 Rhondda Arts Festival (RAFT) opens next weekend with a month long series of arts events across the regions, as organisers reveal a trio of additional events to add to their high profile roster.Blackadder & Time Team’s Sir Tony Robinson joins Wicked star Kerry Ellis and award winning comedian & actor Omid Djalili in headlining the festival’s second year, which runs from June [...]

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" [...]

EISTEDDFOD REHEARSALS

The Red Dragon Centre opens its doors for Eisteddfod rehearsals Between 27 May and 1 June, over 10,000 children will be heading to the Red Dragon Centre, where they will use the centre's facilities for rehearsals and preliminary rounds during the annual Urdd National Eisteddfod. The Urdd National Eisteddfod has become one of Europe’s most [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

RUSSELL T DAVIES YEARS AND YEARS FROM RED PRODUCTION COMPANY FOR BBC ONE, HBO AND CANAL+

YEARS AND YEARS COMING TO BBC ONEPictured: Daniel (Russell Tovey), Ruby (Jade Alleyne), Edith (Jessica Hynes), Rosie (Ruth Madeley), Muriel (Anne Reid), Stephen (Rory Kinnear), Celeste (T'nia Miller), Bethany (Lydia West) A six part upcoming drama called 'Years and Years' written and produced by the legendary 'Russell T Davies', will premiere Tuesday 14|05 at 9PM BST, [...]

Iris prize on stage

Having established itself as one of the major LGBTQ+ film festivals in the world, The Iris Prize Festival invites you to an evening of scratch performances as it ventures out of film and onto stage. Drawing inspiration directly from the LGBTQ+ community within Wales, both established and emerging talent bring you an exciting evening of [...]

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 [...]

LGBTQ+ community members share messages and support for Lesbian Visibility Day

LGBTQ+ people around the world, along with politicians and advocacy groups, have been raising awareness and support for the 11th annual Lesbian Day of Visibility.  Held on April 26 every year, Lesbian Visibility Day showcases women-loving-women, providing a platform for lesbian role models to speak out on the issues facing female sexual minorities. Happy Lesbian Visibility day 🏳️‍🌈🌈

VOICES OF WALES: A FREE 360O FILM EXPERIENCE COMES TO WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE

2 – 4 MAY 2019 @ GLANFA, WMC Showcasing Wales’ dramatic and diverse landscape and the vibrant music scene embedded within it, Voices of Wales is an innovative short film experience with spine tingling performances from Wales’ emerging musical talents. From the mountains of Snowdonia to the inner-city clubs of Cardiff, audiences will enjoy a gloriously immersive [...]

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' [...]

#FEELSLIKESUMMER @ SOPHIA GARDENS

What a line-up of events here in Cardiff this summer and the #FeelsLikeSummer concert at 'SOPHIA GARDENS' is set to be a real hot summer sensation! BANANARAMA Headlining the event are 80's pop group sensation 'BANANARAMA', who still continue to entertain people all over the world and are launching their latest album called ‘In Studio’, [...]

THE KILLERS CARDIFF TOURIST GUIDE

The ‘KILLERS’ have just announced that they are performing an outdoor concert at the iconic Cardiff Castle on Friday the 28th of June! This will be the first time the killers have performed in Cardiff in 7 years! We have put together some recommendations on where to Stay, Eat, Drink and things To Do whilst [...]