Wales Millennium Centre - I’m With the Band

Wales Millennium Centre
and Traverse Theatre Company

Company Name:

Wales Millennium Centre and Traverse Theatre Company

Description of the Company:

Wales Millennium Centre is Wales’ national centre for the performing arts, situated on Cardiff’s regenerated waterfront. Recognised as one of the UK’s most successful Millennium projects, we have welcomed over 11.8 million visitors since opening in 2004. We are also home to nine creative arts organisations, including Welsh National Opera and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

As one of the UK’s leading arts centres, we promote, create and present the best international, national and local work across artforms; from large scale musical theatre to opera, drama, circus and dance, both classical and contemporary. In the last 12 months the Centre has developed the work it produces and co-produces, with productions such as I’m With the Band enabling us to extend the reach, diversity and depth of our activities, ensuring relevance to communities across Wales and further afield, and encouraging aspiration. The Centre’s recent collaborations have included Lionboy – a co-production with Complicite, Igam Ogam in partnership with Coreo Cymru, The Killing Flower with Music Theatre Wales and Ma’ Bili’n Bwrw’r Bronco, a Welsh language adaptation of Grid Iron’s hugely acclaimed Decky Does a Bronco, in collaboration with our associate company Theatr Na’Nog.

Aims in Edinburgh:

We aim to have the widest selection of programmers and producers see our production at the Traverse, for us to gauge the appetite for this piece to tour internationally. We also want to engage in conversations with companies and venues regarding other projects and seek our new international collaborations.

Key Contact:

Gareth Lloyd Roberts

Contact Details:

Gareth Lloyd Roberts
Producer | Wales Millennium Centre
07852315828 | gareth.roberts@wmc.org.uk


Production Name:

I’m With the Band

Edinburgh Venue:

Traverse Theatre

Dates:

2nd – 25th August

Performance Times:

Various Times

Aug-02

7pm

Preview

Aug-03

10am

Preview

Aug-04

1:45pm

(Press)

Aug-05

Aug-06

8:30pm

Aug-07

10am

Aug-08

12:30pm

Aug-09

3:15pm

Aug-10

5:45pm

Aug-11

8:30pm

Aug-12

Aug-13

10am

Aug-14

12:30pm

Aug-15

3:15pm

Aug-16

5:45pm

AD & Signed Performance

Aug-17

8:30pm

Aug-18

10am

Aug-19

Aug-20

12:30pm

Aug-21

3:15pm

Aug-22

5:45pm

Aug-23

8:30pm

Aug-24

10am

Aug-25

12:30pm


Production Description:

An Englishman, a Northern Irishman, a Scotsman and a Welshman walked into a recording studio and created The Union. Commercially successful and critically acclaimed, the pioneering Indie-rock band is now on the verge of breaking-up.

When financial disaster strikes and Scottish guitarist Barry leaves the band, artistic differences go head to head with alliances that run deep, can The Union survive?

With live music from the four piece, I’m With the Band is a witty and timely response to our changing political landscape. Written by Tim Price and directed by the Traverse’s Associate Director, Hamish Pirie, who were Olivier-nominated for their last collaboration, Salt, Root and Roe.

Age guidance:

16+ (Contains strong language)

Duration:

60 Minutes

Number in Cast:

Four (4)

Touring availability:

From November 2013

Size of Company on tour:

Seven (7) Company & tech plus two (2) support staff

How the production is transported:

1 Long Wheel base Luton & 1 People Carrier in the UK, Air/Sea Freight plus local presenter sourced haulage for International touring.

Technical Requirements:

TBC

Wrap-around activities/outreach:

free post-show cast discussions available, other creative learning activities – on request

Key review quotes:

"Price is a talent to watch… Powerful and original" - Evening Standard on Salt, Root & Roe

"Hamish Pirie’s direction is fine-tuned… With an often gob-smacking understanding of timing" - The Stage on Quiz Show

Links to Company website / production footage:

www.wmc.org.uk / www.traverse.co.uk

Other productions available for touring:

The Igam Ogam Show

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