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New acts at Aberration

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New acts

More fab performers at Aberration: Out for Summer

Aberration recently put out a call for new performers and we had a terrific response. We are delighted to have two new acts at Aberration Out for Summer on 27 May.

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Leonie Campbell is a poetry slam winner and a student on the creative writing MA at Aber. She has won two ECWS poetry slams and been published in The Wait anthology and in Wales Within.

Jess Jones is a singer-songwriter based in Wales who plays melodic, emotional original ballads, and covers a wide range of pop and rock music. Come along and see Jess and Leonie perform at Aberration Out for Summer!

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Aberration: Out for Summer

Aberration

OUT FOR SUMMER

THEATR + CERDDORIAETH + GAIR LLAFAR // THEATRE + MUSIC + SPOKEN WORD

A hot night of Aberration music, theatre and spoken word with Tom Marshman, Kedma, Mike Parker, Helen Sandler and new acts! Champagne auction for Ugandan safe house for LGBT people. Event in English. Tickets on sale now at £7.50 from Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

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Bydd Tom Marshman yn cyflwyno detholiad o ei sioe newydd, Kings Cross Remix, fel gwaith ar y gweill. Gwau at ei gilydd o straeon y bobl a brofodd yn llaw gyntaf, mae sioe ‘un dyn’ Tom yn dathlu lleisiau aflafar o Lundain y 1980au.

Mae Tom yn artist perfformiad sy’n trawsnewid cyfrifon bob dydd i mewn i theatr. Mae gwaith blaenorol yn cynnwys ‘Move Over Darling’.

“Un o’r pethau mwyaf cyffrous am waith Marshman yw ei allu i ddewis pwnc sy’n ymddangos yn fach ac edrychwch drwy’r haenau i ddatgelu rhywbeth annisgwyl a dwys” – Big Issue

GWEITHDY Bydd Tom hefyd yn cynnal gweithdy cyn Aberration, am addasu cyfweliadau am sgript. Yn addas ar gyfer pawb, os ydych yn gwybod am theatr neu beidio. Chi jyst angen i fod hyd am gymryd rhan! Manylion.
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KedmaMae Kedma yn leisydd proffesiynol o Aberystwyth sydd wedi graddio yn ddiweddar gyda Gradd Dosbarth Cyntaf Anrhydedd o Sefydliad Cerddoriaeth Fodern Prydain ac Iwerddon (BIMM) sy’n cael ei ystyried yn eang fel ysgol flaenllaw Ewrop ar gyfer cerddoriaeth gyfoes.

Mae hi bellach yn gweithio fel cerddor sesiwn gigio yn helaeth fel prif leisydd a chefnogaeth ar gyfer lleoliadau o fri, teledu, radio, llong fordaith ayyb. Yn fwyaf diweddar bu’n perfformio fel egwyddor ganwr yn ‘The Ballroom Bloomsbury’ ar gyfer lansiad y sioe arobryn “London Never Dies”ar gyfer y Clwb Cabaret Llundain. Yn lleol, efallai y byddwch yn adnabod hi o berfformiadau gyda “Elinor Powell’s Sgarmes”.

Mae ei llais yn gyfoethog ac yn llawn enaid ac mae ei pherfformiadau yn gwbl hudolus.

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Mike Parker yn sôn am ei lyfr newydd, The Greasy Poll (Y Lolfa, Mai) –  y dyddiadur am ei ymgyrch rhwystro i gael ei ethol yn Aelod Seneddol dros Geredigion.

Fel Sais hoyw, nid oedd llenor Mike Parker y dewis amlwg fel ymgeisydd Plaid Cymru yn eu sedd targed o Geredigion yn yr etholiad cyffredinol 2015. Diolch i’r afluniadau gwarthus y wasg, daeth yr ymgyrch yn frwnt  fel un o’r gwaethaf yn hanes yr ardal; gan alw ar hiliaeth, homoffobia, creu Stormydd ar Twitter a chyfraniad gan yr heddlu. The Greasy Poll ydi dyddiadur “ddoniol, cyffrous a brawychus” (Patrick McGuiness) Mike o’r ymgyrch a’i gwersi ehangach ar sut mae ein system wleidyddol yn ein methu. Byddwch un o’r rhai cyntaf i glywed Mike yn darllen o gofiant doniol a ddeifiol.

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Nid yw Helen Sandler yn un o’r tîm Aberration yn unig, mae hi hefyd yn awdur. Bydd Helen yn darllen i ni oddi wrth ei nofel nwydus newydd, ‘The Wishmistress’, am ddwy fenyw yn ceisio peidio â chael affêr.

HEFYD Ocsiwn Bwced Siampaen ar gyfer y tŷ diogel a gefnogwn yn Uganda ar gyfer pobl LHDT. Mae Bar Rummers wedi rhoddwyd yn garedig i ni magnwm o Siampaen. Byddwn yn arwerthu i ffwrdd mewn ffordd arbennig – cael gwybod mwy ar y noson a dod â rhywfaint o arian parod!

Ar ôl y digwyddiad aros i sipian coctels gyda’r artistiaid yn y bar Canolfan y Celfyddydau ac ar y teras.

ARCHEBWCH EICH TOCYNNAU NAWR!

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PROGRAMME

Tom Marshman will present an extract from his new show, Kings Cross Remix, as a work in progress. Woven together from the stories of the people who experienced it first hand, Tom’s one-man show celebrates the raucous voices of 1980s London.

TomMarshmanWebXTom is a performance artist who transforms everyday accounts into theatre. Previous work includes the acclaimed Move Over Darling.

“One of the most exciting things about Marshman’s work is his ability to pick a seemingly small subject and peel back the layers to expose something unexpectedly profound” – Big Issue

WORKSHOP Tom will also run a workshop before Aberration, about turning interviews into a script. Suitable for everyone, whether you know about theatre or not. You just need to be up for taking part! Details.
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Mike Parker will read from and talk about his new book, The Greasy Poll (Y Lolfa, May) – the diary of his thwarted campaign to be elected as MP for Ceredigion last year.

As a gay Englishman and a writer, Mike was not the obvious choice for Plaid Cymru candidate. Thanks to the outrageous distortions of the press, the campaign became the filthiest in the area’s history, invoking racism, homophobia, Twitterstorms and police involvement.

GreasyPollWebThe Greasy Poll is Mike’s “funny, thrilling and terrifying” (Patrick McGuiness) diary of the campaign, and its wider lessons on how our political system is failing us. Be one of the first to hear Mike read from this hard-hitting and humorous memoir.

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Kedma is a professional vocalist from Aberystwyth who has recently graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from The British & Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) which is widely regarded as Europe’s leading school for contemporary music.

She now works as a session musician gigging extensively as a lead and backing vocalist for prestigious venues, TV, radio, cruise ship etc. Most recently she performed as a principal vocalist at The Bloomsbury Ballroom for the launch of the award-winning show London Never Dies for The London Cabaret Club. Locally, you may recognise her from performances with Elinor Powell’s Sgarmes.

Her voice is rich and soulful and her performances are completely captivating.

www.kedmamacias.co.uk

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Helen Sandler is not just one of the Aberration team, she’s also a writer. Helen will be reading to us from her sultry new novel, The Wishmistress, about two women trying not to have an affair.

PLUS Champagne Bucket Auction for the safe house we support in Uganda for LGBT people. Rummers Bar have kindly donated a magnum of champagne. We will be auctioning it off in a special way – find out more on the night and bring some cash!

After the event please stay to sip cocktails with the artists in the Arts Centre bar and on the terrace.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Aberration, 1st feb Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Photo by Daryl Ras Gdalya Jemmott

Aberration workshop: Turned Tales

Aberration workshop

Turned Tales – Creating a script from interviews

A special workshop on the magic of turning interviews into scripts, arranged by Aberration

5.30 to 7pm Friday 27 May. Meet at 5.15pm at Aberystwyth Arts Centre box office to go to the room (Creative Unit 5 & 6). £5, book in advance, limited to 15 places

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Tom Marshman is a performance artist who transforms everyday accounts into theatre. For his Kings Cross (Remix) theatre project about 1980s gay London (pictured), Tom went through a process of having group chats over tea, then more intimate one-on-one interviews, which were recorded and transcribed before being worked into a script.

In this workshop, Tom will give an insight into his process, share tips, and talk about the issues of working with other people’s stories. He hopes to inspire people to start to collect stories and see that everyone has a fascinating tale to tell, even if they don’t know it yet.

Workshop tickets £5 from Aberystwyth Arts Centre box office.

After the workshop, Tom will be performing an extract from Kings Cross (Remix) at Aberration: Out for Summer – an evening of theatre, spoken word and music with an LGBT theme.

Aberration goes Beyond the Binary

//Aberration discussion//

//BEYOND THE BINARY:

All the Genders We Are//

{Ewch i lawr y dudalen am y testun Cymraeg}

Monday 7 March 2016 at 6pm in the Executive Boardroom of the Visualisation Centre on Aberystwyth University main campus. FREE EVENT, just turn up.

Directions: Turn on to campus and take the first right, follow the road down and the visualisation centre is a big modern building – the first building on your right (known as ‘the ship’)

Aberration are proud to be part of Aberystwyth University’s week of events around International Women’s Day with our discussion: ‘Beyond the Binary: all the genders we are’.

gender booksAre you female? Male? Or do you live beyond those ‘binary’ divisions? What does gender mean to us today?

Speakers from our Aberration community will set the scene by talking about their own lives, genders, politics and art, including trans and agender identities. Followed by a friendly open discussion for all, chaired by Helen Sandler.

Event in English // Mae’r digwyddiad yma yn Saesneg.

Ddydd Llun 7fed Mawrth byddwn ni’n falch o chwarae rhan yn yr wythnos o ddigwyddiadau ym Mhrifysgol Aberystwyth i ddathlu Diwrnod Rhyngwladol y Menywod gydag ein trafodaeth Aberration: ‘Beyond the Binary: all the genders we are’. Bydd yn dechrau am 6pm yn Ystafell Gyfarfod y Ganolfan Ddelweddu ar brif gampws y Brifysgol.

Bydd siaradwyr o’n cymuned Aberration yn agor y mater drwy sôn am eu bywydau eu hun, a’u rhyweddau, eu gwleidyddiaeth a’u celf, gan gynnwys hunaniaethau traws ac anryweddol.

Aberration: All Queered Up 19 Feb 2016

Amy Dillwyn
Amy Dillwyn (R&S Morris)

All Queered Up

Celebrating LGBT History Month

Dathlu Mis Hanes LGBT

7.45pm Friday 19 February 2016 (doors open 7.30pm) Aberystwyth Arts Centre Studio

7:45pm Gwener 19 Chwefror (drysau am 7:30pm) Stiwdio Canolfan y Celfyddydau

Tickets £7.50 from box office // Tocynnau £7.50 o’r Swyddfa Docynnau:
www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk  01970 623232

An evening of talks, discussion
and music

Noswaith o gerddoraeth, siarad a thrafod

The life, loves & literature of Amy Dillwyn

Amy Dillwyn (1845-1935) was an iconoclastic novelist and a trailblazing female industrialist, described as ‘one of the most remarkable women in Great Britain’. For over 30 years, she was inspired and troubled by her unrequited love for the woman she called her ‘wife’ in her diaries, a story which she tells over again in her fiction.  This talk takes in the life, loves, and literature of this cigar-smoking pioneer. Presented by Dr Kirsti Bohata of Swansea University.

Cyflwyniad i’r awdur Amy Dillwyn gan Kirsti Bohata o Brifysgol Abertawe.

A conversation with Miss Frances Power Cobbe and Miss Mary Charlotte Lloyd

Frances Power Cobbe
Frances Cobbe

The writer and women’s rights campaigner Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904) and her lifelong partner, the sculptor Mary Charlotte Lloyd, met in Rome. They lived together first in London and then near Dolgellau. Buried a century ago in the churchyard at Llanelltyd, they speak from beyond the grave about their lives and passions. Presented by Aberration’s own Jane Hoy and Helen Sandler.

Sgwrs o du hwnt i’r bed gyda’r awdur ac ymgyrchwr hawliad menwyod Frances Power Cobbe, a’i phartner oes a cherflunydd Mary Charlotte Lloyd. Cyflwynir gan Jane Hoy and Helen Sandler.

Thinking Gay Pictures: Art History and Gay Men 

The ‘father of art history’ was a gay man, J.J.  Winckelmann (1717 – 1768). His writings changed the way people viewed art. This illustrated talk looks at the effect his sensibility had on generations of  gay men and the ways in which they made, viewed and pursued sculptures and pictures – and represented their own desires. Presented by Professor Colin Cruise of Aberystwyth University.

Sgwrs am Gelf Hoyw gan Colin Cruise o Brifysgol Aberystwyth.

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The Sleep of Endymion by Anne-Louis Girodet

Discussion

The evening is chaired by historian Norena Shopland, who will get us all talking about the LGBT lives of the past. Norena’s focus is the enormous influence people from Wales have made on all aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity. But when it comes to people from history, can we retro-sexualise individuals? Are modern terms such as homosexual and transgender appropriate?

Caiff y noswaith ei Chadeirio gan yr Hanesydd Norena Shopland, a fydd hefyd yn siarad am fywydau pobl LGBT y gorffennol.

Music

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Stephanie Finegan

Musical interlude from Stephanie Finegan: singer-songwriter, poet, force of nature.

Bydd cerddoriaeth byw gan gyfansoddwraig a’r gantores Stephanie Finegan.

Info & booking

Event in English // Mae’r digwyddiad yma yn Saesneg.

All welcome // Croeso i bawb

Tickets £7.50 from box office // Tocynnau £7.50 o’r Swyddfa Docynnau:
www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk  01970 623232

Join our Facebook group: Aberration Cymru

‘Be part of the queer arts scene that’s taking Mid Wales by storm’ – Diva magazine

Aberration is brought to you by Enfys Aber and SpringOut, in partnership with Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
Partneriaeth rhwng Enfys Aber, SpringOut a Chanolfan y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth.

Cabarration 10 October 2015

previously at Aberration…

Aberration Cabaret

A Queer thing’s happening at the Arts Centre

Saturday 10 October 2015, Great Hall, Aberystwyth Arts Centre

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Lou Safire

Doors open 7.30pm (with entertainment while you settle in); show starts 8pm

Tickets: £12 / £9 from Aberystwyth Arts Centre box office

Join us for the return of Cabarration: the cabaret night with a very queer bite. Prepare to be amazed by a glitzy line-up of local and national talent in the Great Hall, from burlesque to comedy via circus and song.

LGBT theme (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans). All welcome. Dress style: putting on the glitz.

“The rich atmosphere could only be described as Gatsbian with a queer twist!” – Ego magazine

Starring:

Bethany Black
Bethany Black

Bethany Black: Standup comedy from Bethany Black, who played Helen in Channel 4’s Cucumber & Banana, and will appear in the next series of Doctor Who. Funny, fabulous and queer. ‘Something quite special and unique… I was genuinely grateful for the experience.’ – Time Out

Lou Safire: Bohemian burlesque and vaudeville from a man who is 96% Extrovert, 4% Polyester. Lou brings together circus and striptease, strutting his stuff and scaring the horses.

Kate O’Donnell: Kate returns to Aberration with ‘A Short History of My Tits’, told with music, tassels and pizzazz. As seen at Mother’s Ruin in Manchester and Duckie’s in London. ‘Loud and proud trans woman making waves’ – Sunday Times

Kate O'Donnell
Kate O’Donnell

Arms Like Legs: ‘Four apocalyptic noise spirits invite you to succumb to the whims of sound for the liquefied pleasure of all!’ Imagine Black Sabbath blended with Patti Smith with a handful of doom and hip hop thrown in. 2013 MidMad Band Slam winners.

Nic Herriot will be reading us one of her cheeky short stories. She lives locally with her wife and, when not trying to tame the jackdaws who live in her chimney,  enjoys researching plots for her erotica.

Maj Ikle is proud to live off grid in a rural women’s community, not a million miles from Aber. She will be performing the first chapter of her forthcoming autobiography, entitled ‘Maggie Thatcher made me an SM Dyke’.

Ali Cocks: last seen teaching us all some moves on the pole, Ali will be making magical shapes in the air from her new aerial hoop. Ali also teaches pole fitness classes in Aberystwyth. Accompanied by Lucy Edwards.

Aber’s newest musical duo, László Xavia and Emily Farr, are influenced variously by Paolo Nutini, Passenger, Amy McDonald and Alanis Morissette. The result is a melodious set that you may well be the first to hear!

We will have a charity raffle in aid of LGBT good causes with fab prizes donated by local businesses including meals out, drinks and a weekend away.

Ali Cocks
Ali Cocks (by Craig Kirkwood)

Cabarration is hosted by Helen Sandler, who  has compered at the York Lesbian Arts Festival, L Fest and London’s Bar Wotever. Keeping you happy through the night. Unless you don’t like to be happy – no pressure.

The night ends with DJ and dancing – everyone’s favourite DJ Boundary (of Swing City fame) will play us out.

Oh, what a night! Don’t miss it!
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View photos from last year’s Cabarration>>

 

Aberration is programmed by Enfys Aber (Aberystwyth University Staff LGBT Pride Society) and SpringOut, and is a partnership with Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Aberration May 2015 PROGRAMME

[ARCHIVE RECORD OF PAST EVENT]
Aberration presents:

Hoyw Heddiw // Gay Today

>>Cymraeg yma>>

7pm (for 7.30) Saturday 9 May 2015
Main Hall, International Politics Building,
Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus
£7 (includes a glass of wine)
Aberration, 1st feb Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Photo by Daryl Ras Gdalya Jemmott

What’s it like to be LGBT in Wales (and beyond)?
An evening of live music, discussion and readings

7pm Drinks

7.30pm Introduction by Dr Jenny Mathers, head of the International Politics department, an expert in Russian human rights issues including Pussy Riot and anti-gay legislation.

7.45pm Discussion about being LGBT in Wales, with our fabulous panel:

Jaci Taylor, who served as mayor of Aberystwyth in 2000-01, with her partner as mayoress.

Gareth Lloyd Roberts, director of Aberystwyth Arts Centre, past producer at Wales Millennium Centre.

Paddy O’Malley, co-editor and founder of The Aberystwyth EGO magazine and part of Sgarmes singing group.

Chaired by Elisa Haf, an Aber native with a degree in International Politics from the university and an interest in left-wing feminism.

The panel will be held in Welsh and English, with simultaneous translation. Followed by Q&A – join in with your questions for the panel.

8.45pm Interval

9pm Richard Margraff Turley will read from and talk about his new novel, The Cunning House, about attacks on gay culture in Regency London and the raid on the White Swan molly house.

9.15pm Multilingual live music from Machynlleth’s answer to Edith Piaf – Nicola Burgess & friends.

10pm Ends – come with us up to the Arts Centre to buy a drink in the bar and continue the conversation.

Timings are approximate. Programme subject to change.

Aberration is brought to you by Enfys Aber (Aber Uni’s LGBT staff network) and SpringOut (arts events for women, LGBT folk and friends).

>>View photos of the last fabulous Aberration>>

Aberration Quiz 27 Feb

Aberration Quiz

Blackouts (smaller)

Queer Quiz, Friday 27 February 2015

Dickie Beau is performing his show Blackouts: Twilight of the Idols at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and the Aberration team have arranged a fun pre-show quiz in the theatre bar at 5.45pm prompt, as part of LGBT History Month UK.
Bring your friends or join a team to meet new people. Questions will include the queer history of Wales and a photo quiz. Ends in time for a chat or a bite to eat before the show. All welcome, whether you are lesbian, gay, bi, undecided, straight, trans, intersex, whatever.
£1 per person on the night.
Quizmasters Mike Parker & Helen Sandler.
It’s Aberration’s first birthday so we hope you will raise a glass with us to celebrate!
Please book separately for the show, see below.
Quiz organised by SpringOut and Enfys Aber for Aberration.

Blackouts: Twilight of the Idols

Drag fabulist Dickie Beau shapeshifts through a shadowy soundscape of lost souls in a theatrical trip to the subconscious underworld of his future self. Bringing to life extraordinary audio artefacts, Dickie leads us on a bewitching adventure in found sound as he channels the ghosts of his childhood idols. Includes previously unheard tapes of Marilyn Monroe’s final interview.

Book your ticket to the Blackouts show on the Aberystwyth Arts Centre website>>