All posts by

Bydoedd Cudd – Aberration

Mae Aberration yn dathlu Mis Hanes LHDT 2019
7.45pm Sadwrn 9 Chwefror, Canolfan Celfyddydau Aberystwyth,  £10/£8 

Study for ‘The Exchange’ – Clive Hicks-Jenkins

Mae Karen Fisch yn cyflwyno ei sioe gerdd jiwcbocs, Rebel Dyke. Mae Clive Hicks-Jenkins yn dangos sut y creodd guddfan ar gyfer ei wir hun yn ei gelf. Mae Jane Traies yn trafod ei llyfr o gyfweliadau efo lesbiaid hŷn, Now You See Me (Tollington). 14oed+  Iaith: Saesneg


Gweithdy efo Jane Traies a Norena Shopland ar hanes LHDT+ yma>>

Workshop: Doing LGBT History

LGBT History Month with Aberration

Workshop: Doing LGBT+ History

Saturday 9 February 2019 3.30-6pm
Aberystwyth Arts Centre: Creative Unit 5/6 (silver pod)
£5 / £3 (concessions) – includes refreshments
Tickets on sale from Aberystwyth Arts Centre here>>

Ever fancied doing some LGBT+ historical research but don’t know where to begin? This lively participatory workshop will introduce different ways of opening up lesbian, gay, bi and trans history. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a research newbie or have some experience to share. We hope that it will be the beginning of a Mid Wales network in which we continue to uncover our hidden queer histories in the past and present.

The workshop will be facilitated by Jane Hoy of Aberration and Living Histories Cymru.

In the first part historian Norena Shopland (as seen at Aberrations past) will ask us to consider: What is LGBT+ historical research? What does it mean to use the terms sexual orientation and gender identity in history? Which sources should we use, and why? She will also introduce us to her new online research tool. Norena is the author of Forbidden Lives: LGBT stories from Wales (Seren, 2018).


In the second part writer and researcher Jane Traies will introduce her groundbreaking research with older lesbians. She will explore what oral history can offer and introduce us to ways of doing it ethically and effectively. We will get the chance to practise interviewing skills on each other. Jane is the editor of Now You See Me: Lesbian life stories (Tollington, 2018).

Tickets >>

Hidden Worlds

The workshop will be followed later in the evening by ‘Hidden Worlds’: Aberration’s celebration of LGBT+ History Month with illustrated talks from Jane Traies and artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins plus the Welsh premiere of Karen Fisch’s jukebox musical Rebel Dyke. The evening starts at 7.45pm in the Round Studio and is ticketed separately at £10 / £8. Find out more>>

Future plans

Storytelling around the queer histories of Cymru: we are considering a summer event in which individuals offer a 5-10 minute performance/presentation based on the life of someone they are interested in (perhaps one of the people from Norena’s book or someone you have found). We would explore creative ways of presenting each person, in a series of workshops using story, poetry, film, music, drama, diary, dialogue… whatever is suggested by the materials we find and your strengths. For further information email

Aberration Caernarfon


Aberration yn mynd i Gaernarfon
Aberration goes to Caernarfon

ENGLISH: [Cymraeg isod]
Aberration on Tour: Galeri Caernarfon
Friday 14 September 2018, 7.30pm
£10 in advance, £12 on the day

**BOOK NOW>>**

Our first time in Caernarfon! Music, drag, spectacle and spoken word: Maggi Noggi, Chocolat, Sadiq, Archibald Tactful, Sarah McCreadie, King Frankie Sinatra + more
Helen Sandler (© Keith Morris)

A cabaret night with an LGBT bite. Host Helen Sandler introduces a dazzling line-up of local and national talent, from circus to song. Expect quickfire words, irreverent laughs and gay abandon.

Frankie Sinatra
King Frankie Sinatra

Starring: Maggi Noggi: Wales’ Fiercest Drag-on. As seen on S4C’s The Salon, Maggi is Anglesey’s most famous queen. “You can take the girl out of the farm…”
Chocolat: Gypsy swing jazz quartet from Aberystwyth. Victoria Evans on vocal and violin, Jean-Louis Raimbaud and Steve Metcalfe on guitar, Norman Roberts on double bass… and you on your feet to dance!
Sadiq Sadiq: combines circus with elements of theatre, live art and dance to create stunning performances. Currently touring with Ockham’s Razor, Sadiq is also a winner of Mr Gay Great Britain and represented the UK at Mr Gay World in Malta.


Archibald Tactful: Proto-god, cement-lover and experimental dancer. “Laurie Anderson meets Groucho Marx” – FringeReview
Sarah McCreadie: Sharp spoken word from a rising star, who has performed everywhere from Newport to New York.
King Frankie Sinatra: Ol’ blue eyes is back! Frankie hosts the Kings of Clubs drag-king night in London. They have played everywhere from L Fest to Amsterdam; snuggled up on the sofa of This Morning; and hosted karaoke parties for Elizabeth Hurley. Their new show ‘Rebel Dyke’ will tour soon. 
+ Open mic: see below

Everyone’s welcome at this fun and friendly night, whether you’re gay, straight, trans… or whatever! Age guidance 16+

Includes open mic: to perform a song or read a poem in Welsh or English, email

Book your tickets now>>

Change of programme: sadly Mer Gân and Cortina Ford, both previously advertised, are unable to be part of the show this time.

Part of Aberration on tour, funded by Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, National Lottery, Aberystwth University, Over the Rainbow Guesthouse. Diolch yn fawr!


Aberration ar Daith: Galeri Caernarfon
Dydd Gwener, Medi 14, 2018, 19:30
Ymlaen llaw £10 / £12 ar y dydd 


Maggi Noggi, Chocolat, Sadiq, Archibald Tactful, Sarah McCreadie, Cortina Ford a mwy
Maggi Noggi

Noson cabaret gyda naws LHDT. Bydd  Helen Sandler yn cyflwyno detholiad o dalent dawnus lleol a chenedlaethol, o syrcas i gân. Disgwylwch ymddiddan ffraeth, chwerthin afreolus ac afiaith heintus.
Maggi Noggi: Cwîn enwocaf a ffyrnicaf Ynys Môn a Chymru. Yn ymddangos ar Y Salon ar S4C. “Gallwch chi fynd a’r ferch o’r ffarm…”
Chocolat: Grŵp ‘gypsy swing jazz’ o Aberystwyth. Amser dawnsio!


Sadiq Sadiq: Sgiliau syrcas cyfoes a syfrdanol. Mae Sadiq yn perfformio efo Ockham’s Razor
Archibald Tactful: Proto-Dduw, carwr sment a dawnsiwr arbrofol. “Laurie Anderson meets Groucho Marx” – FringeReview
Sarah McCreadie: Siarad miniog gan seren newydd o Gaerdydd
King Frankie Sinatra: Caneuon Sinatra
Meic agored: gweler isod

Mae croeso i bawb yn y noson hwyliog a chyfeillgar hon, p’un a ydych chi’n hoyw, yn syth, yn draws … neu beth bynnag! Arweiniad oed 16+

Yn cynnwys meic agored: i berfformio cân neu ddarllen cerdd yn Gymraeg neu Saesneg,


Cefnogwyr: Mae Aberration ar daith yn ystod yr haf drwy nawdd hael Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, Llywodraeth Cymru, Y Loteri Genedlaethol, Prifysgol Aberystwyth a gwesty llysieuol Over The Rainbow. Rhaglenwyd y daith gan SpringOut ac Enfys Aber. Diolch yn fawr iawn i bawb!

Aberration Alternative Village Show / Sioe Pentref Amgen

A fabulous night was had by all! Photos by Keith Morris>>
Sioe Pentref Amgen Aberration Alternative Village Show

Gwener 17 Awst 8yh (Drysau’n agor am 7.30yh am beirniadu a stondiau)
Canolfan y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth: Y Tŷ Haf £12 / £10 (Arweiniad oed 16+)  TOCYNNAU>>

Friday 17 August 8pm (doors open for judging and sideshows 7.30pm)
Aberystwyth Arts Centre: Summer House, £12 / £10 concs (Age guidance 16+) TICKETS>>

Dewch yn llu, ymunwch â ni am sioe pentref amgen wrth i Aberration fynd o dan y gynfas am y tro cyntaf erioed! Bydd tocynnau yn caniatau mynedfa i bopeth yn cynnwys y cystadlaethau. Digwyddiad yn bennaf yn Saesneg.

Join us to queer up the village show, as Aberration goes under canvas for the first time ever! Tickets cover the whole evening including competitions. Event mainly in English.

Gwisg ffansi – meddyliwch cabaret yn cwrdd â sioe’r pentref yn cwrdd â’n byd LGBTQIA+. // Dress with pizazz – think cabaret meets village show meets our LGBTQI+ world.

Er mwyn eich adloniant ac i’ch ymhyfrydu…

Andrew Logan (by Philippe Vogelezang)

Ar y soffa gyda Andrew Logan – yr arlunwyr chwedlonol (dyfeisiwr y Miss Byd amgen a’r Amgueddfa Cerflunwaith ym Merriew) bydd yn sgwrsio gyda’n cyflwynydd Helen Sadler am ei fywyd disglair.

On the Sofa with Andrew Logan – the legendary artist (creator of Alternative Miss World and the Museum of Sculpture in Berriew) will be chatting about his glittery life with our host, Helen Sandler.

Quercus Burlesque – Alawon swmpus gan bumawd o glerwyr chwit-chwat.
Quercus Burlesque – stomping melodies from a quintet of maladjusted minstrels

Quercus Burlesque band playing
Quercus Burlesque

Cortina Ford – burlesque ar y set gefn
Cortina Ford – burlesque on the back seat

Sioe Dalent Pentref Aberration – gair ar lafar, cwîns a hwyl y syrcas
Aberration Village Talent Show – spoken word, drag and circus acts strut their stuff

Coroni’r wisg orau / Best Costume – Crowning

Hwyl gyda lluniau gwisg ffansi  / Dressing-up Photo Fun

Sioe Cŵn wedi’u stwffio / Stuffed Dog Show – bring your favourite toy pooch! The show will be in the interval – enter your favourite stuffed doggie, any age, size, shape. Prize for best in show. No live dogs permitted.

Tombola elusennol a mwy
Charity Tombola + More

Dosbarthiadau Cystadlu








Cyrraedd am 7:15y.h. er mwyn arddangos eich…

  • Cacennau a teisennau gwych
  • Ffrwythau neu llysiau selebs
  • ‘Titfer Tat’ – Het ffansi o nwyddau wedi’u ailgylchu
  • Esgidiau fflora a ffawna

Fel y mae ym mhob sioe bentref lleol, mae meini prawf cystadlu llym yn berthnasol.  Manylion>>

Arrive at 7.15pm to enter your…

  • Fabulous Fairy Cakes and Sponges
  • Celebrity Vegetable or Fruit
  • Titfer Tat – hat from recycled materials
  • Flora and Fauna in Footwear

As in all the best village fairs, strict competition criteria apply – click here for details>>


Cefnogwyr: Mae Aberration ar daith yn ystod yr haf drwy nawdd hael Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, Llywodraeth Cymru, Y Loteri Genedlaethol, Prifysgol Aberystwyth a gwesty llysieuol Over The Rainbow. Rhaglenwyd y daith gan SpringOut ac Enfys Aber. Diolch yn fawr iawn i bawb!

Supporters: Aberration is on tour this summer with funding from Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, National Lottery, Aberystwyth University and Over the Rainbow vegetarian guesthouse. Programmed by SpringOut and Enfys Aber. Diolch yn fawr i bawb! 

‘Aberration’ yn mynd i’r Eisteddfod

Aberration ar Daith: Yr Eisteddfod

Dydd Gwener Awst 10fed, 1pm, Llwyfan y Llannerch (Picnic 4a6)
Eisteddfod 2018, Bae Caerdydd

Yr awdur a’r darlledwr Mike Parker sy’n cyflwyno detholiad o cabaret hoyw blasus. Harmoniau o’r enaid gan Mer Gân, a llenyddiaeth llafar gan aelodau Cywion Cranogwen.

[Eng:] Aberration’s first visit to the National Eisteddfod is presented by Mike Parker, with music from Mer Gân and spoken word from Cywion Cranogwen. On the ‘Llanerch’ stage in Cardiff Bay at 1pm on Friday 10 August. Free entry. Event in Welsh.

Mae Aberration yn noson gelfyddydol LHDT+ yn Aberystwyth, sy’n teithio dros yr haf gyda chefnogaeth gan Brifysgol Aberystwyth, Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, Y Loteri, Lywodraeth Cymru, Gwesty Over the Rainbow. Diolch yn fawr. 

Aberration goes to L Fest

Aberration goes to L Fest

Mae Aberration yn mynd i ‘L Fest’

Cabaret: 7yh Sadwrn 14 Gorffennaf 2018, Llandudno
Aberration is going on tour for the first time this summer, starting at L Fest in Llandudno. We will put on a fabulous cabaret at 7pm on the Saturday night, 14 July 2018.
Frankie Sinatra
Frankie Sinatra

Take your seat for the Aberration Cabaret, hosted by Helen Sandler. With Archibald Tactful – proto-god, cement-lover and experimental dancer; Ali Cocks twirling from the aerial hoop; sharp spoken word from radio star Sarah McCreadie; the mellow voice of Frankie Sinatra… and the world’s first Sex Noise Orchestra, conducted by Rachael Clerke.

L Fest is a whole weekend of music, arts, comedy and workshops for lesbian and bi women, and their friends and families of all genders. The festival is now SOLD OUT. If you are lucky enough to have a ticket, this includes entry to the cabaret (subject to room capacity). Good access.

Aberration launched in Aberystwyth five years ago and is now hitting the road with funding from Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, National Lottery, Aberystwyth University, and Over the Rainbow vegetarian guesthouse. Programmed by SpringOut and Enfys Aber (Aberystwyth University’s LGBT staff network). Expect the unexpected!

Village Show competition entries / dosbarthiadau cystadlu

Aberration Alternative Village Show

Competition Classes

[Cymraeg isod]

How to enter: Coming to the Aberration Village Show on 17 August 2018? Want to enter the produce, baking, flower arranging, or handicrafts competitions? Here’s how…

Buy a ticket for the evening and arrive at 7.15pm to be registered by the Show Secretary and have time to display your entries.

Judging will be by appearance only (no tasting) and will be by the audience between 7.30 and 8pm and in the interval.

Fabulous Fairy Cakes and Sponges

  • 6 decorated fairy cakes/cupcakes or one sponge. Presented on a plate, depicting any aspect of LGBTQIA+ culture in fabulous fashion.

Celebrity Vegetable or Fruit

  • A vegetable or fruit (or small group thereof) decorated with flair and imagination to depict a queer icon of your choice

Titfer Tat

  • Handicrafts: an item of headgear created from recycled materials. As practical or fantastical as you choose. Entries must be not more than 1 metre width/height and wearable.

Flora and Fauna in Footwear

  • An arrangement of cut flowers and/or (dead) fauna presented in an item of footwear.



Meini Prawf Cystadlu yn y Sioe Bentref Amgen Aberration

Dosbarthiadau Cystadlu

Sut i gystadlu: Isod mae’r manylion am sut y gallwch gystadlu yn Sioe Bentref Aberration ar 17 Awst 2018…

Prynwch docyn ar gyfer y noson a chyraeddwch am 7:15y.h. mewn da bryd i gofrestru gyda Ysgrifenydd y Sioe ac arddangos eich gwaith.

Bydd y cynnyrch yn cael eu barnu drwy ymddangosiad yn unig (dim blasu). Y gynulleidfa bydd yn gwneud y gwaith beirniadu, a hynny rhwng 7:30 a 8:00y.h ac hefyd yn ystod yr egwyl.

Cacennau a teisennau gwych

Gofynnir am 6 o gacennau tylwyth teg/cacennau cwpan neu un cacen sbwng wedi’u cyflwno ar blât wedi’u haddurno efo unrhyw elfen o naws gwych LGBTQIA+. 

Ffrwythau neu llysiau selebs

Addurnwch ffrwyth neu lysieuyn (neu grŵp bach ohonynt) gyda hwyl a dychymyg i ddarlunio eicon hoyw o’ch dewis. 

‘Titfer Tat’ – Het ffansi o nwyddau wedi’u ailgylchu

Crefft: Creu penwisg allan o nwyddau wedi’u hailgylchu.  Yn ymarferol neu anhygoel, eich dewis chi! Ni ddylai’r penwisg fod yn fwy na 1 metr o led/uchder ac mae’n rhaid bod yn bosib i’w wisgo!

Esgidiau fflora a ffawna

Trefniant o flodau a/neu ffawna (marw) wedi’u cyflwyno mewn esgid.

Aberration on Tour / Aberration ar Daith

Tour dates:

Sarah McCreadie

14 July / 14 Gorffenaf, L Fest,
with spoken word artist Sarah McCreadie & cabaret surprises

10 Awst, 1yh, Eisteddfod, Llwyfan Y Llannerch, Caerdydd:
10 August, 1pm, National Eisteddfod, Llannerch stage, Cardiff:

17 August, 8pm, ‘The Summer House’ (marquee), Aberystwyth Arts
17 Awst, 8yh, ‘Y Tŷ Haf’ (pabell), Aberystwyth Arts

14 September, 7.30pm, Galeri Caernarfon
14 Medi, 7.30yh, Galeri Caernarfon

More details coming soon. We are grateful to Arts Council Wales for a grant to support the tour, using funds from National Lottery. Other funders include Aberystwyth University. Diolch yn fawr iawn!

Aberration on the Red Carpet

film still
Emma Lloyd as ‘Powertool Personage’ in Avocados Are Not the Only Fruit

Aberration on the Red Carpet

17 May 2018 at 7pm
Aberystwyth Arts Centre Studio


A showcase of short films from the Iris Prize and creative writing from the Write It Out community project. Featuring the premiere of our own Aberration film, Avocados Are Not the Only Fruit.

This is a free event to mark IDAHOBIT Day (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia). Come and celebrate our LGBT+ fabulousness through community stories, poems and films!

Made possible by: Iris Prize, Literature Wales, SpringOut, Enfys Aber, Aberystwyth University and Aberystwyth Arts Centre.


Tocynnau ymlaen llaw am ddim yn Swyddfa Tocynnau Canolfan Y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth (01970 623232):

7yh ar 17 Mai yn Stiwdio Canolfan Y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth

Ymunwch â ni! Straeon cymunedol, barddoniaeth a ffilmiau. Mae’r digwyddiad hwn yn rhad ac am ddim, am Diwrnod Rhyngwladol yn erbyn Homoffobia, Thrawsffobia a Biffobia.

Cefnogir gan Wobr Iris, Llenyddiaeth Cymru, SpringOut, Enfys Aber, Prifysgol Aberystwyth a Chanolfan y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth.

Diwrnod Rhyngwladol y Menywod 2018, Aberystwyth

Ymlaen Gyda’n Gilydd

Diwrnod Rhyngwladol y Menywod 2018
8 Mawrth 2018
Amgueddfa Ceredigion, Ffordd y Môr, Aberystwyth
Drysau’n agor am 6.30yp


Cymraeg: Diwrnod Rhyngwladol y Menywod: Bydd Amgueddfa Ceredigion yn cyflwyno noswaith ddifyr o sgwrsio a thrafod, a cherddoriaeth gan y Bung Bung Belles.

Bydd panel amrywiol o fenywod lleol sy’n ymgyrchwyr yn siarad am sut allwn ni weithio i greu byd mwy cyfartal. Cewch daith dywys o amgylch yr amgueddfa cyn i bopeth ddechrau, ac yn y diwedd bydd cyfle i’r gynulleidfa ymuno yn y drafodaeth. Mae’n argoeli i fod yn noson llawn ysbrydoliaeth. Croeso i bawb. Trefnwyd mewn partneriaeth ag Aberration.

Y Cadeirydd: Joanne Hopkins
Y Panel: Amal Abu-Bakare, Andrea Hammel, Kate Rose, Michelle Pooley

£6 Gostyngiadau: £5