Performance 26th Oct 2013 Stage Door Pavilion Porthcawl as part of Splashup

http://www.sustainablewales.org.uk/splashup/
The Green Room is creating a mini-festival as part of the popular
SplashUp watersports, arts and music event in Porthcawl. Our theme  - climate change. Venue: The Stage Door, Grand Pavilion.
A diverse range of events are planned with the first perfomance at noon. From music and poetry to open mic, films and multi media performance you shouldn’t miss this mini festival!
SUSSED will have a stall selling homemade cakes, fairtrade goodies, gifts, bags and crafts and there be Queenie Queenie’s surf clothes, bags and funky things stall for you to visit. Stalls are open from 10.30am.
The Stage Door coffee and bar will also be open from 12 noon.
Josephine’s Rain (poetry and music with film and live art)
by Robert Minhinnick
from 4pm
Josephine’s Rain is a thirty-minute recreation in music, poetry, paint and film of a storm that famously damaged Porthcawl seafront in 1996. Was it an addiction of climate change?
Its gentle beginning becomes a hurricane.
Surfers are advised to stay out of the water when Josephine’s Rain is falling.
” I was giving a poetry reading in an Irish pub in  The Bronx. It was so authentic people were speaking Irish at the bar. My editor and I could hardly move in the wind of that night. We’d caught the 3 subway train all the way north to Cortona Park. The rain was extraordinary. This was Tropical Storm Josephine, smashing into New York. About a month, maybe two later, there was a tremendous storm over the UK. Lots of damage done to Porthcawl, including the weather vane on the Pavilion being blown off, boats sunk, sea defences inundated. This was also Josephine, or what remained of it. A hurricane? About the closest I can remember in Porthcawl. ‘Josephine’s Rain’ is about a storm, a fairground, a lighthouse, and gambling. Climate Change? Maybe.” “I bet on the white car and it came in first. I bet on the black car and it came in first. I bet on the red car and now there is only sand in my pockets.”
Music by Peter Morgan and Richard Thomas, live painting by Siobhan Grice. Visuals by Peter Morgan and Eamon Bourke
(30 mins)

An Opera in Baghdad performance, Porthcawl & Swansea

Two performances are to be given by Robert Minhinnick and Tracy Evans, with live music by Peter Morgan.
‘An Opera in Baghdad’ is a long poem, published in Minhinnick’s recent ‘New Selected Poems’ (Carcanet). It concerns a visit he made to Iraq in 1997, between the first and second Gulf Wars.
“This ‘opera’ is a lively and very musical dramatic poem”, says Robert Minhinnick. “It commemorates some of the extraordinary people I met on the visit.
“Entering and leaving Iraq meant arduous journeys across implacable desert. The experience has had a major effect on my writing, especially the visit to a deserted Babylon”.
“I was helping make a film about uranium, and hope scenes might be screened during the performances.”
Details:
Friday, April 5, 2013, 8pm.
Robert Minhinnick & Tracy Evans perform “An Opera in Baghdad” at the Green Room, Sustainable Wales, 5, James St., Porthcawl, CF36 3BG. £3. Open mic follows. Details: 01656 783962
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Thursday, April 11, 2013, 7.30pm.
Robert Minhinnick & Tracy Evans perform “An Opera in Baghdad”, Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea SA1 1RR Details 01792 463980.

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