We host regular evening events in the Celtic Roundhouse with storytellers and musicians coming from all over Europe and the UK, This magnificent subterranean perfomance and meeting space was built by schoolchildren and volunteers in 2008. There is a cauldron fire in the centre and there are fixed, cushoned, seating benches around the ring to accommodate around 60 people , though during the busiest months we welcome up to 100 people, using portable benches. There's a half time break for most evnts and the opportunity to stretch your legs, share a conversation, talk with the performers and enjoy delicious home made refreshments.
Posters will indicate the age suitability for some performances
PLEASE NOTE: If youre coming to the centre for the first time - wait until you come INTO the village of RHOSHIRWAUN and see the brown and white Felin Uchaf Centre signs before turning off the main B4413 road. GPS systems can take you on a more circuitous route !
Unmissable Roundhouse Storytelling !! - Saturday 15th September - Castle Arianrhod - by master storyteller Cath Little -
A brilliant and moving re-imagining of the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion, the story of a queen, an enchantress and a woman of flowers
15th September @7.30pm £5 at the door, refreshments available during the break
Chwedleua yn y Ty Crwn - nos Sadwrn , 15fed o Fedi- Castell Arianrhod - addasiad gwreiddiol gan storiwraig Cath Little o Gardydd - cyfansoddiad cyffroes o chwedl Blodeuwedd or Mabinogi - @7.30 yh £5 ar y drws, lluniaeth ysgaf ar gael yn ystod yr egwyl
Cath Little is a storyteller and singer drawing inspiration from her Irish and English heritage and from her Welsh home land.
She tells tales and sings songs for the Turning Year in celebration of our Earth and its seasons.
Cath has a rich sense of the magic of stories and of their ability to connect us to one another, leading us gently to a clearer sense of ourselves and our place in the world.She has performed at Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Festival at the Edge and The BBC Proms Folk Day and regularly tells stories at The National Museum for Wales.
" Filled with grace and passion.
Varied, expressive & heart-warming ”
Roundhouse Storytelling - Thursday 30th August - The Bold Maid - with Dafydd Davies-Hughes @ 7.30 - 9.00pm, £5/£3 at the door , light refreshments availble during the break
Cwedleua yn y Ty Crwn - Nos Iau - 30fed Awst gyda Dafydd Davies-Hughes am 7.30 - 9,00yh, £5/£3 ar y drws, lluniaeth ysgafn ar gael yn ystod yr egwyl
Folktales of bold deeds and brave hearts to delight all ages
Chedlau gwerin am ferched dewr i ddifyru pob oed— at Menter Y Felin Uchaf.
Roundhouse Storytelling - Sunday 26th August - Greek Myths - double bill : The Iliad @ 5.00 - 6.30 pm followed by The Odyssey @7.30-9.30 pm, refreshments available during the intervals, £5/£3 at the door for each performance. Join us for one or for both & bring a picnic and immerse yourselves in an ancient Greek evening !
Chwedleua yn y Ty Crwn - Nos Sul 26ain Awst - Chwedlau Groegaidd - Yr Iliad rhwng 5.00-6.30 yh ar Odyssey rhwng 7.30 - 9.30yh, £5.£3 ar y drws ar gyfer pob perfformiad , lluniaeth ysgafn ar gael yn ystod pob egwyl.
Two of the classic Greek epics in one spellbinding marathon retelling. The Iliad tells of the siege of Troy and the Odyssey of the homecoming voyage and adventures of one of the victorious Greek kings . Immerse yourselves in an ancient evening this August weekend !
Heroes and heroines of the frozen lands spark to life in a spellbinding retelling of one of the oldest stories of the far north
Of Sea and Shore and the Worlds In-between
Tales of the meeting and mingling of air and water beings, wound in and out by music and song.
Storyteller Helen East* shares sea stories from friends all over the world – Africa to Australia, Indonesia to Iceland, but particularly our own west coastland, from Wales to Scotland and on to Orkney and Shetland.
These are traditional stories, sometimes sad, sometimes funny, but all suitable for any age able to listen.
Special thanks for the seal and sea creature tales passed on “mouth to mouth” by the Scottish Traveller People, above all from Duncan Williamson.
Musician Rick Wilson** underpins the words with music of all kinds, melodic and rhythmic, on a range of extraordinary instruments gathered, or created on his travels. One moment the audience is held in concentrated stillness, the next they are caught up in a wild rhythm.
of Helen East : ” a leading light in the story telling revival” Scottish Storytelling Centre
of Rick Wilson : “His music making is always strong, singular and sympathetic”
Roundhouse Storytelling Sunday 12th August - Beowulf Dragonslayer - for adults and children over 7 yrs - starts @7.30pm £5/£3 , light refreshments available during the break
Chwedleua yn y Ty Crwn , Nos Sul y 12fed Awst - Chwedl Beowulf - addas i oedolion ac i blant dros 7 mlwydd oed. cychwyn am 7.30yh £5/£3 , lluniaeth ysgafn ar gael yn ystod yr egwyl
Beowulf great hero of the north journeys to Denmark to rid the kingdom of a terrible curse..
A wild adventure that will take us through golden halls, dark mires, serpent swarming seas to a dragon's treasure hoard
A spellbinding retelling of one of the greatest and oldest epics in the Anglo-Saxon language
Thursday 9th August
" The Trickster "
a storytellng for adults and over 12s by Dominic Kelly
Thursday 9th August - Roundhouse Storytelling with master storyteller Dominic Kelly
The Trickster - a story for adults and children over 12 yrs of age
starts @ 7.30pm £5 at the door
PLEASE SHARE ! diolch -thanks !
“Compelling, funny and heartbreaking” - The Times
A red haired boy walks out of school for the last time. His classmates, teachers, and the local doctor have already fallen foul of his trickery. Ahead of him are fun, fortune and a hundred more serious ruses to try. Little does he know he’ll soon be hunted as the most wanted man in the country.
Delightful and dangerous, hungry for life and never to be trusted: meet charlatan and shapeshifter, meet John Henry Williams.
Hero or thief, soldier or captain, pit boy or rich man – he’s all of them and none. With his eye on the main chance, a bag of disguises and always a trick up his sleeve, he’ll take you on a rattling trip from pithead, parade ground and mountain hideout to a climax on the lonely roads of Cumberland.
With deviously disguised global trickster tales and real-life story, Dominic Kelly embarks on an audacious tale of trickery and deceit; a tale where truth and hearsay, history, folktale and myth flicker like shadows in sunshine. Come journey on a trickster’s side of the road…
The piece is an hour long, for adults and children over 12.
• “An extraordinary piece of work” “You’ve created a new genre of storytelling” Audience feedback from The Storey, Lancaster
• “Wickedly Wonderful” Scandalnight, Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate
• “All the feedback from the show has been absolutely glowing. Everybody who was there has said it was amazing” Litfest, Lancaster
Gone Cuckoo The compelling tale of a bird’s journey, its song, its myths and its decline Told by Malcolm Green with Joshua Green (musician)
It’s shortly after dawn at RAF Fylingdales and a cuckoo is having a transmitter strapped to his back. A few weeks later he will have flown thousands of miles across Europe and over the Sahara Desert to equatorial Africa. For millennia, the cuckoo’s call has inspired songs, stories and poems. Does he bring the spring? Tell our fortunes? Was he the shapeshifter that became a hawk? He certainly fools the reed warblers who feed him as a changeling baby. Now the voice of the cuckoo is fading – where has it gone?
‘Musicianship and environmental performance-art meet history and myth…an engaging & beautifully constructed tour de force’. Dave Pritchard (Chair, UK Arts & Environment Network, and consultant to the Convention on Migratory Species)
‘The performance was precise and compelling … such an exciting, multi-layered adventure.’ Linda France (award-winning poet)
‘Gone Cuckoo was inspiring and moving… it will fill audiences of all ages with wonder and delight.’ Prof. Nick Davies (author of ‘Cuckoo, Cheating by Nature’)
Blodeuwedd - an ancient tale from the Welsh Mabinogi
Family Roundhouse Storytelling this Sunday evening @7.30pm Blodeuwedd - Fireside Tales from Celtic Mythology £5 at the door, Refreshments available
Chwedlau yn y Ty Crwn - Blodeuwedd - Straeon or Mabinogi am 7.30yh, £5 ar y drws , lluniaeth ysgafn ar gael
An ancient Welsh tale of a Woman made of Flowers , of wariors turned into deer, into boars, into wolves, of love and betrayal and the banishment of an owl....see you there !
Cerddoriaeth draddodiadol gyda naws gwahanol o Gymru a thu hwnt
Traditional music with a difference from Wales and beyond
Cynefin is the musical brainchild of Clettwr valley native Owen Shiers and is a journey to discover the musical landscape and contours of Ceredigion and West Wales.
The Roundhouse Felin Uchaf Starts @ 7.30pm £5 at the door