Discovering vocal talent

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Chapter and good cop bad cop are coming to Cardigan in their search for people with unusual and undiscovered vocal talents to perform in their production: Lleisiau / Voices.

The production is one of the events in the programme of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival, which is supported by The Welsh Government, Arts Council of Wales and Literature Wales.

Richard Huw Morgan, from good cop bad cop, said: “We are looking for people who use their voices everyday in their work or that have hobbies which use their voices in some way. Auctioneers, rag and bone men, shepherds, bingo callers and newspaper vendors. Or distinctive Welsh vocal forms like cyd-addrodd, penillion and canu pwnc.”

Anyone with an unusual vocal talent can attend the open-day, and show their talent off to the nation and beyond at Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan: Sunday, February 16, 12pm – 6pm.

There will also be an opportunity to submit an audition digitally online. A selection of these will also be woven into the live presentation, as will specifically devised contributions from New York, New Zealand and other locations in Wales.

Lleisiau / Voices will be performed at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, May 8 to 10.

The live performances will also be streamed in high definition via the internet and partner venues, Welsh societies, clubs and organisations worldwide will be encouraged to present the streamed event and share with their audiences.

The inspiration for Lleisiau / Voices comes from Dylan Thomas’ interest and use of the new broadcast technologies which surrounded him. In Dylan’s day the broadcast media was in its infancy, and it could be argued that at that time, one powerful voice from Wales was sufficient to represent the Nation to the World.

Today we live in a very different world, with multi-channel television and radio, YouTube, Soundcloud and Facebook, where artists of all kinds are able to place their work directly in front of potential audiences.

Lleisiau / Voices aims to uncover, and present to the public, the diversity of uses of the human voice in both official languages of Wales, and others spoken by the people who live in Wales.

For more information visit www.chapter.org/lleisiau.

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