What’s on in Aberystwyth? – Freshers’ Fortnight

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The Commodore – Tomos Nolan

Aberystwyth: a centre for entertainment?
Andrew Simpson

WELCOME to Aberystwyth. This little town, despite what may be assumed, is full of entertainment. The major venue in Aber is the Arts Centre, based right in the heart of campus which offers both theatre shows, cinema, and other live entertainment such as comedy, live music, dance and plays. The Centre has a packed schedule which is definitely worth checking out; something I know I regretted not doing so in my first year.

Jozef below gives a brief overview of some of the main events hitting the Arts Centre over the next month, including National Theatre Live. Of particular interest in the coming months will be the return of Abertoir, which is Wales’ International Horror Festival. Taking place over six days, it involves films – both new and classic, talks from special guests, live music and theatre. This is something that you definitely don’t want to miss!

We also have the Commodore cinema in town, which shows the latest releases, usually for about a week at a time. It should be noted that for major films, it’s definitely worth booking to avoid the long lines and potential disappointment.

There are also a number of smaller venues around town which are definitely worth a look. Many of the pubs in town offer music or open mic nights in the week and at weekends which are always great to go to.  Aberystwyth has many local bands which make appearances at stages like this.

The Students’ Union also puts on a variety of events, including Comedy Central which has a number of comedians each week perform live for your entertainment. Check out the Union website for upcoming dates and further events.

There is also a superb range of theatre from the Theatre, Film and Television department which alone hosts 15 productions a year. As well as this, there are a number of different societies and drama clubs in town which offer productions as well. Arad Goch, a theatre in the centre of town also offers a range of productions.

Finally there is ASM’s own student Radio station, Bay Radio, which broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a variety of shows running throughout the day and into the evening. Tune in at bay-radio.co.uk.

Coming up at the Arts Centre:
Jozef Raczka

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The Arts Centre – Tomos Nolan

The Arts Centre has a variety of highlights coming up in the next month. There is, of course, its regular rolling line-up of cinematic delights. Showing both crowd-pleasing blockbusters and art-house curios, there’s almost always something worth seeing.

The big film for September to October is the controversial biopic of the life of Princess Diana: Diana. Whilst early press has been heavily negative, it is destined to be if nothing else, a talking point for a significant time. There are also showings of National Theatre Live and NY Opera productions throughout the coming months.

There’s also music from BK & Dad, a psychedelic duo from Norwich who have been previously described as “Hypnotic zeniths of bug-eyed trill-outs”… make of that what you will. There’s also folk music from the elder statesman Martyn Joseph and young up-and-comers Paper Aeroplanes playing a split bill. For a night of Welsh Folk music, you’d be hard pressed to find a better pairing than this.

If comedy is your thing then we have sets from established names like Simon Evans and Jimmy Carr along with all-new Welsh farce I’ll Be There Now In A Minute. For those of an artistic inclination aswell as the pottery displays on the ground floor there will be exhibitions in and around the arts centre and The Box on subjects from Horror Films of the 50’s to the situation in Palestine. All in all, there’s probably something for everyone and if not well the sandwiches are good.

Check out this week’s film at the Commodore: About Time
Emily Rowe

About-Time-2013-movie-Poster-1280x960ABOUT TIME is Richard Curtis’ latest release with stars such as Bill Nighy and Rachel McAdams. With Curtis’ previous films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Bridget Jones’ Diary this film was everything I expected it to be – heartwarming, funny, optimistic and ultimately a charming rom-com.

It stars Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) as Tim Lake, an awkward young man from a well off, slightly bohemian family in Cornwall. His father (Nighy) tells him on his 21st birthday that the men in their family can time travel to any point within their lives. Tim quickly figures the most important thing he can do in his life is find love. The film isn’t particularly original or innovative; the scenes feel done-to-death in cinema already. Tim’s time travelling antics to win his love (McAdams) have already been compared by critics to Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.

The characters are eccentric but in no way offensive and though their happiness relies on non-materialism and the family they are all well-off and almost entirely conflict free. For most of us life simply isn’t that perfect and it can be hard to listen to Tim’s final speech on ‘How to Be Happy’ without a pinch of salt.

And yet there’s no one who could truly dislike this film. McAdams manages to be far more likeable than in some of her previous appearances and Nighy, Gleeson and other members of the Lake family played by Lindsay Duncan and Lydia Wilson are all equally great to watch. It may not go on to become a “Richard Curtis classic” but is so warm throughout and even tearfully touching at moments that it is another success for Curtis.

Next week in the Commodore: Rush
SOON coming to the Commodore is the biographical action film directed by Ron Howard. The story focuses on the great rivalry between Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), as the drivers battle for the 1976 Formula One World Championship in Japan.

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The film has been met with critical acclaim, with critics responding well to how the film is crafted. Now what you may be saying to yourself is why on earth would I got see a film about racing, isn’t it just for petrol heads? This is the greatest thing about Rush – it delves deeper and pushes the bar well up, compared to other motorsport films.

The film’s cast and crew do an excellent job at making the film appear real, and showing how these drivers are not immortal but just like anyone else. This, coupled with the exhilarating  pace of the races (literally living up to its name), makes it definitely something to go and see.