Hype: What’s on in Aberystwyth? 5th – 11th May

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WELCOME back to Hype, our weekly arts blog, where you’ll be able to keep up to date with the latest and biggest news from the global arts scene, as well as keeping in touch with what’s on in and around Aberystwyth.

You’ll be able to find out the latest and the greatest, Aberystwyth film times and news, rumours, and much more.

Arts News

First up… the biggest headlines from this week!

  • The Star Wars cast has been announced, including past cast members from the previous trilogy.
  • House of Cards star Kevin Spacey is set to appear in the next Call of Duty game.
  • The actor Bob Hoskins has passed away.
  • It has been announced that Matt Smith has been cast in Terminator: Genesis.
  • Justin Kurzel has been confirmed to direct the upcoming Assassins Creed movie.
  • Stan Lee is set to have a Guardians of the Galaxy cameo.
  • Netflix Daredevil series confirmed to be part of Marvel Cinematic Universe, set for 2015. 

What’s On?

ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre has plenty to keep up busy this week.

Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (James Bond: Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre as the aged King Lear, the play by the same name will be shown on National Theatre Live at the Arts Centre on the 6th and 8th of May. From old to young, a modern day adaptation for young audiences of the infamous text ‘One Thousand and One (Arabian) Nights‘ comes to the Arts Centre on the 11th of May.

It’s a big week for music at the Arts Centre; Welsh born singer-songwriter Al Lewis will be performing numbers from his praised album ‘In the Wake’ and much more on the 6th of May. Followed by Dr Elinor Hughes Memorial Concert the next day. Then the much awaited May Ball on the 9th, featuring such headlining acts as Rizzle Kicks, P Money, Beat a Maxx to name just a few. NY MET-LA’s Cenerentola will round off a busy week of music on the 10th May.

Showing in the cinema we have Captain America in 3D on the 5th and 7th of May and in 2D later on the 10th and 11th. Carrying on the superhero theme, at least in title, The Invisible Woman will also be shown on the 5th and 7th of May, a tale in which Charles Dickens finds himself falling for a younger woman.

Some of the other featured events being held at the Arts Centre this month are: Chinwag (May 7th) an evening of Spoken Word, with performances by guest writers and to finish off Open Mic, led by Mike Smith; and Black & White Photography (May 8th), a tutorial by Stephen Bailey on how to take and develop you own black & white photos.

The featured exhibitions below showing at the Arts Centre:

  • A Universal Archive: William Kentridge as Printmaker
  • Roger Tiley: The Manufactured Coast
  • First Contact
  • Fireworks Now

Elsewhere, the Commodore is screening The Amazing Spider Man 2. Starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, Spider Man continues to protect New York City. A full review will be online soon. Following this,  Transcendence opens at the Commodore on Friday 9th May. This film follows a scientist, who is played by Johnny Depp and while terminally ill decides to upload his mind to a computer, which gives him extreme powers. A trailer for Transcendence can be found below.

With thanks to: Andrew Monk, Sam Halford and Andrew Noel.