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This year, we're going to be launching an outreach program designed to engage teenagers in the arts.
To kick off the program, we've chosen a few classic 20th century works of literature to read and discuss, and have come up with a fun online format to discuss these works in a community setting.
Students from across the country are invited to participate.
We've decided to break the programme into two parts, representing both European and American literature. We encourage students to choose one of the two works from each section.
George Orwell's Animal Farm
Easily one of the most famous works of the 20th century, Animal Farm provides the allegoric critique of the socialist revolution in Russia and the rise of the Stalinistic regime.
This novel is clever, witty, and fun, even as it deals with some of the most serious and complex themes of its age. Click here for a copy of the Animal Farm audiobook.
James Joyce's A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man
Perhaps one of the best coming of age stories of all time, Joyce left us a true treasue in Portrait of an Artist. The novel is famous for the eclectic writing style that adapts to the main character it represents, as he uses the narration itself to develop a number of different aspects of the protagonists childhood and emergence into adulthood.
Unfortunately, this work is often shunned by teenagers, because it can be somewhat complex to understand on a first reading. our aim is to make the novel more approachable to the teenage mind by leveraging the forum setup.
Get the audio here from audible.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
Easily the most famous novel of the Jazz Age in America, The Great Gatsby epitomizes the height of luxuriousness and the American class system during the roaring 20s, before the crash into the Great Depression.
The novel takes place in a Long Island suburb of New York, where wealthy generational elite come for the summer, and yet focuses on an outsider who brings with him a fresh perspective to the area, questioning the way that society is structured, and bringing to the forefront many issues that traditional society would rather left unsaid.
Get the Great Gatsby audiobbook here.
John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men
Far from the luxurious setting of Gatsby, Of Mice and Men depicts the "other half" so to speak, as it focuses on a California working class farm town. Two friends, Lennie and George.
George is small but cunning, while Lennie is a gentle giant who inadvertently gets himself into trouble from his lack of common sense and intelligence. The novel shows the plight of the working class during lean years in the US, and shows how a band between men can shape and define their individualistic lives.
Listen to the Of Mice and Men audiobook.
I hope you enjoy these novels and are excited for this new programme. To sign up, simply find our page on goodreads, and subscribe to the forum we'll be creating for each book.
As we mentioned above, we encourage all participants to read one novel from the European suggestions and one from the American suggestion. Best of luck and we look forward to hearing your views and insights!
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AGOR DRYSAU - OPENING DOORS is Wales’ biennial international festival of theatre for children and young people. This year the festival will feature theatre companies from Australia, Denmark, Belgium, Germany and Austria and Hungary as well as many of Wales’ best theatre companies for young audiences.
The Festival will be held in and around Aberystwyth - in the stunning scenery of West Wales – which has rail and road links to major airports such as Birmingham International, Cardiff and Heathrow. The coastal town of Aberystwyth is the home of some of the major Welsh cultural institutions and one of Wales’ best and busiest arts centres.
The Aberystwyth Arts centre will be the main venue for festival performances and other events; performances will also be held in other theatres and schools in the town. Foreign companies performing at the festival will also perform in other venues in Wales giving our young audiences the chance to see some of the best theatre in the world. Go to the programme page to see a full listing of performances, venues, dates and times.
Festival events will also include discussions, social events, receptions, a sight-seeing trip and a festival bar (for discussing, planning, networking - and some singing!!).
We look forward to welcoming visitors from Wales and beyond to the festival. AGOR DRYSAU - OPENING DOORS is a chance for us to welcome foreign producers, promoters and festival directors to Wales and for Welsh artists to perform alongside foreign colleagues.
There is something for everyone and every age. So put the date in your calendar and contact us to book your place to see some of the best world theatre.
The Festival Ticket, costing £40, will open the doors to:
Free tickets to festival productions.
Assistance with booking accommodation.
Free transport to and from venues during the festival.
Festival programme with full information regarding productions, companies, venues etc.
Seminars and discussions.
Festival party on Saturday night.
Entry into the festival bar and other social events.
A sight-seeing trip of mid-Wales.
For foreign guests the Festival Ticket will be free; we also offer to arrange free transport on arrival and departure to and from international airports to Aberystwyth. We recommend travelling to Birmingham International Airport where all major airlines check in and out or to Cardiff Airport; transport can also be arranged to London Heathrow or Gatwick.
See the Programme page for information about booking individual tickets.
Contact us if you need more information or help in arranging your visit to the festival.
Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch, Stryd y Baddon, Aberystwyth, SY23 2NN, Cymru