Blaenavon Ironworks to host a big outdoor theater party this weekend

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A World Heritage Site in Blaenavon will host an epic ‘rocket launch’ event this weekend as the Tin Shed Theater Company presents an immersive production in the Valley Town.

Taking place on the heritage site of Blaenavon Ironworks, it will see Infinity Space Wales, a space agency imagined by the theater company, take over the site for a performance on Saturday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The family-friendly show, Rocket Launch Blaenavon, will examine the nation’s identity, heritage and place in the Welsh universe, while following local cadet Elin on her journey into space.

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Inviting audiences to experience the thrill of a real-life rocket launch, the show will be fully accessible with BSL interpretation, subtitles and audio description available.

Tickets will cost £ 5.60 and have been made available for the outdoor event to allow for effective social distancing.



Blaenavon Iron Works to house the ambitious performance this weekend

Founded in 1789, the Blaeanvon site is significant in the history of the region for the revolutionary manufacture of iron products such as bridges, ships, and railroads that were exported around the world during the Industrial Revolution.

George Harris, director of Tin Shed Theater Co, said he was incredibly excited to bring the play to a city so invested in its heritage.

He said: “When we first went to Blaenavon, we identified it as a city truly invested in its cultural heritage.

“The Ironworks has proven to be the perfect space to create a large site-specific outdoor theater piece and tackle the biggest concept we can conceive of in space exploration.

“We are excited to bring such a timely and immersive outdoor production to an iconic South Wales space. Having had to postpone the show for a year due to lockdown restrictions in 2020, we are happy to be able to finally take to the stage. “

Deputy Minister of Arts and Sports Dawn Bowden MS said she was also excited to see ambitious theater projects like this coming to the city.

She said: “We are fortunate in Wales to have so many brilliant venues to host outdoor artistic productions, and I am delighted to see that Blaenavon Ironworks will be the site of innovative and ambitious theatrical work.

“Outdoor artistic productions offer audiences unique experiences, and I have no doubt that the success of Rocket Launch Blaenavon will encourage even more theater and art companies to consider staging their work here in Wales. “

Rocket Launch Blaenavon will also be streaming live for free, with viewers getting a peek at last-minute preparations and setup ahead of the actual event. The livestream will have BSL interpretation and subtitles available.

To get used to the sounds, textures and lights of the show, members of the public are also encouraged to visit “The Space” pop-up store on Broad Street, Blaenavon.

Ideal for any child with Autism Spectrum Disorder or with similar additional needs, “The Space” was designed to provide a sensory introduction to performance and build excitement in aspiring space cadets.

A limited number of free tickets to discover Rocket Launch are available to Blaenavon residents through the pop-up store on Broad Street, Blaenavon. To access free tickets, residents do bring a document proving their residence.

Rocket Launch Blaenavon was made possible with funding from the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales. Rocket Launch Blaenavon tickets can be purchased here

You can watch the free live stream on iswales.com

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