What’s on

Sunday 24 September, 8.30pm

Black Mountain Jazz presents Jeff Eales

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Bar opens at 8pm.

Tickets: Black Mountain Jazz website


Wednesday 4 October, 7.30pm

Abergavenny Film Society presents Graduation (15)

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The latest work from Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) deservedly won him Best Director at Cannes. Masterful in its construction, this is a gripping drama in which good intentions and guilty secrets gradually erode the moral certainties of a middle-class family. The story depicts a doctor in a small Romanian town and the moral complexities of the decisions he makes in order to provide a better life for his daughter. The shameful consequences of these decisions unravel slowly to reveal the shabby layers of corruption present in society.

Tickets: Members are guaranteed a seat if they arrive before 7.20 p.m. Tickets for individual screenings are available on the door for non-members.  Tickets cost £5.00, (£3 for students and other concessions on production of proof of status) and are available on the evening of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis.


Friday 4 October, 7.30pm

Journeymen Theatre presents The Bundle

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Based closely on the story of a real woman and her three young children, The Bundle follows Adilah’s domestic persecution and denial of human rights in Chechnya. Removed from her Russian homeland by her Chechen father, abducted into a forced marriage and then subjected to a life of servitude, she takes the ultimate risk in plotting her escape to the UK. Here she finds a home but also encounters the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’ with regard to asylum seekers and refugees. The play moves from the tradition of the folk story to that of biting satire as it charts Adilah’s bid for freedom, safety and hope. Age range: 16 +

This is a free event, but to reserve a seat please ring 01600 780236. Donations welcome for organisations supporting refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. This event is supported by Abergavenny Quakers.


Friday 13 October, 7.00pm

The Story of the Welsh Language – a talk by Dr Elin Jones.

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This is a free event. Please ring 01873 853167 to reserve a seat.


Sunday 15 October, 11.30am

Meet the Author – Joe England.

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Joe England launches his new book published by Parthian – Merthyr, The Crucible of Modern Wales. This is a free event. Please ring 01873 853167 to reserve a seat.


Wednesday 18 October, 7.30pm

Abergavenny Film Society presents Letters from Baghdad (PG)

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Voiced by Tilda Swinton, this fascinating documentary explores the remarkable life of English writer, archaeologist, diplomat and spy, Gertrude Bell. As a young woman, Bell travelled extensively throughout the Middle East producing maps and scholarly works. Eventually, her extraordinary talents were recognised by British Military Intelligence and Bell wielded significant political power in British Imperial policy across the Middle East. Fluent in Arabic and Persian, she worked closely with tribal Arabs to help soldiers move across the desert during World War One. Openly critical of colonialism, this film shows how Bell’s work offered a counterpoint to typical British male colonial power. The directors present a rich tapestry of archive footage alongside narrated text from Bell’s letters and testimony from her peers, including T E Lawrence and Vita Sackville-West.

Winner Best Feature Film Beirut International Film Festival 2016

Tickets: Members are guaranteed a seat if they arrive before 7.20 p.m. Tickets for individual screenings are available on the door for non-members.  Tickets cost £5.00, (£3 for students and other concessions on production of proof of status) and are available on the evening of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis.


Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 October, 7.30pm

Rareseed Theatre presents The Search for Odysseus by Charles Way.

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Tickets: £8 (concessions: £6.50) are available from the box office of the Borough Theatre (01873 850805).


Sunday 29 October, 8.30pm

Black Mountain Jazz presents The Julian Costello Quartet 2016

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Bar opens at 8pm.

Tickets: Black Mountain Jazz website


Wednesday 1 November, 7.30pm

Abergavenny Film Society presents The Other Side of Hope (12)

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Six years after the sublime, award-winning Le Havre, director Kaurismäki returns with his second film in a planned trilogy focusing on port cities. In this eccentric and cuttingly poignant comedy-drama, Wikstrom, a poker-playing restaurateur and former travelling salesman, crosses paths with Syrian stowaway Khaled who has just arrived in Finland, unintentionally, on board a coal freighter. Beautifully shot on 35mm in Helsinki, The Other Side of Hope draws us into the bizarre world of well-heeled dreamer Wikström and his new employee, Khaled . Topicality with devilish humour are on the menu as Kaurismäki tackles the most pressing of global issues, the plight of the refugee.

Grand Prix – Luxembourg City Film Festival 2017

Tickets: Members are guaranteed a seat if they arrive before 7.20 p.m. Tickets for individual screenings are available on the door for non-members.  Tickets cost £5.00, (£3 for students and other concessions on production of proof of status) and are available on the evening of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis.


Saturday 11 November, 7.00pm

Kevin Brown and the Shack Dusters

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Brilliant musicians. See them on YouTube.

Tickets: £10.


Wednesday 15 November, 7.30pm

Abergavenny Film Society presents Under the Shadow (15)

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Focusing on a mother and daughter besieged by forces both worldly and otherwise in a Tehran apartment block, Under the Shadow presents a gripping portrait of an independently spirited woman shackled by sharia law. She becomes more scared of the demonic forces tormenting her daughter than of the lashes threatened by her rulers or of fire falling from the sky. A very impressive feature debut by Iranian director, Babak Anvari, this is thoughtful, provocative and increasingly scary fare which succeeds equally as feminist fable, fractured family drama and full-on fright-fest.

BAFTA Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer in 2017

Tickets: Members are guaranteed a seat if they arrive before 7.20 p.m. Tickets for individual screenings are available on the door for non-members.  Tickets cost £5.00, (£3 for students and other concessions on production of proof of status) and are available on the evening of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis.


Friday 17 & Saturday 18 November, 7.30pm

Suitcase Theatre Companypresents The Golden Pathway Annual by John Harding and John Burrows.

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Suitcase Theatre Company takes you on a comic journey through time, with George and Enid Peters and their son, Michael. Born just after the end of the Second World War, Michael is a “bulge baby”, and his parents want to do everything they can to help him down the golden pathway to success. We laugh (and sometimes cry) with them as Michael negotiates primary school, the dreaded 11+, grammar school and university. On the way he solves a mystery with the Terrific Three, negotiates the perils of Bob-a-Job week, comes faces to face with one of James Bond’s arch-enemies, and even engages in an anti-Vietnam War protest. But will the golden pathway lead Michael to the glorious future that his parents so desire? An amusing trip through the 1950s and 60s, accompanied by classic tracks from the hit parade, awaits all who book a ticket for this show.

Tickets: £9 (u18s: £6). Please phone 01873 853167 for reservations.


Friday  24 November

An evening in the Theatre in support of the Abergavenny Eisteddfod. More details to follow.


Sunday 26 November, 8.30pm

Black Mountain Jazz presents Ben Thomas/Jim Bloomfield Quartet

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Bar opens at 8pm.

Tickets: Black Mountain Jazz website


Wednesday 29 November, 7.30pm

Abergavenny Film Society presents La Strada (PG)

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Winner of the first Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1957, Federico Fellini’s heartbreaking tale of broken outsiders has lost none of its power to move audiences. Giulietta Masina plays Gelsomina, a naïve young woman sold, by her poverty-stricken and desperate mother, to boorish travelling strongman Zampanò (Anthony Quinn) to become his wife and to assist him as a street performer as he tours central Italy. Despite enduring terrible abuse from Zampanò, Gelsomina stays with him seeking purpose for her life and, perhaps, some consolation in her art. Fellini creates enduring beauty from a truly tragic tale and Masina’s face is an unforgettable icon of cinema.

Tickets: Members are guaranteed a seat if they arrive before 7.20 p.m. Tickets for individual screenings are available on the door for non-members.  Tickets cost £5.00, (£3 for students and other concessions on production of proof of status) and are available on the evening of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis.


Wednesday 13 December, 7.30pm

Abergavenny Film Society presents My Life as a Courgette (PG)

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Claude Barras brings us a little miracle of gentleness, tenderness and intense, traditional Frenchness in this beguiling story about Icare, a little boy fond of kites and nicknamed Courgette. A terrible accident means that he is taken to a care home in the country where everyone has a grim, secret story and Courgette is an instant target for bullying. The growing awareness of the children that no one really wants them manifests itself in all sorts of tough behaviour but, after a rough start, Courgette makes friends with Simon and Camille. A film about childhood that doesn’t treat viewers like children, this lovable stop-motion animation captures the hard knocks and innocent pleasures of early life better than most live-action films.

Nominated Animated Feature Film Oscar 2017

Tickets: Members are guaranteed a seat if they arrive before 7.20 p.m. Tickets for individual screenings are available on the door for non-members.  Tickets cost £5.00, (£3 for students and other concessions on production of proof of status) and are available on the evening of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis.


Friday 12 January, 7.00pm

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Great music and food to share. Bring in the Year with good cheer in the Theatre with the World Dance Band.

Tickets: £8.