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Seemingly mundane personal documents can weave a rich history between a person and the world around them. The archives and special collections are celebrating a Year of Discovery during 2019. The aim is to present “inventive individuals, adventurous Welsh men and women and new exciting resources for researches in the Archives”. As introduced in the previous issue of Seren, the Archives are in the process of acquiring a new collection titled “The Paget Papers” and are helped by myself, an undergraduate intern, to process the new accession. As three months have passed so far, I want to talk about a…

By Jamie King This semester has been the most inventive yet for Bangor’s English Drama Society, with all three plays in their lineup breaking out from the usual confines of the John Phillips Theatre’s proscenium staging to create a diverse array of theatre for the decent crowds they’ve drawn. The culmination of this programme is the noughties black comedy The God of Carnage, a translation of French playwright Yasmina Reza’s Le Dieu du Carnage – a one-act burst of middle class couples behaving badly, as Veronica and Michael (Roseanna Lovell and Lewis Wilson) welcome into their home Annette and Alan…

By Jamie King “There’s no keys to hold between her fingers. There’s no friend to call to make sure you get home alright. There’s no silenced headphones or self defence classes. We are at his mercy, weakened by lack of food, sleep and sunlight. We are the wilted flowers, the gardener’s hand lingers above ready to pull us from the ground.” In the exact centre of the worst nightmare of anyone who’s walked a dark street alone with a hundred Netflix serial killer shows spinning in their head, or a hundred Disney princesses snatched away and locked in towers –…

Every spring for three years, the Bangor Musical Theatre Society has arrived in Pontio to bring in their main show of the year. Looking back to Fame (2017) and High School Musical (2018), the previous Pontio shows have paved the way to family-friendly feel-good musicals. The auditorium full, we have grown to expect flashy group songs, sentimental solos, lovably humorous chorus characters and at least two confetti cannons in the finale. However, moving from the American high schools to Ancient Near East is no easy feat. Joseph is the brainchild of Tim Rice’s penmanship and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical mind,…

Moving Stories of Anglesey and Gwynedd is a student-led project intended to inspire curiosity about different languages and cultures, and to encourage people to get involved in learning languages. CALL FOR YOUR STORIES, ANECDOTES AND THOUGHTS Topics can range from anything related to language and culture – what being bilingual or multilingual means to you, how this affects your identity, how languages influence the way we see the world, and how this perspective might change when you learn another language. How do the languages you know differ from each other? How are cultures reflected in languages? Or, do you have…

The Bangor University Archives and Special Collections are tightly tied with local heritage and cultural history, especially in terms of the many great landed estates of North Wales. This includes taking care of sizeable estate records. Indeed, the University is home to a staggering amount of collections from Welsh estates like Baron Hill, Mostyn, Penrhos, Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd. Most recently, the department has received a new collection from the Plas Newydd in Anglesey. The estate, dating as far back as 1470, has stood in the bank of the Menai Strait near the town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll and housed historical…

We all hear about Varsity and the AU going to cross-university competitions and such all year long, but what about societies? Last week, Bangor English Dramatics Society (BEDS), together with Keele University’s Drama Society, organized a full day event in John Phillips Hall, hosting workshops and an evening showcase. “The Keele-Bangor collaboration was the first of its kind, and we were unsure what would happen,” said Briony Collins, BEDS’s Writer’s Group Coordinator. “We were met with nothing but confident and generous people who led us through some fantastic workshops and an exciting showcase.” The workshops were run by different people…

The Bangor University Archives and Special Collections are tightly tied with local heritage and cultural history, especially in terms of the many great landed estates of North Wales. This includes taking care of sizeable estate records. Indeed, the University is home to a staggering amount of collections from Welsh estates like Baron Hill, Mostyn, Penrhos, Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd. Most recently, the department has received a new collection from the Plas Newydd in Anglesey. The estate, dating as far back as 1470, has stood in the bank of the Menai Strait near the town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll and housed historical…

Originally a 1954 BBC Radio play, Dylan Thomas’ distinctively Welsh, working-class ‘Play for Voices’ stands out in the canon of modernist literature for its seductive combination of poetry and playscript. Set inside the hearts and minds of the inhabitants of the fictional Llareggub, exploring their dreams, fears and loves, the text itself is taught on a second year English Literature module here at Bangor. It is a somewhat left-field choice for the English Drama Society’s mid-year production; the slot that always draws the Soc’s largest audience, and has previously been occupied by more conventional theatre fare – a spooky, intense…

On the run-up to Christmas, there’s few things as iconic as the family trip to the panto. Audiences from all around the United Kingdom travelled to Llandudno to enjoy the glistening production of Cinderella on its opening night. The evening is set with anticipation and buzz. Cinderella, the new pantomime in Llandudno has established itself in adverts on buses all around North Wales, as well as signs around the seaside town. Walking in to the auditorium the dressed-up panto curtain, projections and silvery snowflake decorations have an instant effect: cue wide smiles on people’s faces, cue the first toddlers fussing about,…

As the curtain rises, a feeling of joy and curiosity sweeps over the audience. They have gone to see a show by the Welsh National Opera, and tonight for many, like myself, this may be their first time seeing a live opera. Not knowing what to expect, other than highly technical singing in Italian, I am surprised that my inner child is resurfaced in such a context. La Cenerentola, one of WNO’s three shows at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, brings a sense of fun and relaxed exposition onstage along with skillful vocal craft, in Italian composer Gioachino Rossini’s version of Cinderella.…

UNDEB Bangor hosted their second ever cultural fair at Bangor University on the 18th October. The event was organised by the student’s union and the Vice President of Societies and Volunteering, Muhammad Firdaus. The event raises money for Bangor University’s societies and clubs as well as donations to the university’s RAG charities. The evening consisted of different creative performances from several societies, including martial arts demonstrations and medieval re-enactment. A total of 23 societies attended, compared to 16 from the previous year. Muhammad Firdaus said ‘We are a university in the middle of North Wales. When you walk on the…

Sparkly, energetic theatre virtuoso Ruth Madoc talks with Seren about Calendar Girls the Musical in Llandudno, life of acting and her visions of the industry Let’s get started. Calendar Girls has enjoyed touring already in Leeds and Canterbury, and now at Newcastle. Tell me, what has it been like to perform in and around Yorkshire, where the story is famously set? It’s very interesting. We started off in Leeds which of course went absolutely swimmingly. But we thought, how will it go down in Canterbury in the south? Well, of course it was amazing, because it is a universal story.…

Pontio Arts And Innovations Centre For all your entertainment needs. Be it cinema, theatre, circus, comedy, dance, or just a good old coffee and cake, Pontio is your go-to arts and culture establishment in Bangor. Also full of art installations and work spaces for students, there’s always surprises to find. Check out “Y Caban” landmark on Pontio Hill for extra points. Location: Big, modern white building on Deiniol Road. Storiel Art Gallery Previously Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, Storiel hosts a variety of art galleries, museum exhibitions and community exhibition spaces to bring the historical and contemporary…

A new display has recently gone on display in the foyer of Storiel. Entitled Scales and Tails, snakes, crocodiles and tortoises are just some of the specimens on display that are on loan from Brambell Natural History Museum which is part of the School of Biological Sciences at Bangor University. Several of the specimens are in jars of fluid and are still used for teaching. The display has been curated by Melissa Green, 34, a volunteer who is currently a 2nd year zoology and herpetology student at the university. She said: ‘It’s been a great opportunity to help educate people on…

Minecraft is the name of a computer game that most of you, if not all of you, will know. If you don’t know, shame on you. Where’ve you been living for the past six years? Before its official release on 18th November 2011, the game spent roughly two years in a beta testing period and, as of last year, had sold up to 60 million copies world-wide. Last year, Microsoft bought the company Mojang and intellectual rights to Minecraft for $2.5 billion. The BBC, the Telegraph, the Guardian, and more blog posts than you can shake a stick at have…

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