THE days may be chilly and the nights drawing in, but Pontio in Bangor, has much entertainment to offer this October, and is sure to lure everyone out of the house.

What better than a night of comedy and the month kicks off with Suzi Ruffell in the Studio tonight (Thursday, October 3), hot off a massive twelve months of success including a smash hit UK tour, numerous TV appearances and rave reviews for turning tragedy and anxiety into belly laughs.

Also on Thursday, Pontio will be hosting an audience with the author, journalist and one-time soldier Jan Morris (Pax Britannica), who will be in conversation with her son, Twm Morys the day after her 93rd birthday.

As one who has brought to life so much history and so many travel experiences through her writing, it’s sure to be a fascinating evening with contributions about the Welsh context from Prof. Angharad Price of Bangor University and readings from Gwyneth Glyn.

Then for the weekend it’s time for the whole family to join in as Pontio take part in the UK-wide Fun Palaces initiative, which promote ‘culture at the heart of the community and community at the heart of culture’, on Saturday October 5, between 10am and 4pm.

Pontio has co-ordinated a whole range of activities showcasing some great things that are happening around Bangor and giving you a taste of what’s on offer – and the best thing, it’s all going to be for free!

Ever wanted to try some drama, ballet, jazz, or contemporary dance? How about a wheelchair slalom? Are you obsessed with board games and would you like to try some new ones?

How about having a go at knitting with the Maesgeirchen group, learning a bit of karate with our student society or indulging in some nostalgia by sharing old photos? Would you like to taste some new flavours and create your own cookie with the guys from Pontio’s café, Cegin?

This year’s theme is sharing, so come and join in on this fun, packed and totally free of charge day of activity, let people share their skills with you and share your time with them. The full timetable is available on the Pontio website and social media.

On the weekend of October 11 and 12, it’s all about the music. The acclaimed pianist Llyr Williams plays the Steinway D he selected for Bangor’s Theatr Bryn Terfel on Friday, October 11, and the programme is a sublime one, including Chopin, Poulenc, Ravel and Liszt.

An Honorary Fellow of Bangor University, Llyr is taking the time to visit Bangor as part of a busy schedule in 2019-20 which sees him continuing his collaboration with the National Orchestra of Wales and offering a complete sonata cycle at the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara, Mexico and partial cycles in Moscow and St Petersburg.

On Saturday, October 12, it’s all about the sunshine vibes as Carwyn Ellis debuts his bold, innovative and colourful collection of songs inspired by his love of South American beats and travel to Rio.

The Colorama frontman has spent much of the last two years touring the world as a sideman with the Pretenders, and it was Chrissie Hynde herself who noticed how many records Carwyn was buying on tour in South America in early 2018 and encouraged him to make a Latin-flavoured Welsh language album, so he did.

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Wales’ national Welsh language theatre company then bring their latest production, a Welsh adaptation of Brecht’s Der kaukasische Kreidekreis (The Caucasian Chalk Circle) Y Cylch Sialc to Pontio’s main stage for six performances between Tuesday , October 15 and Friday, October 18.

With magnetic performer Gwenno providing original live music on stage, beautiful costumes and set design, exciting Welsh talent and a classic epic tale of dark humour and larger-than-life characters more than appropriate for the current times, this is one not to be missed, accessible to non-Welsh speakers through the Sibrwd app and with a BSL signed performance included.

There’s more comedy in store on Thursdays, October 17 and October 24, as Pontio hosts Tudur Owen, Ray Badran and Ingrid Dahle in the monthly comedy club and James Acaster makes his first visit to Bangor for a sold-out show.

On Saturday, October 19, the Pontio Family strand host Pickled Image, presenting the show ‘Woodland Tales with Grandad’ featuring a cast of extraordinary puppets and an important and timely message about the environment.

The 45-minute show will be followed by the popular creative workshop with a local artist and Pontio staff.

Continuing on the environmental theme, Theatr Na Nóg’s brand new musical Eye Of The Storm is on Tuesday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 2. Their debut in Theatr Bryn Terfel, also features a strong message about renewable energy, as eight actors tell the story of Emmie, a young girl from Wales who must decide between pursuing her passion for science and fascination with tornados and her duty as a young carer devoted to her mother.

With a country-influenced soundtrack by Grammy award winner Amy Wadge (Thinking Out Loud with Ed Sheeran) this is one for the whole family to enjoy.

As the month draws to a close, Pontio continues full throttle by hosting events as part of a two-day conference exploring the distinct and connected histories of Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England, the Four Nations History Festival.

With speakers including David Olusoga OBE, speaking on ‘Slavery, Empire and Historical Amnesia’, David Starkey CBE on ‘Henry VIII and Brexit’ and Lucy Worsley OBE on ‘Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother Widow’ tickets are sure to be in short supply.

Pontio has a long-lasting relationship with the group performing to close October in the main theatre, 9BACH.

With many members of the band from the local area, they have performed several times at Pontio, building a loyal fan base and attracting many new fans with their unique sound and mesmerising performances since the centre opened in 2015.

On Saturday, October 26, they too take a kind of trip down memory lane as they perform songs from their debut album ‘9Bach’, remastered and re-released and now touring throughout the UK.

Let their songs transport you to the local landscape with ethereal voices, dubby beats, harp, harmonium guitar and extremely smart arrangements.

Martin Hoyland of 9BACH is also championing the last performance in October, which is set to be a great showcase of Bangor talent in the form of Letters Grow by the 8Starmusic Collective.

There is a chance to see how this important music initiative and platform is giving local young people the opportunity to develop their love of all kinds of music from acoustic vibes to gritty hip hop and support them as they perform for the first time in a venue.

For more information about Pontio’s artistic programme, and the seven day a week cinema open to everyone please visit www.pontio.co.uk or follow on social media.

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