Chapter celebrate women in film, performance and art by extending ‘F-rating’ classification across Spring programme

Posted on: 07 Mar 2018

Chapter have used the ‘F-rating’ classification since March 2016 to allow audiences to easily identify films which have been “directed and / or written by one or more female filmmakers” and / or “have complex female characters on screen who contribute significantly to the story”.  In 2018, the arts centre’s use of the F-rating is being extended to encompass performance and visual arts as well, with a packed programme of events that show the diversity and strength of work being made by women at the very top of their games.

In richard III redux (premiering on International Women’s Day 8 March and on selected dates until 17 March), Sara Beer is back and ready to rule as she takes on the role of the king in The Llanarth Group’s reimagining of Richard III. Written by award-winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly and directed by Phillip Zarrilli, richard III redux promises to be riotously inventive and joyously irreverent, asking, what if the “hideous…. deformed, hobbling, hunchbacked cripple” is portrayed by someone funny, female, feminist, and with the same form of scoliosis?  How might the story change, the body change, the acting change, the character change when explored by a disabled actress with deadly comic timing and a dislike for horses?

Ŵy, Chips and Nain (20-22 March), is a truly heart-warming family tale celebrating the unique relationship between grandparent and grandchild. An honest portrayal of love, friendship and fun between two generations when facing life with dementia, Ŵy, Chips and Nain is written by Gwyneth Glyn, directed by Iola Ynyr, and stars Gwenno Hodgkins and Iwan Garmon.

Inheriting Gods (21-24 March) from Theatr Gwalia, tells the story of Shaw, of the Wampanoag Nation, and Rhiannon, whose Grandfather was the last to speak Welsh. With one foot in the past and one foot in the future, neither are in the present because their mother tongue has been severed. These two souls in their rites of passage have to find their way back, back to their ancestors and inherit the gods.

Dirty Protest return to Chapter in April (4-7 April) with Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock, a new play written by Mark Williams and directed by Julia Thomas. When Star Wars superfan Sam discovers that the Millennium Falcon is being built in his home town in 1979, his life is turned upside down. Determined to get inside the cockpit, his only obstacle is his stepdad Mike, guardian of the secret hangar where the legendary ship is being built in Pembroke Dock. In 2014, Sam’s daughter Lizzie goes missing, forcing him into a desperate hunt to bring her back to safety before it’s too late. This is a story of hope, courage, and how to be a family when it seems the universe is against you.

Following sell-out performances in 2016, and its storming success at the Wales Theatre Awards (winning Best Actor for Llion Williams and Best Director for Peter Doran), Belonging makes a triumphant return to the stage (26 April – 5 May). Written by Karin Diamond (nominated for Best Playwright, Wales Theatre Awards), Belonging follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don't have to stop because of dementia.

The Wonder Women cinema strand includes F-rated films such as Lady Bird (15), (2-15 March), Dark River (15) (2-8 March), Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (12A) (8-15 March), Finding Your Feet (12A) (9-22 March), I, Tonya (15) (16-22 March), A Fantastic Woman (15) (16-22 March) and You Were Never Really Here (15) (23-29 March).

The F-rated programming continues in the bar from mid-May, with a site specific mural from Cornelia Baltes. Cornelia’s paintings are observations on daily life, moments and gestures that are pared back to their simplest form. Her brightly coloured MDF panels’ bold, graphic qualities spill out over the surface of the painting, on to the walls and surrounding architecture in which they inhabit – and Cornelia will also be installing a brand new commission on Chapter’s Lightbox at the front of the building from 6 April.

Programme and Learning Manager Alice Burrows comments:

“While championing women isn’t something that is new to Chapter, we are so excited to have a visual way to highlight the brilliant and important work that women are doing in the arts and creative industries every day through the F-rating. Our film programme has been using the F-rating for some time and to extend it across the performance and visual arts programme is really exciting. It’s great for our audiences to know they are supporting work made by, written by, directed by or celebrating women in this way and we hope it's another demonstration of Chapter's inclusive, diverse and relevant programme.”

For more information or to book tickets for any of the F-rated events, call Chapter’s Box Office on 029 2030 4400 or visit


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