A handpicked variety of shows promises a fun new season in the Weston Studio at Wales Millennium Centre this spring. Shows for families, circus-theatre performances and improvised comedy will ensure laughter and entertainment ensues.

 Highlights of the season include:

Stori: A Retelling [22 March]. This season will see a variety of art forms at the Weston Studio with Wales Millennium Centre exploring the art of Storytelling. Over the past few months more than a 100 participants have been sharing stories in a bid to unearth hidden gems. This inter-generational performance explores how the age-old tales relate to modern day society and whether traditional folk and fairy tales are being lost. See performances from the Centre’s very own drama group Off Centre, Grassroots Drama Group and two Year 4 classes from Sully Primary School. This show is part of the Weston Studio’s performances for families, which also includes:

–           Stuck [9 March]. A perfect show for little adventurers which all begins when Floyd gets his kite stuck up a tree. A brand new story by Oliver Jeffers with original music and plenty of audience participation.

–           We Need Bees [9 April] / Gwobr y Gwenyn Gweithgar [10 April]. Bertie Bee wants to be out pollinating wild flowers rather than boring old apples. Through his quest for wild flowers we see Bertie getting into trouble and putting others in danger. Theatr na nÓg brings this wonderfully imagined score to life with Welsh and English performances.

Façade [29 & 30 March]. In an entirely unique circus-theatre experience, performer and audience become part of the show. Enjoy a three course meal while being taken on a journey into the world of the waiters where anything is possible and innermost secrets are exposed. Façade, in association with Wales Millennium Centre, is produced by the Cardiff based circus company Crashmat Collective who were part of last year’s Incubator scheme. Incubator Sharing [14 March] is a platform for artists and companies to develop new work in partnership with Wales Millennium Centre. It continues this year with a programme of new works.

The Trench [5 & 6 March]. The company Les Enfants Terribles, return to the Weston Studio with their sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show. This is the story of one miner’s epic journey as he battles for salvation and sanity. The boundaries between reality and fantasy blur in this physical performance which blends live music and puppetry. This show is produced in association with Wales Millennium Centre and Luton Hat Factory.

NiNE [8 March]. Regulars Mr & Mrs Clark, who were part of last season’s programme in the Medicine Show, are back this year with Film-Noir therapy for the struggling married couple. Bringing to life the sounds of swinging jazz and ‘50s style music this performance will have the audience running the show.

The Noise Next Door: Boys on Tour [7 March].  This improv’ comedy troupe leave audiences in awe of their off-the-cuff humour, lightning quick wit and totally original comedic talents. It’s a show with a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners and musical extravagance.

The Oh F**K Moment [3 & 4 April]. A round table conversation about those moments you realise you’ve done something terribly, irrevocably wrong. This Fringe First winning show celebrates all of those ‘Oh F**k Moments’ and asks what might be learnt from them.

National Theatre Connections [24 – 26 March & 13 April]. Young theatre companies from across Britain breathe life into ten new plays commissioned by the National Theatre to share with the Weston Studio audience.

Louise Miles-Crust, Artistic Programme Manager said: “The programming team work hard to hand pick all the performances for the Weston Studio season. I’m really proud that this season includes work by some of our regulars such as Les Enfants Terribles, Mr & Mrs Clark, and Theatr na nÓg. We’ve also formed some great new relationships with companies such as The Kosh, Big Wooden Horse and Jasmin Vardimon Company. One of my highlights for the season would be The Trench, a powerful performance with live music and puppetry that will have you reaching for your tissues.”

 The spring season in the Weston Studio runs from 5 March – 14 April 2013. For tickets and more information please visit www.wmc.org.uk/westonstudio.

Children & under 16s offer: The Weston studio offers £6 tickets for all shows to children and under 16s. Please note age restrictions do apply on some shows.