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Fio are pleased to announce that The Mountaintop will be at The Riverfront, Newport on 18 & 19 October 2017, following rave reviews of the production when it was presented at The Other Room in Cardiff in October 2016. The company will be launching the tour at the Welsh Assembly Senedd in Cardiff on the 2nd of October, in an event, which will also celebrate the beginning of Black History Month.

The Mountaintop is the fictional depiction of Martin Luther King’s last night on Earth. In his motel room in Memphis, King is visited by Camae, a maid on a much greater mission than delivering his coffee. Gripping, relevant and often humorous, Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop won an Olivier Award for Best New Drama.

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With vivid theatrical imagination and powerful emotion, playwright Katori Hall beautifully fictional-izes the final hours of Dr. King’s life in this drama about leadership, legacy and mortality. The play explores themes of poverty, racism and the way to deal with impending death. Katori examines the world then and the world now. Asking the audience: How much has really changed?

 

“Cracking adlibbing…a joke-rich rallying call for a better Britain” THE GUARDIAN

 “Potent live performer…can nail a nonsense with beautiful economy of words” THE TIMES

‘Worried about your job? Worried about your family? Worried about yourself? Worried about the health service? Education? Climate change? World War 3? Worried about worrying all the time? Sod it! Come and have a laugh about it.

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Yes, you need “PEAK BULLSH*T” - the brand new show from Andy Parsons, which will be at The Riverfront, Newport on Saturday 21 October, 8pm.

Newport has officially been announced as the host city for the Westfield Health British Transplant Games 2019.

The event is expected to attract more than 850 transplant recipient athletes and more than 1,500 supporters, including donor families, to the city in the summer of 2019. Organised on behalf of the charity Transplant Sport UK, the aim of the Games is to raise awareness of and increase organ donation. Title sponsor Westfield Health, a leading not-for-profit health insurer, has been involved in the Games for more than a decade.

 

A Newport Live member was nominated by the Newport Live Team for her astounding weight loss of 9 Stone and for having resolved her Diabetes diagnosis.

The South Wales Fitness Awards were held at The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge on Wednesday 13 September 2017 and was hosted by the retired Welsh super middleweight and light heavyweight boxer, Nicky Piper MBE. Trudy was shortlisted amongst the many nominees and fought off fierce competition to win the actual award, in an emotional acceptance speech on the Active Newport Facebook page, Trudy said; “It has been the hardest and most amazing journey of my life and I couldn’t have done it without Terri my trainer. I lost my dad to Diabetes and my diagnosis made me really want to change, and that was the inspiration that kick started it and I did it all in 15 months. It is very hard work but I love it, they are my new family and I love them. I won’t stop and the weight is still coming off. There’s still a long way to go and I won’t stop and I’m still going to torment Terri!”.

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Panto auditions for ALADDIN will take place at The Riverfront on Sunday 1 October between 10am – 2pm with registration at 9.30am (last registration at 11am). So, if you know any talented youngsters then send them along!        

Produced in collaboration with The Production Exchange, Aladdin will star Richard Elis, Dafydd Gwyn Howells, Aisha Numah, Nickcolia King N’Da and Liam Tobin, this high-quality, professional pantomime will be full of magic and runs for a month from Tuesday 5 December 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018 and features two teams of children in fun routines.

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Over the previous two seasons the City of Newport swimmers have set the bar high with their successes, so the British Summer Championships in Sheffield at the end of July were a challenge to improve even further.

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Lucy Watkins has been attending Zumba classes at Newport Live since she was 11 years old, and as she approaches her 17th birthday, her fellow classmates decided to surprise her with a very special gift...

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Newport Fit and Fed has been providing free, nutritious meals and a whole host of different activity sessions over the summer – such as football, rugby, dodgeball, dance, netball, golf, and tennis – in order to stave off holiday hunger, inactivity and isolation from some of the most disadvantaged communities. On Tuesday 22 August 2017, the Children's Commissioner for Wales visited the project at the Gaer Community Centre. 

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To date, 792 meals have been dished out to 396 children and young people at the Newport Fit and Fed project, and today the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland, joined the volunteers to take part in the daily food provisions. Holland met with the families benefitting from the programme, which hands out fresh, nutritious meals every day. On the menu today was vegetable and chicken curry, with the meat donated from the local butcher Roberts across the road from the project. Sally Holland took time to speak to some of the children at the community centre today at breakfast and then joined in the fun with an energetic game of Fox and Tails. 

Even though we are still in the midst of the Summer holidays, our thoughts turned to Christmas yesterday with a sparkling pantomime photo shoot! Our three wishes of dry weather, fabulous costumes and a lovely cast were all granted and the countdown to Christmas and The Riverfront’s annual pantomime has begun! This year’s festive offering, in association with the Production Exchange, is the magical Aladdin and it is set to be another hit with the Newport audiences as ticket sales are already exceeding last year!

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Dragondaze Games Convention and Mini Comic-Con will return to Newport Centre this year on Saturday 30 September, from 10am to 5pm.