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Keir Cooper and Rose Biggin, Badass Grammar

Experimentica is Chapter’s annual programme of genre defying experimental arts - and this year, all tickets will be ‘Pay What You Decide’ ­– you get to select the price of your own ticket. Or, if you’re intrigued by a show but not really sure if it’s for you, you can reserve a ticket and pay after you have seen the performance. Chapter’s creative producer, Cathy Boyce, says, “We’re really proud of our festival and want as many people as possible to experience it. If payday is far away and you’re a bit short of cash – no problem.” It’s great idea to get people through the door. Though people might only like what they pay for, or pay for what they like. 

The festival kicks off this Wednesday and continues over the weekend. This year, the title of the programme is Secret Language - Chapter has asked artists to think about class, cool and secret codes, artspeak, textspeak and slang: what are the invisible languages that govern our lives?

The festival offers artists the opportunity to try out new ideas that speak to a world beyond the mainstream and is a fantastic chance for audiences to experience new and exciting contemporary performance.

Jonny Cotsen, Louder Is Not Always Clearer

Highlights of this year’s festival include Something Bigger, a work in development by Canadian theatre makers Dustin Harvey and Adrienne Wong that is delivered through players’ smartphones. Part story, part game, individuals are engaged in an immersive and invasive experience that’s intended to make them question who’s in on it, and the secret ways people connect in the real world.

Cardiff-based Jonny Cotsen will unveil a new piece that examines the shift between disability and ability and how we are all connected and disconnected, both deaf and hearing.

Following a work-in-progress showing in November last year, GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN return with a full presentation of Frankenshow, a Chapter commission following what happens after the creation of a monstrosity. It’s about the end of things, exploring what happens when we do too little too late.

On the final day of the festival, the language of contemporary art will be explored through Yr Ymarferiadur – What’s Welsh for Live Art? Heike Roms and Gareth Llŷr Evans, who are performance researchers based in Wales, will investigate discourses on contemporary art by creating a new dictionary of Welsh contemporary art terms.

The festival is the only one of its kind in Wales and this year there are over 15 performances to see. For more information and programme of everything showing as part of Experimentica 17, go to the website here.

Experimentica 17 runs from Wednesday 29 March – Sunday 2 April at Chapter Arts Centre.