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Summer Sizzlers

Aberration Summer Sizzlers:
Queer History Walk & Beach Picnic
Sat 20/8/22

Dewch i ymuno â ni – dau digwyddiad gwych yn Aber!




7pm onwards on Aberystwyth South Beach near The Hut refreshment stand – look out for the rainbow flags and join the fun! Just turn up (no booking). Bring your own picnic. All LGBTQ+ people and their supportive friends and families welcome. If you are under 16 then your parent or carer needs to be with you.

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Manylion (Cymraeg) >> Wedi gwerthu allan!

Profits to AllOut – the grassroots campaigning charity for LGBT+ people worldwide.

Meet 2.30pm at The Bank Vault bar, 1 New Street, Aberystwyth for a guided walk around the town led by Jane Hoy of Aberration & Queer Tales from Wales. Fascinating stories of the queer history of Aber and the people who lived and worked here.

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Cabarration 2016



8pm 21 October 2016 (doors 7.30pm)
Aberystwyth Arts Centre – Great Hall
A cabaret night with a very queer bite!

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Jonathan Mayor

jonathanmayorgoldJonathan Mayor will be entertaining us with his cutting comedy – dressed up in glitter-storm Bollywood drag and delivered with twinkly chutzpah. Coming all the way from Gaychester just to entertain you.

‘A self-obsessed glittery queen with a larger than life personality who arrives onstage in a bamboozling mix of innuendo’ – Manchester Evening News
‘Very funny’ – Michael Palin
‘Marvellously wicked’ – Sarah Millican

Twitter: @jonathanmayor

Lynette Frances

lynettefranceswebLynette Frances is a hit wherever she plays, from L Fest to an intimate bar, combining an amazing voice with a love of entertaining. She will play a range of rock and country covers to get us in the Friday night vibe. Later in the evening, Lynette will be teaching us all a line-dance so get your dancing shoes on!

Lynette lives on the south coast of England and has been performing since the age of 12. She runs the Way Out Country Facebook group for LGBT lovers of country music and line-dancing.

Twitter: @LynetteFrances

Ashleigh Owen

ashleighturnAshleigh Owen will be performing an extract from her one-woman show, ‘The Rise and Fall Of The Hamburger Queen’, which can be seen in full at the Unity Theatre, Liverpool, as part of Homotopia.

Ashleigh’s mum wouldn’t let her dance, because dancing killed her dad. ‘He went down into the splits and never got up again.’ She danced in secret until the day came to break the news to her mother: she was leaving for London to become a famous dancer. Bright lights, big city, wide-eyed Scouser… what could possibly go wrong?

Twitter: @AshleighPOwen

Sparkles Hoop Troupe

sparkles2Hula-hoop dancing from Cardiff’s amazing Sparkles Hoop Troupe. This community troupe is fully inclusive and hooping crazy.

‘The funniest, finest and most dynamic act in Cardiff!’ – We Are Cardiff Press

Twitter: @sparkleshoop

Ernie Sparkles

sparkles7Fun ‘boylesque’ (male burlesque) from Ernie Sparkles. Cheeky in every way!

Bois y Fro

boisAberystwyth’s own vocal quartet, Bois y Fro, have been singing together off-and-on for 10 years and more. With a repertoire ranging from folk to classical to modern (and a lot of things in between) in both Welsh and English, there’s sure to be something for everyone when these guys take the stage.

Twitter: @boisyfro


Hosted by Aberration favourite Helen Sandler, with raffle and bar. The evening has an LGBTQI+ theme (lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, intersex, and all-round inclusive). All open-minded people are welcome at this fun and friendly night. “You don’t have to be queer to be here.” Dress to impress!

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Aberration is brought to you by SpringOut and Enfys Aber, in partnership with Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Without the financial and practical support of the Arts Centre, this year's Cabarration could not take place (or not unless we charged three times as much for the tickets) so please come along, show your support for the biggest queer-themed night in Mid Wales and have a fabulous night. Diolch yn fawr!

















New acts at Aberration

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New acts

More fab performers at Aberration: Out for Summer

Aberration recently put out a call for new performers and we had a terrific response. We are delighted to have two new acts at Aberration Out for Summer on 27 May.


Leonie Campbell is a poetry slam winner and a student on the creative writing MA at Aber. She has won two ECWS poetry slams and been published in The Wait anthology and in Wales Within.

Jess Jones is a singer-songwriter based in Wales who plays melodic, emotional original ballads, and covers a wide range of pop and rock music. Come along and see Jess and Leonie perform at Aberration Out for Summer!

More info

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Aberration May 2015 PROGRAMME

Aberration presents:

Hoyw Heddiw // Gay Today

>>Cymraeg yma>>

7pm (for 7.30) Saturday 9 May 2015
Main Hall, International Politics Building,
Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus
£7 (includes a glass of wine)
Aberration, 1st feb Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Photo by Daryl Ras Gdalya Jemmott

What’s it like to be LGBT in Wales (and beyond)?
An evening of live music, discussion and readings

7pm Drinks

7.30pm Introduction by Dr Jenny Mathers, head of the International Politics department, an expert in Russian human rights issues including Pussy Riot and anti-gay legislation.

7.45pm Discussion about being LGBT in Wales, with our fabulous panel:

Jaci Taylor, who served as mayor of Aberystwyth in 2000-01, with her partner as mayoress.

Gareth Lloyd Roberts, director of Aberystwyth Arts Centre, past producer at Wales Millennium Centre.

Paddy O’Malley, co-editor and founder of The Aberystwyth EGO magazine and part of Sgarmes singing group.

Chaired by Elisa Haf, an Aber native with a degree in International Politics from the university and an interest in left-wing feminism.

The panel will be held in Welsh and English, with simultaneous translation. Followed by Q&A – join in with your questions for the panel.

8.45pm Interval

9pm Richard Margraff Turley will read from and talk about his new novel, The Cunning House, about attacks on gay culture in Regency London and the raid on the White Swan molly house.

9.15pm Multilingual live music from Machynlleth’s answer to Edith Piaf – Nicola Burgess & friends.

10pm Ends – come with us up to the Arts Centre to buy a drink in the bar and continue the conversation.

Timings are approximate. Programme subject to change.

Aberration is brought to you by Enfys Aber (Aber Uni’s LGBT staff network) and SpringOut (arts events for women, LGBT folk and friends).

>>View photos of the last fabulous Aberration>>

Aberration Quiz 27 Feb

Aberration Quiz

Blackouts (smaller)

Queer Quiz, Friday 27 February 2015

Dickie Beau is performing his show Blackouts: Twilight of the Idols at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and the Aberration team have arranged a fun pre-show quiz in the theatre bar at 5.45pm prompt, as part of LGBT History Month UK.
Bring your friends or join a team to meet new people. Questions will include the queer history of Wales and a photo quiz. Ends in time for a chat or a bite to eat before the show. All welcome, whether you are lesbian, gay, bi, undecided, straight, trans, intersex, whatever.
£1 per person on the night.
Quizmasters Mike Parker & Helen Sandler.
It’s Aberration’s first birthday so we hope you will raise a glass with us to celebrate!
Please book separately for the show, see below.
Quiz organised by SpringOut and Enfys Aber for Aberration.

Blackouts: Twilight of the Idols

Drag fabulist Dickie Beau shapeshifts through a shadowy soundscape of lost souls in a theatrical trip to the subconscious underworld of his future self. Bringing to life extraordinary audio artefacts, Dickie leads us on a bewitching adventure in found sound as he channels the ghosts of his childhood idols. Includes previously unheard tapes of Marilyn Monroe’s final interview.

Book your ticket to the Blackouts show on the Aberystwyth Arts Centre website>>

Cabarration lineup announced


Aberration meets cabaret!

[Rhaglen Cymraeg>>

Cabaret night with a very queer bite
8pm Saturday 8 November 2014, Great Hall, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, £10

Doors 7.30pm (with entertainment while you settle in), main show onstage at 8pm.

Book online now!


Sgasgarmes-2132rmes: Aber’s dynamic close-harmony chorus gives it some glitter, bringing you camp classics, pop covers in two tongues… and surprises.



Mimi Amore: A burlesque star who is sexy, humorous and downright dazzling, Mimi has been voted ‘Legend in the Making’.

IzzyRabeyIzzy Rabey & Bill Sutton: Izzy’s knockout voice soars through jazz classics and her own soulful songs.





Ali Cocks: Melding dance, gymnastics and aerial arts with pole-dancing in a unique show of fitness and thrills.



Hilary Ramsden: The surreal and funny rebel clown of Ceredigion.




Helen Sandler: Your host for the night.


Ted Wroxley: Amazing table magician with nothing up his sleeve.


Cabaret artist Mar Gonga (photo: Dawn Kilner)

Mar Gonga: Juggling her magic crystal ball.

VestaClitoriaThe Swan Vestas: The music hall’s last surviving male impersonator treads the boards in the cheeky style of Tipping the Velvet.




Grit book coverCarey Wood-Duffy: Short passionate poems from the Cardiff American’s new collection, Grit.




george 2George Sandifer-Smith: Aber-based poet engages the audience with both humour and depth.

Emily Farr: … And her guitar!

Plus Raffle in aid of LGBT causes overseas, with acerbic writer and broadcaster Mike Parker, Plaid Cymru’s out gay parliamentary candidate for Ceredigion.


Prizes from Over the Rainbow vegetarian guesthouse, Light of Asia Indian restaurant, Sombrero at Sophie’s, Irie’s cocktail lounge, Rummer’s bar and other friends of Aberration. Proceeds from raffle and popcorn sales will be distributed by Stonewall to LGBT causes overseas.

And at the end of the evening, DJ Boundary (Swing City) returns by popular demand to fill the dancefloor till late.


Book online now!

Don't miss this amazing night, which is an Aberration event, programmed by SpringOut and Enfys Aber supported by Aberystwyth Arts Centre. You won't find many LGBT arts events in Mid Wales and we're proud that Aberration is giving lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans audiences and their friends top-quality nights out in Aberystwyth.

Cabarration: Aberration meets cabaret in November

A Queer thing’s happening at the Arts Centre
Saturday 8 November 2014
8pm Great Hall, Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Join us for Cabarration: a cabaret night with an LGBT* bite. Prepare to be amazed by a glitzy line-up of local and national talent in the Great Hall, from queer burlesque to camp comedy via circus and song. Stay late and dance with Swing City’s DJ Boundary – back by popular demand. All welcome.

Tickets: £10

Aberration is programmed by Enfys Aber (Aberystwyth University Staff LGBT Pride Society) and SpringOut.

*LGBT: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender


 Photo of Mar Gonga by Dawn Kilner

Dance teacher Norma Daykin

Norma Daykin

We are thoroughly chuffed that Norma Daykin, friend of SpringOut and dancer supreme, is going to be teaching the latin & ballroom classes at our tea dance at the next Aberration on 31 May in Aberystwyth.

Norma is based in Bristol where she has taught classes in latin, salsa and ballroom dance for over 15 years. She is a qualified dance teacher (UKA) and FitSteps instructor. She is also a musician and band leader who specialises in live music for all kinds of dance events. As well as learning the steps, you will benefit from Norma’s extensive musical knowledge and experience, gaining a deeper understanding of dance rhythms and music.

Norma currently works with various organisations to provide community dance events in Bristol for a wide range of participants. In partnership with Dance Factory Bristol she offers regular Strictly Pink sessions for LGBT dancers and friends. She also offers workshops in Wales, including a forthcoming salsa and yoga weekend in West Wales on 5/6/7 September 2014.

Do more dancing with Norma:

Dance Factory Bristol (http://www.dancefactorybristol.com)

Strictly Pink LGBT dance events for Bristol and the South West  (https://www.facebook.com/StrictlyPinkBristol)

Over The Rainbow Wales (http://www.overtherainbowwales.co.uk)

West Wales Salsa and Yoga Weekend, 5/6/7 September (https://www.facebook.com/events/1426531330923672/?ref=br_tf)

Aberration 2014 dates

ABERRATION: Dates announced


A Queer thing’s happening at the Arts Centre
Hwyl Hoyw yng Nghanolfan y Celfyddydau

After a fabulous night at our first Aberration in February 2014, SpringOut and Enfys Aber are delighted to announce the next two dates for this ongoing series of LGBT arts events at Aberystwyth Arts Centre:

31 May 2014: ABERRATION LOUNGE: Tea dance and entertainment for a lazy Saturday

8 November 2014 (change from previously advertised date): CABERRATION: Aberration meets queer cabaret in the Great Hall

Watch this space and Aberystwyth Arts Centre brochures for details.