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a multi-functional pop-up arts and community space in the centre of Newport

Some of the fantastic projects & people that have been at unit 9

Krystal Dawn Campbell:

Krystal Dawn Campbell is a freelance dance performer, creator and collaborator. She has worked and continues to work with various UK dance companies and independent artists, and choreographs, directs and performs in her own works. Her long term ambition is to establish a dance/physical theatre company with a permanent base in Newport from which to create touring productions. 

Unit 9 has become somewhat of a second home for Krystal as an independent artist. She regularly uses the space to make dances in, maintain professional development (attend online classes and one to one training sessions), and has even filmed a music video in there. Dancers work with their bodies and space. Having this space available to work in is essentially enabling her to keep working.

SAND Exhibition by Peter Britton: 5th-17th June

Peter Britton is a professional photographer and award winning lecturer of 15 years. He has studied photography at both University of Gloucestershire and at University of Glamorgan. After a 15 year career in commercial photography, his own practice is now more arts based. He is a senior fellow of the higher education academy and course leader on the Photography Degree at Coleg Gwent.


S A N D 

This is an exhibition about Newton and Merthyr Mawr sand dunes. This unique ecosystem covers nearly 1000 acres and is incredibly diverse in terms of landscape and human history. Sand has settled on top of the ancient limestone cliffs creating a special habitat for insects, fungi and plants. There are areas of grasslands, saltmarsh, beach and woods within the reserve. Historical remnants from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Roman times have all been discovered there. 

The entire ecosystem is built on sand. This visual investigation demonstrates the collaboration between humans and the natural world, by capturing this ecosystem through different photographic formats and processes.


Sara Smith - Fine Artist and Therapeutic Practitioner

I am a fine artist and therapeutic practitioner who uses elements of meditation, repetition and rhythm to capture emotional experiences through mark making, moving image, sound and 3D work. It can be a very private, emotive process but also one that encourages conversation and engagement with the viewer.

Fight for Facts: 20th - 25th June

Fight for Facts will be using Unit 9 as a film studio, working in partnership with Urban Circle to develop a series of short videos on the subjects of misinformation and media literacy in the age of social media. Thanks to Tin Shed Theatre, People's Postcode Lottery players and Newport Rising for support.


ERIC MCGILL: The Denial This Is Forever

Part museum, part live action video game, part live performance, The Denial This is Forever explores the limits and ineptitude of connecting through digital media. Digital photos frames, projection work, and a bread crumb trail of tea lights guide you through a series of digital circus pieces that will leave you anxious to finally take a break from screens and watch a real warm human body move through the air on trapeze. 

A hybrid solo performance on the trapeze, The Denial This is Forever invites a small group of audience members to reflect on how their lives have been altered by this new and heavy reliance on digital technology for work, play and connecting with other humans. So much that used to be in-person has been replaced by screens and tech. We’ve been operating on the idea that this is only for now, but what if things stayed this way forever?


A Week Of Witching Hours

A series of sonic performance events held at Unit 9, Friars Walk.

Each evening's event begins at midnight and will feature sound makers from Newport's experimental and free improvisation scenes as well as other invited guests.


A Week Of Witching Hours runs from Monday 20th to Saturday 25th September at midnight!



Hatch Youth Theatre and Tin Shed Theatre Co.


Saturday 13th November - 8 pm

Tickets £3 - All proceeds go to the Young people involved.

Six young theatre-makers create a post-apocalyptic world in order to explore what it is they are experiencing in the world today.

From tech moguls to conspiracy theorists, climate change activists to land barrons.

The characters meet in a messed up situation that’s something like Saw meets Squid Game, and together they must work towards their freedom and for a better life.

Written and created by six brilliant young theatre-makers.

Lost in Time: The Story of the Newport Clock

Tin Shed Theatre Co. with Ffilm Bach & Mawr


Sunday 28th November

Showing on the hour, every hour between 2 - 4 pm

It is an intriguing film that looks at the rise and fall of the city centre’s once iconic timepiece, from its creation to the mysterious events surrounding its disappearance.


Ymchwiliad syfrdanol ar chwedl y campwaith eiconig yma yng nghanol y ddinas, o’i chreadigaeth hyd at y digwyddiadau dirgel o amgylch ei diflaniad.

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The Body is Home

A series of movement-based workshops using elements of YogaQiGong to improve mobility, flexibility and strength.


Pay what you can.

No experience necessary. 

Every Sunday in February 11 am-12.15 pm.

G Expressions - 

Wiggle and giggle event 

Friday 11th February 2022 6-9pm 

Learn how to groove, move and dance in heels ready for your special valentine night. Wear what makes you feel good. And bring extra clothes or lingerie as you will have an opportunity to change and get right in the mood. Most importantly we are going to wiggle and giggle! 


(FYI- wear heels that you are most comfortable in. Heels with a thick heel/ straps or lace-up front as this will help you secure your foot when dancing). You also can wear flats if you'd rather.


For one night only you will get to learn routines and enjoy yourself with other women, and not forgetting a little surprise to loosen you up! 

Time to get hot and sweaty! 



Now in their 22nd year, Newport-based art collective BOSCH present HARMONIUM REX, a systematic dismantling and methodical reconstruction of a 19th Century harmonium set to musical accompaniment with apologies to Philip Corner.

Every Saturday 26th March 9 pm

This is a FREE event


The Talking Shop©

Transforming cultural and democratic participation one conversation at a time


The Talking Shop is a public space that explores the intersection between cultural and democratic participation one conversation at a time. Opening in Unit 9 Friars Walk, Tin Shed Theatre Co.'s multi-functional pop-up arts and community space, The Talking Shop© will create a face to face democratic and cultural engagement space and a shop window for creativity and democracy combined.

Inside The Talking Shop©, there will be The Democracy Box© which supports young people to find new creative ways to understand our UK democracy and can take part in it.

These provide an opportunity for young people and artists to discuss and understand our UK democracy and politics. The Democracy Box© finds new creative ways to increase democratic participation, including amongst young people, and provide information about the UK’s democratic system and structures.

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