This is where all the information about WalesLab will be posted. If you have a question get in contact with Simon Coates, Creative Associate. 

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WalesLab information


Over the next four years, thanks to significant investment from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, WalesLab will use the nation as a landscape for developing new theatre ideas. The project is open for submissions all year round - to do so you will need to join this group, complete a profile for yourself and use the ideas submission form on the NTW website. You can find that here.
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The initiative is split into three strands:

Pollinate:         A summer camp for up to twenty theatre makers and artists of varied experience to share ideas, learn form each other and stimulate new collaborations and projects (watch the video below to find out more).

Fertilise:          For around a week small groups will work on the development of a project they have proposed. There will be up to eight Fertilise projects a year, some of which may have an international element.

Germinate:     Three times a year small groups of artists will be offered the opportunity to spend around two weeks somewhere in Wales developing an idea or project which they have already begun working on, and will share their work with a local audience. There will be three Germinate projects a year, one of which will have an international element.



For more information on WalesLab can be found in this group.

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Comment by Simon Coates on Friday

Hi Everyone - there have been a couple of people experiencing problems with the website submission form.

Do get in contact via email if you were not able to submit your idea before the deadline.


Comment by jo munton-vagabondi puppets on Friday

yep ditto - form ain't loading????

Comment by Rachel-Helena Walsh on Friday

Hi Simon, 
The online form is not loading for me on either IE or Chrome. As time is running out, would it be possible to email you the application?x

Comment by Simon Coates on Friday

WalesLab Deadline - today at midday

Right then you lovely lot, you've got 2hrs left to get those submissions in, if you want to, obviously!


Comment by Simon Coates on September 22, 2014 at 10:21


Hi Everyone,

The next cut off point is this Friday 26th Sep at noon.

Give me a shout if you have any ideas you want to talk through.


Comment by Sarah Jane Leigh on September 19, 2014 at 13:03

Hi WalesLabers,

August 012 are currently carrying out research and development of Cyrano, which is the classic play updated and set in the rugby world of the 90's in the Welsh Valleys. We are opening up the process on Monday and Tuesday and would like to get as much feedback as possible, please let me know if you'd like to come along:

Comment by Christina Handke on September 16, 2014 at 12:47

Hi WalesLaber, 

this opportunity reminded me a lot of our experience at Summer Camp. If you're interested in making films or introducing film into your work and filming on a low budget, check this out:

Shoot a movie in a weekend:
Whatever your level, whatever your experience come to

Chapter Arts Centre ,Canton, Cardiff 
4th and 5th October 2014 
10am to 5pm 

A weekend workshop led by Ip Wischin Founder at Vienna Filmcoach and dramatic advisor at Sonovista. This will be his second visit to Wales - he ran a series of lectures and workshops in May 2011. 

Ip Wischin will run a workshop and lead a weekend of practical movie making. 
No experience of film making is needed. Using whatever equipment we can gather together – a smart phone or video camera. Using editing software on our computers - we will alone , in pairs or groups, plan, shoot and edit a short film - to be shared with the group on Sunday early evening ( around 5pm ). So that’s just over 24 hours to go from an idea to the finished Video. And to celebrate this event Tom Betts of Chapter MovieMaker has offered to show a small selection of the weekends Movies at his Chapter MovieMaker screening on Monday 6th October 2014.

Cost? We will keep the costs to the minimum. If you are unemployed,low paid or a student we can offer some free places You may just want to come to Ip's Lecture Saturday 10 to 1pm or stay for the whole weekend. If you are interested let Richard know:

Richard Berry

Comment by Simon Coates on September 15, 2014 at 12:57

Introducing new WalesLab projects and Emerging Producers

Hi Everyone - have a look at my recent blog post to find out about the latest WalesLab projects. I also announce the new (and first ever) Emerging Producers. Take a look here.

If you are thinking about applying to WalesLab, now is a great time to send in your submission. There is a deadline approaching - midday 26th Sep

Comment by nigel streeter on September 9, 2014 at 16:58

Well here it is as promised folks ... 'Penarth' the web series . Part V 'Silence is Golden' ...Hope you like it. Parts 6 and 7 ('The End of Time') are in post production right now and will be out in the coming weeks. If you do enjoy it then please feel free to share. ...

Comment by Carrie Ann-Newman on September 3, 2014 at 13:00

Hi there folks!

Im organizing a symposium called " How safe is the 'safe space' of participatory practice in an arts and heritage context?". If anyone is interested in coming along and having a good ole debate about this then please see the event link below.

8th October at Cardiff Story! Hope you can make it as it should make for an interesting debate!

Carrie x


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