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

For more info on the projects we've supported you can see the links on the right hand side. You'll also FAQ's there too.

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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 Sarah Jane Leigh on Tuesday

Hello WalesLab peeps,

I'm looking for 12 willing volunteers to help us test out the show I'm producing at the moment: Hiraeth. If you're in Cardiff and free Thursday between 3 and 5 it'd be great to have you there . . .

Comment by Alison Neighbour on October 15, 2014 at 15:44

Hi everyone,

I'd like to invite you all to our production of Lost in the Neuron Forest, which was developed last year as part of the Wales Millennium Incubator scheme (thanks to Simon Coates), and is now touring Wales with the help of a Wellcome Trust grant and Arts Council Wales.

Lost in the Neuron Forest is an exploration of memory and how it makes us who we are. The audience follow the story of Edna, a feisty woman who fears she is losing herself as she loses her memory. Edna takes us back to the heady days of her youth, and the memories mingle with those of the neuroscientist who offers to help Edna. A promenade adventure into how the human brain works, and the science and personal significance of memory.

We'd love to see you at one of the venues:

10th & 11th Oct - Southwark Playhouse, London 7pm (SOLD OUT)

15th Oct - Canterbury Christchurch 7.30pm

18th Oct - Theatr Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda 7pm

 21st Oct - Wales Millennium Centre 8pm

22nd Oct - Barry Memo Hall 7.30pm

23rd Oct - Newport Riverfront 2.30pm & 7.45pm

24th Oct - Aberystwyth Arts Centre 7.45pm

26th Oct - Slung Low's HUB, Leeds 5pm

30th & 31st Oct, 1st Nov - Camden People's Theatre 7.30pm

Have a look at what our preview audiences thought here:

You can also visit our Memory Store, a mobile library of memories contributed by community workshop participants in Bangor, Newport, and London, it will be popping up in venue foyers throughout the tour, and you can even add your own memories to the collection.

Comment by Brent Morgan on October 9, 2014 at 19:06

Just put a post up about our week so far. Check it out here.

Comment by Brent Morgan on October 7, 2014 at 12:29

Frank has posted a blog about the first day of our R&D week. 

Comment by Simon Coates on October 7, 2014 at 11:30

We have a WalesLab sharing taking place on Friday afternoon - 3pm at the Sherman Theatre: 'You'll Be a Man' by Frank Thomas and Brent Morgan

Here's more info.

If you'd like to come along, please drop me an email...

Comment by Simon Coates on October 3, 2014 at 16:25

This week we've announced new new development opportunities. Take a look!

Artists Huddles: to support the development of skills contributing towards professional lives of artists, beyond the rehearsal room

Assistant Directors: for Welsh and Wales based directors ready for the next stage of their development

BOOM! Enjoy.

Comment by Simon Coates on October 3, 2014 at 15:48


Hi Everybody - thanks to everybody who submitted an idea to WalesLab. I've just emailed you all to give you an idea of the schedule for the next stage of the process. Do check your inboxes. Any questions, drop me an email.

Comment by Simon Coates on September 26, 2014 at 11:43

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 September 26, 2014 at 10:57

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

Comment by Rachel-Helena Walsh on September 26, 2014 at 10:28

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


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