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:


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).

WalesLab projects -

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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The Cardiff Christmas Bazaar

On Saturday November 29th, in conjuction with Somewhereto_, ProMoCymru and The Modern Alchemists, ON iiiT brings you The Cardiff Christmas Bazaar! A broad mix of Christmas market stalls full or art,…Continue

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Started by Sophie Chei Hickson Aug 21, 2014.

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Volunteer OpportunitiesThis autumn The Abacus on Wood Street welcomes:The Cardiff Christmas Bazaar!In conjunction with Somewhereto_, ProMoCymru, The Modern Alchemists and National Youth Theatre…Continue

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ONiiiT: The Power of Words

ONiiiT is back!Back by popular demand, after a successful set of workshops,…Continue

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Started by Sophie Chei Hickson Aug 21, 2014.

Episode Three of the 'Penarth' fun sci fi web series

Hello Folks ... so here is Episode Three in the 'Penarth' fun sci fi series (Two men without any real direction and apparently not much of a clue about anything either!!) ....This is a shorter…Continue

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Comment by Yasuro Ito on September 11, 2015 at 1:44

Waleslab Artists met and collaborated in Japan!!!

Clare Parry-Jones, a Welsh Performing Artist, visited Japan in March - April 2015. We, Underground Airport, supported her research into Japanese culture, particularly regarding Washi (Japanese Paper) and Mizuko-kuyo (reposing of the soul of an unborn child). She also led a Clown workshop with Japanese actors.

And finally, Clare and Underground Airport decided to create a performance for Japan. She created paper sculptures of human bodies, as a symbol of the life (both human and environmental) lost in Japan after the Fukushima nuclear incident. And we introduced the place, Enoshima, in Kanazawa prefecture. Enoshima has a myth of a brutal dragon and a goddess. 

This project is funded by the Arts Council of Wales.
And also, special thanks to Waleslab project of National Theatre Wales!!!!!!!!


Comment by Gavin Porter on September 9, 2015 at 9:02

As you may know we are now in the voting phase of the Big Democracy Project and we have arranged for an online conversation with people involved with the three shortlisted ideas.

Social Care, Education Reform and What can be done

This chat will happen on NTW’s community site at 4pm on Thursday 10th September

Comment by Sarah Vaughan-Jones on August 21, 2015 at 12:08

TIME:LAPSE will be performing at the Edinburgh fringe from the 24th - 30th. 

An Interactive fusion of contemporary Dance, Music & Film.

Comment by Sarah Vaughan-Jones on August 21, 2015 at 10:48

Gather outside Wales Millennium Centre on the 12th of September for a spectacular outdoor performance set to bring the Centre’s 10th anniversary programme to an impressive close in a breath-taking display of song, storytelling, music, dance, projection and pyrotechnics.

Comment by Gavin Porter on August 20, 2015 at 16:24

Only five days left to submit idea for west Wales #BigDemocracy, please get in touch if you have questions. More info here.

Comment by Simon Coates on August 11, 2015 at 9:09


Looking for more producers to come and work with me on WalesLab projects. Have a gander:


Comment by Gavin Porter on August 4, 2015 at 13:41

Hi all, we are now accepting ideas for the west Wales round of the Big Democracy Project. I'll be travelling around west Wales in the coming weeks so please get in touch if you'd like to meet up.


Comment by Becca Cox on July 19, 2015 at 16:52
Just a quick note to let you know about the Welsh previews of our new Edinburgh show The Very Grey Matter of Edward Blank at Pontardawe Arts Centre on 28th July 2015 at 2pm and 7.30pm. We're really excited about this show and it's shaping up to be a cracker so we'd love to see you there. Tickets are here:
Blurb is below, If you miss us in Wales, you can catch us at Wiltons Music Hall in London on 31st July and then at the Assembly Roxy for all of August. Hope to see you there!
All the best


Familia de la Noche



The Very Grey Matter of Edward Blank

Edinburgh Preview - Pontardawe Arts Centre 28th July 2pm and 7.30pm


Edward Blank is extraordinary.  
An exceptional literary talent and ghost writer, Edward Blank has the ability to change Mills and Boon into James Joyce before breakfast. His radical rewrites and astounding editing means that demand for his work is so great his letterbox clatters non-stop with tapes for transcription and Edward never leaves the solitude of his tiny magnolia flat.

But Edward is far from alone. Emerging from his fractured conscience is an anarchic family of imagined characters, each with a hook in Edward's life that pulls him deeper into fantasy. Each day the circus begins anew and Edward seems happy in his ordinary-extraordinary existence until, one day, a voice on an audio tape changes everything.

Following the 5-star success of The Greatest Liar in all the World, Familia de la Noche create a hilarious, heart-breaking story of madness and lost love using their signature style of dark comedy, clowning, live music and storytelling.

Comment by Simon Coates on July 15, 2015 at 9:18

Opportunities for Directors in Pontardawe

Here for details:

Comment by Sarah Vaughan-Jones on June 3, 2015 at 21:05

Just 2 days to go till the debut performance of TIME:LAPSE at the Gate Theatre, Friday at 7.30pm. An interactive fusion of live music, film and dance. Make sure you've got your ticket!


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