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Alan Harris is attending National Theatre Wales's event

Roald Dahl's City of the Unexpected at Cardiff, Wales

September 17, 2016 to September 18, 2016
Wales Millennium Centre & National Theatre WalesRoald Dahl's City of the Unexpected17 & 18 September 2016This September, take a trip to Roald Dahl's City Of The Unexpected for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.#UnexpectedCity…See More
Sep 12, 2016
Alan Harris is attending Julia Thomas's event

This Incredible Life at Ffwrnes Llanelli

June 24, 2016 to June 26, 2016
A play by Alan Harris produced by Canoe Theatre, Ffwrnes and The Alzheimer's Society.The run includes a Dementia Awareness Day on Fri 24 June, which will feature a dementia friendly performance of the play, as well as free workshops and refreshments, supported by the Alzheimer's Society.Park Howard AvenueLlanelliNin has spent her life telling storiesGranddaughter Catherine has heard them all beforeUntil todayThis Incredible Life tells the story of retired journalist Nin and her granddaughter…See More
Jun 13, 2016
Alan Harris is attending National Theatre Wales's event

The Big Democracy Project: The Senedd at Cardiff Bay

March 19, 2016 from 12pm to 9:30pm
War, Debt, Education, Austerity, Immigration, Colonisation... We are living in turbulent times, an age of transition where the established structures are buckling. Throughout the world there seems to be an air of discontentment. To celebrate the end of the first phase of the Big Democracy Project (BDP), National Theatre Wales will be taking over the National Assembly for Wales’ Senedd and the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay, for a day of political performance and debate focusing on answering this…See More
Mar 2, 2016
Alan Harris joined Ellie Carter's group

Dirty Protest

Dirty Protest are dedicated to producing, developing and promoting new writing and the writers of Wales. We create exciting inclusive new theatre experiences to thrill audiences and extend the reach of new writing across Wales. We put gigs on in pubs, kebab shops, forests...We are currently touring Katherine Chandler's award-winning play Parallel Lines to theatres across Wales. Dirty Protest are Matthew Bulgo, Ellie Carter, Claire Hill, Catherine Paskell & Tim Price.  See More
Oct 6, 2015
Alan Harris is attending Nia Wyn Skyrme's event

Yuri at Chapter

October 8, 2015 at 7:30pm to October 17, 2015 at 9pm
August 012presents/ yn cyflwynoYuriBy /Gan Fabrice MelquiotAdapted by/ Addaswyd gan Dafydd JamesDirected by / Cyfarwyddwyd gan Mathilde LopezPatrick and Adele can’t have children. And then Yuri appears. But who is Yuri? Why is he here? Is he dangerous? Is he Russian?This is a play about infertility, scrabble, supermarkets, sex, the strangeness of our world and the stranger in your living room.It’s also about love.After their Wales Theatre Awards nominations in 2013 and 2014 for “Best Production…See More
Sep 7, 2015
Alan Harris is attending Rachel Kinchin's event

The Good Earth at Chapter Arts Centre

September 9, 2015 at 7:30pm to September 12, 2015 at 9:30pm
A new Welsh story about fighting for community. How would you feel if an outsider came to the village your family had lived in for generations and told you all to leave? Nestled deep in the Welsh Valleys, The Good Earth is an explosive new protest inspired by true events. The action unfolds through physical theatre, rousing Welsh folk song and new writing, bringing to life a valley torn apart by their council, big business and eventually themselves. **** “Explosive” Western Mail “A little…See More
Aug 19, 2015
Alan Harris posted a blog post

Marsha – a journey

A new liveartshow journey has started. Following up from Manga Sister and Rhinegold and our Summerhall/tour of The Future For Beginners we’ll be premiering Marsha: A Girl Who Does Bad Things at the Arcola from August 11-15.Following from The Future For Beginners it mixes both opera and theatre – featuring one actor…See More
Jul 30, 2015
Alan Harris is attending Sita Calvert - Ennals's event

The Terrible Things Ive done at Various and online

July 4, 2015 at 6pm to July 18, 2015 at 7pm
Confess with Invisible Ink Theatre Company Invisible Ink need your help....We are researching for The Terrible Things I’ve Done, a new production Now’s the time to unburden yourself completely anonymously.Have you done a terrible thing? Or had a terrible thing done to you? Terrible things can be big or small. This is your chance to get ‘that thing’ off your chest.  Invisible Ink Theatre Company is in the process of developing a new theatre production called The Terrible Things I’ve Done and…See More
Jun 27, 2015
Alan Harris might attend Sarah Morgan's event

Dance Days 2015 at In and around Castle Square & National Waterfront Museum

July 18, 2015 to July 19, 2015
 Taliesin’s annual dance festival, now in its tenth year, brings a diverse mix of dance performance to Swansea city centre. It takes place in and around Castle Square, as well as around the National Waterfront Museum. Professional companies from around the UK will perform alongside local community groups in over fifty performances across the weekend – and it’s absolutely free! This year, Dance Days brings to the city centre and marina a dazzling weekend of dance from lindy hop to parkour. There…See More
Jun 16, 2015
Alan Harris joined Rhian Lewis's group


National Theatre Wales in association with FfwrnesILIAD21 September/Medi - 3 October/Hydref 2015A theatrical staging of Christopher Logue's War MusicDirectors Mike Pearson & Mike Brookes“In the beginning there was no Beginning,And in the end, no End…” Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes, celebrated for their large-scale interpretations of The Persians and Coriolanus with NTW, will bring their trademark vision to this multimedia staging of the last weeks of the Trojan War.There are four, separate…See More
Mar 4, 2015
Alan Harris is attending Rhian Lewis's event

Mother Courage and Her Children at Merthyr Tydfil Labour Club, Merthyr Tydfil

May 7, 2015 at 7:30pm to May 22, 2015 at 7:30pm
MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDRENby Bertolt Brechtin a translation by John Willettrevised by Ed ThomasDirector: John E McGrathComposer & Musical Director: Dafydd JamesNational Theatre Wales returns to its birthplace in the south Wales valleys for the first production in its fifth season - a bold, anarchic  new version of Bertolt Brecht’s 1939 anti-war play performed in and around the Merthyr Labour Club. Hinterland creator Ed Thomas returns to the stage to adapt, NTW artistic director John…See More
Mar 2, 2015
Alan Harris joined Sandra Bendelow's group

To Kill a Machine

To Kill a Machine is a new play written by Welsh playwright Catrin Fflur Huws, produced by Scriptography, which will be touring through Wales in May,  it will also be presented at Arcola Theatre in London and it will be presented at Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Zoo: Monkey House.To Kill a Machine is unique and innovative piece of theatre which offers an empowering and heartbreaking story of a man guilty only of knowledge, homosexuality and refusing to live a lie who was turned into a hero,…See More
Mar 2, 2015
Alan Harris commented on Rochelle Gough's blog post Combing art and sport through research
"Dear Rochelle, your research looks fascinating. I'm a playwright who is currently undertaking a project looking into links between sport and theatre - with regard to narrative and the audience's experience. Is your exhibition still…"
Mar 2, 2015
Alan Harris joined Sandra Bendelow's group

Scriptography Productions

Created in 2012 to support and develop writers in Ceredigion, Scriptography Productions find new platforms for text based work to be produced and encourages cross disciplinary collaborations. It seeks to engage new audiences for work through choice of subject matter and through cross disciplinary, multi-platform work and through enhanced digital engagement. It is an associate company at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.Projects have included Ear Candy a multi-platform audio and digital media writing…See More
Mar 2, 2015
Alan Harris might attend Rachel Kinchin's event

Richard III at Wales Millennium Centre Roof Void

February 10, 2015 at 2pm to February 23, 2015 at 9:30pm
Where’s thy conscience now? The first ever full-scale theatre production to be staged in the Roof Void Space of Wales Millennium Centre. A ground breaking production to empower, inform, entertain new audiences, shake stuff up and inspire change. Who holds the power? An All-female production  10 – 23 February 2015 Matinees 11am & 2pm Evenings / Gyda’r Nos 7.30pm.…See More
Jan 26, 2015
Alan Harris is attending Invisible City's event

Invisible City Premiere at Chapter Arts Centre, CF5 1QE

January 21, 2015 at 8pm to January 22, 2015 at 9pm
Invisible CityMum always tells us don’t talk to strangers: but what if that stranger is you?Invisible City is a story of loneliness, longing and making connections. Marie, a young woman from a small village, moves to a surreal megacity. She wants to meet all of you. Maybe. Maybe you’re going to be friends? Maybe you’re going to fall in love? Maybe Marie is teetering on the brink of a very everyday trauma.A cross-disciplinary creation, written and performed by Lowri Jenkins, in collaboration…See More
Jan 12, 2015

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What I do:
Playwright. Please feel free to contact me at
A little more about me:
Plays for NTW: A Good Night Out in the Valleys.
The Opportunity of Efficiency (a co-production with the New National Theatre Tokyo).
Projects I’m working on:
Opera, theatre, radio.
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Alan Harris's Blog

Marsha – a journey

A new liveartshow journey has started. Following up from Manga Sister and Rhinegold and our Summerhall/tour of The Future For Beginners we’ll be premiering Marsha: A Girl Who Does Bad Things at the Arcola from August 11-15.

Following from The Future For Beginners it mixes both opera and theatre –…


Posted on July 30, 2015 at 10:21

Mess Up The Mess theatre's Re-Set

I've recently been working with Sarah Jones and Mess Up The Mess theatre on a new Forum theatre piece around the subject of anxiety issues in young people. It's been both a tough and delightful process - the toughness coming from the subject matter and the delight coming from working with such a professional group of young people who are committed to making great theatre.

I attended the first performance of the play last Friday at Y Ffwrnes in Llanelli and it was an experience…


Posted on September 1, 2014 at 13:30

Edinburgh Award Nomination - The Future For Beginners

The Future For Beginners has been nominated for the Music Theatre Network awards and received a 5 Star review from the British Theatre Guide - well done to actor/singers Jennifer Adams and Matthew Bulgo.

The show is on at Summerhall at 3.40pm until Aug 24.

MTN Awards

British Theatre Guide

The Future For Beginners

Review by Philip…


Posted on August 18, 2014 at 18:53 — 1 Comment

Turning The Future For Beginners into an opera

I’m currently sitting in a music room at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (listening to someone practising the oboe next door) and wondering what to blog about with regard the rehearsal process for liveartshow’s The Future For Beginners. As I’m a writer I’m going to write about…



Posted on July 14, 2014 at 15:07 — 1 Comment

Writing The Opportunity of Efficiency

When The Opportunity of Efficiency was performed at the New National Theatre in Tokyo last year the play was written, in reality, by two people.

I was given the credit – my name on the posters outside the hulking theatre that sits near the busy Shinjuku area of Tokyo – but I was always keenly aware that the translator, Kaku Nagashima, had written the actual words spoken on stage.

Writing the play for a foreign national theatre, having it translated into Japanese and…


Posted on June 4, 2014 at 8:30 — 3 Comments

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At 5:55 on May 20, 2010, Pippa Bailey said…
Hi Alan, That would be grand. I don't know the centre so perhaps at the entrance? Anyway I am on 07813 936 362 in case of trouble. I look forward to meeting you. Best, Pippa
At 15:58 on May 19, 2010, Pippa Bailey said…
Dear Alan, Thanks so much for getting back. I am at the Wales Millennium Centre from 2-3.30pm but after that am free till 6ish. Is this convenient, if so where? Best wishes, Pippa
At 14:36 on February 23, 2010, Alan Harris said…
Hi Carmen, hope you are well. The Blaengarw date is Tuesday, March 16 at 7.30pm. The box office number is 01656 871911/871142! Look forward to seeing you on the night. Very best, Alan x
At 14:25 on February 23, 2010, carmen medway-stephens said…
Hi Alan, What are the exact dates for your play at Blaengarw - i'll bring my students from Bridgend College, Carmen
At 18:00 on February 7, 2010, Othniel Smith said…
Enjoyed the radio play - dark!
At 12:49 on December 8, 2009, Hannah Bevan said…
I've just become friends with Creation Development Trust in Blaengarw and you can see on their facebook page why they were asking people to make laterns. Also now you can make bath bombs for Christmas!
At 12:31 on November 28, 2009, Gareth Pierce said…
Yes - definitely see you soon. There're plenty of good shows coming up to bump into eachother at anyway!
Take care,
At 17:42 on November 5, 2009, Othniel Smith said…
Congratulations on making history!
At 16:15 on November 5, 2009, Amy Starling said…
Hi Alan,

Just wanted to say congratulations on Cardboard Dad, it was a really fantastic show.
And well done on the NTW show too. Can't wait to hear more about it.

Amy xx
At 14:46 on November 5, 2009, Adrienne O'Sullivan said…
Nice one Alun. You must have been bursting to share the news. What a great next show to cardboard dad.
Down in history as the first national theatre of wales show.
Wicked. xxx Ad
At 11:17 on August 5, 2009, Elanor Higgins said…
Hi Alan,
So sorry I'm not available to light your show at Sherman Cymru, will definatly catch up with you soon though.
Good luck with it!
El x
At 12:41 on June 8, 2009, tracy harris said…

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