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New Show Announced Today: Mametz by Owen Sheers

We’re delighted today to let everyone know about the next show in our ‘Year of Surprises’ – Mametz, by Owen Sheers.

A brand new commission from the writer of NTW’s acclaimed The Passion, Mametz is inspired by Owen’s widely-admired poem Mametz Wood, and takes place in Usk, Monmouthshire.  The production runs from 24 June to 5 July, and tickets will go on sale on April 4. 

Mametz will give audiences a vivid glimpse into life – and death – in the…

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Posted on March 27, 2014 at 10:00

Want to be 2014 Resident Artist* with NTW? (*Artists = tap-dancers, novelists, bakers, designers, mountain-climbers, computer geeks, snow-boarders, flower-arrangers, wrestlers, bass-players, you...)

As we head toward the first show in our ‘Year of Surprises’ – Raw Material, we’re calling out again to people who might like to come and spend the year with us as our Resident Artist. Some of you may remember this initiative from last year, when, out of an amazing range of applications we chose visual artist Kyle Legal to join us for the year. 

Once again this opportunity is open to artists from all sorts of backgrounds and art forms.  From ballet dancers to…

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Posted on March 6, 2014 at 22:00

Interesting New International Performance Group

Here's an interesting initiative from James Tyson:

International-Peformance-Festival-Cardiff-Workshop-Group

7.30pm, Chapter, every Thursday till June

In June 2014, James Tyson (Intangible Studio) is directing a new International Performance Festival in Cardiff, at Chapter Arts Centre and around the city. The festival will provide an opportunity to engage with artists whose works…

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Posted on February 19, 2014 at 16:05

Index of Censorship: Interview with Meltem Arikan

Here's a powerful interview with Meltem Arikan  - the Turkish writer who is in exile in Wales alongside her colleagues after hostile government reactions to their bold production Mi Minor. Well worth a read. Meltem talks with great insight about the role of theatre in society, and is also a very interesting thinker about the role of digital in today's world:

"We are in a…

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Posted on February 4, 2014 at 14:06

Index of Censorship: Interview with Meltem Arikan

Here's a powerful interview with Meltem Arikan  - the Turkish writer who is in exile in Wales alongside her colleagues after hostile government reactions to their bold production Mi Minor. Well worth a read. Meltem talks with great insight about the role of theatre in society, and is also a very interesting thinker about the role of digital in today's world:

"We are in a…

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Posted on February 4, 2014 at 14:06

John McGrath, Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales

My job at National Theatre Wales is to build a community of theatre makers and theatre goers who together can create performances that change the way we look at the world. That's what great theatre does, sometimes for a moment and sometimes for a lifetime. And that's what we want to do here in Wales.

I've been a theatre director since my early twenties. The first ever show I directed (excluding embarrassing bossing around of family members and friends) was Trevor Griffith's extraordinary play 'Comedians' when I was a student. I felt that it was a play that talked about a world I understood. I loved it's punky energy as well as its real life relevance. During the interval we ran bingo games for the audience and I also realised that theatre feels best when great writing and performance combine with an audience who are alive and kicking!

I went on to work back in my hometown of Liverpool during the 80s, and I feel that there were many reflections of Wales (where I was born but only lived for a few years) in that time of desolating poverty and creative anger on Merseyside. Then I escaped to New York for a year, to train properly as a theatre director, and ended up staying for almost a decade in a city that stole my heart! I worked with some extraordinary performers and companies there and New York is the place that shaped me as a theatre director.

But it was when I arrived at Contact Theatre in Manchester in 1999 that all the bits of my life came together into an epic adventure - recreating a theatre for a young urban audience, working with artists from all over the world and, it sometimes felt, reinventing theatre on a daily basis.

In Wales, I want to apply the lessons I've learned in Liverpool, New York and Manchester in a whole new environment. I hope that the people I meet here online and throughout Wales will share ideas with me, argue with me, inspire me and challenge me, and that together we will create a new national theatre that is like nothing anyone has seen before!

I'm on twitter @john_ntw

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Simon Coates commented on John McGrath's group Creatives
"For all those making work in the realms of Live Art - have a look at my blog post Deadline 28th Apr."
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Simon Harris commented on John McGrath's group Writers
"Further to Matt's post, this may be of interest: http://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/2014/apr/15/stage-tips-touring-theatre-internationally Fiona Baxter is coming to talk at Producer's Place…"
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Effisfor Flannery commented on John McGrath's group National Theatre Wales TEAM
"The Good Earth is a new play in development by Fragments and NTW Emerging Director Rachael Boulton, showing at the Wales Millennium Centre this Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm. Because NTW has played such a supporting role with the piece,…"
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Matt Ball commented on John McGrath's group Writers
"I think it's interesting this conversation is happening in the Writers group, I'm going to flag it up in the Producers group. Its also worth noting that there's a group called Producers Place, where Wales based producers are…"
Monday
Jack Ayres commented on John McGrath's group Actors
"Last chance to book an audition slot for Dry Mouth Theatre's debut production of Death of a Salesman at The Gate this summer!Holding another round of auditions at The Gower pub between 2-4 tomorrow!It's a great opportunity for young people…"
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Kaite O'Reilly commented on John McGrath's group Writers
"@Greg: I think this is a great analysis. How to proceed, indeed. My question would be who might be the 'we' gathering to discuss this lack? How might 'we' go about creating this infrastructure and who should be involved? ACW and…"
Monday
Greg Cullen commented on John McGrath's group Writers
"Shock n Awe will, in the next three months, finally pay off the debt incurred by performing "Muscle" at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011, at which we won the Herald Angel Award and were nominated for two others. Whaddyahavetodo?!  The…"
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Actors

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Rowena Louise Bernice Scurlock commented on John McGrath's group Actors
"Hello all! Leftfield theatre's production "modern living" is on at the Urdd hall, wales millenium centre. Tickets are £5/£3 and are available via Modernliving.ticketsource.co.uk Thank you"
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Kaite O'Reilly commented on John McGrath's group Writers
"@John. The Llanarth Group has had some success touring internationally with 'Told by the Wind' (The Grotowski Institute, Poland; Dance Centre Chicago USA; Evora Festival, Portugal; Theatre Babylon, Tokyo, TanzFabrik, Berlin - where I am…"
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John McGrath commented on Justin Teddy Cliffe's blog post Tin Shed Theatre: I spoke to a man about Newport - NEW AND EMERGING ART SPACES AND INITIATIVES
"Just read your blog Justin - it's really exciting to hear about all the projects and spaces emerging in Newport. Interestingly, yesterday I had a meeting with a man about Newport too, and much the same story emerged - anarchic, ground-up…"
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Tom Holloway commented on John McGrath's group Writers
"Can I just say the Australia has a huge festival culture, with each major city having an international performing arts festival of significant size and a range of adjoining fringe festivals. In fact both large scale and small scale shows often come…"
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Guy O'Donnell commented on John McGrath's group Writers
"Hi Greg I agree, 'Welsh Theatre cannot attract national critics in the way Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh can.' There are very few opportunities for new and emerging critics from Wales to develop and promote…"
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John McGrath commented on John McGrath's group Writers
"I think this is a very important point Greg. it's been great to see ACW and other agencies embracing a Welsh presence in Edinburgh in recent years - and to see the success of independent companies like Shock n Awe and Gagglebabble there.…"
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What I do:
Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales
A little more about me:
Theatre Director, trained in New York, currently working with artists across Wales and beyond to create a new National Theatre in Wales.
Location:
Wales
Projects I’m working on:
The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning NTW18
In Water I'm Weightless NTW20
Personal Website/CV:
http://nationaltheatrewales.org
Twitter @username:
john_ntw

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At 12:07 on March 14, 2014, Sam Harding said…
Hey John. I remember chatting to you about NTW casting not long ago, and following up from that I've seen the breakdown Sarah Leigh put out yesterday. Again its a case of ticking boxes, army training, Cardiff base, musical/dance ability, etc. Really hope I get a chance to audition for ou guys this time!

All the best.
At 11:40 on March 5, 2014, Phil Croskin said…

Got a lot out of the workshop last Sunday, John.

I hope you did too!

Many thanks.

Phil Croskin

At 11:38 on February 27, 2014, Nerea Martinez de Lecea said…

Hi John, Here's the link to yesterdays BBC show I was on. If you scroll to about 130mins, you'll find the BHC feature (and eventually, me) X http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03wg07c

At 13:19 on January 15, 2014, Ailsa Richardson said…

I didn't say where I am based - in Mountain Ash, between Pontypridd and Aberdare.

At 13:17 on January 15, 2014, Ailsa Richardson said…

Have been meaning to make contact since NTW began and a conversation with Carl Lavery has pushed me into action - he said 'I must talk to you'. I do find the approaches you have been finding in NTW inspiring and imaginative so its about time I got in touch! I grew up in West Wales and have been active making work as director and performer in the South West and Wales since 1996. For various reasons in the last 6 years I have been more engaged with teaching and research. I think it is time now to make work, be a practitioner again, I have a number of ideas which are perhaps 'at the edges of theatre' that I would like to develop, and am wondering how I might weave something into the NTW net(work). Could we have a chat sometime as I am not sure how my experience and skills best fit into the different channels of development you have at NTW? You can see some information on my profile page and my website is www.ailsarichardson.com Best, Ailsa 

At 7:41 on July 28, 2013, Leslie Herman Jones said…

Would like to know more about In Water I'm Weightless NTW20. Can you direct me to this please?

Thanks

At 20:25 on February 3, 2013, Jan Miller said…

Hi John - didn't get a chance to say hello or even goodbye yesterday... we'd had a punishing journey down on the rugby train and were under pressure to shove back on to get home again - 2 carriages! can you believe it???   we survived standing for 2 hours and got seats around Ludlow... despite that, Film Team had an amazing time - thanks again to you all for a fantastic party! 

At 12:43 on December 12, 2012, Ray Thomas said…

Hello John,

Really interested in getting more involved with NTW, despite my age! Any advice about Group/s to join please? Acting and Directing work to date mainly with schools, Colleges, and some Adult groups, but keen to do more and to network! Have offered to work on a voluntary basis at NTW if appropriate and required.

At 10:35 on September 8, 2012, Wendy Hubbard said…

Many thanks John

Wendy

At 18:07 on August 14, 2012, Kelly Jones said…
Hey John
Hope you are well. Have noticed people commenting about the BBC writers award, I havent received anything in the post- when should I hear by?
Kelly x
 
 
 

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