Some of you may remember a visit to NTW a couple of years ago by Kosovan Playwright Jeton Neziraj. He's been a busy man since then and I thought people would be interested to read a very informative interview with him that was conducted by Margarita Russolello as part of New York's Between the Seas Festival, where his play 'One Flew Over the Kosovo Theatre' is receiving its North American…Continue
Posted on August 14, 2014 at 13:32
NTW, BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Writersroom are all thrilled to be launching the 2014 Wales Drama Award.
With a first prize of £10,000, and two runners up prizes of £1,000, the award is unique in accepting entries in any full-length drama format - including, TV, theatre, film, radio, digital - underlining the versatility of today's writers across many media, and the wealth of platforms available to them.
The competition is open to any writer residing in Wales. Writers must…Continue
Posted on July 22, 2014 at 11:00
Following an exciting discussion about dramaturgy in Wales inspired by last year's Dirty, Gifted and Welsh event and continued in our online Writers' Group, NTW has now appointed a group of six dramaturgs to work with the company over the next year supporting writers and exploring the characteristics of theatre writing in Wales. We had an…Continue
Posted on July 21, 2014 at 16:47
As a result of last years’ Dirty, Gifted and Welsh event, and a very interesting follow up discussion in the Writers Group on this network, I’m pleased to announce today that NTW is setting up a new Dramaturgy Project, to explore the role of the dramaturg in theatre in general and NTW in particular.
The group will involve six ‘dramaturgs’ – four of them playwrights and two not. The group will meet…Continue
Posted on May 18, 2014 at 18:30 — 3 Comments
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…Continue
Posted on March 27, 2014 at 10:00
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