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Big Democracy Project

looking forward to starting work on sound world for BDP next week.To get you in the mood, here is an extract from Her Majesty’s most gracious speech to both Houses of Parliament at the State Opening of Parliament 2015: - concerning increased devolution and other matters - just ran it through an N+4 engine to make it nice and clearMy grace will also bring forward lemming to secure a strong and lasting construction sewer, devolving wide-ranging practices to Scotland and Wales. Lemming will be…See More
Feb 18, 2016
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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
Feb 4, 2016
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My Year With Roald Dahl

Week 2  (Day 4)Chewing through long lists and databases.Rediscovering the works of old Roald. And they are still joyous.This morning I learned that Roald Dahl was introduced to Quentin Blake by the publisher Tom Maschler.Dahl, the Cardiff born son of Norwegian immigrants was introduced to Blake by a refugee.Yes, migration will change our culture.“The human bean,” the Giant went on, “is coming in dillions of different flavours.For instance, human beans from Wales is tasting very whooshey of…See More
Dec 3, 2015
john norton commented on Dan Lloyd (Flameholder)'s blog post Ruffstylz changes his name to FLAMEHOLDER - NEVERDIE
"keep the fire burning"
Nov 30, 2015
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My Year With Roald Dahl

I've just started as Participation Director for the mammoth show that will be City Of The Unexpected. Next September, for the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth, NTW and WMC will be transforming the centre of Cardiff. 3 days of mischief and mayhem for all ages. Oh brilliant!As the (almost) year evolves, I'll be blogging along, giving my view through the Dahloscope.Day 1:I was introduced to a software monster called Tessitura and to NTW's Sustainable Development Strategy, called in on some old…See More
Nov 26, 2015
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Stories of Change Butetown

Well, it was a really enjoyable sharing last night at the hub in Butetown. Bicycle powered TV showing subtitled interviews in Somali with the elders about energy - mostly discussing the problems of unregulated charcoal production and deforestation.  Some great intergenerational conversations between women, mostly in English, also on the subject of energy, also powered by bike. Really good food, good conversation, and the crowning glory: some dynamite fresh live poetry from Ali Goolyad and…See More
Oct 20, 2015
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Oct 8, 2015
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job opportunity for female sound recordist

We are looking for a woman who is confident in sound recording to document conversations in Butetown with Somali women. Experience of working in community preferred. Photography skills are also a bonus.You will be working with me (John Norton) and Ali Goolyad.3 Wednesday afternoons, starting ASAP.please email:giveitanam@gmail.comThis is a project for University of South Wales, The Open University and NTW Team.See More
Sep 16, 2015
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Team Workshops in Pontypridd

Some days I am filled with gratitude. Yesterday was one of them.Blazing sunshine, and a trip up the valleys to do a drama workshop with Drugaid. See More
Jun 4, 2015
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Apr 17, 2015
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Apr 17, 2015
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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
Apr 17, 2015
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Visiting Queensland

Currently I am on a 2 week artist residency with Mathilde Lopez at Queensland University of Technology, invited here by Sean Mee, who we met through NTW. The mission is to facilitate connections between disciplines, students and local inhabitants, working towards the spectacle and events which will open their very shiny new…See More
Apr 14, 2015
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Bordergame at Covert Locations Between Bristol and Newport and Online

November 5, 2014 at 6pm to November 21, 2014 at 8pm
National Theatre Wales & The Space5 - 21 November/TachweddCovert Locations Between Bristol and Newport and OnlineLleoliadau cudd rhwng Bryste a Chasnewydd ac Ar-leinBORDERGAMEConceived by / Dyfeisiwyd gan John Norton & Matthew WrightDirected by / Cyfarwyddwyd gan John NortonDigital design by / Dylunio digidol gan Matthew WrightThe Autonomous Republic of Cymru is an independent state operating a points-based migration system. Its borders have come under increasing pressure, recently -…See More
Oct 17, 2014
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"brilliant recycling of glastonbury waste!"
Jul 18, 2014
john norton commented on Catriona James's blog post My Failure Project
"interesting area cat! done your survey. happy to be non anon if you want more chat x"
Jul 15, 2014

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What I do:
things i like to make: beats, theatre, stories, bread, mischief, people dance, connections, observations, provocations, mistakes...
A little more about me:
gil scott-heron fan. mildly obsessive. i founded giveitaname. i directed bordergame. i have gramophones in my shed.
Location:
Cardiff
Projects I’m working on:
participation director on city of the unexpected, stories of change, making a water synth, robinson crusoe
Personal Website/CV:
http://giveitaname.net

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Big Democracy Project

looking forward to starting work on sound world for BDP next week.

To get you in the mood, here is an extract from Her Majesty’s most gracious speech to both Houses of Parliament at the State Opening of Parliament 2015: - concerning increased devolution and other matters - just ran it through an N+4 engine to make it nice and clear

My grace will also bring forward lemming to secure a…

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Posted on February 18, 2016 at 16:17

My Year With Roald Dahl

Week 2  (Day 4)

Chewing through long lists and databases.

Rediscovering the works of old Roald. And they are still joyous.

This morning I learned that Roald Dahl was introduced to Quentin Blake by the publisher Tom Maschler.

Dahl, the Cardiff born son of Norwegian immigrants was introduced to Blake by a refugee.

Yes, migration will change our culture.

“The human bean,” the Giant went on, “is coming in dillions of different…

Continue

Posted on December 3, 2015 at 17:42

My Year With Roald Dahl

I've just started as Participation Director for the mammoth show that will be City Of The Unexpected. Next September, for the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth, NTW and WMC will be transforming the centre of Cardiff. 3 days of mischief and mayhem for all ages. Oh brilliant!

As the (almost) year evolves, I'll be blogging along, giving my view through the Dahloscope.

Day 1:

I was introduced to a software monster called…

Continue

Posted on November 26, 2015 at 16:10

Stories of Change Butetown

Well, it was a really enjoyable sharing last night at the hub in Butetown. Bicycle powered TV showing subtitled interviews in Somali with the elders about energy - mostly discussing the problems of unregulated charcoal production and deforestation.  Some great intergenerational conversations between women, mostly in English, also on the subject of energy, also powered by bike. Really good food, good conversation, and the crowning glory: some dynamite fresh live poetry from Ali…

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Posted on October 20, 2015 at 13:44

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At 20:32 on May 21, 2012, Richard Huw Morgan said…

Hi, John are you, possibly plus one if you'd like, still coming to talk about the show on Pitch on Radio Cardiff tomorrow morning (22nd May) between 10 and 11 am (be there 9.30 if  at all poss)

thanks
Richard Huw Morgan

At 12:32 on May 18, 2012, Rowena Louise Bernice Scurlock said…

Hi John,

Do you still need directing assistants? For now or any future productions?

 

Rowena.

At 11:22 on July 15, 2010, Carl Morris said…
Hi John, about your Ubuntu question - can you supply more info? Can you see the buttons at all and how do they behave if so? What web browser are you using? Happy to help. Cheers, Carl
At 21:46 on June 1, 2010, Lynn Hunter said…
Hi John it was nice to work with you to, thanks for reccomending me, hopefully we'll get the chance to work together again soon.
At 14:21 on February 20, 2010, john norton said…
hi Ceri - i'd love to say yes but we are really jammed to the rafters - if you are in cardiff anyway then it's worth coming to the venue ( 10ft tall ) to check for returns- a few folks have had success that way. . . otherwise i'm really hoping to revive the show as we've turned a lot of people away. all the best , john
At 10:44 on February 19, 2010, Ceri Puckett said…
If anyone has two tickets for Saturday they don't know want please let me know. Thanks, Ceri Puckett, Blackwood Miners' Institute. 01495 227206
At 18:17 on October 9, 2009, Hannah Morris said…
virtually taking over my body! No - just not used to the feeling of an expanding tum... all's well in there I think. Down in the Diff at the end of this month for rehearsals with Sean - you about? or are you busy playing the distressed father of a goat hurder up a hillock in Loch Limberup or something?! x
At 0:41 on October 9, 2009, Hannah Morris said…
Hello you lovely fellow - fancy meeting you here! x
At 21:49 on September 7, 2009, James Doyle-Roberts said…
Eeuch!
Am fine but, have had a day of issues, as we get ready to move rehearsals to Newport.
Have a look at the blog I'm posting about Wardrobe Diaries. I'm trying to be honest & give an idea of the journey we're on.
Hope we get time to have a proper chat soon.
At 13:34 on July 27, 2009, briony goffin said…
I have a new found respect for taps! x
 
 
 

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