Matt Ball
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  • Cardiff
  • United Kingdom
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What I do:
Theatre Maker
A little more about me:
Freelance theatre maker based in Cardiff & former Creative Associate National Theatre Wales 2011-13.
From 2006-11 I was Artistic Director of Camden People's Theatre. I've worked as a director, writer, performer, dramaturg, production manager and lectured on theatre history.
Most of the work I make is devised, and have made work for theatres, sites and audio pieces - the form and location dictated by the idea.
I'm really interested in creative processes and how people make work; I'd like to see people being more open about how they make work.
Location:
Cardiff is home, but wherever I happen to be right now...
Projects I’m working on:
The Girl with Incredibly Long Hair
This used to be a Zoo
Sylv
Lead Creative Schools Scheme
Producers Place
and other things ...
Personal Website/CV:
http://www.mattball.me
Twitter @username:
mattballsays

Latest Activity

Matt Ball commented on National Theatre Wales's group Actors
Jul 10
Matt Ball is attending Gavin Porter's event
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RATS (Rose Against The System at The Wales Millennium Centre

June 2, 2017 at 7:30pm to June 3, 2017 at 7:30pm
The Butetown Rats have been planning the takeover of Cardiff Bay for generations and now it is time to unveil their plans.A small tail about a young Rat who is about to go through her family's traditional initiation. Her right of passage is to steal something from the humans, that she can not eat, what ever she finds will become her name. Born into a world of set traditions she struggles with her identity.On her adventure she encounters other Rats that show her what freedom is all about.A black…See More
May 23
Nia Wyn Skyrme commented on Matt Ball's group WalesLab
"Hiya.Just a reminder that Light Waves Dark Skies opens in Chapter tomorrow night at 8pm. The production started as a Waleslab project almost 2 years ago. http://www.chapter.org/light-waves-dark-skies http://wemadethis.org.uk/ Would be great to see…"
Nov 29, 2016
Nia Wyn Skyrme commented on Matt Ball's group WalesLab
"Light Waves Dark Skies first started as a Waleslab project almost 2 years ago by Matt Ball. I was connected to Matt and the project through the Emerging Producer scheme. We are really excited that it's now started rehearsals and going into…"
Nov 7, 2016
George Soave joined Matt Ball's group
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WalesLab

WalesLab is no longer receiving submission. This page is an archive and a place for dicussion on previous WaleSLab projects.If you'd like to get in touch with someone about WalesLab, please contact Simon Coates, Creative Associate. For more info on the projects we've supported you can see the links on the right hand side. You can join the group to be kept up to date about projects as they continue to change and to see notifications of future opportunities.See More
Nov 4, 2016
Matt Ball is attending Kelly Barr's event
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Light Waves Dark Skies at Chapter Arts Centre

November 30, 2016 at 8pm to December 3, 2016 at 9pm
Two parents pack up their lives and drive away from the roaring sea that stole their child. To escape the memories that water stirs, they flee inland and look to the night sky, seeking solace in the darkness. But with every salty tear they shed, the sea calls them back. They can’t escape.  Two parents trying to cope by starting again; but as memories come flooding back, emotions swell and relationships get caught in the undertow. Light Waves Dark Skies is a new work by We Made This, exploring…See More
Nov 2, 2016
Matt Ball is attending Kelly Barr's event
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Light Waves Dark Skies at Pontardawe Arts Centre

November 23, 2016 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Two parents pack up their lives and drive away from the roaring sea that stole their child. To escape the memories that water stirs, they flee inland and look to the night sky, seeking solace in the darkness. But with every salty tear they shed, the sea calls them back. They can’t escape. Two parents trying to cope by starting again; but as memories come flooding back, emotions swell and relationships get caught in the undertow.Light Waves Dark Skies is a new work by We Made This, exploring the…See More
Nov 2, 2016
Laura Moy joined Matt Ball's group
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WalesLab

WalesLab is no longer receiving submission. This page is an archive and a place for dicussion on previous WaleSLab projects.If you'd like to get in touch with someone about WalesLab, please contact Simon Coates, Creative Associate. For more info on the projects we've supported you can see the links on the right hand side. You can join the group to be kept up to date about projects as they continue to change and to see notifications of future opportunities.See More
Oct 18, 2016
Simon Coates commented on Matt Ball's group WalesLab
"The Jerwood Foundation are trying to find out how much it costs to get started in the arts and creative sector, looking at the past 10 years. They've put together a super short and simple questionnaire (it to me literally 1 min)…"
Oct 4, 2016
Matt Ball commented on Devinda De Silva's group Rethinking Education
"I'm on the lookout for a creative practitioner to work with a Primary School in Newport on a project about China. More details in this…"
Sep 7, 2016
Matt Ball commented on Matt Ball's group WalesLab
"I'm on the lookout for a creative practitioner to work with a Primary School in Newport on a project about China. More details in this…"
Sep 7, 2016
Matt Ball commented on National Theatre Wales's group Creatives
"I'm looking for a creative practitioner to work on a project in a Newport Primary school - more details in this post:  http://community.nationaltheatrewales.org/profiles/blogs/job-creative-practitioner-for-project-in-newport-school"
Sep 7, 2016
Matt Ball posted a blog post

JOB: Creative Practitioner for project in Newport School

We're looking for a creative practitioner to work on a project in Newport Primary SchoolTaking China as our starting point, we want to take Year 3 (8/9 year olds) pupils on a journey to a different culture. We want our explorers to know what it takes to traverse the Great Wall, take part in Tai Chi classes, be able to say a few phrases in Mandarin, learn a Beijing Opera fan dance, take part in a tea ceremony, and learn how to make and use a processional dragon.We want to engage the children in…See More
Sep 7, 2016
Matt Ball commented on National Theatre Wales's group Writers
"*PAID WORK CLAXON* Hi All, I’m currently working in a primary school in Cardiff through the Lead Creative Schools scheme and we’re looking for a playwright and/or drama facilitator to work with the students to create a new piece of…"
Aug 3, 2016
Emrys Barnes commented on Matt Ball's group WalesLab
"Hi friends! For the past few months I've been working with WNO on an innovative modern opera all about student activism. This is the biggest project I've ever worked on, and I highly recommend it. Tickets for under 30s are just £5,…"
Jul 13, 2016
Simon Coates commented on Matt Ball's group WalesLab
"CALL OUT FOR CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN UK AND SOUTH AFRICA British Council South Africa have launched an open call for applications for artists/digital creatives to be a part of the CONNECT/ ZA programme. More info…"
Jun 28, 2016

Matt Ball's Blog

JOB: Creative Practitioner for project in Newport School

We're looking for a creative practitioner to work on a project in Newport Primary School

Taking China as our starting point, we want to take Year 3 (8/9 year olds) pupils on a journey to a different culture. We want our explorers to know what it takes to traverse the Great Wall, take part in Tai Chi classes, be able to say a few phrases in Mandarin, learn a Beijing Opera fan dance, take part in a tea ceremony, and learn how to make and use a processional dragon.

We want to…

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Posted on September 7, 2016 at 14:51

Experiments in co-writing

"Once upon a time, there was a father and son, and a mum."

I wasn’t expecting to write something that began “once upon a time” then again, I wasn’t expecting to write something at all.

I’m not a writer – but over the years I’ve co-written lots of performance text.…

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Posted on June 22, 2016 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Looking for an animator/ theatre maker/ Creative technologist or visual artist (PAID)

As part of the Lead Creative Schools Scheme I'm working with St Paul's Primary in Grangetown, Cardiff. We're currently looking to appoint a Creative Practitioner to work on a Numeracy project around time, distance & speed with a group of Year 1 & 4 students next term.

We want to be messy, fun and active. We might want to ride trikes in the playground, use the gym apparatus in the hall, or build a working plane out of Lego; learning should be through creative experiments and…

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Posted on December 1, 2015 at 15:03

Light is like... R&D

Next week is the third, and final, r&d week on Light is like....

Last year we spent a week making initial explorations of the material and language we were working in - visual, aural, verbal, humour…

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Posted on July 10, 2015 at 12:50 — 2 Comments

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At 13:32 on July 2, 2014, Chinatsu Kato said…

Hi, Matt-san!

This is Chinatsu from Underground Airport.

Thanks for adding me as a friend!

I don't know if you remember me from the lecture you did in British Council Tokyo last year, I was there and asked a couple of questions then.

I feel grateful and so thrilled that our company is going to take a part in Waleslab this summer. 

Can't wait to see you all there!

Speak to you soon:)

At 12:05 on May 22, 2013, ELICA MIWA said…

Hi, Matt.  Thank you for the info.  I came to know about it thru twitter, and that's how I found this community.  I'll definitely submit my plan, crossing fingers.

At 16:38 on April 10, 2013, Yosuke Tomita said…

Hi, Matt-san.

It was nice to see you today and thank you for introducing info about The Opportunity of Efficiency. I will check them and other info in this community, and then, I'll consider my next step.

Enjoy your stay in Japan!

Yosuke

At 9:41 on February 5, 2013, Danielle Fahiya said…

Hi Matt lovely to meet you last night at the Artangel Open event! Good to get talking to you regarding the Wales Lab initiative...will def be getting my application over to you soon! Did you by chance get to read the proposal/idea we left with you? Regards, Danielle

At 13:07 on January 16, 2013, Ross Leadbeater said…

Hi Matt. Hope the meeting with the assistant directors went well. I'm sorry I couldnt make it! Spk soon. 

At 11:38 on September 10, 2012, Buddug James Jones said…

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

At 10:12 on September 10, 2012, Jamie Wood said…

Yes got it thanks mate. And congratulations!!

At 8:07 on September 8, 2012, Wendy Hubbard said…

Morning! Me again. I think I'm being inept, but could you point me in the direction of the application materials for WalesLab? Gradually cooking up a plan.

Thankyou, Wx

At 21:08 on September 7, 2012, Wendy Hubbard said…

Hey Matt!

How nice to see you (in cyber form at least).  And yes I'm Bangor-born, Caernarfon-bred. Far from home. Currently have the immense delight of working with Gemma Brockis on the first stages of a thing about (what is known as) the English Revolution. Its v. exciting. How are you?

At 9:03 on July 20, 2012, Elise Davison said…

Hi Matt - do you know the dates for the next round of Waleslab applications? many thanks Elise

 
 
 

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