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Gavin Porter commented on Matt the Hat's blog post Going out with a bang on November 5th... Goodbye National Theatre Wales
"Matt, its often talked about how John Mcgrath shaped NTW and I think Phil George as well as the original team  - Catrin, Catherine, Dev, Mathilde, Lucy etc - are also a big part of what NTW is. But the 'vibe' you mention, the…"
Nov 1, 2016
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Going out with a bang on November 5th... Goodbye National Theatre Wales

Dear friends, As Head of Communication for National Theatre Wales I am writing this post to let you know that I will be leaving the organisation at the end of this week on 5th November 2016.We launched the first season of work with a live webcast on the same date seven years ago in 2009 and what an incredible journey it’s been! Then, I was an unconventional choice for Head of Communication but, so was the company - with maverick ambitions…See More
Oct 31, 2016
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Snowdon - Wales is a wonder...

Somebody sent me this great photo of Wales from outer space i really love how you can see all of the landscape, valleys and mountains. You can see how impassable mid-wales can be and why the roads twist and turn. You can also see how easy it is to be up a mountain, on a beach or walking in…See More
Nov 20, 2015
Matt the Hat commented on Rhian Lewis's group The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion
"So this morning we got to meet the full team making The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion and you guys are in for a treat, costume and set will be out of this world - Welcome to Pixel Valley Folks.. "
Nov 16, 2015
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The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion

The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion 16 December/Rhagfyr 2015 - 2 January/Ionawr 2016SWALEC, Cardiff/CaerdyddThis Christmas, take a trip to Pixel Valley, a magical world filled with positive vibes, colourful, mixed up characters and badminton.  Come on an adventure with Polar Pear, Sledgehog, Cheffyl and the larger than life insatiable, inflatable Candylion… what will become of life in the valley when negative vibes take over the town?Musicians and actors collide in this immersive production…See More
Nov 16, 2015
Matt the Hat commented on Rhian Lewis's event 'The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion'
"So this morning we got to meet the full team making The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion and you guys are in for a treat, costume and set will be out of this world - Welcome to Pixel Valley Folks.. "
Nov 16, 2015
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How to stay a Pirate - Six years ago on November 5th we launched our very first season of work.

 When I meet people working in theatre or the creative industry they often ask me what it's like working for National Theatre Wales and I tell them that NTW gives you the opportunity to be a Pirate.What I mean by this is that the organisation allows you to take risks, to challenge the status quo, to hijack and steal ideas, to be light, adaptable and to change the course of the ship.Today marks six years that a bunch of pirates launched the vision for a season of work for a new type of…See More
Nov 5, 2015
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Sustainability

From Monday 10 - Friday 14 August, here at National Theatre Wales we launched #NTWGreenWeek.Our commitment to Wales extends beyond its venues, communities and talent, to its future. Every decision we make, be it in programming, production, communications, or administration, is put through a rigorous sustainability test.We'll continue sharing what we're up to, interesting stories and thoughts as we take what we learnt during the week forward.You can share your thoughts and ideas here too,…See More
Aug 10, 2015
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Arts Marketing & Media Creatives

A group to share your work and latest discoveries. Discuss challenges and new developments with your professional network.  ARTS MARKETING Head/Directors of Marketing CommunicationsHeads of press and PRMarketing/Communications ManagersDigital Marketing ManagersBox Office ManagersDigital Marketing/Communications OfficersMarketing/Communications AssistantsPress Assistants MEDIA CREATIVES PhotographersFilmmakersDigital CreativesArt DirectorsCreative Directors Web Production Designers Social Media…See More
Jun 16, 2015
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ILIAD

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
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Mar 2, 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
Nov 7, 2014
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Mametz

The second show in National Theatre Wales' Year of Surprises... This large-scale, site-specific production performed in an ancient woodland near Usk, Monmouthshire, will give audiences a vivid glimpse into life – and death – in the trenches and battlefields of the Somme.Inspired by Welsh writer Owen Sheers’ poem Mametz Wood, it will draw on written material by the poets who fought in or witnessed one of the war’s bloodiest conflicts - the Battle of Mametz Wood, in which 4,000 of the the 38th…See More
Mar 27, 2014
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Raw Material: Llareggub Revisited

The first production of National Theatre Wales' fourth year - a star-studded, multi-platform, site-specific reimagining of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, featuring theatrical installations across the town of Laugharne, and pre-recorded performances from some of Wales’ best-known actors and singers. Created by Marc Rees and Jon Tregenna. 3rd-5th May 2014.See More
Feb 4, 2014
Matt the Hat commented on Katherine Jewkes's blog post Once upon a time in a Silly Kingdom far, far away…
"What ever happened to all those happy ever afters ?  fallenprincesses"
Dec 14, 2013
Amelia Forsbrook commented on Matt the Hat's group Arts Marketing & Media Creatives
"It's out of Wales, but please pass this vacancy on to people who might be interested. I'm sick of sitting opposite an empty chair. Cheers! Dancers Pro Web Admin Position..."
Aug 14, 2013

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What I do:
Communications Director, National Theatre Wales
A little more about me:
How long long do you sit in a traffic jam before you decide to take an alternative route? Most people are content with staying put on the highway, happy with the familiarity of the long straight, better than the unpredictability and uncertainty of a new route. I have always followed the road less travelled, breaking traditions, boundaries, rules, conventions in the delivery of exciting projects and campaigns. Get out of the traffic jam!
Location:
Cardiff, Wales
Projects I’m working on:
National Theatre Wales 2015 Strategy
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http://nationaltheatrewales.org
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Going out with a bang on November 5th... Goodbye National Theatre Wales

Dear friends, 

As Head of Communication for National Theatre Wales I am writing this post to let you know that I will be leaving the organisation at the end of this week on 5th November 2016.

We launched the first season of work with a live webcast on the same date…

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Posted on October 31, 2016 at 16:38 — 1 Comment

Snowdon - Wales is a wonder...

Somebody sent me this great photo of Wales from outer space i really love how you can see all of the landscape, valleys and mountains. You can see how impassable mid-wales can be and why the roads twist and turn. 

You can also see…

Continue

Posted on November 20, 2015 at 11:28

How to stay a Pirate - Six years ago on November 5th we launched our very first season of work.

 

When I meet people working in theatre or the creative industry they often ask me what it's like working for National Theatre Wales and I tell them that NTW gives you the opportunity to be a Pirate.

What I mean by this is that the organisation allows you to take risks, to challenge the status quo, to hijack and steal ideas, to be light, adaptable and to change the course of the ship.

Today marks six years that a bunch of pirates launched the…

Continue

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 15:00

Could you be a Promoter for Tonypandemonium ?

Do you know the Rhondda like no one else ?

National Theatre Wales want to work with you this Sept/Oct. We’re in Treorchy for the whole of October with our show “Tonypandemonium” handmade at the Park and Dare Theatre. 

We have loads of opportunities to get involved with National Theatre Wales and to play your part. We need someone who can shout loud enough so that everyone knows whats up and has a chance to get involved, but we need your local knowledge…

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Posted on August 7, 2013 at 11:30

The Do Lectures - Ideas Change Everything

I have been asked to write a post about the 'Do Lectures' which I attended last weekend. Normally I would shy away from such things as I am not much of a writer, my grammer is bad and my spelling even worse so apologies in advance. I am going to keep it pretty short, 5 simple points and a few photos as that will help pad it out. 

1. The Do Lectures - Talks that inspire action 

The Do Lectures is an annual event that takes place…

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Posted on May 1, 2013 at 14:30

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At 15:05 on April 17, 2013, Chloe Rickard said…

Hi Matt,

I was wondering if I could pick your brains about press/PR agencies/freelancers? Do NTW use them? Or is all your PR done in house?

Would be amazing if you have time for a quick chat

My number's 01872 267910

Cheers,

Chloe Rickard

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At 17:07 on December 8, 2011, Lisa Baxter said…

You know - I always compare my path in life to the wiggly line ... and I'm happy with where intuition, happy accident, dogged determination and a willingness to take note of serendipity has taken me. A case in point - just returned from a trip to Sweden where I met some inspirational folks - a meeting which probably result in another twist in my tale. And that is what makes life rich and exciting!

At 11:39 on December 8, 2011, James Thomas said…

Thanks for the welcome comment... but it seems I'm not actually a member of the group yet!

At 17:21 on September 1, 2011, James O'Donnell said…
And thank you for accepting. 
At 7:35 on August 23, 2011, James O'Donnell said…
Hello Mr Hat! I really need to rectify this once a year meet thing. As soon as I find myself in the diff for any reason I'll nip over. Keep the email coming and keep up the good work. Jim
At 11:46 on July 8, 2009, Catherine Paskell said…
That would be fantastic! Count me in, free-diary-space pending! I'd love to be The Prisoner for the day :)
At 10:38 on July 8, 2009, Catherine Paskell said…
Hiya - just wondering if Cinecabagogo is only on at Blysh for the last Sunday? I really want to take part but am in London that weekend for a friend's hen party! Noooo...! x
At 11:53 on June 29, 2009, Catherine Paskell said…
So glad that you and Hannah can make it! Seeing Wildlife's work and your great website, I hope that you'll be interested in possibly developing something for the second Wales Sandpit in September! looking forward to playing with you on Thurs x
At 18:21 on June 22, 2009, National Theatre Wales said…
Hi Mat. Good to see you've joined the network. As Catherine mentions, the Hide and Seek Sandpit might be something right up your street. If you'd like to pop in at some point for a chat too, just let us know. J
At 14:57 on June 22, 2009, Catherine Paskell said…
Hello Matt the Hat! Great to see you on here and welcome to National Theatre Wales! Have you seen our Sandpit event on 2 July? It sounds like your kind of thing and Carl Morris suggested that you would know all the right sort of people that could come along to this event? It's an evening of social gaming; theatre meets games meets fun times in public places. Interested in coming along? I'd love to see you there. Also, wanted to say that I saw your band at The Globe on last bank holiday weekend and loved the whole event; the band, the rappers, the burlesque, the video, the very well priced beer! Thank you for organising such a fantastic small weekend! x
 
 
 

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