Ray Thomas
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  • Vale of Glamorgan
  • United Kingdom
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What I do:
Supporting artiste work - Da Vinci's Demons; Casualty; Torchwood; Ironclad; Y Pris; actor and director with Everyman, Cardiff
A little more about me:
Retired teacher (HoD - Secondary) and Lecturer (F.E.) - Drama/ Theatre/ Performing Arts in UK and Singapore; enjoy acting but prefer directing; interested and involved since the age of 16; drummer and backing vocalist in a variety of bands (over 26 years of experience) again in UK and Singapore. Also 18 years working in Community Education, as a Senior Manager, for Somerset County Council. Drama and Theatre Training/ Workshops in UK (Gest Train) and in Singapore. One professional stage appearance - "Hysteria" at The Northcott Theatre, Exeter (Dir. Kate Saxon). First Theatre Director of the school-based 525-seat "Community Theatre" (now Medina Theatre/ Mountbatten Centre) - Newport, Isle of Wight.
Location:
Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan.
Projects I’m working on:
Having just directed near sell-out performances of "Our Town" - Everyman, Cardiff - (Chapter Arts Centre, March 2014), I am now working on "Everyman's Theatre Lab - The Melting Pot" - an initiative aiming to help re-energise the Company by a programme of skills development, experimenting, creating new work, training - with professional input; applying for funding and looking for support and help with this. Hoping to build on our participation in RSC's "Open Stages" by building more bridges between amateur and professional elements of our business.
Hoping to engage with an/other local company/ies eg "Dirty Protest" in some capacity; interested in any possible Voluntary work on offer with NTW.
Having secured permission to stage the UK premiere of "Crusade", a musical production, written by Dr Amy McGrath and staged only in Australia to date, a meeting scheduled with her in Sydney did not happen in March 2013. Project now on hold.
Studying for M.A. in Drama at University of South Wales from September 2013. Due to end with major production - Sept/ Oct 2014.
Personal Website/CV:
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Everyman Theatre, Cardiff - Workshop on "The Role of Director" - postponed.

Due to circumstances beyond our control and in light of the extremely busy period ahead of Everyman Theatre Company, Cardiff, the proposed "DIRECTING" session scheduled for Friday 29 May has been postponed until we re-group from September onwards! Apologies for any inconvenience which this may cause. Thank you for your support of "Melting Pot" - the Company's Training and Development arm - to date. 
Ray Thomas, on behalf of the Planning Group.

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 15:33

CALL - local professional DIRECTOR to lead Workshop/ Session for Everyman Theatre Company, Cardiff

Everyman Theatre Company, Cardiff is currently organising a programme of Training and Development and has set aside Friday 29 May (from 7.30 pm) for a Workshop/ Session titled "The Role of a Theatre Director". The event will target current, new, or potential Company members, who may be interested in Directing for Everyman in the future.

 

This will be paid work and we are seeking a professional Director – preferably living/ working locally – to deliver the session. The selected…

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Posted on April 23, 2015 at 15:39

"Our Town" Casting issue

Sorry - last blog should read "for the next 9 days" and not "12". Many thanks, Ray T

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 2:03

Everyman Theatre's "Our Town" - Chapter Arts Centre from 11 to 15 March - Cast replacement required

Hi!

 

CASTING ISSUE – EVERYMAN THEATRE’S “OUR TOWN” – CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE; TUIESDAY 11 TO SATURDAY 15 MARCH 2014.

 

One of the young people in the cast of “Our Town” has just fractured his leg, so will be unable to participate in the production. Just recently, in the light of other potential issues, I have tried - through various avenues - to recruit young people for roles with no success. This includes the whole of Everyman Youth Theatre, asking…

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Posted on March 7, 2014 at 1:32

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At 12:28 on May 1, 2017, Mathilde Lopez said…

Hi Ray, I've just noticed a message from you back in ...2015! I am so sorry I somehow missed it, it was about workshops for everyman theatre, I am sure you have found someone by now! Anyhow, please contact me on my company email if you need anything mathildelopez@august012.co.uk and again I am so sorry M

At 9:54 on January 1, 2016, Sianna Reader said…

Hi Ray. 

Thank you for the replying to my post. I am looking for all kinds of work in theatre, be it professional or amateur. I will look into the companies you suggested. 

All the best for the new year. 

Sianna. 

At 15:50 on December 16, 2015, Anna Poole said…

Hi Ray, 

Thank you for getting in touch, it's really lovely to hear from you.  I would love to meet up and chat about this further.  If you send me an email we can sort out when, my email is annapoole88@gmail.com. 

All the best, 

Anna 

At 15:55 on August 5, 2014, Simon Coates said…

Hi Ray

Really happy to meet about this. Why don't you drop me an email to work out when.

At 9:36 on April 28, 2014, Simon Coates said…

HI Ray

I'm shaping up these ideas at the moment but when i have a better idea of how we will be moving forward I will post info the Community. Happy for you to give me a call to discuss.

Hope that's ok.

At 22:42 on October 23, 2013, Mia Sands said…

Hi,
I am a Newport Film student currently producing my second year experimental film. I have posted a discussion on the actors group for an open casting and the Director and I have also been looking through the group for actors who fit the brief. 
We are please to inform you that we are interested in you for one of the parts and would like to invite you to a casting this Friday at 5pm in the Newport University city campus NP20 2BP. If you are unavailable for this please let me know as we are aware this isn't much notice and so might possibly be holding another casting next week for those who can't make it. The brief is as follows:
The first brief is for a troubled Young Man having to care for his dying father, He is angry and confused about his father's bizarre, fatalistic behaviour and is, at first, not able to understand what his father is trying to tell him. He numbs himself through his obsession with horror films and alcohol and drug use. He is frightened and has no idea how to deal with what's happening to his dad, with whom he has never been able to communicate.
The second brief is for an Older Man who is suffering with pain, fear and hallucinations related to his oncoming death. He is trying to tell his son that he knows he will die soon and that there is nothing he can do about it but does so in an obtuse, confrontational way involving childish behaviour and too close-to-the-bone humour.
There is a pivotal scene where the 2 come to an understanding after a sort-of fight whilst the father is in the bath but refusing to co-operate. This will be quite physically demanding and require nudity from the Older Man.
Given that this is a student project, unfortunately we are able to pay expenses only but food will be provided on set everyday. It's a 3 day shoot from the 16-18th of November. Although this may be subject to change.
Please contact us if you have any questions. Also if you are able to attend the casting could you provide us with an email so that I can send you a copy of the script.
Many thanks,
Mia Sands
mia.ceinwen@hotmail.co.uk

At 12:44 on January 3, 2013, Anna Poole said…

Hi Ray,

Welcome to TEAM!

Have a look around the group to see if there are any opportunities you are interested in and to see what other TEAM members are up to around Wales. If you would like to know more about TEAM please feel free to contact me via the community or send me an e-mail to annapoole@nationaltheatrewales.org.

Happy New Year and I hope to hear from you.

Best,

Anna

At 21:59 on December 16, 2012, Buddug James Jones said…

Hi Ray! Thanks for your interest! I think I might look for something to do around mid January for the next Critical Chinwag so keep an eye on the group page in the new year as I'll be keeping that updated.

Thanks!

Buddug

At 20:01 on December 12, 2012, carmen medway-stephens said…

small world, yes, glad you got it back, thanks again

At 19:09 on December 12, 2012, carmen medway-stephens said…

Have had a look but I'll ask now if any of the writers picked it up, Thanks for coming along and supporting, yes a great new writing night

 
 
 

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