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Welcome, Rachael Boulton!

Profile Information

What I do:
Founder of Motherlode Theatre & Freelance Director
A little more about me:
I mainly direct and produce new work about people and places that are underrepresented in theatre.

My work is rooted in ensemble and collaboration, though I'm always open to new ways of working and fresh ideas.

In 2016 I created, produced and directed Motherlode's first show, The Good Earth, which was warmly received in Wales and the US.

"Melodic and mournful, comic and celebratory, it's an elegy for a place that's not dead yet!" - New York Times

" Resonates around the globe" Reviews Hub NYC

"Gives a voice to the voiceless" - The Stage

We were also lucky to be shortlisted for best director and best ensemble at Wales' theatre awards in 2016.
Location:
Cardiff
Projects I’m working on:
Exodus - 2017 / 2018
I'm creating, producing and directing what will be Motherlode's second production. Development stages were presented at Bristol Old Vic in 2017, The final production will tour Wales and London in 2018. This is a co production with RCT Theatres, with with support from Creu Cymru, Chapter and Bristol Old Vic.

Previous Projects:
2017: Hard As Nails - Wales Millennium Centre
2016: The Good Earth - Wales and New York tours.
2016: Blackout - National Theatre UK, Dorfman Stage
2016: Team Director - National Theatre Wales
2015: Rhum - Riverfront Theatre
2015: Crouch,Touch,Pause,Engage - National Theatre Wales.
2013: Emerging Director - National Theatre Wales
Personal Website/CV:
http://www.motherlodetheatre.com
Twitter @username:
@raccibee @motherlodewales

Rachael boulton's Blog

The Ladies - Part Two - NTW TEAM

Last night I met with The Ladies of Mother Courage's community ensemble at the Guest Keen Club in Merthyr for our second session of R&D which explores the issue of Welsh women affected by domestic violence.

When I arrived the group were rampantly gassing (words chosen for you ladies) about Before I Leave, National Theatre Wales' current production that sees a group of people in Merthyr come together in a choir for individuals living with dementia and Alzheimer's. With the…

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Posted on June 10, 2016 at 13:10

“Women - If you could only make one show” NTW TEAM

Meet Andrea, Rhiannon, Louise, Lynnett and Mandy. 

After a year of support from NTW TEAM since being Mother Courage and Her Children’s community ensemble these five women will carry out their first stage of R&D…

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Posted on May 24, 2016 at 13:11

The Ladies - Supported by NTW TEAM

Back last May John McGrath directed Mother Courage and Her Children - a gutsy, anarchic, defiantly twenty-first century version of what's been named by many the greatest play of the twentieth century.

Taking over the Merthyr Labour Club along with National Theatre Wales was a cast of nine vivacious actresses and a community ensemble of strong local women.

The community ensemble found and cast by Rhiannon…

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Posted on January 27, 2016 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

Director looking to collaborate with emerging writer

Are you a writer working on a new idea and want to get it on it's feet?

I'm looking to collaborate with an emerging Welsh or Wales based writer who is working on their next piece.

The aim of this…

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Posted on October 21, 2015 at 16:06 — 2 Comments

The Good Earth - Pulling Together

It's been a pleasure this past two weeks working with an incredible cast and company on The Good Earth, my first show as a director and from my new company Motherlode. 

This week we had the very sad news of one of our actresses not being able to be a part of the show. With such little rehearsal time there wasn't much we could do apart from me stepping into the role. It's something I never anticipated, and is a tremendous challenge, wearing three hats at once and trying to fill the…

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Posted on August 27, 2015 at 8:04

Crouch on The Road

It's been a few weeks now since NTW's co-production with Out of Joint, Sherman Cymru and the Arcola has left Wales and gone on the road "up England".

So far, it's reviews have been incredible 

★★★★★

“Brilliant. It wrenches the gut and makes the soul sing… Staggeringly moving” - The Times

Assistant director on the show, the lessons learned from both…

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Posted on April 27, 2015 at 21:12

International Women's Day Actor Workshops

Motherlode is leading a free two day professional workshop for actresses at the Riverfront Theatre for International Women's Day 2015.

We'll work intensively for two days exploring ensemble work, improvisation and song, finishing…

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Posted on March 1, 2015 at 16:00

CROUCH, TOUCH, PAUSE, ENGAGE Rehearsal Pics.

CROUCH, TOUCH, PAUSE, ENGAGE opened at Sherman Cymru last night after five weeks of rehearsals. Here are a few pics from rehearsals which took place at Out Of Joint's studio in London. More to come!…

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Posted on February 20, 2015 at 12:15

Strong & Feisty Actors required for R&D - Paid Opportunity.

Some of you may have seen Sarah Jane Leigh's recent blog post inviting applications from actors to join the Motherlode Ensemble.

As Motherlode can now confirm we've been successful in our Arts Council of Wales Application for our new project RHUM, we'd like to meet actors for the projects…

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Posted on October 28, 2014 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

The Good Earth - Live on BBC Wales Radio Tonight

Myself and the cast of The Good Earth are excited to be chatting and singing live on BBC Wales Art Show tonight at 6:30pm, so please tune in if you fancy hearing a bit more of this...…

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Posted on April 9, 2014 at 6:49

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At 12:12 on May 23, 2016, Sarah Jones said…

Hi Rachel, Whats the best address to email you on? Cheers Sarah Jones

At 21:20 on December 1, 2015, BEE RICHARDS said…

hello rachel, I have the synopsis, the characters and the scenes of a play written. Not started on the script yet.  Best wishes Bee Richards

At 14:33 on October 30, 2014, Sion Meilir said…

Hi Rachel

Thanks for getting in touch I sent my c.v away to the address you listed.

Thanks,

Sion

At 13:40 on October 29, 2014, Sion Meilir said…

Hi Rachel,

Hope all is well. I have tried sending an email with regards to auditioning for Rhum but the email you have listed doesn't work. Would it be possible to have a new email address to send my cv and headshot along to.

Thanks,

Sion

 
 
 

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