March 2010 Blog Posts (115)

Day 23 - The Process of Rising - My House Aberystwyth

Alarm went off at 7am. Snoozed till 7:10am. It's now 7:35am..... lost 25 minutes somewhere. Clothes out of the drawer ready. Off for a shower.

Out of the shower. Lavender baby bath and herbal essences conditioner. Fighting tiredness but pleased to be up. Let's see if i can get dressed by 8am. 12 minutes to go!

Dressed. Still need to do hair. Put deodorant on. Go for breakfast.…

Added by Dr Tom Payne on March 23, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Day 22 - Welsh Landscape - Through the Internet Aberystwyth

A friend sent me a poem today...

To live in Wales is to be conscious…


Added by Dr Tom Payne on March 22, 2010 at 23:12 — No Comments

Olivier Award Winning Iwan Rheon comes to NTW

How excited we are at NTW this morning - Iwan Rheon won an Olivier Award last night for his brilliance in the musical Spring Awakening (well done to Aneurin too). Next Monday he starts rehearsals with us playing Huw in our production of John Osborne's THE DEVIL INSIDE HIM. The rest of the cast are Jamie Ballard, John Cording, Stephen Elliott, Helen Griffin, Derek Hutchinson, Rachel Lumberg and Catrin Stewart. It runs at the New Theatre in Cardiff from May 6-15th.… Continue

Added by Lucy Davies on March 22, 2010 at 13:15 — No Comments

Day 21 - Lethargy and Lists - On a Treadmill Aberystwyth

A weird kind of lethargy has been overtaking me recently. These last two days at least. Something to do with nights becoming confused with days and the lots and lots of travelling during the last two weeks. There is more to come next week. I will be going to Gregynog near Newtown for a University conference. I am going to speak for 5 minutes about the project. What to say?!?! And on Thurday Carl and I are going to go the…


Added by Dr Tom Payne on March 21, 2010 at 23:00 — No Comments

Very clever use of Internet

Which writer / theatre company will use this application in a show first ?

Added by Guy O'Donnell on March 21, 2010 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Day 20 - Frog Day Afternoon - On the Roads of Mid Wales

Poppy and I swam again today. We accidentally crashed a children's birthday party in the pool. I think we both realised after about half an hour and chose not to share the information with one another for fear that one or the other might make us leave and swim in the colder water of the Plas Crug main pool. We bought chocolate chip muffins and made a mushroom soup. The days are now much brighter and sharper and the…


Added by Dr Tom Payne on March 20, 2010 at 18:30 — No Comments

Another tidy night in Ponty

It was great to go and see 'A Good Night Out' last night in Pontardawe. Having been involved in the rehearsal process, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the end product in all its warm & tender glory, - it brought a tear to my eye and gave me belly laughs by turn. I was very impressed by the extra dimensions brought by the superb audio visuals, Mike Beers sound design, the great band (see you in the Uplands boys), and by Boyds beige budgie smugglers... Nice to see some of my own bits and bobs…


Added by Sarah Morgan on March 20, 2010 at 10:55 — 2 Comments

Day 19 - Poppy - My House

Sometimes it's important to remember why we do the things we do. All the miles that we travel. All the people we meet and all the tricky situations that we negotiate. Sometimes it's important to stop and think about these things because there is a very real chance that tomorrow, these things won't be there and we will have missed something important. I am humbled by this thought and realise, at the end of this week of searching, that sometimes what you are looking for is right there.… Continue

Added by Dr Tom Payne on March 19, 2010 at 22:30 — No Comments

First Choice Dewis Cyntaf New Project

While all you clever National Theatre people have been slogging to get your first production out (what a night!) and others on the way, we've been racing insanely round Swansea to set up a new project for young people.

We're busy recruiting staff to start working with us in April, to bring together different ways of working with drama and theatre, with young people aged 16 in Swansea.

We start rolling out workshops in June on the Swansea University campus - and…


Added by Eirwen Anne Hopkins on March 19, 2010 at 16:14 — No Comments

fiddler on the roof, a tradition box office 01443 202959

hilltop theatre company proudly presents fiddler on the roof .tues 23rd march at 7.30pm ,doors open at 7pm.till sat 27th march including a matinee at 2.30pm sat 27th,pentyrch village hall cf159py tickets adults £8 concessions £6.00.A very entertaining show with mike bevan taking the lead with if i were a rich man.This production has plenty to see with a big cast of 56 and some lovely music and singing and a genuine fiddler .not to be missed

Added by anna constantinou on March 19, 2010 at 15:48 — No Comments

Story Shop / Siop Story

Added by Marc Rees on March 19, 2010 at 14:20 — 2 Comments

A Good Few Nights Out For us.

Well it started for us via an email asking do we wanna be the band in a play put on in blackwood stute, Hell yeah why not!

Thinking we would just be jammin' some of our "" covers in the backround, EASY init.

Not as easy as we thought, Dan the man who was the dude sorting out all the sound tracks gave us some music to learn and just form the sight of SHEETS OF MUSIC we Bricked it!

After Having A chat, a Pep Talk and a Stiff drink with Dan We became…


Added by 4th Street Traffic on March 19, 2010 at 12:22 — 6 Comments

Day 18 - My Eyebrows? - The Oriel Davies Gallery Newtown

It turns out that the reason that we didn't meet up with Karl yesterday was because he fell down the side of the Wawel and got run over by a passing car. He is ok...

The following entry is a record of a visit to the Oriel Davies gallery in Newtown. I travelled with Tina and…


Added by Dr Tom Payne on March 18, 2010 at 23:30 — No Comments



Imagine the scene. . . you're in an old police station and people around you are hurling books across the room (but not at each other, thankfully), stacking books like bricks and, dare I…

Added by Liz Wride on March 18, 2010 at 19:29 — 3 Comments

pontardawe - home of satan

We have now done three of the eight shows and are in Pontardawe for number four. A woman just invited me back to her house to 'worship the dark lord'. I declined. John threw a wobbly this morning when I said that his aftershave smelled like a cheap tart's perfume. He's so sensitive. Alan the writer and John had a bitter set to over the reviews. Alan told John that it's his writing that makes the show and that a monkey could direct it. John called Alan a 'deluded slap head' and they had a brief… Continue

Added by Boyd Clack on March 18, 2010 at 13:36 — 3 Comments

Day 17 - Losing Karl - Home at last

We lost Karl at the Wawel. He ran ahead to set up the crowning shot of his film and we didn't see him again. We were only moments behind him. We searched the Wawel and in the end we had to jump in a taxi and head to the airport. Hopefully he didn't wait too long. It feels like the fitting end to a film. A metaphor for his struggle to save Krakow.…


Added by Dr Tom Payne on March 17, 2010 at 23:30 — No Comments

Tell us what you think about A Good Night Out In The Valleys

TEAM members and audience tell us what they thought of our first… Continue

Added by Devinda De Silva on March 17, 2010 at 17:00 — 3 Comments


HI Folks,

I have been approached by a director who i met whilst training at Bristol Old Vic.

He has some ideas about creating a Swansea/ Gower based film.

He is an established tv/film director who has recently directed and produced 'Around the world in 80 days'with Michael Palin, he directed and produced 'Doctor Who Confidential' with David Tennant and is a regular director on 'Doctors'.

So, Basically i am scouting out welsh talent... this includes actors, writers…


Added by Clare-anna Turner on March 17, 2010 at 15:30 — 7 Comments


We are film students studying at Newport University currently in pre pre production for our short film "Ticking Boxes". The story is about Love, Loss and a bit of dancing!

We are looking for 3 main actors.…


Added by Ash Whitfield on March 17, 2010 at 12:30 — No Comments

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