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National Theatre Wales seeks Technical Director

We're advertising this week for a Technical Director to join the NTW team. Somebody to lead us on the technical and production journey through 12 extraordinary shows in 12 places and spaces across Wales.Deadline is July 31st. All details on the ad.Tech Director ad.pdf

Added by Lucy Davies on July 10, 2009 at 14:53 — 1 Comment

Going green keeps theatres ahead of the curve...

Audience members and communities are growing more and more concerned about the environment. Governments are taking action. Large businesses are taking the lead in greening their practices. Homes built to be energy-efficient are selling quickly, even in a market downturn.



But what about the theatre industry? It's shocking to learn, in London alone,theatres create an estimated 55,000 tons of carbon emissions per year - that's equivalent to the average emissions of 9,000… Continue

Added by Deborah Powell on July 10, 2009 at 1:27 — 4 Comments

Visits and Visions

We've had some great visits to National Theatre Wales recently, as well as taking a few trips of our own. One of the highlights has been a day at NTW with David Jubb, Artistic Director of Battersea Arts Centre along with four of his producers. We discussed the vision of Batthersea Arts Centre (their mission is 'To Invent the Future of Theatre'!) and the ways in which it supports the development of artists, companies and new ideas. BAC are… Continue

Added by National Theatre Wales on July 9, 2009 at 18:30 — No Comments

Flurry of Florence, Improv @ Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff



Ludus Ludius Improv theatre co has its long-form improv show in Y Llofft @ Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales.



Fri 31st July and 1st August, 8pm

Flurry of Florence is a full-length improvised play that has all the theatricals of a normal play.

It's Improv at its… Continue

Added by Nathan Keates on July 9, 2009 at 11:11 — No Comments

Why I Lie To Myself and How It Improves My Writing

Some things are too frightening to write about. I'm supposed to write something soon that really scares me. But I've just managed to write the first few lines of a bit of a scene, simply by pretending to that I wasn't really writing the thing itself, but rather just scribbling a few notes towards the thing. It was easy, fun, and almost painless.



So I now have a new rule of writing, which means I have two rules of writing in total -



1. ALWAYS use your writing as therapy.… Continue

Added by Gary Owen on July 7, 2009 at 12:14 — 2 Comments

Sandpit Report + Scoop! Cardiff highlights footage now online

Hi all, & a huge thanks to all who turned out for our first Sandpit. There seemed to be a lot of engagement and enthusiasm - the atmosphere was wonderful.



Thanks to all at NTW especially Catherine for working so hard to make the event work. The tech was a dream too!



Semaphoria was a particularly great version - the beauty of your singing voices rang through the arcade, it sounded wonderful even from the… Continue

Added by Alex Fleetwood on July 7, 2009 at 10:15 — 2 Comments

Last chance to vote for Odyssey Theatre in the National Lottery Awards!

12 noon on Friday 10th July is the deadline for votes!

Every vote counts and we'd really like you to help us get through to the final!

Odyssey Theatre is Hijinx's inclusive theatre group for adults both with and without learning disabilities. As a Lottery funded project we have been shortlisted as the ONLY WELSH arts company in the BEST ARTS PROJECT category.



You can vote online for us on www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards (then Best Arts… Continue

Added by Hijinx Theatre on July 6, 2009 at 13:30 — No Comments

Fringe festival Comedy on the Hill

Swansea does not have a chain comedy venue like The Glee club or other main chains, the city has been left out of the main comedy circle for far too long.

Following in the world famous steps of the Edinburgh fringe festival, our city’s very own Dylan Thomas fringe will host the biggest comedy experience that Swansea has ever seen.



Brilliant Canadian comic Craig Campbell will headline the evening on the 27th October 2009 during the Fringe festival running 24th Oct -8th Nov… Continue

Added by Beth Elen Jones on July 6, 2009 at 13:00 — No Comments

Blysh at Wales Millennium Centre

I tried to add this as an event, but for some reason it's not working...



This is just a heads up really about a new festival of cabaret, circus and vaudeville called Blysh, which is happening at Wales Millennium Centre this July.



Blysh is something of a first for Wales Millennium Centre - it's a kind of unruly teenager running in and making a mess of its parent's house! So whilst The Sound of Music is constructing their set on the main stage, there's going to be loads of… Continue

Added by Matthew Austin on July 6, 2009 at 11:20 — 2 Comments

Wales Theatre Company

The Wales Theatre Company are in Cardiff this week at The Millenium Centre with The Thorn Birds - A Musical. After over 6 years and 12 productions ranging from Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas,Goldoni and Mal Pope this will be the last time the company will perform. If you are in the area next week please come and support and enjoy The Thorn Birds and The Wales Theatre Company.

Added by Ieuan Rhys on July 5, 2009 at 12:04 — No Comments

Shift Happened with envirodigital communities and sustainable ability

BBC technology journalist Bill Thompson has written a great article "Giving Life a Shape" on how the arts can help us all think in new ways about digital. See more on my ConsultRudman blog on the arts and digital, but also note that Bill Thompson picks out… Continue

Added by Hannah Rudman on July 4, 2009 at 14:24 — 1 Comment

The Smile Off Your Face

I saw - or rather, experienced - The Smile Off Your Face at the Sherman last Friday, and it was lovely. I was nervous as I waited my turn but once I was safely tied and blindfolded, I relaxed completely and surrendered to what was going on.



Then the touching started. One person I spoke to afterwards said she'd thought the touching was being done by a penis. I was fairly sure it was a nose. I was disappointed by the touching and the gentle shoving. It's very easy to create a sensation… Continue

Added by Gary Owen on July 4, 2009 at 8:47 — 2 Comments

Abdul's Stepping into Welsh grounds

Having spent a week in Wales I felt that I needed to tell you all about my amazing and at times extraordinary first week in Wales.

I was given the opportunity through Step Change (programme with the National Theatre in England) to come out to Wales and shadow my mentor John McGrath. John came to London in mid June and I had a meeting with him and we decided that coming to Wales would be a good idea and a great comparison to my first placement in the historically rich and rooted building of… Continue

Added by abdul shayek on July 3, 2009 at 16:26 — 3 Comments

NTW word cloud - commemorating the first 500 members

Here it is!
A word cloud made-up of thoughts offered by the
pioneering members of this community about NTW now
and their aspirations for its future ...


Many thanks to all who contributed &
to Marcus Romer for technical wizardry!

Added by Deborah Powell on July 3, 2009 at 11:00 — 6 Comments

Ice-cream in Milford Haven

Here's John, Lesa and I eating award-winning ice-cream in Milford Haven, after visiting the Torch yesterday. Tough work.

Added by Lucy Davies on July 2, 2009 at 17:20 — No Comments

My journey to see "A Midsummer Nights Dream" by Black RAT Productions

Yesterday I went to see Black RAT Productions' A Midsummer Nights Dream. It was an 11am matinee at the Swansea Grand so I set off on the 9.14am train from Cardiff Central. It was an old-school cattle type train; the last time I was on one of these I was crossing to Oldham on the Manchester Victoria to Rochdale service in January 2008. Good times. Only this time, it was a sweltering day and the… Continue

Added by Catherine Paskell on July 2, 2009 at 14:11 — 2 Comments

Whoops

We have all probably been there with a jigsaw !


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/8124232.stm

Added by Guy O'Donnell on July 1, 2009 at 19:00 — No Comments

Hijinx's Odyssey Theatre has been shortlisted as the only welsh company in the BEST ARTS PROJECT for a National Lottery Award!! We need your votes!

ODYSSEY THEATRE

(Hijinx's mixed ability community group)



has reached the semi-finals of THE NATIONAL LOTTERY AWARDS



An annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects to celebrate and recognise the difference that they can make to people and communities across the UK!



YOU CAN HELP US REACH THE FINAL!

PLEASE VOTE FOR US TO WIN THE 'BEST ARTS PROJECT'




and we could win £2000 - every vote counts!

Please… Continue

Added by Hijinx Theatre on July 1, 2009 at 8:58 — 2 Comments

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