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New picture in Log

Here is the LINK to Log, my image diary from my mobile phone.

Added by Jorge Lizalde on June 8, 2009 at 20:53 — No Comments

Underwater Thoughts on creating a Diverse Theatre

Thanks to everyone who has joined the 'What Shows Where Debate' (see forums section). It's great to get your ideas, opinions and creative suggestions. We had a very productive away day with the board on Tuesday, looking at the 30 possible projects we have in the mix at the moment, and starting to get a sense of the overall shape of the year's work, if not of individual programming decisions. Lucy and I will be doing a lot of work over the next two months to hammer this input and all your… Continue

Added by National Theatre Wales on June 7, 2009 at 21:30 — 8 Comments

Reasons to play in the Cardiff Sandpit

Are you interested in playing?

Are you interested in immersive experiences?

Are you interested in completing tasks or solving clues that can win you a prize?

Are you interested in exploring the city in which you live and work in a totally different way?

Are you interested in getting to know and connecting with other people in a shared experience?

If you say yes to any of these, then you should like theatre.

If you say yes to any… Continue

Added by Catherine Paskell on June 4, 2009 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Seven People - Chatroom (Improvised performances in Ikea, Cardiff - This Saturday)

Hi everyone.

Details of event as follows:

The Chat Room

Saturday 6th June, 11.30am - 2.30pm

IKEA Wales, showrooms

The Chat Room is a story telling exercise. Seven characters will sit and each tell you a three -minute story about their life. You, the IKEA customer, are invited to listen to the story. Just sit down on the sofa, have a cake or a drink and hear what the person has to say. The story may resonate with you, or may bore you. It might make you… Continue

Added by Neil Bebber on June 4, 2009 at 12:06 — 6 Comments


On Sunday 7th June at 7.15pm Theatr Iolo is presenting rehearsed readings of two exciting contemporary German plays in translation.

KLAMM'S WAR by Kai Hensel ( translated by Mario Golden and Andreas Robertz)

Directed by Caroline Bunce. Performed by John Norton.

Klamm enters his classroom and is confronted by a wall of silence. His students have declared war, blaming him for what happened to a fellow pupil. Can Klamm defend himself?This elegant award winning monologue… Continue

Added by Kevin Lewis on June 4, 2009 at 9:32 — 2 Comments

It's Coming...

They Only Come at Night: Resurrection from Slung Low on Vimeo.

They Only Come At Night: Resurrection is the new show from Slung Low. For special offers on tickets and the graphic novel visit…


Added by Matthew David Scott on June 3, 2009 at 16:22 — No Comments

Sunny days

Not wanting to sound too naff - but really am about to...

I love it when the sun shines, not just because of the warmth and the fact people smile at each other but from an LDs perspective, I love the quality of light, the long sharp shadows in the afternoon, the subtle shifts in colours on the leaves in Bute park.

The changing colours on buildings, particularily around the museum. Has anyone else noticed the subtle hues of pink?

As for the sunsets, just joyouss and always… Continue

Added by Elanor Higgins on June 3, 2009 at 15:35 — No Comments

Do you dare to make Kontakt?

Think you know what Youth Theatre is all about?

Think again. Kontakt 2 is a groundbreaking bilingual project which stretches the boundaries of what theatre is and could be.

A table.

A single light bulb.

Two chairs.

Fifty Performers.

A secret.

A confession.

Do you dare make Kontakt?

Until Sat 6 June

7pm and 8.30pm (no performances 2 June)

Developed and Directed Phillip… Continue

Added by Bethan Way on June 2, 2009 at 16:05 — 1 Comment

The Cloak Room

Hiya All,

Just to let you know my new play; 'The cloak room' will be performed on Thursday 4th and Saturday 6th June at 8:45 at The Sherman as part of the Egin: Springboard Festival, before going to the Smithsonian Festival in Washington. Hope you can make it!


'one man, one garage, lots of coats'

The Cloak room by tracy harris

Directed by Amy hodge

Cast: Roger Evans and Siwan Morris

An intriguing… Continue

Added by tracy harris on June 1, 2009 at 18:28 — No Comments

'EMPti' Real Live Theatre Company


I thought I would take this opportunity to say hi and explain what we are up to. I believe that what National Theatre of Wales are proposing to achieve is very exciting and I believe it to be an essential stepping stone to enable Wales’s Theatre and the arts to flourish, In order to make theatre more accessible to everyone.

Real Live Theatre Company (RLT) are a fairly new company which aim to create visually arresting experimental theatre which appeals to a diverse… Continue

Added by Catrin Angharad Evans on June 1, 2009 at 11:50 — 1 Comment

How I was scared twice in the dark at The BAC last week.

During my London visit this week, I spent a day in the Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) where I saw 6 shows as part of their BURST Festival.

The theme this year was '51 Reasons for Living', inspired by Barack Obama's presidential acceptance speech and they managed to pack 51 performances into this 16-day festival. Some of these were plays, some were installations, some were performance poetry, some were gigs, some were journeys for one person with a… Continue

Added by Catherine Paskell on May 31, 2009 at 21:24 — No Comments

My thoughts on True/Fiction: a Welsh Company with a London Production

I have just come back from spending a wonderful evening watching a fantastic theatre event. It was in London and it was a play by a young Welsh company.

It was True/Fiction's newest show, The Exquisite Corpse at Southwark Playhouse.

I arrived in an atmospheric cavernous space under the railway arches at London… Continue

Added by Catherine Paskell on May 31, 2009 at 21:00 — 2 Comments

who are these people...not me?

Just an observation and thought to myself but put here because I can....I'm looking at the photographs of the housewarming party and find myself recognising very few people and am wondering how this could be so after being involved in the making of performance works here in Wales since 1991?I know that I can be an unsociable oik at times and Good Cop bad Cops' works dont always have mass appeal(until recently) but still...I wonder if this really is the beginning of something new and… Continue

Added by John Rowley on May 31, 2009 at 15:40 — 2 Comments

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Black RAT's latest production will be touring South Wales this summer!

Following successful productions of A ZOO STORY, MISS JULIE and OEDIPUS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM is Black RAT’s latest offering to tour South Wales. With a thirteen-strong cast, this lively & energetic version of ‘The Dream’ guarantees all the fun, farce and mayhem of Shakespeare’s best loved comedy.

A royal wedding, eloping lovers, spurned friendships, an am-dram troop and a wood full of… Continue

Added by Alan Humphreys on May 31, 2009 at 13:52 — 1 Comment

Making Hay

While the sun shines unashamadly down on the borderlands - I'm on the last leg of an early morning train n' bus trip to Hay on Wye - land of books. As a theatre type I'm used to Edinburgh. I've never done Glastonbury as I have a tent phobia (if God had meant us to sleep in tents he would have given us inflatable backsides) though I have promised to do the Green Man in I this year which does look fab and where they have assured me that the tents are actually small bungalows in disguise. Anyway,… Continue

Added by National Theatre Wales on May 31, 2009 at 11:04 — 3 Comments

Do you want to get involved with NTW? Do you like playing? Call for Hide and Seek Sandpit Participants!

On Thursday 2nd July, we have got one of our first National Theatre Wales events and we would like you to take part.

It's called SANDPIT and it is organised by us, with Hide and Seek, a London-based company run by Alex Fleetwood.

Sandpit, like its name suggests, is a place where people can come together and play games and have… Continue

Added by Catherine Paskell on May 30, 2009 at 15:17 — 6 Comments

Literary agent?


I was wondering if I could ask some people's advice?

I don't quite know how to word it, but...

I was wondering if it's possible to invite literary agents or something along them lines to the SpringBoard event at the Sherman, to see my play, Sunflowered?

I haven't a clue about this sort of thing, and was in need of some help:

If it's possible, how many are around in Cardiff, what's the best way of approaching this.. etc.

I will listen to… Continue

Added by Alexander Vlahos on May 30, 2009 at 14:31 — 1 Comment


Not a very exciting post title I know, the world of blogging is unchartered waters for me. Excited to join this world and that of National Theatre Wales community. What a great idea and a way to communicate with like minded people.

Currently I'm working on the RWCMDs production of Duchess of Malfi on at Sherman Cymru until tomorrow night.

My next lighting design is Sweeny Todd for WNO Max in July, so a bit of a theme of revenge and violence in two very different mediums and period… Continue

Added by Elanor Higgins on May 29, 2009 at 9:27 — 2 Comments

Adding events

For those of you (Nathan, Catherine) who have been trying to add events, we are reserving the 'EVENTS' section of the site for our own National Theatre Wales activities. So do as you are all joyfully doing and use the blogs and forums to talk about what you're all up to. Lucy D

Added by Lucy Davies on May 28, 2009 at 11:09 — 1 Comment

on the road (A5 edition)

In a Hire Fiat with Lucy D on the road after a night of Mary Stuart at Clwyd. Good to spend some time looking around the venue and thinking about possibilities. Being a long term urbanite I always find it extraordinary to look out from Theatr Clwyd onto hills and fields and a smallish town where I lived for five barely remembered years. Feel like I am in a Chekhov but with a Fiat on hand to solve the existential travel issues. Lucy D is a mean driver. Schiller's Queen Elizabeth on the road but… Continue

Added by National Theatre Wales on May 27, 2009 at 22:12 — 5 Comments

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