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Tonight National Theatre Wales is testing the Respond programme. Over the past 5 days, a performance in response to the Twitter discussion topic #WeLoveTheNHS has been created by 5 artists.



If you aren't coming to the Respond Try Out tonight, you can take part through Twitter! You can be a central part of… Continue

Added by Tom Beardshaw on September 18, 2009 at 15:30 — No Comments

Update. 2nd performance of Wardrobe Diaries

I’ve committed to this blog, so it’s only right that I see it through, even in darker moments. It’s better for my health, and probably easier for any followers, if I stick to short paragraphs.



We opened last night with confused performers and sound and lighting cues still as work in progress. I called the cues to Dai, and we had a lot of fun seeing the company’s work take shape from the tech box.



For tonight’s show I gave performers a note on cranking up the enjoyment of… Continue

Added by James Doyle-Roberts on September 18, 2009 at 2:07 — 4 Comments

Come and See National Theatre Wales' Respond Try Out This Friday

For the last week I have been working with 5 artists and Ellie Carter and Ina Driemel, to test out and develop the process of National Theatre Wales' Respond programme.



The artists, guided by Ellie, Ina and myself, have been working towards a theatrical "response" to the theme #WeLovetheNHS and there will be a showing of this work at our offices in Castle Arcade this coming Friday, 18th September at 7.00pm.



Due to the sensitivity of the project, and the intimate nature of… Continue

Added by Catherine Paskell on September 16, 2009 at 19:53 — No Comments

Shape the future of National Theatre Wales Community!

Native (that's Carl and me) are organising a meeting on SATURDAY 10th October at NTW's offices in Castle Arcade to explore how the community will develop in the future, and we'd like to invite you to join us.



We'd like you to come along between 10 and 3pm to explore how NTW can help the community grow. We'll be looking at how people feel about the community site's early development - what's cool, what's… Continue

Added by Tom Beardshaw on September 16, 2009 at 17:37 — 3 Comments

Mayhem and madness in Lilliput

In our third week of a very exciting process working on Kit Lambert's galloping new play GULLIVER - great inventive creative team.... exploring the fascinating - often disturbing - character of Jonathan Swift and his spookily portentous, absurd adventures with Dr. Lemuel Gulliver.... usual near impossible challenges of creating a huge epic tale, that then has to fit into the back of van - before heading into the hills and communities of Wales and beyond...! So we HAVE to be inventive...… Continue

Added by Louise Osborn on September 15, 2009 at 21:05 — 2 Comments

Etiquette @ Wales Millenium Centre

Etiquette

10 November – 24 November



Etiquette is a half-hour experience for two people in a public space. Nobody watches you - other people in the cafe or bar are not aware of it.



You wear headphones which tell you what to say to each other, or to use one of the objects positioned to the side. There is a kind of magic involved - for it to work you just need to listen and respond accordingly.



This is theatre at its… Continue

Added by Gareth Lloyd Roberts on September 15, 2009 at 16:32 — 1 Comment

Review of EMPti 10th and 11th September at Chapter Arts Centre by Taylor Glenn

EMPti

Real Live Theatre Company , , September 14, 2009



EMPti is an exploration of psychological pain, loss, and the dynamics of a Welsh family who lose their son to suicide.



We first meet Gwydion as we enter the theatre. He is seated under a wash of light and clearly in great agony, mumbling the words “I can’t breathe, I can’t sleep, I can’t eat.” He is looking straight at us, even pleading with us. We are trapped in his world with him from the moment we enter. So… Continue

Added by Catrin Angharad Evans on September 15, 2009 at 10:16 — 3 Comments

Update. 15th day of Wardrobe Diaries diary. Follow our journey.

A first run through, with lots of rigging cues tbc.

The Italian word for ‘Filler’ is ‘Catarza’ not that we ever, ever need to talk about that kind of thing. I need to check that spelling with the Italians.



Broken and bleeding calluses.



A looming, serious conversation about transitions.



Lovely lighting, as work in… Continue

Added by James Doyle-Roberts on September 14, 2009 at 23:12 — 1 Comment

Tipping Point

Just back from Tipping Point - the annual get together for artists and scientists engaged with the issue of climate change. I have been meaning to go for the last couple of years, but this time, with National Theatre Wales about to enter its launch year, it seemed particularly important to take this moment to reflect on how what we do can impact on the climate.



There were two overall areas that people in the arts were looking at:

- How do we minimise the negative environmental… Continue

Added by National Theatre Wales on September 14, 2009 at 22:00 — 9 Comments

The First Respond Try Out Week Has Started!



Here we are on Day One of our First Respond Try Out Week. We are:



Saz Moir - recent graduate from RWCMD Design course, with an interest in puppetry, circus, site-specific performance and fire poi.



Laura Jeffs - recent graduate performer from Atrium, University of Glamorgan with interest in devising and non-linear narrative.



Patrick Jones - playwright and poet.



Lynn Hunter - actor with lots of… Continue

Added by Catherine Paskell on September 14, 2009 at 14:54 — 1 Comment

Anyone got a story? We want em!

We have just embarked on the very first Respond programme for National Theatre Wales, 'We love the NHS'. If you've got a story about the NHS we want to hear it! - whether its funny or sad, happened to you or 'a friend', whether its a negative or positive experience of our health service send it to us, either as a commment to this post or, for a more anonymous entry, email to Catherine at catherinepaskell@nationaltheatrewales.org





We will be blogging our progress throughout the… Continue

Added by Laura Jeffs on September 14, 2009 at 14:30 — 5 Comments

Phobia of the dentist!

This blog may seem a little obscure as it is not really about what i've been up to reguarding the theatre world.It is (as the title suggests) about my phobia of the dentist. There is a point to me posting this. My brother is a primary school teacher and he has asked me to write something that his pupils can act out and enjoy. So I've been thinking what I liked as a child etc and one of things I enjoyed was getting Tom and Jerry stickers from the dentist. It was like getting a reward for seeing… Continue

Added by Hannah Bevan on September 14, 2009 at 13:46 — No Comments

Ignition

Hello all,

If anyone's in London on the 21st or 25th, pop along to the Tristan Bates theatre in Covent Garden to come see a play I've devised with Polly Findlay, Tom Andews and Exquisite Corpse star Alex Beckett. It's part of their annual Ignition programme, other writers involved include Jack Thorne and Che Walker.

http://www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk/Production_Details_Ignition_2009.asp

Added by Tim Price on September 13, 2009 at 11:52 — 1 Comment

Update. 12th day, a picture of the Wardrobe Diaries set.

I really should know better than to spoil any surprises. Too excited not to.

Added by James Doyle-Roberts on September 12, 2009 at 0:12 — No Comments

Out of the Goldfish Bowl

Wales Graduate Theatre Company



10 days

10 actors

15 Welsh graduates of specialist colleges

1 busy theatre

1 lovely party



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1 Company Launched



Thank you to all of you who watched the piece at the Taliesin Arts Centre last night, we hope you enjoyed the work.



And thank you to all of you who helped us celebrate the launch of our Company at the party afterwards. Your support and enthusiasm was greatly… Continue

Added by GradCo on September 11, 2009 at 11:48 — No Comments

Update. 8th day of Wardrobe Diaries diary. Follow our journey.

After another messy morning of glueing on Friday, our best efforts to keep the workplace well ventilated weren’t enough to prevent collapses of giggles when we started work in the afternoon. So, we put aside our guidelines of Objective, Context and Strategy, to work on some small scale rigging and counterweight tricks. They look great on their own but, the challenge is to find the introductions and resolutions for these moments.



As we’re trying to find our ways in and out of the… Continue

Added by James Doyle-Roberts on September 9, 2009 at 23:42 — 3 Comments

Loss of a Great Man

I received the news this morning that Noel Greig had passed away. Many people of my generation and older will know Noel as a significant writer and director, who changed British Theatre, and perhaps British society, when he founded the hugely influential theatre company Gay Sweatshop in the 1970s. In later years Noel became known for his extraordinary work as a teacher. His playwriting workshops were the stuff of legend, and his book 'Playwriting', published by Routledge in 2005 is one of the… Continue

Added by National Theatre Wales on September 9, 2009 at 23:30 — 7 Comments

Out of the Goldfish Bowl

Wales Graduate Theatre Company



Day 9: Technical Rehearsal. Today’s blog is written by Viv Buckley (Director)



Things I have learnt today:



Good Stage Managers are worth twice their weight in gold.

Lighting Designers can make the world of difference to every aspect of a piece of theatre.

The training Production Students get from Gorseinon College is second to none in the FE sector.

Parking in Swansea University is not easy.

Ten boys on a space… Continue

Added by GradCo on September 9, 2009 at 23:00 — 1 Comment

Directors' Week

Don't forget Directors' Week this week (9 - 12 Sept) at Sherman. Sita Calvert-Ennals, Sarah Bickerton and Bridget Keehan have been mentored by established directors as part of the year-long Directors' course run by Sherman Cymru and Living Pictures. Now, for the culmination of their course, they each direct a show professionally produced at Sherman.



Sita Calvert-Ennals directs Frozen, a hard-hitting play by Bryony Lavery about a mother whose daughter is abducted and killed by a… Continue

Added by Jenny Boyatt on September 9, 2009 at 9:23 — No Comments

Out of the Goldfish Bowl

Wales Graduate Theatre Company



One week after first meeting the core group of actors we have found ourselves at the final day of rehearsals. Today’s blog was written by Vivienne Buckley (Director)



A conversation with a security guard/site foreman/estates manager, a bacon roll, a football, another actor, a choreographer, a rave, a discussion about the coast, a pub, 3 glasses, 3 newspapers, cigarettes, lighters, loud music, a photographer, photographs, poses, back to the… Continue

Added by GradCo on September 8, 2009 at 21:30 — 3 Comments

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