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The First Year

Talk about diversity!!!! Congrats to NTW on the launch and making me drool. I know, there won't be everything to please everyone, but that's what theatre's about: you can't please everyone all the time...but you can have a damned good try. And if you think 'it's not for me' try it and see - you never know.

Which brings me to a salient point. There will be productions that people would love to get to, but due to circumstances, travel, work, etc., won't be able to. You'll see where… Continue

Added by Stephen Alan Whitehead on November 5, 2009 at 13:42 — 3 Comments

Notes on Bulletproof

Bulletproof is a verbatim play I've been working on for Replay, a theatre company in Belfast. It's about mental health in teenagers, and is made up from the words of a number of young people I met there. I thought it might be worth sharing here the notes I've written to introduce the play.

Notes on Bulletproof

One problem of promoting mental health in the young is that the phrase itself, 'mental…

Added by Gary Owen on November 5, 2009 at 13:00 — No Comments

Howard Barker Performance.

The Europeans

Presented by Vista Theatre. By Howard Barker The Europeans dramatises the conflict between public duty and private suffering, projected against the backdrop of war between the Christian and Turkish Empires in the 17th Century.

The Siege of Vienna, 1683. The Ottoman Turks have finally been defeated. The hero of the Siege, General Starhemberg, prepares to welcome back the victorious returning Monarchy.

Meanwhile Katrin, a teenage victim of a war… Continue

Added by Emmalouise Anne West on November 5, 2009 at 12:26 — No Comments


We are about to go live with our online launch of the first year programme of shows! Tune in now! Get your typing-fingers ready to chat on here, or if you just want to watch go to


See you all on the other side!!!!


Added by Catherine Paskell on November 5, 2009 at 12:20 — 4 Comments

Here We Go!

So, here we are, November the 5th and the launch - online - of the first year's programme for National Theatre Wales. Log on at 12.30 at for news of all the shows from March 2010 to April 2011 (or if you want to chat along too) .

We hope that you will be as excited as we are by this rich and varied programme - it's going to be a lot of work to pull off all these shows - but it's going to be well worth it. There will be new… Continue

Added by National Theatre Wales on November 4, 2009 at 22:30 — 5 Comments

Velvet Ensemble does 'Never, Fear, Love?' as part of WMC's Incubator Project - A Note from V

On Monday this week, we started our new writing process 'Never, Fear, Love?' When devising this process Bethan Marlow and I thought it would be an amazing experience to challenge ourselves, the director and other actors to identify things we have never done, love doing and fear doing professionally, stick them all in a hat and randomly pick one thing per day and have at it! So when Monday finally came around I have to say that I started to question whether this was a good idea or not. Well,… Continue

Added by Victoria John on November 4, 2009 at 19:44 — No Comments


Can we please try very hard not to look like teh Chapter Art centre. I mean I know we are all artisitc but .............. There is a limit .......... there is art and there is art for the sake of being art.

Added by Keith Ingram on November 3, 2009 at 22:41 — 3 Comments


Sandpit. So it has been a while and I was hoping that a few more people would like to play some games. Anyone interested in another get together?

Saturday 7th Hidden City in Swansea part of the Dylan Thomas Fringe might also bee up your street.


Added by Brent Morgan on November 3, 2009 at 16:30 — No Comments

Launch week on the NTW community (take 5!)


Added by Tom Beardshaw on November 3, 2009 at 10:56 — No Comments

Are you in Swansea on Saturday 7 November?

Because I was in Swansea last Saturday 31 October to participate in ShellShock Theatre's lovely pervasive theatre experience: HiddenCity.

ShellShock Theatre are Stephen Donnelly and… Continue

Added by Catherine Paskell on November 2, 2009 at 16:44 — 4 Comments

Phyl Harries, Alexander Vlahos and Lauren Phillips at the Dylan Thomas Centre

Out of Order Theatre are producing a rehearsed reading of a play based on the life of Dylan Thomas, at the Dylan Thomas Centre on Monday 2nd November at 7.30pm.

“Not a little bright, you kowtowing little cretin, bloody blazing is what you wanted! To shine out above them all, the North Star pointing the way forward.”

“This is the fantasy of the mind of the fantasist and dreamer Dylan Thomas. It is a place of country born shadows, city rough arse-backwards dawn, chittering… Continue

Added by Deborah Espect on November 1, 2009 at 11:33 — No Comments

National Theatre Wales Online Launch - WITH ADDED CHAT!

Next Thursday 5 November is our online launch where we will finally announce our 12 shows in 12 months. We are really excited and hope you are too - and want as many of you to tune in online as possible.

And that's the key word - ONLINE. There will be a live stream online at, our brand new brilliant website!

You do not need webcams or anything extra to be able to watch and participate; just a computer with an internet connection and speakers turned… Continue

Added by Catherine Paskell on October 31, 2009 at 10:39 — No Comments

The Great Unsung Hero of Welsh Theatre

If you haven't already...

Added by Hywel Morgan on October 30, 2009 at 17:24 — No Comments

Aberdare Playwright Returns from London to the Cynon Valley

Community member Gavin Nelson is the subject of this news article

His new comedy Foursome is on at the Coliseum Theatre in Aberdare on December 16-17.

Added by Catherine Paskell on October 30, 2009 at 14:30 — No Comments

don't forget youth theatre

Youth theatres are part of the tapestry of Welsh theatre - if you want to see what one of them does visit - and look out for our production of Peer Gynt next year.

Added by Ginny Graham on October 30, 2009 at 12:15 — 1 Comment


Cwmni 3D return with an extravaganza of new short plays exploring the theme of angels. Are angels winged creatures sent to protect? Are all angels good? Some say they are ever-present, leaving signs for us in everyday life…

A triple bill of Welsh language plays features on the first two nights, followed by a triple bill of English language plays on Thursday and Friday.

Tue 3 + Wed 4 Nov • 7.30pm • Maw 3 + Mer 4 Tach

Heb fwg heb dân gan Dafydd… Continue

Added by Ieuan Rhys on October 29, 2009 at 15:55 — No Comments

Dylan Thomas Festival, Swansea

This year's Dylan Thomas Festival is underway, and runs at the Dylan Thomas Centre until 9 Novmeber. There's plenty of drama to enjoy: on 28 October Rhodri Miles plays Richard Burton in Gwynne Thomas' new one man show, 'Burton'.

Swansea actor Adrian Metcalfe performs his show, 'Reminiscences of Childhood', on 1 November. It's a funny and moving piece based on Dylan Thomas writing, interwoven with Metcalfe's own prose.

Out of Order Theatre Co present Tail of Two Dogs by… Continue

Added by Dylan Thomas Centre on October 28, 2009 at 16:18 — No Comments

New Website launched for Drama Association of Wales

We are delighted to announce that our brand new website is now live and invite you to come and visit us at

It has news, views, information on the services we provide (including the largest English language drama lending library in the world), and notices of future events in the DAW calendar.

If your group is a member of DAW, please contact us with… Continue

Added by Drama Association of Wales on October 28, 2009 at 15:23 — No Comments

HALLOWEIRD - A night of comedy & spoken wyrd!

A spoken word and comedy night starring DOMINIC BERRY, Manchester's finest spoken word artist and the UK's premiere queer vegan poet! Also: poet DAVID E OPRAVA, comic PSYCHO DAVE, performance poet SUE HAMBLEN, stand-up GARETH BRAND and comic compere MAB JONES.

Only £5 / £4 concs

7.30pm Monday 2nd Novemeber at The Promised Land, Windsor Place, Cardiff

Sponsored by Academi 078 4648…

Added by Mab Jones on October 28, 2009 at 13:44 — No Comments

Anyone want a candle?

We have quite a few candles in National Theatre Wales' offices.

Does anyone want one? Or a bunch?

Please reply below! x

Added by Catherine Paskell on October 27, 2009 at 15:27 — 4 Comments

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