Naomi Chiffi's Blog (24)

Join us at our Creative Visit with Chicago's Albany Park Theatre Project!

NTW TEAM is thrilled to be able to offer TEAM members the opportunity to join us at NTW office in Castle Arcade Cardiff to take part in a Creative Visit with David Feiner and Maggie Popadiak of Chicago's Albany Park Theatre Project on September 22nd from 2:30-3:30pm. We have space for 15 lucky TEAM members to come along to find out more about their work and ask any burning questions you may have!  See below for some information about this brilliant group: 

Founded in 1997, Albany Park…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on September 7, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

NTW Mametz and The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning

To celebrate the inclusion of two of NTW's most iconic shows on the WJEC A Level Drama syllabus, we are offering 30 free scripts of The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning to schools on a first come, first served basis.  

If you are a teacher, tutor or pupil and you would like to take advantage of this brilliant offer, please do get in touch via  

Don't forget to check out our excellent interviews with the creative teams involved in…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on June 20, 2017 at 14:25 — No Comments

NTW TEAM and OPA - A Creative Collaboration: Dreamscape!

We are getting closer to sharing the brilliant work we have been creating with Ocean Park Academy and now have a name for the piece: Dreamscape.   

The learners have decided on their final ideas and are busily creating sets and working on technical and sound design - none of which I am able to share as it is all top secret and we don't want to give the game away! 

Over the past few weeks they have enjoyed exploring their ideas through drama sessions and philosophical debates;…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on May 2, 2017 at 12:08 — No Comments

Ocean Park Academy: A Creative Collaboration has begun!

January 13th marked the first day of our fantastic collaborative project with Ocean Park Academy, a school in Splott, funded by Arts Council Wales under the Creative Learning through the Arts programme.  We are now entering week five of the project and what a few weeks it's been!  

We are delighted to have John Norton (Bordergame, City of the Unexpected) take the lead as director and it has been great to watch him develop a fantastic working relationship with the learners during…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on February 7, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

TEAM Education: Assistant Director Opportunity!

National Theatre Wales TEAM is creating an original piece with Ocean Park Academy, a school in Splott, Cardiff.  Working with the school over two terms, NTW will be asking the pupils to devise their own creative piece. Taking our lead from the learners we will apply our TEAM approach to turning their ideas into something unique.  Support for this project has come from the Arts Council Wales’ Creative Collaboration fund, and we are…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on January 10, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Young Writers Opportunity


Added by Naomi Chiffi on November 15, 2016 at 16:20 — No Comments

Tanzanian Birds

As part of City of the Unexpected, we were thrilled to work with a group of children from Tanzania who created the most beautiful birds from wood, ankara fabric, beads and found objects.  They then developed stories about their birds, which they shared in both English and Swahili, or a wonderful mix of the two.  

This was all done in honour of Roald Dahl's links with Tanzania, where he lived during the 1930s and form part of a shared creative and storytelling process between…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on November 8, 2016 at 16:56 — No Comments

TAITH at The Sherman Theatre

The Sherman Theatre is hosting a brilliant half-term activity this week.  Please go along if you can!

TAITH is our initiative for new writing that develops and showcases innovative and exciting 10 minute plays in Welsh or English. From an open submission process, three writers have been selected with their scripts developed and worked on with professional actors and directors.

This year we have teamed up with Theatr Iolo and Platfform to present three scripts aimed…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on October 25, 2016 at 11:40 — No Comments

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning and Mametz are on the syllabus!

We are thrilled that two of the most iconic National Theatre Wales shows: The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price and Mametz by Owen Sheers, are now featured on the WJEC A Level Drama Syllabus.  Because of this, we spent a busy summer interviewing the various creatives involved in making these shows.  

Gavin Porter and I travelled to Manchester to interview John McGrath, to London to interview Chloe Lamford and Matthew Aubrey and invited Rhodri Meilir, Nicola Reynolds,…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on October 4, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

NTW Education Updates

As many of you know, over the past year, we have undergone a period of consultation with educators, artists, academics and young people to help establish an NTW approach to education.   This has been done as the next logical step for TEAM, but has also been in reaction to the changing world of education in Wales. 

Through our education programme, we want to connect with people throughout Wales, from all backgrounds, in ways that enable them to be creative. We are looking at education…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on June 17, 2016 at 10:19 — No Comments

Roald Dahl School Workshop Opportunities!

Here are the details of the workshops for secondary schools, again, please do get in touch if you would be interested in getting involved:

Summer Term participation opportunity for KS3

Free digital art / science workshop with literacy links delivered by professional artists 

City of the Unexpected
 17 & 18 September 2016

Imagine a city transformed and seen through the eyes of Roald Dahl. 

Inspired by…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on May 24, 2016 at 15:18 — No Comments

Roald Dahl School Workshop Opportunities!

We are delighted to be able to offer workshops to primary and secondary schools throughout Wales, which will feed into our fantastic Roald Dahl event in September.  Please see details below and if you are a teacher or youth group leader and you would be interested in booking a workshop, please do get in touch.

Summer Term participation opportunity for years 5 and 6.

FREE art workshop with literacy links, delivered by…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on May 24, 2016 at 15:11 — No Comments

Before I Leave Schools Offers

Our next show, Before I Leave, will be a great experience for anyone age 14+ and we will be hosting post-show talks at the performances on 2nd and 8th of June, which will add further insight to the show.  

If anyone is interested in bringing school or home-educated groups along and would like us to arrange a backstage tour, please do let me know.  

Also, don't forget that you can now apply for the 'Go and See' fund to help with costs - as part of the Lead Creative…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on April 8, 2016 at 14:36 — No Comments

Education: The Video!

For the past three weeks I have had the privilege of working with Kym Epton of Red Cell Films on a short feature about the educational experiences of young people throughout Wales.  We intend to showcase this in the Pierhead Building as part of the BDP Senedd event in March but it has also been of enormous benefit to us in terms of our own consultation process surrounding the development of an NTW approach to education.  I would like to offer my gratitude to all of the participants who each…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on March 1, 2016 at 14:18 — No Comments

Backstage at Candylion

We are thrilled to have been able to work with Ocean Park Academy in Splott on a backstage film about our wonderful Christmas show, The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion. The end result is fantastic and will be published online very soon.  

In the mean time, please enjoy these brilliant behind-the-scenes shots.…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on February 2, 2016 at 14:39 — No Comments

Call out for Creative Agents

Just to let everyone know that the Arts Council is looking for the next group of Creative Agents.  Please get involved if you feel you are able, and please spread the word if you know of the perfect person for the role!  All details outlined below:

‘Arts Council of Wales are recruiting Creative Agents for the next round of the Lead Creative Schools Scheme. The deadline is15th February. Further details about the scheme, the role and the application form can be…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on January 27, 2016 at 12:15 — No Comments

Rethinking Education: The story so far...

As we begin 2016, I thought it would be a good time to offer an update on the work we have been doing over the past few months in terms of our discussions around education and the practical educational activities we have been able to achieve since last May.  A huge thank you to all of you who have contributed to this work, either in person or online; please don't forget that this discussion is not over - it is very much still alive, so any further thoughts or contributions would be…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on January 19, 2016 at 15:42 — 1 Comment

A huge thank you!

We had a wonderful turn out for our Mid Wales Rethinking Education meeting with many excellent suggestions and ideas, so a huge thank you to everyone who came along.  We are now getting closer to formalising our ideas for an NTW Education model and we are enormously grateful to everyone who has given us suggestions, advice, guidance and support during this process.  If you have anything you would like to add to this conversation please do so via our Rethinking Education group pages.  Also,…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on December 11, 2015 at 12:25 — No Comments

Rethinking Education

I am looking forward to our next regional Rethinking Education meeting tomorrow - this time we're in Mid Wales so if anyone fancies joining us at The Muse in Brecon, please let us know by emailing, as your input would be most welcome.

So far, our discussions have proved very interesting - we've heard about some amazing arts activities for young people happening all over Wales and have listened to many suggestions about how we can engage with this work.…


Added by Naomi Chiffi on November 30, 2015 at 23:00 — No Comments

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