Ben Tinniswood's Blog (18)

Opportunity to create a Fun Palace at NTW HQ / i creu 'Fun Palace' mewn pencadlys NTW

 

Do you want to turn our Cardiff shopfront into your community Fun Palace on Sunday 8th October?

 

If you’ve got the ideas, we can give you the space (See images below). We’ll also provide you with TEAM support, equipment and a budget of £100 to help you make it happen.

 

Don’t know what Fun Palaces are yet? Then read all about how to make one…

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Added by Ben Tinniswood on August 24, 2017 at 13:45 — No Comments

Why I'll keep harping on about TEAM

It was, give or take a few weeks, three years ago I had my first TEAM experience, attending a Leadership training course. This morning I received a letter welcoming me as a National Theatre Wales Board Member as TEAM Representative. It’s been quite a journey!

My experience of attending that Leadership Training day in early 2014 explains a great deal about what TEAM is about, what it means to me & why I’m proud to have been able to represent TEAM for the last three years.

In…

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Added by Ben Tinniswood on April 18, 2017 at 15:15 — No Comments

Community is not a Dirty Word

Community is not a dirty word”

I wrote those words in my notebook whilst en route to the Acta Community Theatre Festival in Bristol last week.

There can be connotations of the words “Community Theatre” that are less than helpful. As a working professional in Theatre I've frequently come across assumptions that…

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Added by Ben Tinniswood on June 20, 2016 at 14:19 — No Comments

Critical Chinwag Thoughts - “Tonight I'm going to be the new me”

I came to this show with that anticipation one has when you've absolutely loved a company's previous work. I was a huge fan of “Gym Party”, which may mean I came to this show with unreasonably high expectations.

Of course, they are two different shows & I shouldn't hold them up against each other. But, some of the themes & ideas followed similar lines, so perhaps they do stand up to comparison.

Both shows set out to challenge, both the…

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Added by Ben Tinniswood on April 9, 2016 at 10:09 — No Comments

Critical Chinwag - Come & see "Tonight I'm going to be the new me" - For FREE

Hola TEAMsters,

It’s time to get those Cardiff Chins Critically wagging again!

We’ll be watching “Tonight I’m going to be the new me”  by the ever excellent  Made in China & brought to Cardiff by the equally fantastic Theatr Iolo.

We’ll be going to the performance at 8pm on Friday 8th April at…

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Added by Ben Tinniswood on March 23, 2016 at 15:34 — No Comments

Another Update! MALE Singers aged 65+ wanted for "Before I Leave"

Hello again everybody,

We're very pleased to report that the Before I Leave Chorus is sounding really rather good & we are all very much looking forward to taking the stage at the Sherman Theatre in May. Our Men are doing a valiant job, but…

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Added by Ben Tinniswood on March 21, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

Important Update! - Take part in an NTW show - Singers aged 20-29 & 65+

We are now on the lookout for Male & Female Singers aged 65+ and aged 20-29 to join the Chorus on our new show “Before I Leave”.

Get in touch. Initial meeting taking place Monday 14th…

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Added by Ben Tinniswood on March 8, 2016 at 8:41 — No Comments

Take part in an NTW Show - Call out for Singers

We are on the lookout for Male & Female Singers aged 70+ to join the Chorus on our new show “Before I Leave”.

 

“Before I Leave” is a funny, moving & uplifting production written by Tredegar-born poet and playwright Patrick Jones featuring versions of songs made famous by the likes of Tom Jones, Johnny Cash, Gerry, The Sex Pistols and more. The play will also…

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Added by Ben Tinniswood on February 17, 2016 at 16:41 — No Comments

TEAMTime

In the words of the Dave Clark Five, "I'm... (doof doof) Glad All Over” that I've been invited back onto TEAM Panel for a second year.

The past 12 months have been great. I've been to many new places & met lots of new faces in my role on TEAM Panel & as an active TEAM Member.

Highlights, you ask?

Well, they include my first visit to Wrexham for TEAM Performance Party, meeting lots of very talented folk,…

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Added by Ben Tinniswood on January 4, 2016 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Join us for another Critical Chinwag

Dear TEAMsters,,

It's that time again! 

How do you fancy coming to see Christopher Brett Bailey's "This is how we die" at Chapter, Cardiff, on Tuesday 23rd June, 7:30pm?

"A motor-mouthed collage of spoken word and…

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Added by Ben Tinniswood on June 8, 2015 at 10:22 — No Comments

TEAM Choir - "The Cardiff Sound Collective" - Join us!

 We're pleased to announce the first TEAM Choir - "The Cardiff Sound Collective" is starting soon.

To join up, read up, or perhaps see how to start up your own TEAM Choir take a look at the event below:

http://community.nationaltheatrewales.org/events/team-choir-the-cardiff-sound-collective

Added by Ben Tinniswood on March 27, 2015 at 10:43 — No Comments

TEAM Paneling

Hola People!

I'm delighted to say I've been asked to be a TEAM Panel member for 2015.

My name is Ben. I have a certificate somewhere that says I have a Degree in Acting. I still do that Acting stuff, but nowadays I do all kinds of other things too, including Composing & performing as a Musician & even, when the wind is right, a bit of Comedy. Well, I call it Comedy…

I’ve just checked the dates & it was exactly 9 months ago to the day (Correct at time…

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Added by Ben Tinniswood on December 17, 2014 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

What should TEAM Choir sound like?

What should TEAM Choir sound like?

3rd December 5-7pm

National Theatre Wales office

We're putting together a TEAM Choir in Cardiff (Sorry if you're not local, but watch this space...) to start in the New Year.

We'd like it to be an all-comers choir with an emphasis on joining in, expressing ourselves, playing & creating, whilst increasing our musicality, confidence & general wellbeing.

We say you don't need to be an aspiring Jenkins or Terfel to…

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Added by Ben Tinniswood on November 26, 2014 at 18:36 — No Comments

TEAM Choir?

Hola Teamsters!

So here's the plan,

We're putting together a TEAM Choir in Cardiff (Sorry if you're not local, but watch this space...) to start in the new year.

We'd like it to be an all comers choir with an emphasis on joining in, expressing ourselves, playing & creating, whilst increasing our musicality, confidence & general well being.

We say you don't need to be an aspiring Jenkins or Terfel to join this choir, in fact, you don't even…

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Added by Ben Tinniswood on November 18, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

"Old Wolf learns new trick" to the power of 2

Greetings from the rehearsal room of "What's the Time, Mr. Wolf?" (Ahem, quick plug - Porter's Bar, Cardiff, 14/15&17th July, 7pm ;)

This has been a whole new adventure for me. I've performed this show MANY times over the last couple of years, getting ever more comfortable with his ways & motivations etc. So it has been fascinating to get into a rehearsal room to re-rehearse for this year's shows with a totally new Director.

Working with Lisa…

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Added by Ben Tinniswood on July 11, 2014 at 10:37 — 1 Comment

"Old Wolf learns new trick"

Prompted by a conversation with Simon Coates whilst hiding out in the trenches in Usk last friday (As an aside, if you're thinking of going to see Mametz, go. You won't regret it) I'm now writing my first ever blog.

There is an angle to this, of course, I'm promoting a show. But, within that, I'm liking the idea of doing so less formally & I feel I can skirt around the subject too this way (Or do I mean ramble?).

The show in question is "What's the Time, Mr Wolf?".…

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Added by Ben Tinniswood on June 26, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

A message for Summer Camp

Hi all,

Just over a month away from Summercamp. I've managed to sneak a message out over the wire...

http://youtu.be/5dZQ0D_wkS0

Ben

Added by Ben Tinniswood on June 19, 2014 at 12:31 — No Comments

Director needed for dark comedy one man show

I’m looking for a Director to help me rehearse a one man show I’m performing at this year’s Cardiff Comedy Festival.

The Show

“Conrad Kordover is a man with strange habits; a loner, living by his own unconventional beliefs. When a murder is committed, it isn’t long before the Police come knocking.”

“What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?” by Vincent Cassar. A darkly comic one man play exploring a society where justice must be done, whatever the price. A piece that is…

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Added by Ben Tinniswood on May 30, 2014 at 10:51 — No Comments

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