Assembly 2013/2014/2015


Assembly 2013/2014/2015

We are inviting proposals from across Wales from anyone who has an idea on what subject the next National Theatre Wales Assembly should explore, and where it can take place. The date is set for March 29th 2014.

Assembly is a rousing performance/debate event that responds to local or global issues in a creative setting with time during the performance for the audience to debate and react.

Location: Cymru/Wales
Members: 71
Latest Activity: Apr 21, 2015

Discussion Forum

What are your thoughts about NTW Assembly and how it can develop? 5 Replies

Hi, i am the new Creative Associate at National Theatre Wales and I am responsible for the Assembly programe for the next two years. I have a few Ideas about how Assembly can develop but I wondered…Continue

Started by Gavin Porter. Last reply by Paul Jenkins Jul 22, 2013.

Comment Wall

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of Assembly 2013/2014/2015 to add comments!

Comment by Gavin Porter on December 2, 2014 at 23:20

Hi all. We are now looking for ideas for the #BigDemocracy from south Wales. Please get in contact if you'd like to meet up and discuss further

Comment by Gavin Porter on October 22, 2014 at 1:38

The Big Democracy Project - Bangor

October 4thsaw the first event of the Big Democracy project taking place in Penrhyn Hall, Bangor. It had taken three months to get to this point, from inviting ideas to three ideas being voted on to producing the event.


The chosen proposal was put forward by Bethesda poet Martin Daws – The Poetry Party – which looked at voter apathy.


We put the show together in 4 days and it’s a huge testament to the artist’s skill to create such quality performances and that amount of time.


It was really great to work with Martin, Nikki, Rhys, Ali and Sophie and the rest of the crew and it seemed that everyone who attended responded to the performance and contributed to the conversation.


I think that the evening provided a great platform for honest, heartfelt conversation and it seems that there is an apatite for political discussion, in what was described as a ‘safe space’. It was also great to hear some brilliant poetry (a big thank you to Sophie for taking one for the team, she's quite left wing really :)  


Below are some of the things said on the night

 Only the rich have democracy • Make things work for the people • A change in how people are voted into office • Do we need party politics • Less inequality • Build a new politic of the people • Convictional politicians • Spoilt Ballots don’t get counted • We have to accept democracy with all its faults • Have every really experienced true democracy? • Is what we have a democracy? •  It’s a broken system but it’s the only system we have • Voting isn’t worth the effort • Sometimes its based on the tradition of who your family voted for • I say no boarders no nations • Anarchism is responsibility • I don’t know anyone who votes • Im trying to pull my finger out and make a difference

Details of the next Big Democracy event will be released soon.

Join the conversation here

Comment by Carrie Ann-Newman on September 3, 2014 at 2:01

Hi there folks

Im organizing a symposium called " How safe is the 'safe space' of participatory practice in an arts and heritage context?". If anyone is interested in coming along and having a good ole debate about this then please see the event link below.

8th October at Cardiff Story! Hope you can make it as it should make for an interesting debate!

Carrie x

Comment by Gavin Porter on September 1, 2014 at 3:29

Voting opened last Friday for next stage of the Big Democracy Project. We invited proposals from across North Wales and the three ideas that are now up for public vote are three really strong and relevant ideas. The public will now decide which idea gets developed in an Assembly (performance/debate event) by voting for the one they feel chimes with them.

Central to the Big Democracy Project is how can we create the Wales we want? With action through art The Big Democracy project will help communities find their voice and explore issues that are important locally and nationally.

The themes are Homelessness, Voter Apathy and Rural Travel, more information can be found here 

Cast your vote.

Join in the Conversation #BigDemocracy

Democracy is.....?

Comment by Gavin Porter on July 24, 2014 at 0:42

Hi All. We have recently launched The Big Democracy Project and similar to Assembly we are looking for groups, organisations or individuals to submit proposals. We will be working in four communities across Wales over the next year, starting in North Wales. For more information visit

Comment by Gavin Porter on March 26, 2014 at 8:50

For those who are unable to make to Cardigan this Saturday night 7pm - 9pm you can what the performances and join the debate online, follow the link below:  

Comment by Paul Jenkins on March 19, 2014 at 9:29
Cardigan! Sorry!! Tho those damn drones will be all over if somebody don't stop 'em.
Comment by Paul Jenkins on March 17, 2014 at 4:58

Hi Gavin,

really interesting to see the Assembly work on drones happening in Carmarthen. I wrote a play on the subject (remote warfare/gaming) produced at the Birmingham Rep back in 2010 and did a fair bit of research on drones myself. Found lots of air force/army recruitment advertising stressing the links/crossover of gaming and drones on the battlefield - transferrable skills essentially. I don't know if it would be any use but here's a link to a review and the script:

Hope to make it along ... let me know if you'd like me to send you a copy of the script.

Comment by Gavin Porter on March 11, 2014 at 3:59

'Who controls The Drones In My Sky?'. Since this subject has been chosen for the next Assembly i have began to research the subject and what a subject it is. 


What is a Drone?

Can we stop Drone development?

Should we stop Drone development?

Is the ubiqutus use of Drones inevitable?


I have been asking myself all of these questions and more.


Here is a good video that looks at Drones in the U.S



Comment by Gavin Porter on March 7, 2014 at 3:13

Congratulations to Small World Theatre who's proposal 'Who Controls The Drones In My Sky?' was the chosen subject for the next Assembly


Members (67)


image block identification

© 2024   Created by National Theatre Wales.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service