De Gabay

Two years ago a group of Somali poets from Butetown walked into the National Theatre Wales office and said they wanted to make a show...

Their award-winning story begins in Somalia and sails to Cardiff’s Tiger Bay.

On the 3rd March you are welcomed to Butetown to be part of their story. Join us for two parades, intimate house visits, a parliament of poetry and a beautiful finale across the harbour.

Supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

De Gabay will take place on Sunday 3rd March 2013, in and around Butetown, Cardiff. 

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Comment by Jen Thornton on March 20, 2013 at 4:31

Cast member Tomos James video blogged his way through the rehearsal process. You can find all of his video diaries on Vimeo

Comment by James Sellers on March 19, 2013 at 5:33

Better late than never!

Here is a link to a slideshow of photos of De Gabay.

Great show.

Comment by Gavin Porter on February 14, 2013 at 23:53

Costume and Prop making workshop today 2pm-5pm at NTW Warehouse, Dumballs Rd,
here -

Open to everyone #DeGabay

Comment by Devinda De Silva on January 25, 2013 at 5:51

Technical and Backstage Opportunities with De Gabay

We are holding an open session for anyone who wants to get involved with the  technical side of De Gabay. Everyone is welcome - whether you are totally new to this and just want to find out more, or have previous experience.

We'll be covering the following:

Lighting/Sound/Projections/Stage Management/Prop Making/Costume Making

We'll do our best to accommodate anyone who attends this session and wants to learn more to get some time shadowing or working on the show.

It will be on Saturday 9 February, 11-3pm, so if you are interested please come along to.

Man Gwyn Room

National Dance Company Wales

Wales Millenium Centre

Pierhead Street

Cardiff Bay, CF10 4PH

Any questions, please contact me at


Comment by Gavin Porter on January 25, 2013 at 4:23

A few photos of De Gabay Open Evening


Comment by Gavin Porter on January 17, 2013 at 4:23
We are holding a De Gabay get together on 24th Jan, 6pm at our creative space on Dumballs Rd. This is an opportunity for the director, designer, some cast members, some technical staff and the community cast to meet up for the first time. the will be food and some performances by some of the De Gabay poets.
This is the building 
Comment by Devinda De Silva on December 5, 2012 at 23:40

A great opportunity for anyone wanting to get involved in De Gabay


THEATRE MAKERS AND VOLUNTEERS SEEKING EXPERIENCE IN THEATRE DESIGN living in, or representing Cardiff  Butetown  Grangetown  Riverside

Painters, Illustrators, Sculptors, Scenographers, Animators, Graffiti artists, Costume & Textile artists, Puppet Makers and other makers for DE GABAY- a beautiful theatrical production based on Somali poetry taking place throughout Butetown in March 2013

We are seeking to build a team of designers to work on this and other NTW projects. Join us to have fun, make work, and find out more in an open workspace setting.

There are a limited number of paid opportunities available for 2013

All are welcome                 

10am - 6pm 20TH DEC


National Theatre Wales Workspace

Industrial Unit  Browning Jones and Morris Ltd

Dumballs Road  Cardiff  CF10 5FE 

CONTACT: if you’d like to know more please come along as indicated

email Lucy Wilkinson

call 07799 761 773. Please leave messages.

Comment by Amelia Forsbrook on November 15, 2012 at 3:57

Ahmed, really enjoyed reading your draft - some smashing imagery, esp. in the "major waves". You should know that I'm already telling virtual strangers that they MUST come back to Cardiff with me next year to see the show...

Comment by Matt Ball on November 15, 2012 at 2:25

To coincide with De Gabay we're going to be offering some WalesLab residencies to develop new work in and around the Butetown, Riverside, Grangetown, Cardiff Bay & Tiger Bay areas of Cardiff.

You can find more information here

Deadline is midday on 14th December.

Comment by ahmed ibrahim hassan on November 9, 2012 at 15:51

Heres A little free style poem which is not finished hope you enjoy it!!!!

The Narrator

 Entered through the fierce waves of Tiger Bay

Today many assumptions about the locals yesterday

Worked hard on the ships and created major waves in the UK

Created paths for the next generation. But will they stay?


Born in Wales which makes him a citizens

Sons of seamen who are proud Somali men

Who nurture there kids to be honourable honest men

Bilingual educated and helpful men


Who know there background ancestry linage and mothers tongue

going to the mosque and learning about the oneness of god

The creator of the universe is the one that makes hearts beat

I've left the past and thank god for not making me BAD


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