Early Days of a Better Nation


Early Days of a Better Nation

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The revolution is over. It is time to start shaping your new nation.  


What are the rules we want to live by? Who leads us? Why are we a country at all?


Early Days of a Better Nation is about the opportunity to start again.


A theatrical exploration of the nature and limitations of democracy, which may - or may not-  unravel into a political game of unintended consequences.


This is an early scratch performance for an audience of 120 people. It builds on the audience-led theatre of Coney’s "A Small Town Anywhere"


Developed with National Theatre Wales and supported by BAC



Made by Coney, here represented by Annette Mees, Mink Ette, Jason Sutton and Sam Howey Nunn


“Understatedly audacious… an interrogation of ideology and its

poisonous effect on community… the fraught final stages feel as

complex and electrifying as any actor-based drama. The moral decisions

we are asked to take might seem simplistic to a fly on the wall, but

the luxury of such detachment is long gone.”

Andrzej Lukowski, reviewing A Small Town Anywhere for Time Out.


“An important pointer to how theatre is developing,”

Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor on A Small Town Anywhere

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What One Thing Would You Change To Make This a Better Nation?

In the run up to Thursday's Scratch performance and on this lovely overcast Monday we would like to know: What One Thing Would You Change To Make This a Better Nation? We are also posing the question…Continue

Tags: Nation, Important, Issues, Society, Better

Started by Sarah Jane Leigh May 14, 2012.

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Comment by John Richard Jones on July 10, 2012 at 12:12

I am a little bit late responding to this invite for Early Days of a Better Nation but as it isn't until next year I hope all will be okay. If I can get the time I shall take part.

Comment by Annette Mees on May 21, 2012 at 11:12

As Sarah said - all feedback & experiences really welcome. 

This was very much a first stab at something that will be a show next year. At this point we don't know what the show might look like. 

We might loose everything about the structure we used on Thursday or keep part of it. We might cut some elements and deepen and develop others. 

In return below a couple of blurry iPhone pictures I made on the night :)

Comment by Sarah Jane Leigh on May 21, 2012 at 10:46

Hi Rhodri,

Thank you for your post! Audience feedback is really valuable and important at this point to the creators of the show.

If anyone else would like to and can spare the time to write about their experience of Early Days, it would be very much appreciated.

Thanks again!

Comment by Rhodri Hugh Thomas on May 18, 2012 at 8:28

Well last night was very entertaining and thought provoking. It felt at times like we were in an early seventies psychology experiment. I think there's a distinct difference (with shading in between) in how men (particularly younger men) and women approach such situations. There is always a choice between conflict and consensus. Add to that the complexity of individual personalities and what you have is what we scientists call a complex adaptive system. The whole thing was fascinating. I'd love to do it again... and again! Each time with perhaps a different mix of people and scenarios.

So you wanted to know how to change it..... firstly get a venue which doesn't resonate like a dustbin. It was too flipping loud! Secondly, you need to choose between how tightly you define the rules. Take for instance my party's rejection of the beans. There was no easily adopted alternative. So you could have started the evening by saying "certain rules of the game are non negotiable". You could clearly define the scenario, starting conditions and limitations or you could prepare yourselves for a completely adaptive process that allows for complete randomness. God the more I think about it the more scientifically interesting this is. Next time you do it you should market it to certain schools in the university. Its a completely fascinating and highly entertaining concept. I look forward to seeing how it develops!!

One other thought, its interesting from a psychological and systems science perspective but of course it is about democracy. And you made the point rather bluntly with your film at the end. I wonder how many of us were conscious during the event of the rather grim relevance given what's happening in Greece and the Arab world. I was. I kept thinking 'it must be like this in Greece right now'. I don't know how you emphasise this context but I suspect showing images of another age - communism, Kennedy etc. doesn't help although the film was well made and did cause a frisson of emotion at the end.

Comment by Sarah Jane Leigh on May 17, 2012 at 8:46

Hi Everyone, tickets are now sold out although there will be more than likely some returns on the door so if you were thinking of coming please pop by.

Comment by Sarah Jane Leigh on May 16, 2012 at 9:54

Hi Everyone, here is the link to an interview had with Annette about Early Days, we only have our last few tickets remaining for for tomorrow evening so if you'd like to join in book your tickets to avoid disappointment: lhttp://katiebrownonculture.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/early-days-of-bet...

Comment by Sarah Jane Leigh on May 9, 2012 at 12:33

Hi Group,

We now have a Facebook event as well: http://www.facebook.com/events/224955907615510/

It would be great if you'd join and invite anyone you think would also be interested in attending who aren't members of the National Theatre Wales Community.



Comment by Annette Mees on May 9, 2012 at 12:15

We've started making some elements for the show. The very first thing to role of the presses is the New Nation News jingle Generic%20News%20Bulletin.mp3

Comment by Angela Smith on May 5, 2012 at 12:33

Thanks Annette, its in the diary so all being well I look forward to meeting you there. Sounds great. X

Comment by Cari Barley on May 5, 2012 at 12:28

Hi Sarah,

I really enjoyed the video.  Thanks for sharing!



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