Early Days of a Better Nation


Early Days of a Better Nation

Join this group to get up to date information about Coney's research and development performance in Cardiff:

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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Location: Cardiff
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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 Angela Smith on May 5, 2012 at 0:39

HI, are there anymore workshops prior to the interactive performance on teh 17th May? Thank you and love your ideas for a better nation.

Comment by Sarah Jane Leigh on May 3, 2012 at 23:53


Hi Group Members,

Here is a video of the predecessor, A Small Town Anywhere, to Early Days of a Better Nation. Early Days is an iteration of a particular kind of show that was invented by Coney with A Small Town. Something interesting to watch on a Friday morning . . . 

Comment by Sam Howey Nunn on April 27, 2012 at 5:11

ANNOUNCEMENT!  We're very pleased and excited to tell you that Early Days of a Better Nation will be showing at  Chapter Arts Centre on the evening of Thursday, May 17th!

Tickets are a tiny £1 so we're hoping to see lots of you there.  60 places in all, make sure you come and get involved!

You can buy tickets here

Comment by Annette Mees on April 19, 2012 at 6:25

Hello everyone, I'm one of the co-dircetors of Coney and am directing Early Days. We have started preparations towards the first R&D showings. We're very excited about it. Like Gill said earlier we're interested in seeing of we can develop an interactive show that allows for a space for the audience to discuss big ideas around democracy. We want to be ambitious with it and this R&D is the first step towards developing what the show could look like. 

As always with interactive theatre, the show is about the audience and will be made We're really hoping that we can get as many engaged theatre makers, writers, thinkers etc. as possible to come to this first stage. We're aiming to provide an interesting evening in return for ideas about how the show can develop further. 

Meanwhile we've been working with smarties to figure out the audience movements 

Comment by Sarah Jane Leigh on April 19, 2012 at 3:05

Hey group, if you are on twitter, follow Coney:  for up to the minute information on the project and the other work they are doing. 

Comment by Sam Howey Nunn on April 14, 2012 at 20:35

It's looking like the 17th, but we'll confirm here tomorrow or Tuesday...  Keep your diary free!

Comment by Cari Barley on April 14, 2012 at 10:39

Hey!  When's the show of the R&D?  Would love to catch it if I can!

Comment by Sarah Jane Leigh on April 13, 2012 at 10:42

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to share Coney's website:


It has lots of information about who they are, what they do, etc.

Gill, thanks for the question . . . it has had my mind churning all day. For me, personally, I think that theatre should raise questions for us to find the answers to individually and I think that this production will do this and create a discussion   from this. I'm really excited by it :) 

Have a gander at the website and lots more interesting information about the project will be posted over the next couple of weeks.

Comment by Gillian Brightmore on April 12, 2012 at 23:45

Let us , as Dylan said, begin at the beginning. In a time of the breaking down of democratic rights in UK  what issues do we wish to address through theatre in S.E.Wales ?

I agree that the ,'luxury of detachment "is no longer viable".

Gill Brightmore

Comment by Sam Howey Nunn on April 12, 2012 at 23:21

We're very close to having a venue- watch this space, we'll announce here first!


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