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Growing up mid-way between Stratford and Birmingham Rep theatre the thrill of the sheer live-ness of theatre hit me at an early age. I would skip games to see people touring like the young Ian McKellen in a Marlowe and have carried on seeing theatre ever since.

By accident I began to write reviews for and was pleased to be invited to join the Academi/ NTW Critics Programme.

Alan Bennett was for a while a near neighbour of mine. I keep in mind some words of his "Critics are like the eunuchs in the harem. They sit there in the dark watching what they cannot actually do themselves."

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Audience Viewpoint

In the last five weeks there have been seven substantive documents written on the topic of the company's strategy. They all have their own viewpoint, delivered from their own vantage point: Equity, the actors union, the Writers Guild, the dramatists of Wales, a lecturer in Yorkshire, and the company statement itself.

Two important voices have not…


Posted on October 26, 2018 at 19:36 — 9 Comments

Context of letter from the Chair 24th September

On 24th September the community site posted a letter from the Chairman. It has appeared without any publication of the context.

The context is in response to an open letter written by the playwrights Alan Harris, Alun Saunders, Branwen Davies, Carmen Medway-Stephens, Caryl Lewis, Daf James, Dic Edwards, Gary Owen, Gary Russell, Jacob Hodgkinson, Jon Berry, Kath Chandler, Keiron Self, Kelly Rees, Kit Lambert, Lisa Parry, Louise Osbourn, Lucy Rivers, Manon Eames, Mari Izzard, Matthew…


Posted on September 26, 2018 at 8:30 — 6 Comments

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At 22:48 on May 9, 2012, jem treays said…

Hi adam


I hope you don’t mind me posting you.


My name is Jem Treays, I dont think we have met but you have previously reviewed  Shh which I danced/choreographed with Roy Campbell Moore,Sue williams and Chloe Loftus at the Dance House (dont know if you remember?)  I am now the director of a new dance theatre company, Run Ragged, based in Cardiff. We are currently touring a new work “Out of the Box”  to venues in Wales. We are making work that is intelligent and  layered suitable for all ages from 3+ to adult and we know that our  work is interesting and different and the audience responses (from seasoned theatre viewers to special needs kids) has been great. We are keen to build audiences and  ambitious to get the company’s work out internationally in the next couple of years.  


We really need/want some critical review from established reviewers and I am very much hoping we can entice you out to one of the venues below to review us. We would of course pay your fare, give you a comp, buy you a drink afterwards and be generally appreciative that you have come out to see us!


We have three gigs left of our tour:


Borough Theatre, Abergavenny Sat 12 May 230pm

Blackwood Miners Institute, Tues 15 May 6pm

Muni, Pontypridd Sat 19 May 2pm


Should you be able to come the easiest venue to get to is Muni Pontpridd on Sat 19 May  as this is just 20 mins North of Cardiff. You could get a train to Ponty, drive or get a cab.


If you wanted to bring any family members please let me know and I could arrange further comps.


You can see a bit about us at http://www.


I hope you will be able to com. My tel is 07411112339 should you wish to have a chat with me.


 All the best


At 7:53 on May 7, 2012, Erica Eirian said…

Hi Adam,

After taking a year out to lay the foundations for taking the company from an ad hoc group to a professional company with (hopefully) a future, Theatr Pena is back with Jean Genet's The Maids (13 to 16 June at The Riverfront, 20 to 23 June at the Torch Theatre). Hope you can catch a performance. Erica (Eirian)

At 11:32 on May 5, 2012, Terry Victor said…

Hi Adam

Fragments of Ash is in Aberystwyth on Wednesday 9th May. I hope you can catch it.


At 21:01 on July 20, 2011, Peter Cox MBE said…

Hi Adam,


I've been a bit full on with work and haven't seen the ep' you mentioned.  If I get chance to catch up I'll post a few thoughts.



At 4:53 on July 20, 2011, Kelly Page said…


Many thanks for the friend-add. As for saying 'interesting things' ... everything has the potential to be interesting, just depends on your point of view. Looking forward to future discussions :-)



At 10:52 on June 8, 2010, Rhys Jennings said…
Hi Adam,

Great to meet you (if only very briefly) at the Hay festival. Hope you had a good time there. Do keep in touch. Nice to put a face to the name.

At 23:45 on March 3, 2010, Mick Greenway said…

Thanks for coming back to me. Most of our performances are actually on the English side of the Dyke where there are more people! But we have one in Llanidloes on Saturday and, even better, one in Presteigne on Friday 26th when we have June Tabor - top folk-singer - supporting us. Both 7.30. Be nice if you could make one of them - good bit of the Dyke path near Presteigne.

Best wishes,


fancied the trip

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