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Friday's Rage...

An attempt to express some of the anger and rage I feel...albeit it very nervously, about some of the things I have experienced in my life. Things other people I know, have met and worked with, have experienced, the systems I/we have then had to navigate, and the traps I/we have then felt caged by, in relation to 'social norms', 'social expectations' and 'social ideas', about what is and is not 'acceptable' to be, feel, or express. For me, personally, this relates specifically to my experiences…See More
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How to be Well in a World that is Sick. Rehearsal Vlog day 1.

Hello National Theatre Wales Community. I am new here. I am  a writer, director, performer and theatre maker and the Artistic Director of Jackdaw Theatre. I am now based in Machynlleth.I am currently developing a solo performance project titled "How To Be Well In A World That Is Sick". Supported by the Arts Council of Wales and The National Lottery, this work is a semi autobiographical exploration of the impact of sexual and gender based violence. The show asks questions about how our culture…See More
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What I do:
Artistic Director of Jackdaw Theatre
A little more about me:
I am a writer, director, performer and theatre maker. I am the artistic director of Jackdaw Theatre. I am a feminist and I am proud to identify as a woman. I believe deeply in equality for all.

​Jackdaw was formed in 2011 by Amy Clamp, Holly Seager, Ben Karakashian and me. At the time we all lived and worked in London. We have since taken our own individual and successful paths in the arts industries around the UK and beyond.

Ever since I was a child I have been enthralled by stories. I love stories. A lot. I love writing them, reading then, and listening to them. I am deeply affected by stories. I believe, all people are.

I am now living and making theatre in Machynlleth, where I began my life. Jackdaw is now an open collective that works with the local community and professional artists. We employ new artists for each project that we run, create, produce or co-produce.

​Stories have the power to create or to destroy. The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, the stories we are told about ourselves, the stories the world tells us, about one another. The stories our culture or society tell us, have a truly magical power.

They are the difference between people feeling and living well, in peaceful harmony, with themselves, one another and the Earth. Or a world riddled with social inequality, injustice, poverty, oppression, violence, and war.

In order to serve us well, all our collective and individual stories need to be regularly questioned, updated, re-written and re-told. I am passionate about stories that remind us of our humanity.

My name is Bethan Dear. I am a human, and I am storyteller.
Location:
Machynlleth
Projects I’m working on:
I am currently developing a solo performance project titled "How To Be Well In A World That Is Sick". Supported by the Arts Council of Wales and The National Lottery, this work is a semi autobiographical exploration of the impact of sexual and gender based violence. The show asks questions about how our culture and society perpetuate this kind of violence and explores the ways in which the wider context of our culture and society impact on our internal landscape as people. The work looks at how important body based, movement and vocal forms of expression are necessary and needed in the process of healing trauma. Including spoken word, storytelling, movement, dance, sound and clowning, this piece combines Bethan's skills as a writer, performer and maker, and is a process of me bringing together some of the experiences which have impacted me the most in life, with a deep desire to connect with and support other people who have survived similar journeys or who are supporting those who have.

As a part of this project I am working in partnership with New Pathways, an organisation based across Wales who offer support to victims and survivors of rape, sexual assault, abuse and sexual violence. I have been working with a focus group of people who have received support from New Pathways to provide me with a space for continued dialogue during the create process. I will share work with them as it's in it's creation process and in turn they will give me feedback and insights on how it resonates with them and the ways in which I could add/change/improve or expand it.
Personal Website/CV:
http://www.jackdawtheatre.com/
Twitter @username:
@jackdawtheatre

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Thursday Week Three...Sneaky Take Two!

Posted on April 22, 2021 at 16:30

How to be Well in a World that is Sick.

Week three got off to a great start yesterday doing some voice recordings for the show...

Posted on April 20, 2021 at 16:30

Friday's Rage...

An attempt to express some of the anger and rage I feel...albeit it very nervously, about some of the things I have experienced in my life. Things other people I know, have met and worked with, have experienced, the systems I/we have then had to navigate, and the traps I/we have then felt caged by, in relation to 'social norms', 'social expectations' and 'social ideas', about what is and is not 'acceptable' to be, feel, or express. For me, personally, this relates specifically to my…

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Posted on April 16, 2021 at 12:00

How to be Well in a World that is Sick. Thursdays rehearsal life...

Continuing with the rehearsal process....and struggling for the first time with my commitment not to edit any of the videos and never to record them twice. I have been finding this very liberating so far and today, having chosen very bad lighting that highlights my tired eyes...I am noticing the vulnerability I can still feel around self image...sometimes. Enjoy my raw uncensored words.…

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Posted on April 15, 2021 at 18:30

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