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What I do:
Writer/Director/Workshop Leader/Dramaturg - I have been working in Welsh Theatre since 1982. Originally trained as an Actress in London, I began directing when at Theatr Powys, where I became Artistic Director, staying for 11 years. Have since worked freelance as Writer/Director in TV and Theatre. From 2006 - 10 was Associate Director with Hijinx Theatre, working on new plays and script development.
A little more about me:
I have been working with the Lead Creative School's initiative - as both creative agent and practitioner, leading and over-seeing arts projects in schools. I've also been offering different training packages for teachers with A2 Connect. Alongside this work I have been continuing to work as a writer and director - most recently acting as dramaturg and director for PAC's Welsh tour of CRACKED by Emily Hinshelwood. I've continued my work with the Forget-Me-Not Chorus as their writer in residence - most recently working alongside the community chorus on Rhondda Rips it Up and with Alzheimers clients and their carers on Behind the Mask - a new libretto for soloists of the WNO alongside the choir. I've just finished a Writer's Residency at Theatr Clwyd, where I've been developing a new play. I continue to teach at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and to support people in the development of their theatre making ideas.

Currently under commission with Sherman Cymru developing a new play MAUDIE'S ROOMS. Also working in collaboration with Cardiff University/ Sherman Cymru/ W.N.O towards a project exploring ageing - and anti-ageing science. Have recently directed a rehearsed reading of a new play SUPERNOVA by a young writer Dave Lee Smith, who I've been developing along with N.T.W. Recently also directed IDEAS EXCHANGE for the Butetown Assembly/ N.T.W.
Projects I’m working on:
Pontardawe Arts Centre - Artist Development Project - Artistic Lead
Script Mentor and Director - Stones Throw with Rachel Taylor-Beales and Lucy Rivers
Writer in Residence at Theatr Clwyd -script in development
Wales Lab - Our Mothers Were Sisters
Forget- me - not Choir and Welsh National Opera - Writer/ Libretto for new Song Cycle DEMENSTORIA.
MAUDIE'S ROOMS - with my new Company The Roar Ensemble. A/C funding for Full Production this EASTER
YAS Tutor with RWCMD
MENTOR for Script Cafe and Pontardawe Arts Centre
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Production Week for Maudie's Rooms

The old customs and immigration house in Bute Street is in the process of transformation, ready for Maudie's Rooms which opens this Friday.... a two week run, but tickets selling very fast...book now if you want a chance to catch it. Fantastic creative team!

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 9:47


Theatre Company the Roar Ensemble in collaboration with Sherman Cymru are delighted to be mounting their full production of Maudie's Rooms in Butetown this Spring.  A sumptuous site-specific adventure for all the family, MAUDIE'S ROOMS was hugely successful with audiences during it's development run last Summer. 

As Artistic director of the Roar, I'm now seeking to…


Posted on January 14, 2014 at 3:06 — 4 Comments

Last few remaining tickets for first production from exciting new company - MAUDIE'S ROOMS by Roar Ensemble

New theatre Company The Roar Ensemble in Co-production with Sherman Cymru is proud to announce it's inaugural production of Maudie's Rooms.

A site specific narrative theatre piece for Family Audiences (8 years plus) Maudie's Rooms is a sumptuously rich experiential theatrical adventure... a little bit scarey, and very thrilling! 

Set in an old Boarding House in Bute Street...…


Posted on July 18, 2013 at 12:14

Our Mothers Were Sisters - WALES LAB

WALES LAB:  Our Mother's Were Sisters.


Our Mothers were Sisters, Wella Corria, Laila Mohamed Mason &…


Posted on April 16, 2013 at 0:12 — 1 Comment

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At 21:28 on May 7, 2017, Sally Hughes said…

Hi Louise, Sally Hughes here, I work with Iwan at The Republic of the Imagination and I'm Gerrie Hughes' daughter. We are having an event that I thought you may be interested in and I'd like to send you an invite by email. What's the best email to send it to? My email is sally@troti.org. Look forward to hearing from you.



At 22:02 on June 1, 2015, Rebecca Gould said…
Hi Louise

I think I heard on the grapevine that you were doing a project for refugee week, is this right? Would love to hear more about it, if you have a moment? My new email is Rebecca.gould@britishcouncil.org.

Hope your well

Rebecca x
At 0:26 on May 2, 2015, Lindsey Colbourne said…

Hi Lou, I just wanted to thank you again for your inspiration and support during (and before, and after!) my Waleslab R&D week. We couldn't have done it without you! I hope the experiment of working as a 'full time' dramaturg on the project leads to it happening again and again in the future!

I've blogged your poem, because it really shows I think, how the process benefits from the 'inside-outside' eye that you provided :http://community.nationaltheatrewales.org/profiles/blogs/digging-down-r-d-week-before-the-sharing-a-reflection-on-process

diolch yn fawr iawn, iawn


At 3:26 on March 23, 2015, Connor Allen said…
Thank you Louise

All the best with the mentoring and hopefully we'll get the chance to work together soon x
At 9:55 on March 6, 2015, Lindsey Colbourne said…

Hi Louise, I'm so pleased it sounds interesting! I'm down in Cardiff to watch/learn from the development of the NTW Assembly, so I'm very flexible and meeting on Friday morning would be great. My email is lindsey.colbourne@me.com and my mobile 07850 945511.

At 12:27 on January 27, 2013, Miranda Ballin said…

Many congrats Louise on being shortlisted so lovely to see your name there xxx

At 10:36 on November 24, 2011, carmen medway-stephens said…

Thanks Louise, Finishing 2nd draft and editing editing ......its liberating!!! Can't wait to experiment with it now during the week's residency. Very happy with the casting. Best Wishes

At 20:49 on November 19, 2009, Peter Cox MBE said…
Hi Lou (really enjoyed the show last night. Whole audience did. Very positive responses.)

Just posted this on the NTW site:

Saw the Hijinx Gulliver show last night in Llandrindod Wells. What a very good show. Funny. Entertaining. Moving. Great performances. Lovely concept and writing. Strong and imaginative direction. Excellent design and lighting. A great adventure and a fascinating journey into the human psyche and soul going via madness, creativity, politics, satire, love, paranoia, anxiety and the power of the imagination - all presented with consummate theatrical wit and confidence. A really good night out.
At 10:26 on September 28, 2009, Carl Jonathan Arthur Davies said…
Hi Lou
Just want to say a huge thank you for everything! I think you have used the set really well Its so nice to see a director using the set to the max. I love what you have done with the show. thank you for being so calm in this very compact process. its been a pleasure working and I hope to work with you more closely again in the future. Much love and the best of luck for the rest of the year xxxxx Big Love Mr c
At 23:11 on September 23, 2009, Ian Staples said…
Hi Lou
Sunflowered is a play by Alex Vlahos. We did a rehearsed reading of it at the springboard festival this year. It's a really nice piece. I'll try and get to the show on the 3rd. Hopefully see you then. x

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