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"I believe that we need plays like Wolfie at this time because they challenge the limitations we can put on ourselves in terms of how ‘difficult stories’ are told." - Izzy Rabey

My name is Izzy and I’ll be directing the play-reading of Wolfie by Ross Willis for NTW’s Network series. Wolfie is a play I read last year on a train back from London and I inhaled it, quickly deciding it was the next play I wanted to direct. I had never laughed out loud at stage directions before. As a director, you’re always hungry for the next play which is going to churn up something inside you, and ignite this I-Can’t-Not-Direct-This feeling which is…

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Go Tell The Bees Digital Procession - Frequently Asked Questions

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Posted on June 19, 2020 at 11:30

Sometimes we look up and can barely believe we are living through this moment...

After nearly three months spent with us so far, all in lockdown, and following more seismic shift in our global, national and local consciousness over the last two weeks – Artistic Director Lorne reflects on where we find ourselves, and where we go from here.…

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Posted on June 10, 2020 at 13:22

"The dreams are like ancient scripture, we treat them reverently. These are fragments of peoples subconscious" - Emily Laurens

Dream a Little Dream For Me by Emily Laurens

I have been living with dreams for 3 weeks now. Other peoples dreams. I dream about dreams. Other peoples nightmares have given me nightmares. In Wales May is a time when the veil between worlds is thin, Calan Mai, May Day Eve, is ysbryd nos, a spirit night, much like…

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Posted on May 28, 2020 at 13:30

"I’m really interested to see how the play sits in the current world" Matthew Bulgo - Constellation Street

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Constellation Street takes place over the course of one night in Cardiff, between midnight and dawn. It follows the story of four characters - a pub landlady, a taxi driver, a school teacher and a young girl - who are all stuck in their own personal purgatories. Their past actions are weighing on them heavily and they’re desperate to find a way of moving forward. This one particular…

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Posted on May 15, 2020 at 12:28

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Mae National Theatre Wales wedi bod yn creu cynyrchiadau Saesneg eu hiaith mewn lleoliadau ledled Cymru, y DU, yn rhyngwladol ac ar-lein ers Mawrth 2010.

Rydym yn gweithio o leoliad bach yng nghanol dinas Caerdydd, ond rydym yn gweithio dros y wlad i gyd, a thu hwnt, gan ddefnyddio tirwedd gyfoethog ac amrywiol Cymru, ei threfi a’i phentrefi, ei straeon anhygoel a’i gwledd o dalent yn ysbrydoliaeth i ni.

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We operate from a small base in Cardiff’s city centre, but we work all over the country, and beyond, using Wales’ rich and diverse landscape, its towns, cities and villages, its incredible stories and rich talent as our inspiration.

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Go Tell The Bees Digital Procession - Frequently Asked Questions

Are you interested in taking part in the procession, but want to know more before you make up your mind? Read on to find out what will happen...What is the Procession?Go Tell the Bees Digital Procession is a festival of music, theatre and dance, created in Pembrokeshire to celebrate the summer Solstice. We have been working with local residents for several weeks, giving…See More
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After nearly three months spent with us so far, all in lockdown, and following more seismic shift in our global, national and local consciousness over the last two weeks – Artistic Director Lorne reflects on where we find ourselves, and where we go from here.I, and everyone else who holds any sort…See More
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We bring together storytelling poets, visual visionaries and inventors of ideas. We collaborate with artists, audiences, communities and companies to create theatre in the English language, rooted in Wales, with an international reach.

Rydym yn dwyn ynghyd beirdd sy’n adrodd straeon, gweledyddion gweledol a dyfeiswyr syniadau. Cydweithiwn gydag artistiaid, cynulleidfaoedd, cymunedau a chwmnïau i greu theatr Saesneg wedi’i gwreiddio yng Nghymru ag elfen ryngwladol.

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At 10:19 on June 28, 2016, Simon Coates said…

CALL OUT FOR CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN UK AND SOUTH AFRICA

British Council South Africa have launched an open call for applications for artists/digital creatives to be a part of the CONNECT/ ZA programme.

More info here::

http://www.britishcouncil.org.za/programmes/arts/connect-za/projects/programme-201617-creative-open-call

DEADLINE: 18 Jul 16

At 13:17 on January 15, 2014, Ailsa Richardson said…

Have been meaning to make contact since NTW began and a conversation with Carl Lavery has pushed me into action - he said 'I must talk to you'. I do find the approaches you have been finding in NTW inspiring and imaginative so its about time I got in touch! I grew up in West Wales and have been active making work as director and performer in the South West and Wales since 1996. For various reasons in the last 6 years I have been more engaged with teaching and research. I think it is time now to make work, be a practitioner again, I have a number of ideas which are perhaps 'at the edges of theatre' that I would like to develop, and am wondering how I might weave something into the NTW net(work). Could we have a chat sometime as I am not sure how my experience and skills best fit into the different channels of development you have at NTW? You can see some information on my profile page and my website is www.ailsarichardson.com Best, Ailsa 

At 7:41 on July 28, 2013, Leslie Herman Jones said…

Would like to know more about In Water I'm Weightless NTW20. Can you direct me to this please?

Thanks

At 20:25 on February 3, 2013, Jan Miller said…

Hi John - didn't get a chance to say hello or even goodbye yesterday... we'd had a punishing journey down on the rugby train and were under pressure to shove back on to get home again - 2 carriages! can you believe it???   we survived standing for 2 hours and got seats around Ludlow... despite that, Film Team had an amazing time - thanks again to you all for a fantastic party! 

At 12:43 on December 12, 2012, Ray Thomas said…

Hello John,

Really interested in getting more involved with NTW, despite my age! Any advice about Group/s to join please? Acting and Directing work to date mainly with schools, Colleges, and some Adult groups, but keen to do more and to network! Have offered to work on a voluntary basis at NTW if appropriate and required.

At 10:35 on September 8, 2012, Wendy Hubbard said…

Many thanks John

Wendy

At 18:07 on August 14, 2012, Kelly Jones said…
Hey John
Hope you are well. Have noticed people commenting about the BBC writers award, I havent received anything in the post- when should I hear by?
Kelly x
At 22:36 on February 5, 2012, Carys Eleri said…

Can't wait for spring. Spring glamour plans looking so good. Hugs :)xx

At 11:54 on January 6, 2012, Louise Breckon - Richards said…

Thank you John.  I'm so pleased to have discovered this community, as living in London has often made me feel so remote from  welsh roots and connections.  It's great to see such lively creativity being used which I hope I can contribute to, both as an Actress and writer .  Here's to a good year ahead for all

At 10:26 on August 2, 2011, Christine Anita Kinsey said…

Good letter about Freedom Theatre John, thanks!

I thought people might be interested in this poem I've drafted for Jacob....Apologies if this isn't the right place to post it.

F.X .

A poem for Jacob Gough 31st July 2011.

 

Midnight chimes. Moist air carries the clangs

and the rattle-roar of the dark train that mends

the track between here and your old home, Aber.

 

No stranger to small hours, you work on

after rehearsals to make effects, cue sound

and light and programme visions.

 

At The Barmouth Assembly we asked,

What’s left after the summer tides?

And stormed the ice cream parlour

 

with music, words and war games

from Play Station conscripts. Barmouth’s band

of back bedroom snipers fire at screens of empty towns.

 

Now, manager of Freedom Theatre in Jenin,

your Call of Duty at 3.30 a.m. is to witness

the humiliation of your technician,

 

to squat in broken glass and become hostage

with young children whilst arrests are made.

Real IDF commandos with real guns,

 

pledged to uphold the impossible

‘Purity of Arms’ code to, “maintain

humanity even in combat.”

 

Earlier, on a level patch of Welsh hillside,

I reeled through a martial form: slow, elegant,

designed only to deflect unarmed attack.

 

The energy ball I held was an imagined globe

one hand on Wales, the other on Palestine.

Special ops were the hand-over of sky-

 

 

 

screaming swifts to soft fluttering bats.

Whilst turning the tides of Tai Chi

I focused on your impeccable sense

 

of timing, sharp ability to read cues

and hope this keeps you safe as gun

muzzles bore and silence.

 

 
 
 

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