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What I do:
Just recently I've been researching and reading plays by Welsh and Wales-based writers, for National Theatre Wales. I’ve been reminded that some of the most exhilarating, life affirming and rug pulling writing for the stage is in Wales - geographically, emotionally and culturally. I wish more of it was produced and would love to see emerging and established Welsh writers continue to be significantly and brilliantly involved in a whole range of new projects.
At the moment I’m directing a play for Chol Theatre, in Huddersfield, hence missing the NTW launch party, which I was really sad about. Other things this year include going back to India to work on a couple of new plays in Mumbai and Bangalore, working for the RSC, as a director on their national project for schools and young people and co-writing a book for Methuen called, something like, ‘Shakespeare and Young People’ (every meeting it changes, so not sure...). Having been hopeless at science in school, I am now fascinated, (although still a bit slow, especially when it comes to the long words), and I have spent the last few years dreaming up various collaborations between research scientists and theatre artists. For the Wellcome Trust I’m a member of the Society Committee and the consultant on their International Public Engagement conference, this year in India. I co-run a company with Jeff Teare and for the last few years this has concentrated on a project called Theatrescience, encouraging collaboration between playwrights and cutting edge scientists. Our next project is to produce 2 new plays at the Eden Project at the end of 2010. After leaving Cardiff for the bright lights of London in the late 90s, I worked for the English Shakespeare Company, then for the National Theatre before heading South West to the Theatre Royal Plymouth where I was Associate Director (Arts Development and Education), for 5 years. Despite the current climate, I adore being freelance, not least because I can do my shopping when no one else is! I am ridiculously excited about this new national theatre….

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Jagriti visit

I'm putting a together a programme for directors of Jagriti in Bangalore, they're visiting Wales and Edinburgh in late August. We're doing the BC showcase in Edinburgh and if there is any other Welsh work up there, be great to catch it too, I'd be really grateful if anyone on here could let me know of any. Also, they'll be in mid Wales and Cardiff middle week in August.

Posted on July 6, 2011 at 8:30 — 6 Comments

Photo's from Jagriti Theatre, Banglaore


It's been a busy week, these pictures hopefully tell the story better than I can.


One day to go:


The launch day:…


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At 18:39 on June 4, 2015, Louise Osborn said…

Hi Rebecca - did you get my email....wasn't sure if I'd got the right email address?  Let me know if not, and I'll resend it.

Hope all is well.  Exciting new post for you?   Lou x

At 13:12 on January 7, 2014, Laurence Allan said…

I'm sorry Rebecca, your message about Forever has only just got through to me - my fault , change of email address which is now sorted. I will get on to it straight away. And Gladiator. Sorry you can't make it.

give my best to Steve.

PS my new company Chainworks are planning to do More Than Just a Game this summer.

At 21:05 on January 26, 2012, Louise Breckon - Richards said…

Hi Rebecca, am sure we met a few times  around the ESC years when I did Romeo and Juliet for Malachi Bogdanov.  Glad to hear all is well with you

best Wishes


At 9:30 on July 6, 2011, Ace McCarron said…

Hi Becs, if you get to Ghent (they say Chhhhhent) check out the STAM Museum, whose ethic is that the city is it's own greatest exhibit. There's a large interactive map which you walk on. Sounds like the probably city has a lot of joined-up thinking if it also funds Victoria Deluxe.

It also has the best B&B on the planet, called


At 10:59 on July 5, 2011, Ace McCarron said…
Hi Rebecca, I'm just responding to your request for information about Victoria Deluxe. My chum Emilie who lives and works in Ghent e-mailed me to say that she reckons the bulk of their funding comes from the city of Ghent to do their work with the socially-disadvantaged. She has offered a translation of their webpage.

'As a social-artistic project Victoria Deluxe produces several creations in the city of Ghent each year. Every time we give different (groups of) people a voice during an artistic working process, going towards a story of their own. The artistic way of working is closely linked to the social dynamics of our soceity. We always start from (groups of) people who have a difficult time in society, or who are excluded in some way. The theme in the way we work is that we start from the qualities and strengths of the people we work with. The people who participate are always closely involved in the start, the creation and the result of each trajectory. Not agreeing with some political tendencies we do believe that we can make / change society. Under the flag 'power to imagination' we stimulate working- and thinking-processes that try to reinforce our system of democracy.'

Ghent's not really that far away, and, if you don't know it, it is a fabulous place. It's hard to get a great idea of what Victoria Deluxe's output is like from their website. I'm likely to get invited back to the Operastudio there, and if I do, I'll do a bit more sniffing around for you.

Regards, Ace.
At 11:15 on June 29, 2009, Catherine Paskell said…
Hey Bec - Sandpit starts for registration at 6pm this Thursday 2 July, the games start at 7pm. Looking forward to seeing you!! x
At 18:26 on May 27, 2009, Julie Barclay said…
Now that is a cv to be proud of....more power to you lovely lady
At 13:47 on May 25, 2009, Derek Webb said…
Penny? As in Penny Thomas? I didn't know you knew her! My mind's whirring with possibilities now - and I haven't even finished the final draft yet! The play went really well thanks - lots of laughs, jut hoping for a good review.

Hope you've been able to relax a little this weekend.
At 10:18 on May 23, 2009, Derek Webb said…
It's being published by Parthian in early 2010. It's aimed at 9-12 year olds and is called 'Is'. It's about a girl who believes she is Isambard Kingdom Brunel reincarnated! Phil Clark thinks I should turn it into a stage play too!
At 8:48 on May 23, 2009, National Theatre Wales said…
Rug pulling writing! I like that.

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