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What I do:
I'm Artistic Director of Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company LTD.
A little more about me:
We create awkward and brave theatre by, with and for young people
Projects I’m working on:
Dream On
Personal Website/CV:

What Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company do!

Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company supports young people and the communities they live within to overcome the barriers that they meet - to create a greater equality for those:
• currently socially excluded
• who are disadvantaged, face discrimination or prejudice
• unable to take full advantage of existing opportunities for employment, education or training
• who are under employed, unemployed or in low waged jobs.
• not in education, training or employment

MUTM successfully uses theatre creatively to inspire and engage disadvantaged and hard to reach young people through transformative learning experiences. We empower them to:

• Express themselves, have their voices heard and celebrated
• Develop key transferable personal and social skills
• Play an active part in their community
• Make informed choices about the issues that affect their lives
• Reach their potential
• Have fun in a healthy environment

We motivate young people through bespoke bilingual creative projects and experiences that respond to their needs, concerns and interests and challenge them to take the lead. Project models include:

• Issue based workshops or productions from a play in a day to week long runs
• DVD or music projects
• Peer Leader Training
• Apprentice Theatre
• Accredited Performing Arts Training for young people at risk of exclusion/NEET
• Events Training
• Social Enterprise Support
• Life & Social Skills workshops
• Ready for work courses
• Work placements
• Mentoring schemes

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Seeking composer for original youth led musical

We are on the lookout for a Welsh Speaking composer to lead the musical element of the creation of an original bilingual musical being developed by a team of professional artists and young people. Our vision at Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company is to make awkward and brave theatre by, with and for young people. Young people have been asking to make a musical for the last 7 years and we now have the funding thanks to Arts Council Wales to do it. If you are interested in finding out more please…


Posted on September 20, 2016 at 1:28

Seeking Youth Arts Manager!

P/T Temporary Youth Arts Manager

(0.8ft equivalent, 29.6 hours per week)

£27,862.28 Pro rata (Actual £22,289.82)



Youth Arts Manager

Are you enthusiastic about young people’s futures and the role the arts can play within them? Do you have the skills, commitment and experience to lead the development and operations of a busy…


Posted on July 6, 2015 at 1:15

Dream Space needs dynamic artists/leaders to inspire young change makers!

At Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company we are currently running a range of Community Action Projects (CAPS) as part of our Big Lottery Funded Dream On programme. Within these projects different groups of disadvantaged or marginalised young people are supported to make a change to a community they feel part of through the arts. Current project include exploring mental health with young carers and the need for Trans issues within Personal and Social Education with Trans young…


Posted on January 13, 2015 at 23:14

Youth Arts Network Sharing Day in Llandudno October 18th

Llofnodwch am gyfle i rwydweithio a rhannu sgiliau Celfyddydau Ieuenctid! Dosbarthwch neu anfonwch y wybodaeth hon ymlaen at eich rhwydweithiau a’ch cysylltiadau eich hun, ac ymddiheuriadau os ydych yn derbyn yr un peth sawl gwaith o sawl cyfeiriad.


Sign-up for a Youth Arts networking and skill-sharing opportunity!  Please circulate or forward to your own networks and contacts, with apologies for…


Posted on September 30, 2014 at 2:52

Are you an emerging writer or producer?

We want to hear from emerging writers and producers as we are considering making an application to BBC Performing Arts Fund for a year long paid development opportunity. Are you interested in writing or producing theatre with, for or by young people? If so please send us a CV and covering email to explaining what your motivations for working alongside young people are. To find out more about us go to…


Posted on August 6, 2014 at 21:30 — 1 Comment

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At 7:03 on April 17, 2013, Llinos Mai said…

Hiya Sarah

Thanks for your message. Be great to chat some more. Can I get back to you at this email address:



At 22:15 on July 23, 2012, Matthew Bulgo said…

Hi Sarah

Sorry not to get back to you yesterday. Am rehearsing really long days this week so am a bit incommunicado. However, will be on email late tonight. If you want to drop me an email with exactly what you're after (age, type etc) I'll try and get some suggestions sent over to you.

Hope all well.


At 23:17 on February 16, 2012, Elise Davison said…

Sarah - this sharing day at The Sherman - is it the sort of thing that would be useful for me to be at?  If so do I need to reserve a place ( is it possible to be an observer??)


At 2:27 on December 15, 2011, Francesca Pickard said…

Hi Sarah,

Unfortunately I only just picked up your message saying that it would be fine to just turn up to the meeting at WMC today so I didn't come along - argh, I am annoyed with myself now! Hope it went well and was productive. I will look at the forum to find out what was discussed/decided upon moving forward. Is it possible to request that I am added to the database of Youth Arts practitioners that has been/is being developed. My email address is Thanks. I look forwrad to meeting you at some point in the future!

At 10:53 on December 7, 2011, Sara Lloyd-Gregory said…

Hi Sarah, thanks for your invite to the casting and sorry for the really late reply (I haven't been on this for ages and ages)! I won't be free in feb as I'm doing NTW 'A Provincial Life'. Good Luck with it though and thank you for asking x

At 6:23 on December 2, 2011, Carys Eleri said…

Just tried ringing you - left a message x

At 9:57 on December 20, 2010, National Theatre Wales said…

Sarah, thanks for your lovely message.  Would be great to catch up in the new year.  I will be back Jan 5, so give me a shout any time after that.  x

At 22:57 on August 29, 2009, Sarah Argent said…
Hi Sarah - I'm running a conference in Wrexham next Thursday - hoping I might be back in time for some of Sandpit, but whether I make it will depend on how cold, tired, wet we've got during the conference which is on Outdoor Learning and Literacy and, therefore, is in a forest! I've also got meetings on Friday morning, so can't meet you then, even if you're staying over. I'll keep you posted re whether I'm going to make it to Sandpit!
At 1:16 on August 6, 2009, Sarah Argent said…
The work you're doing sounds really interesting - look forward to hearing more when we meet. And, yes, fingers crossed for Yeon!
At 11:10 on August 5, 2009, Sarah Argent said…
Hi Sarah. Theatr Iolo is based in Cardiff in an old school in Mynachdy - near the Gabalfa Roundabout. I'm freelance, so my office when I'm not rehearsing or teaching is at home - almost literally next door to Chapter Arts Centre.

Yes, it would be great to meet up when you're in Cardiff sometime - not sure I'm going to get to Ammanford for a while. We're off on holiday on Monday until the end of August, but we're both back in Cardiff during September and for most of the autumn - so, let us know when you're going to be in Cardiff and we could get together. "Under the Carpet" isn't going to be touring again for a while - certainly not in Cardiff. We've revived it several times for festivals/theatres and we're now mulling over the various offers we've received to tour it again internationally/looking into funding etc. We'll be reviving another nursery show - "Finding Leaves for Soup" next Spring. Before that, I'm devising a piece for teenagers for Theatr Iolo with Gary Owen which will be touring from February and writing/directing an opera for 4-5 year olds for WNO - so I'll keep you posted re all of those projects. It would be good to know more about Mess Up the Mess too.

Look forward to meeting you. Sarah

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