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Omidaze are casting and recruiting

Casting BreakdownOmidaze Productions R&D - Alice in a Plastic WonderlandOmidaze Productions are seeking six actors and one stage/technical/production manager to help them develop their show Alice in a Plastic Wonderland ready to be produced to tour in 2020. Rehearsal Dates: 24 June – 5 July (possibly including Saturday working) All-inclusive Fee: £966 Rehearsal Location: Theatr Na Nog, Unit 3, Miland Road Industrial Estate, Neath SA11 1NJ Workshop Auditions will be held upstairs at…See More
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Omidaze are casting and recruiting

Casting BreakdownOmidaze Productions R&D - Alice in a Plastic WonderlandOmidaze Productions are seeking six actors and one stage/technical/production manager to help them develop their show Alice in a Plastic Wonderland ready to be produced to tour in 2020. Rehearsal Dates: 24 June – 5 July (possibly including Saturday working) All-inclusive Fee: £966 Rehearsal Location: Theatr Na Nog, Unit 3, Miland Road Industrial Estate, Neath SA11 1NJ Workshop Auditions will be held upstairs at…See More
May 7, 2019

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What I do:
Freelance Director/Producer. Artistic Director of Omidaze Productions. ACW Clore Fellow and Associate Artist of Wales Millennium Centre
A little more about me:
Independent Theatre Director & Producer
Artistic Director, Executive Producer and Founder of Omidaze (Oh My Days!) Productions
Made Associate Artist of Wales Millennium Centre in 2016
Clore & RSA Fellow
Former Trustee of Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff & AWEN Bridgend Cultural Trust
Former Member of the Welsh Deputy Minister for Culture Arts Policy Forum.
Labour Councillor for Penarth Town Council
Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Monmouth in 2019 General Election
Yvonne's Blog https://omidaze.wordpress.com/

Recent Blog Posts


BBC/British Council Shakespeare Lives Documentary behind All-Female Henry V

The Talking Shop Film https://www.facebook.com/omidaze/videos/1077060169304278/

Omidaze Creative Learning

The Talking Shop Report https://omidaze.wordpress.com/

Yvonne has been a freelance Theatre Director/Producer, Arts Practitioner and Consultant since 1992 working across the UK and internationally.

Yvonne Murphy read Drama at Manchester University before going on to train as an actor at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and afterwards also train as a teacher of English & Drama at UCL.

Yvonne has a diverse portfolio career in the cultural sector Yvonne ranging from being commissioned to write a report for the BBC Archives Development Commissioner to facilitating and chairing Open Space sessions and subsequent steering groups for The National Dance Company Wales. In 2019 she created The Talking Shop - a cultural and political information centre in the centre of Cardiff with National Theatre Wales https://www.facebook.com/omidaze/videos/1077060169304278/ and in 2020 she led a Clwstwr seed funded R&D project exploring creative ways to increase democratic participation in Wales and the UK https://clwstwr.org.uk/projects/box-new-ways-create-democratic-part...

Yvonne has worked in both the Arts and Corporate sector and secured and managed large-scale funding and projects including theatre tours to Spain funded by the European Social Fund. Additional consultancy work includes Butetown Arts & Culture Association (Butetown Carnival);The Successors of the Mandingue; Theatr Iolo; Arts Active Trust; British Council ;Taking Flight Theatre Company & Novartis Leadership Programme (Paris & Rome)

A runner up of the very first James Menzies-Kitchen Award, Yvonne's theatre directing credits include Richard III, Henry VI & Romeo & Juliet (Omidaze/Wales Millennium Centre), Things Beginning With M (Omidaze Tour), Sweetness & Badness (Welsh National Opera ), Romeo & Juliet (English Shakespeare Company), A Night Under Canvas (Sherman Theatre & HTV), The Hamlet Machine (Plymouth Theatre Royal), Three Birds Alighting On A Field (Whitworth Art Gallery) and London and Edinburgh Fringe.

Yvonne’s producing credits include Sticks & Stones (Film –video distribution & Leeds International Film Festival) Theatre –, Omidaze Productions, Dirty Protest, Paul Evans Circus Choreographer/Director (aka Flying Diplodicus) and for Endangered Species Productions including Edinburgh, London and European tours and taking the first ever theatre production to the House of Commons.

Yvonne was the Arts Council of Wales Fellow on the Clore Leadership programme 2013/14 www.cloreleadership.org where she was mentored by Jude Kelly OBE. For her secondment, as part of this intensive development programme, Yvonne was Strategic Lead for the National Arts & Cultural Movement - What Next? www.whatnextculture.co.uk This post continued beyond the Clore Programme through until Autumn 2014 and Yvonne remains actively involved as Co-Chair and Founder of the Cardiff Chapter of What Next?
Penarth, South Wales
Projects I’m working on:
Clwstwr R&D The Box young creators feedback video https://vimeo.com/426987085/89aa1ce334

July 2020 awarded ACW Stabilising Funding to work with 20 freelance self-producing artists/creatives

Yvonne believes passionately that access to Arts & Culture is a fundamental right of every citizen and that Arts and Culture must form a central role within British Society and specifically within Education. Yvonne uses theatre and the arts to empower, inform, challenge and inspire change and has worked for many of Britain's leading Theatre Company’s and organisations specialising in work with young people and training including the Royal National Theatre, The Shakespeare Schools Festival, Plymouth Theatre Royal, The English Shakespeare Company and Welsh National Opera and RWCMD. Yvonne is also a Creative Agent for the Arts Council of Wales Lead Creative Schools Scheme.

In 2008 Yvonne founded Omidaze Productions with the express purpose of using theatre to empower, inform, entertain new audiences, shake stuff up and inspire change. Through Omidaze Yvonne uses theatre to promote social justice and equality within the arts sector and beyond and has produced and directed four productions ‘Things Beginning With M’ (Tour including Arcola Theatre London) and two site-specific promenade productions -‘The All-Female Richard III’ in association with Wales Millennium Centre and ‘The All-Female Henry VI’ , co-productions with Wales Millennium Centre. Romeo and Juliet, the final part of Yvonne’s Shakespeare Trilogy opened at Wales Millennium Centre for the Cardiff leg of its tour on April 27 2017.

Omidaze Productions also produces annual Shakespeare and Young Actor Summer Schools in South Wales for 7-15 year olds and workshops for young people throughout the year, offering full scholarships to young people who would not otherwise access theatre.

Yvonne returned to South Wales from London in 2005 where she now lives with her husband and three children.
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Omidaze are casting and recruiting

Casting Breakdown

Omidaze Productions R&D - Alice in a Plastic Wonderland

Omidaze Productions are seeking six actors and one stage/technical/production manager to help them develop their show Alice in a Plastic Wonderland ready to be produced to tour in 2020.




Posted on May 7, 2019 at 19:53

Technical ASM Vacancy

Omidaze Productions are seeking to recruit an experienced Technical ASM for their forthcoming WMC co-production and tour of Romeo & Juliet.

We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants with experience in relighting. Role to include regular ASM rehearsal room duties also.

Dates March 6 – May 14 2017 10 weeks @ ITC/Equity minimum.

To apply please send an expression of interest and CV highlighting relevant experience and stating why you wish to work with…


Posted on December 15, 2016 at 16:00

Desperately Seeking A Stage Manager

Omidaze are desperately seeking a stage manager for 2 weeks of R&D 25 Nov - 2 Dec at NFS 4 Elms Road Cardiff ITC/Equity Minimum. Please email me y.murphy1@ntlworld.com

Posted on November 14, 2016 at 16:07

Casting submission Deadline Extended

To midnight 3 October 


Posted on October 2, 2016 at 20:54

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At 17:07 on January 5, 2018, Paul Jenkins said…

Hi Yvonne, thanks so much for the tip off about Paget Rooms. Sounds very interesting indeed. It could be a tiny bit far out for me personally (on a regular basis) but well worth considering. I really hope all is well with you and very much hope to see you (and your amazing work) in 2018. Paul

At 11:28 on November 27, 2014, Simon Coates said…

Hi Yvonne

Really happy for you to give me a call to talk about female producers and directors. 

There's a Producers Place network session on the 10th Dec at 8pm in Chapter Cwtch. You might bump into some of them there!

At 14:18 on November 20, 2014, Frances Newman said…

Deborah light is very good.....her number is 07963 539 092

June Campbell- Davies  - 07557 235 158

hope that's helpful


At 12:58 on October 21, 2014, Jane Lalljee said…
Hi. I did see it but wasn't sure you would be interested in me doing it.

When is it?

My email is jelly1570@gmail.com

At 10:10 on October 1, 2014, Laura Fay Thomas said…

Hi Yvonne,

Welcome to the TEAM group, great to have a new member on board! Keep a look out as we are always hosting new opportunities and events! You can also access our Facebook page via the TEAM community page.

If you have anything you'd like to ask please don't hesitate in contacting myself via community or laurathomas@nationaltheatrewales.org

Look forward to meeting you to chat about your upcoming project,



At 11:46 on November 8, 2013, Lisa Wells-Turner said…

Hi Yvonne. 

Have just read your blog and wanted to leave a comment to say how incredibly exciting i find this entire project.  I'm so pleased you're doing it and can't wait to see the results.  And I think you're absolutely right - they'll be much wider ranging than one individual production.

If I can help in any way do let me know.  This is floating every section of my boat!


At 15:12 on September 15, 2013, Serena Lewis said…

Hi Yvonne,

I'm now wondering if the same has happened to the e mail I sent to you regarding the Shakespeare workshop? 


Serena Lewis

At 16:58 on September 9, 2013, Rebecca Davies said…

Hi Yvonne,

I'm having the same problem as Ellen Morris (below). The e-mail keeps bouncing back when I send to the e-mail address you provided, hopefully you haven't been bombarded my the same e-mail if it has gone through.


Rebecca Davies

At 13:32 on September 7, 2013, Ellen Morris said…

Hi Yvonne,

I tried sending you my details regarding the casting call you posted on the Actors' page but for some reason it would not send.

Could you please tell me a little more about?

Kind Regards

Ellen Morris

At 22:09 on June 26, 2013, Phil Croskin said…


See you are doing R & J. Need a fight director?

Am Equity Registered. Run a brilliant day workshop on group hierarchies which works in context of gangs and their cultures. Run Shakespeare n Combat at Trinity College. Give me a call for a chat if interested. 07837 712323.


phil croskin


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