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What I do:
Leaving Neath (after completing my teenage engineering apprenticeship of making fairground rides) I studied art at Swansea institute and then Wimbledon school of art theatre design department. My first professional design job was at The Vic theatre in Stoke.between 1994 and 2004 I set up Quality of Life Arts Project, and, The Mill Lane Artists Studios in Cardiff city centre.
A little more about me:
Mad keen on Open Space Technology,learning to sing and grappling with animation.
Projects I’m working on:
The Vallys and Beyond.
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Improbable theatre.phelim Mcdermott
Honouring the Elders: If theatre is a community, who are its elders?

What does being an elder mean?
Is it just about age?
How can elder and younger members of the theatre community find ways to communicate?
When leaders step aside, how can we create and support an eldership role for them to grow into?
Dear All,

I want to invite you to a two-day event on November 19th and 20th 2010 addressing the issue of eldership in theatre and the performing arts.

My passion for this issue was sparked by something I have noticed at Improbable's annual Open Space event, "Devoted and Disgruntled: What are we going to do about theatre?” Year after year I have seen intense exchanges take place between artists of different generations.
I have seen younger artists seeking the wisdom and experience of older artists, and older artists telling their stories, passing on an important legacy. I felt impelled to explore this dynamic further – to raise the issue of eldership in our work.

What do I mean by 'an elder'? Is it someone over 50? 60? 70? Or is it anyone 10 years older than you, so it's a fluid role, defined in relationship? The relationship itself could also be fluid: an elder could learn from a "younger" as well as vice versa.

Here are some other definitions I have come across:
An elder is someone who has experienced loss in some way. It is someone who is detached and welcomes all voices in a conflict. An elder knows it is possible to start something at any age.

I would like to know what other people think an elder is, and also how this role might best be facilitated and honoured within the performing arts.
In our youth-biased culture I believe the role of the elder is an important part of our community, which can often be neglected. In theatre, as elsewhere, older people can become isolated and there are few contexts in which valuable intergenerational exchange can take place.
Especially for those artists outside the mainstream I want to find ways to honour them so that they don't end up feeling undervalued and unrecognized, and their experience and insights do not get lost.

So, whatever age you are, whatever age you feel, whatever age others assume you are, if you are interested in the notion of eldership, if you have questions, wishes, frustrations, ideas,
I would love you to come along on 19th and 20th November to help us explore answers to questions, old and new, to any and all of the issues you may wish to raise or take some action on.

Bring along one person that is older than you, or one person that is younger than you.

From Phelim and Improbable

19 & 20 November
10 – 6pm
Admission £20 (£15 Concession)
Please RSVP to lorraine@improbable.co.uk

Hampstead Town Hall Centre
213 Haverstock Hill


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Word4Word is Back in the Valleys!

Free event on 4th October 7 30 at the world famous Pontypridd Clwb Y Bont with Headline act Patrick Jones . There are 10 open slots available contact Pozponty@gmail.com.
If you've never been before, Ponty has excellent transport links across the valleys .Trains and buses leave Cardiff every 15 minutes, The X and T buses are even faster than the trains...30 minutes travel time or…

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 0:41

Bragod, photo: Ben Stammers.    Bob Evans and Mary Anne Roberts Coming this summer, from 3 - 22 June is the inaugural edition of the International Performance Festival Cardiff. It brings together a …

Bragod, photo: Ben Stammers.    Bob Evans and Mary Anne Roberts
Coming this summer, from 3 - 22 June is the inaugural edition of the International Performance Festival…

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 2:40

Artworks Cymru Energized !

Whew...a two day conference on Developing Practice in Participatory settings, ( Bit of a tongue twister that one) I was invited to attend this event by Devinda as part an NTW TEAM.So off to LLandrindod and the Metropole Hotel, lots of familiar faces. Susanne Burns the Artworks project Director was very welcoming again and has obviously listened to the reflections of artists and organisations had had been aproached by Artworks Cymru over the last couple of years .

Over 50 delegates…


Posted on April 4, 2014 at 10:33 — 1 Comment

It's Alive! in Treorchy.

Last night was the final evening of a handful of sessions in Cwmparc, thanks to - Catrin Doyle filmaker, Jeff Jakers writer, performer, and musician Laura Bradshaw for getting us to use our voices again.

The beautiful building in Cwmparc is above Treorchy Village on a hill, with lovely veiws of the high mountains curving behind the building,we began last night in the sunny garden/reception area,and went in after warming up vocaly with more singing, making shadow images and devising…


Posted on June 25, 2013 at 23:30

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At 8:28 on September 24, 2014, terry chinn said…

A reminder that we are running a leadership training session and a new writing workshop as part of Pontypridd Fun Palace on 4th and 5th October. To book your place contact us at team@nationaltheatrewales.org. More information here

At 22:15 on September 6, 2014, Zoe Goodacre said…
It was great meeting you too! Gerri is fab. I'm really looking forward to working with her. See you on the 4th!
At 6:05 on May 12, 2013, terry chinn said…

This sounds like an exellent event in Swansea, over this TEAM weekend in the Elan valley we discussed the idea of skillswap and It's already happenning!


At 4:42 on January 24, 2013, terry chinn said…

Yup,well there is enough talent around it's getting people to show themselves i suppose,we have enough open events going on with Positivly Ponty so lets hope more people get involved,I'm looking forward to the Word4Word...

At 1:39 on January 24, 2013, Mark Dorey said…
Hi Terry
Thanks for the opportunity and the encouragement. It was a good night with a lot of talent! Here's to many more (as long as I don't have to be host all the time :-) ) and Ponty becoming a lot more positive!
At 3:57 on January 22, 2013, Mark Dorey said…

Thanks Terry, but hopefully I should be OK.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Clwb y Bont tomorrow!


At 1:34 on November 6, 2012, Jan Miller said…

Morning Terry! Great to see you on Saturday - and thanks so much for listening! I've been questioning so much recently, it was giving me more questions than answers.  

What a fantastic day to be part of - looking forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting! Hope to get to Ucheldre to see Birds and will let you know.


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