January 2011 Blog Posts (46)

Virtual Bloc


Call for ideas

Deadline 24th February 2011

bloc are extremely excited to announce an open call for ideas for our 2011 online commissions.…


Added by Kathryn Lambert on January 31, 2011 at 4:32 — No Comments

Young Critic Review - The Soul Exchange

The Soul Exchange


Venue: WMC and The Coal Exchange, Cardiff

Directed by: Kully Thiarai

Dates: 27th-28th Jan 2011

Reviewed by Chelsey Gillard


For their first production of 2011 NTW have created a thought provoking experience that forces you to question the past actions of a community and perhaps even your own…


Added by Chelsey Gillard on January 30, 2011 at 4:45 — 1 Comment

Soul Exchange review

The Soul Exchange

The show began as soon as you entered the building. Actors milling around. Mixing in with the audience. They would talk to you and you were swept up straight away in their stories and lives.

After I was given my boarding pass and had my picture taken, I got into a taxi to start my journey. The story was about a man who had come to Cardiff in search of his father, Abdi Mackmood. As the story unfolded I visited all the places that the young man visited while on his…


Added by Anna Underhill on January 29, 2011 at 7:35 — 1 Comment

Who do we contact to get involved?

Hi Passion People,


Who do we contact to get involved in this exciting project? I'm the AD of 'Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company' which is a professional theatre company that creates theatre with and for young people. Our key areas are Carmarthenshire and Neath/Port Talbot. We work with all sorts of groups of young people from diverse groups and would be keen to get involved.


Looking forward to hearing from you,


Sarah Jones



Added by Sarah Jones on January 28, 2011 at 15:56 — No Comments

Young Critic's Review of Soul Exchange!

Soul Exchange

27th & 28th January 2011

Location: site specific starting at the WMC.


National Theatre Wales have again pulled out the stops to create another piece of original yet extraordinary theatre, exploring another part of Welsh…


Added by Rachel Williams on January 28, 2011 at 5:35 — 1 Comment

Young Critics review the Soul Exchange

Young Critics Emma, Rachel, Chelsey and Anna(not pictured) went to see the Soul Exchange last night. Look out for their reviews soon!

Added by Guy O'Donnell on January 27, 2011 at 20:39 — No Comments

Ffilm Scala TEAM Prestatyn update

Had a fantastic Ffilm Scala tonight - After completing her short film for NTW's Weather Competition, Meg has promptly started a full-blown production on only her second film project. Meg, Lois, Mason, Sean, Callum are the team who have storyboarded "Soaps v Dreams", scripting begins next Thurs; Natashia brought her amazing portfolio in and selection of the images for the Children's Art Club (my latest TEAM Prestatyn project commencing March) poster from her artwork has begun. Euan completed… Continue

Added by Jan Miller on January 27, 2011 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

THE MAN - Timelapse

This is 3 days of work compressed in to 30 seconds. Well done to all… Continue

Added by Simon Clode on January 27, 2011 at 10:30 — No Comments

Soul Exchange Excitment!!

I woke up this morning with that feeling in my tummy. No it wasn’t the start of me getting ill! It was excitement!! It was the start of that adrenaline rush that I look forward to on the opening night of any performance. Tonight is the opening night of National Theatre Wales' The Soul Exchange!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I couldn’t be more excited. I am playing lovable busybody and long time Loudoun flats resident Vera. And what a fun character she is!…


Added by Kelly Jones on January 27, 2011 at 2:03 — No Comments

Getting Ready for the Soul Exchange

Much excitement on the streets of Butetown last night as lights poured onto buildings and actors climbed into costumes.  After a journey of many highs and lows it feels like something really special is happening now. Following the show through the tech rehearsals, I was struck by the subtle beauty of the visual world created, and by the heartfelt, dancing poetry of the… Continue

Added by National Theatre Wales on January 26, 2011 at 1:56 — No Comments

OUTDOORS - Research and Development week

Being AV tech on this production has been very interesting. The technical issues discovered in the R&D week were frustrating to say the least! ironing those issues out, finding workable solutions and having the confidence to move forward into the production period is a great feeling. The lack of sleep and uncountable amounts of swearing at Apple products seemed to do the trick. The biggest ipod problem to overcome was working in a 9:16/portrait aspect ratio. This way of filming left us…


Added by Simon Clode on January 25, 2011 at 13:02 — No Comments

Butetown Assembly


Added by Devinda De Silva on January 25, 2011 at 7:11 — No Comments

Exploring Aberystwyth

Join us in Aberystwyth - be part of Aberystwyth Assembly and TEAM!

Devinda and I have spent a few days lurking around Aberystwyth in the gorgeous sun, basking in the promise of Spring on the West Wales coast. We had some excellent meetings with Aber locals wanting to get involved in the Aberystwyth Assembly and TEAM. Thanks to…


Added by Catherine Paskell on January 25, 2011 at 7:00 — No Comments

Soul Exchange!

from www.mabjones.blogspot.com


This week, I'm very busy rehearsing to be in National Theatre Wales's SOUL EXCHANGE, in which I play a 1930s nan from Butetown/Tiger Bay. It's a really interesting exsperience, meeting people from all walks (and runs, and sprints, and -in my case, stumbles - of life)! Specifically, I am working with an actress…


Added by Mab Jones on January 24, 2011 at 14:35 — 1 Comment

Hijinx Theatre - petition against funding cuts - PLEASE SIGN YOUR SUPPORT

"Following the disproportionate cut in the revenue funding of Hijinx Theatre we call upon the National Assembly of Wales to urge the Welsh Government to ensure sufficient funding is available so that the exemplary and ground breaking work undertaken by Hijinx is not threatened . This unique welsh company has spent 30 years developing opportunities for people with learning difficulties to be included at all levels and this cut will result in a serious reduction in their current…


Added by Hijinx Theatre on January 24, 2011 at 1:13 — 1 Comment

Theatr Na N'og's Aesop's Fables - Some photos from the workshop

Here's how the set is coming to life!

It's a really lovely set to be working on - thanks again to Guy O'Donnell for responding to my…


Added by Kat Jones on January 23, 2011 at 10:16 — No Comments

Walking, Taxi-ing, and Flying!

It's been a very exciting week as our next three shows have all been at crucial points in their development


The Soul Exchange is all set to explore the streets of Butetown in the coming week.  It's an extraordinary project - a kind of journey-installation involving a huge range of people and creative elements.  It's hard for any of us to know exactly what it will be like to experience for an audience as the elements don't really all come together until the audience is there! …


Added by National Theatre Wales on January 22, 2011 at 3:30 — 1 Comment

Nil by Mouth

In an attempt to kick start 2011 off with a bang, the Dolman Theatre has staged its first production of director Bruno Cook’s, ‘Nil by Mouth‘. However, if this play is to symbolise the play to follow over the months, then I warn you to be extremely cautious when buying your next ticket.

            Telling the story of an under staffed, over worked and under paid hospital in London, the two Act play opens with a song that sounds like a barber shop quartet gone seriously wrong. When…


Added by Gabby Thomas on January 21, 2011 at 2:52 — No Comments

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