March 2010 Blog Posts (115)

Day 26 - Green Tea and a big fat cheque! - Aberystwyth

I took the red card left by the postman to the post office and collected the white bubble wrapped parcel. The post office depot is just out of town on the industrial estate, thankfully I still had the hire car. Inside the package were five boxes of green tea. 5 different varieties. There was also a note requesting that I let the sender know which one was best. Thank-you sender!



I took the car up to the welcome centre at the university and… Continue

Added by Dr Tom Payne on March 26, 2010 at 22:30 — No Comments

Shelf Life: Secret spaces and censored scribbles...

To boldly go. . . where no blog post has gone before...

(well, sort of)





Those of you who used to go to Swansea Old Library (when it was a working library, so it was... y'know, plain old Swansea Library) probably noticed the glass dome. Those of you who didn't go there when it was a library but saw it on Dr.…
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Added by Liz Wride on March 26, 2010 at 21:30 — 3 Comments

Possible problems getting to see NTW in Aberdare tonight and Saturday

Just gearing up to head south to see Alan and John's show at the Coliseum Aberdare.

Note from their website that their may be severe traffic delays / congestion as the A4059 is closed from today for the next few days. That's the Aberdare By-Pass from the Tesco roundabout to Harriet Street, Trecynon.

Anyone travelling is advised to allow extra time.

Added by Peter Cox MBE on March 26, 2010 at 15:30 — No Comments

Day 25 - The First Assembly Project - Newtown, Aberystwyth, Blaengarw, Port Talbot & Aberystwyth

I have just won a chocolate egg from the bingo. I was awarded my prize by a jovial man in a ginger wig and a bright green dress. He was accompanied by another gentleman, who also seemed more than comfortable walking around the Blaengarw Workmans Hall looking like a pantomime dame. One that had been dragged through a hedge backwards. I am sure they won't mind me saying so. Had the evening not ended I am sure that I would have played bingo into the early hours. It is truly addictive. And… Continue

Added by Dr Tom Payne on March 26, 2010 at 1:54 — No Comments

SHELF LIFE / 25/03/10

Added by Matt the Hat on March 26, 2010 at 0:47 — 1 Comment

Rehearsals Day 4

Can't believe we only have 3 days to go... I think it is going to all come out in the wash (yesterday was scared!), but we have ALL worked really hard.. actors, director, Tilly (the company baby who has put up with a lot of screeching and shouting... and of course the brilliant Rowan who has written all our fantastic music and the "Gwion and the Witch" song... so look at this as an experiment. CAN YOU MAKE A PIECE OF ACCESSIBLE, INTEGRATED, ENGAGING PROMENADE THEATRE FOR VERY YOUNG CHILDREN AND… Continue

Added by Taking Flight Theatre on March 25, 2010 at 21:59 — 1 Comment

DAY 4 Gwion and the Witch rehearsals!!

So it is Day 4 at 10 feet tall where we are creating this magical adventure!

After yesterdays 3rd day blues, things are looking up and we have all regained confidence. Had a very productive music rehearsal this morning and it is all souding rather beautiful, thanks to the genius of Rowan! Thankyou!

This afternoon we plan to finish devising/blocking the piece which seems rather remarkable. The only things that are concerning me now are, the weather and the…

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Added by Michael Aubin on March 25, 2010 at 13:44 — 1 Comment

The Valleys Assembly: In Blaengarw Workmen's Hall!



JOIN US! AT THE VALLEYS ASSEMBLY!

Thursday 25 March @ 7.00pm. (Free Entry).

Happening at Blaengarw Workmen's Hall



Working with teams of local musicians, hairdressers, performers, bakers, artists, shop…

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Added by Catherine Paskell on March 24, 2010 at 23:30 — No Comments

Help videos and tips for National Theatre Wales Community, new! newydd! neu!

New help pages



Tom and I have added a whole bunch of Help pages to this site.



There's a new HELP button for easy access, available at the top at all times.



Even if you have experience of using the Community site, there will hopefully still be useful nuggets of info,… Continue

Added by Carl Morris on March 24, 2010 at 20:30 — No Comments

Day 24 - Sat Nav Anyone? - Gregynog

It's the end of the second day of the conference and everyone has left the seminar room to go and witness/participate in the musical activty in the cellar bar. I am taking the opportunity to quickly write before heading back downstairs. There has been much discussion of A Good Night Out in the Valleys and having access to so many different minds and opinions is invaluable to my research. When i get back I will arrange to meet up with Roger and Anwen before…

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Added by Dr Tom Payne on March 24, 2010 at 20:00 — No Comments

Gwion and the Witch rehearsals!

Hello folks, Thaught Id share my thaughts and experiences through out my first proffessional Job with Taking Flight.

Exciting Time! Its the third day of rehearsals now and things have been going great! The creative juices are flowing, no aruments yet and lots of lovely tea breaks! All though today has been the toughest. Trying to make a piece of red cloth into a witch, ferocious dog, sea otter and a hawk is no easy task! So its lunch time now and gwions about to buy me a…

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Added by Michael Aubin on March 24, 2010 at 14:11 — 4 Comments

ACTORS WANTED FOR SHORT STUDENT FILM NEWPORT

We are film students… Continue

Added by Ash Whitfield on March 24, 2010 at 13:26 — No Comments

BEAUTIFUL BRAZIL 22ND MARCH FIRST DAY

HAVING SUCH AN AMAZING TIME IN BRAZIL, MY FIRST DAY I SPENT TIME WITH NOS DO MORRO THEATRE COMPANY, THE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE SO GIFTED. I HAVE ATTACHED SOME IMAGES OF A PRODUCTION THAT THEY PERFORMED FOR US OF THEIR TAKE OF ROMEO AND JULIET.…


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Added by Genaya Parris on March 24, 2010 at 11:00 — 3 Comments

Day 23.1 - Gregynog - Lidice

The last part of the first day of the conference is spent in small groups generating research proposals and questions. The subject of the project is the 1943 Propaganda film Silent Village. Our group is charged with the task of generating a research methodology and three questions using 'Place' as a starting point for research.

Andrew applies his extensive research skills and uses his Iphone to access…

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Added by Dr Tom Payne on March 23, 2010 at 21:12 — 1 Comment

Shelf Life asks: What books would you put in a library? (answer now, or the bunny get it)

What Books Would You Put In A Library?



Me, I'd go for:

Any Graham Greene

The Importance of being Ea. . .



HANG ON... this is about YOU, not ME.





Anyway whilst you decide (yup, I can hear that sound... that's you forgetting every book you've ever read... don't worry, it'll come back to you...)…
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Added by Liz Wride on March 23, 2010 at 19:28 — 4 Comments

'story' so far...

As Bethan has said, we're now back on our home turf and are able to focus on story. It has been fun playtesting our game ideas (it's amazing to watch how easily adults find their inner child when a water pistol is placed in their hand! see below)

but our second trip to the beaches of North Wales has inspired new ideas and our games are definitely set to change for the better.

We're now at the stage where we can develop…

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Added by Rhiannon Cousins on March 23, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

Dylan Moore on A Good Night Out

The choice of first show for a brand new national theatre company is necessarily a political one. For a non-building based company like National Theatre Wales, the venue also assumes extra

significance. With an opening performance called A Good Night Out In The

Valleys touring miners’ institutes and workmens’ halls, Artistic Director John

E McGrath has very deliberately planted the National Theatre flag in…

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Added by Dylan Moore on March 23, 2010 at 12:18 — No Comments

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