October 2010 Blog Posts (68)

Likely Story looking for male actor to help devise new show

Likely story are looking for a male actor to help them create 'The Locked Door', a gruesome new fairy tale for a family audience, supported by Arts Council Wales and John Thaw Foundation.

The company are looking for an actor who is playful and creative, with strong improvisation skills, physically fit, visually imaginative. You will be prepared to work hard and enjoy the challenging process of creating new work from scratch. You will have past experience of devising and ensemble work… Continue

Added by Hazel Anderson on October 31, 2010 at 4:07 — No Comments

R. S. Thomas in Swansea

The Way Of It

A cycle of poems by R.S. Thomas (1913-2000). Born from the realisation, gained whilst idly flicking through a book of his collected verse some…


Added by Othniel Smith on October 29, 2010 at 21:00 — No Comments


The day after Emergence!!

We had an incredible day at Chapter yesterday. There were around 70 people from the arts community from some of Wales' biggest organisations to individual freelance artists - writers, visual artists and performers. It was an extraordinary gathering. There were inspiring presentations from Paul Allen from Centre for Alternative Technology and Alison Tickell from Julies's Bicycle. John from NTW responded to the 'One Wales One Planet' document and challenged us…


Added by Fern Smith on October 29, 2010 at 9:31 — 2 Comments

Paul Hunter - Director of 'The Dark Philosophers'

I had a chat with Paul Hunter the Director of 'the Dark Philosophers', He tells us a little about his discovery of Gwyn Thomas and the rehearsal process the actors are going… Continue

Added by Simon Clode on October 28, 2010 at 9:33 — No Comments

Re-Live - Directing my Dad.

Working with my Dad is profound and bloody frustrating! We are not the Redgrave’s, or the Fonda’s, we are the Diamond’s, rough and nearly ready to present our show in Chapter next week.

I’m directing my Dad!(Many swear words follow) It’s tough at times. I say “Dad, sorry Jeff, can you tone it down, and please don’t move your head until the music comes in, thanks” He stares at me, but does what I ask.

As I direct…


Added by Re-live on October 28, 2010 at 2:27 — 2 Comments

Afghan Idol. Theatre Stripped

Marie Todd - Rehearsal Shots for 1.618 Theatre Stripped. Photos taken by Sarah Bawler.

Presenting Afghan Idol. 29 Women. Am I Safe? In conjunction with Caryl Churchill's Seven Jewish Children. The event is for Charity and raising money for the civilian victims of war. Its going to be political, thought provoking but hopefully insightful to peoples lives that you…


Added by carmen medway-stephens on October 27, 2010 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

Theatr Iolo's Early Years' Director is Chosen to Represent the UK in Major International Theatre Award

Theatr Iolo's Early Years' Director has been selected as the UK’s sole nominee for a prestigious international theatre award, in recognition of her commitment to and creation of theatre for the very youngest audiences.

Sarah Argent has been shortlisted for the highest honour that ASSITEJ (the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) can bestow: the Honorary President’s Award for Innovation.

Since 2001, Sarah has pioneered Theatr Iolo’s theatre… Continue

Added by Kevin Lewis on October 27, 2010 at 21:50 — 5 Comments

Open Calls for participation to Prague Quadrennial


Added by Mathilde Lopez on October 27, 2010 at 3:15 — No Comments

Live Art Speed Dating in Newport

Live Art Speed Date Newport happened on 22nd/23rd October in The Dark Philosophers Shop in Newport town centre. Here's what… Continue

Added by Devinda De Silva on October 27, 2010 at 2:06 — No Comments

Bridgend Assembly pictures: Is Love Dangerous?

Added by Mathilde Lopez on October 27, 2010 at 0:00 — No Comments


I have been a professional actor for many years! The current project with RE-LIVE is the most challenging yet because one plays/performs as one-self....It is like pressing the destruct button of one's life (70 years..still counting!) and to have the opportunity to be totally honest in story-telling on 'how it was' and 'how it is!'

RE-LIVE has given 'the older generation the opportunity to share their life experiences and I applaud them for this inovation and a concept that be best…


Added by Re-live on October 26, 2010 at 23:49 — No Comments

It's not every day you open a show at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg!

But Something Dark, by Lemn Sissay, which I directed back when I was at Contact Theatre, opened at South Africa's legendary theatre (home of Athol Fugard and great anti-apartheid plays like Woza Albert) this week. Of course I was busy with auditions in Port Talbot and visits to Newport, so didn't have time to pop over for opening night, but if any of you happen to be in that part of he world, it's a beautiful show based on an extraordinary man's life story.…


Added by National Theatre Wales on October 26, 2010 at 23:30 — No Comments

Ark call out to Cardiff cyclists


Added by Mathilde Lopez on October 26, 2010 at 23:00 — No Comments

Scratch that Itch

Sooooooo been a while since the last post, been busy working on a few projects with ARK and Give It A Name. You may of taken part in Ark's Cycle survey and as far as Give It A Name goes RUDE is coming along nicely and opens December 8th running until the 18th December tickets go on sale soon. It will be a real Christmas treat for all lovers of Ska.

But today I would like to talk about going back to Scratch.

I have a few weeks break coming up and in that time I have decided to… Continue

Added by Brent Morgan on October 26, 2010 at 6:00 — 3 Comments

Connection through Culture: UK- India is open! Have a read!


Added by Mathilde Lopez on October 26, 2010 at 5:26 — No Comments

Feedback for Guardian blog post

Hi guys,

I wrote a blog post for the Guardian's Theatre Blog last week that looks at bilingual theatre and where NTW fits in. It was actually quite tough to write and I'd love to hear your thoughts on it - you can read and comment here.


Added by Ben Bryant on October 26, 2010 at 5:13 — 1 Comment

Can you support the Young Critics Scheme ?

If anyone is creating some work and would like it reviewed please let me know, as the Young Critics are keen to see as much work as possible.
Many Thanks

Added by Guy O'Donnell on October 26, 2010 at 4:40 — 1 Comment

WalesLab - Our New Initiative for Theatre Artists Across Wales

Some of you will have heard me talking or blogging on this site about our search for ways to support emerging artists. I am delighted that today we are announcing a huge success: five-year funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, providing an average of almost £100,000 per year towards the development of Welsh theatre artists.

Whereas all of National Theatre Wales’ core funding is focused on delivery of fully-produced shows, this new…


Added by National Theatre Wales on October 26, 2010 at 2:30 — 19 Comments

Rehearsing real life: A Story to Call My Own

We are in the midst of three people's lives - Terri, Marianne and Jeff .In our rehearsal room at Chapter, we are immersed in their memories, stories and time-lines. Time and again we listen to hilarious, painful, profound episodes from 70+ years of living, we are humbled and honoured by their openness and then one of us utters the words we've all come to dread "That's great...but I don't think we can fit it in the show"...Reality. We are creating some kind of performance (is it theatre, is it… Continue

Added by Re-live on October 25, 2010 at 23:12 — 1 Comment

What is the Newport Question?

In the Dark Philosophers' Shop in the centre of Newport we have been asking people to tell us what they would ask Newport if they could ask anything...

Out of last week's discussions, Philosophers' Cafes and Live Art Speed Date, we've had some interesting questions so far on the What is the Newport Question…


Added by Catherine Paskell on October 25, 2010 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

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