October 2012 Blog Posts (87)

Writers Forum at Chapter Arts Friday 16th of Nov

For one time only the Sherman Forum will move to Chapter Arts Centre:

Writers are invited at 6.30 to have a forum discussing the following very important topics:

Getting your work on!

Writing scripts that capture the programmers/commissioners/dramaturgs…


Added by carmen medway-stephens on October 31, 2012 at 22:04 — 4 Comments

The Drift Project: An Opportunity for Artists

The Drift Project


run by Zecora Ura & Persis-Jade Maravala (Brazil/UK)

in partnership with National Theatre Wales


13th - 15th November 2012

mini-DRIFT Cardiff schedule


Tuesday 13th Nov 5pm-7pm  (informal…


Added by abdul shayek on October 31, 2012 at 12:41 — No Comments

Behind the scenes @ Utah Bride

Yesterday I was lucky enough to get a look behind the scenes of new show The Utah Bride!

I got a sneak peek of rehearsals which was exciting. I saw the lovely Utah Bride team at work, including the director Louise Osborn, then Sharon Morgan and Sara Lloyd-Gregory performed a gripping part of the play for me.

You can take a look at my pics from rehearsals below...

The show tours Wales in November, so watch this space for more…


Added by Bethan Natalie James on October 31, 2012 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

10 Newsletters Later...

A few months ago we launched a new weekly National Theatre Wales e-newsletter. The idea was created by the staff team, then I sketched it out with some felt tip pens and the lovely people at Hoffi put together our template. 

I've enjoyed delving into all our news and updates and putting them together to share with you each fortnight, so I really hope anyone who's been receiving the mailing has found it useful! 

Thanks to everyone…


Added by Jen Thornton on October 31, 2012 at 4:48 — No Comments

Cove Park Residency- Lost. Found. Stolen

I’m midway through my residency at Cove Park working on ‘Lost, Found, Stolen,’ and things are slowly but surely taking shape. Having a week here with National Theatre Scotland artists has been an absolute gift. It is so nice to meet with new people and share ideas in a beautiful (but very cold) landscape. When I arrived I had bits of songs and bits of texts and a few vague ideas of where the piece may go. The last few days I have tried to fit these fragments together and really get a…


Added by tracy harris on October 31, 2012 at 3:55 — No Comments

Aussie visitor


It's a long trek from Melbourne, Australia to Cardiff, Wales, both geographically and culturally, but some things are universal. The need for cake at staff meetings and that phantom of the opera is likely to be playing at a theatre nearby. And, if you come from an Aboriginal theatre community like  I do, and are visiting the National Theatre of Wales, as I am, the imperative to make theatre that makes a difference and leaves a legacy. Hi, I'm Jane Harrison and I'm an… Continue

Added by Jane harrison on October 31, 2012 at 3:50 — 1 Comment

Blast Theory & National Theatre Wales are looking for a Researcher

Hi All,

Just writing to let you know of an exciting opportunity for a Researcher to work on the R&D phase of a new project with National Theatre Wales and Blast Theory.

The position would suit a final year undergraduate or a postgraduate student working towards a degree in psychology or sociology. 

Desirable criteria: Knowledge of the theory of psychological profiling and/or instrument development for physiological…


Added by Katherine Jewkes on October 31, 2012 at 1:13 — 2 Comments

REVIEW- L.O.V.E by Volcano


L.O.V.E (Volcano theatre)

Sherman Cymru (30.10.12)


What comes to mind when you think of Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Boredom? Sentimental romance? Or English lessons at school?


None of the above could be applied to L.O.V.E,  the passionate production recreated by Volcano for the company’s 25th anniversary, based on the bard’s collection of classical poetry.


A winner of the 1993 Time Out…


Added by Bethan Natalie James on October 30, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

The Forge #1 - The First Forge

This Thursday 1st November is The First Forge: the first time The Forge is opening its doors as Cardiff's newest theatrical scratch and work-in-progress night.

After my last blog letting you know about opportunities to get involved in The Forge, we've had some exciting developments and confirmed a brilliant line up of artists…


Added by Catherine Paskell on October 30, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments


Below you'll find information about applying for the 2014 OSBTT Award - one of the UK's most significant awards to make a new piece of work.

Good Luck



The OSBTT Award was launched in 2003. It is an Award which is regularly evolving and seeking to be more ambitious. However, its brief remains the same, namely to support emerging artists of exceptional talent.…


Added by Matt Ball on October 30, 2012 at 2:30 — No Comments

Theatre Critics of Wales Awards Update


The Young Critics are currently busy coordinating the TCWA's





The first ever…


Added by Guy O'Donnell on October 29, 2012 at 4:00 — 5 Comments

The Future of The Youth Arts Network, an Invitation.

'The Youth Arts Network' wants  to hold a meeting in November to discuss what the next stage of this network  should be.

For all of those who haven't  yet engaged with 'Youth Arts  Network <http://community.nationaltheatrewales.org/group/youth-arts>…


Added by Guy O'Donnell on October 29, 2012 at 3:58 — 1 Comment

Playable City: A new opportunity from Watershed

See No Evil 2011

Hello Everyone,

Just to point you all towards an exciting new commission from Watershed in Bristol:

Watershed are offering a new £30,000 international commission, for artist(s) who are using creative technologies to explore the theme of a Playable City. The…


Added by Katherine Jewkes on October 28, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

squirrel pride ebook out on Sunday

For any fans of the short play 'Squirrel pride', performed at The Crofts pub in October for Stories of the Streets, the ebook of it is available at amazon kindle store from Sunday at the latest for £1.99

Added by Dean Scurlock on October 26, 2012 at 4:42 — No Comments

Scurlock 9 - Dirty Protest, a brilliant night out!

One of the greatest achievements of the ruling class could be said to be their ability to make the working class ashamed of itself. MTV’s shameful ‘The Valley’s’ has young people representing the worst stereotypes of the working class that our so called ‘betters’ can throw at us. Violent. Alcoholic or border line. Drug taking. Fake tanning. and on and on and on.

Another perpetrator is Channel 4’s Shameless and I leave readers of this message to comment further on that dribble…


Added by Dean Scurlock on October 26, 2012 at 4:31 — 3 Comments

Kath Chandler wins the Wales Drama Award

Just spent a really enjoyable morning with six fantastic actors and co-director Bethan Jones of the BBC pulling together excerpts from each of the shortlisted plays for the Wales Drama Award.  Then on to lunch where the excerpts were performed and the winner, finally, announced.

And it is:  Kath Chandler for her play Parallel Lines

Runners up are Ralph Boland for I Tell Big Fat Lies for You, and Paul Jenkins for Fear of Drowning

Big congrulations also to the rest of the…


Added by National Theatre Wales on October 26, 2012 at 3:30 — No Comments

The South Wales Short Story Competition

To Celebrate National Short Story Week (12th-18th November) Candy Jar Books and Screaming Dreams Publishing have launched a competition which offers aspiring writers to get their work into…

Added by Rose Widlake on October 26, 2012 at 2:52 — No Comments

Week 3 Training with British Improvisation Theatre

I’m running Improv as a part of NTW TEAM from Nov 6th, and have been attending a different Improvisation course in Bristol run by the lovely Tristan Hancock, and telling you all about.

Week 3 – Thursday 18th October

So things started getting a bit more serious thins week, though maybe focused is the better word. We returned to analysing stories, and how we were telling them, and in a way there isn’t as much to tell about the sessions because we spent so much time making up… Continue

Added by Charlie Hammond on October 25, 2012 at 0:11 — 2 Comments

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