December 2013 Blog Posts (72)

Where is our Stuff?

Greetings All

The cupboard is bare.   Much of  that lovely technical equipment; ipods, cameras, microphones etc....that we use for our shows, R and Ds, Assembly, WalesLab and that we lend to people for their own projects has left the building for lots of really good reasons, but has not returned yet.  I am sure that they have got lost on the way back, but we miss them terribly and would like them to come home.

Please look in your drawers, your garages, under…


Added by David Evans on December 12, 2013 at 9:03 — No Comments

Emerging director Silly Kings

First day of rehearsals starts with the arrival of fifty bales of hay and the start of a new journey into Terry Jones's imagination. Silly Kings is a great show to work on as it gets me to experience working with such talented people, and as have never been involved in a production of this scale before it has been a great learning opportunity for me.

There is a lot of crazy and wonderful things going on in this show, from puppetry to slack rope to fish slapping dancing and lots of… Continue

Added by Nadia Papachronopoulou on December 11, 2013 at 18:11 — No Comments

Sneaking around the Poetry Storehouse

I've recently discovered The Poetry Storehouse - where noted contemporary poets offer up their work to be "remixed" by composers, filmmakers, actors, etc. Jolly fun.

"Dirty Old Man?" by David Sullivan from…


Added by Othniel Smith on December 11, 2013 at 16:51 — No Comments

The core company talk about their role in 'A Queer Christmas'

photography by Jorge Lizalde

Meilir Rhys Williams

What character are you playing and can you tell us a little bit about them?

I’m playing a character called Tom, he’s 24 years old and he’s about to marry his fiancée Rich. The wedding happens during the course of the…


Added by Carolina Vasquez on December 11, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments

Once Upon a Time…

Howdy. I’m Rachel Kinchin, a freelance arts marketing manager who loves an adventure, making ideas happen, engaging audiences and being part of something special (and I talk about food a lot!)

I’ve joined the NTW Communications Team for the next four months. This makes me super excited because the freelance thing is a big new adventure for me. Having worked at The Riverfront in Newport for seven years…


Added by Rachel Kinchin on December 11, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

looking for entertainers

i am currently looking for entertainers to perform anything from balloon shaping and facepainting to singers and bands to pull in crowds at a bustling restaurant in Cardiff, please get in touch with me so we can arrange a meeting. many thanks. Ben

Added by Ben Watson-Wood on December 11, 2013 at 11:31 — 4 Comments

First Week

Hey All 

Well i survived my first week at NTW :) 

I had brilliant week, meeting all the awesome people i'm going to be working with and also learning all about my new role. 

I thought i'd broken the coffee machine - but phew i hadn't just wasn't switched on properly!!!! 

I am very excited by what's ahead of me and to learn lots more

That's all for now! 

Added by Hannah John on December 11, 2013 at 10:21 — 1 Comment

Next NTW TEAM Workout Session confirmed for Saturday 26th April...


Next NTW TEAM Workout date is now confirmed: SATURDAY 26th April @ Volcano Theatre's space, 229 High Street, Swansea, SA1 1NY - Event page can be found here

TEAM Workout is for theatre-makers of all kinds (actors, writers, directors, designers, technicians, puppeteers, I…


Added by Lisa Wells-Turner on December 10, 2013 at 17:00 — 3 Comments

My Favourite Ungulate

There is a strong Ungulate theme in Silly Kings so I thought I would blog may favourite;

The Okapi

Neither Zebra nor Antilope this animal is most closely related to the Giraffe and it has a very similar tongue which is huge

I've shown you mine, what is your…


Added by David Evans on December 10, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

Notes from the Pop-Up: Nelson Mandela's reading habits

Of recent days, we’ve had a number of requests in the Seren Pop-Up Shop for ‘The Long Walk to Freedom’ by Nelson Mandela. I usually say, ‘Although of course he was secretly Welsh, we don’t stock his book.’

Plucking the title off my own shelves at home, I am reminded of how an early version of this memoir was smuggled out of Robben Island prison camp, where Mandela was…


Added by Amy Wack on December 10, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments


Aspiring actor required for a project involving producing multiple product video demos for Internet website. We want to produce TV shopping style 2 minutes videos of products involving a high-end Canadian brand of cloth nappies.

The videos will be shot at Pulloxhill, Bedfordshire studio of Picxal with 4 point lighting and a mock stage. In terms of the candidate we are looking for a female aged 25-40 who can connect with the viewers, good…


Added by Jade Smart on December 9, 2013 at 18:23 — No Comments

Reminiscences of Childhood - Review

We have been lucky enough to get a review on the Theatre Wales website for our Dylan Thomas tribute show.

Added by Adrian Metcalfe on December 9, 2013 at 7:40 — No Comments

The Northern Lights

It never ceases to amaze me how much only a few miles north in Britain can alter the sunrise and sunset in Britain; it's darker that bit earlier and lighter that bit later in the run-up to the solstice as we settle in to our North Yorkshire section of our Christmas tour. This only serves to make everything just that bit more Christmassy; they do Christmas well up here. A great night in Knaresborough last night, thanks to all concerned. Four more shows to go...

Added by Adrian Metcalfe on December 9, 2013 at 7:06 — No Comments

Young Critics Review: ScriptSlam at The Sherman Theatre

Tuesday 26th of November I attended Script Slam at The Sherman Theatre as part of the 40th Birthday celebrations. Script Slam exhibited nine new original Welsh plays over the course of three days, all keeping a theme of anniversary to coincide with The Shermans’ celebration party.

Fortunately I was able to catch the first evening to which we were treated to three pieces of work; GM written by Neil Walden, Together written by Neil Bebber and A Very Modern Office…


Added by Sarah Finch on December 8, 2013 at 20:44 — 1 Comment


Why is it that so many people these days don't like poetry? I've seen you! The blank stare. The visible wince. The outright sneer. 

I sometimes unearth a primal trauma. The sadistic nun who would whack your wrist with a wooden ruler when you failed to memorise Wordsworth's 'Daffodils'; the GCSE question on Carol Ann Duffy that utterly flummoxed you out of the A*, the annoying boyfriend at Uni who could recite Shakespeare's sonnet 'Shall I compare thee to a Summer's Day' who then…


Added by Amy Wack on December 6, 2013 at 19:04 — No Comments

John McGrath and other people say 'It Gets Better'.

Whilst me and my partner, Carolina Vasquez, have been working closely with the LGBT community of Swansea over the last few months for 'A Queer Christmas' we felt the need to make an It Gets Better Project™ video- one that inspires and supports young…


Added by Bethan Marlow on December 6, 2013 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

Casting call

Hi Rowena here and I need actors for Leftfields 2014 production 'Woyzeck'. Its to be performed at the Gate Theatre in Cardiff and if your interested email for more information.

Added by Rowena Louise Bernice Scurlock on December 6, 2013 at 11:41 — 2 Comments

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN Wales Millennium Centre 3 December 2013

Downpour leaves a breath of fresh air


This has to be the best musical of its genre for many years and what a privilege that the show graced the stage of the Wales Millennium Centre, put simply a coup of major proportions.…


Added by CHRIS HOWELL on December 6, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

The Lizard Brain - Seth Godin

This is an old talk that I have posted before, but its very good.

Added by Gavin Porter on December 5, 2013 at 12:08 — 1 Comment

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