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Introducing our New Critics!

Academi and National Theatre Wales are really excited to introduce our 4 New Critics to the National Theatre Wales community. Click on their names to discover who they are and be taken to their profile pages. Some have their own online blogs too. They will be posting their reviews of National Theatre Wales shows on here and will be generally engaging in all sorts of online conversations, just like all of you already do.…


Added by Catherine Paskell on March 3, 2010 at 17:53 — No Comments

Absolut Fringe: Get Involved in Dublin's Fringe Festival!


Added by Catherine Paskell on March 3, 2010 at 14:32 — No Comments

Meeting for Radio Dramatists - aspiring and established

The Writers' Guild of Great Britain is pleased to announce a meeting with Kate McCall, Senior Producer, Radio Drama BBC Wales.

Kate will be talking about her work at the BBC, her relationship with writers and the current radio…


Added by Othniel Smith on March 3, 2010 at 11:11 — 3 Comments

Day 2 - The National Library - Aberystwyth

I have been surprised by the amount of traveling that I have done over the last two days. I had imagined myself sat at a desk for the best part of three years and as yet there is not even the slightest hint of a table, unless of course it were the kind you eat from. I was sat on the stairs in the departmental building for a time this morning. Waiting for a signature. On reflection this wasn't the best use of my time, however… Continue

Added by Dr Tom Payne on March 2, 2010 at 21:30 — No Comments

Lotte van den Berg & Merel de Groot workshop opportunity in Vienna!

WHERE YOU ARE / public space in Jerusalem, Vienna and Kinshasa…


Added by Mathilde Lopez on March 2, 2010 at 12:30 — No Comments

Day 1 - St. David's Day - Aberystwyth

I spent the early part of the morning attempting to arrange an over sized Welsh rugby shirt on a rather disappointed six year old. My daughter explained that the other children don't play with her when she doesn't dress as a Welsh lady. As this only happens once a year and is already an identifiable pattern in her short school life, I figure that the emotional scar caused by not dressing like a Welsh lady might stay with her well into adulthood. I… Continue

Added by Dr Tom Payne on March 1, 2010 at 21:30 — No Comments

Paul Colley

Like many people, I've been a bit in shock for the past week at the news of the sudden and unexpected death of Paul Colley.

I worked with Paul for at Contact in Manchester when we were re-launching the building and the company after a big renovation and years of closure. Paul had worked at the old Contact Theatre and brought a great passion for and love of repertory theatre to our new, rather untraditional model. But he was also a man who embraced and loved challenges, and he quickly… Continue

Added by National Theatre Wales on February 27, 2010 at 17:30 — No Comments

The week before ..the week before the show...

....Thing is.... im working with actors who say the following things

Caroline Bunce - eating cake - Chapter Arts Centre ' Steve?....ive got just one word to day to you' ( Steve is our designer) ' Pants!' she says nearly at the top of her voice..'Oh its alright love. says Steve....'I

dont expect you to go on stage - commando' ..and thats the end of that bit of the costume meeting.....

Nathan lot go around calling your selves…


Added by Julie Barclay on February 26, 2010 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Big trouble this morning. John lost his temper and told us the only reason we got picked from the auditions was that he wanted an 'upward curve' in the quality of productions. He called us 'second ra…

Big trouble this morning. John lost his temper and told us the only reason we got picked from the auditions was that he wanted an 'upward curve' in the quality of productions. He called us 'second raters'. Huw burst into tears and John called him a 'wuss'. John talked to me privately later and told me that he hates me. It all started when I commented on a pair of sparkly socks he was wearing. Sharon is in rehab. They're replacing all her blood. I talked to a well known Welsh actor yesterday and… Continue

Added by Boyd Clack on February 26, 2010 at 13:27 — 2 Comments

The Blind Harpist revisited

One of Barmouth's most intriguing and legendery characters was 'the blind harpist', Dafydd Roberts.
I met up with local musician Chris Knowles who actually has his Celtic harp, bought at auction. He played a composition by Roberts himself called 'Ar y traeth yn Bermo', 'On the beach in Barmouth'.
How appropriate!

Dafydd Roberts on the prom,…

Added by Marc Rees on February 26, 2010 at 11:53 — No Comments

Heart Of Darkness | Review

A review of Give It A Name's performance of Heart Of Darkness over at

Powerful and thrilling, but also flawed, I felt. Feel free to comment!

Added by Ben Bryant on February 25, 2010 at 21:21 — No Comments

heart of darkness - more reviews

Here's 2 more reviews, again with differing slants and opinions

Added by john norton on February 25, 2010 at 21:11 — No Comments

Heart of Darkness: 10 Feet Tall

My first review as a New Critic is here


Added by Megan Jones on February 25, 2010 at 20:26 — No Comments

arts campaign


Added by terry chinn on February 25, 2010 at 18:12 — No Comments

TEAM - Shape The Future Of National Theatre Wales

Do you want to shape the future of National Theatre Wales?

If so...

We are looking for TEAM members in all areas of Wales but especially at our 2010/2011 show locations.

South Wales Valleys/Swansea/Cardiff/Barmouth/North Wales/Brecon Beacons/Bridgend/Newport/Snowdonia/Aberystwyth/Milford Haven/Port Talbot and beyond.

Join other TEAM members in running events, sharing your ideas and spreading the word.

In exchange we offer you a chance to get behind… Continue

Added by Devinda De Silva on February 25, 2010 at 17:38 — No Comments

"Seven Jewish Children" by Caryl Churchill - Marches Tour

Theatre Current is touring "Seven Jewish Children", Caryl Churchill's

acclaimed and controversial 'play for Gaza', to venues in the Marches during

February and March. Written in response to Israel's brutal attack on Gaza…


Added by Mick Greenway on February 25, 2010 at 12:55 — No Comments

Wales and Brazil

It's an exiting time at National Theatre Wales, not only because our first shows are around the corner, but because of an exchange we are taking part in with artists from Brazil.

Following on from our Soul Exchange Workshop earlier this month where young creative leaders from Contact in Manchester shared ideas and experience with their counterparts from Butetown in Cardiff we are really pleased to be sending… Continue

Added by Devinda De Silva on February 25, 2010 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

Pit, Cranium Wow and Understanding Games

Still playing stacks of games. Here are two fun table-top games.


Why is this fun game not more widely known? A fast-paced game of trading cards which represent stocks like wheat, flax and barley. You need about…


Added by Carl Morris on February 24, 2010 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

Barmouth by rail

If you intend coming to see For Mountain, Sand & Sea in the summer I would really recommend traveling by rail. Entering Barmouth via crossing…

Added by Marc Rees on February 24, 2010 at 8:12 — 2 Comments

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