Following the success of our first poetry, prose and people playing music party last November we have kept our word and decided to put on another one. To keep things simple, we are still calling it Balloon.
However, we wouldn’t like to be accused of resting on our laurels. Not only have we moved arena to Cardiff Arts Institute, but we are also taking things international.
I'm sure quite a few of you will have seen John and others on this site raving about the superb work of Lotte van den Berg. My friends at brut in Vienna have sent out a call for participants in a 3 day workshop with Lotte and her collaborator Merel de Groot. The workshop runs from 19th - 21st April, is in English, and costs only 40 Euros. There are details of how to apply on Brut's website:… Continue
It's 10.55 at the NTW office and people are gathering for the presentation of the set design for A Good Night Out in the Valleys. On Friday, Alan delivered a second draft of the script, which I read over the weekend. I'm genuinely very pleased with how it's looking. The first draft already did a great job of catching the spirit of the stories we were told when we did all of our workshops and chats in the Valleys in the autumn. It's full of surreal Valleys energy - with a great sense of language… Continue
So I was in north Wales just before Christmas to take some weather readings. Today I've been looking back over the photos and notes from that visit, in preparation for a return at the end of next week. I found this photo, which was taken during an early snowshower, presager of the longer harder whiter winter weather that was to come. Just before it started snowing I'd decided to see how long I could stand the cold in just a T-shirt, recording… Continue
I've been seeking out different people to meet to talk with about the weather each time I'm on a research trip. This month I'm meeting a couple who used to work for the Met Office. This is the email I got back in reply to my request to meet:
"We will happy to meet you on Saturday 30th of January at home, if you’re willing to make the effort to come here. After 3 weeks of drifting snow, the minor road from Marchlyn to Dinorwic past our house (Garreg Wen ) has just been dug out by…Continue
We are looking for a house band to play the music for 'A Good Night Out in the Valleys'in each of the Institutes. If you are a band or just an individual player it doesn't matter, get in touch! There is also no age limit!!
We will choose five bands who will work with our Musical Director Daniel Lawrence who will direct them through the songs and music.
The venues are Blackwood Miners Institute, Blaengarw Workmen's Hall,… Continue
Here I am, my third day as TEAM Coordinator at National Theatre Wales. I've sat in on auditions, had my first team meeting, learnt about communications and been taken out to lunch. Already feeling like I’ve been here for a while!
We are looking for enthusiastic people to become TEAM ambassadors for our first production ' A Good Night Out in the Valleys'!
An ambassador would represent National Theatre Wales in the various communities across the South Wales Valleys and help spread the word about 'A Good Night Out in the Valleys'.
There will be lots of different ways you can benefit from being a TEAM member and being a part of the TEAM would allow you to shape what National Theatre Wales does in the… Continue
Added by Hannah Bevan on January 19, 2010 at 17:00 —
Alan Harris and I attended Blaengarw's Panto, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rise of the Gobbler.
I haven't attended a Panto since I was little so it was refreshing to have Cyber Men, The Joker, talking vegetables, Del and Rhodney and Darleks in the same production and not get confused by it all. Admittedly there were moments were I didn't have a clue what was going on, but that was the fun of it!
There was an impressive Blodwyn the cow who had to be sold when the President of the… Continue
Added by Hannah Bevan on January 15, 2010 at 0:00 —
Hello, I took a break from re-drafting A Good Night in the Valleys: Go As You Please to go to the panto at Blaengarw Institute tonight and it was brilliant. It was glorious and truly bonkers. It’s the first time I’ve seen a blow up doll, George W Bush and Mother Earth in a panto and it contained a hilarious version of Flash Dance. It was Jack and the Beanstalk, by the way, and me and intern Hannah stayed to do the World In Union dance at the end. Will blog a bit more about the first draft and… Continue
Added by Alan Harris on January 14, 2010 at 23:49 —
Another passionate, humorous, and intensely human play for children and their families, Scarecrow is a brand new production written for Theatr Powys by Chris Cooper.
Coming to South Wales:
Cardiff, Llanover Hall on Tuesday 26th January
Ystradgynlais, The Welfare, Thursday 4th February www.theatrpowys.co.uk for more information and full schedule.
Added by Ian Yeoman on January 14, 2010 at 13:46 —