I went to the theatre twice last week, and both times to shows for tiny kids. The first one was FINDING LEAVES FOR SOUP, Theatr Iolo's gorgeous show for nursery kids, and the other was Fevered Sleep's brilliant BRILLIANT at Sadlers Wells in London. If only more grown-up theatre had the same vision, surreality, enchantment, magic, delicacy and freedom. I took my 3 year old son with me both times, and we were equally rapt, LOVED them both - the gentle, mud-slinging, boat-floating, leaf-crunching… Continue
Added by Lucy Davies on May 26, 2009 at 12:13 —
Academi part fund Young Writing Squads who develop the literary talents of young writers across Wales. (Link to their site for info)
It would be wonderful if NTW could work with the groups and establish some new ones.
I believe Tim Baker and NYTW are developing the work of young dramatists perhaps this is the sort of project that the squads,NYTW and NTW could support as the infrastructure support is already in place.
Have you got… Continue
Added by Guy O'Donnell on May 26, 2009 at 6:30 —
There was a nice piece about our social network on Radio 5 Live's Pods & Blogs section.
The 'novelty' of the strategy has generated media interest and should hopefully bring some new members. The podcast version of the feature will be online shortly.
Added by Colin Consterdine on May 26, 2009 at 2:00 —
And so to Madison, four hours on a Greyhound bus. The city recently lost its Rep, apparently owing to the economic downturn, so things are feeling a little chilly on the shores of the great lakes. Rattle on about what’s happening for us in Wales when I’m asked (and I am asked, frequently – people seem to be truly interested, even though I usually have to explain that no, Wales isn’t in England, nor is it near London). Realise how extraordinary the potential of NTW is, plus how vibrant the… Continue
Added by Kaite O'Reilly on May 25, 2009 at 21:52 —
1. Sweated out the last of the Magic Lagyr at the STAR Centre.
2. Scrubbed tomcat wee off the bin with a one part bleach to five parts water solution.
3. Went for a meeting about a TV project with the tallest man in Wales, who told me to cut 18 pages 'but none of the sexy fun! Keep all the sexy fun!'
Added by Gary Owen on May 23, 2009 at 10:50 —
Hello all I my name is Guy and I am an Arts Development Officer for Bridgend Council. As an ADO my remit is to encourage and support artistic and cultural activities in any artform. There are ADO's in most local authorities in Wales.
In order to open up Johns core themes of Create, Debate and Respond I would suggest it would be a good idea to create a team of people in order to Spread The Word, throughout the nation.
I am sure that there there are many arts organisations and… Continue
Added by Guy O'Donnell on May 23, 2009 at 6:25 —
Here is the link to see the Housewarming slideshow.
Hope you like them.
Added by Jorge Lizalde on May 22, 2009 at 21:00 —
84 degrees in Chicago and Gotham City shimmers in the unexpected heat. I'm trying to make the good weather compensation for missing the NTW housewarming - photos and blogs on this newfangled community thang helps, but i still feel like I've missed out...
Over in US for work and play, in Chicago for discussions on a production of my play 'peeling'.
Wales and theatre/performance is very much on my mind, not just because Mr McG suggested i write a US blog, but also as I'm reading Alyce… Continue
Added by Kaite O'Reilly on May 22, 2009 at 18:27 —
As well as enjoying myself I was there taking photos for Cardiff life magazine, here are some of the pics:
Bunch more here:
I left it too late and missed out on… Continue
Added by Mei Lewis on May 22, 2009 at 13:02 —
Tonight we are letting everyone know the ideas behind our first year of activity at National Theatre Wales. We have an office party, a bunch of volunteers - our 'TEAM' members - helping us out, a beautiful 'newspaper' developed by our designers Elfen, and of course this online community to help spread the word behind our plans.
We'll be opening our first show in March next year, and for the whole of the year after we will be creating new theatre across Wales - with three main strands… Continue
Added by National Theatre Wales on May 21, 2009 at 12:30 —
Added by Guto Evans on May 21, 2009 at 10:30 —
It's been an exciting week! I've been working with National Theatre Wales artistic director John E McGrath since last November 2008, dreaming about how the newly forming National Theatre Wales will take it's first steps into the big wide world. Since then, I've met the amazing Board of Trustees who started all this off I'm told as long ago as 2007 (thanks to Phil George), with a first meetng early in 2008. I've watched the staff team grow since January 2009 from one to six people and I've been… Continue
Added by Lesa Dryburgh on May 20, 2009 at 12:00 —
Hello, I am sneaking my first foray into blog territory whilst no one is looking.
I shall prepare some fine witticisms for next time.....
Added by Marc Rees on May 20, 2009 at 10:35 —
Hi everyone. I've written some ideas on how to get started on this site
- please take a look. A couple of requests - please can you make sure you've uploaded a photo to your profile and entered some basic info about yourself under "A little about me"? - edit your profile
to do this. Many thanks!
Added by Tom Beardshaw on May 20, 2009 at 10:00 —
Well, the social network is semi-live now, with a few friends and family having passed through the gates of Mighty Native HQ (also known as Carl and Tom, our online designers) to become invited members of the network, trying it out before it goes public on Thursday evening. Hello to all of you and thanks for joining up. As founding members you can do all sorts of marvelous creative stuff here, including starting a forum (and Hello but why has no-one replied to my very interesting forum question… Continue
Added by National Theatre Wales on May 19, 2009 at 22:08 —
Last Thursday, we had a really exciting creatively-charged day! I went on a Creative Visit to the valleys with John and Renny O'Shea, a really exciting theatremaker who makes up one-third of theatre company Quarantine
A Creative Visit is the first stage in the Research and Development (R & D) of a new project, where we ask artists to explore their ideas for the long and short term. A Creative Visit involves artists spending time with the NTW… Continue
Added by Catherine Paskell on May 19, 2009 at 17:07 —
Below are some hints to help you to blog on National Theatre Wales social network. At the time of writing a few people have written some posts, you can too.
The network is built on a system called Ning and the interface is pretty friendly. Some of this info is available on Ning's own help pages. But I wanted to give it to you directly and intersperse it with some general tips.
Blog is short for "web log".
There are conventions and… Continue
Added by Carl Morris on May 19, 2009 at 15:30 —
I'm in New York at the moment and will be until June. Has anyone got any tips for theatre companies/shows to dig out? I know John mentioned Forum theatre in another blog, I'm going to try and see if they've got anything on. Anyone else????
Also, could Tom and Carl fix it so that if anyone ever starts a blog with 'So' that they get swine flu in their fingers? Thanks.
Added by Tim Price on May 19, 2009 at 14:13 —
The Guardian reported at the beginning of this year
the National Theatre in England's experiment, as defined by Nicholas Hytner:
"...we felt that somebody has got to try it and if somebody has got to try it then it has got to be us."
The NT will stream live performances to independent art house cinemas. Audiences will pay £10. The broadcast costs are c. £50,000… Continue
Added by Hannah Rudman on May 19, 2009 at 10:40 —
What's exciting about the National Theatre's approach is their openness to the community around them. This morning we're learning about blogging - getting thoughts up onto the web, responding and debating each other's ideas.
It's great to be present at the birth of something new, and it'll fascinating to see how the conversation evolves over time here. With so many passionate and creative people involved in the Theatre scene in Wales and beyond, I'm sure there will be some awesome… Continue
Added by Tom Beardshaw on May 18, 2009 at 10:15 —