Jen Thornton's Blog (42)

Competition for budding film makers aged 11-25

The Filter, in partnership with The Deborah Hutton Campaign, are running a short film competition called Cut Films

Anyone in Wales aged 11-25 can enter by making a short film or advert (between 30 seconds and 2 minutes in length) persuading their friends and peers not to smoke. 

Films can be on any topic, and made with anything from a phone…


Added by Jen Thornton on April 15, 2014 at 16:07 — No Comments

King Cats

In the run-up to Silly Kings, we've been on a search for the silliest things on the internet to get everyone in the mood. As the internet is pretty much made of cats, it seems only right that we should involve them at some point. So here, now, 10 silly cats dressed as kings. 

Silly Kings is at Cardiff Castle from 19th December 2013 - 4th January 2014 and you can book…


Added by Jen Thornton on November 26, 2013 at 17:05 — No Comments

Open casting call in Bristol this weekend - major Disney film

Actors! We've received the below from a Casting exec working for Disney. The Internet seems to be pretty sure this casting is for the new Star Wars film. 

Please don't contact National Theatre Wales for more information about this, as we don't have any! The text and image below…

Added by Jen Thornton on November 6, 2013 at 16:39 — No Comments

PlayARK Games and Talks 2013

On Friday and Saturday I had a great time at PlayARK's festival of Games and Talks. Friday was the 'Talks' part and Saturday the 'Games'. 


The Talks included thoughts and tales from a brilliant variety of people, covering everything from interactive pottery to participatory charity radio in Sweden. There were lots of thoughts throughout the day, and loads of interesting examples to share but I won't just regurgitate them…


Added by Jen Thornton on November 4, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

8 Things I Loved In Treorchy

Our Made in Treorchy residency has now come to an end, so by way of a round-up (and with a nod to Buzzfeed) here are my favourite things about Treorchy, The Park & Dare and our month there: 

1. The Cafés

Hot Gossip and Cosy Café are just two of the brilliant, friendly establishments on Treorchy's high street that serve excellent lunch. The town has a bustling, exciting high street and you can pop into any shop and…


Added by Jen Thornton on October 31, 2013 at 16:35 — 2 Comments

Tiny Games

In our first year, National Theatre Wales created a show called The Beach with Hide & Seek. Hide & Seek are a games company who make playful and interactive experiences ('games') for all sorts of different reasons, ranging from corporate development to pure and simple fun. 

Earlier this year they…


Added by Jen Thornton on October 28, 2013 at 13:19 — No Comments

National Stage Managers Day

Today is National Stage Managers Day, as designated by the Stage Management Association. In honour of this day, I’ve been hanging out with our lovely Stage Managers on Tonypandemonium, which opens tonight. They’re all having a really busy – and long day – as it’s opening night.

Donna, our Company Stage Manager, started at 9am today, preparing the props and setting the stage for technical…


Added by Jen Thornton on October 10, 2013 at 14:58 — 2 Comments

Hello Treorchy

Today is the first day of National Theatre Wales' Treorchy residency. We're spending the whole month at the Park & Dare Theatre - making Tonypandemonium (the first play by award-winning author, and Treorchy resident, Rachel Trezise), hosting an Assembly, joining forces with Dirty Protest to make a day-long celebration of Welsh theatre writing and creating events with local people and creators from all over Wales. …


Added by Jen Thornton on October 1, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

World Stage Design Exhibition

This afternoon I went to check out the World Stage Design 2013 exhibition, which is currently in Cardiff at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. 

Over 100 international designers from all over the world are represented in the exhibition, which includes designs (set, costume, lighting, sound and multimedia) for theatre, dance, opera and more in everything from theatre spaces to fields. 

Simon Banham's design for National Theatre Wales' Coriolan/us from 2012 is featured…


Added by Jen Thornton on September 11, 2013 at 15:31 — No Comments

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013

As I'm sure you will have noticed, National Theatre Wales are re-staging The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I had the great pleasure of looking after the show's marketing, and to be in Edinburgh with the team during tech week and the opening few nights of the show. 

I'm sure you'll think I'm biased but I'll say this anyway: it's a really, genuinely brilliant show. I thought so the first time round, but the re-mounting,…


Added by Jen Thornton on August 14, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning opens tonight!

We're up in Edinburgh at the moment, to open The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013. The dress rehearsal is taking place as I type, and the first show is this evening at 7.30pm. It's been a fast and furious two weeks of rehearsal and for those behind the scenes - getting everything ready for Edinburgh, from costumes to posters, lighting rigs to train tickets and much more besides. The show is looking great, though, and I'm very excited for opening…


Added by Jen Thornton on August 6, 2013 at 14:26 — No Comments

Digital as a new Performance Space

There's a lot of 'digital' going on in the arts at the moment - in productions, in communications, straddling the two, augmenting our live work and standing in and of itself. I read an article earlier about an iPad app which has been created as an entirely different type of performance space for dance. Rather than trying to replicate or augment the experience of a…


Added by Jen Thornton on July 15, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

Lego Videos

The Guardian's sports section have started creating little Lego animations of momentous occasions in sport. Here's their most recent one, Andy Murray winning Wimbledon:  

Which was preceded by the British and Irish Lions victory against Australia: …


Added by Jen Thornton on July 10, 2013 at 17:11 — 2 Comments

My #NTWAnglesey So Far

I've been in Anglesey since Monday, promoting Things I Forgot I Remembered, talking to anyone I could find about National Theatre Wales, manning the Holyhead pop-up shop and welcoming people to Theatr Fach on opening night of the show. 

The week started with a beautiful view from our cottage, which is just outside Llangefni: 



Added by Jen Thornton on June 15, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Job Opportunity with Making Music

I've been asked to share this opportunity with Making Music: 

Music Partnership Forum Wales

Projects and Partnerships Manager

 4dpw, 12 month contract


 This post mostly home-based, with travel around Wales. Fee: £24,000

Making Music is the UK's…


Added by Jen Thornton on May 15, 2013 at 15:22 — No Comments

Ululating Performer wanted for BBC Drama

Little Monster Films Ltd are filming a new BBC 1, 13-part primetime drama series called Atlantis and we are looking to cast a woman who can ululate - the tongue trill often used in North African and Middle Eastern music cultures. This is for a short scene we are filming at our studio in Chepstow on Friday 10th May. This is an equity rate paid role and all transport would be organised and paid for through our production office. 

The performer…


Added by Jen Thornton on May 7, 2013 at 15:45 — 2 Comments

Pay What You Like... At the End

When I was a teenager I played in a string quartet. We spent an afternoon once 'busking' in a local park near the tea shop. A few people dropped in some change and the occasional fiver while we were playing but when we'd finished, a lady who'd sat and listened for the full two hours came over and gave us £20. She explained that she'd pay at least that for a concert in a concert hall and that's what she thought her experience was worth. 

I've just come across…


Added by Jen Thornton on April 3, 2013 at 15:37 — 4 Comments

Anglesey Adventures Part 2

It's now our third day in Anglesey, where we're meeting people, finding out more about the area and getting ready to share the month of June with the island in our third NTW Residency. This week we're here with the team from HoiPolloi, who are creating the Hugh Hughes production Things I Forgot I Remembered, and we've been to visit the two show venues - Theatr Fach and Ucheldre Arts Centre - to find out a bit more about how they work and how we can work with them. 

Anglesey is also…


Added by Jen Thornton on March 13, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Anglesey Adventures Part 1

This week the Comms team are joining HoiPolloi and producer Lisa in Anglesey for a research trip to find out more about the area in advance of Things I Forgot I Remembered, our Hugh Hughes project which will be staged in Llangefni and Holyhead this June. Catrin and I have just driven up, the 'pretty way', and spent the way…


Added by Jen Thornton on March 11, 2013 at 16:11 — No Comments

An Orchestral Concert for the Deaf

What? That's a bit weird, no? Music for people who can't hear? 

Well, no, actually. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales last week held a short series of concerts especially created for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences. I was delighted to be able to go to one of them and I had a really great experience.

I'm a classical musician by training, and I really like orchestras, so I go to a lot of concerts. I've never been to one like this before. I'd expected there would be…


Added by Jen Thornton on March 7, 2013 at 13:00 — 3 Comments

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