This week the eyes of the theatre world are focused on Edinburgh for the British Council's biannual showcase of the best British theatre and dance, as part of the world's biggest arts festival. This year Arts Council Wales (ACW) have supported companies to showcase their work in Edinburgh giving them the opportunity to " [...] present their work to international delegates and subsequently tour overseas." We want to ask is there also a way to get these (inter)national promoters to come to Wales and see the range of work on offer from our theatre community.
Abdul and I want to find out if there is the feasibility of and desire for a theatre festival in Wales. We have just received funding from ACW to undertake this work and are at the beginning of consulting with theatre makers, venues, funders and other interested parties to see if this can go beyond a recurring conversation. We're not suggesting a festival that would rival Edinburgh, but one that makes a significant impact on the visibility of Welsh theatre.
If you'd like to get involved in the consultation, the first step is to fill in the questionnaire linked to below - alternatively you can get in touch with me or Abdul directly to tell us what you think, or you can leave a comment here.
We'll be collecting responses and conducting interviews over the next few weeks, before writing up our findings and suggestions. Once these have been seen by ACW we'll publish them online and share them with anyone who asked us to during the consultation period.
We can only include your opinions and thoughts if you share them with us (and this can be anonymously if you want), so if you have an opinion and want it heard speak now or forever hold your peace...
To complete the questionnaire click here.
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