This is the first of a series of posts introducing our NTWY3 shows, answering your questions and telling you a bit more about what to expect from each one. If you have any questions that aren't answered here, comment on the post and we'll do our best to answer. 

First up, De Gabay. 

De Gabay from National Theatre Wales on Vimeo.

What is it? 

De Gabay is a site-specific piece (which means it's related to the place it is being held, rather than happening in a theatre). It's all about journeys, telling the story of a passage from Somalia to Butetown, Cardiff. 

The idea for the show came from a group of young Somali men, living in Butetown, who were writing poetry together. The group approached National Theatre Wales to talk about making a show. 

Director Jonathan Holmes introduces the project: 

When and Where?

De Gabay is a one-day event in Butetown, Grangetown, Riverside and Cardiff Bay on Sunday 3rd March 2013. 

There will be events all day from about 11am until 8pm. 

Creative Associate Gavin Porter explains how he became involved in the project and what's exciting about it: 

What's exciting about it?

• De Gabay is completely rooted in its community and location, and the idea came from Butetown's poets. 

• The show will take place in lots of different ways, and in different venues and locations all over south Cardiff. 

• Somalia is thought of as a 'nation of poetry', a bit like Wales, so this is an opportunity to find out more about this tradition. 

• Members of the local community have been involved in the entire process and are invited to take part in any way they can or would like to, right from generating ideas to performing in and working backstage on the show. 

Poet Hassan Panero explains how the project came about: 

What should I expect?

The show runs across lots of venues - from two large parades to a 'parliament' - so be prepared to move around Butetown. After you've booked, you'll be sent a passport in the post. This will act as your ticket, and give you more information about the day's events. Expect a celebratory atmosphere, two lively parades, small and intimate performances and a spectacular finale. 

Who is it for?


How do I get involved?

As always, we love to get as many people involved in our work as possible. NTW TEAM, alongside Gavin (Creative Associate) and Yusuf (Community Engagement Associate) is running lots of open sessions and workshops for people to get involved with the project. You can find out more about this by joining the De Gabay group

Book Tickets

Tickets are priced 'pay what you can'. The minimum you can pay is £1, but if you would like to pay more please call the Ticket Office on 029 2063 6464. All money raised through the box office will go to funding future National Theatre Wales projects in Butetown. 


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