Dirty Gifted & Welsh, Dirty Protest and NTW's festival of new writing is back!

National Theatre Wales and Dirty Protest are teaming up for the third Dirty, Gifted & Welsh, and promise another jam-packed celebration of Welsh writers and writing for performance.

We have just announced the line up for Dirty, Gifted & Welsh 2015 and it's brilliant! All of this for only a fiver! 

Book tickets here.


12pm - 2pm

Writers' surgeries:
Book your 15 minutes on the NTW website link here

Maggie Dunning - Arts Council Wales

Nicola Morgan - Wales Arts International

Matthew Bulgo – Dirty Protest

Simon Coates – National Theatre Wales

Workshop: Voice and Story workshop with Anne Edyvean, Head of BBC Writersroom

Workshop: We are the Play Makers of 2016 workshop, discussion and manifesto building with Louise Osborn, Writer and Director

What is our job as theatre artists in these times? An open space discussion. An opportunity to reflect on our work. What work do me make as writers? What matters in our work? What are the conditions we need for us to make our best work? What are the difficulties we encounter?

2pm - 3pm

Talk and Q&A: Helen Perry, Radio Drama Producer for BBC Wales.

3pm - 4pm

Panel Discussion: Competitions and How to Build Relationships with Theatres and Organisations with playwrights Kath Chandler, Alan Harris and Matt Hartley

4pm - 5pm

Speaker: Bryony Lavery

Bryony Lavery’s plays include A Wedding Story, Last Easter, Her Aching Heart[Pink Paper Play of The Year 1992] Smoke, Dirt and More Light

Her play, Frozen, commissioned by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, won the TMA Best Play Award, the Eileen Anderson Central Television Award and was then produced on Broadway where it was nominated for four Tony Awards. Stockholm, for Frantic Assembly won the Wolff-Whiting award for Best play of 2008. Beautiful Burnout for The National Theatre of Scotland and Frantic Assembly received a Fringe First at Edinburgh, before performances in the UK, New York, Australia and New Zealand.

Stage adaptations include : 101 Dalmatians[a musical]Chichester 2014, A Christmas Carol[for Birmingham Rep/Chichester Festival Theatre , Precious Bane, The Wicked Lady, Treasure Island[National Theatre 2014-5] and Behind The Scenes At The Museum for York Theatre Royal. Recent work includes The Believers for Frantic Assembly, Thursday for ETT/Brink, Australia, Queen Coal at Sheffield Crucible and Treasure Island at The National Theatre.

She is currently writing Slime for Banff Centre, Canada, Forever Young[play for older actors] for Manchester Royal Exchange[, adapting Brideshead Revisited for York Theatre Royal/ETT , The Lovely Bones for Birmingham Rep and developing Dying Light for TV.


Dean Burnett, doctor of neuroscience, comedy writer and stand-up comedian, talks tribes and introduces 9 specially commissioned short plays inspired by the topic. We’ll hear work from the following playwrights:

Catherine Dyson
Matthew Bulgo
Greg Glover
Matt Hartley
Dick Johns
Carys Jones
Lisa Parry
Kelsey Richards
Keiron Self

7.30pm: Quiz Quest

QUIZ QUEST: the multimedia pub quiz that incorporates images, videos, music and whatnot. The theme of the quiz will be TRIBES, although you needn't know anything about tribes. Usual pub quiz protocol applies: pens, answer sheets, life changing prizes. Don't worry if you haven't got a team. We'll set you up with some other people on the night, like a less innuendo-strewn version of Take Me Out.

8.30pm: Short play by Alan Harris

Alan has been commissioned to write in response to the day’s events, as they unfold.

8.45pm: Dirty Disco
Grab a drink and enjoy the DJ.

In addition to all of that, between 12pm – 6pm we also have:

Scratch Space hosted by TEAM
A second space dedicated to back-to-back performances of brand new writing. 16 works in progress, hosted by Sophie McKeand and Natasha Borton.

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Comment by Luke Biddle on February 17, 2016 at 9:51


I'd like to get involved somehow please

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