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. 

This morning we arrived at the Park & Dare where we were welcomed by the lovely Tom, the building's Assistant Manager. After the standard health and safety briefing staff had a tour of the venue and set up our little home from home in the drama studio. At the moment we're sharing it with lots of chairs, which will be going off soon for a re-paint ready to appear in Tonypandemonium. 

The views from the upper floors of the building are stunning, even on a misty day like today. 

The Park & Dare is 100 years old this year, and our residency is part of the building's centenary celebrations. The building is fascinating both in its history and set-up. There's even a room on the top floor used exclusively by a model train society for an intricate set-up of miniature railways. The auditorium at the centre of the building is a beautiful space and much-loved by audiences who come to the building. For Tonypandemonium we'll be changing the space so you see it in a whole new way, but more on that later. 

If you're in Treorchy - or anywhere in the Rhondda - let us know if you'd like to get involved with our residency, or just pop in to the Park & Dare and say hello. 

(The top photo was taken by Jorge at Studio Cano, the rest by me)

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