Last night I met with The Ladies of Mother Courage's community ensemble at the Guest Keen Club in Merthyr for our second session of R&D which explores the issue of Welsh women affected by domestic violence.
When I arrived the group were rampantly gassing (words chosen for you ladies) about Before I Leave, National Theatre Wales' current production that sees a group of people in Merthyr come together in a choir for individuals living with dementia and Alzheimer's. With the…Continue
Posted on June 10, 2016 at 13:10
Meet Andrea, Rhiannon, Louise, Lynnett and Mandy.
After a year of support from NTW TEAM since being Mother Courage and Her Children’s community ensemble these five women will carry out their first stage of R&D…Continue
Posted on May 24, 2016 at 13:11
Back last May John McGrath directed Mother Courage and Her Children - a gutsy, anarchic, defiantly twenty-first century version of what's been named by many the greatest play of the twentieth century.
Taking over the Merthyr Labour Club along with National Theatre Wales was a cast of nine vivacious actresses and a community ensemble of strong local women.
The community ensemble found and cast by Rhiannon…Continue
Posted on January 27, 2016 at 14:30 — 1 Comment
Are you a writer working on a new idea and want to get it on it's feet?
I'm looking to collaborate with an emerging Welsh or Wales based writer who is working on their next piece.
The aim of this…Continue
Posted on October 21, 2015 at 16:06 — 2 Comments
It's been a pleasure this past two weeks working with an incredible cast and company on The Good Earth, my first show as a director and from my new company Motherlode.
This week we had the very sad news of one of our actresses not being able to be a part of the show. With such little rehearsal time there wasn't much we could do apart from me stepping into the role. It's something I never anticipated, and is a tremendous challenge, wearing three hats at once and trying to fill the…Continue
Posted on August 27, 2015 at 8:04
It's been a few weeks now since NTW's co-production with Out of Joint, Sherman Cymru and the Arcola has left Wales and gone on the road "up England".
So far, it's reviews have been incredible
“Brilliant. It wrenches the gut and makes the soul sing… Staggeringly moving” - The Times
Assistant director on the show, the lessons learned from both…Continue
Posted on April 27, 2015 at 21:12
Motherlode is leading a free two day professional workshop for actresses at the Riverfront Theatre for International Women's Day 2015.
We'll work intensively for two days exploring ensemble work, improvisation and song, finishing…Continue
Posted on March 1, 2015 at 16:00
Some of you may have seen Sarah Jane Leigh's recent blog post inviting applications from actors to join the Motherlode Ensemble.
As Motherlode can now confirm we've been successful in our Arts Council of Wales Application for our new project RHUM, we'd like to meet actors for the projects…Continue
Posted on October 28, 2014 at 19:00 — 1 Comment