The nation of Wales is our stage:
From forests to beaches, from aircraft hangars to post-industrial towns, village halls to nightclubs.
We bring together storytelling poets, visual visionaries and inventors of ideas. We collaborate with artists, audiences, communities and companies to create theatre in the English language, rooted in Wales, with an international reach.
You’ll find us around the corner, across the mountain and in your digital backyard.
For its launch programme, the Theatre Map of Wales, running from March 2010 to April 2011, the company staged a new show each month: 13 productions in all, each one in a different location, and each using a different approach to theatre-making.
National Theatre Wales also undertook a real, in-depth engagement with local communitities: by basing most rehearsals in local spaces; through its TEAM programme, which recruited and trained advocates; and through the NTW Assembly, staged in each location where the company worked - using theatre to engage with debate around local issues.
Behind all of this activity lay a digital presence and an online community that has established the company at the forefront of digital thinking in theatre.
In Autumn 2011, National Theatre Wales began its second season of work, taking shows to village halls, major stages, nightclubs, aircraft hangars and forests. The company also set up WalesLab - an initiative for emerging theatre ideas using the Welsh landscape as an inspiration and laboratory.
"these brilliant offerings from the National Theatre of Wales... mean that we can no longer talk of 'the National' and mean only the South Bank."
- The Observer
National Theatre Wales reinvents the language of theatre every time it puts on a show"
- The Daily Telegraph
The company's third year of productions was based around four in-depth residencies in locations ranging from Anglesey to Tokyo. At the same time, new experiments ranged from the company’s first touring live music gig to the takeover of our local castle!
In its fourth year, National Theatre Wales will make a series of exciting announcements, as each of its new productions is revealed separately.
This year will see the company dig deeper into the places, poetry and passions of Wales, spread the word about the country's amazing art and theatre far and wide, and collaborate with an extraordinary range of artists. Watch this space!
National Theatre Wales has a sister company Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, which produces work throughout Wales and internationally in the Welsh language.
The biennial award is both a celebration of writers in Wales and an open call to Welsh talent, whether emerging or established. It’s a collaboration between National Theatre Wales and BBC Cymru Wales, in partnership with BBC Writersroom, and was first launched in 2012.
The winner of this year’s Wales Drama Award will again receive £10,000, and an opportunity to develop their script and work closely with both organisations. Two runners-up will each receive £1,000 each. The competition is open to any writer residing in Wales. Writers must submit a full-length script in any medium, unperformed or unproduced and in the English language and at least 30 minutes long.
Please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/Wales-Drama-Award for details on how to submit your script. BBC Writersroom will be accepting submissions for the Wales Drama Award between Monday 22nd September and 5pm on 9th October 2014.
A series of forthcoming open sessions will be held in Cardiff, Aberystwyth, and Wrexham, in which writers can find out more
For further details and to book a place at one of these workshops, please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/Wales-Drama-Award
Kate Rowland, Creative Director New Writing will lead the judging panel with Faith Penhale BBC Cymru Wales Head of Drama, John McGrath, Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales, and writers Andrew Davies and Lucy Gannon.
Up to six shortlisted writers will be invited to a meeting with the judges in November 2014 to discuss their script and any ideas they want to develop, and the winner will be announced in December 2014.
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Since graduating, I’ve worked in a variety of roles within the arts, but over the last few years I started to focus on projects which pulled together different creative disciplines with a digital slant. In 2010, I founded Arts Collective LTD which worked as an umbrella organisation, allowing me to work on a freelance basis for various (brilliant) organisations; and also work independently to produce theatre under the Arts Collective banner.
During this time, I worked as a Research Associate at the University of Warwick, in the Cultural Policy Department, where I looked at the NESTA/ACE/AHRC funded project Happenstance. Over Christmas 2011/2012, I produced Howl's Moving Castle in association with Southwark Playhouse. The show was a hybrid of theatre and film, featuring music by Fyfe Dangerfield, and the voice of Stephen Fry. Alongside my role at NTW, I’m currently working one day per week as Freelance Digital Producer at Battersea Arts Centre, where I’m project managing the NESTA, ACE and AHRC funded, Digital R&D project Scratchr.
In my spare time, I’m also a keen singer, and often work as a voice over artist, most recently for Sony, Microsoft and Virgin Atlantic. I hold a 1st Class BA in Music and Professional Practice and a Starred Distinction in MA Creative and Media Enterprises from the University of Warwick.
I am a
Siân Ede has a long history working in the arts as an initiator and funder, writer and speaker. Arts Director at the Gulbenkian Foundation’s UK Branch's until 2012, she is best known for pioneering its Art and Science programme, setting up major collaborations between scientists and arts practitioners across the artforms; her book Art and Science has been internationally in demand. She is adviser to the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society, and gave its Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar prize lecture on Art and Science in 2008. Siân was born and educated in Carmarthen and after an early career in theatre and teaching drama in sixth-form, further and higher education in England and Wales, she worked as a Drama Officer for Arts Council of England, leading on Drama Education policy. At Gulbenkian she supported many experimental activities in theatre and dance, as well as commissioning The Turning World: stories from the London International Festival of Theatre, a book whose purpose was to celebrate the increasing internationalism and diversity of theatre in Britain. Siân initiated the Gulbenkian Participatory Performance Grant programme, the first award for which went in 2011 to National Theatre Wales to develop and produce its unique new theatre venture, Da Gabay, led by Cardiff’s Somali community.
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