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 7th 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.
I studied Film and Television at International Film School Wales. I was lucky enough to pay for my way through university by applying for small grants to deliver participatory arts projects to young people. After graduating I attempted to enter the television industry, but became despondent and decided that I would go back to university. I then studied Design for Interactive Media at UWIC. After graduating for the second time, three others and myself set up a social enterprise called Community Helps Itself which was an Arts and Media based organisation which delivered participatory arts projects.
I heard that National Theatre Wales were holding some introductory workshops in Butetown and although, at the time, I had no real interest in theatre, I decided that I’d go along to see what was happening. I had a good feeling about the project that was happening - The Soul Exchange - and I was lucky enough to get involved. I am very fortunate to be employed as Creative Associate on a project that I would have volunteered to work on: De Gabay, which will be taking place in Butetown, Cardiff in March 2013.
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Cardiff based Gemma McAvoy is currently a Theatrical Agent for Emptage Hallett Talent and Literary Agency. Previously, Gemma worked at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and as the Education Co-ordinator at the Royal Shakespeare Company. A graduate of Theatre, Film and Television Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Gemma has over ten years experience in working as a theatre professional in Wales.
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