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.
John E McGrath
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John is the founding Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales, where he has worked with a wide range of artists and partner companies to develop an award-winning mix of work in theatres and site-specific locations across the country.
For National Theatre Wales he has directed A Good Night Out in the Valleys by Alan Harris (in five Valleys Miners’ Institutes), Love Steals Us From Loneliness by Gary Owen (staged in a Bridgend rock club), The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price (with every show streamed live and hyperlinked online) and In Water I'm Weightless by Kaite O’Reilly (at the Wales Millennium Centre and South Bank Centre) as part of the 2012 Festival, the Finale of the Cultural Olympiad.
John has also worked as a theatre director in New York, London and Manchester. From 1999-2008 he was Artistic Director of Contact, Manchester.
He has published a book about art in the surveillance age, Loving Big Brother: Performance, Privacy and Surveillance Space and in 2005 was awarded the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Cultural Leadership Award.
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Chris is Director of the Savoy Theatre in Monmouth which is one of the oldest working theatres in Wales. He was previously, for 30 years, Equity’s National Organiser in Wales, establishing Equity’s first office in Wales in 1981. He was Chair of The Wales Association for the Performing Arts for 15 years lobbying and campaigning on behalf of the arts sector. He has also been Chair of Audiences Wales and Theatr Ffynnon. He is a Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
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