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.
Head of Communications
I have always had a passion for story telling, being part of an adventure and taking risks - working at National Theatre Wales allows me to do all three. I have been at the heart of the organization from its' conception and have loved "Imagineering" the future alongside my fellow shipmates. Although we are only a small core team we are a huge organisation full of collaborators and I have worked with some amazing people over the past few years.
I’m proud of what we’ve achieved and the way we go about it, trying out new ideas, travelling the country, making new friends and working with them to make things happen. The weather hasn’t always proved perfect with strong winds blowing in many directions, but we have always weathered the storms together and stayed on course.
We have an amazing crew here that strive to make National Theatre Wales the best that it can be.
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Phil is the Co-Founder and Co-Creative Director of BAFTA award-winning television production company, Green Bay Media Ltd in Cardiff. Phil was educated at Porth County Grammar School before going on to read English at Oxford University. Formerly Head of Arts, Music and Features at BBC Wales, Phil was appointed as the first Chair of NTW by the Welsh Government in 2007. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Glamorgan and received an Inspire Wales award in 2011.
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