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National Theatre Wales

A two-week plunge into my own practice

My first contact with National Theatre Wales as an artist consisted of a two-week plunge into my own practice, whilst exploring a fort that clung to the Pembroke cliffs. At that time, I had very little idea about the kind of theatre I was interested in making, and absolutely no idea that I’d be returning to Wales to make it. What followed was a fortnight of making new work every day and showing it every night, challenging my views on performance and forging new collaborations which endure till today.

An idea that was born of our time in Summercamp was then supported with further Waleslab funding. This enabled us to tour the UK speaking to astronauts and astronomers, before returning to a remote location in Mid-Wales to create some theatre. This early experience of how to research and develop an idea from conception to performance was invaluable to my development as a Director and Theatre-Maker. 

As well as making my own work, more recently I’ve been lucky enough to play a role on two of NTW’s characteristic large-scale productions. First the site-specific, dance-theatre historical epic, {150}, and then on the hugely ambitious, Cardiff-wide Dahlian take-over which was, City of the Unexpected. The latter was without doubt one of the most formidable and fulfilling experiences of my career to date. My time on City of the Unexpected challenged me to develop skills that simply aren’t applicable when working on a smaller-scale (or frankly normal-scale) production. These opportunities are rare as a young Director, and it would have been impossible for me to be involved in either production had these positions been unpaid. Furthermore, if the arts are serious about fostering talent regardless of social-background, then it is crucial that people are paid for the work that they do.

My experience working with National Theatre Wales to date has been rewarding and completely unique; I look forward to the next chance to work together, and to surprise passers-by with a cavalcade of floating fruit. 

Jac Ifan Moore
Director & Theatre-Maker

@jacifanmoore

Photograph: Dan Green, City of the Unexpected, 2016