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Throughout the year

WalesLab

Creating Tomorrow's Theatre

This unique initiative for emerging artists and new theatre ideas places writers, directors, actors, choreographers, designers, performance artists, installation-makers and multi-media experimenters across the landscape of Wales to develop new ideas. Sharing their progress through our digital hub, and inviting local audiences to see their work in progress, our ever-growing community of artists get the chance, through WalesLab, to try out the ideas that will create tomorrow’s theatre.

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Current Projects

Bethan Marlow and Laura Karadog: 'Llaneski'
Llanelli

'Llaneski' is an invitation to the Polish community of all ages living in Llanelli to participate in creative workshops and share their stories and experiences. Bethan Marlow and Laura Karadog want to give this community a platform to creatively express themselves because they want to hear their true voices, not the ones portrayed in the local media.

Bethan is a playwright that creates her work by immersing herself in a community. She is passionate about representing unheard voices in Wales and her process invites the community to collaborate creatively with her. Previous productions include “C’laen ta!” (on a council estate in North Wales) and ‘A Queer Christmas’ (with the LGBT community of Swansea)

Laura is a qualified yoga teacher and lives on the outskirts of Llanelli. She has also worked in the Philippines with Christian Aid, in Libya on a British Council funded exchange with the Welsh Youth Forum for Sustainable Development and in Japan with Project Trust.

Sherrall Morris and Morgan Thomas: 'My Reflection is...'
Blackwood

Sherrall Morris describes herself as 'A Jack of All Trades'. Some people see her as a writer/storyteller, some see her as a facilitator; others see her as a performer. She believes that everyone has a story to tell and helps and encourages others find their own creativity.

Morgan Thomas is an actor, director and facilitator. He enjoys exploring methods of creating theatre, particularly physical, and developing work that asks the audience a question. He feels strongly that we could experience a broader view of society within such art forms.

This project discusses the theme of reflection through the use of mirrors, text and movement, stimulating stories and provoking memories from Sherrall’s personal history and from those around her. It will explore the relationship we all have with our reflections from childhood through to adulthood.

Lindsey Colbourne: 'Digging Down: Fragmented Totalities'.
Nant Peris

Lindsey is a visual artist based in North Wales. She explores how psychological, physical and cultural issues affect our sense of place (in the world) and what we do. Her work draws on her background of psychology, dialogue, facilitation, conflict resolution and sustainable development.
www.lindseycolbourne.com

This project makes use of found fragments and objects, the things that we find and collect, but are not quite sure why. Stimulated by the questions raised by a horde of objects she has dug from her garden in Nantperis, Lindsey will be developing a Last Supper, as an immersive experience in which to eat, talk and explore the potential of the fragment as a way of understanding ourselves, our relationships, the universe and everything.

How do I get involved?
If you haven’t already, you should start by signing up to the NTW Community and the WalesLab pages and join the online artist community of Wales. This is where we post the most up to date information about the project and other bits of interesting information to boot.

If you have some questions about how and why WalesLab exists, you can have a look at the “FAQs” page on the Community.

Then, get in touch about your project - If you have a few specific questions about whether your project might be eligible its probably best to get in touch with our Creative Associate, Simon Coates (either by email or via the Community)

If you are ready to just get stuck in, then scroll down to view and fill in our online form and submit it to us. You may want to copy and paste your answers to the questions rather than writing straight onto the form - unfortunately, you can’t save your work and return to it later on the form itself.

I don't like filling in forms - can I apply some other way?
Of course. There's some administrative information we need to collect which requires you to fill in answers on the online form - such as your name etc. However, when it comes to answering questions about your work, you can submit this another way - such as by posting a youtube video to answer the question. If your project is best described by a physical item that you have made you can also send that to us or drop it by our offices.

When will I hear back?
As soon as you have submitted your project idea you will receive an email confirming that it has been received safely. If you don’t, this could be a sign that the form hasn’t submitted correctly or that you have entered an incorrect email address. Either way, you should get in contact with Simon Coates (either by email or via the Community) to let him know.

A supportive and friendly group of people (some representatives from NTW and others who are independent artists or partners of the company) will shortlist from all the submitted projects. If your project has been shortlisted you will be invited in to meet with everyone and discuss your idea in more detail. This happens between 2 - 3 times a year. You can find out when these meetings have been scheduled below.

Here’s the schedule for submissions:

Applications should be with us by noon on 27 Feb 2015 for a decision by 13 Mar 2015.

That’s it! Easy (we hope).

Please remember that we are always looking for better ways of doing things - if you have any thoughts about how to improve this process we’d love to hear from you.

WalesLab: Submit your idea

How can we contact you?
Equal Opportunities Monitoring - (your answers to the following questions will be kept separately from the rest of the form)

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