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Throughout the year


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.


Current Projects

Project Based Productions: The Street

‘The Street’ is a project about the characters, colours and communities of Clifton Street, Splott carried out by carried out by Project Based Productions. The group are developing a performance that brings together dance, music, comedy and photography, to interpret the stories, both present and past, that have made Clifton Street what it is today.

Project Based Productions is a collective of artists working across theatre, dance, music and elements of stand up. Artists include Ellora Adams, Angelo Constantinou, Olivia Shouler, Lewis Ryland, Dave Evans and Jayde Adams.

Bethan Marlow and Laura Karadog: Llaneski

'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.

Matt Ball/ we made this: Light is like...

“How do lights work?” asks my nephew. “Light is like…”
Be careful how you answer. If you tell a child that light flows like water they might take you literally, and end up drowning in the shimmering stream that flows from the smashed lightbulbs. Step aboard, as we navigate the incandescent torrents, and allow your sense of wonder to be awakened.
Working collaboratively with performers, puppeteers, lighting, sound & set designers, we're diving into the unknown, to make a new piece for touring in 2015.

Matt Ball is a theatre maker based in Cardiff, he was Creative Associate at National Theatre Wales (2011-13), and Artistic Director of Camden People’s Theatre (2006-2011). As a director his work includes Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco, Lost. Found. Stolen., Roy’s Wallet, Icarus 2.0 (nominated for a Stage Award and a Total Theatre Award).

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 the 26th Sep 2014 for a decision by 17th Oct 2014.

Applications should be with us by noon on the 23rd Jan 2015 for a decision by 6th Feb 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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