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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

Heloise Godfrey Talbot: A DIY Manual for Falling in Love with Objects.

Heloise is a Cardiff-based artist who makes videos, performances and opportunities for discussion. In 2014 she was one of the commissioned artists for the O4W Film Festival and her film ‘getting to know you’ was screened as part of the BAFTA accredited Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

For the last year Heloise has been finding new ways to talk with ‘things’. She had a date with a plate, a holiday romance with a lighthouse and a rebound relationship with a paint roller. She will be developing and sharing a ‘how to’ guide incorporating performance and video.

Kate Lawrence: Moving Rocks.
Tryfan Bach, Snowdonia

Kate Lawrence is based in North Wales where she makes bespoke vertical dance performances fusing her passions for dance and rock climbing. She is also part-time lecturer at Bangor University in Theatre and Performance specialising in site-specific performance. She is passionate about being off the ground and inviting people to look upwards.

Moving rocks is about action and interaction with the environment, the labour of quarrying, repetitive movement and the communal energy created by moving in rhythm with others and with the landscape. Using ropes and harnesses, Kate Lawrence will suspend dancers face down on slabby rock faces of North Wales, to explore the actions of quarrymen who altered the landscape dramatically.

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 12 Sep 2015 for a decision by 03 Oct 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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