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.
Our audiences have followed us and Michael Sheen like disciples around his hometown, Port Talbot, to watch The Passion. Some partied with Neon Neon (Gruff Rhys & Boom Bip) in Cardiff, learning the extraordinary story of Italian publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, in Praxis Makes Perfect. Hundreds climbed the foothills of Snowdon to hear poems by the national poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke and witness first-hand the annual sheep-gathering. Others donned wellies to experience Mametz, written by poet Owen Sheers and staged in farmland near Usk, and which offered a chilling glimpse of life and death in a WWI trench. And some joined us online in their pyjamas for Tim Price’s award-winning The Radicalisation of Manning, and learned about a boy from Pembrokeshire who grew to be one of the world’s most influential and divisive political figures, while chatting with other audience members all over the world.
These are just some of the nearly 40 productions we’ve staged on trains, military training grounds, beaches and mountains, in warehouses, nightclubs, tents, village halls, schools, aircraft hangars and libraries, all over towns like Barmouth, Laugharne and Aberystwyth, and in cities from Swansea to Tokyo.
The productions we make are just the tip of the iceberg. Scroll down to read more about our work and how you could get involved - as an artist, a writer, a passionate member of your own community, part of our team or as an audience member…
• Non-building based (making work across Wales and beyond...)
• that is site-located (e.g. on beaches, in forests, in village halls, on mountains and across whole towns, but sometimes in theatres too!)
• that is digitally innovative, including live-streaming and gaming, and alongside an online community of more than 5,700 members
• with internationally-renowned artists and companies (e.g. Michael Sheen, Gruff Rhys, Frantic Assembly)
• and always with – not just for - communities (esp. through TEAM, our 600-strong network of individuals with a passion for the arts)
The Opportunity of Efficiency - a brand new play responding to the nuclear power crisis in Japan, commissioned from NTW by the New National Theatre in Tokyo, written by Welsh playwright Alan Harris and directed by NTW's John E McGrath, premiering in a Japanese translation in Tokyo. Alongside the production, NTW brought its unique programme of debates and artist residencies to Japan. WalesLab - NTW's signature artist development programme has worked with artists from Korea, Australia, Japan and Europe, supporting their work in the Welsh landscape and introducing them to new collaborations.
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At certain points in the year:
I joined the company in May 2013, from Frantic Assembly where I had been Executive Producer for seven years. At Frantic Assembly I helped create an award-winning series of productions watched by over 175,000 people in the UK and internationally. We collaborated with National Theatre Wales on Little Dogs in Swansea during Y2.
I have also worked at the Young Vic and Lyric Hammersmith theatres. My work as an independent producer includes projects with the Manchester International Festival, The Work Theatre Collective and on the London fringe.
I have a degree in Drama & Theatre Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
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Richard has been a professional actor for over thirty years.
Companies with whom he is particularly proud to have had a strong association include Lurking Truth, Moving Being, Brith Gof and Y Cwmni. He is a fellow of Aberystwyth University. He recently played the title role in NTW's Coriolan/us.
Richard lives in Brecon with his partner Louise and two children Esme and Bethany.
This is our Welsh Language Scheme, as approved by the Welsh Language Commissioner on 07/07/2014.
View the Welsh Language Scheme here:
Casting calls for actors are not posted on this page, but are available in the Actors Group on our online Community.
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We have two exciting opportunities to join us on our upcoming production The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion:
Assistant Stage Manager: Click here to apply
LX Supervisor: Click here to apply
If you have any questions, please contact Fiona Curtis
NATIONAL THEATRE WALES: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Following the appointment of John McGrath, National Theatre Wales' founding Artistic Director, to lead the Manchester International Festival, the Board is seeking an artist and leader with an innovative vision and collaborative approach who can take the national theatre on the next step of its journey.
National Theatre Wales (NTW) is a non-building based theatre company providing a diverse range of theatre throughout Wales, the UK and internationally. Since its inception in 2008, NTW has presented 40 nationally significant and powerful productions ranging from the intimate to the epic. It has created work of lasting significance and global reputation, garnered critical acclaim, opened up new possibilities for theatre and for theatre-makers in Wales, experimented with multi-media theatre-making platforms, collaborated creatively across artistic disciplines and shared its resources generously with others. It has surprised, delighted and acted as a catalyst for debate and for action.
The Artistic Director/CEO is responsible for leading the development and growth of NTW artistically and organisationally, defining and articulating a strong vision for the company both within and outside Wales and building successful and effective partnerships with the many stakeholders, artistic, public and political who are involved in the Theatre’s success. A key requirement of the post is to broaden the theatre audience in Wales, collaborating with existing theatres and using unconventional spaces to create work that connects with Welsh audiences and reaches those who do not currently attend mainstream theatre.
The ideal candidate will have significant experience as an artist and leader, including understanding of programming, strategic planning and team management. He or she will have a strong reputation for creating high quality, innovative new performance; the ability to develop effective artistic partnerships; demonstrable experience of successful fundraising; and an in-depth knowledge of theatre and performance in the UK and internationally. Excellent communication and leadership skills, the enthusiasm to engage with the widest possible range of communities, and the willingness to embrace the potential of digital innovation in theatre are all essential requisites for this post.
Information pack available below
Deadline for applications 5pm Monday 14th September 2015.
National Theatre Wales is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
National Theatre Wales is funded by the Arts Council of Wales.
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The National Theatre Wales Online Community is a space where people passionate about theatre can come together to discuss, debate and collaborate. Join a community of over 5000 members who are sharing opportunities and shaping the future of theatre in Wales and beyond.
Everywhere we go we collaborate with and support an ever-growing network of TEAM members.
These are the people who play a part in everything we do, giving us a truly international reach.
They are our leaders in their communities: they create, inspire, perform, teach, write, organise, run projects, give feedback and make decisions with us on the future of National Theatre Wales.
For more information on TEAM, please email our TEAM assistant Laura