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National Theatre Wales

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.

National Theatre Wales has been making English-language productions in locations all over Wales, the UK, internationally and online since March 2010.

We operate from a small base in Cardiff’s city centre, but we work all over the country, and beyond, using Wales’ rich and diverse landscape, its towns, cities and villages, its incredible stories and rich talent as our inspiration.

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…

National Theatre Wales is international in its outlook and is collaborating with a wide range of artists and companies world-wide. We also reflect the many cultures and languages of contemporary Wales.

In its first years, international companies who have made new work for NTW included Rimini Protokoll with Outdoors and Constanza Macras/Dorky Park with Branches: The Nature of Crisis. National Theatre Wales has also invited a number of companies and artists from other parts of the UK to work with us in Wales, including Told by an Idiot, Fevered Sleep and Hide and Seek.

In 2013, NTW created its first work in an international location, with The Opportunity of Efficiency at the New National Theatre, Tokyo. The production was accompanied by a wide range of residency work by National Theatre Wales, including our first international Assembly.

The company started to present its work internationally at the Edinburgh festival in 2011 and has also presented work in London and Berlin

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Our commitment to Wales extends beyond its venues, communities and talent, to its future. Every decision we make, be it in programming, production, communications, or administration, is put through a rigorous sustainability test.

We mostly work out of a small office in Cardiff, so it is relatively easy to manage our day-to-day impact; our staff are encouraged to cycle or walk to work, we use public transport as a priority when travelling around the country, and plan each journey carefully when we have to use vehicles to minimise our impact. We recycle and reuse as much material as possible, and only use environmentally appropriate cleaning products.

Meanwhile, we are exploring ways to improve our impact on the environment in terms of our productions. For example, the future use of the sets and equipment informs our decisions when planning a production. We don’t own equipment or facilities of our own, but share assets with other companies and artists. In 2014, we were able to repurpose 90% of our show materials; a good start, but the aim is to reach 100%.

In short, we have three key phrases that we use in planning and executing our work:

Plan more carefully

Share more often

Talk to more people

If you’ve any feedback or ideas on how we, our artists and audiences can work together to be more environmentally responsible, please contact David Evans, Head of Production, at davidevans@nationaltheatrewales.org.

National Theatre Wales works with artists at all stages of their development ranging from internationally renowned theatre makers to individuals at the very start of their artistic lives.

There is a range of different ways that you can engage with the company, and we are always interested in hearing your ideas. In general we work with Welsh and Wales-based artists, or artists who have an interest in Wales and our way of working. Opportunities for artists include:

All year round:

At certain points in the year:

Hello I'm Fiona Curtis
I'm Production Coordinator

Hi, I’m Fiona, the Production Coordinator.

I jumped into the world of Production and Stage Management in 2009 after I completed an Apprenticeship at Hope Street Ltd’s ‘Emerging Artists Programme’ in Liverpool. My time there was spent managing several site-specific productions, in locations varying from beaches to museums.

My passion for creating and making theatre in unusual and challenging spaces has continued over my years as a Company Stage Manager. I have toured Nationally and Internationally so I think I have a broad understanding of what is needed to effectively stage productions.

I am delighted to join the Production Department at NTW after working on many Productions and Assembly’s over the years, since NTW02 ‘Shelf Life’ in 2010.

 

Hello, I'm Sian Ede
I am a Board Member

Siân Ede has a long history working in the arts as an initiator and funder, writer and speaker. Arts Director at the Gulbenkian Foundation’s UK Branch's until 2012, she is best known for pioneering its Art and Science programme, setting up major collaborations between scientists and arts practitioners across the artforms; her book Art and Science has been internationally in demand. She is adviser to the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society, and gave its Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar prize lecture on Art and Science in 2008. Siân was born and educated in Carmarthen and after an early career in theatre and teaching drama in sixth-form, further and higher education in England and Wales, she worked as a Drama Officer for Arts Council of England, leading on Drama Education policy. At Gulbenkian she supported many experimental activities in theatre and dance, as well as commissioning The Turning World: stories from the London International Festival of Theatre, a book whose purpose was to celebrate the increasing internationalism and diversity of theatre in Britain. Siân initiated the Gulbenkian Participatory Performance Grant programme, the first award for which went in 2011 to National Theatre Wales to develop and produce its unique new theatre venture, Da Gabay, led by Cardiff’s Somali community.

This is our Welsh Language Scheme, as approved by the Welsh Language Commissioner on 07/07/2014.
 
View the Welsh Language Scheme here:

 

Casting

Casting calls for actors are not posted on this page, but are available in the Actors Group on our online Community.

To keep up to date with current projects and opportunities, join the National Theatre Wales Community
 

Opportunities

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.

 

Box Office
029 2037 1689

Pop in for a pot of tea and a homemade Welsh cake

National Theatre Wales
30 Castle Arcade
Cardiff / CF10 1BW

 

Contact us with a general enquiry

info@nationaltheatrewales.org
@ntwtweets
+44 (0)29 2035 3070

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TEAM

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.

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