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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. They've 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. Many watched a marathon, overnight performance of Iliad in Llanelli. Others donned boots 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 thousands in their pyjamas joined us online for Tim Price’s award-winning The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning: learning about a teenager in Pembrokeshire who grew to be one of the world’s most influential and divisive political figures, while chatting with other audience members in over 50 countries across the globe.

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.

A quick introduction to National Theatre Wales

We are: • Wales’ English-language national theatre, and the UK’s youngest national theatre
• Non-building based (making work across Wales and beyond...)

We make work:
• 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)

Examples of our International Work include:

Praxis Makes Perfect - a collaboration with Gruff Rhys/Neon Neon, a wild story of 20th century communism and intrigue in the setting of a theatre-warehouse-gig, invited to Berlin's Foreign Affairs festival at Berghain Night Club.


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 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.

Outdoors and Branches: The Nature of Crisis - NTW was the first company in the UK to commission new work from two of Berlin's leading companies - Rimini Protokoll and Constanza Macras/DorkyPark. Both companies created entirely new pieces in Wales, which they then went on to develop in other international settings.

We are keen to work with partners to extend our international reach in all these areas - touring our work, undertaking new commissions, developing artists, and commissioning international companies. We also travel throughout the world, sharing models with other companies and agencies interested, as we are, in theatre that works in new ways with artists, places and people.

If you are interested in NTW and its work, we would love to hear from you. Please contact: Lisa Maguire, Executive Producer +44 (0)29 2035 3072 +44 (0) 78 5547 0697 lisamaguire@nationaltheatrewales.org

Download our Promoters' pack here.

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 David Evans
I am the Head of Production

Before joining National Theatre Wales I worked extensively around the UK and abroad. I co-founded Theatrical Solutions a production and consultancy company that worked extensively with companies in the Middle East, USA and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and since 1999 I worked with Matthew Bourne production managing Swan Lake, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands, and Play Without Words.
I was also the Production Manager for The Dance Consortium, a group of theatres that invite the best contemporary dance companies from around the world to tour the UK.

Following its opening in Sydney I was closely involved in bringing Priscilla Queen of the Desert to the West End as well as preparing for its North American and Scandinavian premieres.

I have an English Degree which is about as much use as a chocolate teapot.

Hello, I'm Bedwyr Williams
I am a Board Member

Bedwyr Williams is a contemporary artist based in Rhostryfan, Gwynedd.

In 2013 he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale and in 2015 he was shortlisted for the Jarman Award and was included in the British Art Show. In 2016 he will have a solo show in the curve gallery in the Barbican centre and is shortlisted for Artes Mundi 2016. His work is held in national and international collections

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

 

Community Associate
Location – Rhyl
Engagement – 3 months from 3rd January 2017
Fee – Between 3rd Jan -17th Feb up to 15 days at a day rate of £100.
Full time from w/c 20th February 2016, fee £3,000


NTW will be locating themselves in Rhyl for their first performance of 2017, working with artists and community participants to create a production in several locations.

We are currently seeking to appoint a Community Associate to support the company in identifying and contacting groups that may be interested in being involved. During production they will be chiefly responsible for supporting community participants to fully engage.

Click on the link below for full job description

To apply, please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter, outlining what you think you could bring to the role, what experiences you have had that would help you make good and lasting connections for the project, on no more than two sides of A4, to Fiona Curtis fionacurtis@nationaltheatrewales.org by Tuesday 6 December at 12noon.

Interviews will be held in Rhyl, on the 12 December.


 

Head of Communications

National Theatre Wales (NTW) creates radical and innovative theatre throughout the landscape of Wales. By collaborating with the most exciting artists from across Wales, the UK and beyond, experimenting across art forms and seeking out untold stories, we are constantly questioning what theatre is and what it can be. 

Following the appointment of its new Artistic Director and CEO Kully Thiarai, NTW approaches its seventh year with a renewed commitment to ground-breaking artistic work and connecting with diverse audiences across Wales. We are seeking to appoint an experienced, highly motivated and energetic individual to the post of Head of Communications.

This is a senior management position; responsible for the strategic leadership of the NTW brand, digital and media presence. They will have oversight of the marketing and communications planning for the programme of productions, the audience development model that works across Wales to deliver new and repeat attendees and the advocacy plan. 

Salary: £40,000 per annum

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all backgrounds

Deadline: Friday 6th January, 12pm
Interviews: Monday 16th January, Cardiff


Please download Head of Communications job description and application form below

 

Box Office
029 2037 1689
boxoffice@nationaltheatrewales.org

Please note: If you choose 'Hold at Box Office' when buying tickets, the box office will be situated at the performance venue from the first night of the show. Please don't come to the NTW office in Castle Arcade, as we cannot give out tickets from here.

Our Office 

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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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.

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.

#ntwTEAM

Join TEAM 

For more information on TEAM, please email team@nationaltheatrewales.org