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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.

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 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.

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 Lisa Maguire
I am Executive Producer

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.

Hello, I'm Richard Lynch
I am a Board Member

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

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

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.

 

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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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 our TEAM assistant Laura

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