National Theatre Wales offers all kinds of opportunities for children and young people across Wales to get involved in theatre and the arts. We want to meet and nurture the next generation of artists, theatre-makers and audiences.
From workshops to residencies to performance opportunities, from chances to meet other creatives to projects in schools and with universities; we want to give young people the chance to learn, grow confidence, make connections, get creative and maybe even start a career in theatre or the arts.
Wales is leading the way with its innovative Well-being of Future Generations Act, which puts young people at the heart of our democratic life, creativity runs throughout the groundbreaking National Curriculum for Wales, and young people’s voices are more powerful than ever before, thanks to the Senedd’s (the Welsh Parliament) initiative to lower the voting age to 16. We are committed to playing our part in supporting young people in Wales to become confident, creative individuals.
Our latest projects
- Inspired by Circle of Fifths’ themes and exhibited along the tour, 16-25-year-olds took part in our Young Storytellers project to develop their storytelling skills by creating an audio portrait of someone in their community.
- We launched our Young Collective in November 2022. 12 young people from across Wales were recruited to help shape, inform and inspire the future direction of NTW.
- As part of the Gŵyl Cymru festival in November 2022, Ali Goolyad, a Somali-Welsh poet, delivered a series of bilingual workshops at Ysgol Hafan Y Môr in Tenby crafting football-themed accessories and creating poems and chants focused on football, unity, and Welsh identity.
- Published in May 2022, NTW TEAM in Wrexham contributed to a Far Apart But Close at Heart. The report, led by Queen Mary University, looked at how arts organisations across the UK used digital platforms to support the mental health of young people during the pandemic.
- In 2022, we collaborated with 17 young people at Pembrokeshire Learning Centre on a nine-week project fusing boxing and film-making. This culminated in a documentary called The Dons.
- In February 2022, Connor Allen, former TEAM Panel member and then Children’s Laureate for Wales, led workshops with children from across Pembrokeshire. Aimed at Years 6 and 7, 27 pupils from six schools created poems based on the Welsh Government’s Well-being of Future Generations Act.
- From 2018-21, young people across Pembrokeshire contributed creatively to Go Tell the Bees.
- Hundreds of pupils from across Haverfordwest High VC School, Ysgol Hafan Y Mor, Monkton Priory C.P School, Pembrokeshire Learning Centre, Ysgol Gelli Aur and St Oswalds VA School created sculptures, ceramics, artworks and bunting which formed the Go Tell the Bees exhibition.
- 11,000 engaged digitally through the Learning Hive and web app developed with storyteller Phil Okwedy and the pupils of Manorbier School.
- 515 families took part in online creative sessions and a digital procession which featured actors Carys Eleri and Ioan Hefin, storyteller Phil Okwedy, animations by Pembrokeshire-born artist Gemma Green-Hope, original compositions by John Lawrence, Branwen Munn and Carys Eleri, the music of Bella Voce and a choreographed routine by Unison Dance.
- People across Wales got involved in the 7 Simple Acts initiative, designed to reshape our connection with the natural world and with each other.