Whether you are in a mainstream school, in alternative education or have just left school, college or university and are looking for a new direction, we want to work with you to help explore your creativity and develop artists of the future.
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Two of the most iconic National Theatre Wales shows;The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price and Mametz by Owen Sheers, are now featured on the WJEC A Level Drama Syllabus.
To support students studying the texts (and the original productions), the creative teams involved in each production have shared their experiences with us, with a focus on the following questions:
- As director, what decisions did you make in presenting the play for performance, focusing on character interaction and movement?
- What are the challenges you faced as an actor playing your role, focusing on vocal and physical characterisation, motivation and interaction with others?
- As designer, director or production manager, what approaches did you take to staging the piece, focusing on set, costume, lighting, sound and character positioning?
Click on the links below to watch exclusive interviews with the creative teams behind each of the original productions.
The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning
Tim Price’s The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning was first performed in schools across Wales, in April 2012. It tells the story of the 25-year-old US soldier accused of releasing 250,000 secret embassy cables and military logs from the Iraq and Afghan wars. How did he go from being a teenager in West Wales, to this?
Please note: when we refer to ‘Bradley Manning’, we are referring to the character featured in the text and the original production; in real life, Bradley Manning is now Chelsea Manning.
View the show archive here.
Mametz by Owen Sheers was a large-scale, site-specific production performed in an ancient woodland near Usk, Monmouthshire, in June 2014. The production gave audiences a vivid glimpse into life – and death – in the trenches and battlefields of the Somme.
Inspired by Welsh writer Sheers’ poem Mametz Wood, it drew on written material by the poets who fought in or witnessed one of the war’s bloodiest conflicts – the Battle of Mametz Wood, in which 4,000 of the 38th (Welsh) Division were killed or wounded.
Among the soldiers who took part in the battle were several key Welsh and English war poets, including Robert Graves, David Jones, Siegfried Sassoon and Llewelyn Wyn Griffith, and Sheers’ own great, great uncle, William Gwyn Davies.
View the show archive here.
WE'RE STILL HERE
This plan has been specially created to inform students how artists have used their words and music to make a stand for human rights and fight for change. By working through the plan and using their skills in language and literacy, group presentation and critical thought, students will strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the struggle for human rights, and then take creative action by developing their own protest song.
As a further resource for schools, we created a short film – The Making of We’re Still Here – featuring interviews with the directors and the cast in which they talk about creating a piece of site-specific work.
Play Your Part
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The curriculum in Wales is changing, and we invite teachers, parents, theatre-makers, home educators, care-workers, education authorities, poets, playwrights, actors, musicians, artists and anyone who cares passionately about the value of arts for young people, to join our online discussion via our Rethinking Education group. If you have a creative project, imaginative lesson plan or an idea for inspiring young people in creative ways, we would love to hear from you. If you have any resources you would be happy to offer to a wider audience to help encourage others to adopt creative approaches to their own teaching, please join our online group, Resources: A Creative Curriculum, by clicking here.