Education sits at the heart of TEAM and runs throughout all of our work. NTW TEAM Education is our way of reaching out to and engaging with young people throughout Wales, the UK and internationally, through specific projects of engagement with younger participants.
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.
Go Tell the Bees Learning Hive
At the heart of TEAM Pembrokeshire’s project Go Tell the Bees is the hope that by doing we can learn from each other, we can build confidence and skills and that we can experience through all of the senses.
We have created a hive of information, knowledge, activity and inspiration so that young people can use this space as a springboard for learning. Browse resources by Key Stage, Areas of Learning, or the Simple Act they relate to, plus more information on our Creative Practitioners and Partners.
Phil Okwedy - Storytelling tasks
If we really want to understand our place in nature, we need to stop and take a breath. Hear the birds, the trees, watch the flowers bloom and listen to the sea with the latest activities as part of Go Tell the Bees. Storyteller Phil Okwedy takes you through a series of five stories, each with their own activities for you to complete at home.
Explore the power of the imagination and of story and remember – it only takes a little imagination to help change the world.
The content of story two contains themes that some may find upsetting. It may be a good idea for parents, guardians or teachers to watch this section first before sharing with their children or pupils in order that they may be prepared for any questions that may arise as a result of this story.
WJEC A-Level Resources
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 a 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?
You can watch exclusive interviews with the creative teams behind each of the original productions below.
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?
Here, you can watch interviews with director John E McGrath, writer Tim Price, designer Chloe Lamford and actors Matthew Aubrey and Gwawr Loader.
To help study The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning, we think it’s important that teachers and students talk about Trans identity and awareness. In real life, Bradley Manning is Chelsea Manning. When we refer to Bradley Manning, we’re referring to the character in the play. To enrich your understanding of the play, and gender identity, we’ve created the following resources with the help of Trans Consultant, Kay R. Dennis and Theatre Director, Facilitator and Writer, Nerida Bradley.
Read Responsibly teaching The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning for tips to use in and outside of the classroom. Click here for more information, resources and support.
Here, you can watch interviews with assistant director Gethin Evans, production manager David Evans and actors Rhodri Meilir and Nicola Reynolds.
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.
Mametz falls under Unit 4 of your A-Level study: Text in Performance
In this unit, you will need to study two complete texts and know each in their entirety. You are being asked to demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and skills in interpreting texts for performance and to do this through a written examination. When you approach this unit you should do so in two ways – firstly, in a practical way, as though you are the actor, director, oe designer of the play and secondly, as an informed member of a theatre audience.
In this unit you must remember that you are being assessed on two things:
- That you can demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of how theatre is created and performed
- That you are able to analyse and evaluate the work of others.
We hope that these video resources and accompanying exercises will help you in your study of Mametz.
Download the Mametz lesson plan for teachers.
Download the Mametz Unit 4 A-Level Study Text in Performance exercises.
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.
Owen Sheers: Mametz Wood
For years afterwards the farmers found them –
the wasted young, turning up under their plough blades
as they tended the land back into itself.
A chit of bone, the china plate of a shoulder blade,
the relic of a finger, the blown
and broken bird’s egg of a skull,
all mimicked now in flint, breaking blue in white
across this field where they were told to walk, not run,
towards the wood and its nesting machine guns.
And even now the earth stands sentinel,
reaching back into itself for reminders of what happened
like a wound working a foreign body to the surface of the skin.
This morning, twenty men buried in one long grave,
a broken mosaic of bone linked arm in arm,
their skeletons paused mid dance-macabre
in boots that outlasted them,
their socketed heads tilted back at an angle
and their jaws, those that have them, dropped open.
As if the notes they had sung
have only now, with this unearthing,
slipped from their absent tongues
Charge of the Welsh Division at Mametz Wood, 11 July 1916 by Christopher Williams
With the kind permission of National Museum Wales
Please see below the reading list that was used by NTW’s Production team to help inform their own interpretation of the text:
Up to Mametz and Beyond by Llewlyn Wyn Griffith, Edited by Jonathon Riley (Pen & Sword)
Trench Talk, Words of the First World War by Peter Doyle & Julian Walker (Spellmount)
The Wipers Times with an introduction by Christoper Westhorp (Conway Publishing)
Trench: A History of Trench Warfare on the Western Front by Stephen Bull (Osprey Publishing)
Uniforms of World War 1 by Jonathan North, Consultant – Jeremy Black MBE (Lorenz Books)
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
If you live in Pembrokeshire or Wrexham and are interested in becoming involved in the work of TEAM Education, please contact email@example.com to find out more about the latest projects and opportunities in your area.
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 Resources: A Creative Curriculum group.