Consultation: Artists, audiences and digital spaces - National Theatre Wales

Consultation: Artists, audiences and digital spaces

Consultation: Artists, audiences and digital spaces

NTW Community was born with National Theatre Wales. It went online as an innovative, lively digital space where people could connect – we thought of it as our digital equivalent of a venue. Theatre-makers, artists, audiences, activists, TEAM and community members – anybody who wanted to be there – could join, share and debate ideas, ask questions and advice or talk about their work. In recent years, as the age of social media has taken hold of the way we share and communicate online, we’ve seen the use of the site simplify a bit. These days it tends to act more as an online noticeboard attached to our website, still offering the chance for anyone to create a profile and post their information. Still useful, but we’d like to dig into it a bit more.

We all know the massive leaps that digital spaces and platforms have made since NTW Community got up and running. Not to mention the huge shift in the way audiences engage with work and the needs of artists and theatre-makers as a result. We want to make sure that as a national company we’re creating spaces for audiences and theatre-makers to connect and form valuable and meaningful relationships, in the best and most useful ways possible.

We’re constantly learning from the impacts of the pandemic. We know we need to help strengthen the resilience and agency of the freelance theatre-making community in Wales, to hold up in the face of what’s down the road. This is at the heart of this consultation – an opportunity for us to explore how digital platforms, tools and skills might strengthen the direct relationships between freelance artists and their audiences, and allow us to hold these connections at the times we need them the most.

These consultations will be led by our Creative Associate Rahim El Habachi and our Creative Development Producer Alice Rush from 11am – 3pm (times may change) on the following dates:

Mon 17 Oct – Swansea
Tue 18 Oct – Milford Haven
Thu 20 Oct – Online
Fri 21 Oct – Cardiff
Tue 25 Oct – Bangor
Wed 26 Oct – Wrexham
Thu 27 Oct – Aberystwyth
Mon 31 Oct – Online

We have 10 spaces per consultation, and each artist will receive a fee of £120 for their time. Refreshments will also be provided.

We want to hold discussions with theatre-makers who have a variety of lived experiences. We are particularly interested in hearing from those from the Global Majority and those who identify as d/Deaf and/or disabled.

Interested in joining us?

Email Alice by 12pm on Wednesday 5 Oct with a few lines about yourself and what you do, and answers to the questions below. Respond in any form that suits you, be it written, video, audio etc.

  1. Have you ever used the NTW Community pages before? If so, what did you use them for?
  2. Do you use any other digital platforms for your work, or to keep up to date with the Welsh theatre sector? If so, what ones?

This consultation series is made possible with the generous support from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

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