NTW TEAM has embarked on its biggest project to date – one that will engage the communities of Pembrokeshire and Wrexham in a bespoke programme of empowerment, leadership, creative activism and intensive long-term engagement, leading to a full-scale NTW production in each location.
The community of Pembrokeshire have decided that the NTW show made and staged there in 2020 should be on the subject of Climate Change & the Environment.
Read on to learn more about the story so far, the timeline from now on and how you can get involved…
Over 2019 we will be curating a series of events around this topic and we would love to see you there! Keep an eye out for announcements or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
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In February 2018, National Theatre Wales TEAM was awarded a grant of £400,000 from Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF), one of the UK’s largest independent funders, to support two four-year projects; one in Pembrokeshire and one in Wrexham.
Both projects will close with an NTW show – in Pembrokeshire in 2020 and in Wrexham in 2021 – created in close collaboration with the community.
You can read more about the TEAM Wrexham project here.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. Its mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. PHF have a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.
What’s happened so far?
Here are some of the highlights of the TEAM Pembrokeshire project so far (and below, a gallery of images and video from those events). To find out more about these events, check out the NTW TEAM Group page on our online community here.
Launch Party at Caffi Pura, Tenby
Featuring performances from poet-playwrights Louise Wallwein MBE and Ali Goolyad, a presentation by local legend Molara Awen and entertainment from talented Pembs musicians Lucy Jones and Gethin John with the brilliant Tomos Lewis.
National Trust and Pembrokeshire Beach Food’s Festival of the Sea at Gupton Farm, near the iconic Freshwater West Beach, was the perfect place to spread the word about our project. Working with pupils from Pembrokeshire Learning Centre and in collaboration with Surfers Against Sewage, we created a drum kit made from plastics and other waste items washed up on the beaches of Pembs. At the festival, the amazing Nii Okai Tagoe played the kit, accompanying former Zion Train singer Molara Awen and Pembrokeshire musician Ben Mason.
Poet and Playwright Louise Wallwein MBE, writer of Tide Whisperer led a poetry workshop at Greenhill School and on South Beach. Louise had volunteered in Greece at the height of the migrant crisis, and remembers the unifying power of a game of football played on the beach between the local Greek and refugee children. The pupils at Greenhill enjoyed recreating this memory for Louise and subsequently went on to reproduce the scene in Tide Whisperer.
An evening celebrating the awesome talent that Pembrokeshire has to offer; from surfing guitarists to sumptuous harmonies, from comedians to clowns, from poets to finger-picking brilliance.
Tide Whisperer TEAM Choir
NTW’s Tide Whisperer, staged on the streets and shores of Tenby, called for a community choir. Last year’s Pembrokeshire TEAM Associate, Robbie Price, drew together participants from across the county to create a beautiful choir that became an integral part of the show. The choir is still going strong…
Tide Whisperer TEAM Social
More than 200 people from across Pembrokeshire came to Tenby for an exclusive preview of Tide Whisperer. After the show, the audience were invited to hear live music at the Sand Bar in Tenby where they enjoyed a photography exhibition kindly donated by Amnesty International entitled I Welcome.
Performance Party, Haverhub, Haverfordwest
A night of performance, discussion, food, drink and much more, to mark the end of the first year of our four-year programme in Pembrokeshire. It was at this event that the project’s local participants chose the theme of Climate Change for the final production.
The Point workshop, Fishguard
The Point project aimed to work with the young people of the Point Youth Centre in Fishguard. Working with local artist, Pip Lewis, the children created fish head masks which they wore through Fishguard to an area known as the Cannons, overlooking Lower Town (where the original Under Milk Wood was filmed), to be photographed. Throughout the process we were able to generate conversations about their environment and the social isolation which they face living in a rural town.
We were invited to perform at Festival of the Sea, a national parks festival celebrating the sea. It felt fitting that we should perform the story of Cantre Gwaelod. Using a mix of slapstick, clowning, storytelling and music, we created a piece working with local performers to be performed for audiences of all ages. Throughout the performance we were able to engage with the audience and bring the children up on stage to be part of it as the rushing sea.
We had a brilliant night at The Druidstone Hotel on 4th July for our NTW TEAM Open Mic night with Span Arts. Such a wide variety of super-talented acts, all in celebration of the environment & what a perfect sunset to top it all off too! Thank you so much to all involved and a huge thanks to Jack Abbott for the fantastic video too.
As part of Manorbier village’s September Session festival, and in celebration of Skrinkle’s status as one of the best stargazing sites in Wales, NTW TEAM hosted Stories and Stars, an afternoon of storytelling with local artist Phil Okwedy, alongside an exhibition of TEAM Panel member, Wayne Boucher’s Astrophotography.
TEAM’s comedy night in The Meadow, St Davids was curated and compered by TEAM Panel member, Angharad Tudor-Price. What an amazing night of music and comedy by local comedians, Angharad Scourfield, Fire Donkey Productions, Owain Roach and Clare Ferguson-Walker, all supporting the wonderful Size of Wales charity!
We were delighted to be able to host a talk on participatory art at Pepper’s Gallery in Fishguard, with renowned community artist, writer and consultant, François Matarasso.
An ideas sharing session gave the local community a chance to share ideas of what they’d like to see happening in the area and find out how they can get involved in the project.
TEAM Exchange at Y Gegin was a night to remember! To coincide with the launch of Go Tell the Bees, we held a party for creatives, for those working in the environmental sector and for anyone interested in taking part in TEAM activity.
Find out details of TEAM Pembrokeshire’s upcoming workshops, training and events by visiting our Opportunities page here.
If you have any creative ideas about TEAM Pembrokeshire, especially on the subject of Climate Change and the environment and how the final production can tackle it, we would love to hear them. Get thinking about the beaches, the sea, the trees and the stars, then get in touch at email@example.com
And of course, if you’d like to get involved we’d love to talk to you. Keep an eye out for further announcements…
● on these web pages
● on Twitter (#ntwTEAM, and from our Pembrokeshire TEAM Associate @FernL_NTW)
● on the TEAM Group on our online community here
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