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 Wrexham have decided that the NTW show made and staged there in 2021 should be on the subject of Homelessness.
Read on to learn more about the story so far, the timeline from now on and how you can get involved…
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.
Every year, National Theatre Wales will appoint a dedicated TEAM Associate in each area to lead the project. This year’s TEAM Wrexham Associate is Iolanda Banu Viegas, from 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 Pembrokeshire 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 Wrexham 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 Tŷ Pawb
A lively event in the heart of the town, featuring performances by local poet Evrah Rose and Liverpool co-operative Twenty Stories High, followed by music by local band The Gogs.
Peggy’s Song TEAM Social at Undegun
We were delighted to be able to offer free tickets to TEAM Members to a preview of Peggy’s Song, Love Letter to the NHS which was performed in Wrexham as part of the National Theatre Wales’ NHS70 Festival.
Black History Month at Tŷ Pawb
With amazing performers including our TEAM panel member, Ali Goolyad.
Art of Protest: Poetry and Banner Workshop
Poetry and protest banners workshop with local poet Evrah Rose and graffiti artist and Cardiff director Kyle Legall. This was an opportunity for Wrexham’s young people to tell us about the things that matter most to them and share their views through creativity.
Performance Party Wrexham at Tŷ Pawb
Celebrating the rich cultural diversity of this wonderful town, this was a truly international event with contributions in Welsh, English, Portuguese and Polish as well as a fanfare to the very best of Wrexham’s life, including music, a vibrant arts scene, a busy nightlife and of course, football. At this event local project participants selected the homelessness theme for the final production.
Tell Your Story Day
To celebrate National Tell Your Story Day, Natasha Borton, Iolanda Viega, and volunteers worked with members of the homeless community to tell their own stories. In poetry, prose, recording and film we explored the journey some members of the community have taken to where they are today. Over lunch we spoke about street homelessness, temporary accommodation and substance misuse as well as the process of recovery with some volunteers who have experienced homelessness themselves. We explored some of the opinions in the wider community about homelessness and how close – or how far – they are from the truth.
NTW TEAM was delighted to present Adrian Medcalf’s solo exhibition The Faces of Wrexham at TWIG Gallery, Wrexham, for the month of June 2019.
“It started with Mark, he was having a hard time, so I painted his portrait with tears in his eyes. Then I painted Griff, sitting on a bench.
Dee Davies got in touch with me, from Wrexham Homeless, and asked me to volunteer at Ty Croeso, and that’s where I met the people on the streets of Wrexham. The lad begging, the bundle of rags in the doorway had a name, they all said please and thank you and instead of being someone you look away from I could see their faces and hear their stories.
Fathers and sons, mothers and sons, lovers, friends, all on the streets of Wrexham, homelessness has no boundaries.” – Ady Medcalf
Llangollen International Eisteddfod
This was an opportunity for Eisteddfod goers to find out how to get involved in our 2021 show and for TEAM to chat to people from across the world and learn about international approaches to homelessness.
TEAM held a creative art workshop at Black History Month celebrations run by Kyle Legall, offering young people an opportunity to express themselves via stencilling and graffiti.
A free Public Speaking Workshop for NTW TEAM members led by Josephine Wynne-Eyton.
We were delighted to be able to host a talk on participatory art for students at Wrexham Glyndŵr University with renowned community artist, writer and consultant, François Matarasso.
From the start of November, Wrexham artists Adrian Medcalf and Sophia Leadill ran a series of workshops with participants from the local homeless community.
In partnership with 73 Degree Films, as part of their community-led cinema programme, we screened “Dark Days”, a remarkable documentary by British director Marc Singer about the homeless population living under New York City.
A wonderful afternoon of art, food and performances from the Wrexham One Love Choir and spoken word artist, Natasha Borton to celebrate TEAM’s “Our Voices” Exhibition.
Find out details of TEAM Wrexham’s upcoming workshops, training and events by visiting our Opportunities page here.
If you have any creative ideas about TEAM Wrexham, especially on the subject of homelessness and how the final production can tackle it, we would love to hear them. We want people to start thinking about how we can create work for, rather than about, those without a place to live, and contact us 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 Wrexham TEAM Associate @Iolanda_NTW)
● on the TEAM Group on our online community here
or contact Wrexham TEAM Associate, Iolanda Banu Viegas on 07791 956 817 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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