About the show
Go Tell The Bees
National Theatre Wales
Go Tell the Bees
12 – 13 September, 2020
Co-created by: Gavin Porter, Naomi Chiffi, Julia Thomas & Almir Koldzic.
The idea that we should share important community and family news with bees has its roots in the folklore and mythological traditions of Wales. Whenever we fail to do so, the story goes, the bees will disappear…
NTW TEAM invites us to gather together for a captivating journey of creativity and connection. Throwing away the rules about how we define theatre, Go Tell the Bees tells a moving story of our human connection to nature and to each other. Shared over the course of a weekend against a magical Pembrokeshire backdrop, this will be a festival-style celebration of creation between National Theatre Wales TEAM, Counterpoint Arts and the people of Pembrokeshire. Performances to unite and an exploration of our place within the universe.
This production is National Theatre Wales TEAM’s biggest project to date, developed over four years using their signature model of collaboration with communities in Wales and beyond.
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TEAM has been funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation since its inception in 2010.
Naomi Chiffi is TEAM Coordinator at National Theatre Wales, having joined the company in 2015 as TEAM Education Assistant. Naomi is passionate about working with young people to help develop the artists of the future and of providing creative opportunities within communities throughout Wales and beyond.
“I have been part of NTW TEAM since 2010 which has given me multiple opportunities to become involved in the work of NTW. Since leaving teaching, I have been delighted to become more involved in the world of TEAM and its core programme of leadership, creative activism, intensive engagement and peer learning, working collaboratively with groups and individuals throughout Wales and internationally.”
Gavin Porter was a filmmaker on The Soul Exchange during NTW’s first year. He became involved with TEAM and worked on De Gabay (2013). He was NTW’s Creative Associate from 2013 and, building on the work of others, created The Big Democracy Project. Gavin is now Project Coordinator of The Agency, a creative entrepreneurship programme for young people, aged 15-25.
Gavin is an artist from Butetown, Cardiff. He is film and theatre maker, whose work often centres around the themes of identity, climate, democracy and social justice.
Almir Koldzic / Julia Thomas
Almir Koldzic spent time on secondment with NTW in 2018 as part of his Clore Fellowship.
Almir is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts – a leading national organisation in the field of arts, migration and social justice. His experiences include leading on developing strategy and identity for Refugee Week UK; developing Platforma – arts and refugees national network; building meaningful and long term collaborations with leading inter/national arts, cultural and advocacy organisations; and curating and producing a wide range of events and commissions relating to displacement.
Julia Thomas is Associate Director at NTW. She worked with NTW as Emerging Director on A Provincial Life (2012), and on Iliad (2015) which included a placement as Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio in partnership with NTW, and she directed Cotton Fingers by Rachel Trezise (2018/2019).
Julia was RTYDS director at Curve, Leicester and is a member of the Directors Lab at the Lincoln Center Theater New York on Making Theater in a Time of Change. Recent credits as director include: This Incredible Life (Canoe/Ffwrnes); Twelfth Night (Storyhouse); Two (Derby Theatre); Giraffes Can’t Dance, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Our Day Out, A Clockwork Orange, Burning Books (Curve).
Wayne Boucher - Chair of TEAM Panel
Wayne Boucher joined TEAM Panel in 2017, having worked as a freelance photographer on the Monkton Sound Project with Di Ford (then TEAM Associate). In his two years on Panel, he has worked on several community projects with TEAM including The Creative Collaboration Project with Pembrokeshire Learning Centre, Fly The Flag 70 and Stories & Stars, all building toward Go Tell The Bees.
Wayne is a digital artist, photographer, filmmaker and music producer based in Pembrokeshire.