Featuring ambitious theatre makers across large-scale, site-specific productions, a tour of the forests of Wales, a digital experience, and some intriguing new commissions, National Theatre Wales’ tenth year will span Wales, celebrating a decade of developing artists and the theatre artform across Wales.
We will explore the unsung heroes and undiscovered Welsh stories from our past, present, and potential future, making theatre matter across Wales and beyond.
In light of the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel all performances of Hail Cremation! The health and wellbeing of our cast, crew, staff and audiences is our central focus and in the light of current public health guidance we feel it is no longer feasible to go ahead with the run of performances.
Father of modern cremation
Almost totally forgotten.
Hail Cremation! is a musical odyssey through the life of cremation pioneer and radical, Dr William Price – a complex and extraordinary Welshman.
Created by Jon Tregenna, this psychedelic fusion of live music, dance and video, will take you on a riotous journey to celebrate the life of one of Wales’ most visionary radicals.
Come with us on the strange and wonderful journey into the life of Dr William Price.
Wild Scenes at Cardiff
In mid-June 1919, Cardiff was plunged into four days and nights of violent mayhem that left three dead, and buildings wrecked and burnt, in what the Western Mail called ‘An amazing orgy of pistol firing, window smashing, and skirmishes between white men and coloured men’.
Wild Scenes At Cardiff is a vivid day-by-day, hour-by-hour account of the so-called race riots, pieced together from reports in the local newspaper, following the dynamic ebb and flow of the rioting.
Told as close to the original sites as possible in a cityscape now completely changed, Wild Scenes at Cardiff is an evocative digital experience – combining spoken text and image – that will conjure up the people and places involved in a shocking moment of racial disharmony.
Go Tell the Bees
Go Tell the Bees will be a co-created, site-specific production, celebrating our connection to the world we live in, and the community around us.
By bringing together the collective expertise of our network, and the knowledge of local people, the community have chosen to explore themes of the Environment, Nature and Climate.
This is NTW TEAM’s biggest project to date, developed over four years using our signature model of collaboration with communities in Wales and beyond.
Join us to celebrate TEAM, and all it has achieved in the past decade.
Jones Collective & National Theatre Wales in collaboration with Plastique Fantastique
Created by Buddug James Jones, Frank Thomas & Jesse Briton
One man struggles with his nature and his grief.
Frank Thomas, a real life poet and snake anti-venom factory worker, is lost in the wilderness. What new freedoms might a return to nature bring? And what old dangers might it awake…?
The Jones Collective and National Theatre Wales collaborate with Berlin-based temporary architecture company Plastique Fantastique to bring a unique performance to the forests of Wales, featuring original poetry by Frank Thomas and music by Sam Jones.
Join us for an adventure like no other.
In an iconic location in central Cardiff, Balloon Girl will be a spectacular, large-scale, outdoor production inspired by a remarkable true story.
Set against the backdrop of Cardiff’s epic Great Exhibition of 1896 a fearless young woman defies the odds and takes to the skies.
Past and present co-exist in a playful experience full of wonder and magic, extraordinary images, soaring live music and larger than life characters.
Be brave, look up!
Intriguing commissions for the future include: Mouth, a startling new play by Tom Wentworth that puts sex, disability and family relationships centre stage, and Bethan Marlow exploring what it is to be young, fierce and vulnerable in her new work Feral Monsters.
2020 will also include;
Wales Writer in Residence
BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Writers Room Wales & National Theatre Wales
Rhiannon Boyle will join National Theatre Wales for 6 months, as part of her year-long appointment as Wales Writer in Residence.
First spending time with BBC Wales, she will then join us at National Theatre Wales to explore her craft further and be a key part of the team.
BBC Wales will announce details about their 2020 BBC Writers in Residence soon.
Located Residencies are at the centre of NTW’s Creative Development programme. Artists – from designers to poets to artist-activists – will develop early-stage performance projects on location across Wales, alongside NTW’s Emerging Producers. From the rhythms of Welsh protest movements to the future sustainability of the Wales Coast Path, the Located Residencies explore urgent questions about Wales and our changing world in visionary ways.
This year’s chosen lead artists are: Yasmin Begum, Natasha Borton, Becky Davies, Gentle/Radical, Phil Jones, Emily Laurens, Alison Neighbour and Durre Shahwar.
Building on NTW’s first event in Wrexham in 2015, the next step of celebration for this community is the development of a unique collaborative approach to the theme of homelessness chosen by the community of Wrexham which will be staged in 2021.
The Agency will continue in 2020, with people aged 15-25 from the Butetown, Riverside and Grangetown areas of Cardiff with ideas that need to happen.
We provide training, support, funding and advice from industry professionals, to develop passions into a project that benefits local communities. This could be anything from a boxing workshop, to a music festival.