Welcome to our digital programme for Possible
Listen to BBC Radio Wales Arts Show in conversation with Shôn Dale-Jones, talking about the creation of Possible and the challenges along the way. Shôn explores imagination and the art of storytelling. He’s also taken back to the town of Llangefni, Anglesey where he grew up, to consider the strong strand of autobiography in his work.
Possible was first created as a digital experience streamed live into audiences’ homes while we couldn’t be together. Revisit the making of Possible, with interviews with Shôn, John and Bear.
One of the striking things about Possible is its use of film and animation created by Bear Thompson. Want to make your own films and animations at home? Bear has created a step-by-step guide to thinking like a visual artist.
Listen to John Biddle’s eclectic playlist of songs which inspired him to create the music for Possible. Grab your headphones and enjoy.
Shôn’s mother plays an important part in the story, especially her lockdown habit of baking scones after midnight. She’s kindly shared her recipe with us, so we could share it with you.
Created and performed by
Shôn is a producer, director, performer and writer.
He was Artistic Director of Hoipolloi from 1994 to 2020. Over this 25 year period he created 24 stage plays, 5 BBC radio dramas, 3 site-specific pieces, a few short films, a TV pilot and various online projects. His work has been presented in over 200 UK venues, 9 London theatres, in 20 countries across 6 continents and has been translated into 7 languages. Most recently Shôn created The Loose Change Trilogy – The Duke, Me & Robin Hood, The Ladder – which raised almost £100,000 for vulnerable children, supporting the work of Save The Children and Street Child United.
He is currently working with Ontroerend Goed in Belgium; writing a show for teenagers, Straight Face, for Brageteatret in Norway; collaborating with Metis Arts on Love Letters to a Liveable Future.
Possible is his second show for NTW following Things I Forgot I Remembered (2013).
Co-director and designer
Stefanie is an actress and set and costume designer as well as collaborative director.
Born in Switzerland, she started her career in France and Belgium after attending the international Theatre School Jacques Lecoq in Paris.
Stefanie moved to the UK in 1993 when she became a founder members of Hoipolloi Theatre for whom she worked as an actress, set & costume designer as well as co-director for over 25 years. Hoipolloi’s work toured extensively national as well as Internationally. She has also been the main collaborator and designer on the award winning productions by Hugh Hughes, a long term associate of Hoipolloi.
Other companies where Stefanie worked as an actress and or designer on numerous occasions include: Menagerie Theatre; NIE; ThisEgg; Company LE 36ème DESSUS; Metis Arts and many others.
Her own shows include Prelude To A Coat and Unconditional, a collaboration with her daughter Josie Dale-Jones.
TV credits include: Homeland (Fox21); Killing Eve (BBC America); War of the World 2 (Epix;Canal+;and Fox International).
Composer and Collaborator
John has created music and designed sound for many theatre productions, including recently for Leeds Playhouse, Hull Truck, Conde Duque Madrid, Theatre Royal Bath, and the Bush in London.
He also works in film and radio, this year composing for a second production at LA Theatre Works in Los Angeles, as well as for the Ignite Radio Shorts, the podcast Dead Honest (nominated for a British Podcast award 2021), and an aspirational film for Ford.
He previously worked as an actor, at theatres including the Unicorn, Sheffield Crucible, Traverse Edinburgh, and in numerous radio plays and eleven series of The Diary of Samuel Pepys on BBC Radio 4.
Bear recently finished at Screenology Film School in Bristol, where she was able to really experiment with different forms of film and animation.
“Working on Possible has been an amazing experience and I’m grateful to have shared it with such a brilliant and passionate team.”
Katy is a Lighting Designer based in South Wales who works with Theatre companies and directors both in Wales and across the UK. Her recent work includes The Litten Trees for Fuel Theatre, The Glee Club for Out of Joint, The Snow Queen for Sherman Theatre.
She has worked as an Associate Designer and Re-lighter on tour for many productions, and as a lecturer and Supervisor at RWCMD. She was part of the Lighting Team at Sherman Theatre for over 7 years.
Sam is a sound designer, composer and engineer. He has presented work at The National Theatre in London, The Schuabühne in Berlin, 59E59 in New York, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on national and international tours.
His previous work for NTW includes; For All I Care.
Sam’s other theatre credits include: Iphigenia In Splott, Tremor, Woof, Fel Anifail (Sherman Theatre); The Motherfucker With The Hat (The Tron); Faust + Greta, Anweledig (Fran Wen); Tylwyth (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru); Shooting Rabbits (PowderHouse); The Last Five Years (Leeway Productions); The World’s Wife (Welsh National Opera); The Sinners Club (Gagglebabble); St Nicholas (The Other Room)
Technical Stage Manager – Jon Cox
Deputy Stage Manager – Vicky Aston
Re-Lighter & Video Technician – Molly Jefferies
Video Programmer – Llyr Parri
Captions Operator – Carmen Diana Almeida
BSL interpreter – Tony Evans
Audio Description Consultant – Chloë Clarke
Production Manager – Nia Thomson for National Theatre Wales
Producer – Glesni Price-Jones for National Theatre Wales
Special thanks to Richard Couldrey, Andy Devonshire, Jon Ferguson, Stage Lighting Services, Stage Sound Services, Dan Trenchard, and Martha Wilson.
A National Theatre Wales production
Anastacia Ackers, Faebian Averies, Iolanda Bann Viegas, Lorne Campbell, Naomi Chiffi, Bethan Dawson, Devinda De Silva, David Evans, Stephen Grant, Rhian Hughes, Sara Ingram, Hannah John, Rachel John, Peter Harding, Lisa Maguire, Tabitha Milne, Esther Morris, Nicole Mawby, Jenny Phillips, Bronwen Price, Glesni Price-Jones, Rowena Griffith-Lewis, Alex Roberts, Mawgaine Tarrant-Cornish, Ffion Williams.
Photo: Jorge Lizalde