Throughout the year
Creating Tomorrow's Theatre
This unique initiative for emerging artists and new theatre ideas places writers, directors, actors, choreographers, designers, performance artists, installation-makers and multi-media experimenters across the landscape of Wales to develop new ideas. Sharing their progress through our digital hub, and inviting local audiences to see their work in progress, our ever-growing community of artists get the chance, through WalesLab, to try out the ideas that will create tomorrow’s theatre.
Fragments of My Reflection
27 – 31 July
Fragments of my Reflection is the second stage of an on-going project that explores reflection and inner voice, being a double act and how this relationship can be intertwined and fragmented, the best of friends one minute and great enemies the next.
Sherrall Morris describes herself as A Jack of All Trades. Some people see her as a writer/storyteller, some see her as a facilitator, and others see her as a performer. She believes that everyone has a story to tell and helps and encourages others find their own creativity.
Morgan Thomas is an actor, director and facilitator. He enjoys exploring methods of creating theatre, particularly physical and developing work that asks the audience a question. He feels strongly that we could experience a broader view of society within such art forms.
9 – 15 Aug
Ben is based in Cardiff. Originally trained as an Actor, he's toured Britain & Europe as a Performer. These days he is also a Theatre & Film Maker, Composer & Comedian too. At the root of all his work is the desire to explore, question, provoke & entertain.
"Shh!" Was sparked by an experiment in telling true stories. This will be Ben's first foray into autobiographical source material. As well as examining the effects of secrecy & silence on survivors of Childhood abuse, he'll be asking what it means to become a "grown up" at the age of 42.
How do I get involved?
If you haven’t already, you should start by signing up to the NTW Community and the WalesLab pages and join the online artist community of Wales. This is where we post the most up to date information about the project and other bits of interesting information to boot. If you have some questions about how and why WalesLab exists, you can have a look at the “FAQs” page on the Community.
Then, get in touch about your project - If you have a few specific questions about whether your project might be eligible its probably best to get in touch with our Creative Associate, Simon Coates (either by email or via the Community) If you are ready to just get stuck in, then scroll down to view and fill in our online form and submit it to us. You may want to copy and paste your answers to the questions rather than writing straight onto the form - unfortunately, you can’t save your work and return to it later on the form itself.
I don't like filling in forms - can I apply some other way? Of course. There's some administrative information we need to collect which requires you to fill in answers on the online form - such as your name etc. However, when it comes to answering questions about your work, you can submit this another way - such as by posting a youtube video to answer the question. If your project is best described by a physical item that you have made you can also send that to us or drop it by our offices.
When will I hear back? As soon as you have submitted your project idea you will receive an email confirming that it has been received safely. If you don’t, this could be a sign that the form hasn’t submitted correctly or that you have entered an incorrect email address. Either way, you should get in contact with Simon Coates (either by email or via the Community) to let him know. A supportive and friendly group of people (some representatives from NTW and others who are independent artists or partners of the company) will shortlist from all the submitted projects. If your project has been shortlisted you will be invited in to meet with everyone and discuss your idea in more detail. This happens between 2 - 3 times a year. You can find out when these meetings have been scheduled below.
Here’s the schedule for submissions: Applications should be with us by noon on 12 Sep 2015 for a decision by 3 Oct 2015.
We will let people know if they have been shortlisted by 03 Oct 2015. Submissions should be for projects due to take place between Oct – Mar 2015.
WalesLab is changing! We have had a brilliant four years of WalesLab so far. As we go into our fifth and final year, we are thinking about how WalesLab will continue in the future. Keep an eye out on these pages for more information in Spring 2016.
That’s it! Easy (we hope).
Please remember that we are always looking for better ways of doing things - if you have any thoughts about how to improve this process we’d love to hear from you.