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National Theatre Wales
15 - 30 September, 2017
Port Talbot

We're Still Here

National Theatre Wales & Common Wealth 

People have forgotten how to say ‘no’. That’s the problem in this country. We are allowed to say ‘no’.

Port Talbot steelworks; site of one of the last heavy industries in Wales, and threatened with closure in 2015. The story made headlines around the world, and the Save Our Steel campaign was quick to respond, gathering a momentum that captured the spirit and uncertainty of our times. So what happens when we come together? What happens when we say ‘no’?

In Port Talbot, leaders, workers and unions all said no. These people came together to save their jobs and their community.

These are the people behind the headlines and the politics, living and working at the heart of the machine. These are their lives, hopes, fears and dreams and this is their story, told with humour, passion and pride. 

Based on interviews with steelworkers, union representatives and the people of Port Talbot, We’re Still Here is a site-specific performance. Dynamically staged in the disused Byass Works, it celebrates the unique spirit of the town.

6 years after The Passion, We’re Still Here marks National Theatre Wales’ return to Port Talbot, in co-production with Common Wealth.

Byass Works, Dock Road, Port Talbot
15 - 30 September 2017, 7.30pm
(except Tuesday 19, 7pm)
Matinees - 27 & 30 September, 2pm

Post-Show Discussion - Wednesday 27 September, following 2pm performance

Tickets
£15 / £12.50 (Concessions)
£10 Local
Hynt scheme applies to all Disabled tickets - bookable on 029 2037 1689

Age guidance 14+


Accessible performances 
Each performance is accessible by wheelchair
Captioning is available at all performances, on an iPad
Audio Description: Saturday 23, 7.30pm & Wednesday 27, 2pm
Please contact boxoffice@nationaltheatrewales.org if you have any questions

Resources for schools
We're delighted that, by kind permission of Amnesty International UK,
we are able to offer for download one of their lesson plans for schools - The Power of Our Voices

This plan has been specially created to inform students how artists have used their words and music to make a stand for human rights and fight for change. By working through the plan and using their skills in language and literacy, group presentation and critical thought, students will strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the struggle for human rights, and then take creative action by developing their own protest song.

As a further resource for schools, we will also be filming the post show discussion on the 27th of September and uploading this to our website as part of a short film that will include notes from the directors and shots from rehearsals. 

Common Wealth

"We were drawn to Port Talbot because of the powerful voices that were coming out in the S.O.S campaign. Watching the campaign unfold and the community rally together gave us a hope in a time where we don’t usually see people stand together for what they believe in.

For us, seeing working class leaders organise and inspire communities felt so necessary in a time when working class people are often marginalised from public debate.

Interviewing steelworkers and union leaders has taught us so much about looking after each other, dignity and the importance of saying no.

What’s happening in Port Talbot is specific to the steel works and relevant across the world, demonstrating how capitalism and globalization creates ghost towns with little thought of the people who live and work there. The play speaks to the changing landscape of the UK, the people that get left behind and those that fight.

We see this play as an opportunity to champion and share the wisdom from the Save Our Steel Campaign, for us to remember who we are, where we come from and what we can be."

Evie Manning & Rhiannon White

#NTWSteel

What to Expect

We’re Still Here is an indoor, promenade performance where you will walk around a disused, industrial warehouse. There will not be seating provided at any point in the performance, apart from limited seats for those with additional mobility needs.

The show is being performed in the Byass Works, Dock Road, Port Talbot, SA13 1RS. Parking on site is strictly for Blue Badge holders. Box office is located at the venue, where you can collect pre-booked tickets and purchase tickets with cash only.

We recommend travelling by train. Parking is free after 6pm at the Harbourside Car Park, next to Port Talbot Parkway. The postcode for this car park is SA13 1RU

The age guidance is 14+. We cannot admit babes in arms or small children. Please contact boxoffice@nationaltheatrewales.org if you have any questions.

Dogs are strictly prohibited, apart from assistance dogs.

The performance does contain some use of strobe lighting.
Please contact boxoffice@nationaltheatrewales.org if you have any questions.

The show will start at 2.00pm (matinees) and 7.30pm (evening performances) prompt - except on Tuesday 19 September, when the show starts at 7pm.

The running time will be approximately 90 minutes, with no interval. There will be toilet facilities on site.

Please do not bring any alcohol or food to the performance. Bottled water is permitted.

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We hope you enjoy We’re Still Here!

If you have any questions before attending the show, please contact
boxoffice@nationaltheatrewales.org

 

Creative Team

Created by Rachel Trezise and Common Wealth 

Rachel Trezise 
Writer 

Evie Manning 
Co-Director 

Rhiannon White 
Co-Director 

Wojtek Rusin 
Composer / Sound Designer 

Russell Henry 
Designer 

Andy Purves 
Lighting Designer 

Vicki Manderson
Movement Director

Sarah Hughes 
​Casting Director

Llinos Griffiths
Costume Designer

Siobhan Lynn Brennan
Emerging Director

Nicole Moran
Community Associate

Cast

Sam Coombes
Lewis

Ioan Hefin
Adrian
 
Jason May
Rob

Simon Nehan
Kevin

Siôn Tudor Owen
Mark
 

Callum Bailey
Nye
 
Isabelle Coombs
Bess

Dylan John
Xander

Joseph Reynolds
Hardy

★★★★

had me in stitches and in tears

★★★★

vivid… a vital piece of community theatre

★★★★

powerfully moving

 

 

★★★★

another unqualified success

The writing is punchy and funny, masculine, muscular and always, always vernacular

This is theatre as protest and theatre as politics, but the tone is so refreshingly different from the suits of Westminster and Cardiff Bay

[a] brutal, beautiful heartfelt piece of theatre-making

the play these heroes deserve