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By Ben Lewis and Dafydd James
The village hall. What is it for? A place for the people of the community to gather together in shared activity: to celebrate, commemorate, debate, learn about local history, to sing, dance, exercise, to be entertained, to entertain? But what if it became a place where all the darkest secrets, the unconscious desires of that community of ordinary people were unleashed? What would that be like?
Because beneath even the most respectable exterior will lurk some strange impulse, some irrational craving, some inappropriate imagining. Even Mary Whitehouse must have had the odd fruity dream or let out the occasional stinker, whether she liked it or not. None of us are completely in control of our bodies, even less our minds and the surprising, embarrassing, shameful, disgusting, intoxicating thoughts that sometimes pop unbidden to the surface.
Sometimes it’s good to remember, even to celebrate, the fact that we are, after all, just another type of animal. We just happen to wear blouses and operate heavy machinery. Maybe sometimes it’s perfectly healthy to give vent to our irrational impulses, submit to our inner craziness, run into the woods and howl at the moon, scream from the terraces, let rip in the mosh pit. Just so long as we don’t hurt anyone else and are prepared to tidy up after ourselves.
Music is at the heart of this. There’s no rational explanation to why we like listening to music. It interacts with some mysterious part of our brains. And, like nothing else, music can work its way in there like a virus. It can make you cry, make you feel ecstatic, passionate, angry, turned on, queasy. And sometimes, it can just about drive you out of your mind.
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From left: Gwydion Rhys, Darren Lawrence, Rebecca Harries, Oliver Wood, Carys Eleri, Sue Roderick. Photograph: Warren Orchard / National Theatre Wales
CARYS ELERI (YVONNE)
REBECCA HARRIES (LISA-JEˆN)
DARREN LAWRENCE (LAWRENCE)
Theatre credits include: Romeo a Juliet, Plas Drycin, Hen Rebel, Tyˆ ar y Tywod, Dominos, Tyˆ Bernarda Alba (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru); I Sing for a Maiden (Chapter/Harmonium Productions).
Rebecca trained at Aberystwyth University and East 15 Acting School.
Darren trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre credits include: Stage shows for S4C; Amdani, Dosbarth, (Script Cymru); Dan y Wenallt (Theatr Gwynedd); Chatsky (Almeida), Hobson’s Choice, Metamorphosis (Birmingham Rep).
Theatre credits include: The Passion (National Theatre Wales); Romeo & Juliet (Mokitagrit); Elegies For Angels Punks, Raging Queens (Black Box Belfast); The Beach (Cockpit Theatre); Dick Whittington (Leeds City Varieties); Erogenous Zones, Saturday Night Forever, All’s Fair (Sherman Theatre); Butterflies Are Free (The Mermaid); Nothing To Pay (Thin Language Theatre Company); The Marriage (Three Legged Company); The Beggars Opera (Wilton’s Music Hall).
Television credits include: Pobol y Cwm (BBC); Teulu (Boomerang). Film credits include: Merlin and the War of the Dragons, Dragon Crusaders, The Asylum. Radio credits include: Rhacsym Sam Snape, Dim Ond Un, various voiceover work for animation on S4C.
Television credits include: Ar y Tracs (Tidy Productions); Belonging, Pobol y Cwm, The Bench (BBC); Con Passionate (Apollo); Teulu (Boomerang), Indian Doctor (Rondon). Radio credits include: 3 Diwrnod yn Abertawe, Sal, Ponty (Radio Cymru); numerous voiceovers and cartoons for S4C and the BBC.
Television credits include: Days That Shook The World, Broken Glass, Lipstick On Your Collar (BBC) Nuts & Bolts (HTV Wales). Radio credits include: The Throne Room (BBC Radio 4).
GWYDION RHYS (DION)
SUE RODERICK (JEAN)
OLIVER WOOD (DAVE)
Gwydion trained at Trinity College, Carmarthen. He was the Winner of the Richard Burton Prize for Acting in 2009.
Theatre credits include: Servant of Two Masters (Wales Theatre Company); 3 Minute Hamlet (Looking Glass Theatre); Granny Annie (Grass Roots); How the Other Half Loves, SAP, Under Milk Wood (Welsh Drama Company); the pantomimes Cinderella and Wizard of Oz (New Theatre); Bloody Wedding (Almeida); Desire Lines (Sherman Cymru).
Oliver trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Theatre credits include: Fresh Apples / Fale Surion (Cwmni’r Fraˆn Wen); Cwrw, Chips A Darlith Deg (Arad Goch); Iesu (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru); Farewell Fair Cruelty, A Simple Twist Of Fate, Woyzeck (whilst training at Trinity College). Musical credits Include: Clymau and Heb Ei Fai performed whilst training at Trinity College. Television credits include: Zanzibar, Marcaroni a’r Lwli Lw (S4C).
Television credits include: Ista’nbwl, Caerdydd, Pobol Y Cwm, Licyris Olsorts (S4C); Streets of Gold, Trip Trap, Oliver’s Travel, The Life of Eliza, Casualty, The Lifeboat, Selected Exits, Penny For Your Dreams (BBC); Mortimer’s Law, Satellite City, Max Boyce Show (BBC Wales); A Mind To Kill, The Committee, To Each His Own (HTV); The Bill, Coronation Street, End of Season (ITV); The Angry Earth (Channel 4).
Theatre credits include: A Good Night Out In The Valleys (National Theatre Wales); Rude (Give it a Name Theatre Company); Shadow Of A Boy, Waves In The Chatroom, (Sherman Cymru); Cinderella (Torch Theatre); Fiddler On The Roof (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); Sleeping Beauty (New Wolsey Theatre); Electricity (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Merchant Of Venice, Twelfth Night, Cymbeline (New Theatre, Cardiff); The Owl Service (Theatre Royal, Plymouth) and Romeo and Juliet (English Touring Theatre). Television credits include: Crash, Belonging, High Hopes (BBC Wales); Green Green Grass (BBC), Tati’s Hotel (ITV).
Film credits include: Patagonia, Twin Town, Morphine & Dolly Mixtures, Rebecca’s Daughter and Hedd Wyn.
Film credits include: London Boulevard (G K Films).
Radio credits include: Tree of Liberty (BBC Wales), Burnt (BBC Radio 4); Born in Rhymney (BBC Radio Wales).
Radio credits include: Pavement Stars, Truth Or Dare, Running Away With The Hairdresser, Steel Stitches (Radio 4).
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THE CREATIVE TEAM DAFYDD JAMES
Dafydd is an award-winning composer, writer and performer. He won the Total Theatre Award for his show ‘My Name is Sue’, which he co-wrote with Ben Lewis. He studied English Literature at Edinburgh University, trained at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) and is about to complete his doctoral thesis in performance at Warwick University. He has recently translated ‘Spring Awakening: The musical’ for the Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and written a play for young people titled ‘Click’, a co-production between Mess up the Mess; Australian Theatre for Young People, the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and the Strangers Project, Nelson. He has also written two episodes for the second series of ‘Gwaith/ Cartref’ (Fiction Factory). His critically acclaimed play ‘Llwyth’ was co-produced by Sherman Cymru and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru as part of this year’s British Council Showcase, at the Edinburgh Festival. He is now developing the screenplay.
Ben is a writer, director and performer. With Dafydd James, he co-created and directed My Name Is Sue (Soho Theatre / touring, Total Theatre Award 09). He is co-Artistic Director of award-winning theatre company Inspector Sands, jointly creating their shows, If That’s All There Is (Edinburgh International Festival Award 09, Lyric Hammersmith / Traverse Theatre) and Hysteria (Total Theatre Award 06, Southbank Centre/ BAC), both of which have toured extensively to countries including China, Russia, Germany and most recently to the Brits Off Broadway Festival in New York.
Cai was born an raised in the heart of Snowdonia, North Wales. There, he lived with his family in an old watermill, on the edge of a deep forest. Perhaps it was these these dramatic surroundings that influenced him to pursue a career in creating expressive spaces for performance. Since then, Cai has graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has been fortunate enough to work on a huge variety of projects, from big budget films, to devised site specific theatre. Recently, Cai designed for Paines Plough & Birmingham Rep’s production of ‘Wasted’ by Kate Tempest, ‘Your Last Breath’ for Curious Directive, and ‘The Passion’ for National Theatre Wales and Wildworks. Recent film work has been an internship on Tim Burton’s forthcoming stop motion animation feature ‘Frankenweenie’, and working for the Greens Team on ‘Pirates of The Caribbean- On Stranger Tides’.
Theatre credits include: Macbeth, Canary (Liverpool Playhouse / UK Tour); The Caretaker (Liverpool Everyman / Bath Theatre Royal / Trafalgar Studios); Unprotected (Liverpool Everyman); Black Watch, Men Should Weep, The Bacchae, 365 (National Theatre of Scotland); When the Rain Stops Falling, Through a Glass Darkly (Almeida); For Improbable: 70 Hill Lane (UK / US tours), Animo (UK / WAC Minneapolis), Lifegame (UK tour, National Theatre, Jane Street Theatre NY), Coma (UK tour), Spirit (UK / US tour, New York Theatre Workshop), The Hanging Man (West Yorkshire Playhouse,UK / US tour), Theatre of Blood (National Theatre), Panic (UK / US / Sydney Opera House); The Thief of Baghdad (Royal Opera House); Riflemind, Alex, 2Graves (West End); Touched (Salisbury Playhouse); Single Spies (Bath Theatre Royal); Out of Time (Dublin Festival, Madrid); The Two Faces of Mitchell and Webb (Tour); Separate Tables, Kes (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Tick Tick…Boom! (Menier Chocolate Factory); Kosher Harry, Body Talk (Royal Court); Heavenly (Frantic Assembly); Missing Reel (West Yorkshire Playhouse). Opera includes extensive work for Opera Holland Park; Fidelio (OTC Dublin); La Bohème (ETO); Falstaff Mid-Wales Opera; Piccard in Space (SouthBank Centre).
Co-creator / Musical Director
Past scores include: The Hunting of the Snark (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough; Cameron Mackintosh Award winner); Whatever! The Musical (C Venues); Ghost Shirt (The Tron, Glasgow); Pinocchio (Northampton Royal Playhouse); Apocalypse Wow (The Venue, London); Woof Woof Kerching! (BAC, London); Under Milkwood (Northampton Royal) and Snowchild (Sherman Cymru/Theatr Iolo).
Co-creator / Director
The company are currently developing their third show, Mass Observation, with the Southbank Centre, the Almeida and the National Theatre Studio. Other work includes, as a writer, two radio plays, Tiny and Blue Sky Thinking, both for BBC Radio 4. He also co-founded comedy theatre company People Can Run, co-creating their shows Aruba (Pleasance / UK tour / Ohio Theater, NYC), Fish Story (Pleasance / Ohio Theater, NYC), The Ushers (Pleasance / UK tour) and the short film Happy Birthday (Just For Laughs Comedy Film Festival, Montreal). Ben trained at LAMDA.
Co-creators, Ben Lewis and Dafydd James Photograph: Warren Orchard / National Theatre Wales
Set & Costume Supervisor
Elena began her theatre career with Paco Peña’s Flamenco Dance Company touring to major international venues, from the Sydney Opera House to London’s Royal Festival Hall.
Having recently graduated in Theatre Design from RWCMD, where she developed her skills designing and making set, costume and puppets, Tessa is excited to be back on her second show for NTW, after being part of the design team on The Passion. Tessa enjoys working with a variety of materials to create unusual bespoke costumes, and has had great fun doing so on The Village Social.
Jacob has worked with National Theatre Wales a number of times. He also has most recently been involved with Freedom Theatre, a cultural organisation working in a refugee camp in Palestine.
Catherine is a former Creative Associate of National Theatre Wales between 2009-2011. She is also a theatre director originally from Cardiff. At National Theatre Wales she directed The Beach, and interactive theatre game and the company’s fifth production of their first year programme of twelve shows. She also directed The Assembly, a participatory programme where local artists and communities debate and respond to what matters to them. She’s also the conduit for the New Critics programme, designed to train theatre critics in Wales and jointly run with Literature Wales. She trained on the MFA Theatre Directing course at Birkbeck and has a degree in American Studies from Nottingham University. Before working for National Theatre Wales, Catherine directed new work for theatres and companies including Unity Theatre Liverpool, Oldham Coliseum, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Trafalgar Studios, Contact Manchester, People Show, Dende Collective, Theatre 503, The Finborough, Tara Arts, Haddo House Opera, Baron’s Court Theatre and the Octagon Theatre Bolton, where she was also Resident Assistant Director.
This is Fiona’s fourth production with National Theatre Wales as Stage Manager. She most of all, enjoyed running around the beach in Prestatyn for ‘The Beach’. She trained at Hope Street in Liverpool as an apprentice and enjoys challenging outdoor theatre and site specific projects. Other companies she has worked with include Volcano and Wired Aerial.
Sound credits include: Festival of Firsts, Summer Collection, Helen Chadwick’s Dalston Songs and Voices Across the World, Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre. Sound design credits include: Building Babble (Attic People); Fish Story (People Can Run); Punch and Judy Redux (Dissentertainment); If That’s All There Is (Inspector Sands - Associate Sound Designer); The Internationalist (Gate Theatre – Assistant Sound Designer); Unbroken (Gate Theatre); Plasticine (Southwark Playhouse); The House of Yes (Birmingham School of Acting); Under Milk Wood (Northampton Royal Theatre); Gambling (Raz Shaw – Soho Theatre); The 13 Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo (RSC); Mass Observation (Edinburgh International Festival); Quimeras (Edinburgh International Festival, Playhouse); Love & Money (ArtsEd); One Night In Iran (Oran Mor); A Mini Mass Observation Project (Royal Festival Hall South Bank Centre); 3rd Ring Out (Metis Arts – Associate Sound Designer); Bette & Joan: The Final Curtain (Foursight Theatre / Jacksons Lane).
Deputy Stage Manager Theatre credits include: The Passion (National Theatre Wales); Barkin’ (Grassroots Productions); The Breath of Life; True West, An Enemy of the People, The Cherry Orchard, The Caretaker, The Long and the Short and the Tall, Promises Promises, Gladiator Games, Don Carlos, Fen, A Chorus Line, World Music, Macbeth, Kick For Touch (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Alice Through the Looking Glass, Around the World in 80 Days (the egg / Theatre Royal Bath); Dial M For Murder (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Fiery Angel); All the Fun of the Fair (Alan Darlow Productions in association with the Churchill Theatre Bromley); The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Flags (Royal Exchange, Manchester); The Almond and the Seahorse (Sherman Cymru); Victory, Look Back In Anger, Waiting for Godot (Peter Hall Company / Theatre Royal, Bath); Betrayal (Donmar Warehouse); Don Carlos (Gielgud Theatre, ACT Productions); To Kill A Mockingbird (Clwyd Theatre Cymru); Peter Pan (Bristol Hippodrome and Plymouth Theatre Royal for Qdos Entertainment Ld); Fly Me To The Moon (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough and Hull Truck Theatre Co); The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark (Bristol Old Vic); The Faery Queen (Gabrieli Consort and Players); Gwyneth and the Green Knight, The Lighthouse (Music Theatre Wales)
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BOOKING OPENS MAY 2012 NTW19 LITTLE DOGS In partnership with Frantic Assembly
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Patti Pavilion, Swansea May 2012
NTW16 MUNDO PARALELO In Theatres across Wales February 2012 An angel touches a woman on her shoulder, and daily life is transformed into a place of magic and passion. With circus artists from around the globe at the centre of this extraordinary spectacle, in Mundo Paralelo, NoFit State Circus brings its unique sense of danger and mystery into the theatre.
NTW18 THE RADICALISATION OF BRADLEY MANNING Haverfordwest and beyond March / April 2012
NTW17 A PROVINCIAL LIFE Sherman Cymru, Cardiff March 2012 One of Wales’s greatest writers and directors, Peter Gill, returns to Chekhov’s Russia with his adaptation of this intriguing story, exploring how lofty ideals can decay into frustration and hatred. “We are living among animals. Let them bite out each other’s throats.”
Bradley Manning, the 23-year-old held responsible for the release of thousands of US embassy emails to Wikileaks is currently in the brig in Virginia. Many people believe he is being tortured. He may face the death penalty. But just a few years ago he was a teenager in Wales. How does his story impact on the people he left behind. And who is responsible for his ‘radicalisation’?
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Across the city, hearts are beating and the mating ritual has begun. In the nightclubs, the bus shelters, the back streets and the sand dunes, daring girls and reckless boys engage in a desperate dance while the less fortunate observe and pretend it doesn’t hurt. Created by Frantic Assembly, and staged in Swansea’s richly atmospheric Patti Pavilion, this production is inspired by the Dylan Thomas story ‘Just Like Little Dogs’ and the furtive hours so many of us have spent searching for kindness and warmth in the shadows of the city.
NTW20 IN WATER I’M WEIGHTLESS An Unlimited Commission for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. July / August 2012 Award-winning writer Kaite O’Reilly has lived all of her life with a visual impairment. For this poetic, provocative and sometimes grotesquely funny piece of theatre, she has taken inspiration from the experiences, attitudes and imagination of disabled and Deaf people from across the whole of the UK. Working with choreographer Nigel Charnock, designer Paul Clay, NTW’s artistic director, John McGrath, and a powerful cast of Deaf and disabled performers, Kaite’s unique texts will explore the endless possibilities of human difference.
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NTW21 CORIOLAN / US A co-production for the World Shakespeare Festival, which is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for the London 2012 Festival. Dragon Film Studios, near Bridgend. August 2012 From the team that created our startling version of Aeschylus’s The Persians on the military training ranges of mid-Wales, the story of Caius Martius – Coriolanus – is reimagined in the era of 24-hour news, of celebrity culture, and of a new global polity. Staged in the massive spaces of Dragon Film Studios, with outside broadcasts from the battlefield, popular grievances straight to camera, audience participants as the body politic; this Coriolanus is a ‘mash up’ of previous attempts to get to grips with a contrary and perplexing figure.
NTW22 BRANCHES (WORKING TITLE) In partnership with the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. A new commission form Constanza Macras / Dorkypark. In the forests of North Wales September 2012 Argentinean Constanza Macras has been setting the world of dance theatre alight with her violent, witty, sensual work. From Johannesburg to Berlin, crowds have flocked to see her latest creations. In a special commission for NTW and the Cultural Olympiad, Constanza will create a new sitespecific show in the forests of North Wales – drawing inspiration from the ancient stories of the Mabinogion, and from our more day-to-day dreams and fears.
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