National Theatre Wales
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It started life as an online community in May 2009 and the company's first season was announced on 5 November that year. Its first production was staged in March 2010.
National Theatre Wales is renowned for five key things:
- making work with local communities
- pioneering digital work in its productions
- site-specific productions (like its counterpart in Scotland, National Theatre Wales doesn't have a theatre space of its own)
- working with internationally renowned artists and companies
- in-depth engagement with communities (especially through TEAM, its network of friends)
The company focuses on the production of work in the English language, rooted in Wales, with an international reach, and aims to build strong relationships with artists, audiences and communities throughout and beyond Wales.
The company's founding Artistic Director and Chief Executive, John McGrath, was succeeded in 2016 by Kully Thiarai.
The Persians (2010), staged at an army training village in Cilieni, near Brecon
The company's first season ended with The Passion (2011), co-directed by and starring Michael Sheen with a cast of a thousand, in his hometown of Port Talbot
The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning (2012) by Tim Price was a study of a shy teenager living in Pembrokeshire, who would go on to play a pivotal role in the Wikileaks scandal
Praxis Makes Perfect (2013) was a touring gig-theatre production, again written by Tim Price and featuring pop duo Neon Neon
Owen Sheers' Mametz (2014) was staged in a field and a forest in Usk, Monmouthshire, recreating a WWI trench. It formed part of the 14-18 NOW First World War centenary events
The Gathering/Yr Helfa was performed on Mount Snowdon, Gwynedd, and incorporated the annual sheep gathering on the mountain
Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage (2015) was a new, verbatim play written by Robin Soans about the gay Welsh rugby player Gareth “Alfie” Thomas
Roald Dahl's City of the Unexpected (2016) saw NTW team up with Wales Millennium Centre to stage a weekend-long celebration of Roald Dahl, to mark his centenary in and across his hometown of Cardiff. It was the biggest cultural event ever held in Wales.
Cotton Fingers (2018) by Rachel Trezise. Written for the Love Letters to the NHS season, it tells the story of a woman travelling to Wales from Belfast for an abortion. It toured the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2019.