Wales Arts International is working with the British Council and partners in the theatre sector in Wales on various activities to assist in the development of international working. These activities include a mix of focus groups, seminars, research visits, publication and networking events and showcases such as the British Council Showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011.
The series of development focus groups and seminars have been in partnership with British Council, National Theatre Wales, Sherman Cymru, Chapter, and Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The seminars aimed to promote and discuss issues and benefits of international showcasing, with particular focus on the British Council Showcase . If you are interested in showcasing work internationally, click here for information on the activities.
The British Council Edinburgh Showcase
Wales indeed took centre stage at the biannual British Council Showcase in Edinburgh in August 2011 with pioneering theatre companies – National Theatre Wales, Sherman Cymru & Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru selected to present work to international delegates. With supporting these companies, Wales Arts International also organised a Wales focused networking event described on Twitter by National Theatre of Wales Director John Mc Grath "was packed and passionate. The huge energy of Welsh Theatre was bursting the walls". Click here for further information.
Research Visit to ASSITEJ
With the support of Wales Arts International a group of venue programmers and freelance directors undertook a research visit to ASSITEJ 2011 in Denmark, an international organisation dedicated to theatre for young people. Those taking part in the group were:
Sarah Bickerton, freelance director/practitioner
Sharon Casey, Blackwood Miners Institute
Sybil Crouch, Taliesin Arts Centre
Angharad Lee, freelance director/practitioner
Gill Ogden, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Chris Ricketts, Sherman Cymru
Kate Perridge, Sherman Cymru
Elen Ap Robert, Galeri
Anne Plenderleith Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Peri Thomas and Sarah Jones, Mess Up The Mess
Theatre in Wales: An Introduction
Wales Arts International has compilled an introduction to the theatre sector in Wales, together with a range of useful links. To download a copy, please click here