Wales Arts International worked in close partnership with the British Council at the 2010 Agor Drysau showcase in Aberystwyth to maximise benefits for the sector in Wales in working with international writers and performers.
The established international showcase run by Arad Goch, which provides a platform for the best in young people’s theatre from all around the world, is also an important networking event in the performing arts calendar for Wales. A variety of theatre companies from Wales were able to network and share experiences with representatives from ASSITEJ Serbia, Egypt, Denmark and Estonia, as well as the Pittsburgh Internatioanl Children's Theatre Festival from the USA and 16 rue de Plaisance from Brittany.
Iwan Brioc Jones, Director of Theatr Cynefin wrote whilst working with us on the project:
"I am very proud to say that Wales has a vibrant and active theatre sector for children and young people. The ‘jewels in the crown’ of theatre for young people in Wales, or perhaps its ‘string of pearls’, are featured in the directory produced by Wales Arts International (see below). They are spread across every region of our small country and present a huge diversity of approaches and attitudes to performance for young audiences in schools, community settings and theatre venues.
Some of the featured companies in the directory engage young people in creating their own theatre productions with the same high standards as the professional performances they produce. Some of the companies are also involved in working internationally, performing abroad and collaborating with international practitioners. Opening Doors, (Agor Drysau) - Wales International Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences - is a biennial festival organised by Arad Goch and brings together theatre companies from around the glove.
It is an opportunity for the companies in Wales to engage with international theatre for young people, explore performance opportunities, potential collaborations and experience work by international theatre companies.
This booklet aims to unlock a treasure of exhilarating theatre and educative experiences for young audiences everywhere; experiences which will both challenge and entertain young and old alike and open the door to other worlds and other times."
Iwan Brioc Jones,
Director, Theatr Cynefin
Please view the Theatre for Young People in Wales publication below: