We’re delighted to be working with the team at National Theatre Wales, and in partnership with BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Arts, to open a call for new commissions to make live theatre in digital spaces during the ongoing lockdown. We invite the theatre artists of Wales to come up with innovative, exciting and human responses to this challenge and help audiences, communities and their theatre makers to come together whilst we are all kept apart.
Applications for Welsh, English, bilingual or BSL projects are welcome, as are those that contain no spoken language at all. We will hold a submission round for project ideas each month and will produce up to 3 commissions a month over the next 3 months. Full details of the call-out are available here.
Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, said:
“This is a challenging time for us all, and some among us are having to deal with very real concerns as a result of the Coronavirus. Our theatres have closed their doors, and companies across Wales have had to cancel performances, bringing an abrupt end to a whole host of creative activities. As a result, theatre artists are amongst those having to deal with immediate uncertainties regarding their employment. In spite of these circumstances, and especially the social distancing guidelines, I believe that theatre has a role to play in bringing people together, to share visions, to entertain and to stimulate our creativity and imaginations. As we’re unable to come together as we would normally, there is an opportunity now, like there has never been before, to look at alternative ways of engaging with each other in inspired and unconventional ways. For numerous reasons, many people find it difficult to attend live theatre events in normal circumstances. This is now a chance for us as theatre companies to reach out to our audiences in accessible and inclusive ways, and to ask our creative community to join us on a new adventure and rise to this challenge and this opportunity together.
I’m delighted that Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, National Theatre Wales, in partnership with BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Arts, have come together to face this challenge. As ever, by supporting each other, sharing resources and collaborating, we can accomplish so much more. I’m confident that we’ll see something fantastically unexpected coming from our New Digital Commissions scheme, and that our partnership with NTW, and others in the theatre industry, in a programme which will offer a unique opportunity to recent graduates in theatre and performance, will highlight to many of us in our sector new and exciting talents. These collaborative initiatives, I’m pretty sure, will lead to further fruitful and exciting collaborations in the future.”
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru will soon announce a further programme of activities during this unprecedented time.
6 April 2020