Training and Mentoring

As part of the company’s commitment to nurture new talent, and to provide opportunities for professional development in the field of Welsh-language Theatre, we have created two new schemes for this year, namely Awenau: A Mentoring Scheme for Directors and Theatre-makers, and Grŵp Dramodwyr Newydd (New Playwrights’ Group). We have also joined forces with The Other Room, Cardiff’s pub theatre, to offer a unique opportunity for Welsh-language female playwrights.

The Violet Burns Award for Playwrights

Within the next couple of months, in association with with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, The Other Room – Cardiff’s pub theatre – will be announcing the winner of the Violet Burns Award for Playwrights. This is an opportunity for a female playwright, writing in Welsh, to see her work being developed and presented by The Other Room. When the winner has been announced, The Other Room – in association with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru – will work with the successful author to develop a new play, with the aim of staging the work in 2019. More details are available here.

Several of the Theatr Gen Creu schemes will be led by Sarah Bickerton, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Associate Director. This is what Sarah had to say about this new venture:

I’m looking forward immensely to welcoming a host of authors, directors and theatre-makers to us over the year, to examine, to experiment and to be brave! My hope is that the venture will be an inspiration and an exciting starting-point for them and their ideas.”

Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, said about Theatr Gen Creu:

New writing is central to the company’s work, and we are extremely pleased to be able to support writers and theatre-makers who are starting out, or those who need support to take their next steps. We look forward to putting these ambitious plans in place, to working together with our various partners, and to welcoming a group of talented and committed artists who are eager to develop their craft and who are the foundation of Welsh-language Theatre today and to the future.”