Monday, 22 September 2014

Thank you!

We're so thrilled to have Arts Council Wales' support for our Fun Palace. And we're also chuffed to bits to have had so many donations via our Kickstarter campaign. We're currently in rehearsals and we simply would not be without the support of the following people:

GrĂ¡inne Close
Dominic Lindesay-Bethune
Godfrey the Cat (and Nicola & Heather)
Jax Lovelock @ ReBloom
Othniel Smith
Sian Owen
Erica Miller
Sara Beer
Miranda Bertram
Laura Drane
Robert Harper
Angharad Thomas
Lucy Christopher
Derek Martin
Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Megan Price
Orla Nicholls
Claire and Anthony Burns
Mrs J S Parry
Steven Keevil
Alison Smith
Valerie O’Riordan
Beverley McCullough
Matthew Bulgo
Anastasia Catris
Keith Burgess
David Bishop
Stephanie Ressort
Amanda Reed
Jonathan Wakeham
Ginny Osborne
Mr M J H Burns and Mrs S M Burns
Pie Corbett
Linda McLean
Dr Catrin Huws

Thank you everyone!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Play Titles and Quotes

With just 15 days to go, we're currently offering teasers from our scripts over on Twitter and Facebook, so keep checking our pages for insights! Rehearsals have begun, chats between writers and directors are taking place and we have a great design we can't wait for you to see!

We also have play titles which is really exciting. They're listed below next to our playwrights' names to whet your appetites still further. We can't wait for you to see our work.

  • Poo Karma and Arctic Exploration - Sandra Bendelow
  • Custard Slice Eaters - Sam Burns
  • An Extraordinary Woman - Vittoria Cafolla
  • Red Heart - Poppy Corbett
  • LLOND BOL - Branwen Davies
  • John Grace - Abigail Docherty
  • Inge - Clare Duffy
  • This Time I Win - Samantha Ellis
  • Little Mermaid - Sarah Grochala
  • SHIDAN - Sharon Morgan
  • A Mother’s Heart - Lisa Parry
  • UNARMED /HEB ARF - Marged Parry
  • Purple and Green -  Kaite O’Reilly
  • Sunday Morning, Dandelion Seeds - Lindsay Rodden
  • Frequency Hopping with the Ecstasy Girl - Shannon Yee

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Women: Do You Know What You Are Angry About?

When theatre legend Joan Littlewood directed Shelagh Delaney's first play, A Taste of Honey, critics disgruntedly said Delaney was just like the angry young men dominating British theatre. But Littlewood said no: Delaney was different because she knew what she was angry about. 

We at Agent 160 think this is still a valid question. Do you know what you are angry about? Do we? 

As part of our Fun Palace, we're going to have what we hope will be a fierce, fun conversation about anger, feminism and activism, not just in theatre but in our lives. We hope you'll come and join in.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Double announcement klaxon!

Well what a day. Not only have we confirmed our brilliant directors...

We've also hit our Kickstarter goal! 

We are:
feeling fuzzy
jumping for joy
whooping for joy
many more things

And it's all down to YOU.

We could not make our Fun Palace happen without generous good people like you. Thank you for your pledges, your whispers, your shouts, and your sharing. We're in an extremely fortunate (and very lucky!) position in that we have a week left before our campaign ends. This means we have the opportunity to raise more which would be a massive help, so if there are people out there still wanting to pledge, please do!

Now on to our directors. We welcome Angharad Lee and Julia Thomas on to our Fun Palaces team, so let's hear more about them...
Angharad was born and bred in Porth in the Rhondda Valley. Having trained as an actress at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, she then won a scholarship to train as a singer at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Having worked as a performer for over 10 years, the directing bug took hold. She turned her hand to directing with a short film; ‘Know your Enemy’, for Tornado Films, which was shown at Cineworld in Cardiff.

Some directing credits include The Magician’s Cat (WNO Max), The Elixir Project (Acting Out/Sherman Cymru/WNO Max), Bang Project (Hijinx Theatre), Read a Million Words (Arad Goch), The Calling of Maisy Day (Assistant Director) for WNYO, Script Slam (Sherman Cymru), Cwrw Chips a Darlith Deg (Arad Goch), We Need Bees (script development for Theatr na n’Og), The Journey (WNO MAX), SXTO/SEXTING (Arad Goch), Al ac Ant a’r Cler Hudol (Arad Goch), Nine Stories High (WNO), Gair ar Gnawd (WNO MAX), Dirty Protest, ABCDAD (BBC Wales/It’s My Shout), Jac a’r Goeden Ffa (RCT Theatres/Cwmni MG), Tan (Urdd Youth Theatre), Sinderela (RCT Theatres/Cwmni MG), Staff director for WNO’s Madam Butterfly in 2013, To Kill a Machine (Scriptography Productions), The Little Sweep (St George’s Bristol), Rasputin, Ripples to Revolution (in development).

Julia trained in Acting at Drama Centre London. Recent directing credits include blue/orange (Canoe Theatre, Sherman Theatre) On this Ground (Sherman Cymru, Young Writers) Sonata (WMC) and Marsha (Capital Fringe Festival, Washington DC). Julia has directed several projects for young people including Running Free (Pamplona), and A Bridge to the Stars (Llanelli Youth Theatre, NT Connections Festival). As assistant director, Julia has worked on Say It with Flowers and Peter Pan (Sherman Cymru), A Provincial Life (National Theatre Wales Emerging Director Opportunity) High Society (Music and Lyrics National Tour), and Diary of a Madman (Living Pictures). Julia is also a facilitator for the Night Out Young Promoters Project and leads educational tours throughout Europe, specialising in Italy for the American Council of International Studies. Julia set up Canoe Theatre in 2012 with the aim of bringing theatre from around the World to Wales.

We're off to have a well earned sit down (jumping for joy can take its toll) and a cup of tea. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Women of theatre unite!

We love the LA FPI (LA Female Playwrights' Initiative), who work to ensure that women playwrights are fairly represented on local stages and beyond. They do good counting on the number of plays produced by women, connect female playwrights and try to raise awareness. And they've created this logo which they want theatre companies who are working for gender parity to use as a badge of honour and a signal of change. Of course when we heard about them, we wanted a badge. And now we have one! We're really thrilled. (Even though Cardiff is not, strictly speaking, the Greater Los Angeles area...!)

Another amazing women playwrights' organisation we've connected with is The Kilroys. Also based in LA, they are "done talking about gender parity and are ready to act". Among their actions is The List, a list of plays by women, made to give producers brilliant ideas about plays they can put on. To make the list, they got nominations of 300 plays by women, and whittled them down to the 46 most-recommended plays.

Over here, we've had great support from 17percent, who campaign and produce plays by women.

And we were really pleased to connect with Wendy Richardson of Springboard Arts who is making a documentary about Joan Littlewood. When she heard what we were up to, she said (and we blush to repeat it): "WONDERFUL! You are amazing! What you're doing is making Joan's work right NOW!...Joan's spirit lives in you all!"

And there have been so many lovely messages and tweets from individual women playwrights too, that we're really feeling part of a community of women theatremakers. Thank you means a lot.

Friday, 22 August 2014

We went to Wales

Founding playwrights Lisa Parry, Samantha Ellis, and our designer Anna Bliss Scully were in Cardiff to scout out locations within our venue: the fabulous Wales Millennium Centre.

At the moment the place is a-buzz with the summer holidays and there's even an outside beach that's appeared! No time to frolic in the sand though, our team were on a mission. It was also a little bit windy...

While we were in Wales, we had a surge in pledges from you lovely people. And as of right now we're at 90% of our goal. Stunning! Amazing! Beautiful news.