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.

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