Companies in Residence

Signdance Collective

Signdance Collective is a culturally diverse touring company established in 2001 with experienced Deaf & Disabled artists at the helm. Inclusion and diversity inform the artistic process. In '87 we trailblazed Signdance Theatre fusing sign-theatre, dance and live original music. Since 2001 we have undertaken cultural exchange/international collaborative practice. Signdance Collective successfully produces and tours its works both nationally and internationally. The Turtle Trials is new development in story telling through our art form and immersive practice engaging disabled and non-disabled Deaf and hearing children and their families in an important and exciting topic ;Nature ,preservation the sea and of course turtles!


Archipelago is a self-styled national theatre collective. We make work about what it means to be a person living on this tiny island. The artists who are part of the collective are based all over the country. Our work crosses genres, styles, and art forms, but is united under the banner of new, live, political work that provides a great night out. We are committed to inclusivity, accessibility, and communities being embedded in the heart of our practice. The work is both local and national; in conversation with each other and the country.


PRIDD (soil) is a new Welsh theatre company formed by Awen Blandford (RNCM) and Carys Jones (UEA). Having both grown up in Mold and left to study, they have now come together to celebrate their shared experience of being raised surrounded by Welsh folk culture. PRIDD’s aim is to tell bilingual stories that incorporate Welsh tradition, language and Music.

PRIDD is a part of Theatr Clwyd’s 2020 TYFU/GROW companies in residence scheme. They will be developing their gig theatre piece “Enya”, a story inspired by the folk tale “The Fire Bird”. A scratch performance of “Enya” will be shown at our Family Arts Weekend in 2020.

Francesca Goodridge and Dan Lloyd

Francesca and Dan will be developing a new musical.

Francesca trained at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) achieving a BA Hons in Acting, and was awarded the LIPA Acting Prize. She is a recipient of Theatr Clwyd's Carne Traineeship for Directors in Wales. Francesca has experience as an actor, vocalist, choreographer and director, she is the former Trainee Director of The Other Room Theatre in Cardiff.

Daniel was raised in Rhosllannerchrugog and trained at East 15 Acting School. He now lives in Llandyrnog, Wales with his wife Elen and their two children Ted a Greta. He has over 15 years working in the industry as an actor musician and composer and has recently turned director on shows for Theatr na n’Og inc. The White Feather, The Butterfly Hunter and has directed two all-star pantos for S4C television airing on Christmas Day. He has assisted Geinor Styles on Far From The Madding Crowd, The Ghost of Morfa Colliery and the recent UK tour of Eye Of The Storm.