Artist and Company Residencies


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Theatr Clwyd’s Artists and Company Residence Scheme 2020

We are announcing six residencies in 2020 to support artists and companies in the development of their work.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming our new Artists and Companies in Residence for 2020…

Find out more about them here…

 

Archipelago

Archipelago is a self-styled national theatre collective. Their work is 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. Their work crosses genres, styles, and art forms, but is united under the banner of new, live, political work that provides a great night out. They are committed to inclusivity, accessibility, and communities being embedded in the heart of their practice. The work is both local and national; in conversation with each other and the country. 

Francesca Goodridge and Dan Lloyd

Francesca Goodridge is an actor, choreographer and director. She trained at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), is a recipient of the Theatr Clwyd Carne Traineeship for Directors in Wales and is the former Trainee Director of The Other Room Theatre in Cardiff. Her directing credits include The Crocodile (Cornerstone Theatre), BARK! The Musical (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Adam, Eve and Steve (The Kings Head Theatre), Shout! The Mod Musical (The Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool) and Secret The Musical (Epstein Theatre). As Assistant Director at Theatr Clwyd, her credits include A Christmas Carol, Pavilion, Wave Me Goodbye, Dick Whittington and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Daniel Lloyd is an actor, director and musician. He was raised in Rhosllannerchrugog and trained at East 15 Acting School. As an actor, his theatre credits include Eye of the Storm (UK tour), The Commitments (Palace Theatre), Tom: The Tom Jones Musical (UK tour), As You Like It (Ludlow and Stafford Castle), Some Like It Hotter (UK tour), Mods and Rox (The New Wolsey Theatre), and Spring Awakening (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru/Elen Bowman). For Theatr Clwyd, his acting credits include Little Shop of Horrors, The Hub, The Taming of the Shrew, Animal Farm, and twelve consecutive rock ‘n’ roll pantos. For television, his credits include the recurring character Aled in Rownd a Rownd, Asra, Dau Dŷ a Ni, Tipyn o Stad, and A470. His directing credits include The White Feather (Theatr na n’Og), and Shane (S4C). His credits as Musical Director include Rownd a Rownd Nadolig 2019, ASRA, Y Doniolis (S4C). 

PRIDD

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. As part of this residency, they will be developing their gig theatre piece Enya, a story inspired by the folk tale The Fire Bird

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 1987, Signdance Theatre trailblazed fusing sign-theatre, dance and live original music. Since 2001 they have also undertaken cultural exchange/international collaborative practice. Signdance Collective successfully produces and tours its works both nationally and internationally. The Turtle Trials is a new development in storytelling through their art form and immersive practice, engaging disabled and non-disabled Deaf and hearing children and their families. 

 

 

 


Companies we have supported in the past…


Milky Peaks | Seiriol Davies

 

‘It was a total joy to spend time developing our new show at Theatr Clwyd. Milky Peaks was at that time at a point in its development where we needed to make some important choices and shifts in it, which seemed quite scary. The warmth of the welcome and the professionalism and non-pressurey attentiveness of the team there created the perfect environment for us to make these shifts and now the show is on a really exciting track. It is also brilliant to work in a building with such spark and confident creative ambition; it gives a great bar to live up to. I look forward immensely to being back there again, and would recommend working there in a heartbeat.’

Seiriol Davies  


Howl's Moving Castle | Tara Finney

‘It was great to kick-start our R&D for Howl’s Moving Castle at Theatr Clwyd – a show that fuses live action, puppetry & music it is vital to get the creatives together in a room to play around. And with the rolling Welsh hills visible through the rehearsal room windows, we could almost imagine the Castle wandering through the Waste right outside!”

Tara Finney, Producer 


Electrolyte | Wildcard

‘We had such a brilliant time at Theatr Clwyd!

It was brilliant to be able to have a creative and open space to really focus our energies into writing music and devising for our show; to be able to make as much noise as we needed! Theatr Clwyd were so supportive. We were given loads of advice for our future in terms of marketing, budgeting and how we can enable our show to have a future life after Edinburgh. We had a little showing on the last day at Clwyd and everyone who came gave us really helpful feedback. We managed to get a great deal done, and we had such a fun and inspiring week!’

Maimuna Memon, Creative Associate and Resident Composer 


'Dance piece for young people' | Angharad Price-Jones

‘We felt a great amount of support from the whole team at Theatr Clwyd. The opportunity to have time and space to explore and share our ideas has been invaluable. We look forward to further developing the work that we have researched in this R&D and are very grateful for the support of Theatr Clwyd and Arts Council Wales to make the first step in this production possible’

Angharad Price-Jones, Director 


The Edinburgh Test | Missmanaged Theatre

‘In November 2017 Missmanaged Theatre were welcomed into Theatr Clwyd’s studio space to perform two focus groups of The Edinburgh Test, a play that explores the struggles and triumphs of four new mothers. Our audience was made up of Mothers of all ages from the area as well as trauma counsellors and nurses. After performing the play, which seeks to start a conversation on postnatal mental health, our audience were incredibly open in sharing their stories and providing feedback to help us create our final production.

I felt the aim of The Edinburgh Test’s Clwyd sharing was summed up by one very moved lady who said to us ‘I just didn’t know anyone else felt that way’

Rachel Harper, Writer 


Project Hush | Papertrail Productions

 

Project Hush is a new production being developed by Papertrail with the support of the Arts Council of Wales and National Theatre Wales.

The inspiration for Project Hush is the site of the former weapons factory in Rhydymwyn Valley, which played a role in the development of the Atomic Bomb and the story of Kyoko Gibson who grew up in the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima and now lives in Wales.

‘It’s a local story that has global significance and it has been hugely valuable to develop the idea with the support of local groups such as Rhydymwyn Valley History Society, students from Glyndwr University and participants from Theatr Clwyd’s drama group. It has also been very useful to have the support of Theatr Clwyd who have provided rehearsal and administrative support for the project. We will take what we have learnt from this Research and Development period and develop the script further before the project goes into full rehearsal and production.’
Bridget Keehan, Artistic Director 


My People - Invertigo Theatre Company

A note from Steffan Donnelly, Co-Artistic Director:

We adapted My People, Caradoc Evans’ searing collection of short stories, which interrogate the values of the Nonconformist community in the rural West Wales of the early 1900s. The publication of My People in 1915 caused a literary sensation. It was denounced in The Western Mail as ‘the literature of the sewer’ and Evans was branded a national traitor.

Having toured to Theatr Clwyd on occasions in the past, we were incredibly excited when they agreed to develop and co-produce My People. The ambitious production we created together in November 2015 was instrumental in the development of our theatre company. The stories are challenging, angry, and complex, but with Theatr Clwyd’s expertise and resources, we were able to unpick them and bind them into a full script.