Coming soon – the 2018 Festival of One-Act Plays

United Kingdom Community Drama Festivals Federation

Each year the national amateur theatre organisations of the four United Kingdom countries promote a series of one-act play festivals. Local festivals lead selected productions to a national festival in each country, from which one production is selected to represent its country at the British Final Festival.  Area festivals are held in various parts of Wales from February to May and the six highest marked productions are selected to appear at the Wales Final Festival of One-Act Plays.

Rules for the Wales Final Festival can be found here (PDF 184KB) 

The festivals provide an opportunity for amateur companies to appear in new and varying venues before widely differing audiences; to receive constructive criticism from a qualified adjudicator, and to compare the standard of their own work with that of the other companies taking part. For audiences, the public adjudication of performances offers a deeper understanding and appreciation of theatre.

Regional Area Rounds 2018

Adjudicator: David Price GoDA

Clwyd Community Theatre Association Festival of One-Act Plays 2018
9-10th March 7.00pm at Emlyn Williams Theatre, Theatr Clwyd, Mold, Flintshire 

Conwy Drama Association Festival of One-Act Plays 2018
22-24th March 7.00pm at Glan Conwy Church House, Church Street, Glan Conwy 

Montgomeryshire Community Drama Association Festival of One-Act Plays 2018
4-7 April 7.30pm (7.00pm on Sat 7th) at Berriew Community Arts Centre, Berriew, Welshpool, Powys

South Breconshire Festival of One-Act Plays 2018
14th April 7.00pm at The Welfare Arts Centre, Brecon Road, Ystradglynlais

Glamorgan Drama League Festival of One-Act Plays 2018
26-28th April 7.00pm at The Savoy Theatre, Collenna Road, Tonyrefail, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Tales from the Silk Road & more

WOW’s popular “Tales from the Silk Road” films sell out in advance at Borderlines Film Festival!

Borderlines Film Festival’s three preview screenings of Heavenly Nomadic, Free and Easy and The Gulls have already sold out, and we’re anticipating a huge response to our screenings in Swansea and across Wales when the festival opens in two weeks time! 

If you’re in Aberystwyth, there will be two free talks: “An Introduction to Central Asian Cinema” by “Tales from the Silk Road” co-curator Birgit Beumers (Thurs 15 March, 4.30pm) and, in collaboration with Planet Magazine, Sharif Gemie will give a talk on his book “The Hippy Trail: A Pilgrimage to the East”(Tues 20 March, 4.30pm).

Check out the full “Tales from the Silk Road” programme, which includes films from the likes of Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda, Israel’s Samuel Maoz and Palestine’s Annemarie Jacir here.  

We’re also expecting big audiences for our screenings of Sweet Country. Based on a true story told to screenwriter David Tranter by his grandfather, this is another powerful and culturally sensitive film from Warwick Thornton, who directed Samson and Delilah. 


For the first time, this year 50% of the WOW festival programme is “F-Rated”  – either directed or written by a woman.  In our next festival newsletter we’ll be celebrating International Women’s day (March 8th) – stay tuned!

Festival Dates:

March/Mawrth 13 – 15
Canolfan y Celfyddydau Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea/Abertawe

March/Mawrth 15 – 21
Canolfan y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth Arts Centre

March/Mawrth 15 – 29
Kinokulture, Oswestry/Croesoswallt

March/Mawrth 22 – 24
Tramshed Cinema, Cardiff/Caerdydd

April/Ebrill 3 – 12
Theatr Clwyd, Mold/Yr Wyddgrug

 

Tŷ Newydd Courses

Upcoming Courses

Writing about Climate Change

Dates: 23 – 25 March 2018
Tutors: Emily Hinshelwood & David Thorpe
Fee: £220 – £295
Book

Song and Lyric Writing

Dates: 9 – 14 April 2018
Tutors: Stewart Henderson & Willy Russell
Fee: £495 – £625
Places are limited
Book

Emerging Writers: Writing, Editing & Publishing Prose

Dates: 4 – 9 June 2018
Tutors: Tiffany Murray & Tristan Hughes
Fee: £495 – £625
Book

Literature Wales – Board of Management Recruitment

Recruitment of Chair and Directors for Literature Wales Management Board

We’re looking for dynamic and inspiring individuals to join our Board of Management, as well as a visionary individual to lead the organisation as Chair.

Joining our Board in 2018 will mean that you will actively shape the future of Literature Wales as it frames its new Strategic Plan for 2019 – 2022.

Literature Wales is a forward-looking organisation which thrives on change and responds positively and directly to challenges. We are looking for people who want to contribute to building a better society and ensure that literature is a voice for all. We are looking for strong advocates who share the vision and values of the organisation, and who can help shape the next phase of our development.

Chair

Literature Wales is seeking its second Chair, as the distinguished poet and academic Damian Walford Davies is due to step down in Spring 2018 in accordance with the mandated length of office set out in the organisation’s Articles of Association.

The ability to communicate in both Welsh and English is essential for the role of Chair.

Directors

Literature Wales’ Board of Directors represents a broad sector and includes a range of expertise, experience and voices. We particularly welcome applications from young people and individuals who represent protected characteristics. In this current recruitment process, priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate knowledge of and/ or experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Governance
  • Legal & HR
  • Finance
  • Development and Business
  • Children & Young People
  • International Networks
  • Communications & PR

Literature Wales is a bilingual organisation and a positive attitude towards the Welsh language is essential for the role of Director.

Closing Date: Monday 12 March 2018, 12.00 noon

Interviews: week commencing 19 March 2018

For further information contact Literature Wales on: 
[email protected] / 029 2047 2266.

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for our Step Up:

Only a few days left to apply to our Step Up: Interpreting Collections course

Step Up: Interpreting Collections is Outside In’s training and professional development programme that provides participants with the skills to research and interpret works of art. This year the course will take place at the prestigious Wellcome Collection again. In this email you will learn more about Step Up and what the programme offers.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, this Friday 2nd March.

To apply, you need to complete a short application form. For more information and to download a form, see here.

The week’s latest news, views, jobs and events from the world of disability arts and culture

Interesting Stories From Disability Arts Online

Mik Scarlet talks to TV star Lisa Hammond about the upcoming Let Me Play the Lion Too, an extravanganza of disabled and non-disabled actors, led by Told By An Idiot at the Barbican Centre 3 March

Interview: Jess Thom on claiming Mouth from Beckett’s Not I as a disabled character, as Touretteshero’s production of this iconic text comes to Battersea Arts Centre

Opinion: Jonathan Meth considers the dramaturgical problematic presented by The Who’s Tommy, and wonders what could have been if Ramps on the Moon’s production had framed the titular character as autistic

Opinion: Isn’t it time disabled actors and directors were given access to making their own films? Justin Edgar of 104 Films writes about a campaign his company is running to change the status quo, ‘Make Film Equal’

Adobe Photoshop for Artists & Crafts people

Reworking photographs of artwork 

By the end of this one-day course it is expected you should be able to prepare photographs of your artwork for a variety of digital uses. These could be for online applications for funding, exhibition opportunities, websites, social media, email or print.

More info and booking:

Wednesday 28th March @ School of Creative Studies and Media, University of Bangor
Click to book

REMINDER:

“Photographing your own work”.  A session for 3D artists, taking place at Ruthin Craft Centre on 13th March. NB: This is full but please click to add your name to the waiting list.
and for 2D artists at Theatr Colwyn on 15thMarch.  Click to book

The EstnetNG tech prize for 16-24 year olds in Wales

Do you have a passion for technology?

Do you have an idea that uses technology and could make life easier for others?

If so the ESTnet Next Generation want to hear about it!

The ESTnetNG Tech Prize aims to help young people who have shown outstanding commitment, enthusiasm and interest in the technology field to fulfil their talent and ambition.

The award is open to individuals aged 16-24 who live, study or work in Wales and have a passion for technology.

The ESTnetNG Tech Prize is an award of up to £2000 that could be used to:

  • Bring to life an idea you have for a new technology product.
  • Contribute to the cost of an event or course that will enable you to pursue and enhance your learning.
  • Help to grow a tech-related business that you have already started.

The winner will be awarded with their Prize at the Wales Technology Awards, taking place on Thursday 3 May in Cardiff City Hall.

Your entry should include:

  • What is your idea and how will it be used? 
  • How does your idea stand out from the crowd? Is its purpose clear?
  • How well have you used your science and technology skills to put the idea together. Is it doable?
  • The prize could be awarded for an idea or a business, but it could also be for an experience that could really help you achieve your dreams in tech. How would this course/trip help you achieve your goal?
  • If you won, how will the prize-money be used?

IF YOU WIN

We would like you to keep us updated with some regular blog posts that we can include on the ESTnetNG website.
We would like you to return to the Wales Technology Awards in 2019 to tell us about how the ESTnetNG Tech Prize has helped you and present the prize to next year’s winner.

HOW TO ENTER

1. Register at www.estnetng.co.uk

2. Upload your video or written application of no more than a 1000 words to tell us why you deserve to win the ESTnetNG Tech Prize.

ENTRY GUIDELINES

  • You must submit your entry on or before 29 March 2018.
  • You must be between 16 and 24 and living, studying or working in Wales on the 29 March 2018 (last day to enter).
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Traces Trial / Treial Olion

What it’s all about?

We are looking for people to come and experience Traces Olion, at St Fagans National Museum of History. It’s a site-specific storytelling app produced by yello brick in collaboration with National Museum Wales and Cardiff University. We’re interested in finding out what you think about the project, so we can measure the impact it has had.

What We Need You To Do

We will need you to come to St Fagans, try the app, and answer a few questions about your experience. This will take about 90 minutes.

We can offer £25 to cover your time and travel expenses.

We have a limited number of places available.

Sessions are available on the following dates:

  • Friday 9th March
  • Saturday 10th March
  • Sunday 11th March

How do I get involved?

If you’d like to attend a session, please register below.
Each time slot is for two people, which means that on the day, you might be asked to use the app alone or be partnered with another participant.
If after registering you realise that you cannot attend, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate your space to someone else.

REGISTER HERE