Riverfront, Newport


A Mr & Mrs Clark Production

If you missed it last time round there is an opportunity to see Jonny Cotsen’s one man show before it heads off to Edinburgh.

Wednesday 24 July at 7.45pm

Tickets – £10, concessions – £8

To book tickets online please go here

The show is accessible to a D/deaf, hard of hearing and hearing audiences through the use of spoken English, British Sign Language & creative captions.

Meet Jonny: teacher, father and football fan. He’s an artist, a campaigner, and he’s deaf. He wishes he could sing and loves to dance, but he can’t hear the music unless the bass is turned right up.

Jonny grew up in a hearing family, surrounded by fear of the stigma of disability.

Louder Is Not Always Clearer tells Jonny’s moving, funny story of disconnection, difference and desperation to belong. This one-man show is a starkly honest portrayal of a man seemingly confident, outgoing and popular, who is inwardly vulnerable and, at times, isolated.

In a hearing world Jonny is different.

Supported by Arts Council Wales, Chapter Arts Centre and a commission for Experimentica17 

There is some strong language and a scene with sexual content.

Louder Is Not Always Clearer is part of Wales In Edinburgh and British Council Showcase 2019 and has been selected for National Rural Touring Forum Dance Initiative.


The Riverfront, Kingsway, Newport NP20 1HG 

Box Office: 01633 656757


Welsh Government Opportunity

2019 Welsh Government Apprenticeship Scheme

This new 2019 Welsh Government Apprenticeship campaign aims to encourage more people to apply from all different backgrounds ensuring that Welsh Government builds on being representative of the communities we serve. There are numerous policies and practices in place which support colleagues and line managers to ensure Diversity and Inclusion is key in what we do and how we support staff. For this Apprenticeship Scheme we’ll be adopting anonymised sift as well as ensuring our interview panels are made up with a diverse range of colleagues. 

There are a number of staff diversity networks which have a healthy membership and allies schemes, these are forums where you can get advice and guidance, as well as enjoying network events and social activities. These are:


  • Disability Awareness and Support
  • Minority Ethnic Staff Network
  • Women Together

In recent years we have been awarded Level 3 Leader Status for being a Disability Confident employer, we are currently 8th in the UK for Stonewall Workplace Index which supports Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) employee’s, we have signed up to the Race at Work Charter and are included on the list of organisations that have been recognised as an inclusive employer for race. We have also been awarded Gold status by a:gender the inclusive support network for staff in Government Departments and Agencies, covering all aspects of gender reassignment, gender identity, gender expression and Intersex.

We pride ourselves as being an employer of choice, an organisation in which people want to work and are proud to work. For this reason, we have put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values. 

What are the benefits?

  • Earn £19,240 a year while you train
  • Get 31 days holidays, 10 public holidays and flexible working arrangements to help you achieve a good work/life balance.
  • Study towards and gain an NVQ Level 3 for 18 months.
  • Develop a range of skills.

What next? Visit: The Welsh Government Talent Bank to register interest.

You can browse through Welsh Government work and gain a better understanding of the civil service in Wales by visiting: http://gov.wales/about/?lang=en


National Theatre Wales

 Artistic Director

National Theatre Wales 2National Theatre Wales (NTW) is seeking to appoint an Artistic Director following Kully Thiarai’s appointment as Creative Director for Leeds 2023. 
The Artistic Director will lead NTW artistically and organisationally – creating, communicating and delivering an innovative artistic programme that extends the company’s reach in Wales and beyond. 

We are looking for a theatre practitioner who is ambitious to make powerful and high impact theatre created in Wales and in collaboration with a wide range of artists, companies and communities, especially from Wales. 
For details of the role and how to apply, download the information pack by visiting our website or contact our recruitment advisers Sue Hoyle and Shreela Ghosh on [email protected] 

Deadline for applications: 1800 hrs on Sunday 8 September 2019

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all backgrounds. Applications can be received in English or Welsh. 
National theatre Wales is a faith friendly company.

Contact Name For Further Information: Hannah John

Phone number for further info: 029 2035 3070

Email Address for Further Info: [email protected]

Website for Further Info: https://www.nationaltheatrewales.org/opportunities/artistic-director/


Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education 2019

Do you know someone doing excellent and inspirational work in gallery or visual art education and learning?

Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education and the Marsh Christian Trust are delighted to announce that nominations are open for the Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education 2019. The Awards, which recognise and celebrate the achievements of those working in learning and education within gallery or visual arts contexts (freelance, salaried or as volunteers) in the UK and internationally, grant winners £500 to spend on their professional development. 

This year Engage and the Marsh Christian Trust are launching a new annual Award to celebrate the lifetime achievement of a colleague who is working, or who has worked in learning or education in or for galleries or visual arts organisations in the UK. The winner will receive £500 to spend as they would like.

Nominations Deadline: Monday 9 September 2019, 10:00 am

About the Awards

Awards of £500 each will be offered to five individuals in the UK and one international individual, working in learning or education in or for galleries or visual arts organisations, who have shown dedication or innovation in their work. 

The new annual lifetime achievement award will be offered to one individual in the UK who is working, or who has worked in learning or education in or for galleries or visual arts organisations. All the Awards will be announced at the Engage International Conference in Newcastle Gateshead, 5–6 November 2019.

With the exception of the lifetime achievement Award, winners should use the Award to support their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and each will be asked to complete a short feedback form by March 2020. The winner of the lifetime achievement Award may choose to use the Award for whatever they wish, which could include supporting their CPD if this is relevant.

Since 2011, the Awards have successfully enabled winners to develop their arts education practice through funding attendance of courses and conferences, the joining of professional associations, visiting of good practice in the UK and abroad, funding of research, and by inspiring personal and professional confidence through the recognition of their work. 

Who can be nominated for the Awards?

Nominations are encouraged for colleagues at all stages of their careers, working freelance, in salaried positions or as volunteers. Engage welcomes nominations for those working with organisations of all sizes. Nominations for non-members of Engage are also invited. Nominators should be a colleague or a representative of an organisation who has worked with the nominee.

If you made a nomination in previous years, please feel free to do so again as we would be pleased to consider your nomination in 2019. Engage wishes to thank colleagues for the high standard of applications received in the past eight years. 

Who can be nominated for the lifetime achievement Award?
Nominations are encouraged for colleagues who have worked for a considerable time in learning or education in or for galleries or visual arts organisations in the UK. Engage welcomes nominations for colleagues who are still working and those who have stopped working. Engage welcomes nominations for those who have worked or are working with organisations of all sizes. Nominees may be or have been working freelance, in salaried positions or as volunteers. Nominations for non-members of Engage are also encouraged. Nominators should be a current or ex-colleague or a representative of an organisation who has worked with the nominee.

How to make a nomination

Visit http://engage.org/happenings/marsh-awards-2019/ to download a Nomination Form. There are separate forms for the general Awards and for the lifetime achievement Award. Please complete the relevant form and send it to [email protected] by Monday 9 September 2018, 10:00 am

If you are nominating someone, please let them know you are doing so and consult with them about the application. With the exception of the Award for lifetime achievement, we would like to know how each nominee would like to use the award for their Continuing Professional Development. For the lifetime achievement Award, the question about how the winner would use their Award is optional. 

A nomination should take less than an hour to complete.

Judging criteria and process

Nominations should demonstrate how nominees have exceeded the expectations of their role, or previous role, by showing dedication or innovation in their work.

Judging will take place and winners informed in September. A panel of experts in gallery education along with representatives from the Marsh Christian Trust and Engage will select the winners. The Awards will be presented during the Engage International Conference in Newcastle Gateshead, 5–6 November 2019. The Award ceremony will include a description of the winners’ education work and achievements, and winners will be invited to submit a short video about their work to screen. For the lifetime achievement Award, Engage can offer to help with the film or visual presentation. UK winners will be offered travel expenses (up to £165) to attend the Awards event, dinner and a complimentary day place to attend Conference on the day of the ceremony or the following day. The international winner will be offered travel expenses (up to £425) to attend the Awards event, dinner and a complimentary day place to attend Conference on the day of the ceremony or the following day.

If you have any queries please contact Louise Rutledge, Communications Officer, Engage: [email protected] / 020 7729 5858.

Engage is committed to equality of access. Should you need nomination details in another format please contact Engage on 020 7729 5858 / [email protected]

About the Marsh Awards

The Marsh Christian Trust was founded in 1981 as a grant-making body. The trust runs an Awards scheme of some 80 Awards run in partnership with organisations across the fields of the Arts, Heritage, Social Welfare and Conservation. The trust works in partnership with organisations, such as Engage, to identify the best candidates and deliver these Awards. The Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education were launched in 2011 as an annual award to recognise those working in Gallery Education who have shown dedication or innovation in their work. 

About Engage

Engage is the lead advocacy and training network for gallery education. We support arts educators, organisations and artists to work together with communities in dynamic, open exchanges that give everyone the opportunity to learn and benefit from the arts.

Engage is an Arts Council England Sector Support Organisation, receives Open Project National Lottery funding through Creative Scotland and project funding from the Arts Council of Wales.

Phone number for further info: 020 7729 5858

Email Address for Further Info:  [email protected]

Website for Further Info: https://engage.org/happenings/marsh-awards-2019/

The Llanarth Group – Announcement

richard III redux OR Sara Beer IS/NOT Richard III

by Kaite O’Reilly and Phillip Zarrilli

has been named one of three finalists for the 2019 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Drama

The James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Drama celebrates innovative drama produced worldwide. The prize is presented annually for the best original play written in English, Scots or Gaelic and first performed by a professional company in the previous year.

The £10,000prize is open to any new work by playwrights in any country, and at any stage of their career. The accolade was launched in 2012, when Britain’s longest-running literary awards—the James Tait Black Prizes—were extended to include a category for drama.

Co-writers Kaite O’Reilly and Phillip Zarrilli are honoured that their radical, irreverent re-imagining of Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’, written for a disabled actress and from a disability perspective, has been shortlisted for this prestigious award.

‘Judges award the prize to a play that makes a significant and unique contribution to the art form and displays an original voice in theatre.’

Unique panel

The panel includes students and academics from the University of Edinburgh, representatives from the Traverse Theatre, Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Schaubuhne Theatre, Berlin, and freelance theatre director Pooja Ghai. 

‘This year’s shortlisted plays deal with some of the most pressing issues facing the world today. The innovation demonstrated by each playwright is truly astounding and I would like to congratulate each of them for being nominated for this esteemed international prize.’

Chair of the judging panel Greg WalkerRegius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at the University


 FIRST PRODUCTION and PUBLICATION: richard III redux was co-written for actress Sara Beer, directed by Phillip Zarrilli, produced by The Llanarth Group (Wales), and premiered at Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff) in March 2018 before touring throughout Wales with Arts Council of Wales funding. Further invited performances have been given at the Grenzenloskultur Festival at the Mainz Stadt Theater (Germany) in September 2018, and will be given at the Simiotica Festival at the Catalan National Theatre (Barcelona) 30 November-01 December, 2019. We are planning to remount the production in 2020. The original script was published in a collection of monologues by Kaite O’Reilly entitled, The ‘d’ Monologues, published by Oberon Books (London, 2018).

For further information: Phillip Zarrilli, Artistic Director, The Llanarth Group, Tyn y parc, Llanarth, SA47 0PB UK. www.phillipzarrilli.com. www.kaiteoreilly.com. www.thellanarthgroup.com

The Award Ceremony will take place at the Traverse Theatre on Monday, 19 August, 2019 from 16:00-17:30. The other two finalists this year include two US plays: Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris and Dance Nation by Clare Barron.The ceremony will include readings of excerpts from each of the three finalist plays, interviews with the authors, and announcement of the winning play.



The James Tait Black Memorial Prizes are literary prizes awarded for literature written in the English language. They, along with the Hawthornden, are Britain’s oldest literary awards. Based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, United Kingdom, the prizes were founded in 1919 b Mrs Janet Coats Black in memory of her late husband, James Tait Black, a partner in the publishing house of A & C Black, Ltd. Prizes are awarded in three categories: Fiction, Biography, and Drama.

Shift – Artist Residency Opportunity

Klatch 2.0: Residency Opportunity 

July 29th 2019 – August 18th 2019

Shift is pleased to support Klatch in their upcoming curatorial residency.

In their time at Shift, Klatch will be developing their own practices alongside developing curatorial skills and building relationships with other artists.

Klatch is a painters collective which focuses on contemporary painting and creative development, experimentation, curation and critical discussion.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from artists at any career stage who respond well to painting but also work within their own media – drawing, painting, installation, sound, sculpture, textiles, ceramics and video are all accepted mediums.


The residency will take place from Monday 5th August until 18th August 2019.

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Monday 29th July. Short-listed artists must be available for interviews during the week of July 30th until August 2nd.


A collective of painters are seeking artists to participate in a 2-week residency in Shift.

The residency aims to celebrate our own distinctive approaches to contemporary painting through exhibiting work that prompts critical discussion about what it means to be a painter today.

We are proposing a residency that offers artists the opportunity to engage, discuss, provoke and challenge each other within a shared space; a place to network, develop your practice in response to others, and to gain an understanding of working within an interdisciplinary environment.

We welcome artists from all disciplines to explore their practice through sharing work with others and to allow others to experience in-progress and completed works.

Shift is an exemplary space for this residency as we want to engage in a challenging environment that isn’t confined to the studio and reaches a wider audience.
Within this residency, we aim to explore how each of our practices relates to each other and reveals the different relationships that exist between contemporary practices.

To mark the end of the residency, we will put on a closing event which will display the development of all participating artists work on Friday 16th August.

How to apply

Please send us the following:

  • Example of your work, this may include 5 – 10 images or short clips from film work or sound work.
  • Up to date artists statement.
  • Artist CV.

Send your submission to [email protected] with the subject header Klatch Residency Application.

The deadline for submissions is 4pm Monday 29th July.

Hooray – The Big MaDCaff Project Launches

On 27th July at Sbectrwm in Cardiff

The first event for the South Wales Group and the whole Big MaDCaff Project will be held in The Main Hall at Sbectrwm, Bwlch Road, Fairwater Cardiff CF5 3EF between 3 and 5pm on Saturday 27th July 2019

MaDCaff is a pop-up café style open mic event showcasing the musical talents of people affected by mental illness. It was set up in response to the difficulty that many very talented musicians, dancers, poets, performers who have personal experience of mental illness face in trying to get an audience for their work. The music business, venues and organisations don’t always respond well when a performer pulls out at the last minute because their anxiety has become overwhelming. We decided on the open mic as a pressure free opportunity, nobody is named in advance publicity so there’s no pressure to attend or play, it’s totally up to how they feel on the day.

Miranda Betts, one of the MaDCaff founders, on her ukulele

Please come along and join us – admission is free but there will be an opportunity to buy some delicious cake, tea /coffee or soft drinks.

If you are interested please get in touch with us or have a look at the MaDCaff website, there’s a page all about the project and what the opportunities are for volunteers, or read the post about performing at MaDCaff, or you can Email [email protected] or call 02920 551040

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Audio Described Exhibition

‘Painting Dance’, a new collection of pictures by Carl Chapple.

The exhibition at Ffin y Parc Gallery, Llanrwst runs from September 15th to October 6th.

Audio described tours will take place on Saturday 28th September at 11am and 3pm.

This is the first of two exhibitions. Wales Millennium Centre will play host later in the year, with further details to be announced shortly.

The audio tours will also feature invaluable insights from the artist himself. The inclusion of objects such as ballet shoes, brushes, oils, and the panels that Carl paints on, will be available to touch, feel and smell, giving a sense of the artistic process. The tours will be relaxed and conversational, lasting one to one and a half hours, and will be free to attend.

Carl has been working with Newport-based, international dance company Ballet Cymru since 2016, though the project leading to the current exhibitions began in December 2018.

As artist in residence, Carl has been given free rein to attend Ballet Cymru rehearsals and public performances,
following dancers and choreographers as they explore and develop new ideas, characters and narratives, and create new productions. This access has allowed the artist a unique opportunity to get to know the company and its partners, to engage with their creativity, and to produce new and original works on paper, panel and canvas.

The exhibitions will present pictures depicting Ballet Cymru dancers and others working with the company, including participants in its Pre-Professionals Programme, involving recent dance school graduates from around the world.
The Ffin y Parc exhibition will feature predominantly small to mid-sized paintings and drawings, in oil and charcoal. Some pictures are responses to passages of dance observed in the rehearsal studio – exploring moments both of stillness and of movement – whilst others reflect more collaborative approaches, as dancers and artist work more closely together, away from rehearsal or performance settings.

Entry to the exhibitions and audio tours is free. However, for the audio tours booking is essential. To book tickets, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/carlchapple.

For more details, you can then click on Painting Dance Audio Tour. For any queries or further information, please contact Carl Chapple on 07585 907 051. Carl’s website is www.carlchapple.com.

Ffin y Parc Country House and Gallery in the Snowdonia National Park has quickly grown to become one of the most successful art galleries in Wales. The gallery is based in a lovely old Georgian house with large open rooms and hallways. Excellent home made food is available from the cafe.

The gallery is accessible from the A470 between Llanrwst and Betws y Coed with plenty of parking available on the grounds of the house. The drive to the gallery takes in the beauty of the area passing along the wide flat valley floor with steep wooded hills and occasional cliffs either side.

The gallery’s website address is welshart.net and the address is Ffin y Parc Gallery, Betws Road, Llanrwst, Conwy, LL26 0PT
The project is supported by Arts Council of Wales, and by partners Ballet Cymru, Ffin y Parc Gallery and Wales Millennium Centre.

We look forward to welcoming you!

National Theatre Wales

Access Forum Meetings

National Theatre Wales 2The Basics
Thursday 25th July, 3:30pm-5:30pm
Ty Pawb, Market Street, Wrexham

The next Access Forum will take us back to basics, covering how to make your performances accessible with BSL, Captioning and Audio Description, and how to market them to your audiences.

Confirmed speakers:

Julie Roberts BSL interpreter.  Julie interprets performances at Venue Cymru, Clwyd theatre Cymru, Theatre Severn and Oakengates theatre.

Trevor Dennis Audio Describer. Trevor Dennis has been an audio describer at Clwyd Theatr for over 20 years, alongside his role as a support teacher for visually impaired children in mainstream schools and chairman and editor of Sain Clwyd Sound, a monthly audio CD for visually impaired people in North East Wales.

Ben Tinniswood, freelance Closed Captioner. Ben provides Closed Captioning for a variety of Companies & Venues across Wales including NTW, WMC, Tin Shed, Dirty Protest & Motherlode.

Following the session, there will the opportunity to ask questions.

The invitation is open to all, so please do share far and wide with anyone who may have an interest in this subject and future forums.

Please let us know if you have any access requirements. BSL interpretation will be provided.

Those attending are welcome to participate in their language of choice, so please let us know if you have a preference. We can provide Welsh-English simultaneous translation for the event. If this is something you would like to use, please let us know.

Email [email protected] / or call 029 2035 3070


Creating Accessible productions for D/deaf communities & Safeguarding Mental Wellbeing

Tuesday August 6th

2.30 – 4.30pm
Gartholwg Learning Centre, Pontypridd


Join us at Gartholwg Learning Centre, Pontypridd, to hear from Angharad Lee (Leeway Productions) and Jamie Berry (Avant Cymru) about their experiences making accessible theatre.

Jamie will talk about how Avant Cyrmu support & safeguard the Mental Wellbeing of both Artists & participants the company works with, and the company members themselves.

Having recently conceived, directed and coproduced the groundbreaking production of The Last 5 Years, Angharad will discuss some of the challenges, discoveries and realisations she had as an artist as she moved from the initial idea to the 1st performance of this accessible musical. She will discuss the disappointments as well as the successes and welcomes questions, observations and a continued dialogue.

There will also be plenty of time for discussion and questions.

BSL Interpretation will be provided by Claire Anderson.

The Access Forum is a free event. Please let us know if you are coming by emailing [email protected].

Save the Date – Future Meeting

August 21st Chapter, Cardiff 

Wednesday 21st August 3-5pm

Details of this meeting will be sent out nearer the time.