Our story

Theatr Iolo was formed in 1987 by a group of theatre practitioners. Originally established as a theatre-in-education company, over the past 26 years we have created over 80 productions and played to over 300,000 children and young people. We have employed over 300 artists and each year we support emerging artists and companies with their forays into work for audiences young and old. 

After being awarded the Arts Council of Wales's Beacon Award in 2008, recognising the company's status as Wales's leading theatre company for children and young people, in 2010 our remit changed, and we now tour to venues across Wales, the UK and internationally. We were the first Welsh theatre company to perform at the Unicorn Theatre in London with Under the Carpet in 2009. We have performed three times at the prestigious Imaginate Festival in Edinburgh and won the Best Show for Children and Young People for Bison and Sons in the 2005 Tron Awards. We have performed at festivals in Finland, Austria, Belgium, Russia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Germany and Korea with invitations to Cameroon, New Zealand, Singapore, Poland, Canada and the United States of America.

Our first production following our relaunch in 2010, Grimm Tales, toured to 24 venues across the UK with a three-week residency at the Polka Theatre London. It won the inaugural Best Play for Children and Young People at the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards 2013 and has been nominated for the OffWestEnd.com Best Play for Young People Award 2014. We are delighted that it has been invited to the Tron Theatre, Glasgow as part of the cultural celebrations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Our Associate Company, Gagglebabble, took the Edinburgh Fringe 2013 by storm for their cult hit and co-production with us, The Bloody Ballad feat. Mary and the Missin' Fingers, winning three awards: Best Music and Best Musical in the Musical Theatre Network Awards and the Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Award. Supporting artists in Wales to create the best of work for young audiences is an integral part of our vision.

As we look to the future, Theatr Iolo has formed a new partnership with Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff and we look forward to producing and programming work at our new home base. In 2014, we are delighted to be part of the Dylan Thomas 100 Centenary Festival with our production of Adventures in the Skin Trade

If you are new to our work, welcome. To old friends, we welcome you back to our new website and hope that you will continue to enjoy our work.