Artists are the lifeblood of Theatr Iolo and we work with artists from a wide variety of backgrounds and at all stages of their careers, from students to experienced practitioners. We’re always happy to have a creative conversation with you, so please send us a message and we can arrange a chat over coffee.
Supporting emerging artists and companies in the field of work for young people is tremendously important to us, and an integral part of our work. Each year we assist a number of artists and companies with their work in myriad ways, from advice, mentoring, admin. and marketing assistance to full-blown co-production. Artists with whom we work regularly are our Associates, some of which are listed here.
Sarah is a freelance director specialising in devising theatre for the very young and since 2001, she has spear-headed Theatr Iolo's work for this age-range, with productions performing at theatres across the UK and to festivals in Europe including Imaginate Festival in Edinburgh. She is also Associate Artist at Polka Theatre.
Her 2010 adaptation of The Night Pirates for Theatre Hullabaloo was nominated for the Off West End Awards Best Production for Young People).
In 2011, Sarah created and directed, Imagine That! the National Theatre’s first-ever production for 2-5 year olds. She returned to create a second production for this age-group, Cupboard of Surprises, as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Sarah’s previous work for Theatr Iolo includes: Ruby Red Tells Tales, Finding Leaves for Soup, Under the Carpet and The Ugly Truth.
She has also created and directed productions for audiences ranging from 6 months to 7 years for Welsh National Opera, Barnstorm Theatre (Ireland), Sherman Cymru, and Tam Tam Theatre, and she is currently creating a new piece for Sticky Fingers Early Years Arts (Northern Ireland).
Sarah has received and been nominated for a number of prestigious awards: in 2007, she received a Creative Wales Award to research theatre for babies and toddlers; in 2008 she received a Seeding Fund Award from the European network, Small Size, to create Out of the Blue, for babies aged 6-18 months; in 2011, she was the UK’s sole nominee for the ASSITEJ Honorary President’s Award for Innovation, the highest honour that the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ) can bestow.
Gagglebabble (Lucy Rivers and Hannah McPake) fuses live music and theatre. They like tales from the wrong side of the tracks, the stranger side of life, the skeletons in the closet, bringing a vibrancy, immediacy and playful sense of dark humour to work that is innovative, immersive and vibrant and crosses boundaries between theatre and other genres. Original theatre that will leave you gagging for more!
We originally supported the first development of The Bloody Ballad of Mary Maid through our Emergent Artist scheme in 2010, and were subsequently able to support its initial tour and produce a showcase week of the revamped The Bloody Ballad featuring Mary and The Missin’ Fingers in Sherman Cymru in 2012. In Summer 2013, we co-produced their second tour and Edinburgh Fringe 2013 performances at the Assembly Roxy.
We have also supported the research and development of a new show, The Strange Disappearance of a Lady Parachutist, and the first performances of Apparitions of Spirits with the Forsyth Sisters, in Cardiff’s Norwegian Church over Hallowe’en 2013.
Run Ragged was founded by Jem Treays and creates intelligent, layered and vibrant dance theatre for family audiences. We co-produced their first production, Out of the Box in 2012 and are delighted to support Anachronopete: The First Time Machine in 2014, an exploration of Jem’s great-great-grandfather, the author and playwright Enrique Gaspar.
Invisible Ink is a new collaboration between writer Alan Harris and director Sita Calvert-Ennals that is driven by the audience experience and with clear storytelling at its core. We originally supported their research and development of a new adaptation of Angela Carter’s The Magic Toyshop and will be co-producing the production’s first run at Chapter in May 2014.