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Nurturing the Artists of Tomorrow for the Audiences of Today.

Platfform was a three-year pilot programme aimed at supporting emerging artists from across the performing arts interested in making theatre for babies, children, young people and / or families.

Emerging devisers, directors, writers, musicians, poets, spoken word artists, game-makers, puppeteers, story-tellers, comedians, creative partnerships, live artists - you name it. Through Platfform, emerging artists and organisations worked across these art forms with partner venues and organisations across Wales to create theatre that speaks to young people and families and is exciting, collaborative and original. Over the last three years, artists worked on a number of creative projects and happenings with children, young people and their families, wider communities, schools and colleges, venue partners and other partner organisations from across the arts and beyond.

Through this project Theatr Iolo aimed to inspire young people, support and nurture artists interested in making interesting and high quality theatre for young and family audiences and encourage audiences to feel connected to their local arts venue. We wanted to explore and create a model of best practice through exploring new ways of working that brings together artists, venues and audiences. Platfform enabled this to happen in a meaningful, honest and collaborative way.

The emerging artists / companies selected over the last three years received:

  • Space and support from their partner organisations to develop, explore and deliver their ideas and programme of activity;

  • Support from the Associate Producer to realise their ideas and make links with the community;

  • Administrative, technical and marketing support;

  • Access to a bespoke package of R&D and training agreed;

  • Mentor support from within the company and industry practitioners.;

  • Project budget and a project fee.

Find out more about the exciting projects that came out of the Platfform programme from the selection below.


Year 1 Artists

tracy harris & paul jenkins

Find out more about how Tracy and Paul worked with The Welfare, Ystradgynlais...


anna poole

Find out more about how Anna worked with The Park and Dare in Treorchy…


ellen groves

Find out how Ellen worked with audiences at Chapter Arts Centre…


Year 2 Artists


Catherine dyson

Find out more about Catherine and The Riverfront, Newport…

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Tin shed theatre

Tin Shed Theatre worked with The Welfare in Ystradgynlais….


Year 3 Artists

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Elgan Rhys

Elgan Rhys partnership with the Pontio in Bangor…

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Gavin porter

Find out more about Gavin Porter and The Riverfront, Newport…

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The jones collective

Find out about The Jones Collective and The Welfare, Ystradgynlais