Playhouse is a national collaboration between Theatre Royal Plymouth, Birmingham Rep and York Theatre Royal and Theatr Iolo. They all work together to commission professional playwrights each year to write short plays specifically for large casts of young people aged 8 to 11 years to perform. There will be up to five festivals performing the new plays across the UK. Previous writer’s include Julia Donaldson, Mike Kenny, David Wood and Philip Ridley.
Each theatre works with schools in their city and supports the development of the teacher as a director. Theatr Iolo will work with a different Welsh theatre each year. The project is launched with representatives from all schools coming together for a two-day retreat with the writers in March. Following the retreat, the teachers then return to school to rehearse the play with professional development opportunities throughout and the class perform their plays in July.
Theatr Iolo is currently in the process of commissioning a new Welsh Language play for the project. We are partnering with the Park and Dare Theatre in Treorchy to work with local schools in the area to deliver the project in 2020.
Theatr Iolo teamed up with The Riverfront, Newport to run a pilot Playhouse Festival programme in Autumn 2018 and worked with five Newport Schools and one Barry School. Theatr Iolo provided creative training workshops with the teachers to help them work with brand new scripts that were commissioned in the 2018 national Playhouse project.
Alway Primary School, Jubilee Park Primary and Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Teyrnon performed at The Riverfront in Newport on 6 November 2018.
Jenner Park Primary, St Josephs’s Primary and Glan Usk Primary performed at The Riverfront in Newport on 12 November 2018.
Theatr Iolo will be partnering Park and Dare Theatre in Treorchy to deliver the project in 2020 and will return to The Riverfront, Newport in 2021. Theatr Iolo is currently looking to partner a North Wales venue for the 2022 project.
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