The National Theatre of Wales announced its arrival today with a press conference that was broadcast from Cardiff to the world via the internet.
The company’s Artistic Director, John McGrath, announced their first year of work which will kick off in March 2010 with Alan Harris’ A Good Night Out in the Valleys, an agenda-setting play about the Welsh Miners’ Institutes. Harris and McGrath have visited a number of these places, asking the locals about their idea of a good night out, and turning some of their repsonses into the basis of a play that will tour the Miners’ Institues throughout March.
This will be followed by Shelf Life, a collaboration between Volcano Theatre and Welsh National Opera, and a revival of The Devil Inside Himself, John Osborne’s first play, written when he was eighteen.
Later productions in their inaugral year will include The Perisans,a new version of Aeschylus’s classic play by Kaite O’Reilly and Welsh playwright Gary Owen’s exploration of the youth of Bridgend, Love Steals Us From Loneliness.
For further information visit the website NationalTheatreWales.org.