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Cardiff’s first pub theatre The Other Room nurtures new talent with Young Artists Festival

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Cardiff’s first pub theatre The Other Room, located in Porter’s, will be developing and promoting the future theatre makers of Wales during their week long Young Artists Festival 15 - 20 June.

Applications from young actors, directors and writers are currently being whittled down, and successful applicants will benefit from a week long programme of workshops, masterclasses, mentorship and professional support from key figures in the industry, including playwright Gary Owen, BBC radio producer Helen Perry, Emptage Hallett’s Gemma McAvoy, Soho Theatre’s Associate Director Nina Steiger and Casualty’s Suzanne Packer alongside The Other Room’s Artistic Director Kate Wasserberg, Executive Director Elizabeth Day and Production Manager Nicola Ireland. Topics covered will include fundraising, professional stage management, dramaturgy, casting, getting work off the ground and creating a company.

The week will culminate in the formation of five new companies assembled to produce, direct and perform five brand new ten-minute plays from five Welsh playwrights, specially commissioned by The Other Room for the festival. The playwrights are Tim Price (The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning, Teh Internet Is Serious Business), Matt Hartley (Microcosm), Kelly Jones (Winner of the Wales Drama Award 2014), Neil Bebber (Cul de Sac) and Tracy Harris (Creative Wales Award 2014/15). The young writers attached to each company will write a ten minute play in response to their experiences over the week and these will be performed on the Saturday afternoon as a series of readings.

The Other Room’s Artistic Director Kate Wasserberg comments:

“There is such a wealth of young talent in Wales, and for one week we are throwing open the doors of The Other Room to offer writers, directors and actors the opportunity to work with us on short plays by some of our most exciting playwrights.

We are actively looking for young companies to work with in the future and hope some of those collaborations might begin right here during the festival. We want to help young artists to seize the initiative, rustle up a bit of funding and support and start making work of their own. It will be an amazing week and I for one can’t wait to see what they come up with.”

The Young Artists Festival runs at The Other Room 15 – 20 June with public performances of the work on Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 June at 7.30pm. Tickets and more information will be available from www.otherroomtheatre.com and to keep updated with the festival as it happens, you can follow the team on Twitter @TORtheatre and Facebook www.facebook.com/otherroomtheatre

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