Theatre in Wales

Amateur theatre and drama groups in Wales


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Drama Association of Wales

The Old Library
CF24 2ET
phone 029 2045 2200
fax 029 2045 2277
contact person Gary Thomas , Administrator
web site
artistic policy Founded in 1934 and a registered charity since 1973, the Association offers a wide and varied range of services to Community Drama. Among others, members include amateur and professional theatre practitioners, educationalists and playwrights.

The largest specialist Drama Lending Library in the World. Over 300,000 volumes of plays, biographies, critical works and technical theatre books including the entire Playsets and Lending collections of the former British Theatre Association. Members in the UK, Europe and worldwide are served by return of post from Cardiff.

Gary Thomas

Teresa Hennessy
Member Services Officer

Leon Searle
Member Services Assistant
other notes As well as having an extensive library resource at its core, DAW organises theatre festivals, training courses in theatre skills and offers opportunities for new writing for the theatre through its annual playwriting competition and script reading service.

DAW uniquely, operates at the interface between the amateur and the professional and encourages co-operation between them. This produces benefits to both partners and improves the health of drama in Wales and the UK as a whole.

Much of the work of the organisation is concerned with raising the profile of Community Drama and lobbying of regional, national and UK organisations to ensure that community theatre is kept on the agenda. The Association is a strong supporter of the work of the Voluntary Arts Network and values the interface with other national umbrella bodies at UK level. Through its membership of the Central Council for Amateur Theatre, DAW makes representations to the UK national Arts Councils, Theatres Advisory Council and HM Government.




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