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Theatre, dance and performance news 2001

Welsh performance News 2001

We have been scouring the media, and keeping our noses to the ground , for news stories related to welsh theatre dance and performance.
Below are the 119 main stories for 2001 in our archive

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Have you got the write stuff? if so, theatr y byd would like to hear from you..
13 December 2001
Theatr Y Byd, one of Walesıs most innovative new writing companies, is taking up residency at the Pen & Wig, Stow Hill, Newport from January 2002.
Millennium Centre will cost £37m'
07 December 2001
THE Wales Millennium Centre is likely to get the final go-ahead later this month, but some AMs are furious that £25m of public money will be spent without a democratic vote.
Rebel voice in Aberystwyth
03 December 2001
Welsh veteran screen and stage actor Kenneth Griffith will deliver the annual lecture of the newly-launched National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales at Aberystwyth on December 5 2001.
A tribute to the life of Graham Laker, who died on Wednesday night.....
30 November 2001
The untimely death of Graham Laker has robbed the Welsh theatre of a gifted director, an incisive and brave critic and a talented and popular lecturer.
Is the welsh cultural strategy 'too vague'?
28 November 2001
Welsh culture minister Jenny Randerson has finally unveiled her cultural strategy for the nation, to mixed reaction from an arts community that fears the document lacks clear-cut priorities.
The Sherman Theatre's new youth director sets out his stall...
27 November 2001
PHILLIP MACKENZIE would like all young people to experience theatre. He has just been appointed director of youth at Cardiff's Sherman Theatre and is now busy devising his wish list.
National Assembly has more questions to ask on the CVA
23 November 2001
SOME of the most high-profile figures in the arts in Wales will be hauled before the National Assembly's audit committee to explain the millions of pounds of public money wasted on the Centre for Visual Arts in Cardiff.
RAW Nights at Dempsey's return.....
22 November 2001
The welcome return of Raw nights at Dempsey's Irish Bar, Cardiff
Outstanmding success for WCMD at Linbury
20 November 2001
Welsh College of Music and Drama (WCMD) Design gradute, Max Jones, is this years runner up of the prestigious Linbury Prize
Executive Summary of the Auditor General for Wales's report on the Centre for Visual Arts
16 November 2001
The official summary of the damning report on the role of the ACW in the ill-fated Centre for Visual Arts
Arts Council slated over failure of centre
15 November 2001
THE Arts Council of Wales is condemned today for its handling of the disastrous Centre for Visual Arts in Cardiff which wasted millions of pounds of public money.
Welsh arts centre 'a tacky design hell'
15 November 2001
Arts Council rebuked for ill-conceived £9m project
Plaid to request urgent statement from Culture Minister on Arts Council
15 November 2001
Owen John Thomas AM, Shadow Culture Minister is to request a statement from the Assembly’s Culture Minister on how the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) will address the damning criticisms in the Auditor General for Wales’ report on its role in developing the Centre for Visual Arts in Cardiff (CVA).
Arts chiefs 'missed' centre warnings
15 November 2001
The Arts Council of Wales has been accused of completely mismanaging its largest ever lottery grant, which was used to create the doomed Centre for Visual Arts.
Physical Theatre for the 21st Century
14 November 2001
Press statement by ACW on the Centre for Visual Arts
14 November 2001
The text of the statement issued by ACW as a result of the damning report on the CVA
Text Destination in Performance
14 November 2001
A two day course in Chapter, under the guidance of Firenza Guidi
India Dance Wales's tours Tempest
12 November 2001
East meets West when India Dance Wales combines Shakespearen drama with classic Indian dance.
The James family rides to the support of Theatr Mwldan
12 November 2001
FOLLOWING the recent news that the Theatr Mwldan development project is now going ahead, Cardigan's James family are to launch a major fundraising drive at the venue.
Jenny Randerson, Culture Minister, reports to the National Assembly
07 November 2001
A summary of the activities of the Culture Secretary over the past few weeks, with repoerts on the New York festival , CTC's mobile theatre and ACW's restructuring.
ACW consults on its future stratregy and funding schemes
07 November 2001
The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) invites views and suggestions from the general public on its future strategy and funding schemes which will be introduced from April 2002.
How many plays were commissioned in Wales last year?
06 November 2001
The Writers' Guild is gathering information about the number of plays commissioned in Wales during the period of April 2000 - April 2001
A Plan for Wales?
04 November 2001
Extracts from the National Assembly's aspirational document setting out its hopes for the cultural economy of Wales to the year 2010
A big increase in funding ahead for the Arts Council of Wales...
03 November 2001
The National Assembly is set to discuss a majot increase in the funding for the ACW when it meets on November 7th
Small World Theatre embark on a new project
01 November 2001
Small World Theatre(SWT) have received £53,000 from Community Fund to work for two years with children in secondary and primary schools to help them relate their personal experiences to those of people who have been forced to flee their homes and their countries because of persecution, war and other threats to their safety.
Cultural Tourism Headlines at Arts Council of Wales Marketing Symposium
01 November 2001
Following the success of last year’s event, the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) this year focuses on cultural tourism as it organises another one-day symposium for anyone working in the arts sector in Wales at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon on Tuesday 13 November 2001.
Theatre grants announced by the ACW today
30 October 2001
The ACW has announced the latest grants and awards from it Lottery unit today
Theatre venues in Wales need an extra £50 million
26 October 2001
AROUND £50m needs to be injected into the arts in Wales if the industry is to thrive, according to an audit of performing arts venues.
Swansea Community Writer’s Scheme
25 October 2001
Sgript Cymru, the national new writing company for Wales, has recently appointed the second of three Community Writers as part of their Arts Council of Wales Lottery funded Community Writers’ scheme.
Opportunities for writers at WCMD
24 October 2001
The Welsh College of Music and Drama in collaboration with Media Skills Wales and Sgrn are seeking writers to produce scripts for 3 x 10 minute shorts which will be filmed on location on 35mm in January and February 2002.
WAPA wins Barclays Stage Award
23 October 2001
WAPA awarded 'outstanding achievement award'
Minister attacks elitism in the arts
22 October 2001
Culture minister Kim Howells has made a scathing attack on the arts establishment in Wales.
Sgript Cymru Surgeries in Swansea
22 October 2001
Sgript Cymru in association with the Department of Adult Continuing Education at the University of Wales Swansea will be running individual script surgeries for new writers
Randerson brings new confidence to the arts
18 October 2001
Jenny Randerson looks back over her first 12 months as Culture Minister, and forwards to the future....
Clwyd Theatre Cymru rejected again?
17 October 2001
It appears that Clwyd Theatre Cymru (CTC) have yet again been refused funding for their mobile touring theatre
Spectacle Theatre wins a major award
17 October 2001
Spectacle Theatre in conjunction with the Rhondda Cynon Taff Youth Theatre has this week been awarded a Youth Work in Wales Excellence Award for its Summer 2001 production 'Just Desserts'.
Hijinx Theatre wins two awards
16 October 2001
Following the disastrous effects of a flooded office in July, Cardiff Bay based Hijinx Theatre has received a well-deserved boost from two seperate award schemes.
Arts Council for Wales sets out action plan to regain credibility following damning report
16 October 2001
THE Arts Council for Wales has set out its action plan in a bid to regain some of the credibility lost with the publishing of a controversial report into its shortcomings.
Open letter to Jenny Randerson from Guy Roderick
14 October 2001
Jenny Randerson outlines development of performing arts in Wales
13 October 2001
Culture Minister Jenny Randerson today (5.10.2001) set out her vision for the development of performing arts in Wales over the next five years. Addressing A Kick Up The Arts, a conference on the future of performing arts in Wales the Minister spoke about her Culture strategy ‘A Platform for Fulfilment’ in relation to the Performing Arts.
Diversions Dance audition
13 October 2001
Diversions, the Dance Company of Wales, is launching a scheme to develop the very best young dancers in South Wales
The Birthday Party in Cardiff
12 October 2001
Welsh College of Music and Drama (WCMD) will be presenting Harold Pinters The Birthday Party on 23 October-26 October, after which it goes on tour to the Town Hall Studio Theatre, Galway, Ireland on 29 October
CULTURE-MATCH - Bringing culture and opportunities together
12 October 2001
EUCLID, the UK's leading provider of European and international information for the cultural sector and the official UK Cultural Contact Point, announces the preview of Culture-Match,
Money is power, poverty is ruin.
10 October 2001
Welsh College of Music and Drama (WCMD) will be presenting its version of Moll Flanders on 26 October to 3 November in the Bute Theatre
BBC Wales drops its only televised arts programme
10 October 2001
BBC Wales has axed Double Yellow , its only arts programme, half way through its second series
A Kick up the Arts
10 October 2001
Dave Newland (Valleys Arts Marketing) reports on the day's discussions....
Report on 'A Kick up the Arts'
09 October 2001
ACW `will change where change is needed'
WCMD Show Goes up in Smoke
09 October 2001
Welsh College of Music and Drama (WCMD) will be presenting Max Frischs The Fire Raisers on 26 October - 3 November at 7:30pm in the S4C Studio.
Welsh performances in New York
09 October 2001
Thanks to Wales Arts International (WAI), a partnership between the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) and the British Council, artists from Wales are set to take part in a two-week festival in New York from 14 - 28 October 2001.
A Kick up The Arts
05 October 2001
Details of the finalised speakers and sessions are now available
Sgript Xplosure! 4 @ Chapter
04 October 2001
Report by Bill Hopkinson, Sgript Cymru’s Literary Manager.
Lliwiau Rhyddid
04 October 2001
Yn ystod mis Hydref bydd cyfle arall i weld cynhyrchiad LLIWIAU RHYDDID. [BARA CAWS ar y cyd â’r Academi a Chywaith Cymru ]
Sgript Xplosure! 4 @ Chapter – Saturday’s events
28 September 2001
Xplosure! ends this Saturday with a reading of “King of The Jungle” by Swansea-born playwright, Stuart Allen.
Theatre Powys to rise like a phoenix from the ashes?
28 September 2001
Theatr Powys's Llandrdindod Wells base, destroyed by fire a year ago looks likely to be replaced by a centre of excellence for theatre costing more than £500,000.
Familiar faces in the Torch's Shop of Horrors....
27 September 2001
Rehearsals started this week for The Torch Theatre Company’s production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.
Fishamble announces “Summer in the City” play competition
26 September 2001
New Play Competition in association with Temple Bar Properties, Dublin
Sgript Xplosure! 4 @ Chapter – Friday’s events
26 September 2001
Details of the second day's events at Sgript Explosue!4
Sgript Explosure 4 - thursday's events
24 September 2001
Details of the first day's events and activities in Script Explosure 4
Cross-border touring made 'easier'
24 September 2001
Arts organisations should find UK touring easier after Britain's four Arts Councils announced a new approach to funding tours.
Discover - Develop - Produce
21 September 2001
Michael Kelligan reports on Sgript Cymru's ''Setting The Stage for Tomorrow' in Cardiff
Setting the Stage for Tommorow
21 September 2001
Simon Harris reports on Sgript Cymru's event in Cardiff Bay
Ill Met by Moonight
20 September 2001
From September to December, 2001 Hijinx Theatre will be touring their new production of Ill Met By Moonlight, written by Charles Way.
RIBA award for Aberystwyth Arts Centre
20 September 2001
Aberystwyth Arts Centre has been awarded a prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects Award in this years Award Scheme - one of only two buildings in Wales to receive an award.
CPR On Tour Kabuki workshop
17 September 2001
The Aberystwyth based Centre for Performance Research (CPR) is presenting a performance, lecture-demonstration and workshop by the Japanese company HISAGOKAI on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September 2001
17 September 2001
As the technological possibilities for entertaining and communicating proliferate, is there still a role for the low-tech medium of theatre and does the writer belong in this brave new world?
Cystadleuaeth Adolygu y Cymro
17 September 2001
Mae Theatr Gwynedd a’r Cymro ar y cyd wedi penderfynu rhedeg cystadleuaeth ADOLYGU i gyd-redeg a’r ddrama DYNES DDELA’ LEENANE
Bawdy classic romps again
17 September 2001
Steel Wasp Theatre Company is preparing to tour Wales with Moll Flanders but it will also perform for two nights at the 500-seater Blooms-bury Theatre in London.
New artistic director for Theatr Gwynedd
12 September 2001
Theatr Gwynedd have announced that Ian Rowlands has been appointed as new Artistic Director of Cwmni Theatr Gwynedd.
Arts Council of Wales appoints New Deputy Chief Executive
30 August 2001
The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) has announced the appointment of Frances Medley as its New Deputy Chief Executive
Figures In A Landscape
30 August 2001
The last three weeks have been a highly creative and exciting time for thirty young people in Pembrokeshire. They have all been involved in the first Pembrokeshire Summer Drama School.
Scripting the future in Clwyd
23 August 2001
Sgript Cymru, the national new writing company for Wales, has recently appointed of the first of three Community Writers as part of their Arts Council of Wales Lottery funded Community Writers’ scheme
Community Writer appointed
21 August 2001
Sgript Cymru, the new writing company for Wales, has appointed the first of three community writers as part of its Arts Council of Wales Lottery-funded Community Writers Forum.
Theatre 2001 - metrocentric or what?
16 August 2001
Wales leading performing arts organisations are preparing a large-scale conference this autumn to counter what they are claiming was the English bias of Theatre 2001.
Have laptop - will travel
12 August 2001
Frustrated by the absence of a regular outlet for his writing in the traditional print media, DAVID ADAMS, Wales's longest-established fulltime theatre critic, has decided to hire himself out.
10 August 2001
Cyhoeddodd Cyfle ei fod yn sefydlu Ysgoloriaeth Actio Cyfle fydd yn fodd i ddatblygu doniau’r genhedlaeth nesaf o actorion ifanc
Ble mae'r theatr eleni?
05 August 2001
Mae Cymdeithas Theatr Cymru wedi beirniadu'r Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yn hallt am y diffyg sylw unwaith yn rhagor eleni yn Rhaglen yr Eisteddfod i'r ddrama
Lack Of Funding Will Drive Talent Away, Says Theatre Director
05 August 2001
A LEADING theatre director has warned that the country’s brightest stars will work in England or abroad if more money was not provided to secure grassroots arts projects.
The Eisteddfod drama commission 2001
04 August 2001
Y Gymraes present 'Mab'at the National Eisteddfod 2001
The other side of Ivor Novello...
02 August 2001
Theatr y Byd will be exploring his life during a new production, Inside Out - A Portrait of Ivor Novello.
New chief ready for the challenges ahead of him
01 August 2001
Peter Tyndall is the first to admit that his new job as chief executive of the Arts Council of Wales will be a challenge.
Theatr Clwyd wins Barclays sponsorship...again
31 July 2001
Clwyd Theatr Cymru is the only company in Wales to receive sponsorship from Barclays Stage Partners - and has now received funding twice.
Arts Council of Wales gets a new chief executive
23 July 2001
After more than 18 months without a permanent leader the ACW has decided to appoint Peter Tyndall, formerly of the Welsh Local Government Association, to the top position..
Venue 13 - Welsh College of Music and Drama at the Edinburgh Festival 2001
09 July 2001
Once again the Welsh College of Music and Drama are running their own venue at the Festival, with a full programme of performances
Eddie Ladd moves in to virtual performance space!
03 July 2001
One of Wales's most successful multi-media performers has been awarded a 2-year NESTA [National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts ] Fellowship of £69,000 to develop her talent primarily within the medium of the web.
Partnership And Collaboration Essential In A Changing World
29 June 2001
Joanna Weston The Western Mail 29/06/2000
Clwyd Theatr Cymru's school performances threatened
28 June 2001
THE future of Clwyd Theatr Cymru's mobile theatre could be in doubt if the Arts Council of Wales does not provide further funding.
New Arts body on the cards - BBC Wales news item on the future of the Arts Council of Wales
28 June 2001
A radical plan for a new body to promote arts, culture and sport in Wales will be discussed in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
WNO Bids For Aid Package
31 May 2001
Welsh National Opera general director Anthony Freud has pitched a bid for 1.7 million in stabilisation cash, claiming that the organisation on its present basis is not viable.
The Czech's in the post
25 May 2001
Top jobs at ACW finally advertised
17 May 2001
At long last the job adverts for the Chief Executive and the new post of deputy Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Wales have been advertised.
Wales Millenium Centre re-assures the Assembly
16 May 2001
The Wales Millenium Centre passed yesterday with flying colours one of the crucial tests it has been set by the Assembly.
Wales Millenium Centre publish their busniness plan
12 May 2001
WMC have submitted detials to the National Assembly of how they see themselves sustaining the centre
Audit of Arts venues in wales announced
07 May 2001
Culture minister Jenny Randerson will today announce that the Arts Council of Wales will be undertaking an audit of arts venues throughout Wales.
Arts venues in Wales to be audited
07 May 2001
Following extensive lobbying every arts venue in Wales is to come under close scrutiny - to make sure they are not overshadowed by the new Wales Millenium Centre.
Cardiff's City of Culture bid comes under attack
07 May 2001
Cardiff's bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2008 has come under fire from the council's own consultants.

03 May 2001
The chief executive of Wales Millennium Centre, Kathryn McDowell, has resigned to take up a new post in London.
One Voice Festival at Chapter Arts Centre
03 May 2001
Michael Kelligan looks back on the events of the day
Re-advertisement of drama grant schemes for 2001-2
02 May 2001
The Arts Council of Wales has decided to re-advertise two drama schemes offering further opportunities for funding during 2001-2:
Creu Cymru touring agency is launched
12 April 2001
Tuesday 10 April saw the launch of a brand new agency to promote touring of drama, music and dance in Wales. Based in Aberystwyth, Creu Cymru, meaning Creative Wales, will act as a liaison between theatres and arts centres across Wales and the performing companies appearing at these venues.
Chapter director looses libel action appeal
12 April 2001
The National Assembly
11 April 2001
The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) welcomes the National Assembly's announcement to step-up its financial support for the arts throughout Wales,T
National Assembly repsnds to ACW's 'balanced funding'
11 April 2001
The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) welcomes the National Assembly's announcement to step-up its financial support for the arts throughout Wales, in response to ACW's call for investment in the arts across Wales as a balance to the revenue support for the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC).
Wrexham to get a brand new theatre
06 April 2001
Wrexham is to get a brand new theatre following a decision by the Arts Council of Wales (ACW).
Edwina Hart Statement on the future of the Wales Millennium Centre
05 April 2001
The Culture Minister at the National Assembly
Arts Council of Wales try again to find a new Chief executive
04 April 2001
Council members of the Arts Ciounci of wales at their meeting last friday (march30 2001) received a revised job description for the post of Chief Executive.
Millenium Centre to get the go-ahead (at last...)
03 April 2001
The Wales Millennium Centre is almost certainly to be given the go-ahead in a matter of weeks.
28 March 2001
Response by the Minister for Culture, Sport and the Welsh Language
Creu Cymru get involved in the Millenium Centre debate
28 March 2001
Theatre managers in Wales have written to the Welsh Assembly to voice concerns about the viability of a proposed new showcase for the arts.
Final cost of the Wales Milenium Centre revealed
26 March 2001
THE final cost of the Wales Millennium Arts Centre has been fixed at £92m
Equity Warns Of Bleak Outlook For Welsh Theatre
23 March 2001
PERFORMERS' union Equity has issued a stark warning that if Welsh theatre does not see a rescue package similar to the one given to their English counterparts, its long-term future looks very bleak.
Equity Warns Of Bleak Outlook For Welsh Theatre
23 March 2001
PERFORMERS' union Equity has issued a stark warning that if Welsh theatre does not see a rescue package similar to the one given to their English counterparts, its long-term future looks very bleak.
21 March 2001
The performers union Equity has issued a stark warning that if theatre in Wales does not benefit from a similar rescue package to the one given to English companies by the Arts Council of England last week, then its long term future prospects are very bleak.
ELAN Wales: Creatio creative power-stations
16 March 2001
This weekend, see the launch of Creatio - creative power-stations, ELANıs new three-year transnational training and performance project.
Chapter Arts Centre
11 March 2001
response to the Welsh Arts Council's Drama Strategy
Theatre Mwldan Aims To Build New Venue
05 March 2001
A SMALL regional theatre in West Wales is hoping Objective One funding will transform it into a new cultural hub for the 21st Century.
Simon Harris writes to the Western Mail
05 March 2001
Simon Harries resp;nds to the Western mail artiocle by Ceri Sherock
Challenge Of Realising Vision For The Arts
05 March 2001
Ceri Sherlock sets out his cultural egenda for Wales
Arts World Prepares To Break Away
17 January 2001
THE arts world in Wales will formally break away from London next month when Culture Minister Jenny Randerson chairs the first meeting of a consortium of quangos that will aim to extend culture into every element of life in Wales.
Heated Exchanges Expected From Am's
16 January 2001
WHEN then National Assembly debates the A Culture in Common report today, the woman given the enormous task of putting its recommendations into practice will be listening for voices of dissent.

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