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Book Launch at the National Assembly for Wales     

Today two books of professional scripts for children's and young people’s theatre are being launched at the National Assembly for Wales. The books are “Playing Out” a collection of eight English language scripts and “Nid ar Chwarae Bach” a collection of eight Welsh language scripts. Short extracts from some of the scripts are to be performed during the launch.

The books have been published as a result of a unique national collaboration by the eight professional theatre companies in Wales which are funded by the Arts Council of Wales to produce and perform theatre for children and young people at schools throughout Wales namely Clwyd Theatr Cymru Theatr i Bobl Ifanc, Cwmni'r Fran Wen, Theatr Powys, Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch, Theatr Gwent, Theatr Iolo, Theatr na n'Og and Spectacle Theatre. The companies bring professional and participatory theatre direct to primary and secondary schoolchildren at all four key stages of their education. During 2004-2005, the companies presented over 30 new productions and performances of those productions were attended by over 90,000 children throughout Wales.

A significant number of the books will be distributed free of charge throughout the UK and internationally to provide a valuable resource and reference work for speech and drama colleges, university and college drama and education departments, performing arts agencies, theatre companies, academics, amateur drama groups and associations and international youth and drama agencies. In addition, 75 copies of “Playing Out” will be placed in British Council libraries across the world.

Ms Hedd Vine, Development Director for Theatre in Education Wales, said, “In this the 40th anniversary of the birth of Theatre in Education, these books celebrate the commitment of the companies to professional, challenging and imaginative theatre and its role in the development of our children and young people.”

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