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Have you got the write stuff? if so, theatr y byd would like to hear from you..     

Theatr Y Byd, one of Wales¹s most innovative new writing companies, is taking up residency at the Pen & Wig, Stow Hill, Newport from January 2002. In addition to staging new works by established playwrights, the company are also keen to hear from Gwent based residents who might like to contribute material for a series of workshops. The residency is being funded by an Arts Council of Wales Lottery award.

³We are keen to hear from people who might be new to the whole business of putting on a play, as well as from writers who have already had a go,² explains Theatr Y Byd¹s artistic director Chris Morgan.

³We are going to be flexible about programming our performance nights at the Pen & Wig, partly because it be would great to slot in a brilliant script from a previously unknown writer discovered in one of our workshops!²

The first step is to contact Chris and sign up for one of the workshop sessions which are being held at the Millennium Centre, Pill, on February 1, 15, & March 8, 15 and 22.

The workshops will be held in the afternoons and evenings, depending on demand, and will be run by professional directors and actors from Theatr Y Byd¹s ensemble company.

³In some ways, we are going back to our roots,² adds Mr Morgan.

³Theatr Y Byd cut its teeth in a Cardiff pub - Dempsey¹s - with a season of short plays by Ian Rowlands. Initially, it was an outlet for Ian¹s writing, but the success of the events was such that we made theatre more informal and ³fun.² These events have since grown and become an important platform in the city for new writers and performers.

³We want to test the water over in Newport with a similar format. We want to get away from this idea that theatre is a formal social activity. We want to set up a series of events that put theatre on a par with other activities, such as live music, pub quizzes and clubs. The other side of the coin, is to present theatre as a valid creative outlet that can say something about our lives and times.²

The season will be launched on January 31 upstairs at the Pen & Wig. The first evening includes a new work from Lewis Davies, script writer for HTV Wales¹ Nuts & Bolts.

Calendar Check:
* The performance evenings at the Pen & Wig run on: January 31; Februry 14 and 28; March 7, 14, 21 and 28. Start time: 8pm. Entrance: £2.

* The writing workshops will be held at The Millennium Centre, Pill, from February 1.

*Newport based writers wishing to get involved should contact Theatr Y Byd on 029 2049 9122

* For further press information, photographs, interviews and filming please contact Penny Simpson @ PS Media on 029 2045 11 68/
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