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WORLD THEATRE DAY 2015 - a Welsh playwright’s contribution     

WORLD THEATRE DAY 2015 - a Welsh playwright’s contribution

On the 27th of March a performance as part of the Annual Around The Globe Chain Play will be webcast live from the Lark Theater New York.

As part of the World Theatre Day celebrations 15 playwrights from around the world were asked to contribute to a chain play. Amongst them, the Welsh playwright / director, Ian Rowlands.

“It was fascinating to see a play being passed from playwright to playwright across continents until it fell to me to write the penultimate contribution. Such processes are all that’s good about the web - a shared creativity across borders”

Over the past few years Rowlands has spent several periods of sabbatical in NY made possible following the receipt of an Arts Council Wales, Major Creative Wales Award in 2013. It was whilst in NY that he met the producer of the World Theatre Day project Amanda Feldman.

Also, whilst in NY, (and with the support of The Lark Theater and the directorial guidance of Daniella Topol), Rowlands wrote two plays - Biography of a Thing and Troyanne (the latter staged to acclaim by Company of Sirens at Chapter, Sept 2014).

Both plays, including essays by the Obie award winning playwright, Caridad Svich and the visiting professor of Harvard, Jerry Hunter are soon to be published as one volume - Historia by NoPasport Pres (NY).

'There are few writers who can combine an ear for the urgent and contemporary with a sense of real belonging in the epic and universal in the way that Ian Rowlands can. His writing is dirty, painful, addictive, personal, massive.' John E McGrath NThW

In addition to his periods in NY, the Creative Wales award has enabled Rowlands to develop a performance text with Jeroen van den Berg - a Dutch playwright / director.

A workshop production of their joint vision, Fragments of Journeys Towards the Horizon, funded by Arts Council Wales and the Dutch Performing Fund, will take place this coming Summer in collaboration with Theatr Harlech. This will be followed by an European touring production in 2015.

“The Creative Wales Award opened up the world to me. It was an honor to be a recipient of such a valuable award. It’s representative of all that’s good about artist facilitation. I am indebted to Arts Council Wales for their trust and faith in my work”

Rowlands can be emailed at
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Ian Rowlands
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