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National Theatre Wales
Saturday 19 March 2016
Cardiff Bay

The Big Democracy Project: The Senedd

The Big Democracy Project: The Senedd is now SOLD OUT.
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War, Debt, Education, Austerity, Immigration, Colonisation...

We are living in turbulent times, an age of transition where the established structures are buckling. Throughout the world there seems to be an air of discontentment.

To celebrate the end of the first phase of the Big Democracy Project (BDP), National Theatre Wales will be taking over the National Assembly for Wales’ Senedd and the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay, for a day of political performance and debate focusing on answering this question:

What is the most pressing issue facing Wales?

Entry is FREE, but ticketed - scroll down for more information...

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Performance & Debate

Saturday 19 March
12 - 7pm

The Discussions, with regional BDP hosts from across Wales: 12 - 2pm, The Senedd

​The Performances: 2 - 6pm, Pierhead

Come and explore democracy in a programme of free performances and debates throughout the day.

The Pierhead will play host to range of artists, including poets, filmmakers, performers, thinkers, visual artists, activists and anyone who has something to say about democracy in a full day of performances.

Hosted by previous participants of the Big Democracy Project from across Wales, we will also be curating a series of open debates, discussing a range of topics from disability & austerity, apathy and asylum, to identity and education.


Theatre, Grassroots and Activism 3:30pm - 5pm, The Senedd
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Battersea Arts Centre and Lyn Gardner (the Guardian theatre critic) will join us for a panel discussion based around the theme of Art in Democracy, part of Battersea Art Centre’s A Nation’s Theatre.

What power does theatre have to effect social change? As we witness huge shifts in society artists and activists are playing a pivotal in reflecting the hope and dreams of communities. Across the global, from the Umbrella protests in Hong Kong to Greenpeace’s Giant Polar bear to Platforms Deadline festival theatre is being used as a tool highlight and galvanise people around civil issues.

Wales has a long history with grassroots activism and community theatre, so in the age of Austerity, Globalisation and growing inequalities how will this history help shape the future in Wales and beyond.


The Assembly

What is the most pressing issue facing Wales?
6:30pm (doors open)
Please arrive in plenty of time so you can complete the Senedd security checks

The day’s events will culminate in an Assembly-style performance and debate event in the evening, in which we hope art will ignite exciting, heartfelt and powerful conversation about our political climate, in the home of the National Assembly for Wales.

Join NTW as we investigate some of the most significant political issues facing Wales today.

This event marks the end of the first phase of the Big Democracy Project. We want to use the evening to discover what people think is the most pressing issue facing Wales. National Theatre Wales will use the answer to this question as the inspiration to create a production in 2017.

Find out more about phase 1 of the Big Democracy Project


The BDP Artists

Over the last year, in the first phase of the BDP, NTW have been travelling across Wales collaborating with artists and communities, creating performances and instigating conversations around political issues that are important to us.

We created four democratically-chosen performance/debate events, suggested by groups and individuals and chosen by the public via an online vote, and collaborated with local artists to use art and performance to instigate political conversations.

In Bangor we collaborated with Martin Dawes and a group of poets and artists to explore the issue of Voter Apathy.

In Cardiff we partnered with Oasis, a community organisation that offers support for refugees, to explore questions around Asylum and Identity.

In Llandrindod Wells we joined Celf O Gwmpas to examine the effects that Austerity is having on disabled people.

In Ammanford we worked with Mess Up The Mess to create an event that asked 'what is the purpose of our education system?'

Representatives from these four regional events will come together at the Senedd to facilitate a series of discussions around their original themes.

Audience Information

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to The Big Democracy Project on Saturday 19 March.

Here you will find information about the day, including your travel, arrival, and how you can take part. You can take a look at the running order of the day here.

Please note, availability is extremely limited. If you are no longer able to attend, please email


You don’t need a physical ticket to attend, but you do need to sign up for each session here.

If you have signed up to events happening in the Senedd, please arrive in plenty of time to complete the Senedd security checks. We recommend allowing 30 minutes to get through security.

Our box office team will be on hand to greet you, check you in, and give you a handstamp so you can attend the discussions and performances.

Please be aware that once sessions are full, we will not be able to admit you to the discussion / performance, so please arrive on time.


You can come and go throughout the day as you wish, attending sessions you’ve signed up to.

Between 2pm and 7pm, there will be a variety of performances staggered across the day. While the first performance will be at 2pm, a running order will be available on the day.

The Assembly - 6.30pm (doors open)

There will be security checks in operation at the Senedd, please keep personal belongings to a minimum as all bags, belts and metal objects will need to pass through the security scanners. Please arrive in plenty of time so you can complete the Senedd security checks.


Parking is available at the following locations:

Pierhead Street
Multi Storey Car Park
Pierhead Street, CF10 4PH
Open 24 hours

Mermaid Quay
Open 24 hours
Visit for parking prices

Havannah Street
Between Techniquest &
St David’s Spa Hotel

Disabled Car Park
Disabled booking must be pre-booked at least 24 hours in advance by contacting the National Assembly. They will require details (including driver’s name, registration number, timings) along with the full Blue Badge number. On the day, the Blue Badge must be displayed at all times.


Have Your Say

We want your voice as part of the performance.

What is the most pressing issue facing Wales?

Leave us a message on 02921 253070*

*Standard rates apply

Please contact if you have any questions.

*You must be 18 years+. By leaving a message, you are giving National Theatre Wales permission to use your recording in live performance and/or communications. If you do not consent to this, please make this clear within your recording.

What is the most pressing issue facing Wales?

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