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National Theatre Wales
Sunday 28 February
The Angel Hotel, Cardiff


Dirty Gifted & Welsh 2016

National Theatre Wales & Dirty Protest

National Theatre Wales and Dirty Protest are joining forces once again for the all-day English-language writing festival, Dirty Gifted & Welsh.

Join us at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff, for a jam-packed day celebrating Welsh writers, with performances, readings, debates, special guest speakers, workshops, a pub quiz and much more.

Playwright Alan Harris will eavesdrop on the day’s events, and write a play in response which will be performed that very evening, before the day closes with a Dirty Disco!

Midday ‘til late

Tickets also available to buy on the door, cash only and subject to availability



Disabled Access


Please note: Tickets cannot be purchased via the telephone box office. Tickets can also be purchased on the door, cash only and subject to availability

What's On

12 – 6pm

Scratch Space hosted by TEAM
A second space dedicated to back-to-back performances of brand new writing. 16 works in progress, hosted by Sophie McKeand and Natasha Borton.

12pm - 2pm 

Writer’s surgeries:
Book your 15 minutes below

Maggie Dunning - Arts Council Wales

Nicola Morgan - Wales Arts International

Matthew Bulgo – Dirty Protest

Simon Coates – National Theatre Wales

Workshop:  Voice and Story workshop with Anne Edyvean, Head of BBC Writersroom

Anne Adyvean started as an actor and director in Community Theatre in East London. She then became a BBC Radio Drama Producer and Director, with a focus on Youth Drama and Features. Since that time, Anne has worked between Radio and Television Drama, making singles, series and serials, including comedy, poetry and factually-based. 

Workshop: We are the Play Makers of 2016 workshop, discussion and manifesto building with Louise Osborn, Writer and Director

What is our job as theatre artists in these times? An open space discussion.  An opportunity to reflect on our work.  What work do me make as writers?  What matters in our work?  What are the conditions we need for us to make our best work? What are the difficulties we encounter?  

2pm - 3pm 

Talk and Q&A: Helen Perry, Radio Drama Producer for BBC Wales.

3pm - 4pm 

Panel Discussion: Competitions and How to Build Relationships with Theatres and Organisations with playwrights Kath Chandler, Alan Harris and Matt Hartley

4pm - 5pm

Speaker:  Bryony Lavery

Bryony Lavery’s plays include A Wedding Story, Last Easter, Her Aching Heart [Pink Paper Play of The Year 1992] Smoke, Dirt and More Light

Her play, Frozen won the TMA Best Play Award, the Eileen Anderson Central Television Award and was nominated for four Tony Awards. 

5pm: Tribes
Dean Burnett, doctor of neuroscience, comedy writer and stand-up comedian, talks tribes and introduces 9 specially commissioned short plays inspired by the topic. We’ll hear work from the following playwrights:

Catherine Dyson
Matthew Bulgo
Greg Glover
Matt Hartley
Dick Johns
Carys Jones
Lisa Parry
Kelsey Richards
Keiron Self

6:45pm: Reading: A New Hope by Mark Williams 

7.30pm: Quiz Quest the multimedia pub quiz that incorporates images, videos, music and whatnot. The theme of the quiz will be TRIBES, although you needn't know anything about tribes. Usual pub quiz protocol applies: pens, answer sheets, life changing prizes. Don't worry if you haven't got a team, we'll set you up with some other people on the night.

8.45pm: Short play by Alan Harris
Alan has been commissioned to write in response to the day’s events, as they unfold.

9pm: Dirty Disco
Grab a drink and enjoy the DJ!