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National Theatre Wales
10-11 April 2015
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff


National Theatre Wales in association with Theatr Iolo and Run Ragged 

April 2015 sees the premier of the first full NTW production to grow out of our WalesLab programme for new theatre ideas: Transition.

Jem is 50 next year. Ella is 11. They are father and daughter.

Ella is ballet mad and has just started going en pointe. Jem is a professional, contemporary dancer and doesn’t approve.

They have always danced together on the kitchen rug.

In Transition, they explore their shifting relationship through dance, conversation and film.

Shortlisted for the Best Dance Production award at the Wales Theatre Awards 2015

Tickets: £7

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“My daughter Ella is mad on ballet and I’m a professional contemporary dancer and theatre maker. Like all dads, I think she is brilliant and casually suggested we make a show together. For a year she hassled me constantly. Transition is the outcome.

For the last few months we have been audio recording our conversations, videoing our dancing in the kitchen and observing everyday interactions - the rituals, the disagreements, the closer moments.

Onstage, a combination of past and present home video act as a backdrop to live dialogue, text and dance. By weaving together these elements in performance we are trying to capture something of our ordinary yet represent them as extra-ordinary.

Transition is a show about us now, however Ella is an 11 year old and will soon be a teenager. Since making the first draft she has grown 4 inches and I’m rapidly approaching 50.

You can’t hold back time.”

Jem Treays

Creative Team

Choreographer / Performer Jem Treays

Choreographer / Performer Ella Treays

Director Paula Crutchlow

Choreography Adviser Deborah Light

Designer Saz Moir

Sound Designer Chris Young

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager Jane Lalljee

Original Video Design John Collingswood

Video Designer Nic Finch

Project Manager Sarah Jane Leigh