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We are delighted to operate a new developmental programme to support the creative development of Associate Companies.

Thanks to funding from the Arts Council of Wales Pontardawe Arts Centre is delighted to operate a pilot project :- The Chrysalis Programme  – a developmental programme to support the creative development of Associate Companies. TEST

Experienced theatre maker Louise Osborn is the Creative Co-ordinator behind the Chrysalis programme.  An award winning writer and director, Louise brings her broad range of skills to this new initiative.

Louise is a dramaturge with National Theatre of Wales and has mentored many individuals and companies in the development of their practice.  As an attuned listener, questioner and observer, Louise will take artistic overview.  Working closely with the venue team she will help the Associate Companies in the identification of their developmental, organizational, structural and artistic needs.

Throughout this programme we are looking to go beyond the provision of rehearsal space and are seeking to provide optimal conditions for experimentation and the creation of new work.  We provide space, masterclasses and mentoring support to several artists determined to push the boundaries of their own creative practice.


Is the story of a middle aged man fighting his middle aged spread.  Robbie Bowman of Living Pictures, will be exploring all things to do with weight loss, fasting, diets and large blenders.  We hope to develop a piece that is funny, has a few songs and incorporates the stories of people today and their relationship with food.

We are encouraging  groups and individuals local to the theatre to take part in some of our workshops – we want to hear your stories about your relationship with food.


Emily Hinshelwood has been a long time supported of the Arts Centre, and we are delighted to offer her the opportunity to work on the development of her play Cavelle.  A vivid story told through puppetry, music and physical theatre about one man’s struggle to hold on to his sanity.  Triggered by an apparently inappropriate friendship between teacher and pupil, the play investigates taboos around friendship – and at what point is a line crossed that is unacceptable.


Two enchanting young women, Anja Conti and Laura Jeffs,  who have hit the theatre scene with a bang with their incredibly popular show Flossy and Boos Curiosity Shop are working on creating a new piece of theatre The Legendary Adventures of Litla the Brave told through puppetry, music and outrageous characters this is a deliciously dark and funny tale of love, loss and mad botanical experiments.


Catherine Jones, of Pirate Jenny Company is working with Louise as an intern on all aspects of the programme.



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