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Dateline: 18th May, 2008

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Six Dirty Directors

Where are all the emerging theatre directors in Wales?

This was a question that worried Tim Price, co-founder of cult Welsh theatre company Dirty Protest. "As it stands, there are few schemes, programmes or bursaries to get emerging directors attached to plays in our major theatre companies. They're happy to let people assist for free, and learn by osmosis, but don't seem to want invest in emerging directing talent.

"New writing has a moderately sized drum that gets banged, but new directing is completely unsupported."

Taking inspiration from the East London based new-writing company Dry Write, who launched a directors' challenge last year, Price came up with the idea of setting a challenge of their own to six key emerging directors in Wales. The result is the Dirty Director's Challenge: six directors; one play; six different takes.

"This is our way of saying to the people who run these theatres, 'You have a duty to support emerging directing talent. Come and see who they are'."

The chosen six are: Simon Harris, former artistic director of Sgript Cymru; Adele Thomas, director with the Cardiff-based company, Ruth is Stranger Than Richard; Dirty Protest's own Mared Swain; Julie Barclay from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; 3D Theatre Company's Gareth Bale, and writer/director Kit Lambert.

The play is Phil Porter's Repeat, a short, open-ended play which the six directors are free to interpret in any way they see fit so long as they abide by four rules:

1 A new line does not necessarily denote a new speaker.
2 A line does not necessarily denote a single speaker.
3 Blank spaces written into the text are to be filled in by the director.
4 All stage directions are to be strictly observed.

The Dirty Directors' Protest runs on Thursday May 29, from 8.00-3.00 @ 10 Feet Tall, 11a - 12 Church Street, Cardiff and there will be an aftershow party with DJs Carl Forecast and Huw Evans.

Dirty Protest, Paines Plough and The Rod Hall Memorial Award

Until now, Dirty Protest events have put new Welsh writers in the spotlight. Critical acclaim for the company has brought them into a new partnership with Paines Plough. Dirty Protest are hosting Paines Plough's launch of the prestigious Rod Hall Memorial Award in Cardiff on Thursday 29th May.

The winner of the award will receive representation from the Rod Hall Agency and a £5,000 commission from Paines Plough. Hosted by Dirty Protest, literary manager Pippa Ellis and Assistant director Corey McMahon will meet new and established writers at Milgi, 213 City Road, Cardiff at 4pm. Those writers wishing to attend should email dirtyprotest1@hotmail.co.uk

Calling New Writers

Dirty Protest is still looking for writers to submit part two or three of The Whole Truth which debuted at the Sherman Cymru last month. The best submissions will be taken to this year's Latitude Festival in July.

The text and a video of The Whole Truth can be found on Dirty Protest's Facebook page.

Allison Vale

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