National Theatre Wales to celebrate 70th birthday of the NHS in 2018 season

National Theatre Wales is to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS next year as part of its 2018 season
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Kully Thiarai has announced her first full season as artistic director of National Theatre Wales, which includes a month long festival marking the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

The festival will feature a series of productions and performances to take place across the country, which includes Splish Splash, made with Oily Cart and Touch, made with Migrations.

Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes have been announced the company’s first associate artists. The Storm Cycle, created by Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes, is a series of six productions that will feature in the theatre’s upcoming season.

All six are created, designed and directed by Pearson and Brookes, and will be staged across Wales, exploring themes of truth and testimony. The Storm Cycle will culminate in a single production to mark NTW’s 10th anniversary in 2020.

The season will also include a co-production of Sisters with Junoon, created by Thiarai, Sameera Iyengar and other female artists of Indian heritage. The production is connected to India Wales, which marks the UK-India year of culture, and is directed by Thiarai.

English, co-produced with Quarantine, will take place as part of Festival of Voice Cardiff next year.

Louise Wallwein’s The Tide Whisperer, directed by Thiarai and designed by Camilla Clark will also be performed in Tenby next year as an “immersive experience.”

Thiarai said: “It is really exciting and a privilege to be able to make work that speaks to our ambitions as a company and our relationship with the country of Wales. The NHS70 festival is our centrepiece of the whole season, a love letter to the biggest idea to come out of Wales, and it is celebrating the NHS as a Welsh glory. It came out of a time of great adversity and we wanted to reclaim it for the nation.”

Season at a glance:

Storm.1: Nothing Remains the Same by Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes

Directed by Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes
February 15 to 17
Pafiliwn Bont, Pontrhydfendigaid, Ceredigion

Storm.2: Things Come Apart by Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes

Directed by Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes
March 21 to 24
The Tabernacl Church, Cardiff city centre

Sisters by Kully Thiarai, Sameera Iyengar and other Asian female artists

Co-produced with Junoon
Directed by Kully Thiarai
April 20
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

English by NTW and Quarantine

Co-produced with Quarantine
June 2018
Dance House, Cardiff

Splish Splash by NTW and Oily Cart

July 2018

Touch by NTW and Migrations

July 2018
North Wales

Laughter is the Best Medicine

July 2018
The Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen.

The Tide Whisperer by Louise Wallwein

Directed by Kully Thiarai
September 2018
Tenby, Pembrokeshire