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National Theatre Wales and Welsh playwrights commit to working together following representation row

NTW artistic director Kully Thiarai thanked those who attended the meeting for engaging in a 'brave, constructive, honest, complex conversation'. Photo: AD Photography
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National Theatre Wales has promised to engage in a “constructive dialogue” with the Welsh playwrights who recently attacked the company with claims they were being undermined.

NTW met a group of theatremakers last week in an attempt to rebuild their relationship following the accusations, which claimed NTW was abandoning its “theatrical identity and even its nationality” by giving precedence non-Welsh artists and companies.

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A joint statement described the meeting as an “honest, brave and complex conversation”, and said: “[The meeting was] the first of what we hope will be an ongoing and constructive dialogue.”

NTW’s artistic director Kully Thiarai also tweeted: “Heartfelt thanks to those able to attend the meeting today @NTWtweets for a really brave, constructive, honest, complex conversation. A great start to moving forward, together.”

The meeting came two weeks after more than 40 individuals signed an open letter to NTW, the country’s national English-speaking theatre company, demanding that it prioritise supporting home-grown talent.

Their pleas were later backed by Equity and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, whose chair of the Welsh branch, William Gwyn, said the letter represented “further proof that it’s high time for a national debate in Wales about cultural identity and how it is portrayed in our theatres”.

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