National Theatre Wales has announced two major new projects, inspired by the Port Talbot steelworks and the birth of the National Health Service.
NTW will return to Port Talbot, where it staged The Passion in 2011, for We’re Still Here, based on the town’s steelworks and the community that is built around them.
Created with site-specific theatre company Common Wealth and written by Rachel Trezise, We’re Still Here is a response to the threats faced by the steelworkers in Port Talbot.
NTW artistic director Kully Thiarai said: “The community of Port Talbot embraced us wholeheartedly and participated fully in the extraordinary event that was The Passion. We are delighted to be returning to the town this year, with a brand new production tackling a hugely important local, national and global issue, as told to us by that same community.”
It will take place in September.
NTW has also announced a second new project that will be staged to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, in 2018. The company is calling on the people of Wales to share their stories of the impact the NHS has had on their lives, for a series of seven live and digital productions made across Wales.
NHS70 will be led by Lisa Heledd Jones and Marcus Romer, with Thiarai directing at least one of the seven shows.