After the successful run of its festive production “Last Christmas”, Cardiff theatre company Dirty Protest has wasted no time in launching its first project of 2013, which will see seven writers team up with Wales’ international visual arts prize, Artes Mundi.
The seven writers have each been assigned an artist who was shortlisted for the £40,000 prize, and have been challenged to write short plays based on the entrants using anything in the artist’s rooms to inspire their work.
The results will be performed to audiences at a special lunchtime performance at the National Museum Wales on Thursday January 10, and two evening performances at Porter’s Bar on Bute Terrace the same evening,.
The writers taking part include the winner of last year’s Wales Drama Award, Katherine Chandler, who has been paired with artist Miriam Backstrom, and film director Meredydd Barker who will be taking inspiration for his piece from artist Phil Collins’ photographic piece.
Meredydd said: “Calve is simply an attempt at creating a backstory to some of the photographs. The first draft was written while viewing the installation. It has subsequently taken on a life of its own.”
Audiences will also see new plays from Tom Wentworth who has the artist Sheela Gowda, Michael Waters whose play is inspired by the artist Darius Miksys, Lotty Talbutt whose artist was prize-winner Teresa Margolles, Andy Evans who was given Tania Bruguera, and Heledd Wyn who had the artist Apolonija Sustersic.
All the plays will be performed by professional actors and directed by Catherine Paskell and Matthew Bulgo at Porter’s cinema room and the National Museum lobby.
Matthew Bulgo, who wrote Dirty Protest’s previous production “Last Christmas”, said: “This is a great chance for the writers to be inspired by art and be challenged to write something different. When Artes Mundi asked us to put together an afternoon performance for their lunchtime sessions we were really excited to gather together some of Wales’ best and up-and-coming writing talent.
“We asked the writers not to focus too much on the artist’s background and biographies but to focus on the exhibits to see what inspires them to create a great short play.”
Dirty Protest Presents…Artes Mundi will be performed on Thurday January 10 at Porter’s Bar at 7.30pm and 9pm. Tickets cost £5 in advance. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Artes Mundi exhibition at the National Museum Wales runs until January 13.