Theatr

We're back... Y'n ni nôl... CASTING!

YO!

We're sooo sorry that we've been rather absent from our Neontopia blog - both Mared and Alun have been hibernating in the recovery position since A GOOD CLEAN HEART's tour ended in October (lies - we've been spending some much-needed family time and working on S4C's Gwaith Cartref - more news to follow) BUT...

We've also been applying to the Arts Council of Wales for some funding which will allow us to research and develop an exciting new bilingual play to be written by Alun and directed by Mared... And we're really, REALLY excited to announce that we've been successful! Our enormous thanks to the lovely people at ACW and also to Wales Millennium Centre and Sherman Theatre (as well as some other awesome creatives!) for supporting our application.

TUCK will explore the world of Drag - the Drag scene in Cardiff, around the UK and beyond - as well as exploring mental health in an innovative and up-front fashion, and we're now looking for a small band of generous performers of any gender identity and ethnicity who are excited about co-creating, and are interested in the art of Drag and LGBTQI+ stories to help us create a dynamic, multilingual piece.

For the purposes of this development period we're particularly interested in performers who are either:
- fluent in more than one language (Cymraeg or any other language) 
- a proficient singer
- a proficient dancer or mover
- able to play a musical instrument to a high level

Any OR ALL (!) of the above skills would be incredibly exciting - come and play!

DATES:
EITHER
May 15-19, 2017
OR
May 22-26, 2017 (TBC, depending on availability)

LOCATION:
Cardiff

FEE:
Equity rate for workshop/rehearsals only - no travel/accommodation expenses paid

Please send a covering email along with Spotlight link or CV to Alun & Mared:
neontopiatheatre@gmail.com

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YO! (ody 'YO' yn gweithio yn Gymraeg??)

Y'n ni'n ymddiheuro'n daer fod ein blog wedi bod mor dawel dros y misoedd dwetha - mae'r ddau ohonon ni wedi bod mewn trwmgwsg dedwydd ers diwedd taith A GOOD CLEAN HEART ym mis Hydref (celwydd noeth yw hyn - y'n ni wedi bod yn treulio bach o amser gyda'n teuluoedd ac yn gweithio ar gyfres S4C Gwaith Cartref!) OND...

Ry'n ni hefyd wedi gwneud cais i Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru am arian fasai'n ein caniatau i ymchwilio a datblygu prosiect y'n ni wedi gwneud dechreuad arni - drama lwyfan ddwyieithog newydd gan Alun gaiff ei chyfarwyddo gan Mared... Ac y'n ni'n hollol, hollol gyffrous i gyhoeddi'n bod wedi bod yn llwyddiannus! Diolchiadau anferthol i (G- treiglad) CCC ac hefyd i Ganolfan Mileniwm Cymru a Theatr y Sherman (ynghyd a nifer o unigolion briliant piliant) am gefnogi'n cais ni.

Mi fydd TUCK yn archwilio byd Drag - sîn Drag Caerdydd, ar draws y DU ac oddi allan - ynghyd â darganfod ffyrdd arloesol ac onest i drafod iechyd meddwl, ac ry'n ni nawr yn chwilio am nifer o berfformwyr hael o unryw hunaniaeth rywiol, unryw hunaniaeth cenedlaethol, ac o unryw dras ethnig, fasai'n gyffrous am gyd-greu gwaith newydd, ac sydd â diddordeb mewn Drag a straeon LGBTQI+. 

Ar gyfer y cyfnod datblygu hwn mae gyda ni ddiddordeb arbennig mewn actorion a pherfformwyr sydd naill ai:
- yn siarad mwy nag un iaith yn rhugl (Cymraeg neu unryw iaith arall) 
- yn ganwr hyderus
- yn ddawnsiwr abl neu'n symudwr hyderus
- yn medru chwarae offeryn cerdd i lefel go uchel

Basai unryw un NEU BOB UN (!) o'r sgiliau uchod wir yn ddelfrydol i ni allu creu rhywbeth cyffrous - dewch i chwarae!

DYDDIADAU:
NAILL AI
Mai 15-19, 2017
NEU
Mai 22-26, 2017
(TBC, yn ddibynnol ar argaeledd)

LLEOLIAD:
Caerdydd

FFI:
Gradd Equity am weithdy/ymarferion yn unig - ni thelir costau teithio/llety

Danfonwch ebost at Alun a Mared, ynghyd a linc Spotlight link a CV:
neontopiatheatre@gmail.com

DIOLCH!

FROM A CAST PERSPECTIVE / O SAFBWYNT ACTOR

OLIVER WELLINGTON plays 'JAY'

It was great to get started with a proper good warm up today. With the show we're already beginning to establish a physical language that in specific sections lends itself to the non-naturalistic - and as I'm not the world's most natural of 'movers' anything that helps me loosen up is always a plus. 

Straight from this we played around with abstract movement sequences that we'll come back to and use parts of throughout the play. Although it's difficult at first to let yourself go (and also remember what move you just did) I bloody loved doing this, and by the end Jess (our Movement Director) makes you feel like you came up with these nice, fluid moves yourself - I now feel like the God of movement. Also it kind of helps you find the character and gives James and I a chance to play around with how we interact. And it's fun.

Then we got cracking from where we left off last rehearsal. We split up the text into James' character's monologue (HEFIN) and mine (JAY) separately at first. Alun has written parts the script (before our two characters meet for the first time) as two overlapping monologues, so Mared wanted to really go into detail with each of them first before piecing them together. 

I wondered how we'd rehearse scenes like this, and I'm glad it was done this way because I wasn't listening out for the Welsh ha it gives us a chance to focus wholly on creating the two separate worlds we're in - which is also important from an audience point of view too. There's a lot to think about - the bi-lingual aspect and the two separate/contrasting worlds of HEFIN and JAY. But it feels like it's just coming together.

Another thing to think about - and get better at *worried face* - are the 'other characters' within the piece which James and I take on. Working out their physicality, voice, gestures - everything but also making the smooth, yet clear transition back into JAY is a tricky one. But I mean, so fun - when will I ever get the chance to play a sassy, 43 year old woman from South London?

*MARED AND ALUN BEGIN HATCHING NEXT PLAY*

After we filled ourselves up on pizza for lunch we got started on scene seven, which again is constructed as two overlapping/interlinking monologues and we approached them like we did the previous one. 

Jess has a really good way of mapping out movement for us within the scenes and again makes you feel like you've done it yourself so it feels natural for us to do. I like how there's a structure and style to how we move around the stage and weirdly find it kind of freeing. 

I'm also enjoying how James is finding ways to add in his Signature Turn into each scene. Really great work haha. And this is the scene where the brothers meet in real life for the first time and as soon as we've got the lines down and I can understand (and perhaps even speak Welsh so fluently so I can tell when James has finished his line) it'll be a cracking scene to play. The awkward first meet of the brothers - it's gonna be a good'n!

The final scene of the day was scene 8 and here it was really fun to play with the abstract moves again which we have added to the top of the scene. Setting up the relationship between Jay and Hefin - Jay as the protector and Hefin as the wide-eyed naïve little brother. In fear of repeating myself it just feels like we're working through all the really nitty gritty bits for this week and really trying to nail the beats and moves and intentions, but we're not ready to play with it anymore than that just yet as I'm bound by my script. 

Must. Learn. My. Lines. 

I think that's when we'll really start moving things on. But for a second day of rehearsal we're not doing bad. Oh, and everyone is really funny. Top marks for rehearsal room banter. What more can you wish wish for from a day's work?

Oliver

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JAMES IFAN plays 'HEFIN'

Diwrnod 2 in the big brother house. 

Diwrnod arbennig llawn egni. Dechreuon ni gyda warm up gan yr hyfryd Jess (sa'i di neud unrhyw ymarfer corff ers sbel so allech chi ddychmygu be o ni fel ar ol!) Ond oedd angen neud e! Nesaf aetho ni ymlaen i neud cwpwl o symudiadau dilyniannau er mwyn ffito mewn i'r sioe. Eto, nid exactly strong point fi yw symudiadau dilyniannau, ond wnes i a Oliver ffeindio lot o stwff diddorol a cael loads o hwyl yn neud e! Ni di ffeindio be yw signature move i yn y sioe sef.....Y SPIN! Love a good spin (Gewch chi weld pan ddewch i weld y sioe).

So ar ol sefydlu y signature move, aetho ni ymlaen i Golygfa 4. Penderfynodd Mared i neud yr olygfa fel dwy monolog yn gyntaf yn lle criss-crosso nhw fel yn y script, fel bod na mwy o syniad 'da ni o beth yw taith y cymeriad yn yr olygfa. Wnaeth hyn helpu loooooaaaddds i weld y byd lle ma'r cymeriad yn byw heb poeni am edrych mas am cues gan Oliver. Wnaeth hi neud yr un peth 'da Oliver wedyn, sef rhoi nhw at ei gilydd a wedyn HWRE we had a scene! 

Ymlaen at golygfa 5, bach o brêc i fi gan fod gan Oliver monolog enfawr cyn i mi ddod mewn reit ar y diwedd.

Bach o hwyl yng Ngolygfa 6 achos dyma'r tro gyntaf ma Jay a Hefin yn siarad (with a twist!). Nol a mlaen, short and sweet, cyffrous a nerfus a llwyth o emosiynau eraill.

Amser cinio! Pizza Pronto oedd y lle i fod heddi. Oedd Magic Wraps yn good, ond weithie ti just angen pizza, know what I mean? Ac wrth gwrs doritos, fruit pastels, mini doughnuts, krispy kremes nutella doughnut a afal o tesco.....dwi'n caru bwyd! Heb hyd yn oed son am y FREE PIZZA gafon ni gan y chef. Amser cinio llwyddianus dwi'n meddwl!

*NOTE FROM THE PRODUCER - SUGGEST HEALTHIER SNACK OPTIONS*

Ymlaen at y gwaith. Golygfa 7 - wnaethon ni neud yr un peth â Golygfa 4, splito nhw lan fel monologs gyntaf cyn rhoi nhw at ei gilydd. Llawer o gyffro gan y ddau gymeriad i weld ei gilydd. Let's just say dyw'r cyfarfod cyntaf ddim cweit be oedd Hefin yn disgwyl. Eto oedd 'na llawer o arbrofi gyda help Mared a Jess a llawer o chwerthin gan fi a Oliver, mainly achos o ni wastad yn anghofio llinellau ni! 

Loads o amser i gael nhw'n berffaith, loads...

Golygfa 8, golygfa ola’r diwrnod. Ma Hefin ar fws eto. Cafon ni lot o hwyl 'da hwn. Symudiadau newydd i weithio ar gyda Jess - Hefin wastad yn edrych mas o'r ffenest ar olygfeydd Llundain, Jay yn trio stoppo fe edrych fel fool. Pawb yn hapus ac yn gyffrous, cyn i'r twist digwydd (wnai ddim sbwylo fe i chi).

Amser i fynd gartref. Lot o hwyl heddi a mae'r golygfeydd yn dod at ei gilydd. Ma'r ddou diwrnod cyntaf wedi bod yn wych. Da ni'n cael hwyl 'da pawb yn yr ystafell a ma 'na deimlad y gallen ni greu rhywbeth really arbennig dros y mis nesaf. Ma'n mynd i fod yn sioe wych, ond dal lot o waith i fynd tan y finished article. 

Ymlaen at fory!!!

James