Platfform News

Platfform Year Three

There are three residencies in the mix this year; building on existing relationships and creating new partnerships that will nurture and support artists in their exploration of creating new work for and with children and young people. The emphasis this year is on making work with and for families and…drum roll please.. We’re thrilled that Gavin Porter a filmmaker and theatre maker will be resident at The Riverfront, Newport. Gavin worked for National Theatre Wales leading on the Big Democracy Project and he has also worked in various freelance roles, including as an engagement artist and theatre director.

The Creative Producer at The Riverfront Olivia Harris had this to say: 

“We are delighted to be welcoming Gavin Porter to The Riverfront and Newport as part of the Platfform project.  He is a fascinating artist with a strong and active community spirit and we’re looking forward to supporting him to bring this to bear, working with families and exploring new ideas both out in community and at The Riverfront.”

In what will be The Welfare, Ystradgynlais’ third year as a Platfform venue partner we are thrilled to announce that The Jones Collective will be taking up residence. The company is made up of designer Buddug James Jones and writer/director Jesse Briton. The collective work across art forms using real life stories, events and people to explore contemporary social issues. Their work draws inspiration from people and communities they meet, with a particular interest in working rurally to draw inspiration from the landscape and it's people. From Wynne Roberts, The Welfare’s Director:

“We are looking forward to working with the Jones Collective for the third year of our Platfform collaboration with Theatr Iolo.

Expectations from local families are high after the success of the two previous artist residency projects and we are intrigued to see how Buddug and Jess develop their production ideas from conversations with local people. At the moment I have no idea which direction they will take and that is the most exciting and intriguing aspect of their process.”

Brand new for year three is the exciting addition of Pontio, Bangor to the Platfform family. This new partnership has been designed specifically to support artists who are interested in making Welsh language or bilingual work with and for families. This residency is well under way with artist Elgan Rhys exploring the importance play has in the lives of children and adults alike, celebrating the complexities of the how, where, why, with who and what of play in our ever-busy world. Elgan is a bilingual performer, writer and creator and in his work with children he hopes to inspire fun and play, to build confidence and to ignite children's imaginations in a collaborative process as he develops original theatre for a family audience.

Pontio’s Elen Artistic Director Elen ap Robert had this to say: 

“The Platfform concept offers a unique opportunity to create a three way partnership - between artist, production company and venue - to create new work in the Welsh language for children between 4-7 years old and their families - something close to our heart here at Pontio. We look forward to seeing Elgan’s ideas flourish into a new production idea over the next few months”

From Theatr Iolo’s Chair Rebecca Gould: 

“Platfform has over the past two years offered audiences, artists and communities a wealth of incredibly creative activity to engage with. We’ve had walking tours featuring champion Unicorns, pieces on health and safety obsessed party planners, the phenomenon of teenage diaries explored and brought to life, the establishment of a whole new live art ensemble of young people experimenting with theatrical form, a brilliant new piece of spoken word theatre for teenagers and a unique exploration of how theatre can create spaces for children to navigate feelings of loss.  Year three promises to be just as exhilarating as we welcome Elgan, Gavin and The Jones Collective into this collaborative programme. We’re partnering once again with The Riverfront, Newport, The welfare Ystradgynlais; venues that have supported this ambitious and playful programme fantastically and we’re thrilled to be working with Pontio, Bangor for the first time to develop fresh, new welsh language work for families.”

Also new to the Platfform team is Theatr Iolo’s Artist Development Producer Megan Childs who will be working with all of these amazing artists and venues who share Theatr Iolo’s zeal for the creation of new work rooted in the communities from where current and new young audience members come from.

Watch this space….