Platfform || Pontio

Platfform || Pontio

Theatr Iolo’s Platfform programme is delighted to announce a new partnership with Pontio, Bangor on a Welsh language artist development project for families which will take place from September 2017 to May 2018. 

The aim of the Teulu Pontio Family strand is to present more Welsh language work for families, something which is closely aligned to Platfform’s focus for the third year of the progamme – supporting artists to create work with and for families. With this is mind we’re bringing the experience, resources and support networks of both organisations together in a condensed and focused programme of artist research and development.

This project will focus on supporting an emerging artist who wants to make Welsh language or bilingual work for and with families with children aged between 4 and 7.  

Running alongside the third year Platfform residencies in South Wales and Powys, Platfform || Pontio will take its lead from the support and spirit of exploration that has guided those residencies but will offer artists a condensed and more intense research and development framework in which to develop their ideas. After spending some time later this year getting to the know the venue and their families, artists will work on the development phase in three phases across January to May 2018. The project will then culminate in a public sharing as part of a Teulu Pontio Family day in May 2018.

Artist Call-Out.

Platfform || Pontio invites submissions from emerging artists who wish to develop a theatre/story based piece of work in Welsh or bilingually for a family audience with children aged between 4 and 7. 

What we’re looking for:

  • 'Emerging’. By this we mean at the beginning of your career with a couple of projects under your belt or emerging into the young people’s theatre market for the first time i.e. you are not at the beginning of your career but have not previously made work for a young audience”.

  • Artists with fresh and exciting ideas who show a keen desire to make original work with and for families through the medium of Welsh or bilingually.

  • Artists who are Welsh speakers.

  • Artists who are based in North Wales or who are able to show a strong commitment to this area and its communities.


What we’d like you to submit:

  • A covering letter no more than two sides of A4 letting us know about your practice, what interests you in making work with and for families with children of this age and why you feel you feel Platfform || Pontio in the opportunity you’re looking for to develop your practice.

  • A CV to include web links to previous professional work created for any audience along with two contactable referees. We would expect some of your previous work to have been delivered through the medium of Welsh or bilingually. For writers submitting examples of previous work - please send a complete script of any length in one document such as a docx or a PDF. We will accept scripts not previously produced. Please note we do not accept hard copies of your work. 

  • An outline of an initial idea (or ideas) you would like to develop and explore though Platfform || Pontio R & D and why do you feel it is particularly suitable for a family audience of this age. This document should be no more than one side of A4. Please note we are not looking for fully formed ideas at this point. Your ideas will then be discussed with you as part of the interview process.


Please submit the above to Platfform’s Welsh Language Projects Producer Megan Childs at by midday on the 4th of July. We will be in touch with all applicants by the 7th of July and interviews will take place on the 14th of July at Pontio Bangor.

What will Platffrom || Pontio offer?

The successful artist will receive a bespoke package of support that will be finalised with the Project Producer and could include the following starting in September 2017:
  • time, support and space to test, play with ideas, develop, explore and create in three blocks of three days of research and development between January 2018 culminating in a public sharing at Pontio in May 2018
  • support from the Platfform’s Welsh language Projects Producer and Pontio  staff to realise ideas and make links with families as well as technical, administrative and marketing support from both organisations

  • access to a bespoke package of training and go & see visits including access to the Teulu Pontio family strand

  • mentor support from industry practitioners

  • a daily rate adhering to industry standards

  • an artistic budget of £3000 to be managed with the Project Producer (this sum is in addition to the budget allocated for the Platffrom || Pontio artist and their training, travel and go and see activity)

  • access to peer to peer networking opportunities within the Platfform programme as a whole


If you have any questions about this opportunity out you can contact Platffom’s Welsh language Project Producer Megan Childs at

If applicants require additional support in completing their application in terms of access please contact Megan  at who will be more than happy to put arrangements in place or offer information in a different format

To find out more about Platfform, previous and current projects and the artists on the longer residencies click here and follow the blog at

Equal Opportunities

Theatr Iolo is committed to making sure everyone in Wales has access to the arts.

We collect statistical data on those we work with and the audiences / participants we work with. We do this for a number of reasons: it helps us monitor the diversity of the organisation and its work, and allows us to ensure we are meeting the needs of the communities we work with. An Equal Opportunities form will be emailed to each applicant upon receipt of their application. Please help us ensure this by completing and returning this information.  This form is not used as a part of the recruitment and selection process, but is removed on receipt and used for statistics only. Forms can be returned to