The National Theatre Wales (NTW) Assembly is a performance debate event that responds to a local issue in a creative setting. It can be described further as a community-led dramatic experience that nurtures an exploration of one or several issues important to the local community in which the main production is being performed, leaving space during the performance for the audience to debate and react.
Our case launch event July 1st 2014
The performance debate that launched this case study followed the well established and successful model developed by NTW; however four new elements were introduced
This was both a challenge and an opportunity which all partners acknowledged and moreover, embraced. In the four days leading up to the performance the creative team worked hard to create performances that would create space for Caribbean migrants to reflect on the role key places and activities in Butetown may have on their lives when they arrived and settled in Cardiff; to share the varying impact Butetown has had on their lives through time and changing circumstances and to give people space to share what ‘Butetown’ means to them today.
In terms of the case study, we also wanted to explore the Assembly model as one creative, participatory approach of generating evidence about the everyday lives of communities. All members of the team creative reflected on this and their video interviews provide vital insight into the model that was used, as well as placing into local context the links between the Caribbean and Butetown as linked to notions community, of (re) presentation and of meaningful engagement.
It is from this point – by drawing on the insights of artists who have for years worked in Butetown and who are intimately aware of the links between Butetown and Caribbean migrants in Cardiff – that we began our move towards developing a framework of engagement and practice that would foster meaningful co-productive exchanges.
Images: Liz Chambers, Simon Campbell Videos: Tara Wyllie
The trailer below, along with a conversation captured with members of the creative team on their views of representation, community and belonging, provides further insight into the Assembly model as a method of community engagement.
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