Local artist Natasha Borton has been chosen as one of eight artists from across Wales for the National Theatre Wales Located Residencies 2019-2020. With the support of National Theatre Wales and National Resource Wales, she will be exploring the rhyme and rhetoric between Welsh coal-mining heritage and climate-change action and conversation.
Natasha says “I’m thrilled to have been chosen not only as an artist, but as a member of this community. North East Wales has a rich and animated history of grassroots activism and community cohesion. It has a personality of its own that we can elevate and contribute to through this project.”
The new project, called ‘Of The Earth’, looks at how the coal-mining industry has shaped Welsh identity and about how we preserve our history as we move towards an environmentally-friendly future. The project will also look at the miners’ strikes of the 1980s, the recent global climate strikes and how protest links to Welsh identity. Natasha aims to gain the body of the narrative through a real voice and stories of local people in a series of workshops, interviews and open rehearsals in the communities of Gresford and Llay. There will be a sharer gathering to publish the findings of the project due to take place in Wrexham on the 19th or 20th of March – further details will be announced in due course.
National Theatre Wales’ located residencies are an opportunity for artists and companies to spend research and development time looking at new ideas for performance embedded in a location or community. The residency is an opportunity to explore critical issues in Wales through the arts.
Natasha Borton is a national spoken-word artist and the Artistic Director for Voicebox, a performance platform in Wrexham. Over the last few years, she has worked to make the arts more accessible and empowering for our community.
The project is looking for individuals and groups to become involved. If you’d like to find out more, please contact Natasha Borton at firstname.lastname@example.org.