Sherman Theatre announces PowderHouse as their new bilingual Company in Residence.
Sherman Theatre’s Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan says “I am delighted to welcome PowderHouse to the Sherman as our next company in residence, and am so excited to see the work they make. Supporting Welsh artists is at the core of what we do here at the Sherman, and this is the second bilingual company we have nurtured. Our current company in residence, Cwmni Pluen, will have a new piece of work on our stage this Autumn. New talent is the future, and I am proud to be part of the journey of these exciting artists.”
Run by Chelsey Gillard and Jac Ifan Moore, PowderHouse is dedicated to making work in the national languages of Wales. Alongside Sherman Theatre and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru they are currently developing their new work Saethu Cwningod / Shooting Rabbits (working title) which explores Wales’ connection to European political action.
Both Chelsey and Jac’s careers have been developed through opportunities afforded to them by Sherman Theatre’s sector leading scheme the JMK / Sherman Directors Group supported by the Carne Trust. Through this programme, Chelsey has undertaken the Assistant Director role on Rachel O’Riordan’s production of The Weir by Conor McPherson which led to her appointment as the role of Director on The Burton Taylor Affair by Steven Paul. Most recently she has directed Sherman Youth Theatre in [ BLANK ] as part of the NT Connections Festival 2018. Jac was the first JMK Assistant Director at Sherman Theatre assisting Rachel on A Doll’s House and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. He went on to direct Sherman Youth Theatre in Citizenship as part of the NT Connections Festival 2016 and World Domination by Lesley Hart. This year Jac will direct a classic Welsh language text in the Sherman Studio.
PowderHouse have said “We are very excited to be the Sherman’s new Company in Residence. In the last few years, the Sherman has risen as a major force, now recognised across the UK, and it’s a privilege to be working with the theatre more closely. This opportunity gives us some space and time to create in a different way, and a platform to show our work. As a new partnership, we are looking forward to continuing to develop our practice and exploring big ideas together.”