National Theatre Wales + Sherman Theatre in partnership with BBC Cymru Wales + BBC Arts 

Network Play Readings: Ritual



From 3 July



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Please note that Ritual contains strong language, depictions of substance misuse, sexual references and adult themes.

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RITUAL by Dirty Protest

Released Friday 3, Saturday 4, Sunday 5 July, at 7pm

Three plays to listen to on the move

Soaring by Hefin Robinson

Double Drop by Lisa Jên Brown

Unbound by Remy Beasley

Director Catherine Paskell

Live theatre is a ritual that we can’t enact or take part in right now. The few rituals we have each day now include exercise, washing up, cooking and cleaning. With this in mind, Dirty Protest have commissioned three early career writers from across Wales to create Ritual, three audio plays you can listen to on the move as part of your daily routine.


1999. Two strangers from opposite sides of Wales are brought together through cassette conversations.

Double Drop

1995. The rites and ceremonies of the Eisteddfod collide with the communion and transcendence of a rave.


The end of the world. Two women bury birds.

These three plays chart extraordinary times; some past, some yet to happen. Together the plays reflect the changes and shifts in our lives, and celebrate the connections we make with other people. However you decide to listen to these plays, they promise to take you somewhere extraordinary during what would normally be a mundane, daily routine.

Each play will be released separately as a podcast.

About the project

The fifth edition of Network Play Readings with National Theatre Wales sees Dirty Protest present three short plays written by three early career Welsh writers. These plays are designed to be listened to in the form of a podcast and have specifically been created to accompany our daily exercise and routine. Through Network Play Readings, Dirty Protest are investing in writers at the start of their career, who will then go on to write full length commissions for them in the future.

Dirty Protest

Dirty Protest is Wales’ new writing theatre company and has a strong reputation for creating lean, original, state-of-the-nation contemporary new writing productions from Wales. They have worked with more than 350 Welsh writers since their launch in 2007, staging new plays in theatres and alternative venues, including pubs and clubs, music festivals, kebab shops, hairdressers and forests.  The company has collaborated with world-class co-producers, including the Royal Court Theatre, the Almeida Theatre and Soho Theatre in London, National Theatre Wales, Sherman Theatre and the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. Alongside full-length productions, Dirty Protest stage regular short play nights where established and emerging writers are presented on the same platform, providing development opportunities for writers, directors and actors. These present a shot of theatrical tequila without the paraphernalia, all for the price of a pint.

Soaring is now available to listen to here and all podcast platforms.

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Cast & Team

Manon Wilkinson
Gareth Pierce
Sharita Oomeer
Siw Hughes

Creative Team
Remy Beasley
, Writer - Unbound

Lisa Jên Brown, 
Writer - Double Drop

Hefin Robinson, Writer – Soaring

9Bach, original music for Double Drop

Catherine Paskell, Director

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