Arts Council of Wales | Alan Harris

Alan Harris

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BiographyAlan Harris

Alan’s A Good Night Out in the Valleys launched the new National Theatre Wales in 2010 and BBC Radio 3 broadcast his play, The Gold Farmer earlier this year.

The Journey, an oratorio for Welsh National Opera’s MAX, was performed last summer and he was recently commissioned by Paines Plough as part of their Come To Where I’m From tour.

His debut play, Orange, was produced by Sgript Cymru and he has worked with theatre companies throughout Britain including Hijinx, Sherman Cymru, Paines Plough, The Operating Theatre Company and Pentabus.

Alan is currently writing a new play, The Lighthouse, for BBC Radio 4 and also a new opera for Welsh National Opera’s MAX. He is also a new writing workshop leader and mentor at Sherman Cymru.

The Project: Exploring artistic fusions

A Good Night Out in the Valleys: Alan Harris

Over the next 18 months Alan Harris will be looking at how different artforms are fused together and how the processes and decisions about which art forms to best use with regard the telling of a particular story are explored.

Alan is interested in looking at the possibilities of a large-scale contemporary opera that combines other disciplines, such as acrobatics, dance or even hip-hop. He aims to interact with some of the world’s best companies to develop a greater understanding of processes that will inform his future work.

The Award will enable him to make new connections; to think and work in new ways. At the end of the Creative Wales Award Alan’s goal is to be in a position to think about writing a new piece of work, possibly a cross-artform contemporary opera.

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