We are currently in production for our next co-production with Wales Millennium Centre with our creative partners NoFitState Circus and Theatr Iolo. Supported by Arts Council Wales & Arts Active.
The Romeo & Juliet 2017 tour kicks off at Theatr Clwyd April 5 2017.
TOUR DATES 2017
Mold Theatr Clwyd 5 - 8 April 10.15am / 2.15pm / 7.30pm
Our New Ensemble
Kayed Mohammed Mason
The Omidaze Creative & Production Team
Executive Producer, Director & Script Editor : Yvonne Murphy
Company Producer: Emma Evans
Set & Costume Design: Saz Moir
Lighting Design: Joe Fletcher
Sound Design: Tic Ashfield
Circus Choreographer & Movement Director: Paul Evans
Voice & Text Coach Jacqui Crago
Production Manager: Matthew Davies
Company Stage Manager: Louise Rouse
Audience Engagement & Education Associate:Amy Morgan
ON BEHALF OF WMC
& all the staff of WMC including and not limited to Front of House, Technical, Marketing, Box Office, Education & Community and Cleaning & Maintenance staff.
All-Female Henry VI
A co-production with Wales Millennium Centre
February 1st - 20th 2016
Watch scenes and documentary about the production on BBC ShakespeareLives here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3Tf1h4rlM2qlQsnSSfm11sm/equality-access-power
WATCH THE TRAILER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7RVwKuIGLY
A prequel to the ground-breaking Richard III, examining how we choose to resolve our conflicts, react to upheaval and what messages we are sending to our children and future generations in how we respond to threat.
Who holds the power now?
“Director Yvonne Murphy hopes to bring new audiences to Shakespeare and there’s no doubt this brave, stunning production can do that. If only the novelty of climbing into the usually inaccessible roof space brings just one new fan in she will have succeeded.” Wales Online Richard III 2015
AND LET OUR HEARTS AND EYES, LIKE CIVIL WAR
BE BLIND WITH TEARS AND BREAK O’ER CHARGED WITH GRIEF
THE HENRY VI CAST & OMIDAZE CREATIVE TEAM
ENSEMBLE Executive Producer, Director & Script Editor : Yvonne Murphy
Louise Collins Producers: Catherine Paskell (Audience Engagement) & Sian Thoma(Production)
Sioned Jones Set & Costume Design: Gabriella Slade
Polly Kilpatrick Lighting Design: El Higgins
Shala Nyx Sound Design: Tic Ashfield
Hannah O'Leary Circus Choreographer & Movement Director: Paul Evans
Suzanne Packer Voice & Text Coach Jacqui Crago
Alice White Production Manager: Ange John
Lizzie Winkler Company Stage Manager: Louise Rouse
Assistant Stage Manager: Carys McLiver
Audience Engagement Associate & Workshop Facilitator: Beth House
Workshop Facilitator & Documentary Voice Over: Dick Johns
ON BEHALF OF WMC
& all the staff of WMC including and not limited to Front of House, Technical, Marketing, Box Office, Education & Community and Cleaning staff - THANK YOU
Read more about it here http://ow.ly/X5UUh
PAST WORK AND PROJECTS:
Richard III (2015) Roof Void, Wales Millennium Centre
THE ORIGINAL PRODUCTION FEBRUARY 2015
Started in September 2013 and ran until the end of the year
Omidaze received large scale funding from the Arts Council of Wales to research and develop a production of Shakespeare which challenges preconceived ideas around roles in Shakespeare and about how and where Shakespeare should be staged and who it is for. We worked towards an all-female Shakespeare production using movement and non-traditional staging methods which would appeal to a family audience. We specifically aim to engage a non-traditional theatre/Shakespeare audience including those from areas of acknowledged deprivation. We simultaneously examined cross-gender and blind-gender casting options, their potential and their impact and site-specific options for the future production and marketing possibilities
Phase 1 of The all female Shakespeare production
Omidaze Productions held a week of free Shakespeare workshops for female actors with experience of and/or an interest in performing Shakespeare and physical approaches to text held at The Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.
Phase 2 of The All Female Shakespeare Production
From these workshops Director Yvonne Murphy has been in the process of building an all-female Ensemble company to develop the project working with practitioners from Volcano & Frantic Assembly and RSC recommended practitioners at Sherman Cymru and Chapter Arts Centre.
A sharing of work-in-progress took place on Friday 29th November at Chapter Arts Centre to a test bed audience and future promoters.
Things Beginning with M Toured Autumn 2012. Funded by The Arts Council of Wales
Cast: Jessica Hayles, Lynn Hunter, Catriona James & MC Taylor Glenn
Producer/Director: Yvonne Murphy Writer: Emily Steel Movement Director: Sarah Hall
Visual Artists: Cath Rive & Katie Rigby
An experimental production, exploration and collaboration between new writing, movement, visual art and comedy. Things Beginning with M was a new piece of work from an original idea by Yvonne Murphy which looked at how women speak to each other and tell each other the stories which help us to map our way through womanhood. The production used real women's stories & testimonies. A pilot performance (funded by Arts Council of Wales) played to sell-out audiences in June 2010 at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and The Windsor Pub, PenarthFollowing the success of the pilot an Autumn Tour of Things Beginning with M, funded by the Arts Council of Wales, sold out. It toured London, Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Swansea and Narberth.
"High energy and hilarious from the off but equally willing to sit down and discuss life's daily trials with unswerving honesty if this play were a person it would be the perfect friend...Whether it's men, money, marriage or mothers this challenging production tackles subjects which are the very stuff of life." Morning Star London Nov 2012
"Director Yvonne Murphy possess the bravery to deal with sensitive and taboo subjects in an appropriate manner: Things Beginning With M astounding it's audience at yet another sold out show"
Buzz magazine Nov 2012
Latest News:Omidaze's Director & Producer talks to BBC Wales News about the future for arts in Wales, Crowdfunding and
Reviews - Richard III
“This production is an absolute triumph.” (4.5 stars The Public Reviews)
“Shakespearean acting is generally a male dominated world, so it is refreshing to see an all-female cast tackle such a masculine play. Such is the strength of this cast, within moments one does not see gender, just the characters being portrayed.”
"Omidaze have succeeded in creating something fresh and exciting out of the traditional. Do not miss this production.”
“the attention to detail and sense of purpose from the creative team is remarkable.”
“This is a bold and exciting production that will delight those who see it.”
“As Richard sinks deeper into paranoia Phillips shows us that the flipside to his ambition is his desperation to be loved, until before the Battle of Bosworth we see him weeping and utterly alone, unable to even trust himself. Phillips’ strength as an actor is to show us this descent, and still leave the audience with some sneaking admiration for Richard’s slyness and wit”
Director, Yvonne Murphy hopes to bring new audiences to Shakespeare and there’s no doubt this brave, stunning production can do that. If only the novelty of climbing into the usually inaccessible roof space brings just one new fan in she will have succeeded.” (4 stars Wales Online) http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/richard-iii-review-stunning-production-8639938
"It was a very brave decision by Omidaze Artistic Director, Yvonne Murphy simply to stage a production of this mighty work of Shakespeare, with the limited resources available to any company that isn’t the Royal National Theatre or the Royal Shakespeare Company and even they don’t always get it right. Even more brave to present the play with an all female cast and then to stage the production in the previously unexplored void in the roof of the WMC. So triple plaudits to Murphy before the curtain goes up, not that there is a curtain in this mysterious and exciting environment." Theatre in Wales Theatre Reviews
Grabbing a cushion off an hook on the wall, we took our seats. When the play began it struck me that the clothing was also with inside out; every little detail added to the upset scene. The play was totally absorbing, the spontaneity of the cast who had to adapt to where we sat around them, the movement through the Void, following the drama around was compelling. There was no stage. It was dusty and raw …
The cast of 8 strong female performers made Shakespeare’s words leap off the page, their strong performances giving the language of arguably Shakespeare’s most famous history play new energy and meaning. Young Critics; Review Richard III Omidaze ...
This All-Female Production of Richard III is produced in association with Wales Millennium Centre. Supported by The Arts Council of Wales and 172 individuals via Kickstarter. Opened 10th February 2015. 10th - 23rd Feb. Venue:Roof Void, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.
"Hi I would just like to thank you for the powerful production you executed at the millennium centre Saturday afternoon. Having been dragged kicking and screaming into Shakespeare from my partner [well not quite). I must admit to being overwhelmed by the performance and exhausted by the pure emotion that was shown by the whole cast. I am now looking forward to more productions, in the same venue. Excellent and thank you , I have been converted." Alison Edwards (Audience Member)
"Dear All, Just to say congratulations on this afternoons production of Richard iii that was thoroughly enjoyed by my wife and I. An inspired venue in the attic of the Millennium Centre, and I kept imagining it as also being ideal for Macbeth? We also appreciated the intimacy of the venue with a small audience, all able see at close hand the actors expressions and body language, not always possible in a conventional theatre. I could easily envisage how in former times audiences in the yards of coaching hotels would have experienced the same feeling of "presence". Please pass forward our appreciation to the cast and production crew, we look forward to future productions. Yours sincerely Huw Geraint Edwards" (Audience Member)
"10/10 Different, accessible, absorbing, engaging, believable, gender isn't an issue" - Penny Newman (Audience Member)
"10/10 creative, dramatic, easy to follow with pockets of humour, I thought it was fabulous. It had the 'wow' factor" - (Audience member)
Bold.Provoking.Beautiful.Congrats all female Rich III
amazing production of Richard 3rd, so different!
For one audience member in our Q&A - this was her first ever experience of theatre and of Shakespeare #FEMALERichardIII - she loved it!
· Feb 16
#FEMALERichardIII An incredibly innovative production and fantastically raw and powerful central performances. Well worth watching
#FEMALERichardIII was phenomenal, it was so cleverly designed & unlike anything I've seen before - astonishing performances, I'm blown away
Just watched a wonderful Richard III in attic @theCentre Entire cast superb Go see this all-women production while u can!
Exciting all-female Richard III in Cardiff this week by the wonderful @omidaze!
· Feb 11
Omidaze is Project Funded by the Arts Council of Wales