Behind the scenes of “We’Re Still Here” by the National Theatre Wales

During five days, starting in May 2017 and until mid-September 2017, I had the great privilege in documenting behind the scenes of We’Re Still Here, a play by the National Theatre Wales and Common Wealth.
The obvious challenges were the lack of light during the two dress rehearsals and the most obvious of trying to guess what the plot may be, in a production, taking place in a disused recycling industrial unit, a stone’s throw away from the Steel Works in Port Talbot.
The following is from: https://www.nationaltheatrewales.org/were-still-here
15 – 30 September, 2017
Port Talbot

WE’RE STILL HERE

National Theatre Wales & Common Wealth 
People have forgotten how to say ‘no’. That’s the problem in this country. We are allowed to say ‘no’.

Port Talbot steelworks; site of one of the last heavy industries in Wales, and threatened with closure in 2015. The story made headlines around the world, and the Save Our Steel campaign was quick to respond, gathering a momentum that captured the spirit and uncertainty of our times. So what happens when we come together? What happens when we say ‘no’?

In Port Talbot, leaders, workers and unions all said no. These people came together to save their jobs and their community.

These are the people behind the headlines and the politics, living and working at the heart of the machine. These are their lives, hopes, fears and dreams and this is their story, told with humour, passion and pride.

Based on interviews with steelworkers, union representatives and the people of Port Talbot, We’re Still Here is a site-specific performance. Dynamically staged in the disused Byass Works, it celebrates the unique spirit of the town.

 

Pictured: Re: Dress rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Dress rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

Pictured: Re: Dress rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Dress rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

Pictured: Re: Dress rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Steel worker and actor Sam Coombes during the dress rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

Pictured: Re: Dress rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Dress rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

Pictured: Re: Dress rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Dress rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

Pictured: Re: Dress rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Actor Jason May during the dress rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

Pictured: Re: Dress rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Dress rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

Pictured: Re: Dress rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Dress rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

Pictured: Re: Dress rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Dress rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”, a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

 

Pictured: Re: Dress rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Actor Sam Coombes during the dress rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

Pictured: Re: Dress rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Actors Jason May, Sion Tudor Owen and Simon Nehan during the dress rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

Pictured: Re: Dress rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Dress rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

Pictured: Re: Dress rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Dress rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

Pictured: Re: Dress rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Actor Sion Tudor Owen during the dress rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

Pictured: Writer Rachel Trezise (L) Re: Press rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Writer Rachel Trezise (L) during the press rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

Pictured: The four main characters perform a dance scene Re: Press rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

The four main characters perform a dance scene during the press rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

Pictured: Actor Sam Coombes who plays Lewis Re: Press rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Actor Sam Coombes who plays Lewis during the press rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

Pictured L-R: Co-director Evie Manning, artistic director Kully Thiarai, writer Rachel Trezise and co-director  Rhiannon White Re: Press rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

L-R: Co-director Evie Manning, artistic director Kully Thiarai, writer Rachel Trezise and co-director Rhiannon White

 

Pictured: Actors Simon Nehan and Sion Tudor Owen Re: Press rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Actors Simon Nehan and Sion Tudor Owen during the press rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

Pictured: Actor Ioan Hefin who plays Adrian Re: Press rehearsal of "We'Re Still Here", a play created by Rachel Trezise, Common Wealth and the National Theatre Wales about steelworkers, which will be performed in Byass Works, a disused industrial unit, in Port Talbot, south Wales, UK.

Actor Ioan Hefin who plays Adrian during the press rehearsal of “We’Re Still Here”

 

"We Are Still Here" rehearsal by the National Theatre Wales, in Port Talbot, Wales, UK. Wednesday 23 August 2017

Actor Jason May

 

"We Are Still Here" rehearsal by the National Theatre Wales, in Port Talbot, Wales, UK. Wednesday 23 August 2017

“We Are Still Here” rehearsal

 

"We Are Still Here" rehearsal by the National Theatre Wales, in Port Talbot, Wales, UK. Thursday 24 August 2017

Actor Ioan Hefin rehearses for “We Are Still Here” 

 

Pictured: Monday 01 May 2017 Re: National Theatre Wales We’re Still Here launch event at The Somerset Arms (The Sker), Port Talbot, Wales, UK

Directors Rhiannon White and Evie Manning

 

"We Are Still Here" rehearsal by the National Theatre Wales, in Port Talbot, Wales, UK. Thursday 24 August 2017

Actor Sion Tudor Owen

 

"We Are Still Here" rehearsal by the National Theatre Wales, in Port Talbot, Wales, UK. Thursday 24 August 2017

Actors Simon Nehan

 

 

"We Are Still Here" rehearsal by the National Theatre Wales, in Port Talbot, Wales, UK. Thursday 24 August 2017

Actors Jason May, Sam Coombes, Sion Tudor Owen, Ioan Hefin and Simon Nehan

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