Theatre Production

Sarah has been working in Theatre since graduating from the Welsh College of Music and Drama in 1993.

In the early years, Sarah was the resident technician at Blackwood Miners Institute, and from 1999 – 2002 worked at the Sherman Theatre as Production Manager. As a freelancer Sarah has worked in small, mid and large scale, touring productions across the UK, and had the opportunity of taking a show to the Brits off Broadway Festival in New York.

SC Productions Ltd has close links with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Working closely with the students and offering a number of employment opportunities to graduates.

Current and recent theatre projects include:

  • National Theatre Wales – Monologues, 2019
    • For All I Care
    • Cotton Fingers
    • Peggy’s Song
    • The Stick Maker
  • Cbeebies Annual Christmas Pantomime
  • National Theatre Wales NHS70 Monologues, 2018
  • Aarhus – European Capital of Culture – Closing Ceremony (December 2017)
  • Aarhus – European Capital of Culture – Opening Ceremony (January 2017)
  • National Theatre Wales & Wales Millennium Centre  – City of the Unexpected (September 2016)
  • Wales Millennium Centre – Ar Waith Ar Daith  (September 2015)
  • Wales Theatre Company – A Child’s Christmas In Wales (November 2014)
  • National Theatre Wales – Silly Kings (Dec-Jan 2014)
  • National Theatre Wales – De Gabay (March 2013)
  • RWCMD – Vincent in Brixton
  • Volcano Theatre – A Clockwork Orange
  • National Theatre Wales – The Passion
  • National Theatre Wales – The Devil Inside Him
  • Grand Slam Productions – Cappuccino Girls

Wales Theatre Company productions:-

  • The Dylathon
  • Thorn Birds – the Musical
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Amazing Grace
  • Childs Christmas in Wales
  • Christmas Carol
  • The Contender
  • Servant of Two Masters

FAB Theatre’s production of Blink which toured Wales and to the Brits off Broadway Festival, New York

Sgript Cymru Productions:

  • Ryan and Ronnie
  • Crossings

SPOTLIGHT ON THEATRE PRODUCTION – The Passion

It’s not often that you can say you have been part of something truly epic but 2011 saw National Theatre Wales join forces with WildWorks to produce a unique and inspiring theatrical event that saw Port Talbot-born actor Michael Sheen revisit his home town to star in ‘one of the defining narratives of our time’.  Scripted by Owen Sheers, and co-directed by Michael Sheen and Bill Mitchell, The Passion had the community of Port Talbot at its very heart, casting its residents as actors and crew. From a very early age Michael Sheen had been inspired by the plays at nearby Margam Park and felt it only fitting to put on a performance within Port Talbot. Supported by over 1,000 community volunteers the production celebrated a town and its people bringing over 22,000 people to the town over the Easter weekend.

SC Productions’ Director Sarah Cole was brought in as Production Manager for The Passion and invested eight months into the planning and organisation of the logistics of the production. Sarah led a volunteer technical and design team of over 60 that was supported by a small professional team. The production spanned three days and took place at multiple locations over the whole of Port Talbot from the main shopping centre to the wide expanse of Aberafan Beach.

This extraordinary use of space brought with it particular challenges and required accurate management of the space, the performers and members of the public. The final scene of the crucifixion was testament to the team’s expertise and commitment; the scene took place on a roundabout which required road closures in the surrounding area, organisation of members of the public and equipment to be prepped correctly. Elements of the scene had been previously rehearsed in fragmented sections which meant the team had to pull together and ensure everything ran smoothly.

The spirit of the production made the show really unique and special, it connected people within the community and connected people to the town in which they live, sparking a new found sense of pride and ownership. For SC Productions it was a great experience that brought together the expertise of its theatre and event production. The team was nominated for an SMA Team Award in recognition of its achievements.

Critical acclaim for The Passion:

The Passion has to be the most extraordinary piece of community-specific theatre I’ve ever beheld.
The Telegraph

Transforming and uplifting… Port Talbot’s future starts the very second The Passion ends.
The Guardian

One of the outstanding theatrical events not only of this year, but of the decade.
The Observer

Some interesting links:

http://port-talbot.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-13176102

top