New Pub Theatre in CardiffJuly 2, 2014
The Other Room’s executive director Elizabeth Day
and artistic director Kate Wasserberg
from The Stage:
A new pub theatre is being launched in Cardiff, which its founders claim is the first venue of its kind in Wales.
The Other Room was officially launched on Friday and aims to emulate the success of theatres such as the Gate in Notting Hill and the Finborough in Earl’s Court. It will be based above Porter’s bar, in the city centre.
Founded by artistic director Kate Wasserberg and executive director Elizabeth Day, The Other Room will produce work with a heavy emphasis on Welsh and Wales-based artists, as well as modern plays from 1950 onwards.
“It was one of those ideas that was actually so clear to me that I couldn’t believe no one had already thought of it,” Wasserberg told The Stage.
“For me, it is the most natural thing in the world that emerging artists come up through these small spaces. There’s also a certain kind of thing that you make for small spaces and small audiences…There are big venues in Cardiff making great work, but nothing small scale,” she added.
The theatre will produce a year-round programme consisting of eight plays across two seasons. The Other Room will produce four productions themselves, while the other four will be curated in partnership with other companies.