Our aim is to dig out untold stories and present them to audiences in engaging ways. Each production blends distinctive writing with adventurous staging, and involves working alongside communities in the creation of the work. Our process is driven by curiosity. We want to get to know the people in a particular place and find the story that needs to be listened to.
Ein nod yw cloddio straeon sydd heb eu dweud, a’u cyflwyno i gynulleidfaoedd mewn ffyrdd gafaelgar. Mae pob cynhyrchiad yn cyfuno ysgrifennu unigryw â llwyfannu anturus, a chyd-weithio ochr yn ochr â chymunedau. Caiff ein proses ei yrru gan chwilfrydedd. Rydyn ni am ddod i adnabod pobl mewn mannau penodol, a darganfod y stori sy’n mynnu cael ei chlywed.
Creative Team / Tim Creadigol
Papertrail is led by Artistic Director, Bridget Keehan, supported by our current Artistic Associate Jonny Cotsen.
Bridget has created theatre for Alma Theatre, thecpr.org.uk, shermantheatre.co.uk, nationaltheatrewales.org & theatrclwyd.com. She developed her directing skills with Eugenio Barba, Elen Bowman, Katie Mitchell and Ian Rickson. Bridget is dedicated to making theatre in the widest range of contexts and has made performance and writing projects with people in prisons, young offender institutions and with refugee communities. For several years she was Writer-in-Residence at HMP Cardiff where she established a Prison Magazine and directed numerous theatre productions. She holds a doctorate on theatre in prison and has taught at the University of South Wales and the University of Birmingham. She was Leverhulme Artist in Residence at Swansea University and currently teaches at rwcmd.ac.uk
Jonny is a Cardiff-based artist and leader for Wales’ deaf community. He’s passionate about creating opportunities for deaf artists and socially disadvantaged local communities. A qualified graphic designer and high-school teacher, Jonny shifted his professional career to performing and arts-inclusion consultancy. Jonny’s recent career highlight is performing ‘Louder Isn’t Always Clearer’, a critically-acclaimed inspirational story of his own deaf experience. Jonny is involved with multiple local and national initiatives supporting inclusion and equality of opportunity in the arts, including Arts Council Wales, Theatr Iolo, Unlimited Connects, Watershed Bristol and Culture Reset.
Sita Thomas was Artistic Associate in 2020 and is now Artistic Director of Fio.
Suzanne has been working in arts, cultural and events marketing for over 20 years. She trained as a journalist at University of Wales, Cardiff. While working as a radio presenter and news reporter she got her first taste of promotion and marketing. Since then Suzanne has acquired a professional diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She has worked with local authorities, charities, cultural organisations and was Marketing Manager for Blaenau Gwent Council, Sherman Theatre and more recently she was Marketing Director for National Dance Company Wales. She now works freelance as a Marketing and Communications Consultant.
Branwen is a playwright, theatre maker, director and performance lecturer based in Cardiff and works in Welsh and English. She is a member of Dirty Protest and Os Nad Nawr theatre companies. Branwen has a doctorate in new writing and has collaborated and worked with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Sherman Theatre, Papertrail, Criw Brwd, Dirty Protest, Agent 160, Frân Wen and Sgript Cymru. Branwen is currently Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at The School of Music, Drama & Performance at Bangor University.
Wyn’s background is in directing television documentaries, and also drama shorts and poetry films. He now works as a playwright, writing in both Welsh and English, and is also a part-time lecturer in drama at the University of South Wales, Cardiff. In 2015 his first stage play, Rhith Gân/Song of Illusion won the Drama Medal at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and was staged the following year. His second play, Gwlad yr Asyn/Donkeyland, was to premier at the National Eisteddfod 2020 in a co-production between Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Os Nad Nawr, but was postponed due to Covid-19. He is currently writer in residence at Theatr Clwyd.
Amanda is Associate Professor in Human Geography and the Geohumanities based at Swansea University. Once upon a time, she worked in theatre as a stage manager, director and assistant producer, but now tends to write about practitioners rather than being one.
Her research forges interdisciplinary connections between Cultural Geography and Theatre Studies on a variety of fronts, but themes of racial diversity, transnationalism and geopolitics form the main focus of her work. She is particularly interested in the relationship between war and performance, and currently researches arts revival, reconstruction and development in post-conflict societies, notably Cambodia. Amanda is committed to the politics of diversity and to highlighting the experiences of marginalised groups.