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  • The Unknown Theatre Company (Drama) for actors aged 16-25
  • The Unknown OUTCasts for actors aged 25+ (though younger actors may join this group if needed).



We're currently taking a breather, after a very busy season. (see below)


We work primarily on contemporary writing, often very challenging material.

We don't do 'easy' plays: we relish a challenge, work hard at it, and aim high.

photo from Not Talking



If you're a young person who'd like to get some extra experience, and like to work this way, we'd be keen to meet you.

Get in touch
, and pop along to a rehearsal and find out how we work.

As well as actors, we are always glad to welcome help with design/costume/props, technical and stage managerial roles.



image from Not Talking

Our most recent production:

We performed At First Sight by Barney Norris, Not Talking and Contractions, both by Mike Bartlett, at the Glamorgan One-Act Play Festival.

Not Talking
and Contractions were then invited to be performed at the Wales Final Festival of One-Act Plays, and Contractions won.

We performed it at the British Final Festival of One-Act Plays in the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff on 1st July 2016 - and then won it!

This was the first time Wales has won the British Final since 1992, so we were very proud to be the ones to bring it back to Wales, especially as the British Final was held in Cardiff

At First Sight was also performed at the Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival in June 2016.




photo from Immaculate


poster for Immaculate


We staged Oliver Lanlsey's Immaculate in Lefel 1, St David's Hall in Cardiff on 27 & 28 January 2016.

We also took it on tour, to Cefn Cribwr Community Centre, Bridgend on Saturday 30 January.




from the dress rehearsal of The Cut - 2015
flyer for NDFA 2015 all winners festivalWe didn't win the Wales Final Festival, but the two casts did extremely well, and represented the company admirably!

We were then invited to appear at the National Drama Festivals Association's big Festival:
the British All Winners' Festival.

We performed at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre in Woking on Sunday 19th July.

And although we didn't win the overall festival (though we did come away with a decent result for the show), we did win an award!

We won the Backstage Award, as voted for by the resident technical and stage managerial team at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre.


Photo from The Cut - 2015 One-Act Play


Following our success at the Glamorgan Final Festival we next performed both shows at the Wales Final Festival of One-Act Plays in Ystradgynlais on 5 & 6 June.For full information about the Wales Final festival, see the Drama Association of Wales website

the company in action in our recent one act play Just by Ali SmithSuccess for the Unknown OUTCasts at the 2015 Glamorgan One-Act Play festival!

We won:

The David Davies Memorial Trophy for the adult production attaining the highest marks in the competition - The Cut
Bob McTurk Memorial Trophy for Best Director - Lon David for The Cut
Best Individual Performance Award - Chris Powell as Paul in The Cut
Youth Trophy for the best performance by an actor aged 25 or under - donated by Mari Major - Grant Cawley as John in The Cut

The Jean Howell Trophy Adjudicators Award - Craig Legg & David Millard as the Townspeople in Just

Many of the actors from Just and other actors from The Cut were also nominated in the acting and Youth award categories.

Well done to all!


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17 January 2017
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