Liam Evans-Ford – Executive Director, Theatr Clwyd
Theatr Clwyd is the largest producing theatre in Wales. Over the last two years they have produced 23 productions – with over 700,000 people having watched their produced and presented work across the UK. The company employs over 500 people each year including core, casual and freelance workers.
Before moving to Clwyd Liam worked as 2015 project Associate for York Theatre Royal – leading on business continuity planning and delivery during the £6 million re-development of their building. He became York Theatre Royal’s Associate Producer in October 2015.
Liam moved to Yorkshire following the offer to produce on The York Mystery Plays 2012 production, went onto produce Blood + Chocolate for Pilot Theatre, Slung Low and York Theatre Royal and then took up post as Interim General Manager for Sheffield Crucible Theatres.
Liam co-founded Sprite Productions, which produced 10 years of Site-Specific Shakespeare at Ripley Castle. He was also the first Producer of The Factory and produced their work at The Globe, The Hampstead Theatre, The Rose, at music festivals, bars and underground tunnels, around the UK and into Europe as well as for BBC Radio 4.
Before moving into producing Liam trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and went onto appear at theatres across the UK including The Stephen Joseph Theatre, York Theatre Royal, The Globe and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Liam has taken leads both for The Royal Shakespeare Company and in the West End as well as appearing on television shows on Channel 4, BBC 1 and 2, ITV and HBO. He has also enjoyed a few adventures into the world of Feature Films.
Liam currently sits on the North Wales Arts, Health and Wellbeing Steering Committee and is a trustee for Tutti Frutti Theatre Company and Creu Cymru.
Only Boys Aloud was set up in 2010 by choral conductor Tim Rhys-Evans with a mission to engage young men from disadvantaged backgrounds in Wales, using choral singing as a vehicle for the development of skills, social wellbeing and increasing confidence and aspiration levels. The Only Boys Aloud programme, coordinated by The Aloud Charity, now delivers 14 OBA choirs across the country, engaging with around 200 boys between the ages of 11-19 every week.
Two things inform the work we do through OBA: one is our belief in the culturally important role of male choirs in Wales – traditionally bringing communities together in times of hardship or celebration. The second and perhaps even more crucial to us is a desire to ensure that the young men of Wales are encouraged to be ambitious for their future and are equipped with the life skills to fulfil their potential.
Traditionally boys are less likely to engage with music than girls, particularly with singing, and OBA aims to address this issue and ensure that young men from all walks of life can access the extraordinary experiences and enhanced life skills that singing and performing together can offer.
Inclusivity is central to the scheme. There are no fees to take part. No auditions. Any boy aged 11-19 who commits to regularly attending his local rehearsal is welcomed whatever his background or ability.
A recent independent evaluation revealed that for every £1 invested in the programme, £13.27 worth of social benefit is generated for local communities.