HOW TO BE BRAVE by Sian Owen

Dirty Protest with Chapter, in collaboration with Newport Library, Museum and Art Gallery present:

HOW TO BE BRAVE by Sian Owen

Performing in Chapter, Cardiff and further Wales dates in March 2019.

Jessica Hayles in a staged reading at Dirty Gifted & Welsh. Photo Credit: Dan Green.

Jessica Hayles in a staged reading at Dirty Gifted & Welsh. Photo Credit: Dan Green.

Dirty Protest are now casting for the world premiere of a new one-woman drama: HOW TO BE BRAVE by Sian Owen, which will perform in Wales in March 2019.

Casting will take place between 18th - 23rd January 2019, in Cardiff

Script development week: 28th January - 2nd February 2019, in Newport

Rehearsal dates: 18th February to 12th March 2019

Performances in Wales: 13th - 28th March 2019


Casting information

First meetings will take place in Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff between Wednesday 16 - Monday 21 January.

Recall castings will take place in Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 January.



KATIE (30s)

We’re looking for a female performer (any ethnicity) who can convincingly play a woman from and living in Newport, South Wales. We’re looking for someone who has strong comic skills, who has a bit of a fierce edge but is also able to show vulnerability. The character is in their 30s. The performance will be in the round, with little-to-no set but with some props, and so we’re looking for someone who is able to command a space.

Dirty Protest actively encourages applications from disabled, D/deaf and sensory impaired performers.



£471 per week fee

In addition, Dirty Protest will provide travel and accommodation where applicable on tour.


Production Schedule


28th January - 2 February 2019

Optional: Script Development week in Newport, including R&D reading of the script in development


18th February - 9th March 2019

Essential: 3 weeks of final script development and rehearsal in Chapter, Cardiff


11th March 2019

Essential: Technical rehearsals start in Chapter, Cardiff (Seligman Stiwdio)


Performance Schedule


13th - 16th March 2019

Chapter, Cardiff performances


19th March 2019

Torch Theatre, Milford Haven performance


21st - 23rd March 2019

Le Pub, Newport performances


w/c 25 March 2019 (dates TBC)

Galeri, Caernarfon performance



Producer: Dirty Protest

Writer: Sian Owen

Director: Catherine Paskell

HOW TO BE BRAVE has been developed from our collaboration with Paines Plough, from our LATER performance of MANY HAPPY RETURNS at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017. The production follows Dirty Protest’s previous successes, including SUGAR BABY by Alan Harris (Roundabout, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, 2017 and international touring), LAST CHRISTMAS by Matthew Bulgo (Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and national performances) and award-winning PARALLEL LINES by Katherine Chandler (Wales tour).

This play is Katie’s journey as she begins to create an instruction manual for her daughter on How To Be Brave. Determined to listen to unheard voices and the city of Newport itself, she goes exploring to find what she’s really made of. The iron in our blood is made from exploded stars from the Big Bang, so she decides to harness the power of the supernovas in her body and seek the answers that she can pass on to her toddler daughter so she never loses the powerful, fierce determined magic she arrived into the world with.

A one-woman drama and love story to the city that made her, How To Be Brave is a new play from writer Sian Owen (Pentabus, Oxford Playhouse, BBC Radio 4) and award-winning Welsh company Dirty Protest.


About Dirty Protest

★★★★ The Times / The Scotsman / The Stage on Dirty Protest’s Sugar Baby 

★★★★★ The Scotsman on Dirty Protest’s Last Christmas

“There are few people making theatre this exciting in Wales today.” The Guardian on Dirty Protest


Launched in 2007, the award-winning Dirty Protest has worked with more than 250 Welsh writers, staging new plays in theatres and alternative venues, and collaborated with world-class co-producers. These partners include the Royal Court Theatre, the Almeida Theatre, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, National Theatre Wales, Theatr Clwyd, Sherman, Soho Theatre, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Latitude Festival, Festival No.6, and more.

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If you're interested, please send an acting CV and headshot - or a link to your spotlight page - as well as information about your connection to Wales to: before 10am on 15 January 2019.

In line with our company mission, Dirty Protest will prioritise Welsh and Wales-based performers, and performers with a significant connection to Wales. For this production we are specifically looking for actors with a base in Cardiff.

Dirty Protest want to make sure everyone has equal opportunities to connect with and work with us, so please let us know about any access needs you may have.

Supported with funding from the Arts Council of Wales, National Lottery and Welsh Government.