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Forum & Community Theatre, Issue Based & Workshops.





Alan Osborne was born in Merthyr Tydfil in 1942 and educated at Quakers Yard Grammar school. A keen boxer and swimmer he achieved National Youth Standard in Field Athletics before studying at Newport College of Art. His early career was devoted to education, he taught art and architecture in Oxford and London where he was involved in developing the Design and Technology syllabus. He returned to Wales in 1975 to teach at Afon Taf, Troed y Rhiw.

His dramatic work began with Plans for The Great Trapeze Act and was followed by Terraces, Johnny Darkie and his first major work Bull, Rock and Nut which won the Play for Wales competition in 1981 and began his long association with the Made in Wales Stage company. In Sunshine and in Shadow followed in 1985 with performances in Wales and London. Redemption Song, the final play in The Merthyr Trilogy was first performed in 1987. He has also written a number of successful television dramas including The Whistling Boy (1994) and The Beach Inspector (1996).


A Full retrospective of his work was staged by Made in Wales and performed at the Sherman Theatre in 1993.


He has composed music scores to may of his plays and Give us the Flowers Now for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a choral libretto, spirit of our Distant Fathers in Wales which toured with Brecon High School in the United States.


His art work has also received numerous exhibitions and is held in many private and public collections.


He divides his time between Merthyr and Cardiff.

THIS IS THE DAY is his eighth Operatic Work



Red Button

Dixie Dickenson

Red Button Theatre began at the University of Glamorgan after the Artistic Director Dafydd Williams began planning with Keith 'Dixie' Dickenson for a Theatre Movement that would give voice to the underdog, to those on the fringes of mainstream society.

After the success of 'Catharsis' at the University of Glamorgan, the new company comprising Dixie, Richard Lewis and Alex Shaw began working on different projects. We have worked with Alan Osborne on realising his Oratorio 'This is the Day' at the Myfanwy Theatre, Merthyr Tydfil and our most recent work has been the acclaimed 'Lost Souls' Laundrette/Golchfa'r Golledig' which was staged at the Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre in August 2010.

In 2016, our focus concentrates on 'Theatre for Mental Health', we will be workshopping and improvising with Mental Health Service Users across Wales and the UK and those who self identify as sufferring with anxiety and depression and other Mental Health Conditions, to perform work which already has Mental Health as its theme as well as new work which we hope will offer fresh focus and challenge the stigma associated with Mental Ill-Health.

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