Arts Council of Wales | Steve Davis
Creative Wales Awards 2011/12

Steve Davis


Steve-DavisSteve was born into a steel working family in South Wales.

Training as an actor at the Drama Centre London in 1973-76, he subsequently worked in theatre and television in Britain and Europe. He went on to write and direct for the stage, specialising in new writing, devised work and using theatre to work with marginalised and hard to reach groups.

As Artistic Director of Spectacle Theatre he led the company’s award winning work at Parc prison and directed ‘The Lazy Ant’ by Mark Ryan, winning best production and script at the Shanghai International Theatre Festival.

"...something else, something I have not understood"

This Creative Wales Award will assist Steve in the exploration of new territory, enabling him to re-evaluate his practice as an artist.

production-steve-davisSteve’s proposal is to immerse himself in an artistic form, new to him, to gain understanding about the nature of creativity and specifically how conditions like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affect the artistic process.

He has in recent years become aware that he has a condition, which stems from is childhood, similar to ADHD. Steve has begun to unravel what it is that drives his behavior, that which is controllable and that which is not. He wants to understand the highs and lows of this condition, furthermore what part it plays in his and others’ artistic process.

Steve recognises this condition in the young people and communities that he creates theatre for, in particular amongst males in the criminal justice system, yet he has never seen or heard of this condition represented in drama. Is it possible for conditions like ADHD to be represented in drama?

The Creative Wales Award will enable the undertaking of this artistic exploration and to share this experience with other artists.

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