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I just wanted to give you a heads up on what’s happening with Dai¬†& Cath Woolridge/Going Public Theatre Company/Glenwood¬†at present. I will hit the news to you in bullet point format for that extra kick of business like agenda…

  • If you’re not already aware most of my blogging/tweet time is spent up with #psweets, (psalm tweets; silent ‘p’) where I’m going through the psalms and tweeting one a day via twitter and re-capping on the blog over the weekend. I’m loving this at the minute and very much appreciate the positive responce. If you want you can follow me on twitter…


  • Next Imagine is on in Glenwood on the 16th October…it’s a creative conference hosting Gerard Kelly; the author of twittergies, poet, church leader and¬†international speaker. Its going to be a great day expressing how we can be creative in the church; and so we’re not ‘all mouth, no trousers’; we’ll also be showcasing some ‘creativity’ in the evening. This will include¬†¬†me performing my latest show ‘The Tentmaker’; (also known as ”The Campmaker’… ‘The Tentfitter’…’and ‘The guy who puts up a gazebo for a living’). For more info click here


  • ThenCath will be launching her second album in the Gate on 10th December ; an album of welsh hymns revamped…its gonna be ‘gwych!’


  • And not¬†forgetting¬†– January and Febraury; Cath and I will be touring; she will be taking her album on the road and I¬†will be RE-touring¬†‘The Tentmaker’. If you’re interested in having us, get in touch now!

That’s me out;

Cheers – ‘The Gasser’

So, a little while ago I got commissioned to produce some short dvd¬†clips for EA Wales (That’s not the same as EA sports, its ‘Evangelical Alliance’…its in the game).

The whole¬†cencept is a ¬†‘moc-umentary’ where we enter the life of local welsh church pastor John Williams. This is the introductory clip where we see what an average church service with John looks like.

All this said…welcome to the one man church

Captured by Gav Owen

Edited by Justin Chaloner

Actors; Sharon Gardiner, Mike Barnes, Hannah Collins, Gav Owen, Becki Martin

Written, Produced, Directed and Performed by Dai Woolridge; Going Public Theatre Company

(Watched by you…hopefully)

Ok, here it is. My story of the tentmaker tour…its gonna be big, published and sold to waterstones with booksignings and security. Not just a pretentious title that screams…celeb autobiography, I’m thinking a posing picture of me next to a tent….there’s a storm but my face screams ‘vogue cover model’ as despite the wind and rain, my hair still looks magnificent!!

Then! An Action shot to show off my superhuman skill of oozing energy none stop!! How about…

hmm…perhaps not that one…yeah, I’ll try find something a little less, well¬†sleepy.

Then, I’m thinking something that draws people in, something that gets people’s attention… ‘during the tentmaker tour, Cath got pregnant!‘…hmm – but something thats not a big phat lie.

How about Paul the apostle, myself and the storyteller got in a fight…or in one venue we forgot the connectors that held the set together!! (yeah, like we’d ever do that…..)

OR how about ten things I learnt from a show about ‘the tentmaker’ Yes…I’ll do that.

1. Never trust a satsuma (Perhaps not the most relevant of points)

2. Always remember your set

3. Never trust a satsuma (I know I’ve said it before but its important)

4. Bring deodrant, anti persperent and any other ‘rant’ or ‘roll on’, as on stage for an hour with bright lights can get quite sweaty.

5. Eat less lasagne before the tour (as on tour you’ll have plenty!)

6. When driving a diesel van…don’t fill it with unleaded petrol (not that I did this mind, what you take me? An idiot!?…..awkward pause)

7. Take a camel on tour…suprisignly the more you strain your voice, the less voice you have left…I know, who would have thought? But still, if I had to do it again I’d hijack a camel for access to water…I’ll drink him dry and give him the hump.

8. Warn audience of disturbing images….one time I lifted my shirt up; perhaps advance warning for the more queezy of audience members would have been good.

9. Adlibbing is fun…but be prepared to be heckled by pantomime fanatics!

10. Last but most certainly not least…Paul the Apostle is a man of incredible faith, but a man noneoftheless. A man who has changed the way I see the Gospel and the new testament. A man who inspires me and challenges me, that if only I was half as souled out as he was for God’s message…how much more God could work through my life.

End Rant.


Ok, I maybe on tour but maybe the tent bit is a little misleading. I don’t go and perform a show then build a campfire outside the venue and tell scary passages of scripture whilst shining a torch in my face. (And besides, that only happened once and when the police arrived they were very understanding). No, not whatsoever. I don’t hike from venue to venue, I have not got a mallet in my pocket and my tent erecting skills are ropey at best…heck, I don’t even have a compass, and if I did – what use is it to me? It doesn’t tell me how far it is to the next McDonalds and it doesn’t pull funny faces.

No, but you probably would have guessed by now, the tent bit of the title refers to my recent one man show; ‘the tentmaker’…and the ‘me made part’, being that I wrote it. Having said this, I most certainly can not take all the credit…a lot of hard work has been grafted by others, who’s help has been essential.


Name: Mr Steve Stickley

Tent Job: Director

Age: Classified information (I would not like to be beaten with rods)

Special skill: Great wit and Has surname ‘Stickley’ which provided¬†great amusement¬†with a set of cane sticks.¬†

Other notes: Steve came up with the ingenious idea of using a set of cane sticks to represent every scenario…who structured me and challenged me to write and be as good as I can be. Without this guy, the tentmaker would not have gone from page to stage!


Name: Paul Lewzey

Tent Job: Co techie; visuals

Age: 22, although has lived the life of ten 22 year olds!

Special skill: Can kill a boar from a mile away using only his upper lip

Other notes: Enjoys a pint of assum tea (I like to say assum as the americans say… ‘awesome!!’ I know, how wild is that!?) and can pretty much to anything he puts his mind to.

Paul Lewzey has got a knack (along with other techies at ignite) to make concepts in a creative persons head a reality. Everything I have thrown at him, he has taken as an opportunity to achieve and sees it as good experience for the CV. Bar some incredible¬†art done by someone who for this moment in time shall remain nameless, Paul designed all the visuals; which are a big part of the show. This man is most certainly a pint of ‘assum!!’


Name: Steve Gardiner

Tent Job: Techie; audio

Age: A recent 34!

Special Skill: The man who makes Glenwood tick over. (In Colossians Paul talks about God ‘Only in him can all existence keep existing…although I don’t for a minute compare him to God; Steve, only with him can Glenwood and Going Public keep¬†Going Public and Glenwood-ing!) On the road or in the office, a west country boy at heart very much appreciated for all he does.

Other notes: Give him a saw, a vice and some sticky back plastic and he can fix anything! (Last tuesday he made me a state of the art pair of¬†night vision goggles using only bluetac…ok maybe he didn’t, but I bet he could if he wanted to!)


Name: Benny K

Tent Job: Music man

Special Skill: Looking good every minute of every day, oh and he’s bit of a dab hand at music too.

Other notes: Benny K (if anyone wants to know what K stands for…let me know, 10 or more requests and I’ll let you know!) is an incredible musciain (did I spell musciain right?) and he provided the music sound tracks for the show…again, an absolute beast for whom I am very grateful.

So, here’s a little shoutout as without these guys, the tentmaker won’t be currently touring. This along with the constant love and support¬†from my dear Catherine, close friends and family, admin¬†expertise of¬†Ami Tatt,¬†Figo Connector finder Gareth Knowles, Publicity design of David Potter esq and¬†GP bosses Ali and Paul have been invaluable.

Anyway; three down and 6 more to go…this week we set sail over the borders to the Gentiles! Tonight Hereford, tomorrow night – Devon.

See you on the other side;

A gassing hairy welshman.


My last blog update before the tour…you might have seen it on facebook or vimeo but here it is on the gassing hairy welshman!

A big thanks to the ignite techies for helping me put it together.

So here it is – MC Hope, pre election…Enjoy.

some of you may have heard me bang on about MC Hope, so for your viewing pleasure, here is the delegate of HOPE 2010…enjoy

News from December

Posted: January 12, 2010 in GPTC, What's been happening like?

Dai/Going Public Theatre Company News

So, its a new year and so its a great chance to look back at what happened last year. From September to November was relatively busy but when November left and December arrived Рthings took to a new level. As propably most of you know РChristmas is a busy time. Anywho, enough waffling Рmore highlights.

Ignite me Christmas – The Christmas Extravagenza began with the guys at Ignite…a modern version of the Christmas story along with picture aids of the ignite team. We had gems such as Gary, Nigel and Dai as the ‘Wisemen’ and John Lewis as an angel….yes!

The Ammanford Christmas meal Рthis was an event put on from our old home church, Cath and I went down to be the entertainment. It was an eventful evening filled with poems, songs, and turkey stuffing balls and performance pieces Рalong with a misbehaving screen who kept trying to hog all the attention!

Dai Hankey’s Carol Service –¬†a carol service up Pontypool and i went along to give a couple of Christmas poems, including my most recent ‘The Ickle King Of the Crib’…in the words of the man himself….It was a great evening with¬†Llanelli boy Richard Taylor giving the talk and some¬†rocked out carols courtesy of Steve Haines. All in all Mr Hankey,¬†it was¬†cracking;¬†‘nice one bruv!’


The Bay Carol Service ala Rev Monica – This is great. It happens every year down on the Tesco stage in the Millenium Centre and put together by a wonderful lady ‘Rev Monica’. I¬†went with my toured poem… ‘Ickle King of the Crib’


Christmas Eve¬†Candle Light Service – A great tradition every year in Ammanford AEC –¬†Sammy spoke well,¬†Cath performed some great songs and the you know what poem made one final appearence.

And Last but not Least

Glenwood Carol Service – It was a busy end to the year and for me this had to be the highlight. Cath put together an ace version of a Sister Act medley with girls from the local high School.

 As for me, With lots of help to make it happen, I put together a Nativity Script and directed the budding actors at Glenwood to perform it. It was quite stressful, definately a journey and an experience, but it was most certainly worth it.