Over the last couple of years, in the arts in Wales, the British Council seems to have been playing a much more prominent role – as enabler and facilitator, but also as a body that is encouraging and helping validate much of the work that is being produced in Wales. Alongside what seems to be a pretty fruitful partnership with Wales Arts International, British Council Wales are doing a pretty great job at presenting Welsh art to the world. Much of that success can be traced to the passion and energy of the latest OffScript guest, Rebecca Gould, who took the post of head of arts in Wales for the British Council in 2015.
Rebecca has a pretty great theatrical pedigree, coming to the British Council from the Soho Theatre where she was creative producer, after time at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre amongst others – but she is also very much a product of the Welsh theatre scene, and back in the day worked for the Sherman, the New Theatre, Everyman, Cardiff Open Air Theatre.
Gary Raymond talks to Rebecca about art, culture, society and of course, Brexit.