Moving Roots


Moving Roots

Common Wealth is part of Moving Roots, a collective of arts organisations from across the UK: Battersea Arts Centre (London), Lyrici Arts (Medway), The Old Courts (Wigan) and Jumped Up Theatre (Peterborough) and Common Wealth (Cardiff).

Moving Roots runs from 2020 – 2023. We are working together in collaboration with the people of CF3 and artists to explore pioneering new ways to co-create, make, stage and tour live performance. Across the three years, we will bring three live performances to Cardiff East, staging them in found spaces.

There will be numerous opportunities to get involved – from being part of the creative team, helping steer the project, stage management roles plus many other ways we have yet to discover.

We have recruited a Sounding Board for the project, made up of 7 people from Cardiff East. They will help us develop, shape and grow ideas for the co-created shows that will be coming to Cardiff East. You can find out more about them and their ideas here.

If you’d like to talk more about how you can get involved please get in touch with [email protected]

Definition of Co-Creation

Co-creation delegates leadership to participants and invites a wider range of voices, encouraging dialogue that continues beyond the immediate life of the project itself. It challenges hierarchies and gives people agency to shape the project, be the author of their stories, and make what they want to see in their hometown. The project works with artists as visionaries, skilled communicators and social provocateurs.



Rent Party

Rent Party is the first show chosen by the Moving Roots Network to tour. It will come here to Cardiff East as a reworked version in Autumn 2021. Based on the parties held in the 1920s Harlem Renaissance in order for black artists to pay their disproportionately high rents. This bang up to date, kaleidoscopic window into the lives of 5 fabulously fierce cast members provides a show that does not shy away from being all that it can be.

Whilst investigating austerity Britain, it celebrates being talented, wonderful, lived. The original Rent Party cascaded the parameters of being black, queer and working class. Brash, bold and brave, the show is a bloody joy and the idea of replicating such a vibrant, confident cast here in Cardiff to showcase a re-devised Welsh Rent Party is, well – it’s bloody exciting!! What does a Rent Party in South Wales look like? …. You will soon see!

Moving Roots Manifesto

  1. We will not use jargon, and make sure language and process is clear and de-mystyifed
  2. We will  be receptive to gifts
  3. The work will be artistically excellent
  4. We will not use jargon, and make sure language and process is clear and de-mystyifed
  5. “Not about us, without us”
  6. The project will encourage people to be more active in their own lives/ community
  7. The project will enable people to blow up old narratives & practice new ones
  8. Where possible, support the onward progression of people; take them beyond volunteering and give access to paid work
  9. Dig deeper
  10. The project will make people feel differently