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Small World Theatre embark on a new project     

Good news for young people in West Wales. Small World Theatre(SWT) have received £53,000 from Community Fund to work for two years with children in secondary and primary schools to help them relate their personal experiences to those of people who have been forced to flee their homes and their countries because of persecution, war and other threats to their safety. The project, which will be launched in Swansea will also look at how safe refugees feel in their new environment .

In order to avoid the sort of problems experienced by some communities hosting refugees in other parts of Britain, SAFE ? / DIOGEL aims to promote tolerance, acceptance and understanding within Welsh host communities.

SAFE ? / DIOGEL will use the medium of drama to explore the concerns that local children and their parents may have about receiving refugees into their communities and to increase their awareness of the challenges refugees and asylum seekers face when starting a new life in unfamiliar surroundings.

With their partners the Welsh Refugee Council and Global Connections Small World Theatre will be researching the stories of refugees living in Wales.

Based on these real stories SWT will produce a theatre/puppetry performance to introduce the project to participating schools. A refugee mentor advising the project will be present to answer questions raised by the play.

Active learning and participatory drama based activities will be developed through workshop sessions in participating schools. These will be appropriate for children of different ages and will meet national curriculum PSE requirements.

Based near Cardigan, Small World Theatre have over twenty years experience working both in Wales and overseas of exploring global issues with young people. Small World Theatre¹s recent performance, Mufaro, toured to over eighty schools and theatres in South & West Wales, UK and Ireland. Bill Hamblett and Ann Shrosbree worked with Vietnamese refugees in detention camps in Hong Kong in 1992. This experience was used to create Moving!, a show for 8 to 13 year olds that they took to over 300 schools across the UK.

Small World Theatre worked in partnership with Save the Children Cymru to create the first Welsh Refugee Week in Cardiff in 1997.

A senior educationalist said of previous SWT projects that they "reflect the reality of human existence and offer children entry points
to a world which they might otherwise never know"

SAFE ? / DIOGEL is also supported by Christian Aid, Oxfam-Cymru and Cyfanfyd.
Small World Theatre  
web site
: www.smallworld.org.uk
Ann Shrosbree
e-mail: smallworld@enterprise.net
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