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Small World Theatre Policy and vision     

Small World Theatre Policy and vision We believe in
• sustainability and resilience
• producing great performances of artistic excellence
• engaging communities and educating in creative ways
• challenging, informing and invigorating
• understanding diversity
• emerging talent and fostering creative thinking
• opportunities for informed debate, dialogue & conversation
• a new paradigm to manage change through cultural means

We are an artist-led Arts and Sustainability organisation. There are four areas of work that inform our operating strategy
We implement projects and facilitate workshops
We deliver projects in communities creating significant social and economic benefits for participants and for local regeneration. Our strategic direction combines our expertise in arts and sustainability with culture and development.
We use SEED SCALE. acronyms for Self Evaluation for Effective Decision-making.
and Systems for Communities to Adapt Learning and Expand, Innovative methodologies

We run an Arts and Sustainability programme from our near zero carbon venue:
We present arts & performance events, mentor emerging artists, host symposiums, community events, creative classes, workshops and training. Our near zero carbon venue is accessible and a model of environmental sustainability
We Work in education;
With primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, teacher training institutions and universities offering programmes of training and workshops for teachers and students. We are an experienced AGORED Accreditation Centre giving people of all ages and abilities meaningful, life changing qualifications.
We produce and perform original theatre:
Our touring theatre work is environmentally sensitive and socially engaging. It is an example of how to really deliver arts and sustainability in creative yet accessible ways. The social purpose concerning environmental and sustainability issues is intrinsic in the content of most of the shows
Brief History

Small World Theatre is a charity which implements projects using the arts in development and provides consultants to bodies such as the UN, British Council and INGO's

Founder members Ann Shrosbree and Bill Hamblett who have worked together since 1979 have experience of working with poor or marginalised communities in Vietnam, Nepal, India, Zambia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, the Middle East, Wales, Ireland and in the inner cities and rural areas of UK. We also work across Europe with interested partners many of which were formally EU funded schemes

Small World also designs and implements development awareness projects in UK and produces innovative performances using theatre, puppetry, storytelling and new technology. The training and workshops SWT provides often lead to performances with community groups. Outdoor work is narrative, and of scale, specialists in Legend and myth as well as water based shows, spectacular giants perform and sometimes there are participation opportunities for communities to engage with events such as street processions with giant puppets, impressive lantern parades and other site specific outdoor events.
SWT's international work in Arts and Culture for Development (ACD) participatory theatre, rights and democracy informs and is informed by touring performances in theatres for Welsh and other UK audiences.
A few shows are available NOW
2015-16 – 17 The Lightning Path: is a touring family puppet theatre show created with the support of Arts Council Wales. Ella’s family farm is flooding. Grandfather says the eels aren’t coming up the river anymore. She is concerned about melting ice caps. Is there a connection with ice, eels and changing landscapes across the world? She embarks on a magical journey to find answers, meeting a collection of people and creatures that help her learn new ways of understanding and caring. Her questions bring wisdom and a sprinkling of super powers. Puppets, actors, astonishing projections and wonderful music
2017 Noddfa an animated film with partners Winding Snake: Shadow puppets made by our team and refugees in Cardiff. Noddfa was shown at WOW film festival.
2017-18 Rangoli Winding Snake project in Wales and India with SWT as partners
20010 – 2018 THE HEALING OF BRÂN THE BLESSED There is no leader who is not a bridge...
This spectacular giant production is as emotional as it is epic. A new myth for a new paradigm. The legendary Bran Stands a staggering 25ft high with a crew of ten performers
The Mabinogion story of ‘Brân the Blessed’ is one of the most cherished stories of Welsh culture. Brân is a hero, a King and a Bridge to his people.
In the build-up to the arrival of the giant, as yet still in pieces, the members of the ‘Society of Brân’ gather the crowds with giant tricycle trailers, towing the giant’s legs, arms and torso to the area where the readers of the portents hilariously enact the 1000 year old story.
THE HEALING OF BRÂN THE BLESSED takes up the story in the present day and with retro-engineered ritual, the performers re-assemble this magnificent giant, bringing him to life and helping him stand and walk.
Performed in Wales and Ireland The Healing of Brân represents the healing of his people and in turn the healing of the Celtic nations. As Brân speaks, his voice, deep and sonorous, recites in the Welsh language. The performers’ English commentary helps the audience understand the tale. Bran can also be commissioned to appear with a different format that we can adapt to bookers needs.
2010 2017 ‘Tales from the Taiga’ uses shadow puppetry, giant creatures, storytelling, music and lighting to create an enchanting performance for children and their families! Based on a Siberian tribes folk story . The Nanai are as endangered as their territory the environment and the tigers
Lady Augusta Llywelyn-Gordon This beautiful giant explorer and adventurer stands 11 ft tall and has two friendly field assistants to help her perform as she identifies interesting creatures and features with her specialist equipment (including an impressive giant magnifying glass and binoculars).
She glides through her environment with an air that is redolent of La Belle Epoch, impressing all that see her, while her slightly less qualified assistants negotiate her progress and engage and gather a team of audience followers who are invited to share their own knowledge of the environment.
Small World Theatre’s extensive experience in live performance outdoor theatre and street improvisation assures bookers that Lady Augusta Llywelyn-Gordon will hit the spot on so many levels. At 11ft tall she does have the advantage.
2015 -17 The Holy Relic Seller: His unlikely wares are often based on items believed to have been considered holy in medieval times such feathers from an angel, the ears of the apostles that sweat in a jar, moldering bishops fingers in a glass reliquary and for the really gullible “the bottled Voice of saint Winifred who sings when the cork is pulled. Many strange objects hang from this artfully crafted stall and each bears a tale for the passer-by. The air is filled with frankincense and sandalwood some who venture close are blessed by the gentle brush of an angel duster.
Our sales assistant to the soul provides this unique and innovative installation /artwork /performance. It is at home in medieval fairs or being the performance element at Christmas markets, banqueting halls, castle heritage events and pilgrim paths. We can add the fake parts of local saints to the repertoire if required to localise the content. Eng Lang


Revivable section: with a bit of work these shows below can tour again
2013 One Way Street. Our tribute to classic Film Noir “One Way Street” containing all the moral ambiguity embodied in the noir genre. Encounter the femme fatal, the hard-nosed detective, all in glorious black and white. One Way Street is a live theatre performance inhabited by puppets and film projections.
This production in startling monochrome sees San Francisco transform from soft focus to the chiaroscuro sharpness of this film genre.
Sam Stone is a San Francisco private investigator. People come to him to solve their problems and their troubles. One day a woman walks into his office with what seems to be an open and shut case but this one’s going to get him into a whole lot of trouble. What’s more he can’t even find a decent cup of coffee.
Written and produced by Small World Theatre this is a show for adults where puppetry meets the demand of both film noir lovers and theatregoers alike.
2010 – 2013 The Fisherman and the Mermaid. 12ft Giant yellow So’westered fisherman giant with a show about the last mermaid off the Welsh Coast STREET SHOW such fun
2008- 2010 Coedauwydd, Woman of the trees A show commissioned by the forestry commission about carbon capture by trees. No it really is funny and engaging honest .
2006. Cot Myrddyn / Merlin’s Coat. With the aid of Merlin’s transformative coat the boy from Carmarthen gets to grips with his worldwide success. UK
performances in the Autumn. Touring on through till 2008
Some of our PAST shows and projects

2007 Giant Puppets in Damascus Syria- British Council sponsored. Theatre for development
2006 Sex and Poverty, Wales and the World. HIV AIDS sexual health a drama research process. Wales possibly Uganda.
2006. The Refugee Training Project aims to smooth the integration of refugees into society by creating a 'two way street' of greater awareness and empathy between refugees, host communities and statutory bodies. All Wales

2005 2006 Ridgeway Arts Projects RAP. Arts and theatre for regeneration with excluded communities. Cardigan area.
selected past productions
2003 Uganda, Kampala, Feb to April :These Rights Are Mine 180 young people worked to make six interactive forum theatre shows as a resource for their schools on the rights of the child. 40 of this group went on to make these shows into a highly acclaimed piece of theatre at Uganda's National Theatre. Directors: Ann Shrosbree, Bill Hamblett & Philip Luswatta.

SWT returned to Uganda in August 2003 to work with AIDS orphans who have requested SWT?s help in upgrading their skills in puppetry and theatre for Development methods. Also return in 2004 to research an Arts and Culture for development (ACD) training project.

2002/ 2003 / 2004/ 2005 Diogel?/Safe? a, very successful programme of work using theatre in Welsh schools and communities to explore the refugee/ asylum seeker situation. The SWT show was researched with refugees in Wales, devised and made by Ann Shrosbree and Bill Hamblett, additional material Alpha Bah, Director: Vanya Constant.

This successful project performed in the Assembly building to a young audience and policy makers who post show made policy for Wales concerning asylum seekers and refugees. Thanks to Edwina Hart for hosting the day. The project was mentioned on the floor of the House Of Commons. Subsequently we were asked to present evaluation findings at the House of Commons to an all-party group of Welsh MPs
2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004 Beats the Box, Arts in Targeted Communities.
Indicators of community regeneration can bee seen as a result of using a wide range of theatre techniques and arts practice in these targeted communities. Giant street and carnival puppets have been made as well as public art that has been participatorily designed and produced with young people. Drama, mask making, shadow puppetry, music making and peer education are all aspects of this exciting project.
2000 Tanzania, Theatre, gender & democracy project training 10 Tanzanian Actors in research using puppets as intermediaries enabling communities in shantytowns help devise street performances about women’s participation in the democratic process( 49 performances) British Council Funded
2000 Generation X, Ely, Cardiff, Bogus is an intergenerational forum theatre piece about bogus callers. Web site www.genx,org.uk

1999
Mufaro - author SWT and Traditional African story Animation Sean Vicary.
Music Newmass Kunasta & Erin Mc Donald. Director Vanya Constant

1999 2 consultancies in Nepal. And a visit to the community forestry project in Sudan.

1998 File not Found – for Amnesty . Author SWT

1997/8 A series of performances for Streets of the South.

1997/8 Giant Street Puppets for Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland

1997 Manifiesto de la Selva 2 - author SWT Music by Adrian Wagner
From 1979 to 1997 we Travelled the world performing over 20 different shows and implemented many development projects on theme as varied as tree planting in the desert. 56 Sudanese villages planted over a million trees. There is now a forest where the desert encroached. Refugee issues in Hong Kong and Vietnam Shadow puppets in Indonesia. Shanty towns in Kenya, and Shows in China.
We will re focus on our long term commitment to Arts and Sustainability . Always learning, always sharing, always collaborating, always seeking funds. We hope that our plans for legislative theatre helping to make laws and policy in Wales Government will inform a post referendum landscape, seeking more listening from our politicians.
Check out www.smallworld.org.uk for what’s on now

Small world Theatre  
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Bill Hamblett
e-mail: bill@smallworld.org.uk
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