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National Trust Bodnant Garden – Unbind The Wing
Unbind the Wing a celebration where performance and community collide to create something special.
Marking 100 years since some women got the right to vote and highlighting the valuable work of Laura McLaren, Lady Aberconwy who resided at Bodnant in 1918. By creating an immersive theatrical performance where the audience became protesters on a march we were able to lead them around the beautiful gardens, travel back in time through decades of womens protest until we found ourselves back in 1918.
Supporting our professional actor’s we drew together a community cast who breathed life in to the scenes and stood amongst the audience to create a truly unique atmosphere. A treat for the senses as our cavalcade travelled the garden, we smelt welsh cakes cooking on the open fire at the 1980’s CND protest and watched the flares go up as the riot police moved us on towards a climax of singing from Welsh National Opera and speech making by modern activists (chosen by Amnesty for their commitment and courage to modern protest issues).
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‘It was whispered in places untouched by the signals of satellites, that if snow fell on daffodils, the bwgan would walk again.’
A street sign in Mochdre on a mysterious lane was the catalyst for a story, a modern ghost tale of the Bwgan, a Bogey man, who lurks not in remote country lanes but on the internet ready to pounce. Ready to expose our secrets, fears and hopes using the information we have fed it.
Thanks to funding from the Arts Council Wales and support from Theatr Clwyd we explored this idea in a week long R&D. During the week we workshopped ideas with Ysgol Creuddyn to explore how young people communicate with each other on line and how the Welsh language is used in text form. We spoke to local residence about ghost stories of the area and how they felt about social media, how they used it. Throughout this week our writer Matthew Bulgo, director, actors and digital creative worked to shape the first scenes of the play. Playing with the bi-lingual nature of North Wales to create a script which moved seamlessly between the two languages, mixing digital content with live action culminating in a thirty minute performance on day five.
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Imagine Colwyn Bay
Sometimes we need to create new narratives; change people’s perspective on a place. Imagine Colwyn Bay is doing just that. Celebrating good work taking place and creating new, bold arts initiative’s which can engage and inspire locals and visitors alike. We are supporting this exciting project by creating new stories, engaging more people.
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ALN In The Community
We are always looking for ways to work with and support other great organisations in community settings encouraging people to enjoy being creative and expressing themselves. Whether that be during fun days offering everyone in the family an opportunity to get involved, add their ideas and be part of the story using props, costumes and lots of imagination like our work with Contact a Family.
Or bringing people together who have a shared interest in performing arts like the Hijinx students who we worked with to develop their performance skills, confidence building and team work, creating a company of student actors.
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National Trust Bodnant Garden Community Banner Making
We want peoples’ voices to be heard; their stories told. Connecting our celebration performance at Bodnant to the community was vitally important. We wanted to celebrate womens protest and the important work done not just 100 years ago but now with issues which concern us today.
Our protest performance was not just a historical piece looking back but also reflecting forwards, it was important to us that modern womens’ issues would be highlighted at the event. By hosting banner making sessions in Eglwsbach and at Bodnant Garden we were able to connect, share stories and highlight important causes which affect people today.
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Celebrating what’s positive about your community and the people who make it happen really brings everyone together. Our Community Superhero’s projects have encouraged schools to connect more with parents, celebrate the ‘everyday superhero’s’ in their lives and present work which offers an opportunity for everyone to come along and have fun together.
The federated schools Ysgol Mochdre and Ysgol Cystennin joined together to celebrate their Superheros creating with us a school fair on a beautiful warm Summers day. Leading up to the event children had been busy at our after-school club perfecting a Hero’s performance and working with local artist Alana Tyson to design their own capes and masks which they created with family members.
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This project funded initially by the People’s Health Trust Health Diverse is all about bringing the community together; finding time to try something new and push individual boundaries. This group continues to flourish, welcoming people from all backgrounds and abilities to make new friends and find their voice through drama. The group has been invited to take part at a variety of community events including National Trust’s ‘Unbind the Wing’ event and Imagine Colwyn Bay. Our commitment to the group continues and we are always looking for new ways for our members to make space.
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National Trust Riverlands Project
How do you connect with people to make a problem relevant and engaging? That was the question we answered with our NT Riverlands project. Raising awareness that we can affect the flooding problem in the River Conwy and the positive steps being taken saw us unearth an old Welsh myth of the Afanc; a terrible sea creature who makes the River Conwy flood when its angry.
How about we create opportunities for people to hear more about the Afanc through Community days where they can create a giant river monster, star in a rap video and talk to the National Trust about flooding and what measures are being taken. Team that with a bilingual school’s workshop and everyone starts to hear about the Afanc.
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