Performance

National Trust Bodnant Garden – Unbind The Wing

National Trust Bodnant Garden – Unbind The Wing 1840 1228 Pigtown Theatre CIC

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).

The Bwgan

The Bwgan 900 675 Pigtown Theatre CIC

The Bwgan

‘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.