Despite the challenges of Covid, the Small World Theater in Cardigan has always delivered unique projects.
In 2021, staff supported health and creativity, created public art from recycled materials, expanded their puppet skills into the digital world, and stayed in touch with the public through promenade theatre, outdoor events and online broadcasts.
They added a giant rat, a spider, and the head of a snake to the city’s art trail leading to the castle walls.
The theater also won a tender to create the Imagine Sculpture Trail as part of the Imagine Colwyn Bay Heritage Fund Great Place Scheme.
In partnership with Castell Aberteifi, they created the first Cardi Spooktakula for Halloween. The Small World Theater’s immersive theatrical event scared over 1,000 locals and entertained them with live puppets, aerial performances, a terrifying horde of zombies, giant sculptures, and awe-inspiring light and sound installations.
With funding from Ceredigion County Council and the Welsh Government, Small World Theater has created Summer of Fun activities supporting creative play for children and young people throughout the holidays. They experimented with revolutionary new digital techniques to create new puppets for online events. Launching their digital scene during lockdown has helped them stay connected to their audience.
The Syrcas Byd Bychan project has achieved great things; progress through training, perform at outdoor and online events, participate in Circus Village and more.
“We are thrilled to have some of our dedicated SBB students continuing their airline careers and flying in the nest, and we look forward to welcoming first-timers in the new year,” a theater spokesperson said.
Amethyst has adapted and grown to meet the needs of young people struggling with mental health issues. This vital project focused on supporting students in schools; delivering online through cinematic/virtual animations, using theater techniques in face-to-face sessions, and mentoring older students to support younger peers. The project also supports parents with weekly online sessions and organizes therapeutic art classes for young people aged 14 to 25. And this year, there are new opportunities for parents of young people with mental health issues.
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