Brân delivers an environmental message at Orchardfest 2019

Saturday 7 September 2019 4:30pm
Location: St Dogmaels Abbey
Entry: Free

As The Big Lottery funded environmental project The People’s Orchard draws to a close we have teamed up with Small World Theatre to provide a memorable spectacle for our final Orchardfest. St. Dogmaels abbey will provide the magnificent backdrop for Bran the Giant to awaken and deliver an important message to our community about climate change. The festival runs from 1 pm to 7 pm in the grounds of the Abbey. There will be activities throughout the afternoon including a Ceilidh band, live music with our local superstars Quay Street, free face painting and balloon modelling, Hedgerow workshop with Keep Wales Tidy and a Bar tent with a good selection of local beers, ciders and hot and cold food. A variety of stalls will provide information and activities about a wide range of local ecological and conservation groups committed to improving the world we inhabit. The spectacle of Bran the Giant at this historic venue for the first time is an experience not to be missed. Come along and make memories.

Welsh Mythology and Language feature in Hartlepool Waterfront Festival

Sunday 21 July 2019
Location: The Waterfront, The Highlight, TS24 0YA
Entry: pay what you decide.

Brân the Blessed (Welsh: Bendigeidfran) is one of the finest stories in The Mabinogi; a collection of tales captured in two medieval Welsh manuscripts. Join Small World Theatre at Hartlepool’s two-day festival to relive this epic tale on Sunday 21 July. The Welsh theatre company based in Ceredigion, skilfully adapts the ancient oral story into a spectacular performance with giant tricycles, a 25-foot tall puppet, a boat and a local choir.

Hartlepool Waterfront Festival is a rapidly growing UK festival benefiting communities in the North East of England. Its aim is to reimagine old stories and create new experiences. The organisers invited Small World Theatre to the festival to recount the tale of the giant king of Britain who walked to Ireland to defend his sister, Branwen, when he heard she was being mistreated. During a terrible battle, Brân lost his head and his armies carried it home to be buried at a spot that is now occupied by The Tower of London.

Hartlepool Borough Council has worked with artist Luca Rutherford to develop a narrative around ‘Harbour of Refuge’ drawing on themes of refuge, home, belonging and togetherness. Small World Theatre recounts the Celtic tale of myth, magic and dynastic politics to emphasise the transformative power of arts and culture at Hartlepool’s giant welcome party. Brân was a benevolent king and an admired leader famous for saying

“There is no leader who is not a bridge”

This performance is testimony to the mythic past resonating with contemporary themes in politics and a nation’s well-being.

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The Healing of Brân is a seminal tale of leadership, betrayal and hope. This spectacular giant is 7.62m or 25ft tall and this production by Small World Theatre is as emotional as it is epic, and a fabulous showstopper at any event.

This is a site specific performance and a unique collaboration between Small World Theatre and the host destination. It requires forward planning in order to engage the community, adapt and utilise the individuality of the place, and finally present a most stunning outcome. For this reason we welcome working with local organisations and actively engaging with other artists and communities.

This spectacle, with its accessible bilingual narrative, delivers an emotional response to the giant’s plight, which is a compelling reason to stage this production at a time when not only the Celtic worlds, but all of humanity would benefit from a moment of reflection and unity.

For lots more information about The Healing of Brân and to discuss your idea and event, please contact Sam 01239 615 952 sam@smallworld.org.uk