Peiriant Newid Pethau | Making a Difference Engine (working title)

Small World Theatre completed a research and development phase in 2019 to make a new outdoor performance with biodiversity themes. We are delighted to have received Arts Council Wales funding to continue the project to tour in 2020.

Making a Difference Engine is a new piece of environmental theatre aimed to heighten audience awareness of environmental sustainability at ten locations in Wales. This site-specific, mid-scale production will include mock scientists with their extraordinary fairground, steam punk, vintage style machine/ laboratory. It will appear in specific sites in Wales engaging audiences in investigating rare species particular to each performance site. The Making a Difference Engine will be part puppet booth, part giant automata with objects unexpectedly popping out of doors, zeotropes, animation and soundscapes.

Partners include: Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve, Pembrokeshire Nature Partnership, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Oriel y Parc St Davids, Volcano Theatre, Oriel Davies, Elan Valley International Dark Sky Park, Dwr Cymru, Venue Cymru, Wales Coast Path, Natural Resources Wales, Green Man Festival.

We have uploaded photos of the Biodiversity Engine in development and a short film with shadow puppetry to illustrate the poem ‘Cân yr Hedydd’. The first verse is traditional, the rest added by the poet Cynan in the 20th century. It’s believed that the Lark was a reference to Owain Glyndwr, who was seen to be Wales’ great hope. Small World Theatre has used the poem to refer to the skylark population under threat and questions why the species is in decline in Wales and Europe. This performance was part of the research process supported by Arts Council Wales.