Cragen: Wales’ Legendary Sea Monster
Commissioned by Visit Wales 2018 – 2019
Small World Theatre’s mythological monster appeared along Wales’ epic coastline during Year of the Sea funded by Visit Wales.
Cragen was said to dwell off the coast of Wales and appeared along the coastline at nine locations supporting the global clean seas campaign. Visitors and communities gasped at her ingenuity and were amazed by her size (20m long) as she returned unwanted plastic waste from the sea to the land.
Cragen attracted the support of local businesses and plastic free community groups. Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Lord-Elis Thomas
The Year of the Sea gives us an excellent opportunity to show our fantastic coastline to the world. From our 50 islands, our 230 beaches with more Blue Flags per mile than anywhere else in Britain – to our world-first 870mile long Wales Coast Path. However, it also gives us a platform to raise awareness of the need to care for our environment – and the impact our activities can have on our seas and coastline. The Welsh Government is committed to reducing the use of single use plastics, and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to support this innovative project by the Small World Theatre. Cragen will help raise awareness of the impact of single use plastics and the backdrop of our amazing coastline will be a reminder of the beauty that needs to be kept for future generations.
Over 30K visitors attended Cragen performances between July – December 2018 and participated in exciting activities and events alongside the Wales-wide tour. Partners included The Wildlife Trusts ‘Sea Wales 7D’ Augmented Reality Roadshow, Keep Wales Tidy, National Trust Wales, Wales Coast Path and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. Project hashtags #cleanseascragen #findyourepic #cleanseas apply to social media posts.
The Lightning Path
Supported by The Arts Council Wales 2017
Lightning Path was a family puppet theatre show that told a tale of our times. It combined skilled puppetry with beautiful animation and original music. This bilingual show engaged all ages and centred around Ella wondering why her family farm was flooding. Her Grandfather worried about the wildlife and why the eels are not coming up the river anymore. Ella embarked on a magical journey through changing landscapes with a flying hare.
Script development… Meredydd Barker
Puppet makers… Toby Downing, Bill Hamblett, Ann Shrosbree
Music score… Dr Peter Stacey
Animation… Sean Vicary
Technical development… Steve Knight
Graphic design…Sam Vicary
Director… Ann Shrosbree