Lightning Path on tour 2017

created with the support of  Arts Council Wales

Family puppet theatre tells a tale of our times

Lightning Path by Small World Theatre combines skilled puppetry with beautiful animation and original music. This new show promises to engage all ages and is cleverly written for English and Welsh speaking audiences. It centres around Ella who wonders why her family farm is flooding. Her Grandfather worries about the wildlife and why the eels are not coming up the river anymore. Ella embarks on a magical journey through changing landscapes with her new friend, Harri-the-flying-hare. This is a global journey for Ella, who meets curious creatures in far away lands that help her learn new ways of understanding and caring.

Lightning Path is Small World Theatre’s new family puppet theatre show created and touring with the support of Arts Council Wales

The Lightning Path/ Llwybr Mellt echoes the company’s strong ecological ethos with a journey across the continents from pole to desert…The action blends the range of possibilities of puppetry … is witty, colourful and compact.
Adam Somerset, Theatre in Wales April 2016

Audience comments

Just seen The Lightning Path with my 6 year old at The Old Mill in Llanidloes – really enjoyed it. Surpassed all the family puppetry shows we’ve seen to date. Loved the shadow elements and inspired characterisations. Well chosen use of Welsh in places, not overwhelming for non Welsh-speaker like me. Audience member  May 2017

“Lighting Path is fabulous and engaging”
“Rwy am helpu’r crwban!”
“Kept children’s attention and gave us ideas for the future”
“It made us think as a family about things we can do to make a difference to climate change”

The Director
Ann Shrosbree is a highly skilled puppeteer and performer as well as Director of the organisation. Her vast experience is central the success of this show.

The Cast
Hope Dowsett is so excited to be performing in her first professional show with Small World Theatre. Since graduating with a BA (Hons) in Drama from Aberystwyth University in 2014, she has worked in various capacities for organisations including Shakespeare Schools Festival, Pleasance Theatre and National Theatre Wales. Her favourite things are pretty walks, good books and biscuits.

Heledd Gwynn trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Bursary Award in 2012. Her acting theatre credits include TI.ME. for Cwmni Pluen & Sherman Cymru, Y FENYW DDAETH O’R MOR for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES for Wales Theatre Company and SAY IT WITH FLOWERS for Sherman Cymru. She greatly enjoys working with puppets, and puppeteered in LAND OF THE DRAGON for Puppet Soup at the Edinburgh Fringe. On screen Heledd has recently played Joy in the well-received tv series 35 DIWRNOD, and has also appeared on GWAITH/CARTREF for S4C. When not acting, she loves to work on her art projects, be out on her bike, or be walking near the sea – preferably with a picnic.

Bill Hamblett is creative director of Small World Theatre, a performer, puppeteer and maker whose career has taken him across all continents working in different cultures and communities. In The Lightning Path Bill re-visits places he has been before and places he’s yet to boldly go!

Creative Associates  

Script development
Meredydd Barker is a bi-lingual playwright from Pembrokeshire. He is artistic director and co-founder of Narberth Youth Theatre – developing its professional arm which he will launch in 2017. He is currently writing a play about Nye Bevan and Jennie Lee for Theatr Na Nog. Future commissions include The Torch Theatre.

Dr Carol Byrne Jones is a renaissance woman, a talented writer, film and television producer/ director, actor, poet and university lecturer working fluidly in both Welsh and English.

Puppet makers
Toby Downing is an artist /maker extraordinaire who makes automata and puppets from gigantic to miniscule. He is also a vintage car enthusiast.
Toby worked with Bill Hamblett and Ann Shrosbree to create the puppets for this production.

Music score
Dr Peter Stacey has a long-established and current repertoire in the music industry. He has worked extensively in music theatre, working with Made in Wales, Pauper’s Carnival, Theatre Taliesin Wales and India Dance Wales.

Sean Vicary is an innovative visual artist with an international presence producing moving image and animation pieces. He recently began a Creative Wales Award through Arts Council Wales.

Technical development
Steve Knight has an extensive career in theatre tech management and is happiest when he’s sat in a dark corner fiddling with the kit. He is a highly skilled computer programmer who loves playing with the latest technology.

Marketing and booking enquiries
Please contact Sam – for information and to book the performance at your venue.