Small World Theatre has extensive experience of successfully delivering community development projects across Wales. We create targeted projects and open access workshops in the heart of communities. Theatre, creativity and sustainability is at the centre of everything we do.
Our trained staff are experts in facilitating consultation and discussion, so that we get the best thinking out of groups, organisations and statutory agencies. Our work brings together local communities and policy-makers resulting in creative solutions to once intractable problems. e.g. Theatr Forum
We’ve worked with refugees and host communities, Intergenerational groups (in Ely, Cardiff, Caerphilly, the Tywi Valley, Llandysul & Newcastle Emlyn) and Young Carers, NEETS, whole communities, differently able people of all ages, economically inactive people, schools, teacher training institutions, universities, youth organisations. Ceredigion’s Healthy Heart project report describes SWT as providing “…the important and necessary process of engagement (their work)… shows the use of arts as a valuable point of entry to accessing people facing inequalities and promoting health” 2002/08 project report.
We support activities for children and young people, families, older people, disabled people and whole communities. These constructive, creative, shared experiences aim to bring different generations and abilities together and improve communication, mutual understanding and respect both within families from disadvantaged communities and within the wider community.
Intergenerational projects are great at addressing conflict between older and young people. SWT use a participatory approach that to share concerns and create interactive performances as a form of advocacy.
Our participatory workshops and open access play sessions create opportunities for whole families to play constructively and socialise.
Small World Theatre is an accredited training centre (through Agored). We design and deliver courses where participants can build confidence and transferrable skills, forge pathways to employment and other opportunities such as volunteering and further education.
Working with all community sectors we also create and produce celebratory events such as feasts or festivals that are designed by participating local communities and represent the vision of all sectors, facilitated by SWT’s skilled team. This whole community approach is effective and interconnected.
SWT’s experience shows that positive engagement in activities such as making costumes and giant puppets and participating in carnivals and other local events builds confidence and a sense of belonging to the wider community that contributes to social cohesion.
Many of Small World Theatre’s projects are linked to food and culture. Our bicycle powered smoothie maker is a giant strawberry attached to a bike trailer and it is one of the ways to promote a healthy lifestyle at an event. Our bicycle powered smoothie maker has two results – exercise and healthy eating. This fantastic experience can be booked into your event, contact Hope 01239 615 952 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to discuss the cost.
Small World Theatre is increasingly the venue of choice for a wide range of community engagement. It is an ideal venue for meetings as well as a place for discussion and debate. It is a multi purpose, welcoming space for memorial and celebration.