Mon 18 Feb 2019 to Fri 22 Feb 2019
BEASTLY ONGOINGS was an exciting project that brought together three very different but equally dynamic organisations at the heart of Swansea High Street, to create a specially-designed sensory adventure for children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and the staff who care for and support them. The children were pursued by tigers, hid themselves amongst strange creatures and released their inner animal!
This collaboration built on the work that Ysgol Crug Glas, Volcano Theatre and Coastal Housing Group did together from 2014-2018 during the High Street project From the Station to the Sea. The middle floor of the historic Kings Lane warehouse, restored from a state of dereliction by Coastal as part of its Urban Village scheme, formed the setting for this week of adventure, which was supported by a Creative Collaborations grant from Arts Council of Wales.
BEASTLY ONGOINGS was inspired by the picture-books of Shaun Tan and by the ideas of architect Aldo Van Eyck. Tan creates darkly beautiful imaginative worlds chock-full of animals, places and objects which are at once familiar and strange. Aldo van Eyck’s work values a sense of place and occasion and is about creating urban places for people through design which gives space for play and imagination.
Conceived by Catherine Bennett and Clare Hobson
Inspired by the work of Shaun Tan and Aldo van Eyck
Directed by Catherine Bennett
Performed by Rick Yale and Catherine Bennett
Designed by Chris Faulds
Sound Artist Luke Turner
Maker Zepur Agopyan
Installation Eifion Porter
Beastly Ongoings was supported by Arts Council of Wales Creative Collaborations
Illustrations ©Shaun Tan www.shauntan.net
YSGOL CRUG GLAS is a visionary school special school located in the heart of the city of Swansea. The school sets out to create a vibrant, caring and inclusive community with a strong sense of belonging, where the needs and interests of pupils are paramount and in which their flexible team of staff can continue to learn and develop professionally in order to give their pupils the best opportunities to learn and thrive.