BEASTLY ONGOINGS was an exciting new 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 release their inner animal!
This collaboration was 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.
Performances took place between 18-22 February 2019
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 is supported by Arts Council of Wales Creative Collaborations
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.
VOLCANO THEATRE is an Arts Council of Wales Portfolio Organisation with a unique role as a culture hub and investigative arts company within and beyond the city of Swansea. The company specialises in original theatre productions and site-specific work and has extensive experience of working with young people. The company runs a busy venue for professional and community cultural events within the former Iceland freezer store in Swansea High Street.
COASTAL HOUSING GROUP is a major developer in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot with a strong social remit, a commitment to regeneration, and an established presence in Swansea High Street and its connected and adjacent areas. In addition to its wide range of affordable housing, Coastal is a specialist in mixed-use urban development combining residential, commercial, social and cultural spaces. Coastal works with the local creative people and organizations to enable innovative events and activities, showcase the potential of buildings, and act as a catalyst for longer-term regeneration.