Gillian Brownson - Community Theatre Practitioner, Storyteller & Writer
Gillian Brownson - Community Theatre Practitioner, Storyteller & Writer 


Year of Legends

Artist of the week

The National Trust


News December 2016:

The 'Those in Peril' TIE Programme with the Holyhead Maritime Museum is postponed until the new year, to allow even more schools to take part. 



Newsletter October 2016


June to October. Where did it go?



Over 5000 children and their families have watched many performances including Rhys & Meinr at Greenwood Forest park, The Secret Garden at Penrhyn Castle, Whistler's Woman, Anyone for Tennis, Wenna's Wheelbarrow Beatrix Potter at Plas newydd. 



300 primary school children took part in 'Those in Peril', a Theatre-in-Education programme funded by Welsh Museums to help local schools focus on  Remembrance through hearing Maggie Woodall's story, the real life widow of a stoker who lost his life on the SS Connemara in 1916. Holyhead children are attentive, eager to learn and bright and I was proud to write and perform this story for them. Next month, it's the story of 'The Leinster', when we'll be doing it all again! 


I'm working hard with the Arts Council on the Lead Creative Schools project, helping Ysgol Aberconwy to inspire a growth mindset among pupils by exploring dance and expressive movement and helping Ysgol Bryn Deva to explore literacy developent. 



I've started work on our performance poetry piece with Bryn Seiont Dimentia Care Centre and am very happy to welcome Sian Miriam on board as my mentee from HelfaGelf. Look out for Sian in Community Arts circles, she's passionate, talented and very experienced. She's a joy to work with. 






Newsletter June 2016


What a month! there's so much to catch up on, that i've popped it all here for you to read. Please get in touch if you have any questions about any of my projects, and i'll be happy to answer them for you. 


In development...

I've been working with the Arts Council of Wales, to become a practitioner for the Lead Creative Schools programme to launch in Spetember. I've also been chatting to PONTIO and Venue Cymru about putting Performance squarely in the heart of the community. 



'Miniature Magic' a Literacy & Numeracy programme that launches at Powis Castle in 2017, which will see two children form to 18th Century Paintings, climb out of their picture frames, and go on an adventure by night in the Castle. In partnership with the NT.


'Those in Peril' is a Theatre-in Education programme exploring the Maritime history of holyhead during the Great War. holyhead primary school children can expect to see this is September. In partnership with the Holyhead Maritime Museum.






'Wenna's Wheelbarrow' & 'Anyone for Tennis' will be performed in rep for Plas Newydd's new family programme, Tuesday Tales: Open Air Theatre.


The performances are fun, interactive and families also may learn a little about the history and heritage of Plas Newydd's outdoor spaces. 


'Whistler's Woman', the indoor performance, continues to be performed, throughout the season (see news item below for dates) to audiences upwards of 400 a day. 


Look out also for Beatrix Potter, who'll be at Plas Newydd telling her very own 'Squirrel Nutkin' in July and October.


'The Secret Garden' is being performed within the walls of Penrhyn Castle's walled graden through out the season too. 



I'm so excited to be working with Creative Gwynedd this month also, and into 2017, as myself and the residents of Bryn Seiont Dimentia Care centre and Plas Maesincla Residential Home prepare to showcase new writing about the Sea and about childhood seaside holidays. 


'Whistler's Woman' by Gillian Brownson

​A short performance exploring the murals of Rex Whistler, through the eyes of his dear friend, Lady Caroline Paget.
8th April, 11th May, 12th June, 30th July, 26th August, 25th October
The Dining Room, NT Plas Newydd, Mon & Menai
Times TBC
Normal admission prices apply


Gillian Brownson as Lady Caroline Paget, appearing in 'Whister's Woman' at Plas Newydd this season.



Thanks so much St Mary's Primary School!

To all of the pupils from Nursery to Yr 2, thanks for my lovely card :-)
I enjoyed working with you all so much and am very glad to hear that you will be doing more work linked to the magical world of the Mabinogion!









The Secret Garden

Come along to Penrhyn Castle for this classic children's story, performed in the atmospheric surroundings of the Walled Garden.

31st March, 7th April, 21st July, 11th & 18th August

Normal admission prices apply
Brambly Hedge Stories & Puppets
​A lovely story & craft session for children and their families at Plas Newydd. You can make puppets with me from 12pm until 4, and why don't you help me to tell our story with your finger puppets.
Storytelling sessions
1.30 pm & 3 pm, The Cricket Pavillion
25th - 28th March
Normal admission prices apply
World Book Day
On the 3rd of March, I'll be working with St Mary's Primary School in Holyhead, to explore Tales from the Mabinogion. Thanks for inviting me and helping to make World Book Day 2016 a special one!

Coming Soon to Llangefni!

'Astonishing Adventures'

Theatre Fun for Little People.

After the success of our sessions in Holyhead's Ucheldre Centre, I will now be heading out on new Adventures, at Llangefni's Canolfen Ebeneezer. Join me there if your little one enjoys singing, playing games, stories and let's pretend. A brilliant way to have fun and develop your little one's literacy skills!

Conalfon Ebeneser

13th, 20th, 27th May & 4th April 2016

10.15 - 11.00am



Branwen & The Bird

I will be performing this beautiful story from the Mabinogion at Greenwood Forest Park this season.

April 6th & May 25th

1pm, The Forest Theatre 

3pm, Poet's Corner
Normal admission prices apply


Performances for 2016

It's shaping up to be a busy year for Astonishing Adventures, with a new Open Air Performance commisioned from Plas Newydd, celebrations of World Book Day with programmes for schools, the launch of 'Theatre Fun for Little People', a new Victorian Story season at Penrhyn among many other events, the details of which are yet to be finalised. Keep in touch to find out more!



'Astonishing Adventures'  

Theatre Fun for Little People.

Does your little one like stories? Pretending? Running around, making funny faces and noise?! Well, come along to the Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead at 10am on Friday 8th January, 2016 and join me for fun, play and a lovely way into literacy!
£3.80 admission
This Theatre workshop is deigned for Early Years (or pre-school) children, though anyone is welcome. Please contact me if you'd like to discuss the suitability of this session for your child.
'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens
Storytelling at Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, 12 & 13 December.
Sally, a Victoran maid working at Penrhyn Castle, finds a copy of this great story in the grand library, and will be sharing it with children aged 4+ , in the great hall of Penrhyn Castle on the above dates. Please keep an eye on the news page for performance times or visit the National Trust's 'What's On' page here




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