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

 

Artist Statement

With a special interest in Literacy development, both in children and adults, my focus is on bringing theatre and performance to small towns and rural communities throughout Wales. I share stories, real and imaginary, original, or the work of other writers, with audiences of all backgrounds but especially those with limited access to the Arts, and invite them to create stories with me, in the hope that they will feel enriched, engaged and inspired. 

 

Arts Council of Wales

2016-17

Exploring the Digital Arts in Literacy Development for pupils and teachers at Ysgol Bryndeva.

 

2017-18

Inspiring pupils and teachers at Ysgol Aberconwy and Ysgol Cybi to discover their creative learning potential as part of the Lead Creative School Project. 

National Trust Plas Newydd

2017

An original peice commisioned by Plas Newydd, Mon & Menai explores the estate's unique horticultural heritage and issues of tree extinction. The light hearted and interactive prominade performance asks that families get outside and learn about our environment together.

Year Of Legends

2017

As a nation, Wales celebrates its rich storytelling traditions in 2017. With performances across sites in North Wales throughout the year, audiences will experience the Legends of the Mabinogion to the Tales of T Llew Jones as they were first told.

Book Babies - Llyfr Babanod

2017

This bi-lingual literacy development project with Arc Noa produced a new community book after the group experienced interactive storytelling techniques. 

 

"Gill was so engaging and inspiring, creating such an adventure with her brilliant storytelling and inspiring them to create their own story. We both love the book, it's something we will treasure forever."

- Nia Pendrell

 

 

National Trust Castell Penrhyn

2017

An adaptation of Oliver Jeffers' 'The Great Paper Caper' explores issues of  deforestation and sustainability in a family friendly outdoor theatre experience commisioned by the National Trust.

Gwynedd Greadigol

2016-2017

Funded by the creative Arts Unit at Gwynedd County Council, this bi-lingual enrichment programme for dimentia patients at Bryn Seiont Newydd explored sea stories, songs and poetry, resulting in new writing based on the residents' thoughts and recollections about the ocean. 

'Those in Peril' TIE Project

2016-2018

With funding from from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Welsh Museums Federation, these two original Theatre-in-Education plays have used archives from the Holyhead Maritime Museum and oral history cataloguing to explore local Maritime disasters during the Great War for Holyhead Primary School Children.

Gwynedd Greadigol

2016-2017

This bi-lingual project, in partnership with Sian Miriam from Helfa Gelf, used poetry, storytelling and song to inspire dimentia patients to actively take part in creative enrichment activities, resulting in new, original poetry based on conversations and recollections of the residents. Funded by the Creative Arts Unit at Gwynedd County Council

National Trust Rex Whistler

2016

This original performance piece, commisioned by the National Trust, was produced to explore the murals of Rex Whistler and his personal relationships, interpreting their signifince for the National Trust's collections at Plas Newydd, Mon and Menai. 

World Book Day 

2016-2017

Pupils and Teachers at St Mary's Primary School experience Welsh Legends as the Nation celebrates books and stories for children. 

Mr Scrooge

2015

In this adaptaion of  Charles Dickens classic, 'A Christmas Carol', a lowly maid hides from the mean spirited Butler in the Grand Hall of Penrhyn Castle and warms the hearts and minds of Christmas audiences with this tale of redemption. Comissioned by the National Trust.

Isle of Anglesey County Council Llynon Mill & Round Houses

2015

An interactive performance of 'Branwen, Daughter of Llyr' at the Iron Age roundhouses of Llynon Mill for family visitors, funded by IOACC. 

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