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The Clockwork Crow
Based on the novel by Catherine Fisher

Against inauspicious odds, we are happy to announce that we have, once again, made live work for a real audience. It's an adaptation of a magical Christmas story by an acclaimed Welsh writer. The snag is, of course, that you can't actually come and see it yet. Although we have been obliged to close to the public since the November 9 post-firebreak lockdown, we are fortunate enough to have a cavernous working space conducive to distancing. Our lead designer is in Iceland, our performers and volunteers intermittently out of action due to isolation periods and app notifications. But thanks to everyone's hard work and resilience, and some special working adaptations funded by ACW's Cultural Recovery Fund, we have a magical wintry family adventure ready to welcome you into in 2021, in whatever extended households or social groups are eventually permitted. There's more about the piece here, but for now we'd like to give a shout out to everyone who made it possible. The Clockwork Crow is the ultimate Volcano academy production, bringing together professional Welsh actors with an alumnus of the first ever Volcano Youth Company, members of the current Youth Co, and two members of our youngest division, The Mighty New. And it wouldn't have been possible without international talent, skilled Swansea-based artists and tradespeople, technicians, local suppliers, a team of brilliant volunteers drawn from across the creative education and voluntary sector in South Wales, and people on Facebook who gave us things. This is our Clockwork Crow team:

Paul Davies  | Guðný Hrund Sigurðardóttir | Bourdon Brindille | Catherine Bennett | Elin Phillips | Christopher Elson | Tess Wood | Giulia Cianciarulo | Elena Gower | Eva Carver | Georgie Bo Davies | David Morgans | Ariadna Bosch | Joe Marvelly | Dan Davies | Jonny Rees | Joseph Loftin | Maisie Wolstenholme | Jeanette Baxter | Erika Elizondo | Inese Adakovska | Fran Williams | Lucy Latrobe | Emeline Beroud | Sue Dennis | Ruairi Evans | Aidan Biddiscombe | Delphi Harley-Davies | Lula Hutchinson | Sarah Dow | Victoria Boobyer | Claudine Conway
Thanks to Penny Thomas at Firefly Press, Allie Edge at RWCMD, Stacey-Jo Atkinson at UWTSD, David Pitt, Amy Barrett, SCVS, Wendy Harris, Roy Richards, Claire Jones and Paul Emmanuel.

New video from The Mighty New 

When possible throughout the autumn term, Volcano children's movement group, The Mighty New, came in to the theatre on Saturdays to create a piece, Looking Sideways: From the Future. It was clear that this year, unfortunately, they would not be able to perform in front of a live audience and so a special piece was devised for video.

The classes were led by Catherine Bennett who explains, "Looking Sideways: From the Future was made in response to the collective feelings of The Mighty New during this strange year - the year of the pandemic.
I see their bodies moving in the space, and I see their movement as an anthem for our determined youth. Our Mighty New members have been searching for, finding and feeling defiance. Defiance towards who they are, who they may become and how their dreams may still manifest themselves. In my view, despite this new regime of rules that they have all had to abide by, they have still felt, thought about, and understood what liberty means to them."

The video was recorded in a specially created white space at Volcano in early December and is being edited now. It will be released early in the new year so watch this space (and Volcano's social media - see below for links) for further information.

Poverty, Power and Resistance: New Collaborations for Cultural Democracy

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant from Arts Council of Wales’s innovative new Connect & Flourish fund, which supports collaborative proposals for organisations and artists to try out new ways of working together in the wake of the challenging new conditions brought about by the Coronavirus crisis. We’ll be working with Glynn Vivian Gallery, Taliesin Arts Centre, Oxfam Castle Street and Teatro El Estranjero from Argentina, on a new research and development project focusing on the cultural ecology of Swansea.
Through conversations between users, communities, and independent artists, and in response to provocations by independent artists and citizens, four lynchpin cultural organisations in Swansea will develop a vision of cultural democracy and local/global resistance for Wales’s second city, illuminated by perspectives and frames from Buenos Aires and Patagonia. Thinking broadly about the landscape of the city now, we ask how people access or are denied cultural experiences, how this maps onto other topographies of power and privilege, and how, as custodians of cultural assets, we can democratise culture and energise community life.
Can a diverse, plural cultural scene produce political agency and disrupt prevailing power relations? Tackling questions of poverty and inequality, we sidestep the notion of art as social benefit, to imagine instead forms of resistance emerging from creative interaction in everyday urban life. Expect more news in the New Year about this project and how to get involved!

Don't forget to check out Volcano's entirely new for 2020 website at or It has received rave reviews so far and our hope is that it shares with you at least a little of what makes Volcano so very special.

You can delve into Volcano's vaults; find that perfect show to tour in your venue in 2021 and beyond; discover more about our projects and children's work; study biographies; go back along our 34 year-old timeline; read about our ethos and much, much more! 

Over the Christmas break you can also catch up with some of our digital output of 2020 from some of our favourite Volcano actors in the form of: Notes from the Interior; self-recorded movement pieces from The Mighty New and our Artistic Director's piece written and performed in the Bunker Theatre, The Empty Place.
If you would like any more information about anything in this email, please don't hesitate to contact us
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