Theatr Felinfach is well known as an example of excellence in the field of Community Arts and Participatory Art, but of course like most other businesses and organisations at the moment, it is currently closed.
This has not however prevented us from retaining the momentum of the buzz, joy and colour that goes hand in hand with the beloved and remarkable building, and the heart of the community continues to beat.
At the beginning of April, the Creative Team set up the 'Imagine' project, with the aim of sharing various creative ideas and activities ranging from micro-plays to character makeovers, creating mini characters or masks out of cardboard as well as various games to play as a family. The staff’s children have also been busy creating posters with messages of thanks and encouragement to place in the large display boxes at the top of the road near the Theatre’s main entrance.
Since Wednesday afternoon, 6 May, a beautiful rainbow painted on the exterior wall of the building is clearly visible when passing the building on the main road between Aberaeron and Lampeter. In addition to this, specific rows of the upper wall of the Theatre building, the wall that’s closest to the road has been painted in the colours of the rainbow with a heart motive randomly dotted in between.
Dylan Williams, Stage Manager and Theatre Sound Technician has been diligently painting for many days and has done an excellent job creating this happy masterpiece. Thanks Dylan, you’re a star! The rainbow has grown into a symbol of hope and a symbol of gratitude to the frontline workers who put their lives at stake on a daily basis.
In between being creative with her colleagues, Sioned Hâf Thomas, our Dance and Theatre Officer has invested in a 3D printer and created protective face visors. Sioned created 27 of these and on Tuesday, 5 May they were transferred to Bryntirion Care Home staff. Well done Sioned, a fantastic effort.
We also want to thank AAA Decorating Centre in Lampeter for the colourful and bright paint that they generously donated to us! We have always worked closely with the decorating centre and Ffion, Lynn and Gaynor's daughter has been on the theatre’s stage in numerous productions over the years - from the primary drama club to the Welsh pantomime.
As staff of Theatr Felinfach we’re constantly thinking of our friends and customers during these difficult times and hope that the sun is shining on them. We are grateful to all the key workers for keeping us safe. Ceredigion has the lowest number of confirmed cases of the virus by far across Wales. Let’s ensure that it stays that way.
Until we meet again - Stay safe and stay home.