Cinderua- An Environmental Fairy Tale

“Young people care and worry about the future. The assumptions made by some adults about young people are completely wrong, they are NOT simply obsessed with
technology and social media. They mind and care about our planet and trying to make a
fairer world” 

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As part of our Yfory project young people from our weekly youth theatre group came together to a piece about something they wanted to protect and nurture for their futures. The young people created a modern twist of Cinderella entitled ‘ Cinderua- An Environmental Fairy Tale‘.

They set aims for their project as:
1. We want to spread awareness of humans’ impact on the natural environment.
2. We want to improve our communities’ knowledge in ways that can help the local environment.
3. Increase representation of LGBTQI+ people through our characters
4. We want to increase our confidence using Welsh Language and put it into practice.

The group decided to do this by devising and producing a performance about the practical things people can do within their own outside space and houses, focusing mainly on recycling, gardening and not using pesticides. They decided to work bilingually in all games and devising tasks and create a safe environment where everyone could all use the Welsh they had. They wanted to work with puppeteers to include animals from our natural environment in the performance and drag artists to help us create LGBTQI+ characters to ensure representation in our new story. A Welsh Language writer also attended a session to support with dramaturgy and structure. However, the whole piece was devised and written by the participants, including the Welsh. They also created and delivered an interactive workshop using drawing and making activities for families to engage in.

 

 

One of the participants reflected that being involved said being involved

Rejuvenated my confidence and showed me that I need to believe in myself more.

 

 

The audience told us following the sharing what they learnt that matters to young people?
What matters to young people is taking care of and restoring the environment, a drive to create change.”
“Young people care and worry about the future. The assumptions made by some adults about young people are completely wrong, they are NOT simply obsessed with technology and social media. They mind and care about our planet and trying to make a fairer world!”
“That we need to look after our planet, cut our rubbish/plastic use and look after nature for our animals.”