SOME SAY THATWAN SMOLBAGIS NOW A "BIG FALABAG" BUT THEATRE REMAINS STRONGLY AT OUR CORE

The acting was superb across the board, the direction clever, the writing important. It was a joy to watch the auideince as much as the play itself - to have so many young people engaged with the action and shriekingwith laughter throughout was very speacil indeed. Having traveld extensively throughout the pacific we know how unique such theatre is. We're lucky to have caught it; Vanuatu is lucky to have it.

Mat Romain - Actor with the Globe Theatre's Hamlet

 
CORE GROUP

The core acting group tours the islands and also performs new full length plays every year, from May to the end of June, taking the major plays to Luganville every second year. Their plays are performed to audiences of over 4000 every year. The group also tours the islands with short plays coupled with structured workshops facilitated by the actors, to inform, raise awareness and encourage public discussion on a range of health, lifestyle, environment and governance issues. Over the years we have performed over 200 plays and produced over 35 films and radio plays.
 
I was so blown away by the caliber of the performances last night. Its really a trip to see these actors in their different roles over the years and watch how they've grown as performers. And I'm always amazed how you manage to reinvent the performance space for each show. Such a great set and one of the niftiest scene changes ever - moving from the riot back to the bar. I wanted to give it a round! I feel like these shows should be mandatory for all MPs to see. Great theatre holds a mirror up to society and some of these guys really need to see their own reflection.

Carol Dover

YOUTH DRAMA

Many young people at the centre want to perform in plays and in 2006 we made our first play with them about a young man who escapes from prison to see his girlfriend and have continued ever since. We involve the youth in workshops talking about their experiences and stories as well as role play. From this we script a play for as many as 40 people. Over the years the group have performed plays to local schools and communities, focusing on issues such as child rights and domestic violence.
RAINBOW
Rainbow Disability Theatre started in 2010 initially as a group of 4 actors, going by the name ‘Kiratatasi’ which means ‘Come let us Unite’ in the language of the island of Ifira. The group joined Wan Smolbag in 2010 and now has 23 members and sometimes more! The group performs to communities and schools across Efate and outer islands.
HELTFOS
Helfos theatre are our year round outreach group. They perform in schools and communities in Port Vila and often can be found on other Islands. They have a wide rage of plays and new plays can be tailored to fit your campaign/message. Get in touch if you would like to find out more.