It’s a game. Come and play.
Kidstown is like the circus coming to town during the summer holidays. The idea is that it will be a children-only arena for kids to play. On a big scale. So far we know that it will be outside. In a green space. Parents cannot enter. Around Kidstown there will be materials to build, play and wear and there will be skilled adults whose only function is to help the kids realise their imaginings. There will be teenagers who can cross the border into Kidstown and can stop adults going in, help kids in trouble, and assist the experts around the edge.
We will interview kids about Kidstown, what it is, who they are, and what’s happening there. It will stay and evolve over a week, and at the end of the week there will be a big party for everyone. During the night, Kidstown disappears.
The next 3 years…
We laid the foundations of Kidstown in Newtown in August 2022. Over two weeks, local artists and the community helped us prototype the idea.
In 2023, we’ll return to Newtown, and three other towns across Wales, with the fully-realised experience.
This all builds to 2024, when we’ll make an epic show based on all of our interviews with the young residents of Kidstown, and the stories they have to tell.
Testing stuff out in Newtown
Meet Nigel and Louise
Kidstown is a project we’ve dreamed up with Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari.
If you don’t know Nigel and Louise, they make “wild, bold, visual performances for people who don’t really like theatre and unusual theatrical experiences for those who do”.
Their recent work includes Dog Ballet (dogs included) and Party Skills for the End of the World.