Wan Smolbag Theatre is a non-government organisation based in Vanuatu but operating all over the South Pacific. We started as a group of 15 voluntary actors in 1989, then 5 paid actors, and we celebrated 20 years in 2009 and now have a staff of around 100 full- and part-time staff and over 400 volunteers.
Coupled with structured workshops facilitated by actors, the organisation uses drama to inform, raise awareness and encourage public discussion on a range of contemporary health, lifestyle, environment and governance issues.
WSB is funded by international donors and runs programmes in Education, Environment, Governance, Health and Youth issues. These can address many themes from waste management and electoral rights to domestic violence and AIDS, plus much in between.
Products: We produce plays, films, teaching resources, radio programmes and more - see the full range.
Services: We also offer our expertise in the media of theatre, radio and film on an ad hoc commercial basis.
History: For a potted history, and a visual meander through the events that have created the Wan Smolbag of today.
Blog: is BACK! Artistic Director Peter Walker's blog covers challenges facing Smolbag's actors during the preparation of film and stage productions.
Smollywood: keep up to date with news of things like public shows, film launches, youth animations... (admittedly not weekly occurrences). And keep an eye on the map of Vanuatu (right) for new or most recently updated sections - the green blinkers move about accordingly.
Some opinions on Wan Smolbag, its resources and workshops........
|We have had extraordinary success with the previous videos you've sent...Our students and teachers always find Wan Smolbag Theatre's productions to be educational, thought-provoking, culturally pertinent and of course entertaining!
||If there's any institution in the Pacific Islands that can truly be said to be working at grassroots level, then it is Wan Smolbag. |