UWTSD delighted to support Small World Theatre’s ‘Cragen’ Project


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is delighted to be supporting Small World Theatre’s ‘Cragen’ project.

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‘Cragen’ is Cardigan based Small World Theatre’s new mythological monster which has been created from plastic waste and is currently visiting towns and villages along the Welsh coastline.  During Year of the Sea the company is taking the maritime giant on visits to ten coastal locations in Wales to deliver an important clean seas message and to highlight the harm plastic is having on our marine life.   At an impressive 20 metres long, the ‘Cragen Sea Monster’ has already been spotted coming ashore in Aberporth, Tenby and Stackpole and is now heading north towards Aberystwyth. 

‘Cragen’ is inspired by Swiss physician and naturalist Conrad Gesner’s illustrated book published more than 460 years ago.  This magnificent book is held at the UWTSD’s Roderic Bowen Research Centre and designers from the Small World Theatre spent time in Lampeter during the ‘Cragen’ project’s planning phase in order to find inspiration for their latest work.

Sarah Jones, Head of Academic Services at UWTSD’s Library and Learning Resources Centre:

“We were thrilled to be asked to be part of Cragen’s travels promoting plastic-free seas.  UWTSD plays a strong part in supporting its local communities, which would include our beautiful coastline, and the opportunity to work in partnership with the Small World Theatre to support them in their work was a great opportunity for the Library and Learning Resources staff. 

We’ve also used the opportunity to engage our students in a bit of sea monster-spotting via our social media platforms!  The Library’s Special Collections are unique and draw in researchers and media outlets from far and wide.  We have a strong ethos of open and collaborative working thus making our Special Collections accessible and promoting the wealth of resources available to all by developing partnerships.”

Ruth Gooding, Special Collections Librarian at UWTSD commented:

We have a fabulous rare book collection and are delighted to have been able to share some of our treasures with Small World Theatre Company and through them with the wider world.  Cragen demonstrates that history books are not only beautiful but have a continued relevance for life in 2018.”

Sam Vicary, Marketing Manager at Small World Theatre added:  

"Small Word Theatre is grateful to the Library and University for partnering the project. Having access to such inspiring visual material housed at Roderic Bowen Library and Archives during the design and production stage was invaluable. Cragen is based on a tiny illustration of a sea monster swimming towards the coast of Ceredigion.  She is made from recycled and re-purposed materials including ocean waste plastic. Sea Monster appearances were often thought to be prophetic, the harbingers of doom and disaster, or portents of great change. Cragen has a clean seas message and we are inviting visitors and communities to send their accounts of this modern day sea monster and tag their photos #cleanseascragen #findyourepic #cleanseas.”

The Cragen project has received funding and support from the Tourism Product Innovation Fund (TPIF) and Welsh Government’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. For further information please visit the ‘Cragen’ website:  https://cleanseascragen.wales/

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk