i am small THE WORLD IS BIG

This new version involved eight communities across Kent, each with a different background (from a primary school in Cliftonville to an international group of Franciscans in Canterbury). Cutting up old atlases, every person re-stitched the world according to their own personal logic.

The project culminated in a life affirming, multi-arts event that ‘occupied’ Kent County Hall in Maidstone. Part village fête and part sit-in, the building’s chambers of power were filled with interactive performances, open debates and thought provoking takes on traditional activities like cup-cake decorating and badge-making. Throughout the event, the sections created by the eight communities were brought together and added to by the audience to make one large new world map. The project was an accessible platform inviting the public to explore ways in which we all – as tiny individuals – are able to (re)construct the world.

Performance Dates

i am small THE WORLD IS BIG
Kent County Hall, Maidstone, Kent
28th May 2011

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Extra Information

Funded by Kent County Council’s New Recipes programme in partnership with Arts Council South East.

Here you can see some workshop images.

The communities we worked with were: Cliftonville Primary School, ME4 Writers Group (Medway), Franciscan International Study Centre (Canterbury), Connexions Youth Group (Folkestone), Age UK (Sevenoaks), Stream Walk Community Garden (Whitstable), Transition Towns (Faversham), and University of Kent Drama Students (Canterbury).

For the day-long event that ‘occupied’ Kent County Hall in Maidstone, we created a programme that doubled up as an activity pack. Have a look at it here.

As well as re-stitching the world, some of the members of ME4 Writers Group produced a little magazine of their work which had been inspired by the project. Have a read here.

i am small THE WORLD IS BIG is discussed as a case study in Professor Nicola Shaughnessy’s latest book: Applying Performance (Palgrave, 2012)

Photographs ImagebyKatie. Film by Pablo Pakula and Paul McGrath.