Woodland Pavilion – Pafiliwn y Coed

Machynlleth Comedy Festival | 2013-14

“I love how it feels enough like a stage to perform, but not too much like a theatre space, so we can still ride bikes across it and get a big group of strangers to have a spontaneous dance off.”Mark Olver, Curator and Comedian

The first three years of the Comedy Festival grew behind closed doors in packed out venues across Machynlleth. Hosting award winning comedians in unusual venues, Little Wander Production Company were in a position in 2013 to offer accessible, family friendly shows outdoors for free. With Mark Olver at the helm, the Pavilion has hosted some of the ‘best in show’ spontaneous collaborations between acts and the public.This was made possible by the minimal infrastructure of the Woodland Pavilion which has sought to amplify the beauty of a little patch of under-used woodland.
Re-orienting the centre of the town away from the roads and cars, the Pavilion has placed the green fields of Y Plas Machynlleth at centre stage.The Pavilion consists of a stage with a suspended roof hanging from the trees by chains, raked seating, off grid lighting and a bicycle powered sound system. Over two summers it has hosted a huge range of events in the great outdoors. Funded by Sustainable Tourism Powys, Glasu and the Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

Photo 1 & 3 by Edward Moore, 2 by Jon Starbuck and 4, 5, 6 by Jenny Hall

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