Uplifting Arts Experiences


Exciting opportunities for all


Theatre Orchard brings inspiring, professional live performance to indoor and outdoor settings in North Somerset. We deliver creative opportunities so that everyone can enjoy participating in the arts.  Every Life in North Somerset made extraordinary by live arts.


As life in lockdown continues, Theatre Orchard has opened up a world of new online activities and digital content. From Family Flashmobs and a Holidaying at Home arts project to poetry, theatre scratch nights, community events and a festival, there’s lots to keep you engaged, connected and creative! 

Check out our range of videos in the ‘Digital Content’ tab above –
self-filmed by local artists and produced by film-maker Nick Sutton to bring you snapshots of activities and creative ideas to try at home and designed to keep your spirits up.

Follow us on social media where we will be releasing details and find out more about all that we are doing digitally HERE

The Big Whirl Festival – 6th June

We’ve been excited to join Big Worle on ‘Becoming Stories’, a year-long venture to showcase Worle that has drawn out past and present tales from people and places through a creative programme of live arts!

The live culmination of this community engagement, the ‘Big Whirl’ community arts Festival planned for 6 June 2020, sadly can’t go ahead due to Covid-19. Instead we will be bringing you a flavour of the Festival, served up digitally on the day and showcasing local talent including song, dance, theatre and more in a series of short films that will be screened on our Facebook page on Saturday 6 June and will be accessible on the ‘Digital Content’ tab above that following Monday.

Watch this space and join us online on 6 June! #BigWhirl

UPDATE: The Weston Arts + Health Weekender (3 – 5 April 2020)

The live event planned for 3 – 5 April was re-imagined with parts of the programme enjoyed digitally at the time and an ‘At Home With Culture’ legacy of on-going content available to dip into and lift your spirits at Culture Weston


‘‘Storyboat 700+’ an exciting, new heritage project planned to celebrate the 700 year anniversary of St Peter’s Church, supported by Theatre Orchard’s Engagement programme, has been postponed until 2021. Watch this space for updates.


This year’s Festival in July has been postponed. We will be back on the streets in 2021 with a bigger and better extravaganza than ever! Watch this space for updates.

In the meantime, you can enjoy highlights of Whirligig 2019 in this film created for us by Nick Sutton, which captures the flavour of the event perfectly.


A technicolor glimpse of our

engagement activities in


“We take very seriously our development role within the arts and cultural sector: it is part of our job to nurture and support emerging artists and organisations and we are committed to the development of artforms within this. Theatre Orchard’s work is a really strong example of where small amounts of investment can have a big impact on the local communities and we look forward to seeing their continued legacy.”

Phil Gibby Area Director, Arts Council England