Uplifting Arts Experiences
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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. Exceptional experiences that make North Somerset a great place to be.
Caretaker of the Earth
by Puppets With Guts
‘Gnomus’ is a caretaker of Earth, places and stories. Join this lovable giant at Weston’s Old Town Quarry and hidden gem for a guided tour that is the stuff of legend. Natural history, heritage and myth will combine to create an unforgettable tale of this remarkable place, told by a storyteller as old as the earth itself.
Puppets With Guts create spectacular puppets and bring important stories to life. Last Summer, Gnomus, a 4 metre high bunraka puppet, guided thousands of people around the natural wonders of Kew Gardens’ Temperate House.
Now Gnomus will bring his considerable knowledge of Weston-super-Mare to the Quarry – working with local primary schools and communities in September to unearth fascinating stories to create an interactive performance to be shared with
the smaller giants of the town during the Heritage Open Days weekend. More info HERE
Theatre Orchard presents ‘Gnomus’ in Weston, thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and Heritage Action Zone. Great Weston Heritage Action Zone aims to help unlock the economic potential of historic sites in Weston by encouraging local partners to make use of their resources in a creative and focussed way, to enhance local places and achieve sustainable growth.
‘Dance Dynamic Weston’
Shakespeare’s lovers, Swan Lake, hip-hop, holiday camps and more…a brand new season of spectacular international dance hitting Weston this Autumn, through to 2020. Whether you like your dance out at sea or over tea, there’s plenty to savour. Click HERE for full programme details and booking
‘Becoming Stories’ – a new major multi arts project by Theatre Orchard and Big Worle
We’re excited to join Big Worle on a year-long venture to showcase Worle and shine a light on the community! The ‘Becoming Stories’ project will draw out past and present tales from people and places and tell them through a creative programme of live arts, including drama, writing, poetry, dance, film, circus, music and song.
The wide range of activities designed to engage everyone, will culminate in a ‘Becoming Stories’ Arts Festival in Spring 2020, which will place the community centre-stage in a day of performance and celebration.
Thank you to all those who came along to ‘Whirligig!’ and made the Festival such a twirling success!
Here is a film created for us by Nick Sutton, which captures the day perfectly.
A SNAPSHOT OF RECENT WORK…
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.”