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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.  Exceptional experiences that make North Somerset a great place to be.

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

In light of the current COVID-19 guidance, we can confirm we have postponed all live events in the Weston Arts and Health Weekender. This festival was planned to launch Culture Weston and the merger of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHBT) with Weston Area Health NHS Trust (WAHT) over the weekend of 3 – 5 April. The merger of the NHS Trusts will proceed subject to regulatory approvals and Culture Weston will begin operations, but celebrations will necessarily be delayed.

Everyone’s health and safety is our number one concern. We are doubly aware of the impact of social isolation and reduced human contact on wellbeing. So we are looking at creative solutions to bring a flavour of the festival to you online, starting with a Creative Conversation, taking place on the afternoon of April 3rd and led by Arts and Health experts, discussing areas including social isolation.

We will then use our contacts and expertise in Arts and Health to collate and share creative activities and resources for isolated and older people. We will support our partners and practitioners to contribute digitally and online. This free online resource bank for agencies and professionals working with older and isolated people will ensure a valuable legacy of work and uphold our aims to establish Weston-super-Mare as a national centre for arts & health best practice, based on our ongoing partnership between the NHS Hospital Trusts, North Somerset Council, Arts Council England and Culture Weston.

The live, public elements of the Weekender, including the formal launch of Culture Weston, will be re-scheduled to the Autumn, when we hope there will be a clearer picture about the way forward.

Thank you to everyone involved for all your support so far. Together, we will continue to find creative ways to keep sharing and communicating and come out the other side with a renewed sense of community and purpose.


‘Storyboat 700+’ is an exciting, new heritage project celebrating the 700 year anniversary of St Peter’s Church, supported by Theatre Orchard’s Engagement programme.

In light of the current COVID-19 guidance, the Storyboat 700+ project and flotilla launch at St Peter’s Church planned for 21 June is being postponed until further notice.

A large part of the programme was about meeting groups in the community for face to face activity and inevitably this is no longer possible, with everyone’s safety and wellbeing our number one concern. We will stay connected through regular posts on our websites and social media to keep spirits afloat until we can set sail again in less choppy waters. Visit portisheadparish.co.uk for more information. Full project details HERE

‘Becoming Stories’ – a new major multi arts project by Theatre Orchard and Big Worle

We’ve been excited to join Big Worle on a year-long venture to showcase Worle and shine a light on the community! The ‘Becoming Stories’ project has drawn out past and present tales from people and places and shared them through a creative programme of live arts, including drama, writing, poetry, dance, film, circus, music and song.

Sadly the culmination of all this engagement, the ‘Big Whirl Festival’ planned for 6 June 2020, is being postponed in light of the current COVID-19 guidance and the recent announcement of the temporary closure of the Big Worle Hub.

All other current activities are also on hold, but we will continue to work safely behind the scenes connecting with community groups and creating digital content that celebrates the wealth of history, heritage and creative talent in the area, with an aim to showcase later in the Autumn, when hopefully the situation will be clearer.

9 Million Nobodies – a co-devised work with Theatre Lounge and Made in Bristol

Click here to see a film of the collaboration

WHIRLIGIG! Save the Date!

We have taken the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Festival scheduled for Saturday 11 July, until we can be sure it is safe enough to present outdoor arts performances again. 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