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Theatre Orchard | Live Performance North Somerset

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.


Over the past few months, Theatre Orchard has opened up a whole new online world, from inspiring, poignant digital content created through lockdown to an on-going programme of activities and projects designed to keep you engaged, connected and creative. Check out our range of videos in the ‘Digital Content’ tab – there’s something for everyone from Family Disco Flashmobs and a Holidaying at Home project to the Big Whirl community festival, poetry events and classic ‘Owl at Home’ bed-time stories.

And, enjoy a mesmerising snapshot in time, in our latest collaboration: 

All Closer Together Now

A poem created by our Chapter One open access creative writing group, led by Bob Walton and Sue Hill. Set to beautiful images of nature by photographer Paul Blakemore, the poem captures individual reflections of life during the Covid-19 pandemic and different perspectives on the lockdown period.

Click on ‘Chapter One’ on digital content above to watch the film and read a transcript of the poem.

Spring 2020

A unique film with voices and places from North Somerset as heard and seen between March and May 2020. 

Click on ‘Spring 2020’ to experience life in Lockdown with the locals.


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

The Weston Arts + Health Weekender live event planned for 3 – 5 April was re-imagined with parts of the programme enjoyed digitally at the time and there is a legacy of on-going content available to dip into and lift your spirits at Culture Weston

A new Boredom Buster newspaper designed to boost mood and alleviate anxiety has been created for thousands of NHS hospital patients across the country.  A collaboration between Culture Weston and University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, the publication has a range of contributors including acclaimed artists and practitioners in care settings. With a strong Weston-super-Mare theme running through many of the features, it draws upon the uplifting affect of the seaside.

Also check out the Poetry + Health event, an inspiring evening of online poetry, showcasing local NHS staff, that grew from this partnership.


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“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