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Community Projects | Theatre Orchard

Community Projects

We work with a range of community partners to deliver targeted projects within the locality
and beyond. Our work is diverse, engaging and fully inclusive.


Lovable giant ‘Gnomus’ caretaker of Earth, places and stories, enchanted audiences young and old at Weston’s Old Town Quarry. Hundreds of people took part in activities, guided tours and interactive performances that told the unforgettable tale of this remarkable place, as part of Heritage Open Days weekend.

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.

‘Whirligig!’ Festival of Outdoor Arts

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.

‘Whirligig!’ was supported by Without Walls – Working with festivals and artists and bringing fantastic outdoor arts to people in towns and cities across the UK. Find out more at www.withoutwalls.uk.com

Pages of the sea

Thousands of people gathered on Weston-super-Mare beach on 11th
November 2018, to take part in Danny Boyle’s national initiative to mark the Armistice Centenary of the First World War. Delivered by Theatre Orchard in Weston, the poignant day of remembrance commemorated the millions of men and women who left our shores, many never to return.

For more information about this community event, click here. 

65 reasons to be happy

Weekly adult drama sessions at Number 65 community space in Nailsea, focusing on happiness and wellbeing and culminating in a script–in–hand sharing of work at Theatre Shop in Clevedon to an invited audience.

Weston's Heyday

A season of workshops connecting adults and young people to the town’s rich seaside heritage through contemporary arts. From circus workshops on the streets to song-writing in a community centre and 21st century Punch and Judy puppet making at the museum, a rich and varied experience was enjoyed by all. History has never felt less dusty!

Theatre Orchard also leads ongoing engagement projects on Weston-super-Mare’s South Ward, making the arts accessible to everyone.

Tropicana Troubadours

Teenagers from Westons South Ward have been part of Theatre Orchard’s professional performance programme in Weston-super-Mare, enjoying a range of activities led by arts outreach practitioner Angela Athay-Hunt, from seeing shows to participating in theatre workshops and training opportunities with visiting companies.  

Weston’s South Ward Performs

Theatre Orchard has been working with residents of Weston’s South Ward for the past 11 years, producing a total of 8 plays and 3 short films, all of which have explored social issues that affect daily lives within a context that is liberating, cathartic, collaborative and fun. The film ‘Forever in Your Debt’ has been used as a tool for peer to peer education on illegal money lending nationwide, and also inspired a BBC 1 documentary on the subject. Our programme on the South Ward has been delivered in partnership with a number of agencies including Avon and Somerset Police, and local housing associations. 

To see some of the films co-created by Theatre Orchard and South Ward residents, click here