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For Artists | Theatre Orchard


Our Artist Development work is ever evolving. We support regionally based artists to grow their ideas and skills, through advisory and producing support. We are committed to bringing artists and the community together.




Shoplifting is the name of the Artist Development scheme that was run jointly by Theatre Orchard and Living Spit at Theatre Shop to offer mentoring, seed funding and performance opportunities.

In 2019 we worked with award-winning North Somerset based Mumblecrust on their new version of HG Wells’ Sci Fi masterpiece The Time Machine. The inventive show premiered at the Theatre Shop at Easter time and was enjoyed by family audiences who were able to give the company valuable feedback before the show went on tour in September.

Drag workshop with atomic rhubarb

Theatre companies Soap Soup and Atomic Rhubarb worked with Theatre Orchard’s valued volunteers to share skills and knowledge.   Some of these workshops were also open to the public.

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Scratch ‘n’ Sniff nights to bring your senses alive!

Scratch ‘n’ Sniff nights to bring your senses alive! A free taste of drama cooked up by students and graduates from University Centre Weston was enjoyed by all with valuable audience comments shared with the artists. With Atomic Rhubarb!

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Silva Lining’s Care Plan

Theatre Orchard recently supported North Somerset based writer Elspeth Penny on the development of her new show ‘Silva Linings Casebook’, based on anonymised diaries kept by paid home carers who work with people with dementia.

The wider creative team included Sarah Moody (musician), Chris Pirie (puppetry advisory), Pameli Bentham (performer)  comedian Angie Belcher (performer), Elspeth Penny (writer), David Lane (dramatug), Sarah Warren (design), Nick Sutton (film documentation).




The production was showcased at an Arts and Dementia Conference in September 2018.

The initial showcase of Silva Linings Casebook in July 2018 was very well received by a diverse audience that included healthcare professionals “A tour de force”, “Interesting, engaging and amusing”’; “excellent – I felt the emotion”

University Centre Weston 

Two graduate companies from University Centre Weston showcased their work at Theatre Shop as part of our Autumn programme and took part in our Weekend of Wonders Showcase In Weston-super-Mare on 29th September 2018.


Contact Gonzo

A group of regionally based artists spent a week’s residency with the brilliant Contact Gonzo from Japan, collaborating on a very special performance that literally socked you between the eyes with its originality, fusing martial arts and dance in explosive fashion.






If you have ideas of your own to bring to the creative table, then please contact: becky@theatreorchard.org.uk

Bringing your show to North Somerset

We present performances and events in a variety of places and spaces throughout the region, from local theatre venues to end of piers and quarries and we are also expanding our programme of outdoor work.

If you are an artist or a company who would like to be considered as part of our North Somerset programme, please email details of your performance with the technical spec to info@theatreorchard.org.uk. Please be patient as we are a small team with a region-wide focus, so it can sometimes take us a while to get back to you.

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