The Theatre Orchard believes that the Arts are the most effective way to bring the communities of North Somerset together. We want residents to enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing through developing a full creative life. We nurture and support theatre, dance, music, storytelling and film projects, particularly in isolated or disadvantaged communities, so that more people may find their voice through the arts.
North Somerset has high levels of localised deprivation and a huge range of inequality. Many people in need of the enrichment that creativity offers have little access to professional arts. Our work lays foundations for self-sustaining professional arts activity in the area. We partner professional arts organisations to develop rural touring, workshop and performance opportunities for all residents. This benefits communities by encouraging their ability to be imaginative, healthy and resilient.
In 2013-14 We are touring 5 professional shows to 16 rural venues to audiences of over 1000 people; we have enabled 30 adults, 20 children and 10 families living on the Bournville estate WSM to establish their own community theatre and make two community films with professional support and training; If we can reach our target we will be able to partner more professional organisations to create more diverse and meaningful creative activity on the doorsteps of North Somerset.
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