We are committed to bringing artists and the community together with provocative productions and creative colabs.

If you are interested booking one of our community project workshops, please contact our Engagement Manager, Angela Athay-Hunt.

‘Whirligig!’ Festival of Outdoor Arts

‘Whirligig!’ takes place on Weston-super-Mare’s Italian Gardens on the second Saturday of July. Thank you to all those who make the Festival such a twirling success!

Below is a film created for us by Nick Sutton, which captures the day perfectly.

‘Whirligig!’ is 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


Whirligig! won the NOEA Best Small Festival of the Year, 2019

Storyboat 700+1

Storyboat 700+1 is an exciting, new heritage project celebrating the 700 year anniversary of St Peter’s Church in Portishead and supported by Theatre Orchard’s Engagement programme. Originally planned to take place to mark the anniversary in June 2020 and postponed due to Covid-19, the initiative is setting sail again and will welcome people on board for a heart-felt celebration on Sunday 20 June 2021 – watch this space for more details!

In the meantime, we are working safely below deck to gather stories from the local community, including schools and Church groups. Written and drawn on specially designed cardboard boat templates, the stories will create a flotilla sculpture of hundreds of boats to be displayed within St Peter’s Church to celebrate the 700 year history of this extraordinary place and its people.

Storyboat 700+ is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and supported by Theatre Orchard. For more information or to get involved contact engage@theatreorchard.org.uk


We work hard to deliver our creative programme of events, outreach and engagement, but we would struggle without the generosity of our wonderful volunteers. It’s the perfect way to give something back to the community whilst stock piling a whole host of memorable experiences.

If you would like to get involved as a Volunteer with Theatre Orchard, we would truly love to hear from you!

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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 always expanding our programme of outdoor work.

If you or your business would like to a project, please ping us a message with your thoughts.

Hang on in there! We are a small team with a region-wide focus so it can sometimes take a little while to get back to you, but we will!