These are our aims and objectives


1. Rural Communities: World Class Performances

We aim to bring world class contemporary theatre to rural Somerset, and use live performance to enhance and enrich wellbeing and cultural life.

Festival objectives include:

  • Free performances for local schools
  • Public free performance
  • One piece of site specific theatre

2. Engagement, Education and New Audiences

We aim to provide educational opportunities for local children. We want to offer young people their first taste of live performance and the chance to participate in theatre workshops, using theatre to break down barriers and build confidence and self-esteem. We want to take live art to those who otherwise might not experience it.

Festival objectives include:

  • Free performances and workshops for local schools
  • Volunteering and mentoring opportunities for students
  • Free public performance

3. Exploring Stories, Reimagining Cities, Towns and Lives

We aim to create theatre in new and exciting places, reimagining our town and cityscape and commissioning artists to tell some of the stories it houses.

Festival objectives include:

  • One piece of site specific performance
  • Bring a range of new and contemporary work to unusual spaces in the region

4. Training, Mentoring and Building the Future

We aim to provide opportunities for young people who have an interest in a career in theatre, as well as with emerging theatre makers, and offer training opportunities to work with professionals and hands-on experience throughout the Festival. We plan to pair students with artists who have a track record for innovation and excellence in the theatre and performing arts, in order to cultivate the next generation of artists.

Festival objectives include:

  • Work experience for students in box office, technical theatre etc.
  • Mentoring opportunities with theatre professionals
  • Q&As with visiting artists
  • Workshops and participatory programme