Free theatre festival at Shepton Mallet

WHAT would you do if you found a giraffe in your back garden? What do you know about ancient sea-lizard’s digestive noises? How would you find your way out of an enchanted forest? These are the kind of burning questions that will be asked at a free theatre festival coming to Shepton Mallet on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th March.

From giraffe musicals to wandering giant Meanderthal puppets, from inclusive productions to storytelling, from a search for the great dragons of Shepton to a 10m lizard in the Market Square, the town will be awash with colourful creations.

The festival, All the World’s Our Playground, is being run by Make the Sunshine and Bowlish Infant School and five partner primary schools in Shepton Mallet St Paul’s CofE (VE), Shepton Mallet Infant School, St Aldhelm’s, Croscombe, and Stoke St Michael.

It is all about letting children’s creativity and imagination take over the town. Acts have been chosen and designed by a student programming panel and a vote on election day in December when nearly 1,000 children took to the polls.

The running order is: Friday 6th March : 5pm and 6:30pm, Rosie’s Adventure, performed by six schools at St Paul’s CofE Junior School.
Saturday 7th March:10am-4pm, Horace The Pilosaur, Emerald Ant; and Wassail Theatre, Pete and The Dragons of Shepton Walkabout Theatre; 10-10.30am, stilt walking, Higher Beings Circus; 10-10:45am, Grimms Fairytales, PaddleBoat, The Art Bank; 10.30am-noon, circus workshops, Market Square; 10.45-11.30am Da Silva Marionette Circus, St Paul’s Community Centre; 11.45am-12.45pm, My Great Giraffe the Musical, Shepton Library; 12.30-1pm, Higher Beings Circus Show, Market Square; 1.30-3pm, circus workshops, Market Square; 2-3pm, Hansel and Gretel, PaddleBoat, St Paul’s Community Centre; 2.45-3.30pm, Wandering Meanderthals, Noisy Oyster, Walkabout Theatre; 3-3.45pm, The Inner Sense of Trees, Tara Joy, The Art Bank; 3.30-4pm, Higher Beings Circus Show, Market Square.

Support by the Arts Council, Wells Festival of Literature, Literature Works, Storm Productions Group, Right Price DIY and Framptons and partner organisations has enabled all events to be provided free of charge.

The festival is part of the community programme devised by Make the Sunshine, a Community Interest Company focussed on building community engagement through performing arts and ensuring all young people have access to creative opportunities and the life-changing impact these can have. Make the Sunshine runs Plays in the Playground, Window Wanderland, All the World’s Our Playground and many other local projects.

For more information visit makethesunshine.co.uk or playsintheplayground.com

Pictured: Paddleboat Theatre’s Hansel and Gretel; one of Noisy Oyster’s Meanderthals.