Theatre Orchard aiming to raise thousands to stage Weekend Of Wonders

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 February 2018

Last year's circus event in the Italian Gardens. Picture: Paul Blakemore

Last year's circus event in the Italian Gardens. Picture: Paul Blakemore

PAUL BLAKEMORE

Theatre Orchard is appealing for help to raise almost £44,000 to stage a free circus workshop in Weston this year.

The creative arts charity wants to bring the Weekend Of Wonders back to the Italian Gardens in September following the event’s huge success last year.

The gardens were transformed into an arena full of street art and circus acts with Theatre Orchard hoping to repeat the ‘crowd-pleasing spectacle’ on September 29.

MORE: Pictures from last year’s event in the Italian Gardens

However in order to keep the event free of charge Theatre Orchard must raise £43,823 and has set up an online crowdfunding page to reach the total.

Theatre Orchard creative director Fiona Matthews said the events will all be free.

She said: “We had amazing public feedback from last year’s Weekend Of Wonders and are excited about showcasing another programme of diverse, international acts that reimagine and celebrate the seaside culture of Weston.

“The family event and participatory workshops will all be entirely free of charge if our funding campaign is successful, so please pledge what you can.

“Every amount counts and will add up to the biggest crowd-pleasing spectacle this September.”

Money raised will also help attract a variety of talented acts to perform including dance company Southpaw, acrobatic company Acrojou and outdoor theatre company Ramshacklicious.

Crowds will be treated to everything from jaw-dropping acrobatic displays to an impressive dance routine.

Visitors to Weston will also be able to take part in intertactive events such as a giant game of Battleships.

Some acts will also be chosen to head to some of Weston’s more deprived areas to get young people to take part in a show put on as part of the South Ward Federation of School’s Big Day Out.

Theatre Orchard and The Coasters Touring Network, a project which aims to take world class circus and street art acts to coastal towns, have already donated £15,000 to the campaign.

Theatre Orchard also works with North Somerset Council to put on shows at the seafront’s Theatre Tropicana.

Click here to donate to the Weekend of Wonders campaign.

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