New community partnership to celebrate Worle’s past and present

Dizzy O Dare giant balloon. Picture: Paul Blakemore

Dizzy O Dare giant balloon. Picture: Paul Blakemore - Credit: Paul Blakemore

A major, multi-arts project will be launched in Weston this month.

Theatre Orchard and Big Worle have joined together to embark on a year-long venture to showcase Worle.

The Becoming Stories campaign will draw out past and present tales from people and places.

The project will then tell the stories through a creative programme of live arts including drama, writing, poetry, dance, film, circus, music and song.

The wide range of activities is designed to engage everyone, which will culminate in a Becoming Stories Arts Festival in May 2020, which will place the community centre-stage during a day of celebration.

Theatre Orchard, based in Clevedon, will create and curate the festival in partnership with the Worle community, inviting professional outdoor arts practitioners to take part as well.

Denise Hunt, chair of the partnership at Big Worle, said: "Becoming Stories is all about coming together as a community, forging new friendships, discovering new skills, enhancing well-being and taking pride in the area and each other.

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"We are really excited to see how the project unfolds and to being able to showcase our collective talent, creativity and energy in a fitting finale - Worle's very own arts festival."

People can find out more at the hub, in Clovelly Road, on Tuesday from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

A writing workshop called Chapter One, the first group activity for the event, will be led straight after by Bob Walton and Sue Hill from The Write Box.

Theatre Orchard's creative director, Fiona Matthews, said: "Theatre Orchard is delighted to join Big Worle on this epic, story telling adventure.

"We are looking forward to reaching the heart of the community and discovering new stories from Worle's historic past, its present and looking to its future, to create a unique and personal narrative of the area told through the voice of the people.

"There will be something for everyone to enjoy, from contemplative writing to beatboxing. Most of all, we hope lots of people will get involved and have lots of fun along the way."

Dizzy O'Dare's Giant Balloon Show will be tickling funny bones outside the Big Worle Hub at 6pm on July 12 to further celebrate the partnership.