What we are about...

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Make the Sunshine is a community interest company based in Shepton Mallet. We run innovative theatre projects, creative workshops and performances in local spaces, working with south west artists and local communities. 

Having run a celebrated programme of work with Bowlish Infant School called Plays in the Playground for the last four years we now work with Bowlish Infant School, St Paul's CofE (VC), St Aldhelm's, Shepton Mallet Infants School, Croscombe and Stoke St Michael Primary Schools.

Our most recent programme of work, All the World's Our Playground, was supported by Arts Council England National Lottery Projects, Literature Works, Mendip Community Fund, Shepton Mallet Town Council, Wells Festival of Literature, Framptons and Right Price DIY.

Our focus and aims:

Cultural Education

  • Bringing magical and inspiring theatre, performing arts and creative opportunities to Shepton Mallet schools and local community

  • Advocating for the importance of cultural education in schools and in the community

  • Sharing the benefits of theatre and artistic engagement 

Performing Arts

  • Developing arts audiences and breaking down barriers to participation

  • Showcasing innovative 'pop-up' events in playgrounds and public spaces

  • Working with local arts partners to build an evidence case for establishing a permanent performing arts and community space in Shepton Mallet

  • Measuring engagement in performing arts and its importance locally

Artistic Creation

  • Creating performances in iconic spaces in Shepton Mallet and building local pride in our heritage

  • Creating work that responds to and resonates with the local community and conveys their experiences and feelings

  • Encouraging everyday creativity and offering high calibre workshop opportunities

  • Working with, supporting and championing South West theatre companies

For more information on our previous work to date see: www.playsintheplayground.com

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