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All the World's Our Playground - Saturday 13 & 14 July 2024

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"This event was enjoyed by so many and demonstrated the wonderful community feeling that many towns lack."

Teresa Gilbert, Headteacher 

Roll up, roll up as we present the 5th year of All the World's Our Playground Festival programmed by young people in Shepton Mallet!

We are delighted to be working with the Arts Council, Shepton Mallet Town Council , Without Walls, Wells Literature Festival, Take Art and local schools and supporters to make this year extra special.

Expect a host of incredible, award-winning theatre companies: from thrilling six piece European circus troupe Contakt Collective, to immersive movie madness with walkabout Blockbuster Factory from Cat and Mouse Theatre; from a theatre show for 40 people taking place inside Circo Rum Ba Ba's 20m long whale, to Matt Pang’s celebrated show Those in Glass Houses - which includes swinging bricks, comedic catapults and orchestrated glass-shattering chaos.


There will also be a theatre show created entirely out of soap suds by a window-cleaning theatre-making duo Crow’s Nest and amazing Kristina Stephenson (Sir Charlie Stinky Socks author) will run an immersive storytelling session. aKa Dance Theatre’s magical moving shed with be visiting with Shed ache, and the Sunday audiences can enjoy the incredible craft-along adventure Boxville by acclaimed theatre maker Sam Wilde. Much more is promised on the line-up.


The whole festival has been programmed and curated by a panel of 74 youth programmers, comprising 14 Arts Ambassadors and 60 children across 7 schools in the Shepton Mallet area. The schools involved include: St. Paul’s CofE VC Junior School, Bowlish Infant School, St Aldhelm’s Church School, The Mendip School, Shepton Mallet Infants School and The Federation of Croscombe and Stoke St Michael Primary Schools. 

All the World’s Our Playground is all about letting children’s creativity and imagination take over the town.

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A brilliant chance to see loads of amazing theatre and work with a brilliant team. You can register your interest here, or email Jane to find our more

We would love for everyone to get involved! If you want to be part of the festival or have an idea do get in touch

This years programme includes:


Collett Park

10:30 - ABBA Showcase by Chapel Dance Studio

10:50 - Marvellous Things performed by St Paul's Junior School created with Tamsin Fessey, Kristina Stephenson & Make the Sunshine

11:00, 11:30, 13:00, 13:30, 15:00, 15:30 - Performances inside The Whale by Circo Rum Ba Ba,

20 min show inside the whale, children must be accompanied by an adult, £3 per ticket

Booking required - book here

St Paul's Junior School

11:30 - Shed ache by aKa Dance Theatre, £1 per ticket

Booking required - book here



11:30, 12:30, 14:00, 15:00 - Is that a Yetti Hetty? by Crow's Nest Theatre, £1 per ticket

Booking required - book here

Shepton Mallet Library

12:30 - Kristina Stephenson interactive storytelling

The Art Bank

Throughout the day - Theatre films from Fosse Way School

13:45 - Amelia Earhart's Amazing Adventure, by Tor Theatre

Outside the Art Bank

13:00 - Foley by Contakt Collective (Supported by Take Art)

15:30 - Foley Circus Workshop (ages 8+)

Outside the Cheeky Bean

11:45 - Amelia Earhart's Amazing Adventure, by Tor Theatre

12:30 - Blockbuster Factory, by Cat and Mouse Theatre, (walkabout)

14:20 - Pop up dance performance from local schools

14:30 - Those in Glass Houses by Matt Pang Circus

15:30 - Blockbuster Factory by Cat and Mouse Theatre, (walkabout)

Plus walkabout from Tor Theatre, Rainbow Time Traveller from Tallulah Swirls, Boom Circus and more!



Outside the Cheeky Bean

11:00 - Boxville, Cardboard Adventures by Sam Wilde

12:00 - Performances by Shepton Mallet Infants and Bowlish Infants

14:00 - Boxville, Cardboard Adventures by Sam Wilde

Some venues are weather-dependant so may be subject to change.

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