Made In Somerset

An annual series of events that both celebrate performance work created in the county and encourage lively debate around theatre-making

Made in Somerset 2011
Festival of Theatre and Dance
4 – 11 October 2011

The Made in Somerset 2011 Festival showcased the best of Somerset theatre and dance, taking place in venues big and small across Somerset and featuring some of the county’s most exciting home grown talent, including:- 

  • Maxwell Golden in CountryBoys Struggle at Wellington, Frome, Burnham-on-Sea and Langport
  • Tim Hill in Worlds Unknown at the Brewhouse, Taunton
  • Poetry Cafe with Fire River Poets at the Brewhouse, Taunton
  • The Women of Wondermentalist at the Brewhouse, Taunton
  • Probe Dance at the Brewhouse, Taunton
  • Actiontrack at SPACE, Heathfield Community School Students
  • Jane Flood in Inanna's Descent at The Merlin, Frome
  • The Brewhouse Theatre Co with The Summer Set at Chard
  • A River of Sound & Light at Langport
  • Michael Loader in Catching the Gypsy's Tale at Halsway Manor
  • Cartoon de Salvo in Pub Rock at Langport

Made in Somerset is all about supporting, nurturing and inspiring emerging talent within the county; stirring up debate and provoking innovation and big ideas from those already working in theatre and dance. 

The Festival did this by showcasing new and specially commissioned theatre, dance and spoken word performances. Events took place all over Somerset, including Halsway Manor, The Merlin Theatre and The Brewhouse amongst others. There was also a strong link to performances on the Live rural touring scheme, which means more shows in village halls.

It also provided a platform for Somerset performing arts students and graduates to learn about the business and perform extracts of their work and by getting key people together in a room to bash our ideas and think big about theatre and dance in the county.   More information on the Open Space discussion and the day of professional development for practitioners can be found here.

Who to contact
If you want to know more about the festival please contact Sarah Peterkin at sarah@takeart.org or call Take Art on 01460 249450. 

"Treat people like they are intelligent, game for anything, able to cope and interested in challenging, funny, bright and contemporary art and they rise to the occasion. There may be some walkouts and ‘no thank yous’, but there may be along with that, the beginnings of a relationship with a different audience. "

Tim Etchells at Made in Somerset 2009

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27 Oct 2011

On Friday 7 October as part of the Made in Somerset Festival 2011, an Open Space event was held at the Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre to discuss how live performance can flourish. Here's what we found out...

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