We are famous for our cows, cheese, cider and the largest open-air music festival in Europe. In Somerset we love big ideas and are working towards a county where artists, practitioners and companies are inspired to make, produce and present extraordinary theatre.

Take Art's Theatre service offers support, resources and opportunities to Somerset-based artists, practitioners and companies, young people and youth theatre companies, venues and programmers.

This may include:

  • opportunities for professional development through workshops, masterclasses and skillshares;
  • opportunities for showcasing, sharing work and rigorous debate about contemporary practice;
  • offering support for the making, producing, programming and promoting of work;
  • advice, signposting, networking and brokering partnerships;
  • originating ideas and developing new ways of working;
  • extending regional, national and international links to bring high-quality work into Somerset.

If you make, produce or present work predominantly for the people of Somerset and your practice would benefit from our support, then we’d be happy to hear from you.

Take Art Theatre also runs projects; most recently focusing on our two-year initiative Word/Play. Mark and Sarah have been busy writing funding bids to make future project ideas come to fruition - so watch this space! You can sign up here to our Theatre Practitioners e-news to hear about opportunities and projects relevant to you.

Sarah Peterkin and Mark Helyar are co-Directors of Take Art Theatre. Please click on their names to email them.

"We didn't think a hip-hop theatre one-man show was for us but how wrong we were - it was utterly brilliant. Maxwell had us hooked within the first few minutes - timed to perfection it was just brilliant storytelling."

An audience member at A CountryBoy’s Struggle

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ROUND 2: Barn Theatre Initiative Grant Applications.

19 Jun 2017

Take Art is welcoming a new round of applications for their Barn Theatre Initiative, aimed at providing financial and professional support for the ideas, shows and projects of the Somerset Theatre community...

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Re-imagining Taunton in Poetry

19 Jun 2017

What could Taunton to be like in 10 years? Well Word/Play gathered together some local poets at Taunton Library on Friday 2 June, and with the help of performance poets Liv Torc and David Reakes, asked them just that... The mission was to write words, soundbites, poems, rants and aspirations that could help inform the Cultural Plan for Taunton.

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Take Art Launches New Theatre Initiative BARN

30 Jan 2017

We are delighted to launch BARN, a three-year initiative that supports Somerset’s emerging theatre-making sector to develop, test and showcase new work in a predominantly rural context.

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InspirED launch their new 2016 Offer

24 Jun 2016

InspirED is dedicated to ensuring that children and young people in Somerset benefit from the visual and performing arts in their education... Find out about the 2016 InspirED Somerset offer here.

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Avril Silk Reviews Playing Maggie…

03 May 2016

Take Art and Pip Utton have brought professional, provocative theatre to a rural location. Rejoice.

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