Trading Local - Love your Town

A Community project Somerset, United Kingdom

Trading Local - Love your Town

Using the performing arts via community theatre to encourage people to come together through writing and live performance in our town.

They did it!

On 2nd Feb 2016 we successfully raised


of £11,850 target

2 backers


56 days

Project owner

Project aim

To encourage the community to put pen to paper and write then edit their scripts which will be performed by professional actors under the direction of The Show of Strength Theatre Director Sheila Hannon.  The theatre productions will be performed in Burnham on Seas shops and Businesses and short monologues.  Creating a community atmosphere, diverse mix of community involved and cohesion within the heart of our town.

About the project

The project is about bringing the community together through theatre both workshops in writing and performing.  Professional actors are used and direction takes place under a theatre company.  Skills will be gained, confidence improved and age gaps bridged.  The end performance will see visitors both resident and from neighbouring villages coming into our town and supporting the traders, seeing the High Street as more than a retail site, somewhere to meet friends, socialise and have fun.  

This type of project has been successful in other towns and is supported by Mary Portas as a good way of encouraging people into High Streets that often struggle.

Who is it for?

Anyone we are working with our local schools, residential homes, businesses, Town Council, District Council, Chamber of Trade & Commerce, residents and community.  If you have never written by would like to learn a new skill or you lack the imagination or motivation to get started then this project could be for you.