Wassail Theatre Company is set to bring theatre to South Somerset District Council’s Yeovil Country Park in July with an event called Plays in the Park.
On Sunday 12 July, visitors will be given a guided tour with eight short performances along the way. Two sessions will be held at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Audiences are asked to meet outside the Ninesprings Café which is located next to Brunswick Street car park.
Each short play has been written by members of Yeovil Creative Writers and will be performed by Yeovil College students. Each play is inspired by a different place or historical link associated with the park.
Wassail Theatre Company were commissioned by Friends of Yeovil Country Park and South Somerset District Council to run a community play project designed to activate and celebrate Ninesprings.
Speaking about the project, Yeovil Creative Writers said in a statement, “Yeovil Creative Writers Group are delighted to have been asked to write the plays for this exciting project.
We welcome this unique opportunity to display the abilities of our group and are sure the wide ranging story lines will be well received. We anticipate a wonderful family day out – something for everyone in lovely Ninesprings, with entertainment provided by local performers and writers”.
Nick White from Wassail Theatre Company said, “We’re thrilled to be bringing a bit of theatre to Ninesprings this summer. What makes the project particularly exciting is that local people will be able to pop down the road to their local park to see some plays written by local writers, and performed by local young actors. And it’s all free! What could be better?! It is also a testament to the creative forces living in and around Yeovil that this sort of cultural activity can happen”.
Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture added, “We are really looking forward to introducing something new to Yeovil Country Park this summer. We have a great list of events being held here which gives you even more of a reason to come down and enjoy this award winning Park”.
Plays in the Park was made possible thanks to a grant from Arts Council England and funding from the Friends of Yeovil Country Park which was received from The Big Lottery Award for All.