We run creative workshops for all ages, with the emphasis on nurturing the talent of the individual and helping them to build confidence in their skills. Following the pandemic, we are now running holiday youth workshops and exciting 5, 6 or 10 week projects, alongside our regular term time delivery for adults.
Anything can happen in the future though so – watch this space!
A little bit of history
We started the Rag and Bone Theatre Company in April 2011, as an affordable, fun and creative alternative to the Stage School model of commercial performance. It continues to go from strength to strength, producing adaptations of classic stories, street theatre pieces and original scripts for the company to perform in Chippenham.
In 2013, we became Rag and Bone Arts CIC a social enterprise. In 2015, we started Art sessions with our very own set designer and artist, Charlie. These are proving very successful and we’re finding lots of local budding artists.
The Theatre stories have lots of humour and are engaging and creative spectacles where everyone learns the value of working as a team. All of our productions are re-written by us, to suit the strengths of the cast and to make them shine as much as possible.
In 2013, we also started running Comedy Improvisation Workshops with local comedy actor and Bath Panto regular, Jon Monie. Now run as the Adult Drama Improvisation group, we’ve found a great bunch of local actors who meet weekly to play some games, improvise using different ideas, and make up some performance work. We’ve had our first ever Comedy Improvisation gig now and are so fired up that we’re up for doing some more, so get in touch if you’d like to catch us. You may see some of us performing in many different parts of Chippenham – look out for us!
We have an ever growing group of freelance practitioners, all with different specialisms, who can pass on their skills and expertise to the community so please also get in touch if you are a performing artist and would like to collaborate.
Since Covid-19, we are expanding our adult provision, introducing painting classes for adults and continuing our online drama sessions. When we receive funding, we are able to offer our sessions at a subsidised rate, while keeping the quality of our provision high. Thank you to all of our wonderful funders throughout the years. Our youth provision is currently funded by the brilliant UK Youth.
We firmly believe in the power of the arts to enrich people’s lives.
Come and join us – we have something for everyone. You won’t regret it!