Who We Are

We are a collective of experienced arts practitioners and educators who run high quality, creative workshops for all ages. We’re dedicated to increasing the arts provision in our community and creating opportunities for everyone to attend arts events locally.

The emphasis is on nurturing the talent of the individual and helping them to build confidence in their skills. Following the pandemic, we have reformed our Youth Theatre in the form of Teen Improv and art sessions for designers aged 13 -18s, alongside our regular term time workshops in art and drama for adults.

We hope to bring back our dance sessions at some point too and have delivered some 5 weeks projects, that could return at any point. Anything can happen in the future 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.

‘We don’t believe in making stars out of a few – we’re make creative giants out of everyone’ 

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.

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, who have supported us, and you to attend our sessions. These include:

UK Youth, The Co-op Community Fund, Tesco Bags of Help, Chippenham Town Council, Wiltshire Council’s Area Board, Chippenham Borough Lands Charity, Trevor Beattie (patron) the pupils at Hardenhuish School and donors to the Leo Darby scholarship Fund.

You may see some of us performing in many different parts of Chippenham  – look out for us. 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.