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 restructuring our delivery and plan on running holiday workshops for young people, alongside our 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 many different venues in and around Chippenham.
In 2013, we became Rag and Bone Arts CIC a social enterprise, and in September 2014 introduced Dance sessions for 4-6’s and 7-11’s. In 2015, due to popular demand, we started Art sessions with our very own set designer and artist, Charlie. These are proving very successful and finding lots of local budding artists who are helping to make props and set for our shows, and learning about how to use their skills to put on productions.
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 found a great bunch of local actors who meet weekly to play some games, try out improvisation and make up some performance work, using their ideas. 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 skill and expertise to the community.
We’re now running Life Drawing sessions with Charlie on Tuesday evenings. Charlie taught Life Drawing for over 13 years at City of Bath College and Bath University and is keen to put Chippenham on the map, improving their drawing skills and producing work to share with the Community. We are also going to run some school holiday dance workshops for Chippenham to try. Again – keep your eye on our social media pages and look out for our next treat!
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!