9 October, 2022
Pay What you Decide
The Grand Atlantic Hotel Ballroom
The Ground Between Us
Recommended age guidance: 10+.
Please note: The performance explores themes of homelessness, immigration and sexuality. After the show, the audience is invited to a Q & A session to discuss issues raised and feedback thoughts about the piece.
Access: The Grand Atlantic Hotel is a physically accessible venue (with access ramps)
“It’s only unity that heals us all,
And connects the ground between us.”
WESTON-SUPER-MARE. 2027: Weston has become cast adrift from mainland Britain and the community left to fend for itself. While a group of strangers gather in the town, a crack forms in the land leaving them stranded on the High Street, where a mystical fire ignites stories from the past with the power to unite…
As the divides close, change is on the horizon leaving the group with a choice – how will they adapt to a future way of life? What changes would they make?
The Ground Between Us is a story about the importance of community and connection. Based on personal, lived experiences, the show shines a light on issues faced by people within Weston that can ‘fall down the cracks’.
The multi-media show features video screenings, music and live performances by Theatre Orchard’s adult drama group, Open Door. Join the company for a post-show discussion to explore the issues raised together.
The Ground Between Us is the culmination of a two year community project, Theatre Forum, funded by People’s Health Trust using money raised by Health Lottery South West and co-created with members of the community, including young refugees, elderly, school youth and poetry groups.
Theatre Forum grew from the aspiration of Theatre Orchard’s weekly adult drama group ‘Open Door’ to create a piece of theatre addressing social issues within communities, raising awareness and impacting social change. Through professionally led creative sessions, the project has collaboratively explored the thoughts and opinions of diverse community groups. These include Theatre Orchard’s Open Door and adult poetry group Chapter One, friendship groups on South Ward, Knit and Natter groups across the area, as well as creative online open access sessions during lockdown and creating a new regular provision for young refugees – Forum Hangout.
The event is part of the Weston Arts + Health Festival 2022 (6-9 October)
Main image is original artwork by Jasmine Thompson