VALLEY Arts is gearing up for a celebration of creativity as the ‘Rising Waters’ project comes together, culminating in the most spectacular performance the Chew Valley has ever seen.

The Community Play 

Taking place at Yeo Valley Organic Garden on Saturday, July 13-14, this monumental event will showcase the diversity and collective spirit of the Chew Valley. Local people across all ages have been involved in every aspect of the production from writing the script to making props and performing the play.  

The Community Project 

Hundreds of participants are involved in the ‘Rising Waters’ project which includes 22 unique creative arts workshops across the valley and partnerships with six local schools, representing a wide array of backgrounds. Valley arts are also making a documentary film about the process and have launched a local writing competition. The ‘Rising Waters’ community cast of over 30 people will bring the final ambitious vision to life on stage, led by a professional creative team. 

With rehearsals well underway and excitement building, anticipation for the event is growing throughout the community.

‘We are thrilled to produce such a groundbreaking initiative that celebrates the talents of our surrounding area’ said Kate McGregor, Director and Creative Producer. ‘This performance is not just about entertainment; it's about building community and showcasing the incredible creativity that thrives within the Chew Valley.’ 

The ‘Rising Waters’ theme and impact

The play focuses on environmental themes and the importance of water for all life. Valley arts creators have taken a magical and inventive approach to bring the show alive with a giant fish puppet and a mysterious girl, full of music and song. 

The show will take place on the outdoor stage at Yeo Valley Organic Garden at Holt Farm, in sight of Blagdon Lake. Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards supporting community initiatives and future projects within the Chew Valley.

The collaborative nature of the production reflects the spirit of unity that defines the Valley Arts ethos. Participants are not only creating a spectacular show but building their creative passions and forging lasting bonds and memories that will endure far beyond the final curtain call.

‘We invite everyone in the Chew Valley and beyond to join us for this momentous occasion,’ said Valley Arts Trustee Geraldine Hill-Male. ‘Come witness the magic of community in action and experience the power of creativity to inspire us all.’

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