WASSAIL THEATRE present Whispering Willows – 11th June 2022


Its 1929 Morris has been planting, harvesting, basket making and dinking tea on his Somerset willow farm since before he can remember.  Every year the same pattern repeats itself.  Plant, harvest, weave – Plant, harvest, weave.  One day he pulls up a particularly large piece of willow with a girl clinging to the end of it!  She eats too much, breaks everything and is a complete nuisance.  But as time moves on, they teach each other the ways of the willow.  Planting, harvesting, weaving; the cycle continues, and all is well until the chaos of WW2 and the invention of plastic threaten to destroy the farm and their livelihoods.  Can they find a new use for willow before it’s too late?

Founded in 2015, Wassail is a Somerset based theatre company. Pack a picnic and join them in the gardens for a beautiful, non-verbal story that’s suitable for all the family featuring puppets crafted from Somerset willow and an evocative original soundtrack. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county’s touring arts charity.

“weaves its audience into the story with humour, pathos and energy. It’s a delight.” The Fine Times Recorder

Suitable for ages 6+

First show:   11.30 am-12.20 pm

Second show: 2.00 pm- 2.50 pm

Adults: £8.00  U18: £5.00  Family: £22.00

Outdoor performance – bring a chair, dress for all weather and picnic in the garden.  Assistance dogs only

:Please book on line through Artsreach by following the link  :







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