Theatrical sessions in Nailsea to explore 65 reasons to be happy

PUBLISHED: 08:09 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:09 12 April 2018

The fun sessions will explore what makes people happy. Picture: Graham Burke.

The fun sessions will explore what makes people happy. Picture: Graham Burke.


Fun-packed, theatrical workshops focussing on what makes people happy will run in Nailsea for four months.

Entitled 65 Reasons To Be Happy, the workshops will explore a wide range of rib-tickling and positive activities including clowning, storytelling and sharing memories.

They will be run by renowned theatre-maker Angie Athay-Hunt, who previously led the education department at Bristol Old Vic Theatre.

The workshops are a joint initiative between arts development charity Theatre Orchard and Nailsea Town Council.

Angie Athay-Hunt said: “Whether it’s clowning around and laughing out loud, sharing stories that make you smile, learning to cherish yourself, or simply enjoying getting together with people over coffee and cake, there’s something for everyone.”

The 65 Reasons To Be Happy workshops are drop-in sessions, which start on April 19 at Number 65 in High Street and will run regularly until July 19.

Participants can explore a wide variety of activities in drama-based sessions, from jokes and clowning to stories and memories.

Workshops will be lively and welcoming and are suitable for people of all ages and abilities.

“Fiona Matthews, creative director at Theatre Orchard, said: “Number 65 is a great community space with a real buzz.

“Simply pop along to the drop-in sessions to feel inspired, get creative and above all, be happy.

“Sometimes it’s good just to laugh. Whatever you are feeling just gets left at the door in our session. We get to play, rediscover some lightness.”

Number 65 is a health and digital hub run by Nailsea Town Council aimed at reducing social isolation and improving the health and wellbeing of people in North Somerset.

Town council clerk Ian Morrell said: “Number 65 is a building for everyone in the community and creative arts is an important aspect of the activities which will be ongoing at the venue.

“We are also looking to find ways to develop arts to benefit health and wellbeing.”

Sessions are £3 and will run from 10am to noon.

People can turn up on the day to take part, or to find out more, email or call Theatre Orchard on 07757 711783.

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