Whispering Willows

Whispering Willows

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Alfred Gillett Trust

The Grange

Access: Via Car Park 2 of Clark's Village (NO access from Farm Road)


BA16 0BB

United Kingdom

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Whispering Willows is a non-verbal piece of theatre using music and puppetry, created especially for the people of Somerset.

About this event

The Alfred Gillett Trust is excited to be hosting Wassail Theatre with their new touring show. Celebrate the Queen's Jubilee by joining us for this spectacular performance!

It’s 1929. Morris has been planting, harvesting, basket making and drinking 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 in his workshop 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 in their world 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?

Further Information

Ideal for ages 5+: This theatre performance is non-verbal and transcends age as it is equally accessible for young children, teenagers, the older generation and everyone in between.

Tickets are FREE. We will be collecting donations before and after each performance but you can also donate online

This is an outdoor performance taking place in our secret walled orchard, so please dress for the weather. We encourage you to bring a picnic, blanket and chairs with you and you are welcome to enjoy your picnic in our grounds before or after each performance. However, some straw bale seating will be available.

Performance times are 11am and 2pm. Each performance will last 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Toilets are available at the entrance to Clarks Village from car park 2.

The ground in the orchard can be uneven in places. As such you should take care to wear appropriate footwear and watch your step. The Grange site is dog-friendly.


Whispering Willows is a short, playful and wordless exploration of roots, loss and homecoming that will charm both younger audiences and any adult's inner child. Bristol 24/7

Drawing from ancient legends, recent history and current issues, Whispering Willows weaves its audience into the story with humour, pathos and energy. It's a delight. The Fine Times Recorder.

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