All the World's Our Playground Free Theatre Festival

Shepton Mallet



  • All The Family
  • School Age
  • Adults






From giant lizards whose tummies can store 18 children to dazzling circus acts. From interactive re-tellings of Hansel and Gretel to wandering giant Neanderthals in search of home: Shepton Mallet is getting ready to host a curious range of fantastic acts and performers this March.

All the World’s Our Playground is a collaboration between Bowlish Infant School, Make the Sunshine CiC and five partner primary schools in Shepton Mallet: St Paul’s, Shepton Mallet Infant School, St Aldhelm’s, Croscombe and Stoke St Michael – as well as a huge range of talented artists and theatre-makers. It is all about letting children’s creativity and imagination take over the town. The festival acts have been chosen and designed by a student programming panel as well as through a vote on election day in December where nearly 1,000 children took to the polls.

There are some fantastic performances on the programme: a revolving range of shows from Higher Beings circus and from Emerald Ant CiC who bring Horace the Pilosaur, PaddleBoat Theatre will be running a free interactive relaxed performance of Hansel and Gretel which they toured to sell-out audiences in Exeter this Christmas. We also welcome festival regulars Noisy Oyster who will perform walkabout theatre and also a marionette circus show, Somerset-based Wassail who will be hosting some interactive walkabout theatre plus more acts to be announced.

Thanks to support from The Arts Council, Wells Festival of Literature and Framptons in Shepton, and the support of partnering organisations all events will be provided free of charge. Follow
Make the Sunshine CiC for ticket booking announcements. Tickets will be available for booking by visiting and on Eventbrite very shortly!

Don't miss this fun day of FREE theatre for all the family and a chance to enjoy Shepton's beautiful high street!

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