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20 January 2021


We are delighted to announce the launch of Folio Theatre and Wiltshire Creative’s co-production of World Wide Wiltshire; three short films harnessing the creative power of the region to showcase the finest work inspired by the county.  The films contain performances from David Ellington, Pippa Haywood and former Wiltshire Creative Further Education student and Stage 65 youth theatre member Iona Johnson. They offer a prime ‘lockdown’ viewing opportunity, celebrating the culturally roots of our region.


by Edith Oliver

the spire stood motionless, and seemingly alone, among the boundless downs, and, far above the trees, it carried eternally towards the sky the superb faith of its builders.

Without Knowing Mr Walkley is an extract from Edith Oliver’s autobiographical novel of the same title. Edith was born in Wiltshire and lived in in the county for her whole life. In 1916, Oliver helped form the Women's Land Army in Wiltshire, for which she was rewarded in 1920 with an MBE. Pippa Haywood (Bodyguard, Prisoners Wives, Scott & Bailey, Green Wing) performs the role of Edith in a contemporary exploration of her thoughts on the beauty of Wiltshire and the place she called home.


by Hannah Treadaway

Your SATs.
Took those years ago mate. Bossed em. Kinda.
I mean your oxygen.
I was cracking a joke.

Home is an extract from Hannah Treadaway’s ‘Come To Where I’m From’ piece, commissioned and first produced by Paines Plough and Wiltshire Creative. Performed by Iona Johnson, this film glances at life as a teenager in Wiltshire when the county’s wonder seems just out of reach. Hannah’s other
work includes collaborating with Diverse City, Graeae and Taking Flight.


by Sir John Betjeman

And when all the horrible roads are finally done for,
And there's no more petrol left in the world to burn,
Here to the Halt from Salisbury and from Bristol
Steam trains will return.

Dilton Marsh Halt is a poem by Sir John Betjeman, an English poet, writer, and broadcaster who was Poet Laureate from 1972 until his death in 1984. Betjeman wrote this poem as part of a successful campaign to save Dilton Marsh station when it was threatened with closure in the 1960s. Performed in BSL by David Ellington (DEF & London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony) this film explores the value of a station cherished by its local inhabitants in the face of cuts to infrastructure, increasing rural isolation and carbon culture, a poem which feels as prescient today as when it was first written.

The films are FREE to view by visiting the Wiltshire Creative website or clicking here

Wiltshire Creative’s Take Part programme offers fabulous opportunities for people from all walks of life, throughout the region to get creative, perform, learn or just have fun. For more information about our Further Education course, Youth Theatre or other opportunities visit the Take Part section of our website. As an Arts and Education Charity the organisation’s work is also focussed on how to support the most vulnerable and isolated during the pandemic. Over 1000 free craft bags for children have been given out during the pandemic so far and a free programme of family focussed performances and activities was put on at Salisbury Arts Centre in August 2020.



Notes to Editors:

FOLIO THEATRE are a Wiltshire based development and touring company, specialising in new writing and championing regional theatre. Folio's debut play Unearthed, which premiered as part of Fest West, was a top pick of the year in The Guardian. To find out more please visit or follow @foliotheatre on Twitter and Instagram.


WILTSHIRE CREATIVE is a pan-arts organisation that brings together the energy and ambition of Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Salisbury Playhouse. It is an ambitious and innovative joint arts offer that secures a bright future for audiences, artists and participants.

Wiltshire Creative is rooted in, and draws inspiration from, the city of Salisbury and works beyond its boundaries and draws audiences from across the county and further afield. The creation of new work is at the heart of its programme, as it builds new relationships with audiences, artists and participants.