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Wiltshire Creative is the newly merged Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Salisbury Playhouse. We are a pan-arts organisation that celebrates the distinctiveness of each art form and the opportunities afforded to explore interaction between them. We programme and produce work across two buildings – Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury Playhouse, and across the county at Salisbury International Arts Festival. We programme 8 - 12 months in advance. We are excited by work which is diverse, relevant, tells important stories, is entertaining, thought-provoking and resonates with our audience. Here is a bit of information about how we programme our different spaces.

Main House (up to 517 seats): we programme a diverse range of high quality mid-scale work which sits alongside in-house productions and co-productions. This includes touring productions of 20th century classics, adaptations, musicals, Shakespeare, west end transfers (such as The Play that Goes Wrong), new work from established touring companies (such as Out of Joint and Told by an Idiot). Each season we also have a series of one night events which include high profile dance, concerts, theatrical comedy. For tech specs click here

The Salberg (up to 149 seats): we programme a diverse range of high quality small scale work which sits alongside in house productions and co-productions. This includes new writing, devised theatre, multi-disciplinary performance, gig-theatre and theatre for young audiences (see below). It's an intimate space with audience on three sides and lends itself well to intimate stories and inventive, interactive, contemporary and experimental performance but also to intimate classics or bold, energetic adaptations. We usually programme shows for a Thursday-Saturday split week, though if we think the show will be really popular we will look at extending the run. For tech specs click here 

We also have a varied programme of work for young audiences (age 2+) in The Salberg which often takes place on a Saturday or during school holidays. We programme a range of high quality work for young audiences which includes inventive adaptations of well-known stories and new work which is exciting, engaging, and thought-provoking. We look for work across age ranges from early years to 8+Theatre

Salisbury Arts Centre: we programme a varied range of high quality film, music, dance, visual art, comedy and performing arts. The space is flexible with both cabaret seating and a rake and lends itself well to gig-theatre and cross-art form work. We also have a varied programme of work for early years (under 2 years old) at Salisbury Arts Centre. For tech specs click here

Fest West: we have an annual festival which takes place each spring and is a celebration of work across all disciplines made in the South West. We work in partnership with The Pound, Corsham and Town Hall Arts so that there is the opportunity for companies to tour work to multiple venues as part of the festival. There is also the opportunity for R&D space and work-in-progress sharings as part of the festival. More info here 

Salisbury International Arts Festival: for the festival we programme the highest calibre music, theatre, dance, spoken word, literature and visual art from across the world. Across all stages we are excited by work which is diverse, relevant, tells important stories, is entertaining, thought-provoking and resonates with our audience. 

Contacts: If you would like to bring your work to Wiltshire Creative as part of the artistic programme please consider which of our spaces or festivals your work is best suited to, including technical requirements, and contact the relevant programmer as below. Our programming team is headed by Gareth Machin, Artistic Director.

Salisbury Playhouse – Main House: Hetty Shand hetty.shand@wiltshirecreative.co.uk
Salisbury Playhouse – The Salberg: Jo Newman jo.newman@wiltshirecreative.co.uk
Salisbury Arts Centre (theatre): Jo Newman jo.newman@wiltshirecreative.co.uk
Salisbury Arts Centre (other live performance*): Paula Hammond paula.hammond@wiltshirecreative.co.uk
Fest West: Melissa Roles info@wiltshirecreative.co.uk (Please email a tour pack any time during May-September)
Salisbury International Arts Festival (theatre): Jo Newman jo.newman@wiltshirecreative.co.uk
Salisbury International Arts Festival (other live performance*): Paula Hammond paula.hammond@wiltshirecreative.co.uk
Visual Arts: Mirka Golden-Hann mirka@wiltshirecreative.co.uk

*music/dance/spoken word/circus/inter-disciplinary performance/work in non-theatre spaces

If you would like to hire any of Wiltshire Creative’s spaces for an event please contact Imogen Nield imogen.nield@wiltshirecreative.co.uk