Wiltshire Creative Connects

27 April - 31 August 2020



There is something for everyone in our online Wiltshire Creative Connects programme, whether you’re an audience member, participant or artist. Maybe you are discovering Wiltshire Creative for the first time, in which case – welcome!

Take time to browse the content below to find creative activities for all ages, films, interviews, discussions and demonstrations with some of our creative team and friends on our Featured Artists page, and support for artists of all kinds.

New content is added each week, so visit us again soon.

From everyone at Wiltshire Creative.



Thursday 9 July

THE BIG INTERVIEW: with artist Sally Firino

Bringing personalities centre stage

It’s time to grab a cuppa and enjoy a full-length conversation with personalities who have worked with Wiltshire Creative in the past, either on stage or behind the scenes.
This week we talk to Salisbury based fine artist Sally Firino. Sally is shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and is one of six artists shortlisted for the ING Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary at The Mall Galleries London and has her work in many private collections worldwide.  Sally will be chatting with local actor Tim Treslove.




Monday 13 July – Sunday 19 July

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Violinist Harriet Mackenzie

Shining a spotlight on artists

Each week, through a series of short films, we will profile one of the amazing artists who either live locally or has worked with Wiltshire Creative.

Our next artist of the week is violinist Harriet Mackenzie. In conversation with Festival Producer Fiona Curtis, Harriet and French Choreographer Julien Guerin discuss the impact lockdown has had on creating their new commission Bach & Ballet, and how they have continued to collaborate.  Harriet will also take a look back at some of her previous work and there will be an opportunity to see her perform a new composition by Deborah Pritchard, made in response to artist Maggi Hambling’s painting ‘March 2020’, as recently featured on Grayson’s Art Club on Channel 4.




Thursday 16 July

THE BIG INTERVIEW with our Pantomime Creative Team

Bringing personalities centre stage

This week we talk to some of the Creative Team of our much-loved pantomime. Join Choreographer Nicky Griffiths, Designer James Button and Musical Director Chris Peake as they discuss how we stage the biggest show of the year at Salisbury Playhouse and remember some fond memories. They will be chatting with Gareth Machin.




Thursday 23 July

THE BIG INTERVIEW with Theatre Maker Viv Gordon

Bringing personalities centre stage

This week we talk to Viv Gordon. She will share insight into her survivor-led theatre practice, the development of her theatre company and what projects she has been working on during lockdown. Viv will be chatting to Theatre Director, Jo Newman.




Every Monday


Creative fun for under 5s

Check out the website every Monday morning for a new creative activity sheet to download. Great fun for under 5s and their families.





Calling all budding young playwrights

Have you ever wanted to write your own script or story? Have you got lots of ideas for a play? This is your chance to work with professional members of the Wiltshire Creative team and other young people to plan and write your own play. This will be a series of online sessions, available to young people aged 8-21.





Have you written a new play?

Have you already written a script and would welcome some feedback? As part of our commitment to new and original writing, we’d welcome the opportunity to receive new scripts and offer constructive feedback. You can be a writer at any stage of your career and we are happy to accept scripts up to the end of July (one script per writer please).





Are you an artist with a question?

Are you an artist with burning questions that need answering? We’re here to help! Twice a month we will be running Artist Surgeries where we will offer advice and support – around any art form. You may have questions about how to apply for funding, routes into the industry, technical production or marketing. So fire away and we’ll do our best to help.






Creative challenges for over 60s

Mind the Gap is our regular performance and creative arts group for older people. As part of Wiltshire Creative Connects, we’re offering everyone the opportunity to get involved from home. We’d love you to get creative by responding to our weekly suggestions and then sharing your creations with us, by emailing clare.threadgold@wiltshirecreative.co.uk we’ll then showcase your work on our website and via social media.





Stay connected with youth theatre friends

If you are a member of Stage 65 Youth Theatre and missing your regular fix of drama activities, you can join familiar faces and stay connected with these regular online sessions.





Inspiring artists

Are you an artist craving some creative inspiration? Over the coming months we will post something to inspire you (e.g. a quote, a piece of music or a piece of art) so that you can create a short response in your chosen art form (e.g. a cript, a piece of music, an image or a short performance). We will provide feedback to all submissions and select some to be shared here on our website.





Viewing tips from the team

You have probably noticed there’s quite a bit to watch on line and wondered where to begin. Well, we’re here to help. Each weekend, a different member of the Wiltshire Creative team will give their tips on the best full-length theatre, performance and art available to view online.


Girls Like That – A Synergy Project/Unicorn Theatre Project 
What Once Was Ours – Half Moon Theatre
Harry Baker, Grand Salm Poetry Champion -Tedx
Grounded – Louis Theroux 





Macbeth (Shakespeare) – Royal Shakespeare Company
Mozart in Quarantine – Jerusalem Street Orchestra
A Solo Exhibition of Veri Apriyatno (2012) – Exhibition on IndoArtNow


WTW Eleanor

Sitting in Limbo - Stephen S. Tomlinson BBC
Reflect and Lynched - Nikkolas Smith
Recommendations from Netflix, search for these titles: 13th, When They See Us, Self Made, Dear White People, 12 Years A Slave, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
How to financially help BLM with NO MONEY/ leaving your house (Invest in the future for FREE) - YouTube Video Project showcasing and supporting Black Lives Matter


Tim’s Twitter Listening Parties
Network - National Theatre Wales 
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo - ​BBC Radio 4
Hay Festival Player - Hay Festival


Sebastian new

Two Noble Kinsme– Shakespeare’s Globe
Fleabag – Phoebe Waller-Bridge 
Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment (Vienna State Opera) and Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti (Opera North)  
Lost Empires – J B Priestley / Granada 

Rosie what to watch

The Shows Must Go On! Weekly musical theatre releases from Andrew Lloyd Webber 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare’s Globe 
5 SOLDIERS – Rosie Kay Dance Company
Virtual Longleat Safari

Amanda Bruce What to Watch

Ode - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
Flowers for Mrs Harris - Chichester Festival Theatre 
Rakhi Singh Violin Recitals - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Faces of Frida - Exhibition on Google Arts & Culture 



Don’t forget, new events and activities are added each week, so come back and visit the website soon!




We hope you are enjoying our WILTSHIRE CREATIVE CONNECTS programme and in a small way its offering something positive for all of you during these tough times. We desperately miss opening our doors and entertaining you - and eagerly look forward to when we can again in the future. But for now we just want to give the whole community a creative focus - for free - and generate much needed opportunities for arts professionals and support people who are most vulnerable during this isolation.

We are so grateful to those of you that can consider making a donation as a gesture of personal support. Your gift will go a long way in helping us to continue offering creative opportunities to our community in these challenging times.


Thank you so much for your kindness, generosity and community spirit.

Stay safe and take care from the whole team at Wiltshire Creative