Artist Support

Theatre Makers & Poets

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Take Art's offers support, resources and opportunities to Somerset-based theatre and spoken word artists, practitioners, companies, venues and programmers. 


  • opportunities for professional development through workshops, masterclasses and skillshares;
  • opportunities for showcasing, sharing work and rigorous debate about contemporary practice;
  • offering support for the making, producing, programming and promoting of work;
  • advice, signposting, networking and brokering partnerships;
  • originating ideas and developing new ways of working;
  • extending regional, national and international links to bring high-quality work into Somerset.

Meet the Theatre Team

Mark Helyar is Co-Director of Theatre (Drama)

He can be contacted by email:

Sarah Peterkin is Co-Directors of Theatre (Drama)

She can be contacted by email:

Our Theatre Projects

Currently Take Art’s BARN project supports Somerset’s emerging theatre-making sector to develop, test and showcase work in a predominantly rural context.

The Diversity Forum for the Performing Arts in Somerset enables people to network, share experiences, expertise and good practice.

Word/Play is a performance poetry on prescription project, which offers a series of workshops led by a spoken word poet to a group of adults experiencing mental health challenges. The workshops are set within a medical settings.

  • ProjectBARN

    BARN is a collective theatre initiative, facilitated by Take Art, that supports Somerset’s emerging theatre-making sector to develop, test and showcase new work in a predominantly rural context

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  • ProjectWord/Play

    Word/Play is a social prescribing project for people experiencing mental ill health. It uses performance poetry to empower individuals, giving them the freedom and encouragement to tell their stories.

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  • ProjectInspirED

    InspirED was a Somerset wide education project that offered exciting and unforgettable arts opportunities to schools and Early Years settings. Now InspirED is changing and entering a new phase in its evolution.

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  • Theatre and Spoken Word Artists can contact Sarah Peterkin or Mark Helyar by emailing or call them on tel: 01460 249450