About Wassail

We are Somerset’s theatre company.  

Our name ‘Wassail’ literally means “good health”, from the Old English word was hál.  It is also evocative of cultural traditions in the south west of England and, in particular, Somerset.


Our mission is to use theatre as a catalyst for creating healthy, culturally connected communities.

We achieve our mission by creating brilliant original theatre, removing as many barriers to access as possible.  Our venues include community settings across Somerset such as: in pubs, village halls, homes, shops, cafes, bus shelters, butcher shops, schools & libraries as well as outdoor spaces.  When we refer to Somerset, we mean the ceremonial county which includes Somerset, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset.


We believe that anyone can be an artist, and that we are all always audiences.


Our manifesto and our values guide our work.  They are our tools for ensuring quality and excellence in everything we do.  They are also reflected in our creative process.  Find out more about how we make our work here.

We recognise the impact our work has in similar places across the south west of England, and throughout the UK.


Wassail is a family.


What: we take inspiration from people & places to create authentic & entertaining stories


Who: we bring artists & audiences together to reflect Somerset’s diverse communities  


How: we are proactive and we think outside of the box


Where: we work across Somerset.  When we talk about Somerset, we actually mean The World.


Why: why not?


The audience comes first


Listening is the key to conversation


Remain calm


Encourage honesty


Invent & explore audacious ideas


Promote diversity, representation and inclusion


Artists can be professional or non-professional


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Registered charity 1171647