Updated 27th July
A community picnic that brought music, arts and family fun to Wellingborough.
A COVID safe community picnic brought arts and culture to the people of Wellingborough over the last two weeks of July 2021. Delivered by Warts and All Theatre and commissioned by Made With Many, Borough Bash! welcomed the local community to 5 events over 3 days in July for a family picnic with live music, performances, films, art, games and lots of fun!
The whole event was created and driven by young people aged 12-25 from the area as part of the Warts and All Theatre’s Young Producers sessions, with support and guidance from staff at Warts And All Theatre and Made With Many. After 18 months of planning and several local lockdowns, these free events aimed to get the community back together safely, were welcomed by Wellingborough by inhabitants.
Ross Da Costa, Wellingborough Young Producer said:
“It was wonderful to finally see our work come to fruition. Throughout the process of making Borough Bash! we have always had the community in mind and seeing everybody come together and have a great time was immensely special to me. It also made me realise that no creative feat or community endeavour is outside the realm of possibility!”
Warts and All Theatre Artistic Director Christopher Elmer-Gorry added:
“The events are a real testament to the resilience of the young people in Wellingborough. The Young Producers led and inspirational series of in-person, digital and analogue arts and culture activities over the last two weeks, all of which has required them to respond and pivot in their decision making to make it COVID safe and inclusive. I cannot wait to see what they do next.”
Made With Many Programme Director Helen Willmott commented:
“We’ve had a blast working with Warts And All Theatre and all the Young Producers on Borough Bash! It was originally planned to launch the Made With Many Wellingborough programme, instead it celebrated a year of community creativity and resilience. The Young Producers should be very proud of themselves for creating an enjoyable community event as well as a longer lasting legacy through their Wellow Pages magazine and Wailingborough podcasts.”
Those who attended had a brilliant time listening to live musicians, taking part in creating a superhero mural with local artists, enjoying a performance devised and performed by Young Actors from Warts and All Theatre. Younger members of the crowd participated in an acting taster session with the theatre company and the bubbles in the wild area proved very popular with people of all ages!
The community of Wellingborough had a wonderful time celebrating the town and enjoying time spent together safely, an audience member commented,
“Such a good day; massive thanks to all those involved with the organisation and BIG UP to the performers, musicians and actors alike; they’re enthusiasm and passion for what they love shone through, and never felt more poignant after last year “