Trade It: Formerly Diverse Stories

Productions TREASURE ISLAND Story Walk

New for 2017: 27 May – 4 June

The perfect family activity in the place where it all began: Bristol Docks

See hidden caves and spy holes, and discover the dark and dirty deeds of Long John Silver, Blind Pew, and a host of pirates and buccaneers!

One hour, suitable for age 8+

Times/prices/details on the flier »

But remember, “Them that die’ll be the lucky ones…”

In association with the Long John Silver Trust’s Treasure Island Trail
www.longjohnsilvertrust.co.uk

Recent Productions Frankenstein in Bath

Frankenstein in Bath

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of FRANKENSTEIN’s birth with an atmospheric, theatrical walking tour of Bath. Show Of Strength Theatre Company reveal the city’s forgotten role in shaping Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece.

The summer of 1816 was extraordinary for many reasons, not least the sequence of events that unfolded while Mary Shelley completed her first draft of FRANKENSTEIN – in Bath. Revealing the dramas and scandals underlying the creation of the novel, the tour takes visitors on an adventure, retracing Mary Shelley’s footsteps and exploring the extraordinary and unmarked locations where she lived – and wrote her story.

Running nightly from the 16th June to the 30th September 2016, brave explorers will delve into a series of real life disasters that unfolded during Mary’s time in the city. Discover the real reason Mary Shelley came to Bath, and the secrets she and her infamous companions were desperate to hide.

  • Tours nightly: 16th June – 30th September 2016 7.30 pm
  • The Walk: Starts and Ends at Rebecca’s Fountain, Bath Abbey
  • The Route: About 1 mile (75 mins) — all on the flat, with frequent pauses!
  • Tickets: £8 cash only. No advance booking

Please contact us for private tours and large groups »

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Mary Shelly by Zuleika Henry

Recent Productions View from the Pen – 2/3 July, Windmill Hill City Farm

Lama

Great to be working with lovely neighbour Windmill Hill City Farm to celebrate their 40th birthday.

A weekend of outdoor performances, all over the farm, to celebrate their 40th birthday (and our 30th!).

Eight great short shows, and four wonderful actors playing all sorts of creatures – spot the crime solving mole, a fox with bags of attitude, and a dove with huge ambitions. Leela Bunce, Rachael Fagan, Kirris Riviere and Chris Yapp bring these and more to life — all weekend, and all free.

Shows 10.30–4.30 both days

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Mary Shelley in Bath

To mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Sheila Hannon, has researched, written and produced a new theatrical walking tour of Bath, where much of the novel was written. She shares here some insights into the city’s significant role in the development of Shelley’s classic work.

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Current Productions Dine with The Cradocks in a tent (on College Green) and in The Cotswolds

FANNY & JOHNNIE CRADOCK
COOK THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

With Kate McNab & John Telfer as the Cradocks

Bristol Food Connections have invited Fanny & Johnnie Cradock into their fabulous Orangery Marquee on College Green on Friday 29 April where Kate’s Kitchen will serve Fanny’s Prawn Cocktail, Victory Chicken and Salute Escoffier.

Book tickets here »

“The best show about food I’ve seen. Perfect festival fodder”
— Charlie Hicks, Total Produce

Read the lovely review by Bristol 24/7 here »

Bristol Food Connections is produced in partnership with Great Western Railway, the BBC and Bristol City Council


and then in The Cotwolds

The Beaufort Arms at Hawkesbury Upton enjoyed Major & Mrs Cradock so much last time they’re back for a double. Join the Cradocks for a great dinner and show at this lovely Cotswold pub on Friday and Saturday 20/21 May

Friday 20 May 2016
Three Course Dinner & ShowThe Beaufort Arms, Hawkesbury Upton
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Saturday 21 May 2016
Three Course Dinner & ShowThe Beaufort Arms, Hawkesbury Upton
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DINNER THEATRE IS BACK ON THE MENU AT LAST—Guide2Bristol

Check out the reviews »


Pic copyright Zuleika Henry

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Recent Productions TRADING LOCAL Burnham-on-Sea

Burnham-on-Sea

48 free shows, Burnham-on-Sea, Saturday 16 April 2016, 10.30am-4.15pm.

12 great short scripts in 15 shops and places around the town centre and seafront.

And six great actors: William Bateman, Corrinne Curtis, Kim Hicks, David Reakes, Lynda Rooke and Dee Sadler.

Join us from 10.30 to see a show, have a coffee, shop, see another show, lunch — and repeat. All the shows are free, so what’s not to like?

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And here’s a delighted Mary Portas watching us in Ashton Fruit shop, Bristol »

Recent Productions Fanny & Johnnie Cradock: your Valentines for 2016

The perfect gift for someone you want to see more of: lunch or dinner with Fanny & Johnnie, guaranteed to put a smile on a February face. Fanny always told viewers, “This won’t break you” – just like our 5 star show.

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Recent Productions WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD returns in May 2015

Why dont we do it in the road

Love, Sex and Violence on the Streets of Bedminster on Saturday 9,16 and 23 of May.

Part of Bristol Walking Festival and funded by Bedminster Town Team.

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Venue ★★★★ review – 24 Sept ’10, Issue 928
read the review

this is Bristol ★★★★ review – 24 May ’11
read the review

Fanny and Johnnie Cradock are back

Cradock Postcard 2015

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

FANNY & JOHNNIE CRADOCK COOK THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

With Kate McNab & John Telfer as the Cradocks As seen on BBC TV: The Hairy Bikers.

John Telfer & Kate McNab return as Fanny & Johnnie Cradock in our sell ot dinner theatre show. With outrageous recipes and fabulous musical talent they’ll be cooking up a storm near you.

Check our Facebook pages for updates:

Show Of Strength Group
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Recent Productions Wells comes alive with street theatre

Working with Wells Festival of Literature on a new version of Trading Local turned Wells high streets into theatres – on Saturday 21 March 2015 we presented 12 great short scripts with six great actors: William Bateman, Kirsty Cox, Rachael Fagan, David Reake, Lynda Rooke and Chris Yapp.

A couple of many great reviews:

“Wells comes alive with street theatre”

www.wellsjournal.co.uk

“Simple but brilliant…beautiful little snapshots of ordinary lives”

www.theftr.co.uk

Recent Productions TRADING LOCAL Wells

Trading Local Wells - Free Theatre in Shops, Saturday 21 March

48 free shows, Wells City Centre, Saturday 21 March, 10.30am-4.15 pm.

We’re working with Wells Festival of Literature on a new version of the project that turns high streets into theatres.

12 great short scripts have been selected from nearly 40 submissions.

We’ve got shows in a shoe shop — Basil Powell, a butcher — Griffiths & Sons, a florist — Lynnsey Kelly Flowers and Wells Film Centre 3 Screen Cinema, to name but four.

And six great actors: William Bateman, Kirsty Cox, Rachael Fagan, David Reake, Lynda Rooke and Chris Yapp.

Join us from 10.30 to see a show, have a coffee, shop, see another show, lunch — and repeat. All the shows are free, so what’s not to like?

Download the full performance schedule »

And here’s a delighted Mary Portas watching us in Ashton Fruit shop, Bristol »

Recent Productions WALKING THE CHAINS - Terrific reviews

Hannah Darby in WALKING THE CHAINS.  Pic: Zuleika Henry

Terrific reviews for January’s celebration of Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge including ‘thrilling… gurgles with life’ – Lyn Gardner in The Guardian.

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Recent Productions WALKING THE CHAINS

Ben Walker rehearsing WALKING THE CHAINS.  Photo Zuleika Henry

13-25 January 2015

Walking the Chains CIC in association with Show of Strength Theatre Company and Circomedia present:

WALKING THE CHAINS

Roll up! Roll up! Celebrate the 150th birthday of Bristol’s best loved landmark!
8 actor musicians, 4 circus performers, a band and a choir telling—and singing—the stories and secrets of Brunel’s glorious Clifton Suspension Bridge. And it’s happening in another Brunel masterpiece: The Passenger Shed.

You can download the flyer here » or click below for more information and a video.

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Recent Productions Free shows in the docks this weekend

Free shows in the Docks this Saturday & Sunday, 11am–5pm.
Part of Docks Heritage Weekend with 4 new shows. There’s Kate McNab on a ferry, Angie Belcher on the steam crane, Gerard Cooke on a blind date at the Underfall Yard, and Will Bateman on his bike. Four great new scripts from Bruce Fellows, Martin Fey, Andrzej Wawrowski and Andy King.

More information here: www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/docks-heritage-weekend
And here: www.bristol.gov.uk/press/bristol-celebrates-docks-heritage-weekend

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Recent Productions Frenchmead: Theatre in Bristol's new hospital

Writing workshop A&E Frenchay Feb 14 Pic Zuleika Henry.jpg

In May the much loved Frenchay & Southmead hospitals closed and the new, state-of-the-art Brunel Building, opened. We ran writing workshops with staff at both hospitals and have developed 8 new pieces of work.

Shows in the atrium of the new hospital 11am-5pm SATURDAY 18TH OCTOBER.

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Recent Productions Education project with M Shed

M SHED’s new exhibition is about how Bristol was affected by the First World War.

MOVED BY CONFLICT runs from 11 October to 1 March. We’ve developed an education project for schools, to support the exhibition. Workshops start in October and will be available for the rest of the year and possibly into 2015.

Details here on the new Bristol Museums website »

Recent Productions Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? Returns 26 April 2014

WHY DON’T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD?
Love, Sex and Violence on the Streets of Bedminster returns.

Shows Sat 26 April (free for BS3 residents), Sat 3 May and Sat 10 May.

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Productions The Butchers of Bedminster Poem

Chris Yapp As Aldred Daw Collard, The Poet Butcher Of Bedminster(photo: Zuleika Henry)

Aldred Daw Collard, ‘Poet Butcher’ of Bedminster, celebrates the survival of his shop at 57 North Street.

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Recent Productions Trading Local Crewkerne - Saturday 31 May 2014

TRADING LOCAL - Ashton Fruit Shop BS3

Crewkerne is a lovely Somerset town with some great shops.

We worked with writers in and around the town and there’ll be live performances all over the high street so put Saturday 31 May in your diary.

Join us in Crewkerne when six professional actors stage 48 FREE live performances in shops in the town centre.

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Productions Cracking reviews for Cradock

Read the cracking reviews for Show of Strength’s FANNY AND JOHNNIE CRADOCK COOK THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

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Fanny’s Recipes

Fanny Cradock was an innovator: blue hard-boiled eggs and green mashed potato to name but two. If you’d like to know a bit more about her cooking here’s a few of her recipes, starting with the famous Prawn Cocktail…

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Recent Productions Cradocks Go London & Bristol Valentines Weekend 2014

The phenomenally successful Cradock dinner theatre show heads to BITE, the Cotswold Food Festival in Chipping Campden, then Valentines Weekend at Southville’s Hen & Chicken, then to London’s Bermondsey Square Hotel in May.

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Recent Productions Fanny and Johnnie Cradock are back

Show of Strength’s hit show FANNY & JOHNNIE CRADOCK COOK THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK returns to Bristol and the South West from Friday 24 May 2013.

Booking now closed

Click here for more booking information »

As seen on TV: The Hairy Bikers, BBC2, 7pm, Thurs 25 April

MORE SHOWS COMING SOON

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Recent Productions Cradocks – Dinner, show and stay deal

If you haven’t had dinner with the Cradocks and fancy an autumn break, Forestdale/Akkeron are offering a great deal when they play their hotels.

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Recent Productions Show of Strength back on the streets of Bedminster

SHOW OF STRENGTH are back with more free theatre in Bedminster shops on Saturday 30 March 2013 as TRADING LOCAL returns to East and North Streets.

Download a flier and performance schedule here »

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Top Reviews For Family Christmas Show

‘Highly recommended’; ‘joyously engaging’ … Catch RECYCLED STOCKINGS 2 while you can … Six more shows only this weekend.

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Recent Productions CHRISTMAS SHOW Recycled Stockings II

Show of Strength return to the Southville Centre with a brand new family show for Christmas – RECYCLED STOCKINGS II

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Recent Productions TRADING LOCAL At North St & East St Christmas Fayres Sat 8 & 15 Dec

TRADING LOCAL - Ashton Fruit Shop BS3

SHOW OF STRENGTH are bringing TRADING LOCAL to the North St and East St Christmas Fayres in Bedminster this Saturday and next. See 18 FREE shows in shops on Sat 8 (North St) and Sat 15 Dec (East St) between 10am-1pm. Find out where and when by clicking HERE to download a programme.

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Recent Productions TRADING LOCAL Back in Bedminster Saturday 24 November 2012

SHOW OF STRENGTH launches five months of free theatre in Bedminster shops on Saturday 24 November as TRADING LOCAL returns to East and North Streets.

Download a flier and performance schedule here

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Recent Productions NEW SHOWS 5 months of free theatre in Bedminster Shops

Show of Strength launches five months of free theatre in Bedminster with TRADING LOCAL on Saturday 24 November.

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Productions Cradock Countdown

The Cradocks are singing in the rain this morning.

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Recent Productions The Princess And The Pirates on board the Matthew

Show of Strength take to the water with THE PRINCESS AND THE PIRATES on board the Matthew on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July.
Book tickets online here »

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Recent Productions NEW SHOW: Fanny & Johnnie Cradock Cook The Great American Songbook

Fanny and Johnnie Cradock cook up a storm in Show of Strength’s new show launching in Bristol restaurants in July 2012.
With Kate McNab an John Telfer as cookery’s most infamous TV couple.
Online booking now open here »

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Recent Productions 12 for 2012 — A Diamond Jubilee Trail for Bristol

Stroll around Bristol’s Harbourside and discover twelve fascinating tales. Six writers and four actors have been inspired by Redcliffe Caves, the launch of the
Miranda Guinness – the last boat built at the great Charles Hill shipyard – and a host of other local stories.

Download the programme here

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Past Productions Gripping Yarns: free performances in Exeter

Gripping Yarns
Sat 12 & Sun 13 May, 10.30am-4.30pm
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen St, Exeter EX4 3RX

This weekend Show of Strength bring objects in Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum to life and showcase writing by local people.

Watch a series of 12 five-minute monologues performed in the museum’s galleries, close to the objects which inspired them. All the monologues were written and developed in a series of workshops run by Show of Strength in March and April this year. Join us on Saturday and Sunday and prepare to see museum objects in a completely new light.

Download a performance schedule here

Gripping Yarns is a partnership project with RAMM, Exeter Northcott Theatre and Show of Strength and has been funded by Renaissance.

Recent Productions Trading Local – Saturday 8th October in Broadwalk Shopping Centre

Show of Strength Theatre Company present:

TRADING LOCAL — Theatre in shops

18 PLAYS IN 18 SHOPS – 54 FREE SHOWS IN BROADWALK SHOPPING CENTRE, KNOWLE

“an extraordinary promenade… unfolding like a treasure hunt” — VENUE

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Past Productions Recycled Stockings – A Family Christmas Show with The Southville Centre

Recycled Stocking Christmas Show

Show of Strength Theatre Company and The Southville Centre
presents RECYCLED STOCKINGS : A New Christmas Show for Families.

All tickets only £5

At The Southville Centre
Tuesday – Thursday, 20-22 December 2011, 10.30am and 2.00pm…

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Past Productions Miss Bristol’s Victorian Follies

Saturday 18 June, 2pm, 3.30pm and 5pm
Part of M Shed opening weekend

Come and meet three extraordinary women in some very unusual, and highly appropriate, locations!

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Past Productions Why don't we do it in the road? 2011

BACK AGAIN FOR 2011


Why don’t we do it in the road? — love, sex and violence on the streets of Bedminster

Venue ★★★★ review – 24 Sept ’10, Issue 928
read the review

this is Bristol ★★★★ review – 24 May ’11
read the review

A regular Sunday event throughout the summer from April 24th to September 25th 2011 plus bank holidays but no shows in August.

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Past Productions 'Celebration' Exeter University 6th and 7th November 2010

Taking ‘Celebration’ to Exeter University as part of the EXEtreme festival. A chance to see highlights from Celebration.

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Past Productions Why don't we do it in the road? 2010

Back by popular demand

Why don’t we do it in the road? — love, sex and violence on the streets of Bedminster

In autumn 2009 we previewed a new outdoor show and it was so successful we’re making it a regular Sunday event throughout the autumn from September 19th to October 24th 2010.

Venue ★★★★ review – 24 Sept ’10, Issue 928

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Past Productions TRADING LOCAL – THEATRE IN SHOPS, STAPLE HILL

Show of Strength Theatre Company in association with
Staple Hill Regeneration Partnership, Taste Food Festival and local traders present:

TRADING LOCALTHEATRE IN SHOPS, STAPLE HILL

SATURDAY 2ND OCTOBER
18 plays in 19 shops — 10am – 4.30pm

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Past Productions BACK TO THE TOBACCO FACTORY

The venue we started in 1998 and where we performed till 2003

Bristol Festival of Ideas in association with Show of Strength and the Tobacco Factory Theatre:

Thursday 27 May 2010, 19.30-21.00
Antonia Fraser and Ian Rickson on Harold Pinter

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Past Productions TRADING LOCAL – THEATRE IN SHOPS, BRISLINGTON

Show of Strength Theatre Company in association with Brislington Community Partnership present:

TRADING LOCALTHEATRE IN SHOPS, BRISLINGTON

SATURDAY 8TH MAY

18 new plays in 18 shops, 54 free shows 10am — 4.30pm

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Past Productions TRADING LOCAL – THEATRE IN SHOPS, WESTBURY ON TRYM

Show of Strength Theatre Company in partnership with
The Westbury On Trym Society present:

TRADING LOCALTHEATRE IN SHOPS, WESTBURY ON TRYM

SATURDAY 24TH APRIL

54 new shows in 18 shops — 10am – 4.30pm

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Past Productions Celebration - Sat 10 April & Sun 11 April

SHOW OF STRENGTH & TRAVELLING LIGHT Theatre Companies join forces for the first time on a brand new festival of shows for young people and families (from 8 years) at The Create Centre, Hotwells, Bristol.

From 10am-5pm brand new short plays will be happening all over the building. Over a dozen writers have created work especially for the event. Audiences will get a map showing the performances, and can choose what to see when. And the Create Centre café will be open throughout.

Tickets just £6 for a whole day’s entertainment
or £20 for a group of four (must include at least one under-16).

Tickets on the door from The Create Centre
B Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN

Buses from the city centre: 500, X1, 351, 354, 357, 358, 359
or cycle or catch a ferry to The Pump House or The Cottage.

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Past Productions TRADING LOCAL - EXETER

TRADING LOCAL is 12 new pieces from 12 writers in 12 shops on Sidwell St, Exeter. Some writers are experienced, for some this is the first time they have written for theatre…

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Past Productions Why don't we do it in the road?

- Love, Sex & Violence on the Streets of Bedminster -

PREVIEWS 3pm 18 & 25 October & 1 November 2009

Our new show is a theatrical walk with some of the most extraordinary people – and animals – you’ll ever meet. And every word is true.

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Past Productions Perfectly Frank

Inspired by the 1809 opening ceremony and party enjoyed by the Irish builders and Bristol citizens, the Friends of the Avon New Cut (Franc) clebrated the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Cut.

MAY 4th 2009 by Brunel’s SS Great Britain
The Cut was dug by Irish and other travelling labourers or “navvies” and Show of Strength joined FRANC to present
PERFECTLY FRANK the man that dug the cut.

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Past Productions SOS AND SANDI TOKSVIG: DINNER AND A PRIVATE PERFORMANCE

In a major coup for theatre and comedy fans, Show Of Strength persuaded broadcaster, actor and writer Sandi Toksvig created and performed a tribute to two of England’s greatest heroes.
ENGLAND, SHAKESPEARE & ST GEORGE
previewed at Holland House Hotel on Wednesday 22 April with a champagne reception and slap-up dinner

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Past Productions TRADING LOCAL - THE DVD

Shoppers in Bedminster on Saturday 21st February got more than they bargained for. Show Of Strength working in partnership with The Southville Centre put live performances in 19 shops. Richard Clutterbuck has produced a DVD of edited highlights and Vox Pox which was shown at the Southville Centre together with an exhibition of photos of the event, as part of the Southbank Arts Trail.

See BBC WEBSITE

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Past Productions TRADING LOCAL - The Company

The company formed for TRADING LOCAL naturally employed local professionals. Bristol Old Vic trained Ed Viney directs local actors; Angie Belcher, Sarah Buckland, Kim Hicks, Kate McNab, Oliver Millingham and Chris Yapp.

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Past Productions TRADE IT?


Sandi Toksvig – ‘acidly funny piece’
Mustapha Matura – ‘potent evocation of the complexities of the fight for freedom and equality.’

THE TIMES.

DON’T MISS…‘theatre with a difference which has a great deal to say for itself.’

BRISTOL EVENING POST

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Past Productions TRADE IT? The writers

Edson Burton

Madge Dresser, Sheila Hannon

Lucy Heywood, Catherine Johnson, Sandi Toksvig, Jenny Davis, Suzanne Worrica

Mustapha Matura, Rob Mitchell

Catherine Johnson and Sandi Toksvig

Photos: Zuleika Henry

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Past Productions An Audience with Sarah Guppy

Commissioned by Brunel 200 and touring in 2008, AN AUDIENCE WITH SARAH GUPPY, a new play by Sheila Hannon about an amazing inventor and designer. Kim Hicks plays the remakable woman who also taught IK Brunel more than a thing or two about suspension bridges.

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Past Productions Hen and Chicken celebrates 18 years of Pub Theatre

In October 1989 Show of Strength (SOS) opened it’s first season at the Hen and Chicken, North Street, creating pub theatre in Bedminster.

In early autumn 2007 the pub opened under new management (black sheep bars ltd who also run the Alma Tavern) and in October 2007 SOS celebrated its 18th ‘pub theatre’ birthday by performing An Audience with Sarah Guppy by Sheila Hannon, the one woman show with Kim Hicks who also performed in that very first season!

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Past Productions The Naked Truth

John Christopher Wood, Edinburgh Fringe award winner, Venue hack and author of cult comedy classic ‘Elsie and Norm’s Macbeth’

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Past Productions Brunel's Platform Theatre

3rd – 13th October 2006

Theatre on Railway Stations across the South West which called at
Bristol Temple Meads, Cheltenham Spa, Plymouth, Bath Spa, Gloucester and Newton Abbot.

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