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!

Hicks—in period costume but aptly aided by 21st-century interactive whiteboard—gave a sublime delivery of a beautifully-crafted script, a tale of which no Bristolian should be ignorant.
The Evening Post Five Stars

We also produced The Naked Truth with John Christopher Wood to rave reviews.

John Christopher Wood performed The Naked Truth

His(Wood’s) material is often faintly irreverent, but handled tenderly, and his handling of the minutiae of life is insightful….(the audience)was in hysterics
The Evening Post Five Stars

Venue Magazine gave SOS 5 stars for ‘the season’ and wrote;

you could argue, perhaps, that neither show was ‘proper’ theatre but then that’s what we need Show of Strength for: to break a few rules.
Venue Magazine Five Stars


An Audience with Sarah Guppy is an excellent educational resource for schools. It is an entertaining and thought-provoking piece suitable for virtually any space/meeting place. The plays wide range of themes (science, design, history, the role of women, drama) would attract a variety of societies/clubs or interest groups.

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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.

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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