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 to put live performances in 19 shops. The route ran from the Ashton end of North Street and continued along Cannon Street to include East Street. Funded by Bristol City Council, Quartet Foundation and the Bedminster Community Chest, TRADING LOCAL aimed to encourage people to ‘shop local’ and to get to know the wonderful wealth of independent shops in the area. Shops taking part included Lion Stores, The Dinkie, the Polish Shop, Michael’s Antiques, Compuwave, The Bed Workshop and restaurant La Sicilia.

Download the the programme PDF

Show Of Strength has worked with local writers to develop 5 minute monologues, specially written for individual shops. On 21 February they were performed by 6 professional actors moving from shop to shop. Each actor performed three pieces: different characters created by different writers.

We received fantastic feedback from happy shopkeepers, (the sweet shop that doubled it’s sales) and excited audiences,- it really made me feel part of the community

local Cameraman Richard Clutterbuck has produced a DVD of edited highlights and Vox Pox which was shown at the Southville Centre as part of the Southbank Arts Trail.
We will also exhibited photographs of Trading Local taken by members of South Bristol based Camera Club Reflex

Show Of Strength are interested in working with other groups of shops and traders on similar projects in other parts of the city or further afield. If you’d like to talk about doing TRADING LOCAL in your area then ring or email –contact details are below.
Download the the programme PDF




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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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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 »