Past Productions TRADING LOCAL - The Company


Ed was Assistant Director at Chichester Festival ’08 where he assisted on The Circle and the premiere of Aristo by Martin Sherman. He has worked for local companies Theatre West and Show of Strength and previously directed Nuts and Derby Day at the Alma Tavern. He recently directed the rehearsed reading of Painting Snails by Peter Kesterton as part of the Bristol Old Vic New Writing Festival. For 2007-08 he was the Assistant Director on the UK tour of South Pacific which played at the Bristol Hippodrome as well as 34 other venues across the UK. He trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and was educated at Royal Holloway, University of London, and gained a Master’s degree in Contemporary British History from Queen Mary & Westfield, University of London.


Angie Belcher is a Bristol based actor and stand-up poet.She also a comedy Producer and directs, acts and writes for The Comedy Rocket Sketch Collective in Bristol. Her stand up poetry show “ Natural Girl “ is touring currently and she can be seen next at Bath Comedy Festival.

Sarah trained and worked in London before returning to Bristol where she has been working in theatre with a variety of companies and in film and TV often on location in the South West. This is the first time she’s worked with Show Of Strength and is excited about the Trading Local project.”

Bristol born and bred, Kim has enjoyed a wide-ranging career, working for radio, TV, in film and on stage. Trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School she has become best known for her one woman shows. Courtship –scenes from the novels of Jane Austen (launched 1981), Couples? –short stories and poetry by Dorothy Parker (launched 1982) and All Aboard –Victorian diaries written on board the SS Great Britain (launched 1999).– Kim has had a long association with Show Of Strength , she was (An Audience with) Sarah Guppy (2007) and was part of the TRADE IT? company (2008).

Kate began her career singing with jazz harmony group Sweet Substitute, touring such shows as Hooray For Hollywood, Stardust Road, Fabulous Fats Waller and Basin Street to Broadway. She started at The Bristol Old Vic playing Gwen in Up The Feeder – Down the Mouth, Spot in the 2001 dockside version, Mrs. Fezziwig in ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Lily in ‘Myrtle on the Mainline’. For Crisp Theatre she played Bet in Godber’s ‘April in Paris’ and, for Show of Strength, Avril in Peter Nichols’ own production, ‘Nicholodeon’. Apart from dying on Casualty Kate has toured all eight shows for Ministry of Entertainment, the latest being ‘Goodbye Mrs. Chips’.

Oliver has worked in both Bristol and London since graduating from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Credits include THE HEART OF THOMAS HARDY (BBC One), AN UNCHOREOGRAPHED WORLD (BBC Radio Four) and “Player Queen” and “Fortinbras” in Jonathan Miller’s HAMLET, SHAKESPEARE AT THE TOBACCO FACTORY. Oliver established the Upstairs at The Lansdown theatre with the premiere of a play he wrote and directed in August 2008 and is the co-director of the Script Space at the TOBACCO FACTORY.
Oliver studied Psychology at St Andrew’s University, lived in New Zealand and Japan, worked in the Phillippines and in orphanages in Romania.

Chris is from Bristol he trained at Welsh College of Music & Drama and has since worked in theatre, radio and TV. He has toured nationally and internationally with the Young Shakespeare Company, Walking Forward Theatre Company and BBC Playdays’ (UK No1 Tour). He played Puck in Midsummer Nights Dream(Egg Theatre, Bath Theatre Royal) and worked on a season at the Chichester Festival Theatre working on Three sisters, On the Razzle and A life in Theatre. BBC Radio includes Windsor Jewels, Cast in Stone, Looking for the sun and Invitation to the waltz.

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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?

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