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


18 plays in 19 shops — 10am – 4.30pm

Download the programme

Brilliantly simple and truly inspired, TRADING LOCAL brings together writers, actors, shops, shoppers and volunteers for a glorious celebration of independent shops. It started in Bedminster when SOS’s Sheila Hannon ran a series of writing workshops, creating 18 new plays for 18 shops and performed by 6 actors in February 2009.

Audiences said, ‘superb event, truly innovative and imaginative’ and shops said, ‘Lots of new people came in who’d never been in here before.’ A coproduction with Exeter’s Northcott Theatre created 15 new pieces for Exeter shops in November 2009. Earlier this year TRADING LOCAL was in Westbury‐on‐Trym and Brislington with 18 new pieces of work in each.

Staple Hill Community Partnership and Taste Food Festival invited SOS to create a new version for Staple Hill. It had to be ready for the Food and Drink Festival, the schedule was tight, and there was no time for workshops. We looked as the shops, the scripts we already had, and came up with today’s programme: pieces from Bedminster, Exeter, Westbury‐on‐Trym and Brislington. There’s one new piece today: Christine Roberts’s Recipes for Eternity: originally written for Brislington we couldn’t do it there as the restaurant/venue closed a few weeks before the event. It’s great to do it today.

If you’d like TRADING LOCAL in your shops please contact us

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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 »