Trade It: Formerly Diverse Stories

Current Productions Anne Bonny’s Lunchtime Pirate Panto

It’s not a lunchtime panto? Oh Yes It is!
It’s not only a fiver for 2 people? Oh Yes It Is!
It’s not Angie Belcher? Oh Yes It Is!

Join Buccaneer Belcher for terrifying tales of Bristol’s pirates, fact & fiction: Blackbeard, Long John Silver, Woodes Rogers, Robinson Crusoe, Calico Jack Rackham and the extraordinary Anne Bonny. With some of the worst pirate jokes you’ll ever hear and Ted the fact checking Hartcliffe parrot, making sure she gets it right.

ANNE BONNY’S LUNCHTIME PIRATE PANTO lasts half an hour in Bedminster’s newest venue: Chicken Shed at the Hen & Chicken on North Street BS3 1JF. So take in a show, have some lunch and do your Christmas shopping – all in Bedminster.

  • Performances 1pm & 2pm, Saturdays 7th, 14th and 21st December
  • Suitable for ages 7 and up
  • Tickets £5 for one adult and one child (age 11 and under)
  • Additional children £3 (11 and under) each
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Unaccompanied adults and 12 and over: £5

Advance booking via StageStubs »

Tickets on the door if available.

Angie Belcher’s work is known for its ‘high laughter content’ – Bristol 24/7, and Phil Jupitus says, ‘Highly recommended, go see her!

Show Of Strength’s recent accolades include ‘Best of Bristol 2018: Theatre’ from Bristol247 and Best Live Performance, Creative Bath Awards. Oh Yes They Do.

Our walking tours will be back in 2020 – keep an eye on Facebook Twitter@showofstrength and Instagram@showofstrengthtc

Theatre Walks Blood and Butchery in Bedminster

Blood and Butchery in Bedminster, Tuesday evenings

Bedminsterwhere graves were robbed by body snatchers, and corpses buried in concrete coffins.

Where the old Chinese laundry vanished years ago, and where ‘laundering’ now means money, big money, 13 million, ‘laundered’ through a Bedminster bank.

Where criminals were sentenced to hang in public, their cadavers flayed, their skin tanned and made into…

…the answer is in BLOOD AND BUTCHERY IN BEDMINSTER, — so successful it’s now EVERY Tuesday at 7pm, see booking site for availability for the latest.

the best walking tour I’ve ever done” — @WeirdBristol on Twitter

uncanny and macabre… cracking script… consummate performer” — Bristol Life Magazine

a gripping jaunt through the Bedminster underworld…
even lifelong BS3 residents will learn something new” — South Bristol Voice

Join us at The Ropewalk on Bedminster Parade and visit a few more pubs along the way, all with fascinating tales to tell – including the gruesome fate of John Horwood; the man eaten by a lion; and Bedminster’s own Romeo and Juliet.

Cost: £10, advance booking only, buy your own drinks.
Lasts: Lasts approx 2 hours.
Dates & Times: 7pm every Tuesdays

Book tickets via StageStubs »

Please check booking site for the latest dates.
Private tours by arrangement, contact us for more information.

For updates please follow Facebook, Twitter @showofstrength and Instagram @showofstrengthtc

Theatre Walks Blood, Blackbeard and Buccaneers

Blood, Blackbeard and Buccaneers

Highly recommend this glorious thing, 2 hours, 4 pubs, tall tales, what’s not to like?!” — Kathryn Davis, Head of Tourism, Visit Bristol

excellent research… charismatic delivery… comedy… with a little vicarious thrill of terror” — Bristol 24/7

Edward Teach – aka Blackbeard – was the world’s most famous pirate. And until his violent death in battle 300 years ago he was also the most feared. Teach is said to have been born in Bristol but no records survive. Now new research in Jamaica has proved his family’s West Country origins – and the Blackbeard emerging from the shadows couldn’t be more different from your average, rum soaked TREASURE ISLAND pirate.

2018 was the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s death. 2019 is the 300th anniversary of ROBINSON CRUSOE – a fiction based on fact with strong links to Bristol and Edward Teach. Walk in Blackbeard’s footsteps in Bristol docks, and by the end of the tour you’ll be able to separate the fact from the fiction, with a bit of help from Ted, the Bristol parrot.

Meet at The Golden Guinea in Redcliffe (BS1 6SX), finishes near The Centre.
Cost: £10, advance booking only, buy your own drinks.
Lasts: 2 – 2 ½ hours.
Mainly on the flat with 3 more dockside hostelries along the way.
Dates & Times: Saturdays 3pm 13 April – 26 October (not 20 July);
Wednesdays 7pm April/May/August.
Check booking site for the latest dates.

Book tickets via StageStubs »

Not recommended for under 12s. Private tours by arrangement, contact

For updates please follow Facebook, Twitter @showofstrength and Instagram @showofstrengthtc

Theatre Walks Frankenstein in Bath

Frankenstein in Bath

Bigamy, illegitimate children and suicides galore… Tragedy and triumph, romance and despair” — Bath Newseum

Eastenders with posh people and poetry!” — audience member

It’s the city’s best kept secret: most of FRANKENSTEIN —the book that invented science fiction—was written in Bath. And Mary Shelley’s life, as she wrote it, was at least as gothic as the story she created.

FRANKENSTEIN IN BATH is a real life tale of secrets and lies, suicides, concealed births, ruined reputations and false identities. Walk in Mary Shelley’s footsteps as she created her gothic masterpiece. See where she lived and wrote – now marked by a plaque after 200 years. Discover where—and why—she hid her dark secrets.

more genuine Gothic horror than her novel… enthralling” — Theatre Bath

fascinating… I was spellbound… very good value”Trip Advisor 5*

Meet: outside Sally Lunn’s North Parade Passage, Bath BA1 1NX and ends close by.
Cost: £10, advance booking recommended (some tickets available each night, cash only).
Lasts: Lasts approx 90 mins. Mainly on the flat with stops along the way.
Dates & Times: 7pm every Friday from 12 April to 8 November.

Book tickets via StageStubs »

Please check booking site for the latest dates. Not recommended for under 12s.
Private tours by arrangement. Simplified 1 hour tour for students studying English, contact us for more information.

For updates please follow Facebook, Twitter @showofstrength and Instagram @showofstrengthtc

Frankenstein in Bath Great reviews for Frankenstein in Bath

Theatre Bath: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is an enthralling story, well told and meticulously researched, with many newly-discovered facts… …You will be entertained, enlightened and horrified in equal measure. Fascinating. Read the full review »

Bath Newseum:

Tragedy and triumph, romance and despair are all woven into a street performance that was both informative and – please forgive the pun – even shocking in its revelations. Read the full review »

Trip Advisor

fascinating… I was spellbound… very good value
All reviews here »

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Frankenstein in Bath Winner of Best Live performance

Winner of Best Live performance, Creative Bath Awards 2017

Delighted to win Best Live Performance at the Creative Bath awards for FRANKENSTEIN IN BATH.

A powerful commitment and presence in Bath. Their performances are spellbinding and thought-provoking. And we praise their campaign for a blue plaque for Frankenstein author Mary Shelley”

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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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Zuleika Henry

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