About Us Mission Statement

Founded in Bristol in 1986, Show Of Strength is a professional theatre company.
SOS has identified three key strategic aims for the period 2012-15, and these are:

1. To commission and produce new theatre that engages and
involves the diverse communities of Bristol and South West England

2. To identify, encourage and showcase new and emerging playwrights from Bristol and the South West of England

3. To use spaces and venues that are not normally used for theatre to encourage diverse and engaged audiences.

These core aims are underpinned by the following objectives:

• Working with individuals and communities to develop new writing by new writers.

• Working with professional writers to encourage and develop the work of less experienced writers.

• Creating work opportunities for South West theatre professionals, particularly actors and writers, through our programmes of work

• Developing theatre for people that is performed in non-theatre settings (shops, community venues and high streets) and free to access.

• Developing theatre by and for people that encourages interaction and pride of place for the community (through outdoor theatre and theatre in retail units and high streets).

• Working with cultural providers, the business sector, and other regional partners to maximise the reach and impact of the Show of Strength experience.

• Strengthening the Show of Strength brand and developing innovative partnerships through association with major Bristol, regional and, where appropriate, national and international activities.

• Developing web site resources that include an online script facility. That allows access to over 100 new writing pieces developed by us and our writers.

• Taking our work and developing new work in other cities and towns in the south west.

• Providing value: through low core costs so funding investment is used for high quality production rather than office and core staff costs

Through these aims and objectives we serve our mission goals:

• Engage with the ‘genus loci’ of the areas we work in, our writers create local stories about local people for local people –and performed by locally based theatre professionals.

• Develop, find and promote intimate, unusual and accessible performance spaces and areas for theatre that’s “close enough to touch”.

• Engage with the public, producing cutting edge theatre that audiences return to again and again.

• Provide workshops and performances that are free for participants and audiences with completely open access.

• Develop and produce highly accessible material, much of it by non-professionals and first time writers.

• Combine work by established writers with national and international profiles alongside work by non professional and first time writers developed in our free workshops.

• Respond to invitations to work with other professional arts providers.

People TRADING LOCAL-The Writers

TRADING LOCAL is 18 new pieces from 18 writers in 18 shops.
Some writers are experienced, for some this is the first time they have written for theatre………….

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People Producers

Creative Producer Sheila Hannon co-founded Show of Strength in 1986 and was joined in 2005 by Gill Loats as Associate Producer. Between them they have a wealth of experience and networks in Bristol, across the South-West and beyond.

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About Us Where we came from – and where we’re going…

Show Of Strength has produced new work in non theatre spaces for over twenty years, and created three informal, intimate and accessible new venues in Bristol – Since 2008 we have taken to the streets and shops and now perform in ‘found’ spaces in and around Bristol.

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People People we work with

Since 1986 Show of Strength has worked with emerging writers, performers and directors at the beginnings of their careers, as well as established and well- known theatre practitioners.

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People Writers

Writers we have worked with, commissioned or we have selected through submission requests.

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People Bristol 20 Writers - Waiting

The 20 Bristol writers selected from 150 who submitted scripts for our 2006 production Waiting.

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About Us SOS Vision

In 2004 Show of Strength underwent organisational redevelopment.

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