People TRADING LOCAL-The Writers

Joanna Butler is a poet, performer and teacher who lives off Dean Lane, Bedminster. Most recently she has collaborated with Bristol musicians Paul Nash from North Sea Navigator and Doug Bott from Angel Tech to create a spoken word soundtrack for Soundart Radio’s ‘First Spark’ Festival. This is her first script for Show Of Strength.

Roy Gallop has lived in Southville for 24 years. He runs Fiducia Press, a community publishing partnership, and has published many local history books including the very popular “Avon New Cut” and “Southville People and Places”. Roy is a graphic artist and takes part in the South Bank Arts Trail most years, latterly developing the “Wonkey House”, a display of hands –on automata for children of all ages.

Tess Green writes occasionally for Fiducia Press but has never attempted anything dramatic before, beyond part of the school panto. She has lived in Southville for nearly a quarter of a century, working as a trade unionist for years but recently concentrating on allotment gardening, community groups and Green Party activism.

Published and prize-winning poet. short-stories, criticism. Now lives in Ashton, Bristol. Interested in all writing, including that on walls. Currently attending course on Writing for Performance at Bristol University. Involved in BOV Youth Theatre project. Ex-actor/teacher, etc; usual gaggle of strange jobs. Now happily retired. Hobbies – walking, cycling, allotmenting, reading, breathing.

SOS’s Creative Producer. MASTERMIND was originally commissioned by Liverpool Everyman and directed by Alan Dossor. Later broadcast Radio 4, director Sara Davies. THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE was created for TRADING LOCAL but the character of Theresa Murray is now shape shifting into the Goddess Bride for new Scottish company Three Wee Crows.

A Bristolian who spent 6 years with Bath’s Natural Theatre Company. He created a one man TREASURE ISLAND, and his co-written adaptation of THE THREE MUSKETEERS won a London Fringe Award (Gate, Notting Hill). Since 1998 he’s worked with Kate McNab and written 5 shows for Bristol’s MINISTRY OF ENTERTAINMENT most recently GOODBYE MRS CHIPS all still touring the region.

Darrin is a 44 year old quality engineer who plays bass guitar, draws cartoons, and writes songs. He was a self-employed greengrocer for ten years in Brislington until he succumbed to the march of the supermarkets and a general change in peoples shopping habits. Hence MYSTERY SHOPPER and his strong support for local independent traders.

Gill is the other Producer with SOS. THE CHEMIST is Gill’s first monologue. Previous script writing has been of the Pantomime kind. She directs and writes for both the SOUTHVILLE and the HOTWELLS PANTOMIMES. She also writes for BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS website and has just become a shopkeeper herself with RECESSION a shop selling worn-in style and vintage bits and bobs.

Amy Mason is 26 years old and lives on Chessel Street, Bedminster -almost opposite the old Post Office. She writes short stories, poems and is working on her first novel, Ida. As well as reading and writing she loves Stone’s Ginger Wine, avocados and having a nice sit down.

Brendagh took early retirement in her mid 20’s to pursue a career ‘outside the box’. Practising Acupuncture reminds her that life is in a constant state of re-invention, and that creativity takes many forms. Her two sons are practically grown up now, so watch out world!

Matthew is a 23 year old Biochemistry PhD student from Bristol and is the youngest of four boys. He writes about the human side of all things animate and inanimate and has had one short play produced (“Superfood”) as part of a new writers showcase at the University of Bristol.

Caleb’s work has been published in Helicon, Outburst, Blank Pages and Glass: A Journal of Poetry. Performances/installations in Bristol and at Cardiff’s Tactile Bosch Gallery. Readings at Madabout Words in Frome, performed/programmed Bath Poetry Café and is a member of Heads and Tales story-tellers’ collective. He co-ordinated the Bristol Mardi Gras/Pride Fringe Festivals 2006/7.

Tom Phillips is a writer living in Southville. His previous plays include ‘Beware of the Flowers’ (Ustinov, Bath), ‘Hotel Illyria’ (Tobacco Factory) and ‘Concorde Stories’ (Victoria Rooms). His play ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ is on next week at the Newman Hall, Henleaze (24-28 Feb). He is currently Acting Editor of Venue magazine.

Christine was born in Bristol, but now lives in Exeter. She has written extensively for theatre and her work has been professionally performed internationally (Scotland, Italy, Greece and Brazil) and nationally (London, Bristol, Exeter and Plymouth). An anthology of her plays entitled Tormented Minds has been published by Intellect and Mangled by Minerva Press.

Tony Rowlands acts, writes, paints boats, teaches and directs when allotment allows. Member of the RSC in his proper acting days, came to Bristol to breathe and be a dad. Just published his first book of poetry, The Night Before OFSTED Came. Available from Waterstones and RIPE, that lovely shop opposite Zero Degrees.

Tracy lives in Glastonbury with her family and works as a poetry tutor and freelance journalist.
She has just completed an MA in Creative writing at Bath Spa University. She is currently working
on a poetry collection based around the Somerset Levels where her ancestors lived and worked.

Bob usually writes poetry for collaborative performance: the band Mopti, The Triangulation Project for Brunel 200, the “Whispers in the Wind” storytelling project. Working with tv director Colin Thomas, their drama-documentary “Fighting to the End” was recently broadcast on BBC2 Wales. His surfing piece, “Out the Back”, was performed by SOS as part of WAITING at the Southville Centre.

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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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