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View from the Pen – 2/3 July, Windmill Hill City Farm

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Great to be working with lovely neighbour Windmill Hill City Farm to celebrate their 40th birthday.

A weekend of outdoor performances, all over the farm, to celebrate their 40th birthday (and our 30th!).

Eight great short shows, and four wonderful actors playing all sorts of creatures – spot the crime solving mole, a fox with bags of attitude, and a dove with huge ambitions. Leela Bunce, Rachael Fagan, Kirris Riviere and Chris Yapp bring these and more to life — all weekend, and all free.

Shows 10.30–4.30 both days

Download the map and performance schedule »

Mary Shelley in Bath

To mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Sheila Hannon, has researched, written and produced a new theatrical walking tour of Bath, where much of the novel was written. She shares here some insights into the city’s significant role in the development of Shelley’s classic work.

Read more on Bristol Festival of Ideas »

Fanny and Johnnie Cradock are back

Cradock Postcard 2015

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

FANNY & JOHNNIE CRADOCK COOK THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

With Kate McNab & John Telfer as the Cradocks As seen on BBC TV: The Hairy Bikers.

John Telfer & Kate McNab return as Fanny & Johnnie Cradock in our sell ot dinner theatre show. With outrageous recipes and fabulous musical talent they’ll be cooking up a storm near you.

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Wells comes alive with street theatre

Working with Wells Festival of Literature on a new version of Trading Local turned Wells high streets into theatres – on Saturday 21 March 2015 we presented 12 great short scripts with six great actors: William Bateman, Kirsty Cox, Rachael Fagan, David Reake, Lynda Rooke and Chris Yapp.

A couple of many great reviews:

“Wells comes alive with street theatre”

www.wellsjournal.co.uk

“Simple but brilliant…beautiful little snapshots of ordinary lives”

www.theftr.co.uk

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WALKING THE CHAINS

Ben Walker rehearsing WALKING THE CHAINS.  Photo Zuleika Henry

13-25 January 2015

Walking the Chains CIC in association with Show of Strength Theatre Company and Circomedia present:

WALKING THE CHAINS

Roll up! Roll up! Celebrate the 150th birthday of Bristol’s best loved landmark!
8 actor musicians, 4 circus performers, a band and a choir telling—and singing—the stories and secrets of Brunel’s glorious Clifton Suspension Bridge. And it’s happening in another Brunel masterpiece: The Passenger Shed.

You can download the flyer here » or click below for more information and a video.

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Free shows in the docks this weekend

Free shows in the Docks this Saturday & Sunday, 11am–5pm.
Part of Docks Heritage Weekend with 4 new shows. There’s Kate McNab on a ferry, Angie Belcher on the steam crane, Gerard Cooke on a blind date at the Underfall Yard, and Will Bateman on his bike. Four great new scripts from Bruce Fellows, Martin Fey, Andrzej Wawrowski and Andy King.

More information here: www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/docks-heritage-weekend
And here: www.bristol.gov.uk/press/bristol-celebrates-docks-heritage-weekend

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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Fanny and Johnnie Cradock are back

Show of Strength’s hit show FANNY & JOHNNIE CRADOCK COOK THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK returns to Bristol and the South West from Friday 24 May 2013.

Booking now closed

Click here for more booking information »

As seen on TV: The Hairy Bikers, BBC2, 7pm, Thurs 25 April

MORE SHOWS COMING SOON

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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.

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Celebration - Sat 10 April & Sun 11 April 2010

SHOW OF STRENGTH & TRAVELLING LIGHT Theatre Companies join forces for the first time on a brand new festival of shows for young people and families (from 8 years) at The Create Centre, Hotwells, Bristol.

From 10am-5pm brand new short plays will be happening all over the building. Over a dozen writers have created work especially for the event. Audiences will get a map showing the performances, and can choose what to see when. And the Create Centre café will be open throughout.

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Perfectly Frank

Inspired by the 1809 opening ceremony and party enjoyed by the Irish builders and Bristol citizens, the Friends of the Avon New Cut (Franc) clebrated the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Cut.

MAY 4th 2009 by Brunel’s SS Great Britain
The Cut was dug by Irish and other travelling labourers or “navvies” and Show of Strength joined FRANC to present
PERFECTLY FRANK the man that dug the cut.

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TRADING LOCAL - THE DVD

Shoppers in Bedminster on Saturday 21st February got more than they bargained for. Show Of Strength working in partnership with The Southville Centre put live performances in 19 shops. Richard Clutterbuck has produced a DVD of edited highlights and Vox Pox which was shown at the Southville Centre together with an exhibition of photos of the event, as part of the Southbank Arts Trail.

See BBC WEBSITE

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TRADE IT?


Sandi Toksvig – ‘acidly funny piece’
Mustapha Matura – ‘potent evocation of the complexities of the fight for freedom and equality.’

THE TIMES.

DON’T MISS…‘theatre with a difference which has a great deal to say for itself.’

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