Past Productions Celebration - Sat 10 April & Sun 11 April

See theatre happening all over the Create Centre

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.

Tickets just £6 for a whole day’s entertainment
or £20 for a group of four (must include at least one under-16).

Tickets on the door from The Create Centre
B Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN

Buses from the city centre: 500, X1, 351, 354, 357, 358, 359
or cycle or catch a ferry to The Pump House or The Cottage.

Download the Celebration Programme.pdf

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Jude Merrill, Travelling Light’s Artistic Producer, said: ‘We’re about creating work for young people, and Show Of Strength is about working with writers. I thought it would be a good idea to combine our strengths -and it’s proved to be a really exciting project.’

Sheila Hannon, Show Of Strength’s Creative Producer, said: ‘The Create Centre has some fascinating spaces and our writers have come up with some great stories to go in them. We think audiences will have a wonderful day out.’

Writers range from Mark Ravenhill, whose adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s NATION is at the National Theatre, to work by first time and young writers. Their brief was CELEBRATION, and they’ve interpreted it in a huge variety of ways, with stories about pirates, vegetables, aliens – and a whole lot more.

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Past Productions The Steampunk Mistress and The Time Machine

The Steampunk Mistress and The Time Machine

We’re joining forces with Closer Each Day Company to take you on a Steampunk journey through time and space.

THE STEAMPUNK MISTRESS AND THE TIME MACHINE is on board Brunel’s SS Great Britain 30 June – 4 July at 7.30 with the opportunity to explore the ship from 6.30pm.

HG Wells has left his wife to live with his young, scientifically-minded mistress. He’s writing his first novel and if it fails he’s finished. And his personal life is just as fantastic as his fiction – his mistress’s mother is sharing their rented rooms in Sevenoaks. As the pressure increases from all sides, the world of science fiction becomes an attractive alternative to reality. So attractive it’s just possible that Wells can no longer tell the difference.

Closer Each Day Company are the acclaimed creators of CLOSER EACH DAY: THE IMPROVISED SOAP OPERA. Now in its 8th year, it’s the longest running improvised story in the world AND the only serialised theatre show in the UK. Bristol 24/7 awarded SHOW OF STRENGTH ‘Best of Bristol 2018: Theatre’ and Creative Bath awarded Best Live Performance (2017) – catch our 5* THEATRE WALKS in both cities this summer and through into the autumn.


Sunday 30 June – Thursday 4 July at 7.30pm
Tickets £16/£12 concessions, includes entrance to ship from 6.30pm.
Bar on board, ends 9.30pm

Book tickets via SS Great Britain »

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.