Past Productions TRADING LOCAL – THEATRE IN SHOPS, STAPLE HILL

Show of Strength Theatre Company in association with
Staple Hill Regeneration Partnership, Taste Food Festival and local traders present:

TRADING LOCALTHEATRE IN SHOPS, STAPLE HILL

SATURDAY 2ND OCTOBER
18 plays in 19 shops — 10am – 4.30pm

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Brilliantly simple and truly inspired, TRADING LOCAL brings together writers, actors, shops, shoppers and volunteers for a glorious celebration of independent shops. It started in Bedminster when SOS’s Sheila Hannon ran a series of writing workshops, creating 18 new plays for 18 shops and performed by 6 actors in February 2009.

Audiences said, ‘superb event, truly innovative and imaginative’ and shops said, ‘Lots of new people came in who’d never been in here before.’ A coproduction with Exeter’s Northcott Theatre created 15 new pieces for Exeter shops in November 2009. Earlier this year TRADING LOCAL was in Westbury‐on‐Trym and Brislington with 18 new pieces of work in each.

Staple Hill Community Partnership and Taste Food Festival invited SOS to create a new version for Staple Hill. It had to be ready for the Food and Drink Festival, the schedule was tight, and there was no time for workshops. We looked as the shops, the scripts we already had, and came up with today’s programme: pieces from Bedminster, Exeter, Westbury‐on‐Trym and Brislington. There’s one new piece today: Christine Roberts’s Recipes for Eternity: originally written for Brislington we couldn’t do it there as the restaurant/venue closed a few weeks before the event. It’s great to do it today.

If you’d like TRADING LOCAL in your shops please contact us

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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.

THE STEAMPUNK MISTRESS AND THE TIME MACHINE

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

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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.

Recent Productions TRADING LOCAL Wells

Trading Local Wells - Free Theatre in Shops, Saturday 21 March

48 free shows, Wells City Centre, Saturday 21 March, 10.30am-4.15 pm.

We’re working with Wells Festival of Literature on a new version of the project that turns high streets into theatres.

12 great short scripts have been selected from nearly 40 submissions.

We’ve got shows in a shoe shop — Basil Powell, a butcher — Griffiths & Sons, a florist — Lynnsey Kelly Flowers and Wells Film Centre 3 Screen Cinema, to name but four.

And six great actors: William Bateman, Kirsty Cox, Rachael Fagan, David Reake, Lynda Rooke and Chris Yapp.

Join us from 10.30 to see a show, have a coffee, shop, see another show, lunch — and repeat. All the shows are free, so what’s not to like?

Download the full performance schedule »

And here’s a delighted Mary Portas watching us in Ashton Fruit shop, Bristol »