Past Productions Why don't we do it in the road? 2010


Why don’t we do it in the road? — love, sex and violence on the streets of Bedminster

In autumn 2009 we previewed a new outdoor show and it was so successful we’re making it a regular Sunday event throughout the autumn from September 19th to October 24th 2010.

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WHY DON’T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD? is a theatrical walk with some of the most extraordinary people – and animals – you’ll ever meet. And every word is true.

  • Meet Princess Caraboo, buried in Bedminster, and Charlie Stephens, the local barber who went over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
  • Learn about gold from Britain’s biggest robbery smelted down on North Street.
  • Hear the story of the Bristolian hung for murder whose corpse suffered a fate worse than death.
  • And see the tiny dog who collected money for soldiers in the trenches.

Meet Aldi car park, North Street, Bedminster BS3 1JR (next to Tobacco Factory). No need to book, just turn up (rain or shine). The walk/performance lasts about 90 minutes and covers about a mile.

Created as an even for adults, we think it’s suitable for age 10 and over.

Supported by Bristol City Council and Better Bedminster Community Chest: thank you!

Click here to see photos from last year’s previews

Venue magazine – 4 Star Review

Why don’t we do it in the road?
Streets of Bedminster, every Sunday until 24 October

This latest outing from Show of Strength Theatre Company as usual does not follow orthodox methods in the theatrical presentation of history: for a start, it kicked off in a supermarket car park, where its two performers started proceedings in uncompromising fashion by taking money off us, making sure we were in no doubt that this was about Bedminster, see, and indicating in no uncertain terms what we should think of such as them posh folk in Clifton.

There followed an entertaining trawl through the streets of Bemmy and encounters with various oddball characters from from different centuries, including a poetic butcher, an exotic princess (or was she?), an exhibitionist barber who went over Niagara in a barrel (or did he?), two dogs and a tiger. There was a short history of local pies, an exploration of South Bristol’s connection with one of the greatest robberies of all time, and much more – all enlivened by the constant changes of character from the admirably versatile Kim Hicks and Chris Yapp. And, as they were at pains to point out, it was all true! It bore no relation to your average guided tour. Local history was never as much fun as this.

John Christopher Wood ****

Venue 24 September Issue 928
Theatre/Dance/Live Art

Audience feedback on 3 preview performances October/November 2009:

‘brilliant, far more artistic and enjoyable than football… outstanding’

‘Interactive, personal, intimate and original’

‘witty, engaging… fascinating local history & colourful characters… skillfully created opportunities for spontaneous audience participation… hilarious… fantastic’

‘great… dynamic and entertaining… can’t think how it could be better’

‘Another jolly good show…’

‘Up from Poole, Dorset for the weekend. Excellent!’

‘Keep it up. Very enjoyable.’

‘Acting very good and history.’

‘Learned a lot in humourous fashion.’

‘Great way to tell people about the area.’

‘Learning about the area in such a refreshing way. I love ALL your stuff!!’

‘History come to life! Fresh air and exercise!’

‘Really lovely idea and well executed.’

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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

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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.

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Gripping Yarns is a partnership project with RAMM, Exeter Northcott Theatre and Show of Strength and has been funded by Renaissance.

Recent Productions WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD returns in May 2015

Why dont we do it in the road

Love, Sex and Violence on the Streets of Bedminster on Saturday 9,16 and 23 of May.

Part of Bristol Walking Festival and funded by Bedminster Town Team.

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Venue ★★★★ review – 24 Sept ’10, Issue 928
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this is Bristol ★★★★ review – 24 May ’11
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Recent Productions Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? Returns 26 April 2014

Love, Sex and Violence on the Streets of Bedminster returns.

Shows Sat 26 April (free for BS3 residents), Sat 3 May and Sat 10 May.

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