Productions Fanny and Johnnie Cradock are back

Cradock Postcard 2015



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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Productions 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”

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

Productions TRADING LOCAL Wells

Trading Local Wells

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 »


Walk the Chains

13-25 January 2015

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


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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Productions 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:
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Productions Trading Local Crewkerne - Saturday 31 May 2014


Crewkerne is a lovely Somerset town with some great shops.

We worked with writers in and around the town and there’ll be live performances all over the high street so put Saturday 31 May in your diary.

Join us in Crewkerne when six professional actors stage 48 FREE live performances in shops in the town centre.

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Productions 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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Productions 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

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


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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.


The venue we started in 1998 and where we performed till 2003

Bristol Festival of Ideas in association with Show of Strength and the Tobacco Factory Theatre:

Thursday 27 May 2010, 19.30-21.00
Antonia Fraser and Ian Rickson on Harold Pinter

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Productions Celebration - Sat 10 April & Sun 11 April

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.

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Productions 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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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.


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Productions TRADE IT?

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


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


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Productions An Audience with Sarah Guppy

An Audience with Sarah Guppy

Commissioned by Brunel 200 and touring in 2008, AN AUDIENCE WITH SARAH GUPPY, a new play by Sheila Hannon about an amazing inventor and designer. Kim Hicks plays the remakable woman who also taught IK Brunel more than a thing or two about suspension bridges.

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Productions Hen and Chicken celebrates 18 years of Pub Theatre

In October 1989 Show of Strength (SOS) opened it’s first season at the Hen and Chicken, North Street, creating pub theatre in Bedminster.

In early autumn 2007 the pub opened under new management (black sheep bars ltd who also run the Alma Tavern) and in October 2007 SOS celebrated its 18th ‘pub theatre’ birthday by performing An Audience with Sarah Guppy by Sheila Hannon, the one woman show with Kim Hicks who also performed in that very first season!

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Productions The Wills Girls

The Wills Girls

The Wills’ Girls played to sell out audiences in 2002 and it was so successful we revived it in 2003 to further acclaim. The Tobacco Factory hosted a play about the women that worked there in the 1950’s.

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