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!

Hicks—in period costume but aptly aided by 21st-century interactive whiteboard—gave a sublime delivery of a beautifully-crafted script, a tale of which no Bristolian should be ignorant.
The Evening Post

We also produced The Naked Truth with John Christopher Wood to rave reviews.

John Christopher Wood performed The Naked Truth

His(Wood’s) material is often faintly irreverent, but handled tenderly, and his handling of the minutiae of life is insightful….(the audience)was in hysterics
The Evening Post

Venue Magazine gave SOS 5 stars for ‘the season’ and wrote;

you could argue, perhaps, that neither show was ‘proper’ theatre but then that’s what we need Show of Strength for: to break a few rules.
Venue Magazine


An Audience with Sarah Guppy is an excellent educational resource for schools. It is an entertaining and thought-provoking piece suitable for virtually any space/meeting place. The plays wide range of themes (science, design, history, the role of women, drama) would attract a variety of societies/clubs or interest groups.

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Posted on October 31, 2007

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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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