Show of Strength Theatre Company

Show of Strength Theatre Company is a Bristol based theatre company which has produced new and forgotten works since 1986 in a range of venues in Bristol and the South West. The company is funded by Arts Council England and Bristol City Council but also relies on individual and corporate sponsorship. They have produced over 60 plays and established several new performance venues including the Showboat pub (Horfield), the Hen and Chicken pub (Bedminster), Quakers Friars (Broadmead), the Tobacco Factory (Southville) and Paintworks (Arnos Vale). The company has received many awards for its work, including the London Weekend Television Plays On Stage award and the Guinness/Royal National Theatre Pub Theatre Award. As well as plays Show of Strength have produced numerous play readings and writing workshops. Although based in Bristol the work of the company has received regular attention from the UK national press.

The company's mission statement is to:

  • Develop and produce high quality new writing for the theatre
  • Create opportunities for writers, actors, directors and other theatre practitioners
  • Build new audiences through working in spaces that are accessible and informal
  • Develop new and existing partnerships in Bristol and beyond

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