Brave Bold Drama isn’t all work and no play!
We have been invited to many family-friendly festivals and community events, both large and small, throughout the South West.
Knowle West Fest 2018
During our residency we visited many community groups of all ages in Knowle West to gather lyrics, riffs and rhythms inspired by the community members we worked with. This became a brand new song which we recorded at Knowle West Media Centre in October 2018, and which became part of an installation, "The Knowle West Songmaking Station" which is being exhibited at Knowle West Media Centre from November 2018 to April 2019.
We plan to tour the Songmaking Station to other places in Knowle West after January 2019.
Southbank Bristol Arts Trail
(annually since 2015)
We bring pop-up theatre and music to the Southbank Bristol Arts Trail in Bedminster every year. In 2015 we brought 'The Paintstripper Monologues' which placed Van Gogh, Tamara de Lempicka, Rene Magritte and Frida Kahlo in cafes and breadshops along the trail. In 2016 we worked with 6 local Bedminster primary schools helping them create original Samba dance routines which were performed at acta Community Theatre, and in 2017 we took over Margot May tearooms with a set of our original songs ‘Songs of Dry Wit and Wet Reverb’ and our debut performance of ‘Sardine Ninjas’.
A mobile disco with a difference, people don some disco costumes, a roll a giant dice to choose their disco grooves!
Dotty especially enjoyed her visit to Keynsham Music Festival.
Our festival workshop 'Framed' which invites people dress up as famous paintings.
"Framed" has been to Art in the Park organised by Entertaining Local Knowle and at the Southbank Arts Trail in Bedminster.
The Avona Project,
Festival of Nature 2016
Our largest community festival commission to date, we worked with over 200 local people aged 3 to 80+ alongside five community choirs and sculptor Sophie Howard to create 'Avona' a processional wicker-sculpture representing the Goddess of the Avon River, and her song, 'The Avona Shanty'.
Avona processed through the Festival of Nature in Bristol, Keynsham and Bath to hear her song sung to by these choirs. The lyrics of the Avona Shanty were inspired from personal anecdotes about the river sent to us by over 50 people.
“This is my favourite thing! You’ve inspired me to make a dressing up box for my children now I’ve seen how much they love it!”
(Parent, 'Framed', Art in the Park)
“Such an effective idea! Everyone was looking very carefully at the pictures in order to get their costume right. And giving them a card with the artist’s name on the back at the end is a great idea to encourage them to keep on enjoying art!”
('Art in the Park' Event organiser, Entertaining Local Knowle)
“You were a great hit today with everyone! My child went to bed with their superhero outfit on!”
(Make Sunday Special Ashton Gate Event organiser)
“You just looked fabulous and she’s such a fun character to have around.
You had everyone from little tots to teenage boys and even dads dancing!”
(Keynsham Hour, Somer Valley FM community radio, Dotty’s Disco)
Our planet-saving superhero workshop combines junk-modelling, costume making and imaginative play to encourage people to find their inner superhero and save the planet by recycling at the same time. This workshop continues to be a popular choice for community events such as the 'Play in the Park' organised by Southern Links Children’s Centre, 'Make Sunday Special Ashton Vale' and will be part of a Hartcliffe summer fun day in August 2018 organised by our partners Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership.
Save the Planet Superheroes!