"Creativity for the Community, Theatre for all."
Brave Bold Drama Community Interest Company works to dismantle the financial and cultural barriers that can prevent some members of the community from engaging with the arts and accessing opportunities to explore their own creativity.
We provide creativity for the community primarily through our base Creative Workspace in Withywood, a community arts centre that also provides affordable rehearsal space.
In the school holidays at Creative Workspace we programme creative workshops and performances aimed at primary aged children and their families. In term time we offer creative activities for preschool families, social events for all ages including older people, a youth theatre for children and young people aged 11-15 and host weekly groups for teenagers and young people in partnership with Creative Youth Network and WECIL. We are also the host venue for Mothers Who Make Bristol.
We also send our creativity for the community principles out on the road, taking drop-in creative activities to community events, local festivals, schools, children's centres, libraries and parks working in partnership with other local organisations.
The theatre we make is award-winning, and for all. We are best known for our family theatre, and we never forget that true family theatre needs to speak to all ages, not just the children. We carefully craft thoughtful layers into all our devised work so that all ages of audience have something to relish. No-one should feel our show is not for them.
The family theatre we produce also features playful audience participation, original music, multi-roling and post-show interactive play sessions where we invite our audiences to explore the props and costumes for themselves. This is vital. They see that we make our shows out of everyday things. The invitation is clear...now it's your turn to play.
In 2019 we began also making theatre for people living with dementia with our Arts Council funded show, Wonderland.
Brave Bold Drama has a broad portfolio of community arts commissions ranging from creative immersive play in children’s centres, drama and dance workshops in schools, and imaginative role-play sessions in care homes as well as larger scale community arts commissions from Ginkgo Projects (2019/2020), Knowle West Media Centre (2018), the Bristol Natural History Consortium (The Festival of Nature 2016) The Centre for Public Engagement at Bristol University (Bristol Bright Night 2015) and The Harbour Festival (2016).
"Framed" stall at Entertaining Local Knowle's "Arts in the Park" event, helping people dress up as a famous painting.
Post-show play after a performance of "Alf the Highwayman". Learning to make paper boats like the ones used in the play.