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Show Of Strength Theatre Company

Meeting point varies depending on tour

Tel: +44 (0)117 953 5976

Show Of Strength Theatre Company


“Bristol’s brilliant Show Of Strength” says Bristol 247 – and awarded the company ‘BEST OF BRISTOL 2018: THEATRE’.

A boutique outfit that punches well above its weight, Show Of Strength (‘SOS’) is a professional theatre company telling true and fabulous Bristol stories in unusual spaces and places. Informal and accessible shows are inspired by fascinating and potentially forgotten stories.

Launched in 2018, Blood, Blackbeard and Buccaneers reveals the truth about the world’s most famous pirate - who came from Bristol - after 300 years. This walking tour of Bristol docks (pausing at a few appropriate hostelries) was so successful BBC Radio Bristol coproduced a Blackbeard documentary with SOS.

Blood and Butchery in Bedminster is a hugely popular Tuesday walking tour of Bedminster, visiting several pubs all linked in some way to the stories told in them. Hanging judges, concrete coffins, outrageous impostors and the biggest heist in British history. @WeirdBristol Tweeted ‘Best walking tour I’ve ever done”.

Sarah Guppy: The Bridge, The Bed, The Truth is the story of a neglected female engineer, the first woman in the world to patent a bridge – in Bristol in 1811.  She also married a man half her age and patented an Exercise Bed.

Frankenstein in Bath tells the forgotten story of Mary Shelley writing her iconic novel in the city in 1816. Winner Best Live Performance, Creative Bath Awards 2017.

Fanny and Johnnie Cradock Cook The Great American Songbook is a 5* dinner theatre musical, suitable for hotels, restaurants, food festivals, etc.

SOS supports local performers, set designers, production teams and venues with performances that work with, and promote, local talent. Shows are for locals and discerning visitors who want to learn something new and remarkable about this great city. Tours and shows are also available for private performances and student groups (where appropriate).

Here’s that Bristol247 accolade in full: ‘a general shout of hurrah for all the brilliant stuff Bedminster’s Show Of Strength did this year. The piratical ramble around Bristol’s seafaring old city, the totally gripping tour of Bemmy’s really quite strikingly dark past, and the riveting tale of Sarah Guppy, a pivotal but all-too-forgotten player in Bristol’s (and the world’s) industrial history. SOS, we salute you.’

Recent funders and partners include: Ove Arup Foundation; BBC Radio Bristol; Bedminster Business Improvement District; Bristol 247; Bristol Festival of Ideas; Bristol Women’s Voice; HM Government 1918-2018 Celebrating Votes for Women; Quartet Community Foundation; UWE Bristol
SOS famously created the theatres at the Hen & Chicken – still flourishing 30 years later, and – in 1998 - the Tobacco Factory Theatre. In 2015 SOS coproduced Walking The Chains - the story of the Clifton Suspension Bridge - at Brunel’s Passenger Shed at Temple Meads Station.
At March 2019 SOS is shortlisted for a Bristol Life Award (Arts).

For information on current shows see with regular Facebook updates 

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Check their website for tour dates and times (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)


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