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Theatre comes to Bedminster shops
Show Of Strength Theatre Company
The local professional theatre company will put on live shows in 18 shops

A Bristol professional theatre company will be showcasing their work in shops in Bristol on 21 February.

Show Of Strength (SOS) are working in partnership with The Southville Centre, Bedminster, to put on live performances in 18 shops.

The route starts at the Ashton end of North Street and continues along Cannon Street, and will include East Street.

It is hoped that Trading Local will encourage people to shop local and get to know independent shops in the area.

The event is funded by Bristol City Council, Bedminster Community Chest, and Quartet Community Foundation.

Show Of Strength has worked with local writers to develop five minute monologues, specially written for individual shops.

They will be performed by six professional actors moving from shop to shop; each actor will perform three pieces with different characters, created by different writers.

Show Of Strength Producer Gill Loats said: "SOS started in Bedminster in 1986, and created the theatres at the Hen and Chicken and Tobacco Factory. So we're a local business ourselves.

"This winter is a really tough one, with less money around and the recession getting going.

"The arts and live performance can really help regeneration, and we think Trading Local will encourage people to go in lots of small independent shops they may never have visited before."

Organisers say they are already getting lots of interest from other groups of shops, traders associations and town councils, who want the project in their areas.

Trading Local starts at 10am on Saturday, 21 February and there will be regular performances in shops throughout the day.

Programme schedules will be available from 14 February at The Southville Centre, Beauley Road; The Hen and Chicken and Ocean Estate Agents North Street; and Quinns Bar, East Street.


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