"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. It is sometimes a community arts centre and sometimes a theatre rehearsal space. When we are open to the public there is always a professional creative in the building, and there is always an opportunity for our visitors to actively explore their own creativity.
Creative Workspace opens for school holidays providing drop-in creative workshops and live performances aimed at primary aged children and their famillies. In term time we run intergenerational creative sessions for pre-school families and older people, an Arts Award course for local teenagers, creative classes for adults and drama courses for adults with a learning disability.
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.
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.
Brave Bold Drama is proud of its 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 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.