award-winning theatre   

“Brave Bold Drama connects with its audience and has great outreach.
Doing something positive . . . a very impressive organisation.”

Bristol Life Awards 2017 Judges

"Brave Bold Drama are a really great little theatre company."

Weston Super Mum

We make theatre for families and for people living with dementia.
We work with creatives of all kinds to provide opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy their own creativity.
We work to dismantle barriers that can prevent people from accessing the arts, culture and creativity.

Latest News

BBC Radio Bristol

Listen to our Artistic Director Gill Simmons talking on BBC Radio Bristol with Adam Crowther about how we helped 80 local families in Withywood stay creative this summer with the CIA, about how you can get involved in our #PlaySparks, and about what we're working on with our new partners LPW.

Shaftesbury Fringe
Best Children's Show 2016

Alf The Highwayman

Swindon Fringe Festival
Best Children's Show 2017

Alf The Highwayman

Expanded Performance: Bristol +Bath Creative R&D
research project exploring technology and performance for young people

We are one of the six industry partners selected by Bristol + Bath Creative R&D to run a research project on the theme of Expanded Performance.

We are interested in whether the use of technology in performing arts opportunities means young people from less privileged backgrounds are more likely to engage. We are currently researching projects from all over the UK that have used technology to help young people engage with performing arts.

If you have run a project that combined technology with performing arts for young people from areas that are in the top 20% of multiple deprivation, we would love to hear about this. We are currently looking for case studies of best practice to include our final report. You can complete our survey or email us for more information.

imaginative and active play ideas to support family creativity

Every Saturday from 18th July until 29th August we will share a new PlaySpark here and on our social media channels.

The activities encourage imaginative and active play, and are designed to be accessible for families with preschoolers up to young people.

PlaySparks are entirely free to access and use. Please share our PlaySparks with anyone who may enjoy them!

Show me the PlaySparks!

The Hive Totem Collective
a new digital space to celebrate young people's creatvity

We are delighted to have been commissioned by B&NES Hospital Education and Reintegration Services to create a new digital space to celebrate the creativity of the young people they work with. We're creating an online gallery that will launch in early September 2020.

We ran a socially distanced puppet-making workshop with some young people in July 2020 and during this workshop discussed possible names for this new online gallery, and The Hive Totem Collective was born! 

The Hive part came about because the young people sometimes work with their tutors at a base in Keynsham called The Hive. We researched the word totem and discovered that in Anishinaabe cultures, the word 'doodem' (from where totem derives) means "an expression of your heart" and also means the place where knowledge can be shared between clan members.

The Hive Totem Collective online gallery will celebrate the 'expressions of the heart' or creative expression of the young people, and will also be a space for the young people to learn new creative skills from each other.

Bristol Life Awards
Winners 2017
Arts Category

Bristol Life Awards
Finalists 2018

Arts Category

Bristol Life Awards
Highly Commended 2019
Arts Category

Fantastic for Families
Best Family Venue Award 2019

for Creative Workspace

"Voscurs" Finalists
Fit for Future category

Bristol's Social Impact Awards 2019

Bristol Hoop Awards
2020 Finalists

Best Creative Fun

Bristol Hoop Awards
2019 Finalists

Best Family Entertainment

Bristol Hoop Awards
2018 Finalists

Best Family Entertainment

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