Brave Bold Drama works to dismantle the barriers that can prevent some members of the community from engaging with the arts and accessing opportunities to explore their own creativity.
In the school holidays we partner with Bristol-based youth organisations like Youth Moves to provide creative workshops for children and young people. We commission artists like animators, musicians, visual artists, dancers and poets to join us on these events.
We take bespoke creative activities and pop-up street theatre 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.
In 2019 we began also making theatre for people living with dementia with our Arts Council funded show, Wonderland. This work continues in 2020 as we partner with Frenetic Fox Theatre to create postable multi-sensory experiences for care home residents living with dementia.
Brave Bold Drama has a broad portfolio of community arts commissions including:
creative immersive play in children’s centres
drama and dance workshops in schools
imaginative role-play sessions in care homes
as well as larger scale community arts commissions including:
The Butterfly Effect Ginkgo Projects, 2019/2020
A Song for Knowle West Knowle West Media Centre, 2018
Avona Bristol Natural History Consortium for The Festival of Nature, 2016
The Investigators Bristol University for Bristol Bright Night, 2015
"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.