Brave Bold Drama

Brave Bold Drama is an award-winning theatre and community arts company run by Gill Simmons and Paul Lawless with support from volunteer director Ellie Freeman.

We create devised theatre for family audiences, write original music, design and facilitate community arts events & projects and facilitate creative workshops for children’s centres, schools & care-homes.

We have especial interest in working creatively with children and young people in Withywood and Hartcliffe.

Brave Bold Drama’s work is all about creativity for the community and theatre for all.

Our theatre work includes:

Sticky Ends: a part-improvised, part-devised family storytelling show with songs about what might happen if you do really bad stuff like drop lego on the floor or refuse to go to bed.

Intelligent comedy and deliciously humorous verse kept the young audience enthralled (but not scared!). Witty & dark-humoured, a highly original show.”
Edinburgh Fringe Review

George & the Flight of the Imaginees: devised family theatre. A globe-trotting quest in celebration of the power of a child’s imagination.

“Another lovely show…Brave Bold Drama are a really great little theatre company.”
Weston Super Mum Review

“A fantastic, inventive and engaging family show. It has beautifully written original songs and funny characters with something for everyone, young and old.”
Audience feedback

Alf the Highwayman: devised family theatre show exploring friendship and the importance of sentimental value.
Winner of Best Children’s Show Shaftesbury Fringe 2016 &  Swindon Fringe 2017.

The story is told with incredibly clever props and beautiful catchy tunes . . . I love it a trillion times more than the Cbeebies pantos I’ve endured since motherhood. It is a beautifully written and performed piece of children’s theatre . . . The characters are so believable and endearing, wonderful accents and expressions transport you into Alf’s world . . . It is a great moral tale with humility and hilarity and it gave me great warm fuzzy feeling .”
Exploring Exeter review 

Brave Bold Drama are based in Withywood, South Bristol.


Bristol Life Awards 2018:
‘Arts’ Category Finalist

Bristol Hoop Awards 2018:
Best Family Entertainment & Best Creative Fun Finalists

Bristol Life Awards 2017:
‘Arts’ Category Winner
‘Education’ Category Finalist

Twitter: @BraveBoldDrama