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Brave Bold Drama

Up to 18 months, 2 years and above + other ages

Brave Bold Drama is an award-winning Bristol-based theatre company. We create participatory creative workshops for schools, pre-schools & for community events. We make theatre for everyone. We are based at Creative Workspace in South Bristol where we programme community arts events as well as being the resident theatre company.

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7 years and above


Creative Workspace


20th Oct


60 minute Event


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Up to 18 months

Sensory Development

Creative Workspace




120 minute Class


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4 years and above


Exeter Library


23rd Oct


60 minute Event


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11 - 16 years


Creative Workspace




120 minute Class


2 - 4 years

Baby & Toddler Group

Creative Workspace




120 minute Class


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Meet the Team

Adam Amer
Director of Chango Music

Adam has been facilitating drumming workshops and events since 2007 working with thousands of people from all walks of life. With almost 10 years of experience as a teacher, teacher trainer, musician and facilitator, Adam has established a unique teaching style and ability to communicate effectively to a wide audience. Find out more about Chango Music here.

Andy Kelly
Performer & Improviser

Bristol actor and multi-instrumentalist, experienced clown and improv comedian, biscuit enthusiast.

Bianca Bertalot
Performer and faciliator with Nos Three Theatre

Bianca Bertalot is a professional clown originally from Brazil. She came to the UK to further her studies in the art of clowning where she trained with Nose to Nose, Tamala, Franki Anderson, The Original Spinners and Gerry Flanagan. Formal training in contemporary circus and physical theatre was undertaken at Circomedia and she studied alternative therapies elsewhere, which includes Co-Counselling, Dramatherapy and Voice Dialogue. She currently gives workshops, performs and takes part in other projects, as well as undertaking a BSc degree in Psychology with Counselling.

Chris Harrisson
Illustration Tutor

Freelance theatre maker, writer and illustrator based in Bristol. After an English degree at Sussex University, Chris went to Paris to train at Ecole Jacques Lecoq (2009-2011). He was co-artistic director of Rhum and Clay Theatre Company from 2010-2016. His first solo show, The North! The North! premiered at Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe 2017. You'll find examples of all his work on his website, including my cartoons and illustrations, some animation and video, examples of my written work and details of my teaching and facilitation work.

Dan Templeton
Animation Tutor

Dan is a Bristol-based animator with a real flair for engaging younger budding animators. See more of his work on his website.

Danielle Greenwood
Viva Los Muertos

I grew up in El Paso, Texas which is the border town to Mexico but now reside in Bristol, England. My childhood was immersed with Catholic and Mexican culture which has influenced my art and language. I like to experiment with many types of mediums and most of my art is created from upcycled resources. I like to give old, bland frames a new lease of life then turn them into boxes (and am slightly obsessed with this). All pieces of art are unique and original. I regularly visit my family back in Texas and make trips to Mexico to find inspiration and trinkets to add to my creations.

Donna Jane
Designer & Maker, Donna Jane Workshops

Donna Jane studied Fashion Design at UWE, Bristol. She runs sewing workshops for adults and young people.

Drew Lorenzo
Music facilitator of Little Musical Voyages

Little Musical Voyages: interactive musical experiences for pre-schoolers. Energetic themed musical adventures for pre-schoolers including singing, percussion instruments and ukuleles. We create soundscapes, we sing, we play, we imagine....

Ella Barraclough
Performance Designer

Ella is a performance designer based in Bristol/South West. I design and make puppets, costume, props & sets for theatre pieces, performance art and music videos.

George Boundy
Above Bounds Performer

George Boundy trained at East 15 Acting School, graduating in 2013, before completing a Masters degree in Playwriting Studies at The University of Birmingham. He has worked as an Actor, Writer and Assistant Director including Legal Aliens, Beautiful Confusion, The Tricycle Theatre (Now Kiln), and Tamasha. He also teaches acting and drama to primary aged children, preparing them for LAMDA graded exams and is a freelance practitioner for New Wolsey Theatre and Kayden Theatre School.

Gill Simmons
Artistic Director & Performer

Gill's theatre and community arts company Brave Bold Drama makes award-winning family theatre and hosts creative events at the community arts centre Creative Workspace in South Bristol. Gill particularly enjoys facilitating creative activities for preschoolers, primary school children and teenagers. Gill taught drama in secondary schools for 13 years before setting up Brave Bold Drama in 2013. She also works as a freelance musician and works music into her sessions as much as possible!

Grace Stonehouse
Art-K, Southville

The original art-K has been running in Ashtead for 18 years and we are now expanding into Southville, that friendly area just south of the River Avon. art-K is an art club for children aged 6 – 16 years. We provide a fun, welcoming atmosphere for children to build confidence in their artistic skills. Children can explore and experiment with a variety of mediums such as pastels, watercolours, acrylics, clay, and papier-mâché, to help each individual develop a variety of techniques. We help children grow into amazing young artists guided by unique, age appropriate projects.

Hazel Collins

Hazel is a professional costumier working in Bristol. She has made costumes for TV as well as stage.

Helen Bov
Above Bounds Performer

Helen Bovey grew up in Devon and graduated from East 15 Acting School in July 2013 with a First Class (hons) in BA World Performance. Since graduating she was worked with a variety of companies including performing with Grimm Times, Edu-Play and Rainbow Theatre. She has produced theatre for children (3-7s) for Vision Redbridge, Brixfest and is the Producer for Beyond Face and The Narwhal Ensemble which formed out of the 2016/17 Lab Company at The Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Holly Jasmine Levy-So
Assistant facilitator

Holly has recently graduated from the Creative Arts Therapy course at City of Bristol College. Her passion is community arts, including visual arts and dance.

Jackie Clementine
Clementines Live Arts

Jackie Clementines is a performance artist, workshop facilitator, fire choreographer, youth worker, writer, activist and clown. In his time off he is just a clown! He says: "when I grow up I want to be an actor, playing a clown, impersonating a talented performance artisté!" He has toured circus, theatre and poetry shows across numerous countries, receiving some exceptional reviews along the way. He specialises in unusual interdisciplinary combinations, thought provoking narratives and unadulterated silliness!

Jacqueline Avery
Artistic Director & performer

Jacqueline is a writer, director, choreographer, teacher, mask maker, puppet maker, Mother. Coming from a contemporary dance background Jacqueline's practice continually evolves through the use of physical performance and creative collaborations, seeking to consolidate her practice through her work both practical and academic. Jacqueline has performed extensively in the world of physical and ensemble theatre.

Jenny Clarke
Happymess facilitator

Happymess is run by Jenny Clarke, who has an MA in Fine Art, and two small children who like getting messy. Find out more about Happymess here.

João Ricardo Aguiar
Performer & facilitator with Nos Three Theatre

Mainly an actor, João is also a director, writer and composer for theatre as well. He has been working for theatre for over 15 years.

Katie Storer
Performer, Adventure Bureau

Katie is a Bristol-based Theatre Practitioner, Director, Writer and Performer. She has been leading workshops and directing shows with young people across the UK for 5 years, working regularly with companies such as; The Egg Theatre (Bath),The Bristol Old Vic, Travelling Light Theatre Company, Sixth Sense Theatre for Young People, Salisbury Playhouse, Barnardos, The Roses Theatre, and the Creative Youth Network.

Laura Humpage
Colourful Minds

Laura is mum of the girl and the boy, chronic tea drinker, tinkerer, kids art workshop runner, textile designer, cat person, fan of mess and mayhem (and tidying up afterwards, oh yes!), stargazer, sea-starer and fan of all things colourful… See more at

Laurence Aldridge
Actor, musician and songwriter

Laurence Aldridge trained at Bretton Hall College for the Arts. He has toured extensively across the U.K. from full scale Shakespeare productions to rural tours of new writing. Since starting to play the guitar in 2006, Laurence has become a song-writer, performing with his political folk/punk outfit Jack of All since 2014. More recently, Laurence has combined the two with appearances as an actor/musician. Since 2012, Laurence has become increasingly interested in exploring new ways of telling stories and is delighted to be part of The MakeShift Ensemble.

Lulu Butcher
Illustration Tutor

Lulu is a Bristol-based illustrator, sculptor and set designer. She is highly experienced at running workshops to inspire young people. See more of her work on her website.

Oliver J Harris

Oliver is a professional performer and movement specialist. "George and the Flight of the Imaginees" is Oliver's first production with Brave Bold Drama.

Paul Lawless
Creative Producer & Performer

Paul is a the creative producer of Brave Bold Drama. A professional performer, producer and singer, he co-devised "Alf the Highwayman" and "George and the Flight of the Imaginees" with Gill Simmons.

Paul Midgley
Lead facilitator, Twin Wave CIC

20+ years experience in running drum workshops, developing communities and artistically developing and directing small and large scale festivals and projects.

Simon Panrucker
Performer, Adventure Bureau

Simon is a Bristol-based musician, composer and performer.

Stephanie Kempson
Director & Performer, Sharp Teeth Theatre

Sharp Teeth Theatre Company's aim is to find stories with bite and present them through live performance.

Tom Foster
Forest School Tutor

TOM FOSTER received his Forest School leadership certificate in 2016 after spending 13 years leading outdoor activities in an SEN school. Tom has recently completed a Practical Sustainability Course with Shift Bristol to focus towards living and working more with the land including through outdoor education. Tom also runs Bristol Forest School parties. Find out more about Bristol Forest School here.

Tomasin Cuthbert Menes
Artistic Director, Soap Soup Theatre Company

Tomasin is the Artistic Director of Soap Soup Theatre Company. Soap Soup are proud makers of devised visual theatre, using our many years combined experience of puppetry, object manipulation, and clown to create theatre for family audiences. Our work is design led, so expect to see and hear colourful and creative design, tactile puppets, costumes and inventive object work. This is theatre of the senses, and of the heart.

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