Business plan

Trustees’ reports

All of the following are priced at just £5 (plus £1.50 postage & packing).

(please contact us if you are ordering from an address that is not the UK mainland.)

sold out! Gas Girls: The untold story of Avonmouth’s Mustard Gas factories

From June to November 1918, Avonmouth was the centre of Britain’s chemical warfare industry, with two factories making and filling shells with deadly Mustard Gas, employing hundreds of local women and men.

Based on months of research, ‘Gas Girls’ tells a forgotten story of the First World War, and the impact of the conflict on the Home Front.




COAST: Crossing Borders in Community Theatre, 2013

COAST tells the stories of four community theatre companies from across Europe who came together for a two year cooperation project.

This book (and DVD insert) documents the learning from every stage of the partnership, which produced five new plays, in International Festival of Community Theatre, and a series of secondments and exchanges.



Turning Points, 2001


Turning Points

Now more than a decade on, Neil Beddow’s story of acta and the impact that community theatre has on the people who take part, is still relevant.

“.. a fascinating read.” Dr Janet Summerton, University of Sussex





Magic Day Toolkit, 2011

Magic Day Toolkit

Big art ideas. A little book of big tips and simple ideas for activities with under 12s, with accompanying DVD; the result of acta‘s BIG Lottery playful ideas work.

Draw – Paint – Sculpture – Dens – Projections – Music – Performance – Mix it up




 At Home on the Slopes, 2002

At Home on the SlopesA history of Hartcliffe and Withywood, produced to celebrate & commemorate 50 years since the first people moved into the Hartcliffe & Withywood area of Bristol.

By members of the Dundry Pioneers, working in partnership with Neil Beddow, acta.





The Forgotten Estate, 2004

The Forgotten Estate

Oldbury Court’s Surprising History

by The History Detectives from Oldbury Court Primary School, with Neil Beddow, John Bartlett, Karen Clark and Betty Prescott