last orders at the phoenix

Thursday June 21 2012

Where else can I take a girl for a pint of cider and a cheese & pickle sandwich?

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go north showcase, the end

Saturday June 30 2012

It’s the end of the world as we know it. Is there any hope for the survivors? Join them on their journey to try and find a glimmer of hope, to begin again.

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four corners

Tuesday October 23 2012

An original show of traditional stories from the different cultures represented in the Redcliffe community.

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We Have Overcome

Monday October 29 2012

The Malcolm X Elders Theatre Company tell their own stories of moving from the Caribbean in the 1960s to make a new home in Bristol.

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The Magic Box of Stories

Wednesday December 5 2012

An original inter-generational show of stories performed by local older people and children. The Magic Box of Stories brings together our Recycled Teenagers group, from Monica Wills residential home on West Street in Bedminster

Available Spaces: 0

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Goblin Silver

Saturday December 15 2012

Two performances at the Withywood Centre.

A new family show touring Bristol for the festive season, from the team who brought you Mother Iceheart.

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What if the Wicked Witch Won?

Tuesday March 5 2013

Bedminster Youth Theatre present their own original show.

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Friday March 22 2013

An original show to mark 50 years since a most remarkable year, performed by local people of all ages and featuring music from the time performed by the acta community choir.

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The Boy and the Slim Dog

Tuesday May 21 2013

The funfair is in town and the boy and his faithful slim dog just HAVE to explore it... but not everything goes as planned. Join us on this adventure told by an intergenerational cast including children from Compass Point and residents from St Catherine's Court.

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What Goes Around, Comes Around

Thursday May 30 2013

acta’s young carers youth theatre present their annual production.

When a girl is bullied, a series of spooky escapades ensures memorable lessons are learned all around.

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What Goes around, Comes Around

Friday May 31 2013

acta’s young carers youth theatre present their annual production.

When a girl is bullied, a series of spooky escapades ensures memorable lessons are learned all around.

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World Music Night

Wednesday July 10 2013

acta Community Choir sing songs from around the world

Mamadou Cissokho plays the West African Kora

The Velvet Chestnuts an exciting mix of Eastern European tunes, dances and Klezmer music.

Refreshments will be available.


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Double-bill of community theatre; Sahra & Trip of a Lifetime

Thursday July 11 2013

Redcliffe Youth Theatre, Trip of a Lifetime. A luxury cruise in the sun; everybody's dream; as long as it's not wrecked by the other passengers. Living alongside very different people can be a nightmare, but how will the overcome their differences when danger forces them together?

Rotterdams Wijktheater, Sahra. A solo performance by mother of three Sahra, and her search for the best way to combine two cultures in which to nurture her children. NB Sahra is also performing as part of a local workshop in Redcliffe on Friday 12 July.

plus the premiere of Redcliffe Boys' Footie Film


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Friday September 27 2013

Premiere of this new original community theatre show, devised by a cast of three local women, who have been working with acta’s Artistic Director, Neil Beddow, in weekly sessions over the last four months. This show has been created as part of our community theatre programme, which offers reflective shows, based on participants’ own experiences.

Recommended age 13 yrs & above

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Ticky Picky Boom Boom

Monday November 11 2013

The latest show from the Malcolm X Elders' Theatre Co previews at the acta centre, before touring to Bristol primary schools. Based on Caribbean folk tales, the elders have created a show to offer children an alternative seasonal theatre experience this year.

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The Dream Queen

Saturday December 14 2013

Phoenix Theatre, acta's young adults company, present this year's seasonal show for families. A jealous sister and a magical mirror trick and trap The Dream Queen.

The show starts at 2.30pm, at the acta centre.

Available Spaces: 0

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The Shadow Prince

Friday January 24 2014

Grant, Aiden, Danielle and Merryn have been working to complete their Gold level youth arts awards, which include producing their very own artistic creations. Come along to this showcase evening to enjoy the results of all their hard work, original new theatre shows and film.

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A play in a week

Friday February 21 2014

A group of young people, all with caring responsibilities, come together to create a play from scratch in just one week in the half-term holiday. Come along to watch their original production.

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Gas Girls

Thursday March 20 2014

The untold story of the women who made Mustard Gas.

Three special preview performances of acta's riveting and moving new play, about Bristol women munitions workers in the First World War, created with a cast of 20 local people of all ages.

All tickets £3

Available Spaces: 0

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A Pirate's Wife For Me

Wednesday April 9 2014

One captain, two wives and a boat...

An exciting tale of escape. Join them on their pirate adventures and watch as their worlds collide.


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Once Upon a Chaos / What a Golden Day

Tuesday May 13 2014

Bedminster Kids’ Theatres present a double-bill of shows, Once Upon a Chaos (year 5 & 6) and What a Golden Day (year 3 & 4).

Tuesday 13 May, 6.30pm at acta centre. All tickets £1

Available Spaces: 0

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Total Eclipse

Thursday May 29 2014

The Gods are arguing over the virtue of humans, so they decide to put them to the test. Can humans prove their worth?

Will the sun and moon return to Earth, or will there be a total eclipse forever?

acta's young carers' youth theatre present their annual production.

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Lost, not forgotten

Saturday July 12 2014


Stories from the Great War.

Young adults from acta's Phoenix Theatre present remarkable and poignant stories from the Great War; bringing to life the stories of the many buried in Arnos Vale Cemetery, those who died in the war and those who survived.

The Arnos Vale research group have uncovered fascinating characters, all with a story to tell; whether moving, comic, or heroic, all are people who have been lost, but not forgotten.

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There's something in the woods

Friday August 1 2014

Come along to see a play created in just one week of the summer holidays - young carers from across the region working with acta theatre-makers at the acta centre. Performance starts at 6pm. Tickets are free, but please book a place here.

Available Spaces: 0

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Friday September 19 2014

7.00pm performance

Darkness sweeps the land. Will the Light-Snatcher win control, or will the royals regain their throne?

Bedminster Youth Theatre present their annual production, an original show based entirely on members' own ideas.

The youth theatre is part of acta's Get Together programme, funded by BIG Lottery.

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Ticky Picky Boom Boom

Monday September 29 2014

The final performance of the show that toured Bristol primary schools last year, and performed at the International Community Arts Festival in Rotterdam earlier this year.

This show was created for children by the Malcolm X Elders Theatre Company. It brings to life the fantastical folk tales that the Elders were told as children.

Due to great demand, the show will be performed one last time at the Malcolm X Centre in St Pauls, on Monday 29 September at 7pm.

This fun, engaging and heart-warming show is not to be missed.

Audience comments –

“It made me feel happy inside.”

“Cast had as much fun as the audience!”

“I liked the yams chopped… I liked all the stories … I liked the songs and when they danced.” (Reception class, aged 4 / 5 yrs)

For more information about this show, please click HERE

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Yusuf Can't Talk

Wednesday November 19 2014

Autism Independence and acta Community Theatre present a revealing new play, created and performed by Somali women with autistic children who live in Bristol. Yusuf Can’t Talk tells the journey from first suspicions that your child is not developing like other children, to finding others in a similar situation and the support that sharing brings. The women hope that by sharing their story, others can feel encouraged, and everyone will gain an understanding of living with an autistic child.

Performed in English.

Autism Independence website

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The Land of Lost Things

Friday December 12 2014

acta follows its Christmas tradition of presenting newly created and original shows with this magical, hilarious and haunting tale. A lonely old lady finds herself lost in the land of Finders, Keepers, sock fanatics, evil henchmen and a wicked villain bent on destruction. Can she escape from a dreadful fate in the Land of Never Come Back?

Join us for this 7.00pm performance of the best value Christmas show in Bristol!

Recommended ages 4 years +

Available Spaces: 0

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through the tree

Friday February 20 2015

Children and young people people from across the City are coming together for a fun-packed week of drama, to create a show in just four days with theatre-makers at the acta centre. The children and young people will create a story based entirely on their own ideas. All we know so far is that the story will start off in a park ... where will their imaginations take us?! All welcome to come along to their original performance, for one night only.

Working in partnership with the EarlyBird SLT ASD team, as part of acta's programme for young carers.

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Wednesday April 1 2015

One hundred local people of all ages come together to present an original new community play for Redcliffe.

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Life Lessons

Wednesday April 15 2015

An inspirational teacher and a newly discovered Shakespeare play in this latest original annual production from Lawrence Weston Youth Theatre.

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Trapped In Fear

Thursday April 30 2015

Young carers on a residential trip away together are faced with their worst fears, in this annual production from acta's young carers' youth theatre.

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Saturday May 16 2015

7pm at the acta centre.

When Kitty's blog goes viral, the whole world wants to be her friend.

But thrown into a world of fame, she is left wondering who her true friends are.


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The Battle of The Ones

Friday April 29 2016

Bedminster Youth Theatre take us on a magical sci-fi journey, in a quest to prevent the creation of The Ultimate Being.

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Only the Lonely

Thursday May 19 2016

What goes on behind closed doors? This new show from acta Company examines the isolation of modern day lives.

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What if we could help?

Thursday June 2 2016

The young carers' youth theatre present their annual production

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Moonshine Nights

Wednesday June 8 2016

Join the Malcolm X Elders' Theatre Company and acta's community choir for a festival preview performance of Moonshine Nights - stories and songs on a warm Caribbean evening.

Available Spaces: 0

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Wealth is Health

Tuesday June 14 2016

A cabaret performance exploring wealth & health inequalities in Britain in the 21st Century by The Third Age Company, Collective Encounters (Liverpool) - matinee at 2.00pm.

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Standing in My Own Truth / Yusuf Can't Talk

Tuesday June 14 2016

A double-bill of performances:-

Brought to you as part of CAN’s Refugee and Migrant Women’s Theatre Programme, Standing in My Own Truth - In a world of half truths and lies, when is it safe to own one’s true destiny?

Yusuf Can't Talk - an acta show by Somali mothers of children with autism - Nura Aabe, Autism Independence

Tickets available on the door.

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Snake Skin

Wednesday June 15 2016

Based on personal stories, members of the Citizens Theatre Community Collective, from Glasgow, present a witty, candid and provocative performance that examines the labels that society gives us. Snake Skin strives to release us from these negative labels and celebrate the prospect of moving on and positive change. 8:30pm performance.

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actaCinema: Star Wars VII The Force Awakens

Friday June 24 2016

Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights

The Theatre Bar will be open for refreshments and Ice Creams.

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Time Travel… only a Stone’s Throw Away / The Empty Throne

Wednesday June 29 2016

Bedminster Kids' Theatres present their annual productions. What would you do if you found a stone that could turn back time? When the king of a mystical land dies, three gangs race to get the throne, but are any of them worthy of it?”

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This is not a normal game show

Saturday July 9 2016

In partnership with Felix Road Adventure Playground, an original show from Easton's Totally Bonkers Youth Theatre. 4.00pm performance at the actacentre.

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Murder So Sweet

Saturday July 16 2016

There’s been a murder at a small village train station, but who is to blame? Who can solve the mystery and who ate all the custard creams? Find out in Southmead Kids’ whodunnit production. An original show created and produced by local children at the Greenway Centre.

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