acta community theatre
acta community theatre
0117 953 2448
The actacentre is the home of acta Community Theatre, a community arts organisation supporting people to create their own original theatre. We have a full programme of free workshops and activities for all ages, abilities and interests (including drama, music and art). There are also regular performances of fun, original theatre held here.
Campaign or initiative, Festivals, Garden, parklands or rural site
Office Hours 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.
All acta Workshops are FREE.
acta shows are regularly FREE but sometimes have a small charge of £1-£3 only.
The acta centre is about a 20 minute walk from the city centre. There is a small car park, and bicycle racks are also provided.
To travel by bus, take the 24 & 25 to North Street (The Masonic stop), or 75 & 76 to West Street (Tesco stop).
- 19 March — 27 June 2014
- From 20 March 2014
- From 21 March 2014
The untold story of the women who made Mustard Gas.
"How would anyone even know there was a story to tell, if I said nothing? So I passed it on, the story, everything that happened, all about us Gas Girls."
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.
In 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 girls. There were hundreds of accidents, nearly three thousand casualties, and several deaths.
Gas Girls tells the story of these women, the beliefs that drove them, the hardships they lived with and the friendship and humour that bound them together.
This is an amazing story, and the more we’ve found out, the more amazing it has become. The Government had decided that Mustard Gas was key to winning the war, and the women worked in extraordinarily dangerous conditions, with terrible consequences to their health. But they kept going, they kept working, and the play is about how they did that, and what drove them to carry on.
Bedminster resident Tracey Harvey, who has helped with research and plays a factory nurse in the play, says:
"At a time when the whole country will be thinking about the sacrifices of the soldiers, we want to pay tribute to the sacrifices of the women."
Look out for tour dates to Avonmouth and other Bristol communities in June.
All tickets £3
Book online at www.acta-bristol.com
for more information, call 0117 9532448
- Any age
- Family friendly
All tickets only £3