Alf has an eye for other people's possessions. Especially belongings with sentimental value. He snatches and grabs without a thought for other people's feelings. But it's time for him to change tack and learn that there are better ways to play.
Roll up, set a sail and join Alf as he gallops through the blustery wood, along the seashore and revels in wonder as the circus comes to town.
Full of imaginative play, original songs and vibrant characters, Alf the Highwayman is a show for all the family with plenty of chances to join in and no frights!
‘A beautifully written and performed piece of children’s theatre . . .'
Exploring Exeter review of 'Alf the Highwayman'
Best Children's show (Shaftesbury Fringe 2016)
Best Children's show (Swindon Fringe 2017)
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Brave Bold Drama believes in creativity for everyone and theatre for all. We are best known for our award-winning devised family theatre, and we never forget that true family theatre needs to speak to all ages, not just the children. We carefully craft "thoughtful layers" into all our devised work so that all ages of audience have something to relish. No-one should feel our show is not for them.
The family theatre we produce also features playful audience participation, original music, multi-roling and post-show interactive play sessions where we invite our audiences to explore the props and costumes for themselves. This is vital. They see that we make our shows out of everyday things. The invitation is clear...now it's your turn to play.
Brave Bold Drama is proud of its broad portfolio of community arts commissions ranging from creative immersive play in children’s centres, drama and dance workshops in schools, and imaginative role-play sessions in care homes as well as larger scale community arts commissions from Knowle West Media Centre (2018), the Bristol Natural History Consortium (The Festival of Nature 2016) The Centre for Public Engagement at Bristol University (Bristol Bright Night 2015) and The Harbour Festival (2016).
We also work to dismantle the financial & cultural barriers that can prevent some members of the community from engaging with the arts & accessing opportunities to explore their own creativity. We provide creativity for the community through our base Creative Workspace in Withywood, South Bristol (www.creativeworkspacebristol.co.uk). Creative Workspace is sometimes a community arts centre and sometimes a theatre rehearsal space. When we are open to the public there is always a professional creative in the building, and there is always an opportunity for our visitors to actively explore their own creativity.
Devised and performed by Gill Simmons & Paul Lawless
Original music by Gill Simmons
'A beautifully written and performed piece of children’s theatre. A great moral tale told with humility. It gave me a great warm fuzzy feeling.’
Exploring Exeter review Alf the Highwayman (2017)
‘The audience loved it. Fun and really entertaining.’
Weston Super Mum review Alf the Highwayman (2017)
‘A wonderful and engaging show.’
Bradley Stoke Radio review Alf the Highwayman (2016)
"Brave Bold Drama put on a fantastic two person show as part of the Kids Tent at Priddy Folk Festival this year. They kept the whole audience (including toddlers!) transfixed for nearly a full hour with their fast paced show ‘Alf the Highwayman’. Both the characters and the songs were very memorable and both actors were both great musical performers who really engaged the crowd. I would HIGHLY recommend this company for their professional approach and their musical, interactive show."
Eliza Wylie, Priddy Children’s Festival Programme organiser
‘A fantastic, inventive and engaging family show. Beautifully written original songs and funny characters. Something for everyone, young and old.”
Audience feedback on 'George & the Flight of the Imaginees' (2017)
'Another lovely show. Brave Bold Drama are a really great little theatre company.'
Weston Super Mum review of 'George and the Flight of the Imaginees'