Adrian Harris founded Brass Works Theatre in 2012 with the aim of establishing a professional theatre presence in South Gloucestershire – an area that is underserved in the theatre arts.
Based originally in premises on the site of the historic Champion Brass Works in Tower Lane, Warmley, we worked hard to build our close relationship with an enthusiastic audience, drawing theatregoers from the surrounding area and further afield.
We produce original work including new plays that often reflect life in South Gloucestershire, and fresh adaptations of classic texts. We won substantial Arts Council England funding to present our debut production, Engineers’ Blue in 2012, and for Deep Pit in 2014 – both plays by Adrian Harris drew on South Gloucestershire’s rich industrial heritage. For details of our productions to date, visit our Previously… page.
In autumn 2016 we decided we could better serve our audience as a touring company than by maintaining a permanent base. We’re setting out to reach more people in future by bringing our shows to venues around South Gloucestershire.
We’re taking another new direction in late 2016 with our first major theatre-in-education project. From South Gloucestershire to the Somme is a Heritage Lottery Fund financed initiative to develop and deliver a play based on the experiences of people from the county during the Battle of the Somme (1 July – 18 November 1916). We are working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, some of the area’s schools and heritage centres, and with the University of the West of England to gather material for the play. We will publish Adrian Harris’ completed script and distribute copies to schools as an enduring teaching resource.
We have also been active in introducing young people to the theatre arts with two access to drama workshops for Oldland Parish Council’s Youth Academy at The Batch Community Centre in Cadbury Heath.
New writing and Brass Works Theatre
All our productions to date have either been debuts of new work – including full-length plays and shows comprising short monologues or satirical comedy sketches – or new adaptations of classic texts written especially for Brass Works Theatre, and we are committed to producing work of this kind.
The majority of members of our creative team are active scriptwriters, and we have strong links with drama writers in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and beyond. While we source scripts mostly from this pool, we offer the occasional open opportunity to other writers to submit scripts for particular projects – please watch our social media feeds for news of these.
We do not have the resources to consider unsolicited script submissions, and cannot respond to requests for us to do so.