W.E. Irish announce free theatre-writing workshop

W.E. Irish announce free theatre-writing workshop

Posted on: 13 Mar 2023

West of England Irish’s inaugural CultureFest is taking place this month – and they’ve announced a theatre-writing workshop to go with it this Wednesday.

W.E. Irish (formerly the Bristol Irish Society) are starting a new tradition this month – the W.E. Irish CultureFest. Having started last Friday, the 10th of March, the CultureFest continues to the 19th, culminating in the Bristol Irish community’s classic parade & party.

As part of the festivities, local theatre company Show of Strength Theatre (best known for their immersive history ‘theatre walks’ like Blood & Butchery in Bedminster) are hosting a completely free workshop on writing for theatre.

Reviving the concept of their hit workshop series Trading Local, Show of Strength have said they want to “develop and produce a range of scripts for performance, based on the stories and experiences of Bristol’s Irish community.”

No experience is required, this is a workshop open to beginners and professionals alike – and you don’t need to book either. Attendees will be invited to explore writing their own 5 minute monologue with examples & writing exercises.

The session will also act as a taster for a performance project in 2024 – so this is a great chance whether you’re just interested in dipping your toe in, or are looking for a way to get seriously involved with Bristol’s theatre community.



Whoever you are, this is a free, no-strings-attached workshop that anybody is sure to get something out of. As Sheila Hannon, creative producer of Show of Strength, puts it: “Whoever comes are the Right People”!

Show of Strength’s writing workshop takes place this Wednesday, 15 March, from 18:00-20:00, at The Boardroom on St Nicholas Street. As mentioned, no booking is required – just turn up!

The W.E. Irish CultureFest is already in swing, and continues until the Sunday 19 March. For more information, check out the full programme of events here.

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Patrick Bate

Patrick is a filmmaker with so much Bristol in his blood the white blood cells are graffiti'd. Educated at the Northern Film School in Leeds, he’s returned home to be a Videographer and Reviewer for 365Bristol and BARBI. When he’s not messing about with cameras, he enjoys playing guitar, spending far too much time on tabletop RPGs, and being an awful snob about cider. Have a look at his work here, or get in touch at patrickb@365bristol.com.