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The Southmead Soap

A large scale site specific soap opera telling the stories of the Southmead estate in Bristol performed by the residents; a Bristol Old Vic theatre and Mysers-Insole Local Learning production for July 2017.

From the Homes for Heroes of the 1930s’ through to the devastation of WW2 air raids, from 1950s’ Teddy Boys to the new career girls of the 1960s’ the Southmead Soap follows the fortunes of the fictional Meadows and Meaders families in snapshots over 3 decades. 

Directed by Lisa Gregan, produced by Lucy Hunt. 

More details and performance info here 

The Southmead Soap is just one part of the Meadows to Meaders project which also includes: 

  • Bristol University and innovative film and media production company, Calling the Shots to creating a documentary that captures the history of the neighbourhood.
  • Inspirational cookery company, Travelling Kitchen to cook meals together and see what we can learn from recipes from the 1930s about healthy eating today. Further details here.
  • Multi-media producer, Tot Foster creating an exhibition based on objects provided by residents that reveal Southmead’s history. 

Meadows to Meaders is funded byArts Council, Heritage Lottery, Historic England and Quartet Community Foundation, #Fourteen.