“Brave Bold Drama connects with its audience and has great outreach. Doing something positive. A very impressive organisation.” Bristol Life Awards 2017 Judges Arts Winner Makers of award-winning theatre


Gill Simmons

Artistic Director

“I am passionate about sharing the transformative power of drama and theatre with everyone. I believe it can inspire, amaze and inform people about themselves, others and the world we live in.” Gill has worked in theatre and drama all her life. After gaining an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway in 2001 she became a secondary drama teacher and worked in education until 2013. She established Brave Bold Drama in 2013 and became a freelance drama practitioner, delivering workshops initially in children’s centres, schools and care homes. In 2015 Brave Bold Drama became a theatre company and has been a registered Community Interest Company since 2017. Gill writes music for the company’s productions and is instrumental in devising new work. She also develops Brave Bold Drama’s community and education outreach. Gill also works as a composer and musician, working as an Associate Artist for Bath-based Kilter Theatre Company on many of their “Unsung” community projects

Paul Lawless

“Introduction to theatre at a young age can enhance their imagination, stimulate creative development and facilitate social integration.”

Paul is an award-winning Actor/Deviser & Singer based in Bristol who hails from Dorset. Having worked extensively as an Actor over the past few years featuring in classical, new writing and devised theatre productions he also facilitates workshops in Drama & Singing for children. He specialises delivering Drama sessions to young adults and adults with learning disabilities.

Paul met Gill on The Unimaginable’s children’s theatre production Fade Away at the Ustinov Theatre in Bath, a piece which explored Norse mythology and ancient Scandinavian folklore. They then wrote/devised Alf the Highwayman which has toured the South West extensively since last March and won several accolades. Paul also wrote the premise for their follow-up production George & the Flight of the Imaginees. Through his extensive experience within the realms of live performance, he recognises that the magic you help generate through theatre creates cherished memories which remain embedded in a child’s consciousness for a long time

Mark Riden

Sound and Lighting Design Tour Operator

Mark has worked with Brave Bold Drama since the beginning of 2017, having joined them for the re-tour of Alf the Highwayman throughout the South West of England. Alongside his work with Brave Bold Drama he has also collaborated with fellow Bristol-based companies Frenetic Fox and Sharp Teeth Theatre. He toured nationwide with Frenetic Fox for their debut show Appily Ever After and assists Sharp Teeth as technician for their monthly scratch nights at the Wardrobe Theatre. He is also joining Red Rope Theatre for their upcoming adaptation of the Henry James classic Turn of the Screw at the Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol

Associate Artists

Evan Roberts

Associate Filmmaker

As a Filmmaker, Evan has experience making his own films in addition to working for clients. He is compelled to storytelling, so his work alongside Brave Bold Drama is a natural fit. Evan has been lucky enough to work with clients telling their existing stories. By being involved with these projects he enriches the storytelling by demonstrating new forms of presenting the content and utilising these methods to explore the central themes in further depth. He uses old and new techniques/technologies to inform and reinforce his work, aiming to create films that inspire.

Oliver Harris

Associate Actor, Deviser

Oliver Harris is an actor from Bristol, who specialises in devised and physical theatre. He graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2016, and also studied puppetry and alternative theatre at DAMU, in Prague. During his time in the Czech Republic, he toured a puppetry show to a number of festivals across the country. In 2016, he also collaboratively devised a piece entitled Et In Arcadia Ego with Andrzej & Teresa Welminski, two key members of Tadeusz Kantor’s original company (Cricot 2). Oliver is currently working on a number of various performance projects in the south of England.