Calling the Shots and Wyldwood Arts present…The Road

Tickets are now available for the exciting Calling the Shots and Wyldwood Arts collaboration, The Road, a new community play about the people of Totterdown, set right in their front rooms!

Presented as part of the Totterdown Front Room Arts Trail, the plays explore the continuing impact of the car on residents of Totterdown, from three different eras, including the days of the 1960s demolitions. Using atmospheric, intimate locations and small audiences, the plays will work on a very human level.  Limited space so booking recommended.

Saturday 16 November at 12pm, 3pm & 5pm

Sunday 17 November at 12pm 3pm

Tickets available in person from Floriography or in person over the weekend of 16th-17th November from the Box Office in Zone A from 11am.

Please be mindful that the performance is taking place in people’s homes. Access might involve steps or stairs and there will be a short, steep walk between houses.

Also from the Road Project and partners…

138 Arts Collective and Totterdown Healing Spaces’ The Three Sisters- Lives Behind One Door: 

A true and raw exposition telling the stories of the lives and deaths of three women and their mum. True accounts, art and photographs.

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November 11-5pm

26 Firfield St, BS4 3AL

The Road Project’s Three Streets Open Air Museum:

Artwork by students from Hillcrest School, historical information and photos – all revealing the stories and ghosts of past residents. Thanks to the Knowle & Totterdown Local History Society.

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November

Firfield Frederick and Parliament Streets and at 49 Stanley Hill, BS4, 3BA

John O’Connor talk on the life and times of Totterdown ex-resident, and Victorian mass murderer, Amelia Dyer. In the late 19th century, Dyer was responsible for 400 infant deaths. Not for the faint hearted.

Saturday 16th November 7pm


Artist Catherine Knight will be running a FREE drop-in workshop for children and young people, based on old photos from the Road Project archive.

Saturday 16th November 12.30- 5.30pm

Totterdown Methodist Church Hall, Winton Lane, BS4 2AD
Some Background

Since 2018, Calling the Shots have been working with the Road Project, the 138 Arts Collective, Floriography, Hillcrest School, the University of Bristol’s Brigstowe Institute and the Knowle and Totterdown Local History Society to develop a community project exploring the experiences and lives of the people in this area of Bristol over the 150 years since its rapid development as an urban suburb, ½ mile from Temple Meads.

In the 1960s an ‘Inner Ring Road’ was proposed for Bristol and large swathes of Easton and Lawrence Hill were cleared to make way for a new dual carriageway which would join to the M32 motorway.

In Totterdown, around 500 houses and shops were demolished, and thousands of people displaced, but this section of the ring road was never built, leaving long lasting physical, social scars, and questions, for the community.

50 years later, new residents have arrived and some of the housing has been rebuilt.  There is a real sense of a community coming together to make sense of the past and the future, as new developments in Temple Quarter, St Phillips and on the Bath Road promise to redefine the area once again.

Rachel Adams from Wyldwood says: “I am thrilled that Wyldwood are involved in developing a new performance for The Road project, and delighted that we will be presenting the first performances at the Totterdown Arts Trail. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the lives of a community segregated by the unrealised Ring Road plans. The three site-specific monologues written by Mike Akers, will offer an insight into the lives of local people who are only now realising the full impact of what happened over 50 years ago. It’s a real privilege to be working with the community to help tell this story.”

Jeremy Routledge from Calling the Shots and the Road Project says: “It’s been fantastic meeting so many interesting people with such a passion for their neighbourhood.  We’ve been bowled over by the contributions of Totterdown people past and present, their insight and knowledge, their photos, their memories and their engagement in the future of the place”