Meadows to Meaders

Meadows to Meaders 5: Fab Living on the Mead

Change of circumstances and venue for Meadows to Meaders 5: Fab Living on the Mead

Due to weather uncertainties, we have made the decision to move our performance of our Southmead soap opera indoors to the Greenway Centre.

There will be one performance only at 2.30pm on Saturday, May 18th.

Meadows to Meaders 5; Fab Living on the Mead 

The FREE show will be performed outdoors in Badocks Wood with the Tump as our stage, building dens on the site of the Bowness Gardens post-war pre fabs, recalling the lost village of Charlton and makeshift wartime kids’ cinema.


Bring your cushions, blankets and camping chairs to the Tump in Badocks Wood (enter from Doncaster Road)

Show times:   

  • 2.30pm matinee (this is a sign language interpreted performance)
  • 5.00pm evening performance

Although the show is free, to help us manage numbers, it is essential to book tickets.

Tickets available Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, Southmead, BS10 5PY

Telephone: 0117 9503335. Email:

Contact Ruth Myers on for more information or visit

Read about the new episode coming to Southmead on Saturday May 18th 2024.

Since 2016, Local Learning have been working in partnership with Southmead Development Trust, Bristol Old Vic and the local community to create the Southmead soap opera, Meadows to Meaders.

Co-written by community participants and shaped by Ruth Myers, the soap opera tells the story of two fictional families, the Meadows and the Meaders, as they grow up together on the estate from the 1930s to the 1970s.

The cast regularly come together and share stories of their own or explore ones we have collected from local residents. As everyone is talking and laughing over old times, a narrative emerges and our script starts to take shape, building on the wonderful characters and script created by Bea Roberts for the original M2M.

The first performance funded by Arts Council England, National Heritage Lottery, Historic England and Quartet Community Foundation was performed live in Ascot Road in 2017.

The 2nd episode (A New Direction) funded by Bristol City Council and Southmead Development Trust was performed at the Greenway Centre in March 2019.


The 3rd (Love on the Mead) funded by Arts Council was performed at the Greenway Centre in May 2022 and was accompanied by an exhibition of Southmead wedding stories.

A 4th episode (Southmead Cares) produced over Zoom during Lockdown was recorded and edited by BBC Radio Bristol as a radio play that was broadcast over four consecutive days in 2022.

Listen to cast member Deana Perry (aka Rose Meadows) talking with Emma Britton on Radio Bristol.


We are still collecting stories from people who have lived, worked and grown up in Southmead for our accompanying exhibition celebrating romances and unions from all the cultures that make Southmead what it is today.

If you have memories to share then we would love to hear from you.

Meadows to Meaders, 2017, photo copyright Paul Blakemore

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