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A Look Back at Losing Our Britches

High Concept Drama in the West Country


Thursday 23 October 2008


7pm - 10pm


Chapel Arts Centre, Main Studio, Chapel Arts, Lower Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1QR, United Kingdom

As far as we're aware, nobody lost their britches. Apart from that, though, we think we can safely say that the event was a great success for the participants. Rather than us banging on any more about that, check out the piccies and comments from the participants themselves - shown below. 

We'd like to thank our panel who were Matthew Graham (co-creator of "Life on Mars" and "Ashes to Ashes"), Gavin Maxwell (producer and director of two programmes in the BBC2 "Wild China" series), and Max Newsom (director of "Plunge" featuring Kate Winslet and previous Head of Development for a $130m film fund in LA).

Thanks also to Martin Tompkins for the photography, The Blood Choir for the music, Thyme Events for the food, SuperMegaActionPlus for the video animations and Ross Jones for MC-ing.

The evening featured a mix of glorious food, great music, a fully licensed bar, carefully directed panel-led discussions, a networking game and relaxed socialising.


"I thought it was brilliant, just great - all the good things for an evening out. The speakers were so honest - willing to share their ups and downs. I particularly loved the mix of age groups. My husband's a lawyer and he also enjoyed it tremendously. I'm certainly going to be encouraging people to come along to future events."

Anita Tucker
Screenwriter, Café of Ideas Member


Lose the Britches panel event audience


"It was fantastic, I had a really enjoyable night. It was a great combination of entertainment and information. I liked hearing about the practicalities and pitfalls as well as the successes. Inspiring."

Richard Cross
Creative Writing Student, Café of Ideas Member



"I thought it was really good. What I valued most was hearing the truth from people in the business - from people that know. I also enjoyed the networking game. Generally, a good night out"

Ian Clutterbuck
Video Artist, Field Of Vision, Café of Ideas Member


Lose the Britches panel event audience II


"Café of Ideas has hit the bullseye if the first event is anything to go by. On offer was a classy, winning mix of entertainment - uplifting music, great food, fascinating topic and panel discussion, contemporary venue and interesting people - one of the best events in Bath I have ever been to."

Lizzie Davies
Originator of Candalas, Director of The Candala Project


Robin Maddicott, The Blood Choir

"The food was excellent. The speakers were excellent and really interesting. I liked the game - it was a good icebreaker. Very well put together. I enjoyed it."

Simon Capes
Actor, Founder of Emporium


"It was a really really good night. Really enjoyed it. Very interesting. I'm coming to the next one."

Martin Tompkins
Photographer, Café of Ideas Partner



Joe Mountain, The Blood Choir


"I thought it was very good, great. I felt too tired at first but the music got me in the mood and I really liked the format for the evening - music, film, panel event, networking game - it worked really well."

Matthew Nesbeth
Lifeguard, Aspiring Filmmaker


"Really enjoyed it! Had a very interesting time, will be putting all future dates firmly in the diary and will be passing the word around."

Karen Wilkinson
Full-time Mother, Café of Ideas Member, Founder of Present Sense


Ross Jones MC

"Café Of Ideas gave me a fantastic opportunity to network and at the same time made it a hell of a lot easier. As well as being a chance to socialise and appreciate some of the high calibre talent on my doorstep I also had the opportunity to learn from and tap into the knowledge of industry professionals."

James Deverell
Actor and Director

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