Under Stokes Croft

Toured 2011/12

Unknown to most, there is a large, clumsy, furry orange monster living in Stokes Croft, Bristol’s dilapidated, graffiti-scrawled cultural quarter. By day, he watches over its people and records their stories. By night, he wanders alone and paints their dreams. Or nightmares.

A live graphic novel with stop-motion animation, Under Stokes Croft takes inspiration from Dylan Thomas’ legendary Under Milk Wood to document 24-and-a-bit hours in the life of Bristol’s own Bohemia, centering around the infamous night of 21st April 2011, the Tesco riots.

Expect fires, fears, flights and top-notch veggie burgers.

Illustrated by Hannah Jane Copestake

Developed in partnership with Bristol Ferment

Ages 14+


“Dean conjures up his own unique world of savage urban poetry”

The Public Reviews

“Dean’s work feels honest, heartfelt, and of someone who cares about what’s happening to his area”


“Left the audience by turns thinking philosophically and laughing out loud”

Bristol Theatre Review