Team Passion


Together4Bristol is a growing movement of churches, prayer groups, and networks across the whole, or spheres, of life. We want to transform Bristol Together. We long to see the whole Christian community working together in unity to be good news in the whole of life in the Bristol region. It was registered as a charity in 2006.

Revd. Chris Dobson is the driving force behind the project, and has united Together4Bristol with Producer, Holly Newton (Alma Tavern and Theatre, Schoolhouse Productions) and Director, Anna Friend (Quirky Bird Theatre, Schoolhouse Production, Bringing on the Change) and Community Producer, Carmen Carrol (St. Pauls Carnival, Patricia Rhema PR).

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Our Team

Anna Friend - Creative Director
Anna Friend is a Theatre Director, Author, Actor and Radio Presenter. She founded Quirky Bird Theatre in 2015 and is the Resident Director at The Alma Tavern & Theatre in Bristol. Her work has gained a reputation for powerful, naturalistic theatre alongside reworking classic texts to inspire new audiences. In 2016 she directed Wroughton Passion Play for Gatecrash Theatre. 

Holly Newton - Executive Producer
Holly is the Theatre Manager at the Alma Tavern Theatre in Bristol for the past 8 years and is Lead Producer for Schoolhouse Productions, the in house company at the Alma Tavern, which she runs with Anna Friend.  She has experience running many outdoor events as well as traditional theatre production.


Carmen Carrol - Community Producer
Carmen is a Certified Youth and Community Worker and an educator, who managed several clubs across the city. Carmen has a passion for Child welfare and racial justice. Her career took a natural turn into creative arts, working at Womad festival, Kuumba Arts Centre and St Paul’s Carnival. She now runs her Marketing and PR+ company Patricia Rhema and works with an array of artists and promoters from around the world.


Chris Dobson - Faith Consultant
Chris Dobson has been Ecumenical and Global Partnerships Adviser for the Diocese of Bristol since 2008 and has worked in partnership with a variety of churches and denominations across the region. He is currently vice-chair of Churches Together in Greater Bristol / Together 4 Bristol.