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Bristol Old Vic today announced an ambitious series of digital work that will run from February to May to keep people entertained during spring and beyond, enabling stories to be shared and creativity to blossom in new ways.
Amanda Adams, Head of Communications said:
“It’s a big world out there, but our individual worlds can feel quite small at the moment. What we notice is that theater helps to open that world, celebrate the important things and cherish the moments of joy that we find in connection. that maybe sitting as a family on a Friday night catching swallows and amazons (PJ’s and popcorn essential) or getting together with friends at a Sherlock in Homes Zoom party, or maybe just taking an hour off to explore Five Beautiful Things from a inspiring artist and see what digital moments have inspired them. We hope that this next season of work, by taking advantage of every digital option we can get our hands on, will bring us all a little closer together and let us see how far we’ve come. “
Bristol Old Vic‘s hugely successful On Demand season of previous hit productions has been watched by over 25,000 people to date and will be extended through the end of April 2021. This selection of favorite shows was the first “box set” of previous productions to be made available at and includes Messiah, Swallows and Amazons, The Grinning Man, The Night That Autumn Turned to Winter and A Christmas Carol.
To celebrate this expansion, a series of free, interactive live events will also take place this spring. Including The Music of Messiah Q&A with Messiah director Tom Morris and the founder and director of the Erubus Ensemble Tom Williams (February 26); live talk about creating a musical with Swallows and Amazon’s writer Helen Edmondson and composer Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy) in March (live from Ireland, guitar in hand); in April, The Grinning Man event with puppet designers Gyre & Gimble exploring both the show and the extraordinary array of fan art that inspired it. All free for anyone who wants to discover how the productions came about.
Special events for the spring include the 2020 lockdown, one night only Desert Island Theater with Toby Jones exploring the productions and theaters that have impacted his extraordinary career. Released April 19-28 to watch On Demand.
As of March 22, for a limited edition of four weeks, the original 2015 Bristol Old Vic production of Pink Mist will be available upon request. A watershed production for the theater and its role within its community, was co-directed by George Mann and John Retallack who created a “fluid, dream-like production” (The Telegraph) in a production that was hailed as “heartbreaking” (The Guardian). With a cast included Erin Doherty (The Crown) in her first professional production, Owen Sheers’ deep-seated poem about the impact of war on military personnel and their families searing to life on stage. March 21, Olivier Award winner Giles Terera stars in his own debut piece The Meaning of Zong about the infamous massacre aboard the slave ship Zong in 1781, and how unveiling the story spurred the UK’s growing Abolition movement. Originally developed by Bristol Old Vic and The National Theater, it was presented as a rehearsed lecture by Bristol Old Vic in 2018. This new broadcast from BBC Radio3 is also available Samuel West and Akiya Henry and is a collaboration between Bristol Old Vic and Jonx Productions. The Meaning of Zong will be part of BBC Lights Up – ‘illuminating’ venues and studios across the UK by supporting hard-hit organizations and artists and ensuring that audiences at home continue to have the opportunity to enjoy theater on BBC platforms .Bristol Dance Company Impermanence is putting together two dance programs for April and May. The first is a collection of film-made works by some of the most exciting dance artists, from the UK and beyond. The second will be a documentary about the research and creation of a new Impermanence film, which will be shot in Bristol Old Vic this spring before they hit the digital stage. More details will follow in the coming weeks. In addition to these productions, there is something really alive in the heart. A monthly event, The Gathering provides an online space for some of Bristol and the UK’s best loved artists to perform and have a little chat with the audience that is at the heart of everything we do. Part cabaret, part talk, The Gathering will cover a range of art forms, from established legends in their field to new, emerging talent and everything in between. Beginning March 11 with theater kings Siân Phillips and Michael Byrne, Bristol artist Travis Alabanza, co-stars of The Grinning Man, Louis Maskell and Audrey Brisson, and Broadway and West End sensation mind reader Chris CoxThese special events tie in with the previously announced digital production The Picture of Dorian Gray (March 16-31). Produced by the Laurence Batley Theater in Huddersfield and the Barn Theater in Cirencester. Now on sale.
Within the Digital Studio program announced today, there are collaborations with part of Bristol Old Vic‘s partners in the city and beyond. From March 4-6, audiences in Bristol can enjoy Fuel’s antidote to isolation, Love Letters at Home, created by Uninvited Guests. Different every night, song initiations and stories are collected from the audience and presented together as an intimate, joyful and collective declaration of love.
Bristol Old Vic also organizes Swimming Home by Silvia Mercuriali (March 16-20). This new kind of performance brings a fully immersive theater experience into people’s homes and transforms their bathroom into a cinematic water world. While Diverse City presents a short film from the team behind the Offie-nominated play Mid Life, performed in Bristol Old Vic‘s Weston Studio in 2019. Mid Life: The Skin We’re In (March 8-15) is a poetic take on how to celebrate, survive and thrive in your own skin.In addition to these new announcements, Bristol-based Sharp Teeth continues to drive audiences into their groundbreaking Zoom world of mystery with their latest case, Sherlock in Homes: Murder on Ice. Their first mystery has already reached more than 4,000 people via lockdown and will continue to play alongside the new episode. Now on sale.
Throughout the spring, a new project called Five Beautiful Things will shed light on the inspiring digital content accessible for free from artists working in the UK and abroad – collected each month by a different Associate Artist of Bristol. Old VicStarting on March 15th with a series of “beautiful things” curated by Olivier Award-winning Hamilton star and playwright Giles Terera
During the last 11 months of lockdown and isolation, Bristol Old VicThe powerful engagement team has created a myriad of resources for schools and home learning, as well as providing inspiration and creative opportunities to anyone who wants to keep their own creative spark. This spring, the Engagement team is launching a series of free workshops called Let’s … for anyone curious about the world of theater making, regardless of age or experience.
The first six workshops will include three taster sessions for anyone interested in joining a Young Company group (suitable for ages 5-14), followed by workshops for anyone curious or in the early stages of a career in the field. making theater with: An introduction to Drag and Cabaret Performance, How to Build a Design-Led Rehearsal Process and a final two-part workshop Empowering Black Female-Identifying Voices to claim theater Spaces. Additional workshops will be available throughout the spring with more to be announced next month.
Read more at www.bristololdvic.org.uk