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Pictures of Bristol Old Vic’s new Heritage Experience released

Bristol Old Vic's new Heritage Experience

The final piece of Bristol Old Vic’s radical reinvention will fall into place this weekend (10–11 Nov) with the launch of its brand new interactive heritage experience. The fascinating history of Bristol Old Vic, the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world, will be brought to life in a collaboration with Bristol Archives and the University of Bristol Theatre Collection as the theatre unveils a host of experiences and attractions, supported by the National Lottery.

Over the upcoming weekend, Bristol Old Vic will introduce its new interactive experiences, exhibition spaces, tours and workshops that tell the story of this iconic theatre over the last 252 years. After a launch event on the evening of 9 Nov, general public will able to access all heritage has to offer from 8am, Saturday 10 Nov every day of the week, during the theatre’s opening hours. Booking is only required for Guided Tours which will take place twice weekly. With stunning video projections, an immersive augmented reality experience and fully redesigned public areas within the theatre, it will become one of Bristol’s key visitor destinations with something for everyone.

The final piece of Bristol Old Vic’s radical reinvention will fall into place this weekend (10–11 Nov) with the launch of its brand new interactive heritage experience. The fascinating history of Bristol Old Vic, the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world, will be brought to life in a collaboration with Bristol Archives and the University of Bristol Theatre Collection as the theatre unveils a host of experiences and attractions, supported by the National Lottery.

Over the upcoming weekend, Bristol Old Vic will introduce its new interactive experiences, exhibition spaces, tours and workshops that tell the story of this iconic theatre over the last 252 years. After a launch event on the evening of 9 Nov, general public will able to access all heritage has to offer from 8am, Saturday 10 Nov every day of the week, during the theatre’s opening hours. Booking is only required for Guided Tours which will take place twice weekly. With stunning video projections, an immersive augmented reality experience and fully redesigned public areas within the theatre, it will become one of Bristol’s key visitor destinations with something for everyone.

From 8am, 10 November, there will be a host of heritage experiences included in your visit to Bristol Old Vic, to make it even more memorable…

An Audience with the Past
See characters, playbills and posters from the past 250 years side by side for the very first time.
Designed and installed by Emily Ketteringham

The House is Open!
Watch the original Theatre wall transform before your eyes in this exclusive pre-show mapped projection film, marking the architectural changes of our building.
Designed in collaboration between Aardman and Limbic Cinema

Noises Off: 250 Years of Sound Technology in the Theatre
Learn the tricks of the trade and become a theatre technician in our interactive corridor, and sneak a peek at our 18th-century sound equipment: the Thunder Run.
Designed by Joe Ravenhill of 2FeetBelow

A Window to the Past
Step back in time and explore different parts of the Foyer across four time periods with our immersive augmented reality experience.
Designed in collaboration between Limbic Cinema and ZubrVR

Trials and Triumphs: 250 Years of Bristol Old Vic
An historic illustrated timeline of our Theatre’s history.
Designed and painted by Hana Sunny Whaler

A Touch of History
Discover famous faces, past productions and show material using our digital archive interface.
Software designed by Nick Harpley of Saztooma

King Street: From Marsh to Metropolis
Uncover local legends and the rise and fall of King Street in our graffiti-style timeline.
Designed and painted by Bex Glover

Limelight
Created by our talented Made in Bristol company, Limelight tours will offer a chance to meet some of the famous figures from the theatre’s history face-to-face!

Listings Information:
Heritage Launch
Building-wide
Sat 10 – Sun 11 Nov
10am – 8pm

An Audience with the Past
See characters, playbills and posters from the past 250 years side by side for the very first time.
Designed and installed by Emily Ketteringham

The House is Open!
Watch the original Theatre wall transform before your eyes in this exclusive pre-show mapped projection film, marking the architectural changes of our building.
Designed in collaboration between Aardman and Limbic Cinema

Noises Off: 250 Years of Sound Technology in the Theatre
Learn the tricks of the trade and become a theatre technician in our interactive corridor, and sneak a peek at our 18th-century sound equipment: the Thunder Run.
Designed by Joe Ravenhill of 2FeetBelow

A Window to the Past
Step back in time and explore different parts of the Foyer across four time periods with our immersive augmented reality experience.
Designed in collaboration between Limbic Cinema and ZubrVR

Trials and Triumphs: 250 Years of Bristol Old Vic
An historic illustrated timeline of our Theatre’s history.
Designed and painted by Hana Sunny Whaler

A Touch of History
Discover famous faces, past productions and show material using our digital archive interface.
Software designed by Nick Harpley of Saztooma

King Street: From Marsh to Metropolis
Uncover local legends and the rise and fall of King Street in our graffiti-style timeline.
Designed and painted by Bex Glover

Limelight
Created by our talented Made in Bristol company, Limelight tours will offer a chance to meet some of the famous figures from the theatre’s history face-to-face!

Listings Information:
Heritage Launch
Building-wide
Sat 10 – Sun 11 Nov
10am – 8pm

The Legend and the Legacy: Olivier Award-winning play The Mountaintop comes to Bristol

Gbolahan Obisesan
Gbolahan Obisesan

Gbolahan Obisesan

Bristol Old Vic presents The Mountaintop as part of its continued commitment to re-examining Bristol’s relationship with the past, highlighted through the theatre’s ongoing Year of Change.

Following a sell-out run at the Young Vic theatre in 2016, Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winning play The Mountaintop has embarked on a 7–venue UK tour, with Bristol Old Vic’s new Weston Studio marking its penultimate stop from 21–24 Nov. The production received rave reviews and was most recently commended for being a “skilled examination of the issues of racism that still linger in today’s world; a reminder of the beliefs that spurred on the fight, and the work that must carry on.” (Broadway World, ★★★★).

Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, premièred at Theatre503 in 2009, then transferred to the West End in 2010 and won the Olivier Award for Best New Play. Following its West End run, the play opened on Broadway in October 2011 to critical acclaim.

This Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Reading Rep and Desara Bosnja co-production is directed by JMK Award 2016 Winner Roy Alexander Weiseand offers an intimate look into the hours before Martin Luther King Jr.’s death.

After delivering his famous “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech, Dr King goes to Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel to rest, before another long day of campaigning. With a storm raging outside, a maid, Camae, arrives to deliver his cup of coffee and his world is spun on its axis.

The Mountaintop chips away at the myth of the great man to expose his fears about his family, his country and the ever-looming threat of violent death. Set during the height of America’s Civil Rights Movement, Katori Hall’s sharp and powerful play confronts his legend and his legacy. Are we really free or do we live in a world of false liberation?

Gbolahan Obisesan played Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Young Vic’s original 2016 production and is now reviving the role on tour. As an actor, his theatre credits also include The Bird Woman Of Lewisham (Arcola Theatre), The Inspectors Call (Etcetera Theatre), Concrete Jungle, Piano Forte (Courtyard Theatre), Holyland (Edinburgh/Pleasance/Lyric Hammersmith), The Arbitrary Adventures Of An Accidental Terrorist (Lyric Hammersmith), A Midsummer Night’s DreamOedipus The King and A Hip-Hop Musical (Bloomsbury Theatre). Television credits include Forty-something; Watch over Me!; and short film credits include The Good Sonand Beyond the Blade. Obisesan is also a playwright and director.

Rochelle Rose plays Camae. Her theatre credits include Cinderella (Oxford Playhouse), The Winter’s Tale (The Orange Tree Theatre), Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (The Jack Studio Theatre), One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Eclipse Theatre/Kiln Theatre) and Their Eyes Were Watching God. Television credits include Lawful Killing (BBC One); Hood Documentary (BBC Three/Fudge Park Productions) and short films include Pipe Up (Company of Angels) and Ghosts (Identity Filmworks).

Katori Hall is an Olivier Award-winning playwright. Her other work includes Tina Turner the Musical, the award-wining Hurt VillageHoodoo LoveRemembrance, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning and Pussy Valley, which is being adapted into a TV series for US network STARZ.

Roy Alexander Weise is the 19th annual winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin Award and an Associate Director at Harts Theatre Company. His theatre credits include Nine Night (National Theatre & West End transfer), Jekyll and Hyde (National Youth Theatre), Dead Don’t Floss (National Theatre), The Ugly One (Park Theatre), The Dark (Ovalhouse), Primetime(Royal Court Theatre), Stone Face (Finborough Theatre) and Br’er Cotton(Theatre503).

★★★★★ City A.M. ★★★★★ Auditorium Mag
★★★★ The Times ★★★★ Evening Standard ★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ What’s On Stage ★★★★ The Stage ★★★★ Time Out

Listings information:
The Mountaintop
The Weston Studio
Wed 21 Nov – Sat 24 Nov
3pm, 8pm
From £18
Ages 14+

Cast announced for Olivier Award-Winner Giles Terera’s workshop performance of his brand-new play

The Meaning of Zong
The Meaning of Zong

The Meaning of Zong

Hamilton’s Olivier Award-winning actor Giles Terera will present his new play The Meaning of Zong on Bristol Old Vic’s stage this Thursday (11 Oct) for a one-night-only workshop performance. The piece examines the massacre aboard the slave ship Zong in 1781 and the repercussions of these events, which influenced the growing abolition movement in the UK. This rehearsed reading will be followed by a free post-show talk with Giles Terera, Tom Morris and the cast.

Jointly commissioned by the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic, this October marks the first public sharing of The Meaning of Zong ahead of the play being fully staged in 2019.

Giles Terera is an acclaimed actor, musician and filmmaker, currently starring as Aaron Burr in the UK production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton – The Musical, for which he won the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. The Meaning of Zong is his debut play. Previous theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice (Globe Theatre and International Tour), The Book of Mormon (West End) and Hamlet (National Theatre). Giles is joined by a stellar cast from stage and screen.

Danny Sapani is known on television screens for his appearances in HarlotsPenny DreadfulMisfitsThe Crown, and Broken. His film credits include Danny Boyle’s Trance and The Siege of Jadotville, alongside blockbusters such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Panther. Danny’s extensive theatre work includes numerous productions at the National Theatre, including the leading role of Ephraim in the critically acclaimed Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, as Jason in Medea opposite Helen McCrory and as Tshembe Matoseh in Les Blancsdirected by Yael Farber. His other theatre credits include; Wig Out at The Royal Court, the title role in Out of Joint’s production of MacbethTo the Green Fields Beyond at the Donmar Warehouse and Brutus in Julius Caesar at The Globe Theatre.

Bristol-based actor Tristan Sturrock also joins the cast. His previous theatre credits at Bristol Old Vic include Handel’s MessiahThe Little MermaidPeter PanCoram BoyTreasure IslandJuliet and her Romeo and Far Away. He has been a performer with renowned theatre company Kneehigh for 30 years and toured the UK as Maxim de Winter in Emma Rice’s Rebecca. Television credits include PoldarkThree Girls and Death in Paradise for the BBC as well as The Crown (Netflix). Film credits include Disney’s recent feature film Christopher Robin.

Enyi Okoronkwo, who most recently played Trofimov in Michael Boyd’s The Cherry Orchard at Bristol Old Vic, joins the workshop ensemble. He currently stars as James in the upcoming Netflix production Giri/Haji. Enyi’s previous theatre credits include Talc in Headlong and Bristol Old Vic’s Junkyard and Luke in Rufus Norris’ wonder.land (National Theatre).

The Meaning of Zong marks the welcome return of Akiya Henry to Bristol Old Vic, where her credits include Swallows and Amazons, Medea and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Akiya has also recently played Olivia in Twelfth Night at The Globe and performed in Emma Rice’s The Little Matchgirl.

Georgia Frost and John Leader return to the Bristol Old Vic stage having recently completed a run as Sully and Harry respectively in Sally Cookson’s critically acclaimed A Monster Calls. Georgia trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where she performed in 13 at Tobacco Factory Theatres and Crave at The Wardrobe Theatre and has since appeared in Theatre Royal Bath’s Little Mermaid. John’s theatre credits include War Horse and Peter Pan (National Theatre), Romeo in Orange Tree Theatre’s Romeo and JulietFour Season: A Reimagining (The Globe) andThe Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (Leeds Playhouse).

The cast also includes Emmanuelle Cole and Tom Byam-Shaw. Emmanuelle’s theatre credits span An Octoroon (National Theatre), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (National Theatre), Kingdom Come (RSC) and The Iliad at the Edinburgh Lyceum, for which she was nominated for Best Female Performance at the Critic’s Award for Theatre in Scotland in 2016. Tom has appeared as Franz Kafka in the TV Series Genius and Wafiq in FX’s Tyrant. His theatre credits include Tender Napalm at Southwark Playhouse and The Tempest at Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Finally, the cast is rounded off with Michael Balogun and Simon Holland Roberts. Michael is a recent graduate of RADA. His theatre credits include Macbeth (National Theatre) and People, Places and Things UK Tour (Headlong). Simon is currently working as Artistic Director for ‘Unbind The Wing’ and has previously appeared in several productions at Theatr Clwyd, including The Taming of the ShrewGlengarry Glen RossHamlet and All My Sons.

Musician Michael Henry accompanies the workshop performance. He is a vocalist, composer, educator and music director who works across genres and disciplines. Trained as a clarinettist and composer at the Royal College of Music, he moved into work as a backing vocalist for international stars Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Barry Manilow and the Pet Shop Boys. Recent major compositions include his opera Circus Tricks for Tête à Tête, Rocket Symphonyfor Linz: European Capital of Culture, and Stand for BBC Proms.

Listings Information:
The Meaning of Zong
Written by Giles Terera
Bristol Old Vic
Thu 11 Oct, 7:30pm
£12–£10

Bristol Old Vic welcome to the whole community grows with ‘Seeds of Change’ week celebrating black voices and empowerment

Seeds Of Change Week

Bristol Old Vic continues its mission to welcome people from across the city through its brand-new front doors. Seeds of Change (8–12 Oct), is a week of performance, events and discussions sharing stories of black experience and empowerment.

Within the context of Bristol’s Year of Change, Seeds of Change is a curated week of work investigating the mechanisms through which radical social change is, or might be, achieved in Bristol’s Past, Present and Future.

Throughout the week, Tom Morris and Olivier-Award winning Giles Terera(Hamilton: The Musical) will be exploring a new draft of Giles’ debut play about the Abolition movement, The Meaning of Zong, ahead of the play being fully staged at Bristol Old Vic in 2019. The results of these workshops will be shared on the evening of Thu 11 Oct.

Alongside this event will be a host of conversations, performances and films including the return of Miles Chambers and Edson Burton with their much-loved Curry Goat and Fish Fingers. First performed in 2016 across three sell-out nights, this funny, sharp, lyrical exploration of the highs and lows of friendship, writing and the forces that drive creativity returns to Bristol Old Vic’s new Weston Studio – a little darker, a little sharper, a little more salt peppering the humour.

For two nights only on the main stage, Phoenix Dance Theatre present their critically acclaimed smash-hit Windrush: Movement of the People, a lively celebration of the rise of multicultural Britain. Featuring an uplifting soundtrack from calypso, jazz and blues to ska, gospel and reggae, this thrilling new dance piece celebrates the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush that brought the first Caribbean migrants to the UK.

Across six nights, the short film Daughters of Igbo Woman will also be shown in Coopers’ Loft as a free event. Daughters of Igbo Woman is a transnational digital installation comprising a trilogy of literary films made in UK, Nigeria and Nevis respectively. It re-joins and gives voice to three separated and rendered invisible 18th century African women from one family. Nigerian writer Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo creates the grandmother’s voice, African British writer Ros Martin creates the daughter’s voice, and St Kitts & Nevis writer & film-maker Vida Rawlins creates the mother’s voice. There is also the chance to meet the Producer/Director Ros Martin on Wed 10 Oct for a Q&A after the film.

This week will culminate in a grand finale event: 50 Voices for Change, on Fri 12 Oct. 50 Voices for Change will be a celebration of free-wheeling conversational cabaret, of glorious music and powerful speeches from the history of civil rights, alongside personal moments of inspiration from Bristol artists of real vision from across a wide range of genres.

50 Voices for Change also marks 50 years of civil-rights activism since the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. Once again ‘50 Voices’ are brought to the stage to give their personal testimony about what social activism means to them and how they use their work and art to make change happen. Contributors include poetry slam champion and Bristol City Poet Vanessa Kisuule, poet and founder of Milk Poetry Malaika Kegode, performance poet Soloman O.B., singer-songwriter and Ujima Radio broadcaster Kizzy Morrell, Bristol-born singers Lady Nade and Dionne Draper and one of the newest additions to Bristol’s choral scene: Sønder Choir.  More artists to be announced next week.

50 Voices for Change is created in partnership with Ujima Radio, celebrating their 10th anniversary and following on from the 2015 event 50 Voices for Malcolm X, which featured local artists and activists (including both Bristol’s Lord and Elected Mayors Cleo Lake and Marvin Rees and spoken word artists Miles Chambers and Edson Burton).

LISTINGS INFORMATION:
Seeds of Change schedule
Mon 8 Oct
Daughters of Igbo Woman

6pm, free, Coopers’ Loft
Curry Goat and Fish Fingers
7.30pm, £8, Studio

Tue 9 Oct 
Daughters of Igbo Woman
6pm, free, Coopers’ Loft
Curry Goat and Fish Fingers
7.30pm, £8, Studio
Windrush: Movement of the People
8pm, £20-£12, Theatre

Wed 10 Oct  
Daughters of Igbo Woman
6pm, free, Coopers’ Loft
Meet the Producer (Ros Martin)
6.30pm, free, Cooper’s Loft
Windrush: Movement of the People
8pm, £20-£12, Theatre

Thur 11 Oct
Daughters of Igbo Woman
6pm, free, Coopers’ Loft
The Meaning of Zong play reading
7.30pm, £12-£10, Theatre

Fri 12 Oct     
Daughters of Igbo Woman
6pm, free, Coopers’ Loft
Voices for Change
7.30pm, £15-£12, Theatre

To book tickets:
www.bristololdvic.org.uk / 0117 987 7877

Smash-hit Twelfth Night comes to Bristol Old Vic

Twelfth Night
Shakespeare’s most loved comedy is heading to Bristol Old Vic (17 Oct – 17 Nov), following a trailblazing run at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. After Bristol Old Vic’s first collaboration with the Royal Lyceum, the smash-hit, five-star sensation Touching The Void (“Tom Morris’ most accomplished project since War Horse” – The Telegraph, ★ ★ ★ ★ ★), Twelfth Night marks the two leading theatres’ second co-production. Lyceum Associate Artist Wils Wilson (The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Heart) directs this “hedonistic house party” (The Guardian, ★ ★ ★ ★) with “visual richness, passion, poetry and thought” (The Scotsman, ★ ★ ★ ★).

This celebration of love in all its forms tells the story of Viola and her twin as they wash up on the shores of Illyria, sparking a gender-bending night of mischief and mayhem. Desire and grief collide in a heady cocktail as hidden emotions are aroused in a quartet of lovers. But their frivolity is tinged with cruelty, as the puritanical Malvolio – transformed for a time into a Technicolor alter-ego – is humiliated and abandoned; a man marooned, left behind by a generation he will never understand.

The bacchanalian shenanigans use Welsh Music Prize winner Meilyr Jones’ bold and beautiful compositions as their engine, intertwining early music with contemporary tones. The cast includes multi-award winning performer and writer Christopher Green as Malvolio, Lisa Dwyer Hogg (People, Places and Things, Silent Witness) as Olivia and Guy Hughes (The Little Match Girl) as Andrew Aguecheek.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “A triumph of the psychedelic imagination” (The List)
★ ★ ★ ★ Magnificent… powerful and hugely entertaining.” (The Stage)
★ ★ ★ ★ A groovy kind of love awaits” (The Herald)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A roaring success” (Just For Culture)

Bristol hosts third City Conversation to address racial inequality in the city

City Conversation
City Conversation

City Conversation

At 6.30pm on Wed 26 September, the third City Conversation addressing Bristol’s reputation as a racially divided city will begin at Cotham School.

Responding to the Runnymede Trust report of 2017, which stated Bristol was “the most segregated core city in the UK”, three Bristol institutions – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Post and Ujima Radio –announced four far-reaching City Conversations to take place in venues across the city, culminating in a final discussion at Bristol Old Vic in the New Year.

The first City Conversation took place in May at Bristol’s City Academy, located in Easton and Lawrence Hill, part of Bristol’s inner city with a 59.6% BME population. It was attended by over 200 people and asked the question How can we make racial segregation a thing of the past in Bristol? City Conversation II took place in a demographically different part of the city – Withywood, with a 5% BME population. The question What does racial inequality have to do with South Bristol? was asked, as new voices and opinions joined those of the first conversation.

Action points that came from the first two conversations were far-reaching and have been developed into four initial pledges as a commitment to create lasting change in the city:

  • Create a Bristol Curriculum to tell Bristol’s history truthfully and without bias, and provide better educational outcomes.

  • Achieve better representation at board/governance level.

  • Tackle employment inequality to achieve better representation in the general workplace.

  • Find a way to commemorate the city’s relationship with the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

City Conversation III will ask what is missing, how to turn these pledges into realistic action plans, who has to be persuaded in order to make change happen, and what resources might be required.

These City Conversations are Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Post and Ujima Radio’s response to the 2017 Runnymede Trust report which stated that Bristol was the most segregated core city in the UK.

City Conversation III is open to all ages, backgrounds and views. It is a free event, with a crèche provided and free tea/coffee available. The conversation will be BSL interpreted.

Bristol. It’s Your City. Your Voice.
The online conversation continues between City Conversations at: facebook.com/groups/949061235268084/
#CityConversations | @BristolOldVic | @BristolLive | @Ujimaradio

Venue:
COTHAM SCHOOL
Cotham Lawn Road, Bristol BS6 6DT
Wednesday 26 Sep at 6.30pm (Doors 6pm)

FREE, but ticketed
A crèche will be available
The conversation will be BSL interpreted.

How to take part:
You can book your place at the third conversation in the following ways:
Online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/your-city-your-voice-making-change-real-tickets-47923939794?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
By phone: 0117 987 7877 (Bristol Old Vic Box Office)

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New images reveal dramatic transformation at Bristol Old Vic, UK’s oldest continuously-working theatre

New tour dates announced for Tom Morris’ production of Touching the Void

Touching Void
Touching Void

Touching Void

Producers today announced that following the previously advertised dates, Tom Morris’ production of Touching The Void will tour to Perth and Inverness in Scotland, followed by an international engagement in Hong Kong.

Bristol Old Vic’s Tom Morris (The Grinning Man, Swallows & Amazons, War Horse) directs the first stage version of Touching the Void, adapted by The Lyceum’s David Greig (The Events, The Suppliant Women, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) from the award-winning memoir by Joe Simpson, which also became a BAFTA-winning film. They are joined by Designer Ti Green, Sound Designer and Composer Jon Nicholls, Lighting Designer Chris Davey and Movement Director Sascha Milavic Davies. The production has its official opening on Tuesday September 18th at Bristol Old Vic.

This production marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of Joe Simpson’s best-selling memoir, charting his battle back from the brink of death on the treacherous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes. Alongside this struggle is the appalling dilemma of his climbing partner Simon Yates, perched on an unstable snow-cliff, clinging onto the rope tying him to the severely injured Joe. Unable to recover Joe from the void, Simon is faced with the agonising decision to cut the rope that binds them…

The production will run at Bristol Old Vic (8 Sep – 6 Oct)Royal & Derngate, Northampton (920 Oct), The Lyceum (24 Jan-16 Feb 2019), Perth Theatre (6-9 March), Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (14-16 March) and Hong Kong Arts Festival (21 Feb–2 March).

LISTINGS

Touching the Void 
A Bristol Old Vic, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Fuel co-production
Based on the book by Joe Simpson
Adapted by David Greig
Directed by Tom Morris

Performance Dates:
Bristol Old Vic
8 Sep – 6 Oct
PRESS NIGHT: Tue 18 Sep 7pm
Tickets: £35.50 – £7.50
7.30pm / 2.30pm (SELECTED THUR & SAT MATS)
www.bristololdvic.org.uk / 0117 987 7877
@BristolOldVic #TouchingTheVoid

Royal & Derngate, Northampton
– 20 Oct
Tickets: From £11
7.45pm / 2.30pm (THUR & SAT MATS)
www.royalandderngate.co.uk / 01604 624811
#TouchingTheVoid @RoyalDerngate

Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh
24 Jan – 16 Feb 2019
Tickets: £10 – £32
7.30pm / 2pm (WED & SAT MATS)
www.lyceum.org.uk / 0131 248 4848
@lyceumtheatre #TouchingTheVoid

Hong Kong Arts Festival
21 Feb – 2 Mar, 2019
Thu 21 Feb 8pm, HK City Hall
Fri 22 Feb 8pm, HK City Hall
Sat 22 Feb 8pm, HK City Hall
Sun 23 Feb 8pm, HK City Hall
Tue 26 Feb 8pm, HK City Hall
Wed 27 Feb 8pm, HK City Hall
Thu 28 Feb 8pm, HK City Hall
Fri 1 Mar 8pm, HK City Hall
Sat 2 Mar 8pm, HK City Hall
Tickets: HKD450.00 – HKD280.00
3.00pm (SAT AND SUN MATS)
www.hk.artsfestival.org / 852 2824 2430
@hkartsfestival #TouchingTheVoid

Perth Theatre
6 – 9 Mar: 7.30pm
Sat 9 Mar: 2pm
Sun 10 Mar: 3pm
https://www.horsecross.co.uk/venues/perth-theatre
01738 621031
@horsecrossperth #TouchingTheVoid

Eden Court Theatre
14 – 16 March
Tickets: £14 – £32
19.30/14.30 (fri/sat)
www.eden-court.co.uk / 01463 234 234
@edencourt #TouchingTheVoid

Emma Rice’s first production from new company Wise Children to play at Bristol Old Vic in 2019

Emma Rice
Emma Rice

Emma Rice

On the first day of rehearsals for Emma Rice’s inaugural production from her Bristol-based company Wise Children, the company announced tour dates to Bristol Old Vic, running from 23 Jan – 9 Feb 2019, with tickets going on sale today. Tickets will go on sale to priority bookers at noon today, with general on sale from 10am, Wednesday 29 Aug.

The company’s first show, also named Wise Children, is an adaptation of Angela Carter’s great last novel. A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Emma Rice brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to this celebration of show-business, family, forgiveness and hope. Expect showgirls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, music, mischief and mistaken identity – and butterflies by the thousand.

Following the world première at The Old Vic, London (who co-produce with Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Oxford Playhouse and York Theatre Royal) the production will tour to venues across the UK including Oxford, Cambridge, York and Coventry. Bristol will mark the ‘home-leg’ of the tour for Wise Children, who are also Associate Artists of Bristol Old Vic for 2018-19.

Emma Rice said today, “It is a joy to share our debut production, Wise Children, with our home city Bristol! And where better to present it than the Bristol Old Vic? Steeped in theatrical history and layers of friendships, old and new – Angela Carter’s glorious and tender novel will fit like a long, satin, burlesque glove!  Wise Children marks the start of an exciting adventure and as we enjoy making firm friends across the region as well as being an Associate Company at the Bristol Old Vic – we feel incredibly lucky to have the support and goodwill of the South West. We can’t wait to share the thrills and spills and show everyone what glamorous naughtiness we have been up to! “What a joy it is to dance and sing!” 

Emma Rice is the Artistic Director of her new company, Wise Children. As Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe (2016/18), she directed Romantics Anonymous, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Little Matchgirl (and Other Happier Tales) which played at Bristol Old Vic for Christmas 2017/18.

For the previous 20 years, she worked for Kneehigh as an actor, director and Artistic Director. Many of her productions will be well-known to Bristol audiences and include: The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (co-produced with Bristol Old Vic), Tristan & Yseult, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, The Wild Bride, The Red Shoes, The Wooden Frock, The Bacchae, Cymbeline(in association with RSC), A Matter of Life and Death (in association with National Theatre), Rapunzel (in association with Battersea Arts Centre), Brief Encounter (in association with David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers Productions – the production has been revived this year and is currently playing at the Empire Cinema Haymarket), Don John (in association with the RSC and Bristol Old Vic), Wah! Wah! Girls (in association with Sadler’s Wells and Theatre Royal Stratford East for World Stages) and Steptoe and Son.

Other work includes: the West End production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Oedipussy (Spymonkey); The Empress (RSC); and An Audience with Meow Meow (Berkeley Repertory Theatre).

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