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An epic tale of love, adventure and a sound-hoover called Mustard. Find out how Albee and his love Andromeda survived kings, curses and cruelty on their quest for beautiful sound in the world. Sounds are running low so Albee will need a few more noises to tell this particular story... Can you help him? He'll need you to make popping, fizzing, hissing, clopping, whizzing, whooshing, banging, crashing, and probably a fart a noise or two!
Comedy charting the journey of old and unwieldy Mrs Rooney as she drags herself towards a railway station on a Saturday lunchtime to meet her blind husband on his way back from the office to guide him home. Along the way she passes the time of day with a man with a dung cart and a man with a bicycle. A third man with a motor-car offers her a lift and a church-struck spinster helps her up the station steps. Originally commissioned by the BBC as a radio play and first heard on the Third Programme in 1957.
A romantic fairytale. Helena, daughter of a poor physician, loves Bertram, son of a Countess. She wins his hand in marriage as a reward for curing the dying King - but Bertram does not love Helena and insists on her fulfilling several impossible tasks before accepting his duties as husband.
In an art gallery, two strangers come to view the Dante Gabriel Rosetti masterpiece, Beata Beatrix. Each of the viewers has an emotionally painful 'past'. With echoes of the painting and, at times, almost within it, the two come together and, in an enigmatic and evocative dialogue, perhaps broker their futures. Winner of several festival Best New Play awards. One act play.
"Talking Dead" part of a double bill.
It's the evening of the Cillit Bang Cleaners' Ball but Cyndi Shine won't be going. Cyndi helped her father build his cleaning empire into the best in Bristol, but the glory days are long since gone. Since her father's death, her stepmother and evil stepsister(s) assumed control and they've been driving the company into the ground leaving Cyndi high and dry. Henry 'Buttons' Hoover, Cyndi's only friend can't help, ...but he knows a woman who can... Lily Surfaces - The Fairy Liquid Godmother - with Lily on the case, maybe Cyndi can go to the ball after all...
There is a Dark Land in the depths of space. Ships are drawn to it like moths to a flame, where they are consumed, destroyed. A lighthouse orbits the Dark Land. Teller Ghent is the lone keeper. Teller's only company is a sentient computer with a taste for the poetic... and a host of terrible visions from the end of the universe. Teller is afraid. But she is never giving up.
A Jerwood Charitable Trust & Bristol Old Vic Ferment Commission
Diary of a Shanghai Showgirl is the real-life story about the couple who took on the Communists and beat the odds to open China's 1st burlesque and cabaret nightclub. It's a book (out now), written by Miss Amelia Kallman, and a show, starring Miss Amelia & Norman Gosney.
"Buried beneath the earth three paces east from the north facing wall of a church in a miners' village in Bristol there lies the body of an Elephant. When she died she stood 13ft tall. It took me two days to dig the pit and four strong men to roll her to the edge and, after a nod from the fellow pallbearers, I was left to shovel earth onto her. Her name was Ina, she was my friend." The Dog and the Elephant is the compelling story of Bare Knuckle Boxer Bendigo Barlow and his friendship with an Elephant.
1945. Dresden, Germany. Lizzie, her mother... and an elephant from the zoo, flee the Allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War. Escaping the Allies' advance from the West - and also the advancing Russian armies from the East - this extraordinary trio of refugees meet: a downed RAF officer, cowering in a barn; a homeless school choir on the run and their Countess saviour, harbouring them from the Nazis; and the mechanised American cavalry, appearing over the horizon. It is Lizzie's story - but Marlene, the elephant, is the heroine. Plodding, obdurate, opportunistic, load bearing, indestructible, cheering - Marlene embodies the stubbornness of the human will and how it will do everything to survive.
What is family? Is there such a thing as a 'normal' family? Family Play takes the idea of how a family should be structured and turns it on its head. Told through the eyes of a worldly-wise 8 year old, Family Play reveals the comedy and tragedy associated with all human relationships. Never shy to deconstruct a dramatic world, Matt Fox deals with the real and surreal in equal measure to reveal the subjectivity of truth behind all family units
Perhaps you've seen them floating over a Russian village? Or perhaps you've seen her toppling forward, arms full of wild flowers, as he arches above her head and steals a kiss? Meet Marc and Bella Chagall! The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk! Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella are immortalised as the picture of romance. But whilst on canvas they flew, in life they walked through some of the most devastating times in history. Daniel Jamieson's The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces this young couple as they navigate the Pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other. Emma Rice's final production as Kneehigh's Artistic Director is drawn in a theatrical language as fluid as Chagall's paintings, and woven throughout with music and dance inspired by the Russian Jewish tradition. Perhaps you've glimpsed her rising like a kite, anchored to the earth only by his triumphant hand? They are holding on to hope, to history and to each other.
Part of the Bristol Old Vic's 250th Anniversary Season
Written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. The play vividly charts the course of real and feigned madness - from overwhelming grief to seething rage - and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.
Whilst reconstructing a head, a blind sculptress finds herself in conversation with a stranger.
"Talking Dead" part of a double bill.
You used to be someone with a clear sense of direction, didn't you? But somewhere along the way the fog descended. Now just where are those signposts that can lead you back to yourself - and is it too late to follow them?
Nearly six years after her last show, Bristol-born and flights-of-fancy the world-over theatre maker, Gemma Bolwell reappears with lots of suitcases, trying to find her way back to the person she was and she'd like you to join her on your own journey of rediscovery. How to reappear. Come with Pockets. Suitcases will be provided.
i know all the secrets in my world is a physical adventure that breaks your heart and then pieces it together, putting plasters touched with tiny kisses over the cracks. A wordless play, a silent song, a love duet for a father and son, we watch as they move through the stages of grief, struggling to talk, to survive, to do the large and the small, to cope with the everyday. i know meditates on grief, loss, disconnection, isolation, masculinity, femininity, fantasy and sexuality. It is a silent love story - between men and women, between fathers and sons, between absence and presence, the living and the dead.
"What gets me through is knowing I took this pain, and saved all of you from suffering the same." Stumbling down Clifton Street at 11:30am drunk, Effie is the kind of girl you'd avoid eye contact with, silently passing judgement. We think we know her, but we don't know the half of it. Effie's life spirals through a mess of drink, drugs and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day - till one night gives her the chance to be something more. Gary Owen's powerful new adaptation of the enduring Greek myth drives home the high price people pay for society's shortcomings.
A landmark in the history of English literature. Jane simple governess, wins the heart of Edward Fairfax Rochester, the brooding and mysterious master of Thornfield Hall. Questioning the boundaries of class and gender, it is one of the most heartrending and powerful tales of romance and suspense ever told.
Set in 1912. Following the Tyrone family through a mesmerising day and night, as they battle their demons, their pasts, and one another the play depicts the struggle for survival of each family member as they threaten to drift further into oblivion.
Played by a cast of just five - with a fair amount of doubling - this absurd take on the traditional tale includes mesmeric love scenes featuring a stupendous collection of devastatingly handsome men, questions the impotence of women in a Victorian patriarchal society, and you'll even marvel at how many parts a Spanish man with limited English can play with only one moustache.
Opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London on 25 November 1952. The World's Longest Running Play! A group of people gathered together in a remote part of the countryside discover there is a murderer in their midst. The question is which one of them is the guilty party.
The sighting of a rare bird attracts the world's attention to a remote part of the Fens. The visiting birdwatchers cannot know what dangers lie in the freezing darkness of the marshes. In an isolated cabin Wattmore, bruised and bleeding , is recording the Old Testament onto cassette. Griffin arrives with fish and chips. Salvation is at hand - a cash prize for winning the university poetry competition and a possible lodger. Meanwhile, outside the town is stirring.
Between a mother who had an affair three years ago, a youngest daughter who hates her father and a heavily autistic elder daughter, life in the Liddell family isn't easy. Enter Olivia, a manipulative and vindictive aunt and the latent tensions within the family bubble over and erupt with violent consequences. The Off-White Horse explored themes of family ties, loyalty, sacrifice and the importance of getting by one way or another, however bleak life may be.
Marie was there, she saw it all happen. She was the witness. In court she looked across the room to meet her boyfriend's gaze - but he looked straight through her - his eyes seemed unfocused, distant. She remembered his soft touch, his smile and his stories. She remembered these from the time before he aimed the gun. Before he fired the gun. Before the four shots rang out and the man fell to the ground. She was there. Marie saw it all happen... and at home there sat a sister waiting for her brother to return.
Once you've seen that explosive violence - that pink mist - how can you go back again? Lyrical and devastating, this award-winning verse drama is about three young soldiers from Bristol who are deployed to Afghanistan. Pulling no punches, it weaves their experiences together, setting war-torn trauma against the backdrop of their everyday lives and examines both the physical and psychological fractures they bring home. Drawn from interviews with soldiers and their families, this intensely emotional and poetic work recently won Wales Book of the Year and the Roland Mathias prize. It captures the realities of modern warfare with piercing insight and aching power.
"... How long can a kid kick a ball against a garden fence for . . . " Two west country plonkers return to suburbia and wreak havoc on childhood dreams and a system they believed would bring them future opportunity. Confined within a car for most of the journey, old secrets are aired out and open questions are asked about who they have become since leaving the suburbs. They fight, spit, cry and kill but still find it hard to accept their feelings are only human . . .
A darkly comic, cautionary tale of romance between a meat-packing tycoon and a Christian missionary
A quiet play about love, about loneliness, about joy and about dancing.
Classic drama that unfolds in the aftermath of the Trojan War as a series of shattering events in the lives of the women inside the walls of Troy: Hecuba, Cassandra, Andromache and the beautiful Helen.