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Ferment Fortnight Jan 2017

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Presented by Bristol Old Vic Ferment



Start off your new year by sampling exciting new theatrical ideas as we invite some excellent Ferment artists to open up their creative process and share work-in-progress pieces.

This January we're taking Ferment out across the city to our friends at The Wardrobe Theatre to sample some spoken word trailblazers and comedy cabaret, before returning back to our Theatre for a further three nights of striking new work.

As always, you are a crucial part of Ferment; the artists need your thoughts on their work. So come and see a show, grab a drink in the bar and tell us what you think.

We hope you enjoy this fortnight of work and find inspiration in these brilliant offerings. More artists to be announced soon so stay tuned.

Emma Bettridge
Bristol Old Vic Ferment Producer

 

Photography by Jack Offord and Chelsea Cliff


Diary

Thu 26 Jan
Thor + Loki - The Musical
Dennis of Penge

Fri 27 Jan
Shall We Take This Outside
Sexy

Sat 28 Jan
Bringing Sexy Back: Workshop with Vanessa Kisuule

Tue 31 Jan
Wulf
Walk the Plank
Dog

Wed 1 Feb
Stolen
All the Ghosts Walk with Us

Thu 2 Feb
Venues South West Meeting
thank you for the tragedy
Education, Education, Education

All performances are £5 (plus booking fee) and take place in various venues across the city. Please see event listings below for further details.

Age guidance for all perforamnces is 12+ unless stated otherwise.


FERMENT FORTNIGHT LINE-UP


Thor + Loki - The Musical

House of Blakewell
Thu 26 Jan | 6.30pm
The Wardrobe Theatre

Award-winning comedy cabaret duo House of Blakewell are creating their first musical Thor + Loki, a story about love, friendship and the apocalypse based on the Norse Edda. They'd love to invite you to a sharing of their work so far, where they'll be premiering new songs, scenes, jokes and dance routines.

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Dennis of Penge

Annie Siddons
Thu 26 Jan | 8.15pm
The Wardrobe Theatre

The first showing of the first bit of the new show by Annie Siddons (Raymondo, How Not to Live in Suburbia). Touching on themes of addiction, survival, poverty, joy and ecstasy in the city, Dennis of Penge will eventually combine spoken word with music and performance but this is its very first outing so Annie will just be performing some bits of her punchy heartbreaking linguistically dazzling text.

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Shall We Take This Outside

Adam Kammerling and Parkour Dance
Fri 27 Jan | 6.30pm
The Wardrobe Theatre

Everyone wants to be a hero, right? Heroes are cool. Heroes make the world better. They don't lose their keys or drop their phones in the toilet. They get stuff done.

But heroes are usually men. And they're usually pretty handy in a scrap. In fact, a lot of heroes are really into fighting.

National poetry slam champion and battle-rapping cyborg, Adam Kammerling, teams up with real life super-humans, Si Rawlinson and Jacob Smart from Parkour Dance, to explore the effect of fictional hero behaviour on real-world attitudes to violence. 

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Sexy

Vanessa Kisuule
Fri 27 Jan | 8.15pm
The Wardrobe Theatre

I have been obsessed with the word 'sexy' my whole life. Isn't everyone?

This scratch performance confronts our contradictory relationship with our bodies and sexiness. Through dance, spoken word, comedy and various states of undress, I will explore our obsession with what is 'sexy' and whether this ultimately empowers or traps us.

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Bringing Sexy Back

Workshop with Vanessa Kisuule
Sat 28 Jan | 1.30pm-3.30pm

Bristol Old Vic Clore Studio
£3 (plus booking fee)

Award winning writer and performer Vanessa Kisuule will be picking apart our notions of what sexiness means in this playful and immersive workshop for women. Through a mix of writing and dance exercises, we will explore how contrived ideas of sexuality are sold to us and ask how we can claim our own ideas of what is sexy. No previous writing or dance experience necessary - just come with open hearts, minds and hips.

This workshop is for women only.
Age 18+
Tickets can be purchased over the phone on 0117 987 7877.

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Wulf

Fen
Tue 31 Jan | 6.30pm
Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Wulf is on one island, I on another.

An interdisciplinary, radical feminist adaption of Anglo-Saxon poem Wulf and Eadwacer with movement, bilingual dialogue, original music, and projection by Jack Offord.

Using an all-female cast, the poem's unpredictable rhythm will be translated into choreography, while sound and projection integrate field recordings from Somerset marshland.

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Walk the Plank

Unstable King
Tue 31 Jan | 6pm-8.15pm
Bristol Old Vic Backstage Bar

Are you afraid of heights? Take an elevator to our plank that sits 160m high above the ground, then dare to walk to the end. Before their show Unstable King will be setting up their V.R rig in the bar. Using the HTC vive with room scale technology they will set up a plank in the physical world and in the virtual world you will attempt to walk it high up in the sky.

This event is free. No booking necessary.

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Dog

Unstable King
Tue 31 Jan | 8.15pm
Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Dogs and Men have always gotten on. Quietly. Humbly. Assuredly. But comedian Michael Bell believes it's time they took this relationship to the next stage: the stage.

Dog is a comedy show about a man and his dog. Written and performed by Michael Bell it features his real life dog, his real life wife, his real-life circus skills (just so he doesn't feel like he wasted 12 years of his life) and his imaginary friend. Come and experience a genre-defying talent as he forms a new pedigree of comic theatre. Get your ticket, sit back and enjoy. Sit back. Sit. Sit. SIT. Stay. Good girl.

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Stolen

The Devil's Violin
Wed 1 Feb | 6.30pm
Bristol Old Vic Theatre

A young woman goes missing. The search for her uncovers secrets which threaten to destroy her family....

The Devil's Violin return with an enchanting blend of live music and spoken word. Brimming with dreamlike images that will haunt you long after the performance ends, Stolen will take you on an epic journey to The Land Of No Return.

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All the Ghosts Walk with Us

Chris Fogg Projects
Wed 1 Feb | 8.15pm
Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Do people make places or do places make people?

A performance exploring different ideas of home and belonging, migrations and identity, journeys and homecomings. All the Ghosts Walk with Us asks us to consider the special relationships between where we live and where we work, where we grew up and where we are now.

Shot through with warmth and humour, poignancy and compassion, it features a live collaboration between the dancer and choreographer Laïla Diallo, musician and composer Phil King, and writer and director Chris Fogg, against the backdrop of haunting and evocative images by photographers Shirley Baker, Martell Baines and Zoe Manders. 

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Venues South West Meeting

Thu 2 Feb | 5.30pm-6.30pm
Backstage Bar
FREE

Hosted by Bristol Ferment, Salisbury Playhouse & the Bikeshed in Exeter this is a start of a conversation about collaboration, making work within the region and enabling artists to feel supported across the South West.

Please email bristolferment@bristololdvic.org.uk for more info about this event and to RSVP.

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thank you for the tragedy

Ben Osborn, Nik Partridge & Emma Keaveny-Roys
Thu 2 Feb | 6.30pm
Bristol Old Vic Theatre

What could be more macho than rock music? Guys in tight jeans with amped guitars, multitudes of adoring groupies, lyrics celebrating the untameable masculine spirt... But what happens when someone challenges that?

thank you for the tragedy takes inspiration from the life and work of Kurt Cobain, the poetry of Sappho and the tragedy of Oedipus to explore notions of gender within really loud music.

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Education, Education, Education

The Wardrobe Ensemble
Thu 2 Feb | 8.15pm
Bristol Old Vic Theatre

It's 1997 and it's the last week of term at the local secondary school. Miss Haines has lost the mock exam papers, the Year 11s have put a Renault 5 on the school roof and the video player has broken.

Things can only get better.

After the success of 1972: The Future of Sex, The Wardrobe Ensemble return to Ferment with an early version of a new main stage show. Education, Education, Education asks big questions about a country in special measures. It explores power, responsibility, and change through the eyes of a hapless group of schoolteachers just trying to make it through the day.

A Wardrobe Ensemble, Royal & Derngate Northampton and Shoreditch Town Hall co-production.

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Ferment Fortnight

26 Jan-2 Feb
Various venues across Bristol
£5
(plus booking fee)

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This summer, we began redevelopment works to transform our front of house King Street entrance into a welcoming, vibrant space that everyone will be able to enjoy. During this time, it will be business as usual in the Theatre with our brilliant programme on offer, however there are a few changes to how we'll be operating.

Theatre Entrance

You are now invited to enter the Theatre through our Stage Door, walking in the footsteps of theatre legends such as Peter O'Toole, Daniel Day Lewis and Miranda Richardson.

Our new Theatre entrance can be accessed via Rackhay (BS1 4HJ) off Queen Charlotte Street, around the corner from King Street.

Click here for more information and updates on our Theatre entrance.

Ticket Collection

On performance days, tickets can be collected from Box Office situated in our Backstage Bar opening 90 mins prior to each performance.

For more information on accessibility, ticket collection, our Backstage Bar, arrival and drop-off at our Theatre plus updates on our redevelopment,click here.


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