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Ferment Fortnight July 2017

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Presented by Bristol Old Vic Ferment



Welcome to another fine crop of South West artists, the ones who are blazing trails, enriching our lives and generally being awesome and inspiring.

This July we're taking Ferment out across the city to our friends at Arnolfini to try out the first haul of new ideas, before returning back to Bristol Old Vic for a further three nights of brand new work.

As always, this is your chance to get stuck in and feedback to each artist so that, together, we can ensure a future life for this work.

Do go and check this lot out, they are really very good.

You should probably go and see all of them.

In case you miss out.

You know? Wouldn't that be awful?

Enjoy!

Emma Bettridge
Bristol Old Vic Ferment Producer


Diary

Tue 11 July
Plow
Robinson: The Other Island

Wed 12 July
Someone Should Start Laughing

Thu 13 July
Polish Vermin
Palmyra

Tue 18 July
Undersong
Exodus

Wed 19 July
Monster (working title)
A Million Tiny Glitches

Thu 20 July
We Can Time Travel

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 performances is 12+ unless stated otherwise.


FERMENT FORTNIGHT LINE-UP


Plow

Sharon Clark
Tue 11 July | 6.30pm
Arnolfini

Estelle is silently walking. She has been on the road for weeks. She has crossed three states yet no-one knows where she has come from and no-one knows where she is going. People along her route beg to touch her, feed her, follow her - she cannot escape them nor the hurricane of press speculation, social media chatter and government suspicion that daily grows. And then there is the man who has decided she simply cannot be allowed to succeed....

Plow is a new script by Sharon Clark whose past plays include The Biting Point, Pavement, Over The Hill There's Something Better and The Stick House.

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Robinson: The Other Island

Give It A Name
Tue 11 July | 8.15pm
Arnolfini

A man, shipwrecked on the far side of the planet, desperately tries to retain his culture, adrift in an environment he doesn't understand.

A reader, alone in a flat, surrounded by what he salvaged from the wreckage, the separation, the debts, he tries to make sense of it all. His ship has sailed.

Part theatre, part audio drama, part ASMR experience. Robinson will explore the island, the isolation, two remarkable novels, and the act of reading.

Performance involves headphones and strong language. Mostly in English.

All equipment will be provided.

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Someone Should Start Laughing

Unchartered Collective
Wed 12 July | 5.30pm and 8pm
Arnolfini

10 of you
10 of us
& 30 minutes
to tell our stories
(and make you laugh)

Someone Should Start Laughing is about lives lived with invisible disability and chronic pain. And how we talk about that without turning you off, or turning away. Through sound, touch, silence, laughter and dance, these immersive stories are handled with the necessary wit, tenderness and healthy respect for life's curveballs.

The company gallop through their stories from diagnosis, to brave new self (on a good day). And through our common humanity we bridge the distance between one life and another. Someone Should Start Laughing is a scratch performance from directors Raquel Meseguer (Lost Dog Associate Artist) and Owen Calvert Lyons.

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Polish Vermin

Agnieszka Blonska
Thu 13 July | 6.30pm
Arnolfini

What is our position in the face of abuse and division? Can we change anything? Can I? Neutrality is not an answer and confusion seems overwhelming. Do I still belong here?

Polish Vermin explores our attitudes to the Brexit vote and what comes next for us all. It's being developed in Cornwall, a county that voted leave and Bristol, a city that voted remain.

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Palmyra

Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas
Thu 13 July | 8.15pm
Arnolfini

This show has been really difficult to make. I don't want to make a big deal or anything... But he's been really difficult.

Following the success of EUROHOUSE, Bert & Nasi return with Palmyra, an exploration of revenge, the politics of destruction and what we consider to be barbarian.

An essential piece of political drama mixing fact and fiction, Palmyra invites people to step back from the news, looking at what lies beneath-and beyond-civilization. 


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Undersong

Verity Standen
Tue 18 July | 6pm and 7pm
Bristol Old Vic Theatre

The audience is positioned at the meeting point between threads of vocal music. Singers move around and through the space, conjuring a live, human surround sound experience.

This work-in-progress performance will feature intricate vocal improvisations and new ensemble a cappella pieces, playing with scale and perspective as sound weaves its way around the auditorium.

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Exodus

Motherlode Theatre
Tue 18 July | 8.15pm
Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Aberdare, South Wales. The night the last factory closed.

Nan and her neighbours find themselves locked in a designer factory at the end of the valley. Draped in gaudy couture, they dream of escape to a new and better land - free from politics and the grind. Provoked by the hundreds of Welsh people who settled in South America in 1865, Exodus is a new adventure from the valleys.

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Monster (working title)

Worklight Theatre
Wed 19 July | 6.30pm
Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Some of this is true. Some of it isn't. And I'm not going to tell you which is which...

What happens when the red mist descends? Why do some people lash out, while others contain their anger? Monster is a thrilling new play about violence and masculinity, from internationally acclaimed Worklight Theatre.

Written and performed by Joe Sellman-Leava (Fringe First 2015, Labels) and directed by Yaz Al Shaater (Boris: World King).

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A Million Tiny Glitches

Sleepdogs
Wed 19 July | 8.15pm
Bristol Old Vic Theatre

We're making an electronic musical. It's about grief. Vivid, mysterious; you feel it in your heart and in your gut. We believe songs can hold emotion very directly and at the same time be personal and curious; so we thought we'd make a musical that goes deep and feels modern, musically influenced by the likes of Björk, ANOHNI, FKA Twigs and Nine Inch Nails. We'll be sharing some really early fragments from our first phase of research. There will probably be strangeness. There will definitely be songs.

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We Can Time Travel

Dom Coyote
Thu 20 July | 6.30pm
Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Time Travel is real...

Dom Coyote has been receiving messages from a Victorian Time Traveler, watching the sun die, at the edge of time. Join him for an experiment in harmonic Time Theory, to prove once and for all, that Time Travel is not only possible, it's already happened.

Award winning musician/theatre maker Dom Coyote will work with analogue synths, live looping, poetic storytelling and song to raise a rallying cry for our times, a lucid lens to look at our world, wake up and change the course of time.

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Ferment Fortnight

11-20 July

Arnolfini from 11-13 July
Bristol Old Vic from 18-20 July

£5 (plus booking fee)

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In summer 2016 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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