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Ferment Fortnight January 2015
Presented by Bristol Old Vic Ferment
TAKE A PUNT!
SEE 5 SHOWS FOR THE PRICE OF 4
(Subject to terms and conditions)
Bristol Ferment is our artist development factory, a place where ideas are taken from seed to crop, where the first whiff of a storyline, a character, a place or poem, is coaxed and coached into something more fully-formed.
Here is our winter line-up of entertainment wonders for you all to peruse and get inspired by.
All Ferment showings, unless indicated otherwise, will take place in the Bristol Old Vic Studio and cost just £5 (plus booking fee).
WHAT'S ON IN FERMENT FORTNIGHT
The Pilgrimage of the Prodigal Daughter
The History of F***ing
The Terrible Things I've Done
This Moment Now
The Dog and the Elephant
Wed 21 Jan, 6.30pm
The path has been trodden 6 billion times before, but it's still pretty rough in places. Last year, Lizzie Philps carried her baby 50 miles to her mother's house. Now she's wondering how she'll explain why they didn't just go to Tumbletots, and she could do with some help.
Impermanence Dance Theatre
Wed 21 Jan, 8.15pm
Each time Impermanence Dance Theatre perform, every piece is unique, never before performed and never to be seen again; creating an ecstatic live event full of beauty, poetry, physical mastery and humour.
Impermanence are developing a unique strain of dance theatre that draws on a combination of exceptional technique and brave theatricality, mixed with visceral live music from multi-instrumentalists and a recorded soundtrack of eclectic music from Wagner to Dolly Parton via The Pixies.
SOLO Contemporary Performance Forum
Thu 22 Jan, 6.30pm
In preparation for the upcoming SOLO showcase in March 2015, two solo artists will share their developing performances. Sonic performance artist Alice Human and Poet/Dancer Bella Fortune will both present their new work, followed by a Q&A session held by the SOLO forum directors, Misri Dey and Ria Hartley.
Thu 22 Jan, 8.15pm
Game is a three man circus-theatre show exploring how games shape our lives. Played out through circus feats, live gaming with real punishments, stand-up and sketch inspired comedy and Napolean Dynamite-esque dance routines. Inspired by the paranoia of Philip K. Dick, the ideas of The Stanley Parable, the games of Takeshi's Castle and the inherent joy in winning.
Fri 23 Jan, 6.30pm
Following the sell-out success of Ablutions, the award-winning FellSwoop Theatre take a haunting trip to the world of the un-living and back again to discover the connections between this life and the next.
Using sound design and voice to create an immersive theatrical experience FellSwoop Theatre will explore ways in which the stage may be a threshold between life and death.
The Wardrobe Ensemble
Fri 23 Jan, 8.15pm
It's 1972. An era of possibility and polyester and pubic hair. Ziggy Stardust is on Top of the Pops, Penny is writing an essay on Lady Chatterley's Lover and Christine is watching Deepthroat. Brian is confused.
The Wardrobe Ensemble is telling the story of the class of 1972 with a live band and some spacehoppers. Why did it all seem so much easier back then? A 60-minute romp through the ins and outs of those excellently awkward first sexual encounters.
28-30 Jan, 6pm-9pm
FREE, at 15 min intervals
Have you done a terrible thing? Or had a terrible thing done to you?
If so, now's the time to unburden yourself completely anonymously.
Invisible Ink are in the process of developing a new production and need your help - Alan and Sita are collecting stories that may form the inspiration for this new show*.
Terrible things can be big or small. This is your chance to get "that thing" off your chest. No names will be taken and no blame will be given. Confession is good for the soul.
*If anything is used it will be altered and only recognisable by you. Guaranteed.
Invisible Ink is a company that makes contemporary theatre and is a collaboration between Alan Harris (writer) and Sita Calvert-Ennals (director).
Wed 28 Jan, 6.30pm
Sasha is hiding something underneath her mum's dressing gown. Eloise has started setting fire to her old clothes. At sunset, they both take refuge by the River Thames. But will the Barrier rise, or will the world wash them away forever?
Little Waves is a new play about love, and the scary things we do for it.
Read by Felicity Montagu (Lynn Alan Partridge).
Tin Shed Theatre Co.
Wed 28 Jan, 8.15pm
Where do all our hopes and dreams go? Do they cash a cheque, pack a bag, catch a bus and book a room in some forsaken hotel? Do they sit, teary eyed, sipping piss-weak-tea until oblivion comes? Or do they dance disgustingly under the neon light of the hotel sign?
A washed-up clown and a woman who won't stop eating perform a physical lament.
Thu 29 Jan, 6.30pm
In this very early work-in-progress showing, performance maker Sylvia Rimat sets out to playfully explore how we experience time. Inspired by conversations with mathematicians, with a woman in her nineties and a young girl. A drummer will support Rimat live on stage. Expect rhythm, cups of tea, a pause... and maybe a dance.
Commissioned by Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA) Bath.
Supported by Arnolfini, The Junction, Chelsea Theatre and Residence.
We Made This: Matt Ball, Justin Cliffe & Tracy Harris
Thu 29 Jan, 8.15pm
Have you ever been to a wedding where the best man's speech went too far?
We've been collecting stories, making speeches and not apologising. We've been getting competitive, drinking milk and dancing to Pharrell.
Join us for an evening of home truths, toasts, confessions & explosions. Dress code: Inappropriate.
Developed through WalesLab, a National Theatre Wales artist development initiative, with support from Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Chapter Arts Centre and Arts Council of Wales.
Fri 30 Jan, 6.30pm
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. 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 African Elephant.
Spitz & Co.
Fri 30 Jan, 8.15pm
French actress Gloria Delaneuf returns to the UK to talk about her life-changing experiences with gorillas in the Kungalungalese Jungle. With the help of her loyal UK tour manager Josephine Cunningham, Gloria is on a mission to show the world how humans and gorillas can live "sans frontières".
Glorilla is the new show from Spitz & Co following on from the award-winning Gloriator, Ferment Fortnight (July 2013).
£5 (plus booking fee)