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A Headlong, Bristol Old Vic,
Rose Theatre Kingston and
Theatr Clwyd co-production

It's 1979, rubbish is on the streets of Lockleaze, and growing up is tricky for Fiz, Higgy and Ginger. Rick remembers what it's like to be a teenager. So when he decides to build a junk playground, he's pretty sure he has the charisma to get a bunch of reluctant kids involved. He's wrong.

Inspired by the true story behind the Lockleaze playground known as ‘The Vench', created over 30 years ago and still in play today, Junkyard is a story about Bristol, for Bristol, from BAFTA award-winning writer and Bristolian Jack Thorne (This Is England, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Academy award-winning composer Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love).

Directed by Evening Standard award-winning director Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall), this brilliantly honest and witty new musical is a coming-of-age story about friendship and standing up for what matters.

a touching tale... engagingly ramshackle"


The songs are delightfully riotous and disordered, playful and funny"


A joyful musical for school misfits"



24 Feb-18 Mar
7.30pm, 2.30pm (Sat mats)
£30-£9.50 (plus booking fee)

Age 14+
Features very strong language and smoking of cigarettes throughout
Please note there will be no re-admittance to the auditorium during the show
Latecomers will be admitted at discretion of Theatre management only

Running Time 2 hours 30 minutes including interval

Book & Lyrics Jack Thorne
Music Stephen Warbeck

Director Jeremy Herrin
Designer Chiara Stephenson
Lighting Designer Jack Knowles
Sound Designer
Ian Dickinson
Musical Director
Akintayo Akinbode
Movement Director Polly Bennett
Casting Director Lotte Hines
Assistant Director Michal Keyamo
Costume Supervision Ed Parry
Associate Costume Supervisor Annelies Henny
Music Preparation Andrew Green

Scarlett Brookes, Calum Callaghan, Josef Davies, Erin Doherty, Kevin McMonagle, Enyi Okoronkwo, Seyi Omooba, Lisa Palfrey, Jack Riddiford & Ciaran Alexander Stewart

Bass & Show MD Akintayo Akinbode
Drums Nadine Lee
Guitar Dario Rossetti-Bonell

Image Feast Creative

Photography Mark Douet and Jon Craig

@BristolOldVic @headlong #Junkyard

Supported by Eagle Coaches of Bristol

Ticket Offers

Friends of Bristol Old Vic
20% off full price tickets
Limited to 4 tickets per Friend, excl Fri & Sat eves

Groups of 10+ £3 off all tickets (excl Fri & Sat eve)
Groups of 20+ As above, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eve)
Groups of 50+ £6 off all tickets, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eve)

Schools of 10+
£12.50 Upper Circle / £7.50 Gallery tickets available (excl Fri & Sat eve)

Access Performances

Signed performance Sat 11 Mar 2.30pm
Audio described performance Sat 18 Mar, 2.30pm with touch tour 12.30pm

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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