Theatre Bristol Bulletin – 13th October 2016 (the ostrich edition)

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Theatre Bristol Bulletin: 13th October 2016 (the ostrich edition)

Hi Newsfans,

Winter is coming, Brexit is looming, the single most ridiculous American race for presidency is spooling out onto every news network. It’s enough to make you want to go full blown Ostrich.


Truth is, these are uncertain and potentially dark times but whilst so many constants seem to be falling or fading, the one thing we can rely on is the power of art to keep us entertained and engaged, whilst also questioning and challenging the events around us. And if Bristol isn’t one of the best examples of this happening, I don’t know what is. Read on for a host of events, experiences and educational opportunities across the city in the coming weeks.

In these difficult times, survival is key. And surviving as a dance artist is something that Karla Shacklock is focusing on in her workshop on Getting Out of the Box as a dance artist. It’s open to dancers, movers, shakers, theatre practitioners, live artists, circus performers and anyone else who wants a window into this world. And it’s at one of Bristols finest venues, the Trinity Centre, on the 2nd of November.


Sometimes, when it all gets too much, escaping to a far away place is exactly what’s needed. And sometimes holidays can mean much more than we ever expect. The extremely talented Eno Mfon tells the story of one such holiday in the second show of Theatre West’s season of new work. Shipped is at Hamilton House from the 11th of October to the 22nd.

Whilst escapism is always appealing, sometimes you just have to dive in and immerse yourself in what’s going on around you. Submerge Festival (pictured below)  is a brand new performance, art and music festival that wants you to do just that from the 18th to the 20th of November. Tickets are on sale now. For those of you that like to go a little deeper, they have an Open Call for an artist to be the Final Fathom of the festival and they are on the hunt for enthusiastic and intrepid volunteers.


Speaking of going beneath the surface, The Fox & The Child is a new storytelling show with music and projection which peels off the layers to reveal the darkness beneath, by Sharp Teeth Theatre. It opens on the 18th of October at the Wardrobe Theatre and runs until the 22nd. Sharp Teeth director, Stephanie Kempson was the most recent workshop leader for the Plasticine Men’s excellent PE-Class series. Josh Ben-Tovim of Impermance Dance Theatre is the next artist to take up the mantle and will lead the group in developing new skills and approaches to creating performance on the 18th of October.

Those of you with or without weekend plans should firmly fix your eyes upon Trinity. Holy Smoke sees gang of hyper-present beings occupy a mystic underworld on Friday 14th, whilst Peter McMaster returns to Bristol with 27, An Ecstatic Ritual of Life and Death on Saturday 15th.

For those of you with events and festivals of your own, applications are now being taken for the Council’s Creative Seed Fund and the Community Festival & Event Fund. Applications are open now and close on November 21st

And finally, next summer it will be 30 years since Artistic Producer Jude Merrill joined Travelling Light Theatre Company as their first-ever paid employee, and she will be marking the occasion by retiring. For those of you looking for an amazing job opportunity, Travelling Light are beginning the hunt for someone to take over from Jude. Full details available here.

That’s all for now. In these weird times, stay friendly, resilient, keep talking and keep making ART.

You stay classy Bristol

Luke Emery

(on behalf of Theatre Bristol)

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