Theatre Bristol Bulletin: 22nd September 2016 (the Google edition)
In TB news this week we’re having fun with Google who have edited their shortcut search function to show the TB phone number whenever anyone searches for @bristol. Enquires so far range from whether lost soft toys/umbrellas/bags have turned up, the location of the planetarium to what the gift shop stocks and how to book school visits.
Google’s mission is ‘to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful’. Some way to go I reckon, as getting this edit seems to be too much to hope for, and Googling Google for a ‘contact us’ form is not to be advised if you want to remain sane. If anyone has any ideas how to sort it please let us know and in the meantime if you’re trying to ring the office and don’t get a reply please leave a message as we’ve had to let the answerphone pick up so we can get some work done…
Aside from that shenanigans, welcome to our weekly round-up of live performance related stuff in Bristol.
As it’s the beginning of a new school year the popular PE classes are back. This series of director-led workshops exploring ensemble practice is a place for theatre-makers to experiment, meet and develop ideas. Hosted by The Plasticine Men, the first of four sessions will be facilitated by Steph Kempson from Sharp Teeth Theatre Company and takes place at The Trinity Centre.
The Plasticine Men are pretty busy as they also have a new show. There Shall Be Fireworks is a story from Afghanistan about a plan to change the world and is showing at the brilliant Wardrobe Theatre this week. After the Bristol run it’s touring to Exeter, Salisbury and The New Diorama in London so spread the word, it should be pretty special.
Presented by The Wardrobe Theatre, but showing at Bristol Improv Theatre in Clifton this Saturday is Travelling Light’s delightful show The Mysterious Vanishment of Pobby & Dingan. If you want to see it but aren’t free on Saturday there a specially adapted version touring to over 30 libraries in the South West in collaboration with LibrariesWest. Age recommendation is 9+.
Next week also sees the beginning of the annual and now legendary Theatre West season of new writing. The season starts with The Orator by Marietta Kirkbride at The acta Centre, and it will be followed by four more new shows accompanied by six short pieces through the autumn in venues across Bristol and the south west.
You wait ages for one platform to show very early works in progress, and three turn up at once.
If you’re South West based The Tobacco Factory are calling for work in an early stage of development for Prototype, their regular scratch night (deadline 26th). Tomorrow night (Friday) VOLT, one of the only scratch nights dedicated completely to Circus, takes place at Circomedia, and next month Testing Ground, also at Circomedia, is a chance for dancers and choreographers to try out new work.
On the subject of Circus. And writing. If you’re interested in both, Katherine Kavanagh invites you to a preview of He Ain’t Heavy by Grania Pickard and Ceirw – Savage Hart by Citrus Arts to write a response which will then be published on TheCircusDiaries.com, more details here
Finally if you or someone you know has memories, memorabilia, photographs or anything else to share about the Bedminster RNIB, then The Place Based Theatre Club may be of interest to you. Beginning with an open to all Inspire Session on October 22nd, the club will explore how stories, memories, history and spaces of a place can inspire theatre.
That’s it for this week,
Sarah for TB
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