Theatre Bristol Bulletin: 25th May 2017 (the pocketing edition)
This week is for solidarity. For being in a space together. For holding each other up, and holding on. For being shoulder to shoulder defiantly staring down the things that seek to tear us apart. As the wise and wonderful Chris Goode reminded us on Twitter, ‘what cynics call “the bubble”, John Berger referred to as a “pocket”. A pocket of resistance. Hold your friends.’
So here’s a ton of ways you can get stuck into a pocket.
There’s 5 days left to apply to be TB’s new administrator. Current wizard Sophie picked the lock on our petty cash tin this week, so we’re adding that to the ‘desirable skills’ list.
You could join our new Action Learning set or get your 007 on as a Theatre Bristol Agent, where you get a bursary to attend events and conferences usually only accessible to salaried staff. Deadline for both is early next week, get your scribble on.
And based on the success of the last two years, we’re hosting another ‘Bristol Artists in Edinburgh’ Facebook group for all those festival-bound to share travel, resources, tips and press. If you’re interested in a pre-Edinburgh meet up with fellow artists, email email@example.com.
70+ people who attended the first Bristol Mothers Who Make gathering last week, the biggest ever MWM gathering nationally. WOWZERS. If you’re a parent or carer to smalls, let us know what support would make a difference to your life in our parents’ survey. Batel Magen’s free Embodying Motherhood movement workshop may also be up your street.
If you’re looking for making space, we’ve secured the lease on Meanwhile BS3 for another 6 months, which we’ll continue to run at a low cost for artists with the support of Gathering Voices. And there’s a NEW lush looking Creative Space in Withywood, which also offers hotdesking and the opportunity to run workshops.
Theatre can be a powerful space for togetherness, and there’s no shortage of ways to share that weird electricity in the next couple of weeks: there’s family theatre in the form of The Wardrobe Ensemble’s The Time Seekers, and Soap Soup’s hour of laughter, fun and magic The Pixie’s Scarf at the Tropicana.
There’s sub-atomic science strangeness in The Last Baguette’s What’s The Matter, and Said and Done from new company Sugarscratch Theatre, who were born out of BOV’s Made in Bristol project. Bristol favourite the nonsensical Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games are spreading idiocy and joy all over Bath Festival. And then my personal diary highlight: Nicola Hunter (formerly Canavan) making a return to live performance with Lost Bodies in the haunting environment of Jacob’s Wells Baths.
There’s a clutch of lovely organisations looking for people to join their teams: Travelling Light need a Participation Director (maternity cover), Vamos Theatre are seeking full mask actors, and DragonBird Theatre, producers of excellent early years theatre, would like a fundraiser to help grow their programme.
Not enough togetherness? WE’VE GOT MORE. You can apply for the Man Food Artist Residency – £7500 to work with Paul Hurley on his Connected Communities project on men, protein and the environment. And if you know anyone aged 16-25 who would like a leg up into the arts, direct them towards Creative Youth Network’s Creative Futures programme. They get space, mentoring, money to make new work and loads of other really helpful stuff. * doctors ID to look like a millenial *
That’s it for now, happy pocketing.*
Mel for Team TB.
*Had to google that to make sure it wasn’t an obscure sexual practice.
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