Theatre Bristol Bulletin: 29th June 2017 (the NPOooOOoh edition)
With all the ballyhoo this week you’d be forgiven for thinking Important Art Day only happens once every four years. The fanfare that greeted Tuesday’s NPO announcement – confirmation of which organisations would join Arts Council England’s national portfolio to 2022 – no doubt perplexed people outside of the art bubble, bemused at #NPOMG trending on Twitter.
However, like the myth of Flying Ant Day (SO GROSS), art isn’t just about one day, as this week’s bumper crop of Bristol brilliance demonstrates.
But first, a massive shout out to all the new and returning NPOs – we were delighted to be included along with many friends and partners across the city, and were particularly happy to be joined by new portfolio members: performance companies Action Hero, Wise Children and British Paraorchestra, and further afield the good eggs at Diverse City, Theatre Orchard, Create Gloucestershire and Strike A Light Festival. You can read more about other members of the Bristol portfolio here.
This big old art ecology is down to so many more people than are represented in the NPOs – organisations and particularly independent artists and small companies on which theatre depends. We look forward to championing and supporting these talented, tireless people over the next five years. GO YOU.
We’re starting by offering bursaries to ‘TB Agents’ – independent artists and producers – to attend events and conferences usually only accessible to salaried bods. Our first successful round has been announced here, and applications for the next round are open until 21 August. You can read some reflections from previous TB agents, as well as blogs from other TB people and projects, in Notes from the Hivemind.
We’re also continuing our partnership with Gathering Voices to offer low cost rehearsal space to artists at Meanwhile BS3 – space available from July onwards.
Get some Deirdre up in your life: I am Nincompoop’s hilarious new show Wake Up and Deirdrealize will be at the Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol on June 29/30 & July 1. An outrageous comedy character romp which examines the meaning of success and exposes the lengths we go to in the endless quest to achieve it. I have a big art crush on Deirdre. I think it’s the lipstick.
Flying ants not horrific enough? Try The Love of the Nightingale at Circomedia. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s International graduating MA Actors bring you a horror story of brutality and retribution from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. MYTHIC.
Bring back last week’s soaring temperatures by going on a hot date with Tom Marshman and friends as they reimagine classical portraits as dating profiles. Part of Tom’s Pride season trio, it promises to be the most fun you can have in Tudor lodge.
And get your gnashers filed for Sharp Teeth’s tasty mixed menu of theatre, storytelling, music and poetry at the Wardrobe. They still need your support for their artist development scheme too.
50 or over? Redcliffe Senior’s Community Theatre Collective are recruiting new members and they’ll train you in oral history and community story gathering, developing performance ideas and loads more. Everyone else: age faster.
How can theatre for children reflect today’s society? The snappily titled The Creative Case for Children and Young People: a symposium is a great place to find out, and if you’re an artist you could apply to be a TB Agent to attend.
Too much going on in your facial region? Let your body tell the story instead at this Expressive Mask Workshop at Hamilton House. Through exploration of the physical dynamics of mask, participants will gain techniques that can also go on to be applied to creating exciting non-masked characters.
Whether you’re better with spreadsheets or metal (it’s a binary situation right?) there’s a role for you at Bristol Old Vic as either Programming and Producing Administrator or Scenic Workshop Coordinator. For people who fancy a career in arts management or fundraising there’s a great opportunity to join Bristol Festivals as Development Coordinator. And the lovely Wyldwood Arts are looking for a performer/musician for a new play by Mike Akers.
GET ME A DOUGHNUT
I just really fancy a doughnut.
And watch out for the ants. I’ll be wearing one of these.
Mel for Team TB
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