Theatre Bristol Bulletin: 2nd March 2017 (the good dog news edition)
The state of the NHS, the pressure on our police force, the prison service and schools, sick and older people who can’t access the services they need, Brexit and Trump. This is what wakes me up at 6am every morning. Fake news or not it’s pretty depressing, so I thought I’d start this week’s newsletter with a good news story.
After 18 months of talks, summits and negotiations, the office dogs, Ripley (black cockapoo) and Betty (brown terrier) are sharing a blanket. There’s still some way to go before they cuddle up together, but we’re hopeful it won’t be long, and we’ll keep you posted…
On with this week’s round up of (not fake) news, opportunities, jobs and what’s ons.
Applications for One dance UK Trailblazers Starter Fellowships are open and there will be a half-day surgery in Bristol for anyone interested in applying. The fellowships aim to support leaders in dance of the African Diaspora. The surgery is 10th March, deadline for fellowship applications is 31st March.
The Wrong Crowd (Theatre Royal, Plymouth’s resident company) invite practitioners to PlayDays at Bristol Old Vic on 21st March for a day of meeting, playing and sharing ideas with others working in the South West. There are only 15 places, allocated on a first come first served basis.
Looking ahead, in April, May and June artist Giles Round is inviting performance artists to rehearse or develop their work in the gallery at Spike Island during his solo exhibition. The space will be free to use during the exhibition opening hours, more info here.
As you would expect there are far too many performances taking place to mention them all, so I’ve picked: Othello at The Tobacco Factory Theatres, the first of the Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory season, until 1st April; Free Falling a double bill by award-winning Hagit Yakira Dance, tonight only, at Circomedia; After touring as a site specific kitchen show, Mummy Monster, a one woman show by Liz Hart looking at the pressures of parenting, has its theatre debut at The Wardrobe Theatre on 4th March
Also at The Wardrobe Holly Stoppit shows the second of her monthly works in progress, (Sunday) and at Arnolfini a work in ‘process’ Tea with Lyssa by House Du Bois will be shown tonight, followed by a post show discussion, (free entry).
Finally looking forward to April, Kings Cross (Remix) by Tom Marshman, presented by Club Solo, again at The Wardrobe uncovers the hidden histories of LGBT communities in London during the 1980s, in this showcase Tom talks about how he developed the show.
A call out from our friends from across the Severn Bridge, Theatr Iolo are looking for an evaluator/ researcher for Platfform, a three year pilot project that aims to define best practice in connecting producers, arts venues and audiences through the prism of developing artists. Deadline is 7th March, (so quite tight)
If your inbox in anything like mine you won’t be a stranger to the dreaded survey, but this one looks pretty important for our sector. The Creative Industries Federation are endeavouring to map the contribution of the self employed to the UK creative industries. I can’t promise that you will be entered into a draw to win a case of wine, but please fill it in if it applies to you and spread the word. The link is here.
To finish off there’s lovely news from Travelling Light Theatre Company who have appointed Heidi Vaughan as Artistic Producer when the fab Jude Merill retires after over 30 years with the company. As Ian Reid, the chair of Travelling Light’s board said, Jude leaves big boots to fill but Heidi is the perfect fit. We wish Jude a very happy and well deserved retirement.
Bye for now,
Sarah (for Team TB)
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