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Christmas at Bristol Old Vic - plenty of theatrical treats

posted 30 Nov 2019, 14:19 by Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club

A Christmas Carol returns to Bristol Old Vic this year with a brand new Scrooge (as shown in this previously unreleased picture shared with us by BOV). As well as Charles Dickens classic morality tale there are plenty of other theatrical treats to enjoy on King Street this festive season:

Boing!

In the Weston Studio, Sally Cookson’s magical dance-theatre show for ages 2–7 is returning home, back to where it all began after nine years touring the world. The story centres on two boys waiting for Father Christmas to arrive, with awe-inspiring break-dance and contemporary choreography sprinkled throughout.

This Travelling Light co-production stars 2019 Peter O’Toole winner and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate Kel Matsena (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby) and choreographer Wilkie Branson (Baddies: The Musical, The Velveteen Rabbit) and will run from 29 November 2019 – 5 January 2020.

Anansi & the Grand Prize

This Christmas also marks the premiere of the full production of Ruth Ramsay and Edson Burton’s piece, last seen as a ‘work-in-progress’ at Ferment Fortnight in July 2019. Set in a fictitious island melting-pot during Festival season, Anansi… is a vibrant retelling of the classic African folktale about the eponymous trickster hero. Full of reggae, soul music, colourful costumes and dance, this cheeky carnival-inspired production offers an alternative night of celebration for adults.

Anansi and the Grand Prize will run in the Weston Studio from 9 – 21 December.

Big Screen Event

For those who cannot get enough of Christmas, Bristol Old Vic has partnered with Bristol Film Festival to present two special seasonal film screenings of The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Wizard of Oz. The screenings will both take place on Monday 30 December in the historic auditorium, for an experience that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club’s 73rd AGM

posted 2 Nov 2019, 10:09 by Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club

Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club’s 73rd Annual General Meeting takes place on Saturday 23 November at Bristol Old Vic.  

Refreshments will be available from 09.30, followed at 10.30 by the AGM. 

We encourage all members to attend. The agenda and details of how to nominate a member to join the committee are enclosed for all members with this newsletter. Past AGM minutes can be found on our website: 

15 Sept - Volunteer for BOV Open Day!

posted 11 Sep 2019, 05:49 by Marc Pepperell

Members may remember in previous years we have supported BOV in providing a warm welcome to the public when they open the house as part of Bristol Open Doors.

We are delighted to announce that we have been asked again. Precise details are still being decided but essentially the ask is for budding volunteers to provide a warm smile, a directional arm and engage with those that want to about your highlights and reflections of the theatre over the years.

BOV volunteers will be on hand to give the official tours, while we have been asked to be located in Coopers Hall and Front of House to continue the conversations after the tours.

The event takes place between 09.30 - 13.30 and 13.30 - 17.50. You do not need to be available for the whole time, and slots can be flexible, but we ask that you are able to commit to at least 2 hours. BOVTC volunteers will be issued with a lanyard and welcomed/briefed by the duty manager on sign in.

If you would like to take part please email mail@bovtc.org.uk by Weds 11 Sep and state the times you are available and if you have any requirements that we need to be aware of. It would also help to know if this is something you have done before, but this is not essential. For further information call Guy 

New Chairing arrangement

posted 15 Jun 2019, 10:59 by Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club

Fran Havard advised the committee of her intention to stand down as Chair after many years of commitment both as a member and Chair. The committee would like to thank her publically for the tremendous amount of work and dedication she has given to the club.

We wish Fran well and are delighted that she will continue as a committee member and support our new Co-Chairs Gary Hall and Guy Keith-Miller

A touch of Bristol Old Vic history by Anne Lovejoy

posted 2 Apr 2019, 12:17 by Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club

If you venture to the very end of left pit passage you might have noticed recently a large… television? … shiny table at a funny angle?.. display board? Don’t be afraid, for this is A Touch of History, a way for you to quickly access an ever-expanding treasure trove of images from Bristol Old Vic’s past.

The touch table was installed as part of the recent capital works project and is one of several heritage exhibitions and interventions dotted around the new foyer and around the auditorium. The touch table’s interface was created by Nick Harpley at Satzooma in collaboration with archivists at Theatre Collection and Bristol Old Vic heritage staff. The content was selected by Theatre Collection archivists. We wanted initially to provide a small selection of material giving an idea of the breadth of the company’s repertoire, and some of the notable members of the its cast and crew. 

To launch the touch table we decided to use the grouping Bristol Stories. These are plays written about Bristol, usually specifically for BOV, or existing texts re-imagined in a Bristol setting. 

New Plays in Rep season

posted 5 Mar 2019, 02:52 by Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club

Bristol Old Vic’s Writers Department has partnered with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to present 5 plays and a musical born from The Open Session. 

New Plays in Rep will include two fully staged productions and four workshop performances. 

The season of work will take place in BOV’s Weston Studio in repertory style and will be performed entirely by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School actors-in-training. 

Also involved are students on other BA and MA courses, including Design, Production Arts, Costume, Directing and Scenic Art. 

For more details on the productions see page 10 of the March Newsletter

we bid farewell to Emma Stenning

posted 2 Dec 2018, 07:17 by Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club

As we bid farewell to Emma Stenning leaving for her new post in Toronto, an interim Executive Director steps up to support BOV’s senior management team settle into the new building and progress exciting programming plans for 2019.  

Sally Cordwell was, until recently, Deputy CEO and Director of Marketing and Visitor Experience for the SS Great Britain Trust, so has in-depth experience of the heritage industry which is a relatively new dimension of BOV’s offer. This is key to making sure BOV can attract visitors all day long as a ‘heritage destination’ as well as a highly regarded theatre on the national stage.  

After ten years of redevelopment...

posted 1 Nov 2018, 07:36 by Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club

the extraordinary new frontage of Bristol Old Vic is now open, inviting any and everyone to enter into a world of live performance of stories and experiences as broad as the human spirit itself. We hope the new front of house, indeed, the whole theatre will be for many, many generations to come, a place of excitement, reflection and imagination as audience members make the transition from everyday life to a place of magic and dreams. 

We wish everyone who works in or visits the theatre days and nights of wonder in our new home theatre, and offer thanks to all who have in any way contributed to this moment. 

The excitement is palpable ...

posted 12 Sep 2018, 08:18 by Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club

as Bristol Old Vic prepares to open its new front doors.  It will expose, for the first time in its history, the original wall of the theatre, and welcome people in from King Street to enjoy the stunning, award-winning-architect-designed front of house.  The new building will be a heritage destination in itself, as well as a fitting foyer for Bristol Old Vic      (Photo: Haworth Tompkins).

Just days before the re-opening, Emma Stenning, BOV’s Chief Executive, will conduct a tour for our stewards and invite their comments on the theatre’s new catering offer.  Our stewards will then be ready to help run our events, welcoming members to the new way into the theatre.  

12 May: In Conversation - the Directors’ Cuts Season

posted 1 May 2018, 06:28 by Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club

Something a little unusual this time when we move to the Wardrobe Theatre to host two directors and two designers representing the four plays which comprise this year’s Directors’ Cuts season at the Wardrobe throughout May.  Two of the cast of Four Play will also be joining us. 

Exploring all four plays together gives us an opportunity to compare and contrast the choices which were made. All four plays explore relationships in one way or another and as we have come to expect from this season of new or rarely seen short plays, all are challenging and provocative demanding the audience thinks afresh of the timeless themes of love, friendship and sex. 

Why not stay on for a delicious lunch before catching the afternoon matinee of Four Play?  If you do, be warned that this play explores sex and commitment between men - but it is a comedy! 

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