About Theatre Bristol

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Theatre Bristol is a laboratory combining collective action for the arts with open, generous, grassroots support. We help create the conditions to make great art with as wide and diverse a community as possible. 

Theatre Bristol designs and tests new ideas that we believe have the potential to make large-scale change, creating new collaborative initiatives inside and outside the sector that build on the trust, value and knowledge generated by our expert support service.

To create the conditions for great art to happen, we start with the people who make it. We offer free support to anyone from any background working in live performance, helping them make brilliant, distinctive art & giving them the confidence & tools to build careers as artists*. Find out more about our artist support here

We work in lots of different ways, in partnership with many different people and organisations. As well as artist support we run events (networking, inspiration, action planning); host a user-generated website; research new ways of working and develop national and international exchange opportunities. Find out more about Theatre Bristol and how you can work with us here.

In August 2013 we published a booklet highlighting our activity and way of working which you can download below.

Download Theatre Bristol - Come and Play

In 2015, Theatre Bristol celebrated it's 10th birthday and we had a special book commisioned to mark the occasion which you can view below. 

Theatre Bristol- Hey Hey We're 10

Our Annual Reports can be found below

2016-17 Visual Annual Report

2015-16 Annual Report

2016-17 Annual Report

Theatre Bristol is an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation and Bristol City Council Key Arts Provider.

* Artists = writers, circus artists, puppeteers, dancers, live art artists, producers, directors, designers, technicians, funders, stage managers, musicians, composers, thinkers, administrators, bookkeepers, fundraisers, critics, enthusiasts, supporters… everyone who’s interested is welcome.

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We need your help. We want to maintain this site for the 20,000 people who use it each month, but the technology it is built on needs serious updating. If you use the site please support us with a £3 donation, or whatever you feel able to give, so we can develop it and keep it a free and valuable resource for people who make and love theatre.

You can also give to us without costing you a penny by signing up to Easy Fundraising, so when you shop online from over 2500 retailers Theatre Bristol will receive a donation.

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