'One of the first things I learned in my new job is that pretty much everyone in Bristol has a story about Trinity'
Fergus Evans, Theatre and Dance Producer Trinity Community Arts
It is Wednesday and the kitchen is bustling with ladies chopping up vegetables. Upstairs rehearsals are going on for what will be The Record. In the reception a young person waits to attend a music session. The garden group are beginning to prepare for the Spring so there is muddy footprints trailing to the outside. Last night there was gig, tonight the hall will be full of young people attending Hype Dance. This is the Trinity Centre, the Georgian former church home to: Trinity Community Arts.
‘As a charity we believe that everyone in Bristol should have the opportunity to access and shape arts and culture in Bristol. This is why we developed the IGNiTE programme of Theatre and Dance, creating connections with the people and communities who use our space and world class artists and performers. Through listening to our community of users and local audiences we've managed to develop a programme which feels truly embedded and reflects the energy of the building and now we looking to complement this with a fabulous season of theatre and dance.’
Rhiannon Jones, Programme Manager, Trinity Community Arts
Trinity Center’s recently announced programme of Theatre and Dance is certainly destined to challenge and excite audiences. Mixing the exciting with the unexpected, the season’s five shows set out to provoke conversations. In I-Dentity Rider Shafique explores being mixed race and what it is like when you are neither but also both. Liz Aggiss’ giddy and sometimes sinister Slap and Tickle cheekily explores female sexuality and growing older. What you see is not always what you get in C'eci n'est past Noire (This is not Black) - a journey through identity politics, Beyonce and, a few parlour games. Putting the Band Back Together is a playful story about why we give up on our dreams and how we find them again. Gather the round dinner table in Daughters of the Curry Revolution and find out what it means to be the daughter of a migrant.
What makes the perfect Trinity performance? 'The artists we're working with are asking really big questions about the world - who we are and who we want to be as a society,' says Fergus Evans, Theatre and Dance Producer at Trinity. Throughout the season, there are loads of chances to get involved. From Q&A's and panel discussions to dance workshops and informal sharings, there are opportunities to meet the artists, learn new skills, and be part of the conversation. And with Unfolding Theatre's Putting The Band Back Together, you can even join the house band and play along with Ross Millard from The Futureheads as part of the performance.
The message is clear: Don't just come see a show. Take part. Speak up. Start something.
Slap and Tickle, Liz Aggiss 18th March 7.30pm £10 / £8
Ceci n'est pas Noire (This is not Black), Alesandra Seutin I Vocab Dance Company 25th March, 7.30pm £10 / £8
Putting The Band Back Together, Unfolding Theatre 21st April, 7.30pm £10 / £8
I-Dentity, Rider Shafique 28th April, 7.30pm £10 / £8
Daughters of the Curry Revolution, Afreena Islam 5th/6th/7th May : 3pm / 5pm / 7pm £12 / £10
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