Ferment Fortnight – January 2019

Listed by: Bristol Ferment
Contact: Ben Atterbury ()


Tue 22 Jan 6:00pm BOOK

By Bristol Ferment

Bristol Ferment has a new Producer and we’d love to say hello.

Join us at this event as we discuss the future of Ferment and our collective aspirations; what do we want artist development in Bristol to mean, and what do we want it to look like? We want to hear your ideas and share some of our own amongst guests from all over the city.

We’ll bring the friendly faces, you bring the honesty; we’re all ears.


Wed 23 Jan 8:00pm BOOK

By Gagglebabble

Jessie’s Tattoo Club is a mysterious place where stories flow, songs are shared, myths are busted and art makes its mark. Stricken by grief, one young woman is about to pick up the courage to cross the threshold into the tattoo club. What she will find is a rebellious world of ghosts and icons, songs and stories, and the legendary Jessie Knight. She will have some wild tales to get off her chest, backed by a live band, with music inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, and Patti Smith.

Following their hit gig-theatre shows Sinners Club and The Bloody Ballad, Gagglebabble return to Bristol Old Vic with their new work-in-progress Jessie’s Tattoo Club – blending the life and poems of the trailblazing first female British tattoo artist Jessie Knight with elements of the counter-cultural world of tattooing, circus, and alternate rock music. Jessie’s Tattoo Club will be a place where only the brave may enter, but dig under the skin and you’ll find a brand new universe.

Supported by Arts Council England


Thu 24 Jan 8:00pm BOOK
Fri 25 Jan 8:00pm BOOK

By FullRogue

‘Whoever masters form masters time.’
Glyn Maxwell

‘We are only just starting to be able to make eye contact with the male gaze, and not just call it reality.’
Lucy Prebble, Twitter, 17.11.17

Nell and Oscar meet on Studland beach in Dorset. It’s 1595… or maybe it’s 1610. Oscar has returned from his first term at university and Nell is doing fuck all. They will meet here, again and again, on this beach… for the next 400 years. Stuff will change. As it does with time. They will try to keep up.


Fri 25 Jan 6:00pm BOOK

By Lucy Bell

How did it come to this?  How did I miss the clues?  This story began seven years ago but built to its grisly climax in the two weeks before Christmas, to a soundtrack of screeching brakes and something far worse: The Greatest Hits of Westlife…

Inspired by frank and funny conversations with “special needs” families, Laminated is about a family on a collision course with each other. Performed by Annette Chown (Closer Each Day), with a tapestry of rural characters and a breakneck plot, the play explores the impact on marriage of having a high-needs child, and welcomes us into a world of baffled and baffling NHS employees, contraband sausages and overheating laminators.


Sat 26 Jan 6:00pm BOOK

By Amy Mason and Toby Parker-Rees


Featuring a woman and her (talking) cat, Fur Baby is a funny, dark, and brutally honest look at the way society views women who choose not to reproduce. Following three successful Ferment developed autobiographical shows (The IslandersMassHollering Woman Creek), Fur Baby is Amy Mason’s first play.

This performance will be a script-in-hand reading of an extract of the play.


Martha is visited by a man who wants to know about her dog.  She’s happy to talk about Pan, because she loves him.  He is a great dog.  He is the audience.

Martha has new friends now, dogwalking friends, and they’ve begun to find terrible things down by the river.  Pan hasn’t found anything though, and Martha’s worried there’s something wrong.  She loves Pan – he is such a good dog – so she has to help him.

The Great Dog, Pan is a monologue about feeling anxious and lonely in modern England – the reasons for it, and the things that people do to cope.  It’s also about the lifechanging strangeness of having a pet.


Sat 26 Jan 8:00pm BOOK

By The Sum (Emma Callander & Tom Wainwright)

The practice of making negative comments to someone you find attractive in order to make them take an interest in you. Cambridge Dictionary

A few years back a man called Julien Blanc was banned from coming to the UK to hold his ‘pick up artist’ workshops where he claimed to be able to ‘Make girls BEG to sleep with you after SHORT-CIRCUITING their emotional and logical mind’*

This got us thinking about how we all think about love, connection and intimacy in the modern world, and we wanted to make something in response. This work-in-progress will be the first time we have publicly shared some of that thinking…

*this claim is direct from his CURRENT website


Mon 28 Jan 8:00pm BOOK

By Vanessa Kisuule

Diversity and inclusion is a hot topic in the arts and (well overdue) changes are happening across the board. But when ‘marginalised’ voices are given space, what stories are they implicitly and explicitly expected to tell? And who are they being performed for?

Black History Month often exposes a limited perception of what narratives we imagine black artists can take ownership of; legacies of struggle and violence, slavery and suffering, and the perpetual focus on familiar figures such as Martin Luther King only tell part of our experience, and perhaps it is time to consider those individuals left in the margins of history as well as those closer to home.

What other stories would you like to hear?
What other stories would you like to tell?
What do you want to celebrate and who do we need to remember?

Join current Bristol City Poet Vanessa Kisuule (Sexy) for this informal salon-style conversation – come and speak your mind, air your grievances and air your hopes; share your ideas for what should happen now and what should happen next. All are welcome, but we especially want to hear from a wide range of voices from across the Black diaspora.

This conversation may include hot takes & cake.


Tue 29 Jan 8:00pm BOOK

By Jack Dean

Set sail with Freydis and her son Snorri on a Viking adventure brought to life through storytelling, live animation and music. Join her crew of explorers as they find out they’re not alone in this strange new land and come face to face with ghosts, monsters and wild gooseberries. Follow Snorri as he confronts an ancient being set on revenge and learns the truth about himself.

Vinland retells the incredible historical tale of the Vikings last journey to America inspired by the Viking sagas of Erik the Red and his family.

Supported by Arts Council England & artsdepot.


Wed 30 Jan 8:00pm BOOK

By Ryan O’Shea

Aurora borealis comes in view… a cloud appears above your head… and a beam of light comes shining down, on you.

I R A N is a solo performance investigating notions of anxiety and the human desire to run away from emotion. Pungent with the euphoric melancholy of electronic music and taking the narrative and stylings of hit song ‘I Ran (So Far Away)’ by 80’s new wave, synth-pop band A Flock of Seagulls, I R A N follows a character as they fall in love with a seagull and struggle to face their feelings. A treadmill, a scrolling LED text bar and a mute performer guide audiences through an unusual world formed with a sharp, mesmeric aesthetic. Playful, surreal, and lonely, this is for those who dream of running, of running far away…


Thu 31 Jan 8:00pm BOOK
Fri 1 Feb 8:00pm BOOK

By The Wardrobe Ensemble

‘Judicious punishment! ‘Twas this flesh begot
Those pelican daughters.’

King Lear

The Wardrobe Ensemble (1972: The Future of SexEducation, Education, Education) return to Ferment with a work-in-progress performance of their latest show, The Pelican Daughters, made in co-production with Complicité and Royal & Derngate Northampton.

In Shakespeare’s time, it was said that pelican mothers would feed their young on their own blood. Our show is an examination of inheritance, family, what’s fair and what’s not, told through the story of four sisters trying to come to terms with their mother’s death. It’s about growing-up and what comes next.


Fri 1 Feb 6:00pm BOOK

By Liz Mytton

The strange tale of Marcus Garvey and the KKK.

A picture of Marcus Garvey – Pan-African leader, journalist and orator – graces the walls of millions of black households: a bonafide Jamaican National Hero. Then there’s Edward Young Clarke, a pioneer of US public relations who transformed the KKK from a fringe grouping to one of the largest fraternal organisations of the twentieth century. He’s less recognisable because he often wears a white mask.

Inspired by true events, this work in progress is set in the fiercely monochrome world of 1920s America, examining the strange and little talked of alliance formed by these two influential men. Separated by a political abyss, and with the agendas of their people in direct conflict, why would they come together to meet at all?


Sat 2 Feb 6:00pm BOOK

By Bristol Design Assembly and Bristol Ferment

Bristol Design Assembly and Ferment host a discussion that poses the question; how theatre making might work if designers were the lead creatives on a project? Modern theatre’s aesthetic calls for huge variations in style, materials and technologies. In the past, a rep system fostered an economy of repeatedly recycled cloths and flats, but for modern artists this approach may be unfulfilling.

As the economy shifts, budgets are growing increasingly tight and creative teams’ aesthetic ambitions are often dampened by the practicalities of short get ins and runs. Could designers being the instigators of projects help bridge a gap between ambition and economy? Would designers leading a project be an artistically enriching process?


Sat 2 Feb 8:00pm BOOK

By Huge if True

Please note: By booking for the ‘Take Part’ element of this event, you will be participating in an actual exercise class, and you will need to come to theatre wearing suitable clothes and shoes for a high intensity training session.

If you are pregnant, have a pre-existing medical condition or have any concerns or questions, please feel free to give us a call before booking your ticket.

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Sat 2 Feb 8:00pm BOOK

By Huge if True

I can do anything.
I can be anyone you need me to be.
I can make you anyone you need to be.
I made you strong.
I made you thin.
I made you proud.
I made you walk again.
I made you comfortable in your skin.
I made you a meal plan.
I made you attractive to your wife.
I made you into a triathlete.
I made you a 32-inch waist.
I made you healthy.
I made you see your kids again.
I made you brave.
I made you confident.
I made you a six pack.
I made you set goals.
I made you smash them.

How does it feel to spend your life helping other people transform, when you are denied the very same transformation? Total Body Conditioning is a thirty-minute high intensity interval training class exploring personal transformation and the emotional labour which enables it. Take part or watch, but ask yourself, are you going to settle for second best?

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