Finding space to create and present performance in Bristol.

Finding space to create and present performance in Bristol.

Last year we were having lots of conversations about space (and usually the lack of it) in Bristol – space to rehearse in, and space to programme and tour work into the city. It’s not a new conversation by any means, but it felt increasingly high on the agenda, with both individual artists and established programmers struggling to find fit for purpose space in the city to make and present brilliant work for audiences.

We know of a number of established and new organisations are working to meet the need: The Wardrobe Theatre for example; but changes in programming methods at Arnolfini, the pending redevelopment of Bristol Old Vic studio and the end of Bristol City Council’s Capacity programme all contributed to the concern that, even as the ambition and reputation of Bristol’s performance community grows, the space and technical facility to make and present world-class theatre in our home city, is diminishing.

We put together a rough and ready survey in order to better understand how this loss of space impacts on the people making and presenting performance in Bristol and we had a great response which you can view here

We’d still love to hear from you if you have anything more to add on how space in Bristol impacts on you as an artist, programmer or audience member via email to with the subject line: SPACES IN BRISTOL.

If you want us to keep your response anonymous, please make sure you let us know in your email. 

Thank you.

Theatre Bristol