Once Upon A Time – Produced by Theatre Bristol with Circomedia and the Polish Cultural Institute in London.
Once Upon A Time is a thoughtful and passionate show about ageing and the passing of time, told through the extraordinary bodies of two dancers and one trapeze artist, all aged over 65. At once a celebration of, and a provocation on our relationship with ageing, this dance-theatre performance reveals how time marks its inevitable course through our skin, our muscles, our identity.
Drawing from Jean Amery’s book “On Aging: Revolt and Resignation”, Agnieszka Blonska has created a poetic piece which offers powerful insight into the effects of aging and time passing, and focuses on the stories that emerge as the life of a physical performer evolves.
“It is becoming what remains, a shell –(…) his or her body – but becoming in the same breath of thought the most extreme human authenticity, since in the end it is what is finally right”
On Aging, Revolt and Resignation, Jean Amery
Temple Songs by Jennifer Bell and the Beautiful Machine – Part of a series of Bristol Temple Quarter commissions co-ordinated by Watershed, Knowle West Media Centre, and Mayk with support from Bristol City Council and Arts Council England.
An a-cappella song cycle written especially for people working within the Bristol Enterprise Zone. Over a week in May there were 5 individual perfomances in offices within the enterprise zone followed by a private performance of the whole cycle in an empty office at the end of the week.
Following the private performance there was a public performace as part of Mayfest, Bristol’s Festival of Contemporary Theatre.
Kid Carpet and the Noisy Animals by Ed Patrick – Originally part of the SITE commisioning process with The Tobacco Factory in 2011
Theatre Bristol went on to produce the finished piece for children under 7 with a sell out week at The Brewery and a national tour in 2012.
Beyond by Karla Shacklock – Commisioned by Bristol City Council
Theatre Bristol produced Beyond by Karla Shacklock, a site specific piece at The Looking Glass, in partnership with Bristol City Council, Bristol Old Vic and Circomedia.
My Secret Garden by Roustabout Theatre, created by Toby Hulse – Originally part of the SITE commisioning process with The Tobacco Factory in 2011
Theatre Bristol produced a festival tour of My Secret Garden, a piece for very young children. The tour was supported by Activate Performing Arts, Fuse Festival, Chelmsford Borough Council, Winchester Hat Fair, and Oxford Playhouse.
Pedestrian by Tom Wainwright – Originally commissioned as part of the Theatre Bristol and Theatre Bristol commissioning process in 2009.
Following the original perfomances in Bristol Old Vic Studio Pedestrian had a sucessful run at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010. Theatre Bristol produced a national tour of Pedestrian in 2011.