Theatre Review – Jack Thorne’s junkyard at Bristol Old Vic

The cast of Jack Thorne's 'Junkyard'

Often the hardest stories to tell are the most simple. Junkyard’s wonderfully guileless and direct plot is so disarming that you cannot help but be drawn in by its innocence.

From acclaimed Bristol writer Jack Thorne (This is EnglandLet the Right One In), Junkyard is a musical like none you’ve ever seen.

Read the full review in Bristol24/7

Theatre Review – Under the Dark Moon @Bristol Old Vic

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Sinister, tragic and hopeful in equal measure, Under the Dark Moon sees Bristol’s wonderfully creative Invisible Circus leading us on an adventure through our fears.

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The Ted Bundy Project – Review

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“Don’t expect to settle in comfortably for Greg Wohead’s thought provoking and deeply disturbing one man show, The Ted Bundy Project. Expect to be a little scared – not of serial killers as you would probably expect, but of something much more threatening and personal”.

Genuinely unsettling and highly recommended, read my review in Guide2Bristol here

The Dance of The Magnetic Ballerina – Review

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“Mesmerising and in parts unsettling, unique one woman performance ‘The Dance of the Magnetic Ballerina’ immediately plunges you into darkness with only the tinkling of a music box for company”.

Read my review of Andrea Miltnerova’s ballet performance with a twist in Guide2Bristol

Under the Dark Moon – The Invisible Circus Review

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Macabre, melancholy and magically entertaining… Roll up, roll up as The Invisible Circus takes you on a journey through your fears

In their typically unique style, Under the Dark Moon is an equally sinister and optimistic performance that tells the fears of five tortured souls and playfully mocks the awful hold self-doubt can have over your life if you let it.

Read the full review in Guide2Bristol here.

Theatre Review: Ours was the Fen Country at Bristol Old Vic

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As a lass that grew up in Lincolnshire in fen country I was pretty intrigued by this one. Bleak, flat, unpretentious and unflinchingly honest, Ours was the Fen Country captures the weird and wise nature of a lifestyle and industry close to being forgotten. Read my review here.

And by the way, the top pic is the official poster for the play, the photo below is taken by me of Billinghay, Lincolnshire, where I grew up. Enjoy!

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Man Up, Jonny Fluffypunk – Theatre Review

Dole dossing self titled ‘armchair revolutionary’ and poet Jonny Fluffypunk meanders his way through the difficulty of growing up and being the father he knows he should be in this performance in development for Bristol Old Vic Ferment. He’s a character you will no doubt recognise – Bristol is full of Fluffypunks! You can read my review in Strawberry Line Time here. 

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Just Because I have a Launderette in my Thigh, Doesn’t mean I’m Milkshake Wednesday

Byron Vincent’s hilarious and disturbing play about mental illness and the tricky business of living with it is brilliant. Read my review in Strawberry Line Times here.

Showing as part of Bristol Old Vic Ferment, it was a work in progress – I urge you to go and see the finished performance and meet Byron and his lamb chop called Allen for yourself.

Natalie

Theatre Review – ‘For Their Own Good’ – Bristol Old Vic Ferment Fortnight

On Saturday I went to watch a very interesting play about confronting death, loss and our own mortality. A work in progress staged at Bristol Old Vic the production was unique, thoughtful and I really enjoyed it. You can read my review in Strawberry Line Times Here, and  I really would recommend going to see it if you get the chance.

 

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Watershed & the British Film Institute encourage young film makers

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Bristol’s Watershed has done it again – flexing its artistic muscle and encouraging emerging talent and artistic flair in young people, this time in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI).

The BFI have announced today that Watershed is one of twenty-four film academy partners who will, from March 2013, run intensive masterclasses, practical workshops and live projects aimed at talented 16 – 19 year olds. Other partners include Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

The project will provide valuable experience to help them in their first steps toward working in the film industry. It aims to mentor and develop local creative talent by teaching them the skills necessary to become the next generation of local film industry professionals.

The screenings, workshops and projects will give budding film makers a complete and holistic knowledge of the world of film, from production to exhibition.

Always an organisation that can be counted on to strike while the iron is hot, Watershed have already confirmed an impressive line-up of industry leaders for involvement with the project including Bristol’s well-loved Aardman Animations, director and critic Mark Cousins and local-BAFTA winning filmmaker, Emma Lazenby.

They also have a great deal of support from distinguished and critically acclaimed industry fans including Bristol born Oscar® winner Iain Canning , producer of the King’s Speech and Shame who said;

“Watershed was central to my understanding of the history and possibilities of cinema and without it I wouldn’t have been inspired to produce the films that I have made.”

What better reference could they ask for!

Applications open on Fri December 7th, and the Watershed encourages any ‘talented, committed 16 – 19 year olds with a passion for film’ to apply.

Places are free, but are no doubt going to be in high demand.

Watershed’s Engagement Projects Producer, Hannah Higgson said;

“The Film Academy builds upon Watershed’s strong history of identifying, empowering and supporting local young talent. I’m looking forward to working in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, who will also be running an Academy, to help give the next generation of Iain Cannings the skills and experience they need to maybe one day collect an Oscar® themselves.”

So once again, congratulations to Bristol for continuing to prove itself as a hub of artistic and creative talent – a city that encourages emerging talent and repeatedly and open mindedly provides opportunities for young people.

Natalie