Theatre Explorers of the World Unite: A series of free workshops and inspiring conversations announced for a digital audience.

Theatre Explorers of the World Unite:
A series of free workshops, conversations and inspiring content announced today for Bristol Old Vic’s digital audience.

As theatre’s mark the one-year anniversary of having to close their doors, Bristol Old Vic announces an additional series of opportunities for audiences to explore, engage with and contribute to the digital life of their theatre, until we can be in the same space once again.

On 31 Mar, Olivier Award-winner Giles Terera’s debut play The Meaning of Zong will be supported by a free Q&A to anyone who would like to engage in a conversation with the cast and creative team who brought this hugely important production to life. This free event will provide a forum for a full and frank discussion about the play, what it means to our society and the reasons for telling this story now.

The Meaning of Zong tells of the notorious massacre aboard the slave ship Zong in 1781, and how uncovering its story galvanised the growing Abolition movement in the UK. Originalldeveloped at Bristol Old Vic in 2018, this radio play revival will be broadcast on Sun 21 Mar on BBCR3 before then being available on BBC Sounds.  The cast includes Giles Terera as Olaudah Equiano and Samuel West as Granville Sharp. They are joined by Moronkẹ Akinola, Akiya Henry, Gloria Obianyo, Michael Balogun, Nikesh Patel, Sule Rimi, Michael Bertenshaw and Paul Hickey.

On 30 April, to mark the final date of the digital run of the theatre’s hugely successful Favourites Box Set of On Demand shows, Bristol Old Vic will be hosting a digital get-together of the cast and creatives from The Grinning Man, the most popular production in the season. Anyone who has taken the show to their heart since 2017 is invited to this free event which looks at how the production was created, the impact it had and the fan art it has inspired! With guest members of the creative team, including Gyre & Gimble puppetry designers Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié.

On 22 Mar, which also marks the On Demand release of Bristol Old Vic’s 2015 watershed production Pink Mist, playwright Owen Sheers offers his own suggestions for inspirational free digital content to explore from artists working across the UK and beyond by curating our second “Five Beautiful Things”. The first ‘Beautiful Things’ to be shared was from Olivier-award winner Giles Terera and is available to access now on our website.

And to support all budding theatre-explorers out there, Bristol Old Vic is following up its sell-out series of free workshops “Let’s…” with seven brand-new sessions include topics as wide ranging as an introduction to music and sound and how to tell a story, through to learning about auditions or how to start a career in theatre. Open to everyone, no matter your experience level, these free sessions open up the world of theatre-making, and run by expert theatre and performance professionals.

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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