Travis Alabanza’s “Overflow” and Impermanence Dance announced as part of Bristol Old Vic’s digital season

Travis Alabanza’s hit show Overflow comes to Bristol Old Vic at Home digital season, alongside a digital double bill from Impermanence dance company, celebrating ten years of work.

A new online run of the Bush Theatre’s acclaimed production Overflow will be presented by Bristol Old Vic from 6-8 May. Bristol theatre-maker and writer Travis Alabanza’s latest play was premiered and recorded at the Bush Theatre in Dec 2020, and stars Reece Lyons as Rosie. It is a hilarious and devastating tour of women’s bathrooms; who is allowed in and who is kept out.

Cornered into a flooding toilet cubicle and determined not to be rescued again, Rosie distracts herself with memories of bathroom encounters. Drunken heart-to-hearts by dirty sinks, friendships forged in front of crowded mirrors, and hiding together from trouble.

But with her panic rising and no help on its way, can she keep her head above water?

Travis is one of the UKs leading trans voices whose first play Burgerz, was performed in late 2019 in Bristol Old Vic’s Weston Studio and took audiences by storm. They return to Bristol Old Vic’s digital season with this “warm, funny, sympathetic” play (Pink News).

Reece Lyons as Rosie. Photo credit: Sharron Wallace

Also announced today, Bristol Old Vic and Impermanence continue their creative partnership with a new double bill of online dance work, marking Bristol’s foremost Dance Company’s tenth anniversary. The first release, One More Edit (running 12-24 April), is a collection of works made for film from some of the most exciting artists working in dance, from the UK and overseas. This programme of evocative and inspiring dance works is curated by Impermanence and includes up-and-coming talent, contemporary artists and iconic choreographers, including ‘Edits Film’ by Marisa Zanotti – a poetic document from 2014 of the final performance by Lea Anderson’s all male company The Featherstonehaughs.

With costumes by three-time Oscar Winner Sandy Powell, Anderson’s choreography imagines that Fassbinder’s seminal film The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant is a score for the show’s choreography. Tune in for a tumultuous tour through the potential that is created by combining dance and the moving image.

Photo Credit: Pau Ros (One More Edit)

Lady Blackshirt is the second in the online dance programme. A new feature length experimental film from Impermanence, looking back at the growth of modernism and the accompanying radical ideologies of the early twentieth century. Born out of a research project where Impermanence commissioned 100 artists to respond to articles and extracts from early modernist magazines, the film is an abstract-dance-based-collage work, with new material filmed on the Bristol Old Vic stage during lockdown. It will join the digital stage from 10-22 May.

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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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