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A Spark and a Beating Heart

The following film is of work in progress for A Spark and a Beating Heart, from a performance in May 2016 at Bristol Old Vic.

Film made and donated by Redweather Productions: www.redweather.co.uk

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Prospero, Duke of Milan

Prospero, Duke of Milan Documentary film made and donated by Redweather Productions: www.redweather.co.uk

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The Breadhorse
Bristol Old Vic’s Studio 2013


Carol Chilcott Breadhorse

Image of Breadhorse by Carol Chilcott, photograph by Amanda Harman www.amandaharman.co.uk

The premiere of a new stage adaptation of acclaimed author Alan Garner's captivating short story, The Breadhorse.

The Breadhorse is a playground game where children carry each other on their backs. In Garner's story, this boisterous game turns nasty as one boy is forced to be the "Breadhorse" again and again.

Bristol's Firebird Theatre draw inspiration from the story's themes of bullying, isolation and empowerment to create an original and moving new piece in collaboration with young people across Bristol through a community chorus.

Firebird Theatre is a group of experienced disabled performers who work collaboratively to make striking, accessible performances that tell universal stories with personal resonance and theatrical imagination. The Breadhorse uses original music, poetic text and ensemble performance to create a playful production that will challenge, surprise and move audiences.

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YouTube: Firebird Theatre, Breadhorse Rehearsals January 2013

YouTube: Working with Tristan Sturrock

YouTube: The choir & the band

YouTube: Coming Together

YouTube: The Breadhorse

YouTube: Firebird Theatre, Performance Clips

The Breadhorse is made possible by the generous support of Arts Council England, Triangle Trust, Lark Trust, RTR Foundation, David Solomons Charitable Trust and Bristol Old Vic Ferment.
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The Nine Lessons of Caliban
Bristol Old Vic’s Studio 2012

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Caliban

Please see Bristol Old Vic’s website for more information about access and for more information about Ferment, the rest of the programme and bookings www.bristololdvic.org.uk

The Nine Lessons of Caliban Rehearsal Photographs

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Photographs of The Tempest and The Nine Lessons of Caliban by Graham Burke ©

The Nine Lessons of Caliban, Firebird Theatre, 3pm, Sat 22 January 2011, Bristol Old Vic

A unique performance of poetry written by the Firebird Poets in collaboration with poet Claire Williamson, and performed by Firebird Theatre, a company of disabled performers.

This performance for Ferment will be a stripped back version of the original piece, which was made for Bristol's Poetry Festival; it will focus on the text and performance and inviting audiences to share thoughts on ideas for future development.

* this performance will be BSL interpreted.

All Ferment showings are £4 unless indicated otherwise. Please see website for full details and more info on all of the companies and artists involved.

For more information about Ferment, the rest of the programme and bookings, please visit www.bristololdvic.org.uk

Nine Lessons

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The Nine Lessons of Caliban

Caliban SculptureFirebird Theatre with Bristol’s Poetry Can present The Nine Lessons of Caliban, a selection of poetry written by Claire Williamson and members of the Firebird Poets, inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest and performed by Claire Williamson, Firebird Theatre and Guests (to be confirmed later).

Sunday 19th September as part of Bristol’s Poetry Festival at the Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, performance times and ticket prices to be confirmed at a later date.

Claire and the poets came together to write poetry in dialogue with Firebird Theatre to support and inspire their interpretation of The Tempest, which was performed earlier this year at Bristol Old Vic, Salisbury Arts Centre and the Brewhouse, Taunton. This selection of the Poetry for the festival focuses on Caliban:

"When we look at people in the story of The Tempest, we put on their shoes to help us understand them. We channel our experiences into the people in The Tempest, so that we can feel like them and understand them. We express our feelings through them." [ - Firebird Poets].

Claire Williamson is a creative writer, based in Bristol. The Firebird Poets are: Jenny Stafford, Jenny Redlar, Brenda Cook, Claude Rimmer, Steve Knight, Brenda Carr, Penny Goater, Emily Pamon

The performance is dedicated to our friend and colleague, Claude Rimmer, artist and poet.

The performance lasts approx. 1 hour.
The performance will be BSL interpreted.
The Tempest Poetry and Performance has been supported by Poetry Can, Quartet Community Foundation, RTR Foundation and Arts Council England, South West

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Performances of The Tempest

Tempest RehearsalsFirebird Theatre's Regional Preview Tour of The Tempest is now finished with performances in the Studio at Bristol Old Vic on 4th, 5th and 6th March; Salisbury Arts Centre on March 18th and the Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre on 19th May 2010.
We are now in the process of evaluating the tour and planning what to do next. We will keep people informed via our News Blog and website. We are wanting to develop our educational work, to include workshops and downloadable materials on our website. We also have big ambitions to take The Tempest further afield so that more people can see it. This means we need to continue to develop it and improve what we do.
With The Tempest, we want to celebrate and share with the wider public the theatre we make; our theatre is unique because of who we are.

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The Tempest, Photography by Graham Burke ©

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Faustus

faustus tour 2007

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Faustus, Photography by Mark Simmons ©

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The Boy with a Cart

"magnificent … a magical night at the theatre" – Bristol Observer.

The Boy With a Cart
The Boy With a Cart The Boy With a Cart

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The Chalk Circle

Chalk Circle

"Brecht would have loved it" – audience member, BOV.

"raw on energy … powerful interpretation … compelling" – Venue.

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The Clowns

Clowns

"the most moving moment I have ever experienced in a theatre"–
Thomas Chalk, Bristol University Drama Dept student.

"pure theatre, pure human expression" – audience member, BOV.

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The Lying Doctors

Doctors

"inspiring and passionate" – University of Exeter, Drama Dept.

"when art and experience are blended together like this it is impossible to feel unmoved" – Tony Ryan, Values into Action conference.

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Sharing the Stars

Sharing The Stars

"powerful and visually striking performance with strong musical soundtrack" – Bristol Evening Post.

"goes from being angry, to deeply moving, to ultimately full of hope … their best yet" – audience member, BOV.

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