Stepping Behind the Scenes8 Sep 2023
On Sun 19 Sep, to celebrate Heritage Open Day and Bristol 650, we're flinging open the doors for a day of free activities exploring the creative people who have made stories come to life on our stage for more than 250 years. There's an exclusive tour, exhibition, and a kid's workshop.
If you can't wait that long - here's a sneak peek of what's in store!
On this self-guided tour you will meet guides around Bristol Old Vic who will bring the spaces to life with stories about the creative people that have worked to make our shows come alive.
Get exclusive access to some backstage areas of the theatre including...
The Linbury Paintshop with its historic paint frame.
(Did you know, during our foyer refurbishment in 2016-18, the paintshop was turned into a Backstage Bar and audiences came through stage door to see the shows?)
Bristol Old Vic's roof space which is home to the oldest working Thunder Run in country.
(Did you know we last used the Thunder Run in King Lear in 2016 to celebrate the theatre's 250th birthday?)
Head upstairs to Coopers' Hall to see a temporary installation of photographs and designs from the Bristol Old Vic archives featuring costume designs, set designs and portraits of staff from years gone by.
Making a Scene
Learn how to make a scene with our interactive virtual reality workshop, (for kids aged 4-16).
In the workshop you get to create your own scenes using a prompt script from our archive as your inspiration. It's a great way to learn about different roles behind the scenes. Kids can be dropped off while grown-ups explore the rest of the event.