What is interpretation?
In museums and heritage sites, anything that helps us to explore and engage with the past it is called interpretation.
From the very beginning of our Heritage project, we wanted our interpretation to be as engaging and high quality as the performances we showcase at Bristol Old Vic. To do that, we’ve developed a whole range of creative displays, from traditional exhibitions and installations to a futuristic augmented reality experience. Really, anything can be interpretation!
Our Heritage interpretation includes:
1. An Audience With the Past* | Dress Circle, Upper Circle and The Macara Gallery horseshoes
See characters, playbills and posters from the past 250 years side by side for the very first time
Designed and installed by Emily Ketteringham
2. The House is Open! | Foyer
Watch the original Theatre wall transform before your eyes in this exclusive pre-show mapped projection film, marking the architectural changes of our building, played 30 mins before each evening performance
Designed in collaboration between Aardman and Limbic Cinema
3. Noises Off: 250 Years of Sound Technology in the Theatre* | The Macara Gallery level
Learn the tricks of the trade and become a theatre technician in our interactive corridor, and sneak a peek at our 18th-century sound equipment: the Thunder Run
Designed by Joe Ravenhill of 2FeetBelow
4. A Window to the Past | Foyer
Step back in time and explore different parts of the Foyer across four time periods with our immersive augmented reality experience
Designed in collaboration between Limbic Cinema and ZubrVR
5. Temporary Exhibitions (Coming in 2019) | Stage Left Pit passage
Visit rolling exhibitions, focussing on topics such as audience, representation and how to make a show
Designed by Joe Ravenhill, built by Rick Howie
6. Trials and Triumphs: 250 Years of Bristol Old Vic* | Pit horseshoe
An historic illustrated timeline of our Theatre’s history
Designed and painted by Hana Sunny Whaler
7. A Touch of History* | Stage Right Pit passage
Discover famous faces, past productions and show material using our digital archive interface
Software designed by Nick Harpley of Satzooma
8. King Street: From Marsh to Metropolis | Level -1
Uncover local legends and the rise and fall of King Street in our graffiti-style timeline
Designed and painted by Bex Glover
*Please note that these Heritage installations are unavailable during show times
Keep an eye out for the Heritage ‘H’ dotted around the building which marks the many creative displays that re-awaken our Theatre’s extraordinary origins.
The larger ‘H’ stickers on the floor next to our Box Office, on the Dias towards the Dress Circle and on the Level 1 balcony also provide the gateway to times gone by in our augmented reality experience, A Window to the Past.