With our Resource Packs, Bristol Old Vic aims to give teachers practical and insightful guides to bringing theatre to life in the classroom.
Reasons To Stay Alive
1 – 5 Oct 2019
At 24, Matt’s world collapsed under the weight of depression. This is the true story of his journey out of crisis; a profoundly uplifting exploration of living and loving better.
In the Willows
29 May – 1 Jun 2019
With epic show tunes and killer beats, this classic story is brought popping and locking into the 21st century in an extraordinary new hip-hop musical. Featuring fast bikes, fierce moves and fabulous vocals, and starring the Olivier Award-winning Clive Rowe (Guys & Dolls, Tracy Beaker) as Badger.
Noughts & Crosses
12 – 16 Mar 2019
This gripping Romeo and Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.
23 Jan – 16 Feb 2019
A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. Expect show girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, music, mischief and mistaken identity – and butterflies by the thousand.
10–14 Jul 2018
In pre-war France, a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their world upside down.
A Monster Calls
31 May – 16 Jun 2018
A Monster Calls, the extraordinary and heartbreaking novel by Patrick Ness – now an international bestseller and major motion picture – is brought to the stage for the first time in a powerful new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty).
A Streetcar Named Desire
17–21 Mar 2018
This bold new revival of Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece is a fiery portrayal of what it means to be an outsider, in a society where we’re all desperate to belong.
The Cherry Orchard
1 Mar – 7 Apr 2018
Full of wild humour and piercing sadness, award-winning playwright Rory Mullarkey’s fresh, funny and honest new translation of Chekhov’s final masterpiece maps a civilised and complacent culture on the brink of collapse.
17–20 Jan 2018
Combining movement, imagery and provocative narratives into Gecko Theatre’s trademark style, The Wedding brings the complexities of human nature into question.
The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales
30 Nov 2017 – 14 Jan 2018
Emma Rice’s “exquisite” (Daily Telegraph) production came to Bristol following its critically acclaimed premiere at Shakespeare’s Globe.
Things I Know To Be True
6–10 Feb 2018
Co-directed by Frantic Assembly’s Tony and Olivier Award-nominated Artistic Director Scott Graham and State Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Geordie Brookman, Things I Know To Be True, featuring Frantic Assembly’s celebrated physicality, is a complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family that is both poetic and brutally frank.
Rita Sue and Bob Too
3–7 Oct 2017
Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play, written for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when she was just 19, is a vivid portrait of girls caught between brutal childhood and an unpromising future, both hungry for adult adventure.
8 Oct – 7 Nov 2015
Written at the height of the McCarthyist witch-hunts in 1950s America, The Crucible plots the brutal self-destruction of a fragile Puritan community obsessed by the fear of witchcraft. A timeless moral parable, it has a habit of unmasking the fears and hypocrisies of any age in which it is played.
7 – 11 Jul 2015
Athens is cursed! King Theseus has only one desire: a son to inherit the throne, but every child born to him perishes after only a few hours. Despair leads Theseus to seek terrifying answers, and a truth which will bring him eye-to-eye with the most hideous creature in the ancient world – Medusa!
A brand new legend inspired by Greek myths perfect for ages 7 years and older and Key Stage 2 and 3.
St Werburgh’s New Curriculum Pilot
1 & 3 July 2014
Aim of the session: To work with a year 4 class for two afternoon sessions, reinforcing the children’s learning around Anglo Saxon village life using theatre techniques.
11–22 Nov 2014
War Game tells the story of the opening months of World War I through the eyes of a village football team who sign up, train, are despatched to the Front and then play in the famous Christmas Day match across No Man’s Land.
10 Feb – 29 Mar 2014
A bold and dynamic re-imagining of Brontë’s timeless masterpiece presented in two parts with an ensemble cast of actors and musicians.