Become a Commissioning Patron

Directly support the work and artists that help us to reopen your theatre.

The government’s support for theatres is a vital lifeline, but that support does not include the money to create work – to do the very thing that theatres do for their communities: to create experiences which delight, entertain, and respond to the world around us.

This is where you can help.


Artist Patron: £500

As we work towards reopening, we’re commissioning artists to create work and perform in our various spaces, including our Bar & Café Courtyard Stage, our outside Garden Stage and in our main theatre.

Help us to create these vital, intimate performances and help to support local talent in Bristol by becoming an Artist Patron for £500.

Programme Patron: from £1,500

Five new commissions for £3,000 were announced in June and presented in September as part of the Bristol Ferment Takeover, delivering exciting new performances which responded to COVID-19 as it was felt in Bristol and beyond. We are raising funds for further commissions like this.

You can support this innovative work by becoming a Programme Patron and donating to the cost of a new commission.

  • Part-sponsor a commission from £1,500
  • Sponsor a full, or multiple commissions at £3,000 per commission

If you are interested in becoming a Commissioning Patron, please email Doug Middling, our Individual Giving Manager, on doug.middling@bristololdvic.org.uk.

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