Connecting the Dots

An image of artists sat in a circle in conversation

The past few years have been a testing time for our industry. Looking to the future, we want to change how we work together in Bristol and the South West — as a small group of venues, we have started thinking about how as a collective we might find moments in the year to link our pathways and programmes for artists, celebrating and sustaining them alongside platforming their work in the places they call home.   

Throughout March, join us in exploring what a connected city offer for theatre-makers might look like. Co-delivered by Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory TheatresTrinity Centre and The Wardrobe Theatre & with input from many others, Connecting the Dots is a joined-up initiative piloting how we can work together to present and cross-promote shows, free workshops, meetups, residencies and open forums for artists and audiences here in the South West.  

This is a pilot – a work-in-progress, even. It’s the beginning of an idea pulled together at pace with a want from all of us to build for the future. The initiative will have events that take place in-person and a small digital programme. We want to know what you think of it and to hear your feedback and your ideas for what this could become. 

With love,   

Trinity Centre, Bristol Old Vic, The Wardrobe Theatre & Tobacco Factory Theatres.  


Access

We will gladly book interpreters and/or captioning for any events as needed. If you have booked for an event and require interpretation, captioning, or another access adjustment, please email elinor.lower@bristololdvic.org.uk and we will book it. If possible, please give us at least 5 day’s notice so we can ensure captioners/interpreters are available. All rooms are wheelchair accessible via lift and have access to accessible and gender neutral toilets.

Financial barriers

These workshops are offered for free but we have a limited number of stipends available for those that might experience financial barriers to attendance. This could go towards travel, your time, etc. To request one, drop us an email at elinor.lower@bristololdvic.org.uk - stipends will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 


How to pitch with Ben Atterbury (in person)

Duration:
3-5pm

The trick to successfully pitching your projects can often feel like one of the industry’s most closely guarded secrets.

How much information about your show should you include? Do you need to have production photos? What about inviting people to see your stuff? How on earth should I talk about me & my work?!

Wonder no more. In this workshop, Ben Atterbury (New Work Producer at Bristol Old Vic) will walk you through developing your own style of sharing your work with the people and places you want to connect with. 

Also streamed online; more info coming soon. 

  • 3:00pm

Inspiration Station: Ned Glasier (via Zoom)

Duration:
10am - 10.45am

Start your day right with Inspiration Station. Each event will feature a short provocation by someone who inspires us, followed by a Q&A. Bring your breakfast, get inspired.

Ned Glasier is a theatre director, writer and consultant, working primarily with young people and non-professional makers and performers. Ned makes space for teenagers and community participants to speak about things that are important to them, and to make plays together that create change. He is the founder and artistic director of Company Three, an award-winning company making theatre with teenagers in North London. He has led projects for theatres including The Young Vic Theatre, the National Theatre, the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Company of Angels (now Boundless Theatre), Southwark Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre. 

  • 10:00am
    Via Zoom

Problem Surgery - 1:1 Theatre Troubleshooting (via Zoom)

Duration:
1-5pm, 30-minute slots

Got a question you can’t find the answer to? Stuck in funding application hell? Just not sure where to take a project next or how to shift it forward? You’re in luck! For two afternoons this March, we’re delighted to be hosting The Problem Surgery.   

Come with your problems or your knottiest questions and prepare to have them calmly untangled by some of the Bristol’s kindest and sharpest minds, drawn from our broad community of independents and organisations.

  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
  • 3:00pm
  • 4:00pm

Inspiration Station: David Ellington (via Zoom)

David Ellington is profoundly Deaf and a British Sign language (BSL) user. David discovered his talent for acting in 1997 when he performed as part of the Deaf Festival at the Swan Theatre. He then landed a presenting job with BBC Education, which helped him to pursue his career in television, film and theatre. Since then, David has enjoyed being involved in numerous acting and experimental film-making projects. He has been part of multiple productions with Graeae, acted in Theatre Ad Infinitum’s EXTRAORDINARY WALL O̶F̶ ̶S̶I̶L̶E̶N̶C̶E̶, won Best Actor for DEF in the Deaf Oscars, and was part of the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony. 

  • 10:00am

Holding Space for Creativity with Roseanna Dias and Prince Taylor (in person)

Duration:
3-5pm

We know spaces affect the way we feel, whether they're online, in-person, or a blend of the two.

Good surroundings can be the difference between a stressful day and a peaceful one. But how do we begin to establish and protect spaces for people to be themselves, to be creative, to take risks? Join creative producers Roseanna Dias and Will Taylor for an afternoon exploring how radical approaches to care and community building can equip you with the skills to revolutionise the spaces around you. 

  • 2:00pm

Directors' Meetup - Hosted by Emma Callander (in person)

Duration:
2-5pm
  • 2:00pm

Co-Creating with Communities - Strike a Light (via Zoom)

Duration:
1-2.30pm

Strike A Light believe that the arts can change lives and that everyone, regardless of background and circumstance, should be given opportunities to watch, make and participate. In this afternoon workshop, Philippa and Sarah from the SAL team will explore how we can collaborate responsibly with the communities around us, and what true co-creation might look like for theatre. 

  • 1:00pm
    (Via Zoom)

Inspiration Station: Miranda Cromwell (via Zoom)

Duration:
10am - 10.45am

Start your day right with Inspiration Station. Each event will feature a short provocation by someone who inspires us, followed by a Q&A. Bring your breakfast, get inspired.

Miranda Cromwell was the Young Company Director at Bristol Old Vic for almost ten years before venturing into a freelance directing career. Assisting first on productions at Bristol Old Vic, her directing, co-directing, associate and assisting credits since span theatres across the UK and a Broadway transfer. As Co-Director, Death of a Salesman (Young Vic Theatre/West End Transfer). As Director, Rockets and Blue Lights (National Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange/BBC Radio 3). As Associate Director, Company – Olivier Award, Critics Circle Award, (Gielgud Theatre), Angels in America – Olivier and Tony Award-winning (National Theatre/Neil Simon Theatre, Broadway).  

  • 10:00am
    Via Zoom

Producers' Meetup - Hosted by Liz Counsell (in person)

Duration:
2-5pm
  • 2:00pm

Embedding Access - hosted by Liz Counsell (via Zoom)

Duration:
2-4pm

Join Producer Liz Counsell and a panel of exciting creatives as they discuss and break down what it means to truly embed access in your creative work, and how opening the door to greater access is a win for everyone. 

  • 2:00pm
    Via Zoom

Getting to Grips with the new ACE Project Grants (via Zoom)

Duration:
3-5pm

If you’re planning to submit an ACE Project Grant and want some time to get your head round the new application process, this is for you. 

The workshop will include:
• Key differences between the old and new application form
• What are the Let’s Create Outcomes and how do I show how my project contributes to
them?
• What are the Investment Principles and how do they apply to my project?
• Discussion and support from other people in the same boat
• Time to ask questions


The session will use practical activities and discussions to put the new process into action. You can use a project you’re planning to put in an application for, to help you get started on your bid, or just an example project to apply the concepts to. 

This workshop is ideal if you have an understanding of the basics of writing an ACE bid and want to make sure you’re up to date, but will include a quick overview for those who haven't applied before. Please note this will be specific to the new grant process, rather than a general workshop on bid-writing skills. 

  • 3:00pm
    Via Zoom

Finance for Artists with Rhyannan Hall (in person)

Duration:
1-3pm (this 4hr workshop is split into two 2hr sessions)

If you’ve ever felt the approach of the Self-Assessment deadline fill you with dread, this workshop’s for you. Join artist and numbers whiz Rhyannan Hall for two free sessions where you’ll learn to build a financial process that works for you, demystify the bookkeeping process, and interrogate the way you feel about money. 

  • 1:00pm
    Part 1
  • 1:00pm
    Part 2