Courtyard Sessions

Four fab gigs are bringing rhythm and sound to our Courtyard Stage this August.

While the Theatre is getting ready for a one-of-a-kind season of new productions and world premieres, we’re hosting a series of gigs on our Courtyard Stage. Including acts from the talented Bristol-based band Jakabol, with a guest appearance from Malaika Kegode (Outlier), to the genius musical conversation of Sura Susso & Pete Yelding and the engaging sounds of Brook Tate’s jazz, soul, folk and theatre band.

What’s more, two Bristol food favourites have taken over our kitchens for the summer. Bristol Old Vic Presents... Pizzarova x Grano Kitchen are creating some truly special Mediterranean-inspired food for the summer, with everything from handmade sourdough pizzas, pastas, burrata, arancini and Caprese salad, to tiramisu, panna cotta and delectable Italian gelatos. So come down, bring friends and make an evening of it.


Pay What You Choose

So everyone can access tickets to our programme, we’ve introduced a flexible pricing scheme.

Table for 2 – £10 Open Concession / £20 Standard / £30 Pay It Forward
Table for 4 – £20 Open Concession / £40 Standard / £60 Pay It Forward
Table for 6 – £30 Open Concession / £60 Standard / £90 Pay It Forward
Single perch seat – £5 Open Concession / £12.50 Standard / £20 Pay It Forward

With reduced capacity, many of our shows sell out fast. Email our Box Office to be added to the waiting list.

Brook Tate

Venue:
Courtyard
Price:
PWYC (per table / perch seat)
Duration:
1 hour 40 mins, incl. interval
Ages:
All

Brook Tate is a Bristol-based artist, musician and theatre maker. 

Along with a full band blending jazz and soul with folk and theatre, Brook engages audiences with memorable melodies, narrative lyrics and rhythms to keep your body moving, hums humming and hands clapping. Likened to Jeff Buckley and Stevie Wonder, with a dash of This Is The Kit and Joni Mitchell. Funky. Fun. Emotional. Fabulous.

Osmoid feat. Joe Wilkins

Venue:
The Courtyard
Price:
PWYC (per table / perch seat)
Duration:
1 hour 35 mins incl. interval
Ages:
All

Bristol-based Hammond Organ and Drum duo bring Energy, Funk, New Orleans, Stank, Blues and more to the Courtyard Stage.

Jonny Henderson and Matt Brown have toured all over the globe in Kirk Fletcher’s trio and performed on his album Hold On (Best Contemporary Blues Album nominee, 2019). Separately, they’ve also performed with musicians such as Robben Ford, Matt Schofield, Pee Wee Ellis, Rodriguez, Lillian Boutte and Marc Ford.

This is a very special concert for two reasons: the duo will perform a new set of original material never heard before, and they’re bringing the incredible Joe Wilkins (Elles Bailey, Sefrial, Angel Snow)—one of their favourite guitarists in the world—to the stage too.

Jakabol featuring Malaika Kegode

Venue:
Courtyard
Price:
PWYC (per table / perch seat)
Duration:
1 hour 40 mins, incl. interval
Ages:
16+
Warning:
Language

Inspired by the energy of bands like Mahavishnu Orchestra and King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, Jakabol are a Bristol based experimental music collective that bends genre and challenges expectations of song structure.

Consisting of harp, violin, drums, guitar and keys they fuse world folk influences with progressive textures and explosive riffs.

Returning to the Old Vic after their time writing and performing the music in the acclaimed production of Outlier, they will be joined onstage by their long term collaborator, and Outlier star, Malaika Kegode for one of their sets.

  • 7:30pm

Sura Susso & Pete Yelding

Venue:
Courtyard
Price:
PWYC (per table / perch seat)
Duration:
1 hour 40 mins, incl. interval
Ages:
All

Sura Susso met Pete Yelding over a decade ago, playing around a fire late at night at a small festival in Suffolk. This year, to find a musical antidote to the pathos and uncertainty of these times, they began a collaborative project exploring Lullabies.

The first incarnation of this premiered at Bristol Old Vic in September as a piece of storytelling theatre titled Maimuna and Timingjor.

This evening they will give audiences a chance to experience more of their intuitive musical bond and engaging chemistry, as they explore new ways for their unique instrumental styles to converse and collide on stage.

Sura Susso is a virtuoso kora player, percussionist and vocalist from Gambia. He comes from a Griot family. Griots are performing historians, peace makers, musicians, diplomats and storytellers that carry the knowledge of the people. He has performed all over the world, gracing stages and audiences of all sizes with his melodious voice and soulful kora playing.

Pete Yelding is a cellist, sitarist, and vocalist from a family of travelling showpeople.

  • 7:30pm