Directors' Cuts 2020

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School presents two live-streams of socially-distanced productions by playwright Edward Allan Baker - North of Providence and Dolores, as part of Directors' Cuts 2020.

The Directors’ Cuts season is a programme of contemporary theatre presented by the four graduating directors from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and featuring work by acting, design and production students.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Directors’ Cuts season is firmly established in the Bristol theatre calendar. It has a reputation for showcasing fresh, vibrant and cutting edge theatre work by some of the finest emerging talent in UK theatre.

Diverse and highly charged, this is a season of provocative plays which all have an important relevance in today’s society.

These two productions were previously to appear at The Wardrobe Theatre but cancelled due to coronavirus. Recent easing of lockdown has enabled theatre artists, including those who have created these two pieces, to produce innovative, filmed, live theatre performances using the multi-camera live-stream technology of Mavis.

These two one-act plays are written by Edward Allan Baker,Directed by Victor Lirio and Designed by Carly Brownbridge. Click here for the full cast and creative team.

North of Providence

Directed by Victor Lirio
Venue:
Live Stream
Price:
Free
Duration:
Approx. 30 mins
Ages:
Ages 14+

North of Providence journeys through a painful crisis between brother and sister, uncovering old family wounds on the last day of their father’s life. Bobbie has burrowed himself in his parents’ home and is confronted by the over-bearing Carol to come to the hospital. Bobbie attempts to push Carol and the reality of his dying father away, but she persists, awakening him to the bitter truth.

“In ‘North of Providence,’ Edward Allan Baker takes a painful domestic crisis and transforms it into a one-act play of emotional depth and conviction.” New York Times

A pre-show will begin at 7.45pm exploring the production and the exciting technology it uses.

  • 7:45pm
    Free

Dolores

Directed by Victor Lirio
Venue:
Live Stream
Price:
Free
Duration:
Approx. 30 mins
Ages:
Ages 14+

Set in Rhode Island, Dolores is the story of two sisters drawn together by domestic violence which influences the lives of both characters far more than they admit to anyone, even themselves. Sandra is home alone, enjoying her weekly break from her husband and kids, when Dolores shows up with a black eye from her abusive husband. She is in desperate need of Sandra’s help. Through the course of the play, it becomes clear that Dolores is an unwelcome explicit reminder of the brutality Sandra tries to overlook in her own life.

“Baker’s writing is delicate and sensitive – he has the unique ability to create situations and conversations that are both humorous and disturbing.”  Beyond Broadway

A pre-show will begin at 7.45pm exploring the production and the exciting technology it uses.

  • 7:45pm
    Free

Watch North of Providence

Watch Dolores

Photography: Ed Felton. These two productions are sponsored by Urban Creation and Mavis. Please note: All members of production and technical teams are ‘COVID 19 Safety at Work’ certified and ‘Coronavirus Awareness on Production’ trained. Best practice for health and safety will be strongly enforced during production. Copyright notice: These live streams and digital recordings was produced by special arrangement with the playwright, Edward Allan Baker. All rights reserved. This performance is authorised for non-commercial use only. Click here for full copyright notice.

Explore the shows

A note from the Director, Victor Lirio

“This production was part of the Directors’ Cuts season originally scheduled at The Wardrobe Theatre in May as our final year directing and design collaboration project. We are grateful to Jonathan Brecknell and Urban Creation for providing us with a creative space to transform into a soundstage for socially distanced livestream. Because of this, we are able to amplify this theatre production to virtual audiences by using the internet, film and television broadcasting techniques. We will be able to reach a much wider audience than we would have reached in a traditional theatre space.”

Behind the Scenes with Carly Brownbridge, Designer

Find out more about the shows from the designer, Carly.