Seamas Carey

Pagan Pandemonium

Venue:
The Weston Studio
Duration:
60 mins (no interval)
Warning:
contains some strong language.

Pagan Pandemonium is an interactive history lesson about British folkloric customs and traditions, told through the medium of a Japanese game show. Think Takeshi’s Castle meets The Wicker Man.

Humans are weird. Since the beginning of time we’ve created rituals, song, dances and erected massive stones to help us figure out who we are and why we’re here. Now we just watch reality TV game shows.

Ultimately it’s all about sex & death, let’s face it. Seamas Carey sets out to explore these massive topics using copious amounts of audience participation, silly games and large inflatables.

Supported by Arts Council England.

Seamas Carey is a composer/performer/choir leader/bloke from Cornwall. He’s worked with Kneehigh, Wild Works, Traveling Light and Sally Cookson but he also does his own stuff. He leads Men Are Singing, Cornwall’s first alternative male voice choir. He created Seamas Carey Meets His 4-Year Old Self with the help of a 30 strong choir from West Penwith. And when he’s not doing that, he tunes pianos.

  • 8:00pm
Florence Espeut-Nickless

D.E.S.T.I.N.Y

Venue:
The Weston Studio
Duration:
60 mins (no interval)
Warning:
contains strong language and content of a violent and sexual nature. Loud music and flashing lights.

Destiny dreams big. She dreams glamour. She’s gonna be an MTV Base backing dancer; you watch. If J-Lo can make it outta the Bronx then Destiny can make it off the scummy Hill Rise Estate in Chippenham. She’s fearless, ferocious and up for the fight (she’s had to be). Born below the breadline, she's desperate to see beyond the neighbourhood and find hope in hopelessness.

D.E.S.T.I.N.Y gives an insight into the country’s most forgotten youth and the 4.5 million children currently living in poverty in the UK. Exploring social injustice, services, support and how we learn to love and be loved, this semi-autobiographical monologue follows the story of a teenage girl growing up on a rural Wiltshire council estate & features a 90’s & 00’s Grime, Hip Hop and R&B soundtrack. 

Florence is a theatre-maker from Chippenham – a town with no theatre and limited access to it (unless you’re minted and can afford to go Bath or Bristol). She is a 2019/20 Open Session writer at Bristol Old Vic. She writes plays about rural working class life in the South West, in the hope to make theatre accessible to all, regardless of background. Lots of sick (not ill; quality, talented & sound) people help her to make these plays.

Supported by Arts Council England

  • 8:00pm
Sharp Teeth & Marie Hamilton

Polly (The Heartbreak Opera)

Venue:
The Weston Studio
Duration:
60 mins (no interval)
Ages:
14+
Warning:
contains strong language and scenes of an adult nature.

A riotous adaptation of Polly, John Gay’s banned sequel to The Beggar’s Opera, with techno, tracksuits and palm trees.

Set in a tacky beach resort on a storm hit island, we meet jilted brides, pregnant murderers, pirates, politicians and power pop girl bands. Telling not just the story of Purest Polly Peachum but of the other wives of Mac the Knife as well, this is a viciously satirical, unashamedly sexy, fierce and very funny not-quite-musical. It is a battle cry for the broken-hearted, a joyous dissection of love, loss and revenge, with songs inspired by Peaches, Britney and Nina Simone.

Supported by Arts Council England.

Polly is the first collaboration between actor and theatre maker Marie Hamilton, and Sharp Teeth’s artistic director Stephanie Kempson (Bristol Old Vic Leverhulme Scholar 19/20). The show was first made at the Theatrehaus, Berlin in Spring 2018, was devised by the company, with a score by Ben Osborn.

  • 8:00pm
Tremolo Theatre

Utility Function

Venue:
The Weston Studio
Duration:
60 mins (no interval)
Warning:
contains strong language.

Eli XO have been told by their record label that they need to step up their game for their next album. They decide to take action & go to a remote location to record with an AI; the latest state of the art intelligent recording studio. As time progresses the band begin to suspect the AI is going above and beyond the call of duty. Is it friend or foe? Is it helping or hindering? Each member of Eli XO interprets the AI differently. But who is right?

Utility Function explores the evolution of AI’s potential and its purpose in the world.

Supported by Arts Council England.

Tremolo Theatre is a collaborative company, telling engaging stories about the relationship between people and technology. Live sound, original music and dark humour is at the heart of their storytelling. Utility Function is the 3rd in Tremolo Theatre’s series of lo-fi sci-fi shows, previously they have made The Hours Before We Wake and Then Again.

  • 8:00pm
Audrey Productions

Body & Soul

Venue:
Coopers' Loft

Body and Soul is a new British musical-in-progress inspired by a true story.

In a tiny Cotswold hamlet a small group of elderly, female congregationalist Christians rented their Sunday school out to a pole dancing class to raise funds for their crumbling buildings. Body and Soul is inspired by the two communities of women who gathered at this old chapel in the Cotswolds; some to sing hymns and worship, and others to pole dance. This early sharing of ideas for a new musical brings these unlikely worlds together, as three generations of characters unearth ancestors, awaken goddesses and laugh their tits off.

Supported by Arts Council England.

Audrey Productions is a new company set up specifically for the development of Body and Soul. Audrey Productions is named after one of the women who heavily influenced our story; an amazing, resilient, elderly and quirky woman living her full and entire life in the Cotswolds – thanks Audrey for being utterly inspiring. Audrey Productions is Sarah Blowers (Strike A Light co-artistic director and independent producer), FXXX  BXXXXX (writer and director) and Debra Drew (entrepreneur). This initial sharing of ideas involves a creative team including Tom Brady, Vicky Featherstone, Gwyneth Herbert & Kristin McGuire.

  • 3:30pm
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Tessa Bide

Bob

Venue:
The Weston Studio
Duration:
35 – 50 mins (no interval)
Ages:
5+

Two friends play alone in an undescribed, unnamed place. They have their own private games and play together in silence or using limited language. One day, Bob - a blob of light - comes bursting into their world, and their world becomes brighter with him inside of it. With him they play games, make adventures and explore. They are happy.

But one day Bob’s light fades away, and then they are left to come to terms with his unexpected disappearance from their lives, helping each other to understand the process of letting Bob go, and moving forward.

Tessa Bide Productions is a Bristol based theatre company making work for children which unites families, offering an engaging and stimulating theatrical experience. We aim to inspire communities who may not have access to theatre with topical stories, a bold physical language and a few puppets along the way. 

Blahblahblah

Love: What's the Point

Venue:
The Weston Studio
Price:
£8
Duration:
60 mins (no interval)

Blah’s Traditional Valentine’s Slam, always a brilliant and high energy evening.

Two teams of our favourite poets and performers - many of whom can be seen at Ferment Fortnight - will come together to argue for and against romantic love. Expect moving and beautiful love poems and hilarious and scathing cynicism. Expect stories and stand up, rants and romance. We’ll eat horrible heart shaped sweets and at the end of the night we’ll take a vote: does love suck? And then we’ll all go home and either feel smug or weep into our pillows, depending.

Emergency Chorus

Something in Your Voice

Venue:
The Weston Studio
Duration:
40 mins (no interval)

Hello? Can you hear me? Am I coming through?

In this ambitious new performance, Emergency Chorus (Landscape (1989), CELEBRATION) pick up the phone and plunge into a vast cityscape of moving bodies, dense information and traffic, eavesdropping on bleary arguments, late-night gossip and whispered confessions.

Taking inspiration from the everyday dance of switchboard operators and the poetry of the Yellow Pages, Something in Your Voice maps out a tangled web of crossed lines and broken signals, asking what connects us in a world where everyone is in touch.

Supported by Arts Council England, Cambridge Junction, Third Angel and New Diorama Theatre.

Emergency Chorus make live performance which engages with the contemporary moment with energy and playfulness. Our work collides disparate source materials to create collages of music, choreography, text and images. We explore global issues in intimate ways and entertain possible futures with optimistic longing.

Supported by Arts Council England

Devil's Violin

The Beast in Me

Venue:
The Weston Studio
Duration:
45 mins (no interval)

Who is the stranger who waits at the crossroads? Why does the filthy stranger wear a bear’s skin, and why do his pockets overflow with gold? Shot through with mysterious imagery, The Beast in Me is an unforgettable tale of the calamitous impact of chance and the redemptive power of love.

The Devil’s Violin return; since their inception in 2006, they have developed a huge following for their gripping and powerful storytelling. The Beast in Me will feature their trademark fusion of timeless story and beautiful live music, as well as a few surprises!

The Devil’s Violin creates music and storytelling shows that evoke passionate responses from audiences and glowing reviews from publications all over the country. Formed in 2006 they have created and toured five shows together, The Beast in Me is their sixth show. The company is Sarah Moody (Cello), Oliver Wilson-Dickson (Violin) & Daniel Morden (Storyteller).

Sleepdogs

Babel's Cupid

Venue:
The Weston Studio
Warning:
contains strong and sexually explicit language.

Babel’s Cupid is a play about sex and translation. It's about how words hold immense power, but how language as communication isn’t merely contained in the words spoken. It's about how bodies change words. It features talk of a big-ass telescope (not a euphemism) and dancing at the end of the world (also not a euphemism).

This is our first tiny phase of exploration on Babel’s Cupid. It might get loud. It might get sweaty. Or maybe it’ll just be the quickening of a pulse, the flicker of an eye, and the impossibility of turning away.

Sleepdogs is a wide-ranging collaboration between director Tanuja Amarasuriya and writer/composer Timothy X Atack. We make imaginative art that feels modern and holds complex emotions: surprising stories that go to far-reaching places. Our work has been presented by the National Theatre, Seattle International Film Festival, Manchester Royal Exchange amongst others.

Malaika Kegode, Jenny Davies & Jakabol

Outlier

Venue:
The Weston Studio
Duration:
45 – 60 mins (no interval)
Warning:
contains drug references and strong language.

Devon. A party. A funeral. A tortoise smuggled in a box. Ama, Lewis and Oskar have grown up together. In each other’s pockets in some ways, isolated in others; they smoke, drink and charge through life together. They are railing against the stories they feel have been written for them. This is their opportunity to show you who they are and who they could be.

Based on lived experience, Outlier will become a gig-theatre piece combining spoken word storytelling, animation and loud music to explore themes of addiction, mental health and belonging in the rural reaches of Britain today.

Supported by Arts Council England.

In this collaboration, poet, spoken word artist and performer Malaika Kegode joins forces with progressive rock band JAKABOL & director and theatre-maker Jenny Davies (Bristol Ferment Leverhulme Scholar 19/20). The creative team includes theatre maker and animator Chris Harrisson (The North! The North!) and designer Rebecca Wood (Linbury Finalist 2015 and Bristol Ferment Leverhulme Scholar 19/20).

Madeline Shann

The Gravity

Duration:
70 mins (no interval)
Ages:
14+
Warning:
contains strobe/flashing lights and strong language. Overarching theme and in-depth discussions of suicide.

Sam is trying to hang on in a world that doesn’t care and that feels to her like it’s falling apart. As Sam disappears further down a rabbit hole, she finds reality bending around her as she tries to find a way back to what is real and true about herself.

The Gravity is a new piece exploring suicide and despair with influences from the world of satire, black comedy, cinema and sci-fi. This work-in-progress is the culmination of a two week R&D, the first workshop phase of the project.

Supported by Arts Council England.

Madeline Shann is a theatremaker, writer and director. This is her debut play and the process is supported by Bristol Ferment, The Lowry and Curve through their Naseem Khan Commission scheme to discover and develop diverse talent for the middle scale. In this development phase she has collaborated with projection designers Limbic Cinema, sound designer Kirsty Gillimore & artist wellbeing practitioner Lou Platt.

Malaika Kegode, Jenny Davies & Jakabol

Outlier (Gig Version)

Venue:
Crofters Rights, 117 – 119 Stokes Croft, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RW
Duration:
45 – 60 mins (no interval)
Warning:
contains drug references and strong language.

This is the gig version of Outlier. It is the same show as above but performed at Crofters Rights, not at Bristol Old Vic. For more information on the venue, check out Crofters Rights here.

Venue Access info:
The Crofters Rights is an accessible venue with wheelchair ramps throughout the ground floor – where this event is taking place. There is a toilet on the ground floor but it is not wheelchair accessible. If you have other access requirements please let Crofters Rights know in advance (info@croftersrights.co.uk 0117 2310079) and they’ll do everything possible to accommodate you.

Thank You

Ferment is supported by grants from trusts and foundations who have invested directly in artists and the development of their work, through bespoke programmes of research and development, mentoring, dramaturgical support and a variety of public-facing performances, including work-in-progress scratch events, such as Ferment Fortnight.

The Garrick Charitable Trust

The Fidelio Charitable Trust

Unity Theatre Trust