Ferment Fortnight Jan-Feb 2018

Here's to a fine, fine, crop of South West artists, rolling up sleeves and inviting us into their art-worlds.

To properly kick off the New Year we are opening the Fortnight on our big stage here, and then taking Ferment out across the city to our friends at Watershed and Loco Klub. At these uniquely different venues, we will offer up some wonderful new ideas for you to try on for size. Amongst all the sharings, there is some interesting wrap around activity in the form of a nice chat with last year's Leverhulme scholars and the first South West Artists and Venue's meet up (in the form of a speed date. Of course). Definitely worth a look.

As always, this is your chance to get stuck in and feedback to each artist so that, together, we can ensure a future life for this work.

See you there right? RIGHT.

Emma Bettridge
Bristol Old Vic Ferment Producer

Hollering Woman Creek by Amy Mason (Ferment Fortnight January 2018)
Psychopomp by Fen (Ferment Fortnight January 2018)

Useful information

  • All performances are £5 unless otherwise stated
  • Performances take place at various venues across the city
  • Age guidance for all performances is 12+ unless otherwise stated

Please see event listings for further details:

Hannah Sullivan

In the Dark

Venue:
Bristol Old Vic
Duration:
15mins

Every 15mins until 8pm

For one person at a time, In the dark is a small performance into the generosity of dark places. Darkness creates a situation of the unknown but also an environment of rest or secrecy.

Developed on residency in Taiwan, Hannah was struck by the relief of the dark night, the cool mountain air. And when she asked her host about the dark, she said In the dark I can sleep, in the dark it is finally cool.

Rachael Clerke

Blueprints for a Working Model

Venue:
Bristol Old Vic

Working Model is an idea for a real but temporary city, built by kids. It's a place where things like time, architecture, and tradition might be reinvented, or destroyed. It's a place that might be utopia, might be Lord of the Flies, might be an adventure playground.

Blueprints for a Working Model is a half-hour informal presentation for anyone interested in the research Rachael has been doing towards Working Model: around childhood, play, alternate realities and cities. The presentation will be followed by some time to have a chat and look at books in the Backstage Bar.

This is a FREE event

Justin Cliffe

Tigerface

Venue:
Bristol Old Vic

Tigerface searches for pockets of joy in trousers made of disappointment and misery. He had dreams. Real dreams, and now they're dead. All that's left is a sinful event of self-schadenfreude, until the bitter end.

A nihilistic Tigerface asks the audience what they wanted to be when they grew up, then criticises them for becoming anything but. Lonely, bitter and jilted by modern society, he explores his disenfranchisement of adulthood through the guise (and lies) of a live children's television show, which you're invited to.

Creating a physically active dichotomy between what we were told to expect as children vs the reality of being a millennial living in 2017, Tigerface is a ragged-scream-party-piece thats two parts misery one part joyful.

Free Pina Colada! There's no Pina Colada.

Lunchtime Talk

Leverhulme Arts Scholarship

Venue:
Bristol Old Vic

Join Ferment producer Emma Bettridge and the 2017/18 Leverhulme Arts Scholarship recipients - Tanuja Amarasuriya, Malcolm Hamilton, Vanessa Kisuule, Rachael Clerke and Laura Dannequin - as they have a little sit down and reflect on their time with us over this last year.

These scholarships were always intended as an evolution on from the existing levels of artist support Ferment could provide, so we're very keen to dig into that a bit more, share some learnings, share some thoughts, unpick what works and what doesn't.

Do join us - bring your lunch, we'll rustle up a drink.

This is a FREE event

Lunchtime Talk

The Paper Cinema

Venue:
Watershed

'How to Grow a Story' with Nicholas Rawling and Joseph Wallace

The Paper Cinema's performances combine the languages of animation, music, film and theatre. Accompanied by a live soundtrack, intricate pen and ink illustrations are skilfully manipulated in real-time in front of a video camera and projected onto the big screen. Sitting in full view of the audience, the puppeteers and musicians work to a precise choreography that is as engrossing to watch as the story being played out above them.

In this talk, The Paper Cinema's creator Nicholas Rawling is joined by animation and puppetry director Joseph Wallace who has been working to develop original story ideas based on Nic's illustrations. They will show work in progress illustrations, storyboards, plans for this project and address the particular challenges of writing narrative structure for the companies non-verbal, audio visual format.

This is a FREE event

Toby Thompson

For the Record

Venue:
Bristol Old Vic

"I was checking my reflection in a cold cup of coffee, and if I remember with a morsel of precision the gist, I was whistling a smorgasbord of cheesy old Brazilian hits..."

With a stack of records, an upright piano, and a head full of poems as his companions, Toby pays homage to the music he loves.

"One of the most inspired, powerful MC / poets I've heard in years. He speaks with a talent and passion that puts a lot of older writers to shame..." Dizraeli

"Toby Thompson is the future" Kate Tempest

Malcolm Hamilton

#oneplaything

Venue:
Loco Klub

Malcolm has spent the last year kicking around ideas about PLAY. He's been to conferences in Denmark, Leeds and Bristol; played with schools, housing groups and passers by on the street; he's played tug of war, been on twitter, got angry about ‘pseudo public spaces' and tried to wiggle his hips more. He's going to try to talk about some of that to you. We might have a race, build a playscape, talk to penguins and hopefully you'll leave January feeling a little more playful than you did before.

Fen

Psychopomp

Venue:
Loco Klub
Price:
£5

A sci-fi feminist epic inspired by Vaporwave and gaming culture. Let us take you through an oddly melancholic dream as we as we journey into the depths of hell and escape to a distant world.

Combining found text, art animation, dance and an original soundtrack, Psychopomp is the typical heroic sci-fi quest, cut up and redistributed with a female protagonist.

Constructed in sharp, abstract, cinematic chapters and entirely soundtracked with original Vaporware music, we follow a woman who journeys through a neon haze of nostalgia to the depths of hell in the technological age. "I'll leave a light on for you, pure as sunlight" Gaming culture and Vaporwave are predominantly male-orientated.

Psychopomp is a badass, female-driven addition to the culture. The performance samples and re-appropriates found text from sources including interviews with women in STEM, interviews with female and LGBTQ+ gamers, online gaming conversations and video game and science fiction film scripts.

@fen_bristol

Supported by UWE and The Island Bristol

South West Speed Date

Venue:
Loco Klub

We are delighted to be hosting the first meet up of the year during our Fortnight. To celebrate (and keep it festive) we're doing it in the form of a speed date.

We've invited as many industry professionals and artists as humanly possible, so it should be a fine opportunity to come and ask those questions you've always wanted to ask - what fee should I be setting my show at? What is PRS? What IS the best way to get a red wine stain out? And on.

Come and have a chat. Get yourself a drink. Pass me the stopwatch timer thingy.

This is a FREE event

Wassail Theatre

Reclaimed

Venue:
Loco Klub
Price:
£5

"The water is rising – the floods are here"

It had been an ordinary January day. That is until an extraordinary thing happened: the water came and it didn't go away. The community had been told to evacuate their homes and meet at the highest, safest point: the village hall.

What happens when a community is in crisis? When tragedy is moments away and when your loved ones are nowhere to be seen, who do you ask for help?

Inspired by the people, communities and organisations impacted by the 2013/14 floods of The Somerset Levels, Reclaimed places the audience in the heart of a fictional village under siege.

Philippa Hambly

Kinkens

Venue:
Loco Klub
Price:
£5

An abandoned radio shack becomes a refuge in a loneliness epidemic.

A persistent caller with an unanswerable question knocks on the door of an anxious host. A podcast streaming consciousness in a radio show of the mind. Where what's heard Outside is a recorded broadcast, but what we see Inside is live.  

Welcome to Kinkens Questions, an exploration of the absurdity of isolation in an age of anxiety.

Featuring original tracks by Kid Carpet. Kinkens was initially supported by the Camden People's Theatre Starting Blocks Programme and supported to develop with Lottery funding from the Arts Council.

The Invisible Circus

The Loneliness Epidemic

Venue:
Loco Klub
Price:
£5

We are more connected than ever. So why are we feeling more alone?

"Our growing reliance on social technology rather than face to face interaction is thought to be making us feel more isolated. It means we feel less connected to others and our relationships are becoming more superficial and less rewarding..."  Dr. Rebecca Harris - University of Bolton

Britain has been voted the loneliness capital of Europe. Modern life is making us lonelier, and recent research indicates that loneliness increases mortality risk by 26%.

Following an investigation into 'The Loneliness Epidemic', the role of ritual within communities, and what part the shared experiences provided by theatre and circus might play, The Invisible Circus present a work in progress sharing of their latest touring show for 2018.

Unstable King

Cardboard Arcade

Venue:
Loco Klub

11am-4pm (Families)
7pm-11pm (Adults only)

Tickets cost £10 – one child may attend free for every full-price paying adult (11am-4pm).

Please add both adult and child tickets to your basket and this discount will apply automatically at the payment stage of the booking process.

A portable video game arcade. A pop up virtual kingdom. A suite of digital and analog games from small indie developers and designers around the world. A travelling exhibition on video games; as art and as play. A Virtual Reality station. A party, buddy builder, barcade, quest conquerer and nostalgia hit rolled into one.

A space where simple to play games for all ages and abilities get people laughing and talking no matter your background or culture. All of this with an 80's inspired synthwave soundtrack.

Never played a computer game in your life? Hardcore gamer? Stopped playing back in the Commodore 64 days? The Cardboard Arcade is for you!

Please note that from 7pm on Fri 2 Feb, tickets will only be available to buy on the door at Loco Klub. Please note that all door sales on the day will be cash only.