KIRSTY SEDGMAN

A Difficult Sort Of Audience?
Venue:
Coopers' Loft
Price:
£3
Duration:
1 Hour
Ages:
10+

In the mid-1930s, the famous critic and theatre-maker Herbert Farjeon visited Bristol's Theatre Royal thanks to a recommendation from a friend. He saw this beautiful Georgian building being used for the 'low' entertainment of 'twice-nightly revues' - and vowed to save it. This was the beginning of a decade-long campaign to save the regional theatre now called Bristol Old Vic, which in the 1940s became the first publicly-funded arts venue in the UK.

Having been permanently rebranded via a London-centric takeover, Bristol Old Vic has always had to walk a tricky line between the kinds of shows the theatre thinks is worthwhile, and what local audiences want to see. In this presentation Dr Kirsty Sedgman explores audiences’ hopes and expectations for their theatre through history, and questions the idea (found in the archives) that Bristol has a 'difficult sort of audience'.

  • 7:15pm

EUGENE BYRNE

The Mostly Scandalous and Often Curious History of King Street
Venue:
Coopers' Loft
Price:
£3
Duration:
1 Hour
Ages:
10+

Historian and author Eugene Byrne takes us on a tour of 350 years in the life of Bristol's most colourful street, a place where big money and high politics mingled with hustlers and low corruption. There was sex, violence, sleaze and scandal, but it was also a place where enterprise and creativity thrived among Bristol's most diverse population and where women could earn an independent living. All human life was on King Street, and what happened on the Theatre Royal stage was often no more fanciful than the real life going on outside.

MADGE DRESSER

Venue:
Coopers' Loft
Price:
£3
Duration:
1 Hour
Ages:
10+

Dr. Madge Dresser is a visiting Senior Research Fellow for the University of the West of England and an Honorary Professor in the Dept. of Historical Studies at the University of Bristol as well as a coordinator and trustee for the organisation Journey To Justice. Her research interests and areas of expertise include the history of slavery, questions of national identity and the position of ethnic and religious minorities in British society. She has published widely in these areas.

AVON ARCHAEOLOGY

Venue:
Coppers' Loft
Price:
£3
Duration:
1 Hour
Ages:
10+

Avon Archaeology completed a building survey and a watching brief as part of the recent redevelopment work undertaken as part of Bristol Old Vic's recent renovations. In this fascinating talk they will present their findings during the project and share what they discovered about the history of the theatre.