Bristol Old Vic presents: Work-in-Progress Week

Artists and companies learn more about their ideas by sharing their developing work with kind and critical audiences – that’s you!

So, we’re delighted to share our second mini-programme of ideas and works-in-progress of 2024; drawn from a pool of projects drawn via lottery from our artist network and our own brilliant partners and supported artists and companies. Come along and engage your hearts and minds with new thinking from some of the South West’s finest talent in our Weston Studio.

Tickets are just £5 for each event, but please consider paying it forward to support the work and the artists and selecting our £10 ticket rate if you can. We have a limited amount of £1 open concession tickets available for each event for anyone who couldn’t otherwise afford to attend.

Check out the full programme for the week below and we’ll see you at the bar after the show…


BOV Literary

Forum Artist Open Scratch Night

Venue:
The Weston Studio
Price:
£1 Open Concession / £5 Standard / £10 Pay it Forward

Join us for an evening of scratch performance, open to anyone wanting to try out a new idea on our studio stage.

Six slots. Strictly ten minutes each, and a line-up of South West artists and companies decided by lottery. This evening is for any artist or company who wants to get up on stage and try out something brand-new and early-stage in front of an audience to see if it has legs: audiences will have the chance to offer some written feedback and are encouraged to continue conversations in the bar after the show.

LINE UP

Joanna Cross

Nicole Darvill-Batten

Philip Douch

Charlotte East

Rose Lela

Jacob Woods

Each artist scratching was selected via lottery from our artist network.

  • 8:00pm
BOV Literary

Froggy

By Sasha Frost
Venue:
The Weston Studio
Price:
£1 Open Concession / £5 Standard / £10 Pay it Forward

Froggy is a play inspired by real life events. 

Shaken by the violent murder of her cousin, Ava seeks to re-connect with her enigmatic father, a legendary sound man. Froggy celebrates the hidden history of Black Bristol, highlighting both the city’s rich musical legacy and the enduring influence of Jamaica’s Sound System tradition. Froggy was awarded a Bristol Old Vic 2022–24 Seed Grant.

Sasha Frost was born and raised in Easton, Bristol. She started acting in the Bristol Old Vic Young Company and then went on to train at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). She has been working as an actress in theatre, television and film ever since. Most recently staring in Noises Off (West End), Folk (Hampstead Theatre, Winner Best Supporting Actress Black British Theatre Awards) and the film adaptation of best-selling novel The Salt Path (BBC Film). Froggy is her first play as a writer.

Creative Team

Writer: Sasha Frost
Director: Ché Walker
Musical Director: Jazpa Taylor
Composers: Sheila Atim, Arthur Darvill, Renell Shaw
Musicians: Queen Bee and Des Rogers
Actors: Danny Sapani and Sasha Frost
Dramaturg: Roxana Silbert

Artwork designed by Hey! What?

  • 8:00pm
    Sold Out
BOV Literary

LilyPower

By Amy Bethan Evans
Venue:
The Weston Studio
Price:
£1 Open Concession / £5 Standard / £10 Pay it Forward

Due to challenges beyond our control, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone this sharing so that we and the artists have some time and space to make the best of the available development time for Lilypower. 

We will be in touch with anyone booked in individually to let you know what your options are and we currently hope to reschedule this sharing for the early Autumn. Thank you for your understanding.

Lily is processing grief. But she’s autistic so she isn’t crying. Instead she’s telling you all a story. 

LilyPower is a play for, by and about neurodivergent people, namely three generations of neurodivergent women. First written in 2019, the script was updated to reflect the pandemic and was awarded a Bristol Old Vic 2022–24 Seed Grant as well as being featured in the RSC’s 37 Plays project.

Amy Bethan Evans is a playwright, dramaturg, disability activist and casting professional from Bristol whose plays include Libby’s Eyes (Bunker Theatre) and Tinted (Vault Festival and Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Fringe). This work-in-progress sharing will be directed by Julia Head (Wild Swimming, Lysistrata) with casting to be confirmed.

Previous credits for the October 2023 reading of LilyPower as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 37 Plays initiative: directed by Hannah Quigley with dramaturgy from Frey Harding. The cast for this reading was Frances Pooley, Cathy Conneff, Jeanette Rourke, Georgia Andrews, Annabel Baldwin and Debbie Korley. 

  • 8:00pm
BOV Literary

We Sing in Fire and Blood

By Hazel Grian
Venue:
The Weston Studio
Price:
£1 Open Concession / £5 Standard / £10 Pay it Forward
Warning:
Explores themes involving rape and physical violence against women. The show does not explicitly show sexual or physical violence, and the perpetrator is not portrayed.

In 2010, alone at home in Bristol, writer Hazel Grian was brutally attacked by an intruder and left for dead as the house burned. Instantly the whole city came to help.

Driven by her instinct to tell this story as a testament to those who helped her, Hazel has led the creation of We Sing In Fire & Blood – a powerful musical about survival, love and community. The script was awarded a Bristol Old Vic 2022–24 Seed Grant and this work-in-progress will be shared with a theatre audience for the first time.

“This story is beautiful, spell-binding and incredibly powerful.” Nina Steiger, Head of Play Development National Theatre

Hazel Grian is well-known as an innovator and collaborator in many different art forms – as a performer and comedy writer, creator of interactive stories for Hollywood blockbusters, and filmmaker for the band Portishead.

This is a Relaxed performance and there will be BSL interpretation. 

Creative Team

Writer: Hazel Grian
Director: Kieran Griffiths
Composers: Dr Duncan Speakman & Sarah Anderson
Choreographer: Roseanna Anderson
Drama Therapist: Samantha Adams
Producer: Rachael Burton 

  • 7:30pm
    Relaxed, Signed