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Bristol Old Vic Spring 2021
Travis Alabanza’s hit show Overflow comes to Bristol Old Vic at Home digital season, alongside a digital double bill from Impermanence dance company, celebrating ten years of work.

A new online run of the Bush Theatre’s acclaimed production Overflow will be presented by Bristol Old Vic from 6-8 May. Bristol theatre-maker and writer Travis Alabanza’s latest play was premiered and recorded at the Bush Theatre in Dec 2020, and stars Reece Lyons as Rosie. It is a hilarious and devastating tour of women’s bathrooms; who is allowed in and who is kept out.

Cornered into a flooding toilet cubicle and determined not to be rescued again, Rosie distracts herself with memories of bathroom encounters. Drunken heart-to-hearts by dirty sinks, friendships forged in front of crowded mirrors, and hiding together from trouble.

But with her panic rising and no help on its way, can she keep her head above water?

Travis is one of the UKs leading trans voices whose first play Burgerz, was performed in late 2019 in Bristol Old Vic’s Weston Studio and took audiences by storm. They return to Bristol Old Vic’s digital season with this “warm, funny, sympathetic” play (Pink News).

Also announced today, Bristol Old Vic and Impermanence continue their creative partnership with a new double bill of online dance work, marking Bristol’s foremost Dance Company’s tenth anniversary. The first release, One More Edit (running 12-24 April), is a collection of works made for film from some of the most exciting artists working in dance, from the UK and overseas. This programme of evocative and inspiring dance works is curated by Impermanence and includes up-and-coming talent, contemporary artists and iconic choreographers, including ‘Edits Film’ by Marisa Zanotti - a poetic document from 2014 of the final performance by Lea Anderson’s all male company The Featherstonehaughs.

With costumes by three-time Oscar Winner Sandy Powell, Anderson’s choreography imagines that Fassbinder’s seminal film The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant is a score for the show’s choreography. Tune in for a tumultuous tour through the potential that is created by combining dance and the moving image.

Lady Blackshirt is the second in the online dance programme. A new feature length experimental film from Impermanence, looking back at the growth of modernism and the accompanying radical ideologies of the early twentieth century. Born out of a research project where Impermanence commissioned 100 artists to respond to articles and extracts from early modernist magazines, the film is an abstract-dance-based-collage work, with new material filmed on the Bristol Old Vic stage during lockdown. It will join the digital stage from 10-22 May.

                                OVERFLOW by Travis Alabanza - ON SALE SOON
                                6-8 May, 7.30pm (On Demand – 24hr rental)
                                A Bush Theatre production filmed at the Bush Theatre  in Dec 20
                                Presented by special arrangement by Bristol Old Vic
                                Tickets: Pay What You Choose £8/ £10/ £15
                                Watch the trailer
                                Reece Lyons – Cast
                                Annie-Lunnette Deakin Foster -Movement Director
                                Debbie Hannan – Director
                                Jess Bernberg – Lighting Designer
                                Max Johns -Designer
                                Francis Botu – Sound Designer
                                Writer – Travis Alabanza
                                Bush Theatre
                                Opened in 1972, the Bush Theatre is an internationally renowned ‘new writing powerhouse whose size belies its influence’ (Financial Times).
                                A champion of playwrights and operating in one of the most culturally diverse areas of London, the Bush Theatre has a commitment to its local community and the wider artistic community braiding these two strands of work together to produce an engaging and challenging programme that reflects the world we live in. 
                                Recent successes include Arinzé Kene’s Misty which transferred to the West End and opens in New York in 2021, Jellyfish, Ben Weatherill’s love story about a young woman with Down’s Syndrome which transferred to the National Theatre, a re-imagining of Jackie Kay’s 1986 masterpiece, Chiaroscuro, directed by the Bush’s Artistic Director Lynette Linton and the co-production of Richard Gadd’s Baby Reindeer, which won the Olivier Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre’ and opens in the West End in 2021.
                                The Bush Theatre’s talent development programmes discover and develop the very best of the UK’s leading artists often through the theatre’s submissions scheme.  We believe our theatre has a responsibility to programme and generate opportunities for new and established makers and with long-term residencies, add to the sustainability of their careers.
                                Since re-opening in March 2017 after a year-long £4.3 million renovation by architects Haworth Tompkins, the Bush strives to create a space where all communities can be part of our future and call this theatre home.


ONE MORE EDIT by Impermanence - ON SALE NOW
                                12-25 April (On Demand film – unlimited viewing until 25 Apr)
                                Tickets: Pay What you Choose £6/£10/£16
                                LADY BLACKSHIRT by Impermanence - ON SALE NOW
                                10-23 May (On Demand film – unlimited viewing until 23 May)
                                Tickets: Pay What you Choose £6/£10/£16
                                Roseanna Anderson and Joshua Ben-Tovim are directors, choreographers and performers, often working in partnership as Impermanence as well as individually. They set up Impermanence in 2011 with Alessandro Marzotto Levy and other graduates from the Rambert School. Its films include: Empty Stage (commissioned by Birmingham Royal Ballet) The Ballet Of The Nations (Best Art Film, New Renaissance Film Festival, Amsterdam); Feral (featuring George Monbiot and a recording by the London Symphony Orchestra of an original piece by Hollie Harding); Blast (commissioned by BBC Arts); and Park Wanderings (created during lockdown with Corali Dance Company, commissioned and exhibited by Southwark Park Galleries). Its work for the stage includes: Baal (Bristol Old Vic, The Place, Jakarta Theatre Platform); Sexbox (British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017); Da Da Darling (international tour, listed as one of The Guardian’s top 10 dance productions) and The Major Arcana (Mayfest 2020, postponed). Impermanence has been curating a programme of dance at the Bristol Old Vic since 2019.


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