Fermenting shows for the future

BRISTOL Ferment, the annual work-in-progress festival, runs this year from Monday 9th to Saturday 21st July.

Now in its eighth year, the festival showcases some of the finest talent in the South West. This year’s venues are the Arnolfini and Bristol Old Vic. Highlights inclulde scratch performances by Inspec­tor Sands, In Bed with My Brother, Vanessa Kisuule and Willy Hudson, among many other emerging and established theatre-makers.

The audience plays a crucial part in the Ferment process, as members are asked for  their feedback on each artist’s work.

Clownfish, making their Ferment debut, explain why this process is so important: “Ferment has always been something to aspire to. It is the perfect opportunity to kick our fledgling show out of the nest and see if it flies. To be able to test out a new show with support from such brilliant, experienced people is invaluable”.

The 2018 festival starts with Alex Goodman’s Coast Path, at the Arnolfini at 6pm on Monday 9th July.

On Tuesday 10th Hugh McCann gives three performances of Noise at the same venue, interspersed with Poles in Space performaed by Wojtek Rusin, Ellen Wilkinson and Bertrand Lesca and Vic Llewellyn’s A Little Death.

Vanessa Kisuule’s An Uneventful Day at the Beach is at the Arnolfini on Wednesday 11th July, along with Clown­fish’s Sir David and His Animals and Tom Marshman’s Kenny.

Inspector Sands’ Wuthering Heights is in the rehearsal room at Bristol Old Vic on Friday 13th July.

On Thursday 19th, In Bed with My Brother performs Tricky Second Album on the main stage of the Old Vic, followed by The Coterie in C-Word Clubhouse (also on Friday 20th) and Impermanence in Brecht’s Baal.

There’s a Working Model installation by
Rachael Clerke and The Woodland Tribe
from 10am to 6pm in the Arnolfini Gallery Space on Saturday 21st July.

On the same day, Willy Hudson performs his queer coming of age remix Bottom at the Old Vic, followed by Massive Owl’s The Dolphin Hotel.

The performances are suitable for audiences aged 12 and older.  For more details, visit the website, www.bristololdvic.org.uk or telephone 0117 987 7877.