Itchy's Top 5 Mayfest Picks
We love theatre in Bristol.
Mayfest takes place at venues across the city from May 17 - 27. We've worked out the best theatrical picks, just for you.
Following their success at VAULT festival in London this winter, The Furies are coming to Bristol. Part gig, part performance, Birmingham's Kindle Theatre lead you through the ancient story of Clytemnestra as told by "her band". Expect rock and roll alongside a tale of rage and revenge at Bristol Old Vic Studio on May 18 - 19.
Off The Peg
As part of Mayfest, Wardrobe Theatre are putting on a week of new theatre, live art and poetry performed by a range of emerging and establishing artists from May 21 - 25. And, just to make it that bit better, the whole week takes place above the White Bear pub AND only costs a fiver. Itchy knows what you'll be spending the rest of that tenner on.
Ever wanted to shape a piece of new theatre? Well this may well be your big chance. Chris Goode and Company will be creating a new show from scratch from Monday to Friday. Drop in to Hamilton House, Event Space 3F (above Canteen) during the day to join in the devising process or pop down in the evening (from Wednesday) to see a performance of the latest ideas. We like this.
The Guild of Cheesemakers
Tasting artisan cheeses, wines and bread in a secret location with Stand + Stare theatre company sounds like Itchy's idea of a great time. As you know, we love to eat... add a "multi-sensory playful experience which invites you to question the essence of life, and asks questions of your choices for the future" and we are completely sold.
Theatre Jukebox presents Mass Observation
If you're after some completely free theatre, head to Bristol Old Vic or Mayfest Cafe to catch Mass Observation, an arcade-style cabinet that plays stories instead of records and puts you in charge of what you want to see. Just take a seat, slip on some headphones and immerse yourself in some little 2 minute performances. Beware: it sounds a bit addictive.
AND don't forget the FREE opening party at Bristol Old Vic on May 17 - expect prohibition-era fun complete with live music and one or two surprises.