Bristol Mayfest 2012


The full programme has been announced for Bristol Mayfest 2012. The festival will be taking place in various venues across the city, from traditional spaces – including the  Bristol Old Vic, Arnolfini and the Tobacco Factory Theatre – to less conventional spaces, including a suburban garage , a car park and the city streets themselves.

Highlights of the programme include Belarus Free Theatre’s acclaimed and powerful new piece, Minsk 2011, a work which premiered at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe; Bryony Kimmings’ liquid experiment, 7 Day Drunk, a show described by Exeunt’s Stewart Pringle, as “one part sobering social critique, three parts DIY glitterfuck”; and the National Theatre Scotland’s whisky-fuelled twist on the Scottish border ballad, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, which will be staged at the Trinity Centre in the city’s historic Old Market.

There will also be plenty of work from Bristol-based companies, including  the Stand + Stare Collective, who will be brining back last year’s piece, the “beguiling, thought-provoking and, of course, tasty”, The Guild of Cheesemakers, and Mercurial Wrestler, who will be presenting the Magna Mysteria, which culminates in a big top show next to Temple Meads Station. The Other Way Works will be performing their new piece Avon Calling, recently seen at CPT’s Sprint Festival, and Glasgow-based theatre-maker Gary McNair will be asking his audience to question the value of the cash in their pockets with his one-man show, Crunch. Other artists on the bill include Melanie Wilson, Chris Goode, John Moran, Little Bulb and Andy Field, who will be presenting his Motor Vehicle Sundown, a show for two people, in the Trenchard Street Car Park.

The programme encompasses 26 shows over an eleven day period and will also see the return of the Blind Tiger, the festival’s late-night hang-out, which became something of a creative hub during last year’s Mayfest. 

The festival will run from 17th – 27th May 2012. For tickets and further details of this year’s line-up, visit the Mayfest website.