News Published 21 April 2011

Bristol Mayfest 2011

Highlights include a ‘semaphore soap opera’.

Natasha Tripney

The Bristol Mayfest, a two-week festival of theatre and performance at venues throughout the city, has grown into one of the highlights of the theatre year.

The 2011 line-up has recently been announced and features work by some of the most exciting companies and performers, both new and established, around. Of particular interest is Save Me, a new outdoor work by Bristol-based performance company Search Party; described as a ‘semaphore soap opera’ two performers will stage a conversation in the city centre using semaphore flags to communicate with one another.

In the Bristol Old Vic Studio there will be an opportunity to see Little Bulb’s raucous and endearing Operation Greenfield, Bryony Kimmings’ sexual confessional, Sex Idiot, and Will Adamsdale and John Wright’s devised comedy, The Summer House. The Tobacoo Factocry will be playing host to Lucy Foster’s gallop through 20th century history, Epic, and a new dance piece, May, by Tim Crouch (the author of The Author). The venue will also stage Faulty Optic’s Flogging a Dead Horse (previously seen at the London International Mime Festival, the exhausting, champagne-swilling splurge that is Made in China’s Stationary Excess, and NIE’s new piece Tales From a Sea Journey.

Further Mayfest events will take place at the Arnolfini (including Darren Johnston’s dance piece, Ousia), the Cube Cinema, Colston Hall and Circomedia.

Mayfest runs from 5th to 15th May 2011 in various venues across Bristol. For tickets and further information, visit: Mayfest

 

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Natasha Tripney

Natasha co-founded Exeunt in 2011 and was editor until 2016. She's now lead critic and reviews editor for The Stage, and has written about theatre and the arts for the Guardian, Time Out, the Independent, Lonely Planet and Tortoise.

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