Bristol Old Vic’s Best Of 2015

It’s been a pretty spectacular year here at Bristol Old Vic made amazing by every single one of our 112,000 customers who bought a ticket to one of our 595 performances! Thank you to all of you who came and supported us. Here are a few of 2015’s top moments from the staff at Bristol Old Vic.

Life Raft at Bristol Old Vic

Life Raft – photo by Jack Offord

“One crazy September night, I ran headlong from a Bristol Old Vic standing ovation at the end of Melly Still’s thrilling production Life Raft to Arcadia’s Spider Show in Queens Square. None of us had seen or heard anything like it!

Both of these events were part of Bristol’s European Green Capital programme and they showed in different ways why the Bristol 2015 arts programme was so important. Artists of this quality see new possibilities in the world and inspire the rest of us to do the same.”
Tom Morris – Bristol Old Vic Artistic Director

“Absolutely nailing Bristol Proms in it’s biggest and most ambitious year! But watching the first run through of Pink Mist in rehearsals was a huge high for me.”
Hannah Maun – Ticketing and Audience Insight Manager

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And Then Come the Nightjars – photo by Jack Sain

“A top moment of mine was And Then Come the Nightjars in the Studio. Absolutely stunning set, beautifully moving story. I was very touched by this piece.”
Rachel Wilson – Programming and Producing Administrator

“My highlight would definitely be launching our 250th anniversary programme. From initial whispers in the office, to sculpting a season, to frantically decking the Paintshop out for the announcement during our Christmas press day – being surrounded by staff, friends and supporters, I can’t think of a better way to kick off the most exciting year.

It’s a massive privilege to work in a building steeped in so much history, and actually a bit mind blowing when you look ahead and see the world class creatives we’re working with in 2016. I’m looking forward to walking our corridors over the next year and being able to wonder what the next 250 have in store for this beautiful theatre!
Charlie Coombes – Press Assistant

“My highlight has to be the opportunity for Bristol Old Vic Young Company to come together with our pals Travelling Light and Bristol Museums and Galleries to perform A Thousand Seasons Past in Museum Square in a specially built auditorium– no mean feat and a triumph of team work and Bristol working together!”
Sian Eustace – Young Company and Participation Producer

Jack Russell

Bad Body Double: Jack Russell

“The moment when our new and old Graphic Designers Jack Archer and Russell Hancock met, in exactly the same clothes and, you guessed it, made Jack Russell!!”
Karen Palmer – Marketing Manager

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre cast and creative team with Bristol Old Vic team at the National Theatre press night. 

“As well as a year full of absolutely killer productions (my favourites include Pink Mist and the hilarious Orpheus by Little Bulb Theatre) it was such an amazing experience to travel to the National Theatre en-mass to see our production of Jane Eyre in the Lyttleton theatre.”
Duncan Smith – Marketing Officer

“The absolute high after our first meeting with someone who agreed to buy a Bristol Old Vic silver ticket! And seeing Associate Director George Mann’s crystal clear influence on our work across our programme (Pink Mist, The Crucible, Sleeping Beauty) and admiring his talent and enthusiasm.
Sarah Watts – Capital Campaign Coordinator

“It has to be the Bristol Old Vic ‘Enchanted Forest’ themed Christmas party where our Made In Bristol company all came as magic elves. They even made their sparkling beards themselves…” [photos embargoed]
Cameron Cheek – Operations Coordinator


Pink Mist – photo by Mark Douet

“I will never forget the opening night of Pink Mist. The audience were utterly silent throughout the performance until the moment it ended, when they all gave the cast the most monumental (and fairly emotional!) standing ovation. Ridiculously well-deserved for one of the best plays of last year.”
Jonathan Harper – Marketing Director

Thank you to everyone who supported us in 2015! We hope to see you again in 2016 for our 250th anniversary year, it’s going to be a big one.
Happy New Year!

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