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Centre Stage: Celebrating Theatre in Bristol

Bristol800 Weekender

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Sat 23-Sun 24 January 2016
Royal West of England Academy, Queen's Road, Bristol BS8 1PX

Centre Stage: Celebrating Theatre in Bristol

Bristol800 Weekender

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Sat 23-Sun 24 January 2016
Royal West of England Academy, Queen's Road, Bristol BS8 1PX

The exhibition Centre Stage at the Royal West of England Academy is open from Fri 11 December 2015 – Sun 24 January 2016. As well as family events throughout the exhibition period, on the weekend of 23 and 24 January 2016 there will be special events to celebrate the start of the Bristol800 programme.

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The enchanting family-friendly, free exhibition takes visitors on a magical journey to explore the story of theatre in Bristol, turning the spotlight on those working within the wings and behind the scenes as well as the famous names on stage.

It includes life-size sets and props from the Disney and Cameron Mackintosh production of Mary Poppins (designed by ex-Bristol Old Vic Theatre School student Bob Crowley), which had its world premiere in Bristol in 2004. Alongside these magical treats will sit spectacular costumes and designs by Maria Bjornson and the gothic candelabra from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera produced by Cameron Mackintosh and the Really Useful Theatre Company.

Taking a walk down memory lane, the exhibition also includes a large selection of intimate production photographs taken by Derek Balmer PPRWA and Desmond Tripp, chronicling the many famous faces that have trodden the boards at Bristol Old Vic over a 40-year period.

A new artwork by Judith Aston (supported by the Centre for Moving Image Research, UWE and Bristol Old Vic) creates a ‘theatre within a theatre’ providing visitors with a glimpse into the captivating relationship between audience and performer, whilst reproductions of costumes accompanied by lovingly detailed designs and the intricate detail of nineteenth century ‘Tinsel’ prints add to the magic.

As the inaugural event in Bristol’s 2016 celebrations of 800 years as a mayoral city, Centre Stage also celebrates the 250th anniversary of Bristol Old Vic, 70 years of the Bristol Old Vic Company, 70 years of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, 70 years of the Theatre Club and 65 years of the University of Bristol Theatre Collection.

Programme for the Bristol800 Weekender:
Saturday 23 January

    11am Centre Stage Gallery Talk with Jo Elsworth

Join Jo, Director of the University of Bristol Theatre Collection for a talk exploring some of the fascinating objects and art works on display in Centre Stage, including the wonderful Tinsel prints.

    2pm Gallery Talk with Derek Balmer (PPRWA)

Derek Balmer, painter, photographer and former president of the RWA, will lead a tour around the exhibition of photographs he took of actors at the Old Vic during the 60s, 70s and 80s.

    4pm Theatre within a Theatre Gallery Talk with Judith Aston

Join Theatre within a Theatre creator Judith Aston as she literally ‘lifts the lid’ to reveal the model in its full glory, and talks us through the concept behind the work. She will be in the gallery throughout the weekend to chat with visitors about her project.

Sunday 24 January

    11.15am The Secrets of Scenic Art

A chance to learn more about the role of Scenic Artists, who work closely with designers in the creation of sets for theatre, film and television. With staff, students and alumni of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

    1pm Q&A Session with Costumiers from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Join Rachel Walker and Eleanor Smith, Costumiers from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, for a Q&A session exploring the making of the Yellow Dress – the amazing garment on display in Centre Stage, inspired by Laura Knight’s painting of the same name.

    3pm Theatre within a Theatre Gallery Talk with Judith Aston

Theatre within a Theatre creator Judith Aston talks us through the concept behind the work.

This exhibition has been produced in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, and is supported by Bristol City Council, Bristol Festival of Ideas, Arts Council England and the Centre for Moving Image Research, UWE.

Image credit: Mr Gomersal as the Prophet Khan in Mazeppa, or The Wild Horse. Tinsel print, c1831. © University of Bristol Theatre Collection

Bristol800 is supported by:

Arts Council England, Bristol & Bath Cultural Destinations, Bristol City Council, The Society of Merchant Venturers, University of Bristol, University of the West of England

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