Supporting professional local talent, in addition to hosting national and international companies in an affordable and diverse inaugural season.
Bristol (PRWEB UK) 19 December 2011
The Bierkeller Theatre located in Bristol’s oldest continuously running venue, the Bristol Bierkeller, has announced its inaugural season of theatre and performance commencing on the 16th January 2012. Whilst maintaining exacting standards, they have prioritised diversity, affordability and the promotion of local talent. In the winter/spring season they are set to host eight companies presenting a wide range of productions, from classical works (Romeo and Juliet), to a promenade performance (Moby Dick), as well as music, illusion and physical theatre (As Within, So Without). Ticket prices are generously reduced when booked in advance at between £8.50 and £10, with a range of special offers (including for schools and universities) available online (http://www.BierkellerTheatre.com) or via the box office (0117-930-4264) to ensure accessibility in this time of fiscal austerity.
The theatre’s premiere production is a piece of new writing from Jared Morgan, to be performed by FarOutMan Theatre, who are a company of professional actors all local to Bristol. The play is set in a women’s refuge, where the story delicately and humorously shows how hope can spring from despair. The writer described the story as a “young and strong woman trying to overcome her past demons in order to create a new life for herself”, he went on to say, “[t]his is a universal story showing the strength of hope and friendship in the face of adversity.” Rescue Me! is a bold and dramatic start to a varied programme of theatre from local, national and international companies:
The season’s remit was described by Artistic Director, Alex MacMillan, as a “deliberately broad range of strong stories, in an attempt to offer something appealing and new to veteran and novice theatre goers alike.” In turn, however, the season’s eight productions do present some recurring themes rooted in contemporary issues: For example, ‘Rescue Me!’, ‘Fugitive Songs’, and their ‘Romeo and Juliet’ subtly touch on feminist or egalitarian ideas in modern society. Whilst other shows, such as local company Darkstuff Productions’ ‘Moby Dick’, embrace both the history of Bristol’s shipping industry and the Bierkeller’s Gothic interior.
In order to maximise the impact and the uniqueness of each performance, the Bierkeller Theatre makes full use of its flexibility and unconventionality. There is no defined auditorium layout; the first season includes a mixture of traditional proscenium to promenade to cabaret performances. Moreover, each production can literally transform every aspect of the theatre, from the decoration, to the catering, to the staff attire, and to the bar (detailed for each production on their website): For example, Famous & Divine plan to manifest a David Lynchian world in their Fugitive Songs; transporting the audience into a multi-performance event, where only the expected is unexpected!
Beyond evening performances, the Bierkeller Theatre is working with its resident company, 3rd Stage Dance Company, by putting on a collection of weekly day and evening workshops for teenagers and adults, which cater for both beginners and more experienced dancers. Their dancers have backgrounds in the Royal Ballet, Rambert and London Contemporary, and make use of live music and film in many of their routines and classes. Further information can be found on http://www.BierkellerTheatre.com.
A number of productions, such as ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘A Gift to the Future’, are geared towards content in the national curriculum for secondary schools and colleges, and are also suitable for relevant university studies. In addition to special ticket rates available (see http://www.BierkellerTheatre.com), a number of the companies including La Compagnie du Cèdre, are offering special deals to do drama workshops at local schools during the period of their performance run.
For Chief Executive Austin Mockridge, this is the creation of a vision for Bristol that goes back many years. His professional involvement with theatre started at an early age, which subsequently evolved into his work supporting, writing and collaboratively producing productions. Alongside an experienced team holding collectively forty years of in-house creative and supportive experience, it is of paramount importance to Austin and Alex that they are actively involved, accessible and at the front line for both visiting companies and the audience.
The Bristol Bierkeller is located in the centre of Broadmead (All Saints Street, BS1 2NA), with on street parking and an adjacent NCP car-park. Inside they boast a large bar and cooked food (including organic produce from their partner farm). For all performances, doors open at 19:30 and the shows start at 20:15. Tickets are available from http://www.BierkellerTheatre.com or via their box office on 0117-930-4264.