Catastrophe Bay A new musical by Buchan and Barne

Catastrophe Bay

Bristol Old Vic Main Stage

Key Information
  • Dates Sat 18 Jun 2022 - Sat 02 Jul 2022
  • Location Bristol Old Vic Main Stage
  • Evenings


  • Matinees


  • Ticket Price

    From £10

  • Running Time

    2.5 hours including interval

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“Come boys, come heave away, for the stars and the billowing spray! We’re bound for the thundering sound, my boys, we’re bound for Catastrophe Bay!”

by Kit Buchan and Jim Barne
Directed by Derek Bond
Production Design by Matthew Cassar
Lighting and Projection Design by Hugo Dodsworth

Deep in the wilds of Cornwall lies the tiny fishing village of Newfrock. The inhabitants are a curious and mischievous gaggle of misfits – a smuggling schoolmistress, the sinful priest, reprobate orphans and singing fishermen – who, despite their differences, abide by a strange patchwork of rituals and beliefs in order to protect the village’s secrets.

When newcomer Murdo Moxy – freelance crook and con-artist – enters their midst with his roguish daughter in tow, it sets off a series of events for the townsfolk to grapple with. Inspired by a vast language of British and European folk songs, Catastrophe Bay is as rich and hearty as a night in a candlelit tavern, whilst storms rage outside.

Please note there will be a BSL signed performance of this production on Sat 2 July at 2.30pm.

Students relaxing outside of the School
The School is in a beautiful part of Bristol, overlooking a huge park called the Downs. We sometimes take advantage of our close proximity to the Downs during the summer term, practising fight and dance routines, or voice or singing classes! Dan Hall, BA Professional Acting student