Directors’ Playground Contemporary theatre presented by BOVTS' graduating directors

Directors’ Playground

Online, livestreamed from The Wardrobe Theatre

Key Information
  • Dates Thu 06 May 2021 - Sat 08 May 2021
  • Location Online, livestreamed from The Wardrobe Theatre
  • Ticket price

    £7 for a double bill

  • Times

    Evenings: 7.30 pm

    Plays are presented in a double bill and run roughly an hour each. See the individual page for more details.

     

"Contemporary drama with extraordinary insightfulness, vivacity and theatrical prowess" Jenny Stephens, Artistic Director

The Directors’ Playground season is a programme of contemporary theatre presented by the six graduating MA Drama Directing students from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and featuring work by acting, design and production students.

BOVTS has a reputation for showcasing fresh, vibrant and cutting-edge theatre work by some of the finest emerging talent in UK theatre.

Diverse and highly charged, this is a season of provocative plays which all have an important relevance in today’s society.

Silk Road (How to Buy Drugs Online) by Alex Oates
Directed by: Rachael Walsh
Designed by: Choy-Ping Clarke-Ng
Livestream Thursday 6 May 2021.
On demand Wednesday 12 – Friday 14 May 2021.

‘Pirates these days, not what they used to be, eh?’

Bruce is a loveable nineteen year old tech nerd who lives with his nan and has never had a proper girlfriend. When the girl of his dreams drifts out of his periphery and slap bang into his orbit, it sets Bruce off on a path to discovering Silk Road and how to buy drugs online.

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Kyoto by David Greig
Directed by: Hope Thain
Designed by: Cat Fuller
Livestream Thursday 6 May 2021.
On demand Wednesday 12 – Friday 14 May 2021.

‘The world was in the way.’

Lucy and Dan finally find themselves in a hotel room. For ten years, they have lived for the climate conferences that would bring them together, waiting for the perfect moment to start their affair. Their careers progress and their families expand, and so, this never happens. Until tonight.

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I Hate Alone by Ellen Brammar
Directed by Jessy Roberts
Designed by Tish Mantripp
Livestream Friday 7 May 2021.
On demand Thursday 13 – Saturday 15 May 2021.

‘If you’ve ever fucked us over, you better watch out.’

After their band ‘Disabled Barbie’ gets turned down by a snooty record label, Danielle and Chloe are done with being trampled on.  I Hate Alone is a rip-roaring piece of gig theatre about injustice, revenge, and how far you’d go for a friend.

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Katie Johnstone by Luke Barnes
Directed by: Frazer Meakin
Designed by: Charlotte Hurrell
Livestream Friday 7 May 2021.
On demand Thursday 13 – Saturday 15 May 2021.

‘When I make my millions this place will be like Magaluf or Las Vegas or something, it will be the best place in the world.’

Can dreams and hope make you a millionaire? Katie Johnstone is a girl with ambitions who wants to help the town she loves, start a business that will make millions, all while gardening and writing poems like Alex Turner.

Join Katie as she sings, dances and shouts to let the world know, now is the time to be more than ordinary. Be prepared to make a difference.

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Chef by Sabrina Mahfouz
Directed by: Imy Wyatt Corner
Designed by: Maria Terry
Livestream Saturday 8 May 2021.
On demand Friday 14 – Sunday 16 May 2021.

I used to think, do you know what this does, this life?

It cooks, it feeds, it delivers, it delights,

Then it dies.

A captivating poetic show about food, memories and faded Michelin star-studded dreams. Chef tells the thrilling tale of how one woman went from working as head chef at a high-end bistro to running a prison kitchen as a convicted inmate.

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Toy Plastic Chicken by Uma Nada-Rajah
Directed by: William Byam Shaw
Designed by: Natasha Sadier
Livestream Saturday 8 May 2021.
On demand Friday 14 – Sunday 16 May 2021.

All Rachel wanted was a holiday. That is before she was detained in airport security when the toy chicken she was carrying was mistaken for a bomb. Now she’s sat in an interrogation room answering questions on British foreign policy to security guards Ross and Emma.

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Graduate Sahir Mehta
As soon as I visited the School, I fell in love with the place. Perhaps it sounds a bit irrational, but sometimes you get a vibe - and you just know! BOVTS gave me all the tools I needed to prepare for a career as an actor. Sahir Mehta, MA Professional Acting, 2018