Orca Sometimes the most beautiful places harbour the darkest secrets.


Weston Studio, Bristol Old Vic

Key Information
  • Dates Mon 04 Mar 2019 - Sat 16 Mar 2019
  • Location Weston Studio, Bristol Old Vic
  • Evenings

    8.00 PM on Mon 4 – Thur 7 March
    8.00 PM on Sat 9, Tue 12 and Fri 15 March
    8.15 PM on Sat 16 March

  • Matinees

    3.00 PM on Thur 14 March


  • Ticket price

    £15 / £13 / £11

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Part of a season of new plays that have been developed by Bristol Old Vic.

By Matt Grinter
Directed by Chloe Masterton

“One girl, against the happiness of the whole village. Can you not see it has to be done?”

Midsummer. The village must choose a new Daughter to sail with the fishing boats and bless the waters, keeping the threat of the orcas that roam the sea at bay for another year. Fan hopes with all her heart to be the one chosen, but her older sister Maggie is adamant she must never, never, go with the boats.

Because something happened to Maggie out there. Because no one will admit it. Because sometimes the most beautiful places harbour the darkest secrets.

Orca is an incisive, unflinching insight into what makes a community tolerate the unthinkable.

First performed at Southwark Playhouse. Winner of the Papatango Prize for New Writing.

Duration: 1 hr 20 mins approx | no interval
Recommended age: 14+
Trigger warnings: sexual abuse (implied and integral, but not depicted in the moment of abuse)
Strong language: no

By arrangement with Nick Hern Books. Image Credit: Hide the Shark



I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice