Generate Exhibition

Published on:
25th June 2019

The next generation of talented graduates from the Theatre Design, Scenic Art and Costume courses at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School will showcase their work this month at the Generate Exhibition, taking place at the prestigious Royal West of England Academy (RWA) in Clifton.

From vampires at Circomedia to Dickens on Bristol Old Vic’s main stage, and from contemporary theatre at The Wardrobe to Brecht at the Tobacco Factory, it’s been quite a season for the School. In all these shows, the design and making of the set, props and costumes, and the painting and construction of the scenery has been undertaken in-house, by students from the School’s creative and production departments.

Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to see beautiful original design drawings, scale theatre box models, spectacular costumes and striking works of art, providing an insight into how a designer’s vision is realised for the stage. In addition to the work relating to the School’s shows, thematic displays will cover a range of fascinating topics, from maternity wear through history to contemporary circus costume.

Angela Davies, Head of Theatre Design at the School said: “The Generate Exhibition provides a rare opportunity for the Bristol public to explore the creative process that goes on behind the scenes of some of our most popular shows. This exhibition will be of interest to anyone who enjoys theatre or has an interest in the creative industries more widely.

“Our productions frequently receive five-star reviews in the media – but what some audience members may not realise whilst watching our actors, is that the design and production is also made by students, training to professional standards.”

The exhibition, which is free to visit, runs at the RWA from Friday 28 June to Thursday 4 July. The Theatre Design exhibition continues in London, at the Old Truman Brewery, from Tuesday 9 July to Friday 12 July, with a smaller representation of work from Scenic Art and Costume graduates. Further information is available on our Generate Exhibition page.

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