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A Haunted Existence at The Island, Bristol

A Haunted Existence

“The judge said it was appalling that a town like Taunton should exhibit as many cases of homosexual crime ….The answer was not that the population of Taunton is more debased than other groups of the community, but that once vice got established it spread like a pestilence and unless held in check, threatened to spread indefinitely” – News of the World 1954

Join Pervasive Media Studio resident Tom Marshman in a special performance at The Island blending creative technology, music and projection as he retraces the forgotten true story of a young local man who was arrested for gross indecency.

In the early 1950s 17-year-old Geoffrey Patrick Williamson was on the Exeter to Bristol train when he approached a plain clothed railway officer. This brief encounter was deemed inappropriate and Williamson was arrested: on questioning, Williamson revealed the names of 17 men he had had sex with, beginning a domino effect of arrests, prison, aversion therapy and suicide.

A Haunted Existence highlights the turmoil, stigma and heartbreak of this experience by weaving together history and hearsay to tell the story of Britain’s very recent, shameful past.

Join us before the performance from 18:45 to explore the old police cells at The Island with installations (curated by Tom and historian Jeanie Sinclair through workshops with young people) that respond to the themes of the show and wider LGBTQ history. The performance will then begin at 19:45.

“One of the most immersive and exciting performances of queer history you’re likely to find” Bristol 247
On Kings Cross (REMIX)

With original music by Kid Carpet
Written and Performed by Tom Marshman
Produced by Jo Kimber
Film and Projection by Paul Samuel White with support from Leon Trimble

A Haunted Existence is a co-production with The Island. Supported by Watershed, Strike a Light, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Performance Space, Coombe Farm Studios, Dartington Hall Trust and funded by Arts Council of England and Heritage Lottery fund with additional support from Bristol Old Vic Literary Department.

Circus Zambia at The Island, Bristol

Circus Zambia in Bristol!

Circus Zambia are coming to BRISTOL for two dates only and will be offering two separate workshops and one show over two dates!

These 4 events are FUNDRAISERS – all proceeds go to Circus Zambia to help develop their new building at Circuz Zambia HQ in Lusaka. Circus Zambia is a social enterprise initiative in one of the ghettos from Zambia. It insures vulnerable youth have access to education, life skill, social training and mentorship so they can become change makers in their communities and reach their full potential.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/circuszambia/

18th & 19th July Circus Zambia presents ‘The Electric Windmill’
19:30-20:30 £8 advance tickets or £10 on the door
Circus Zambia presents a 40 minute show named ‘The Electric Windmill’, inspired by the the’ boy who harnessed the wind’ by William Kamkambwa, based on the true story. After the show there will be an opportunity for Q&As.
For Tickets 18th July click here https://billetto.co.uk/e/circus-zambia-presents-the-electric-windmill-tickets-294701

For Tickets 19th July click here https://billetto.co.uk/e/circus-zambia-presents-the-electric-windmill-tickets-294708

18th July 17:30-19:00 £15
Circus Zambia is also conducting the Acrobatics workshop helping you to stretch and reach new heights. Everything has to start from somewhere and for the circus Zambia guys it started in the streets of Zambia where they reached new heights, travelling and learning from different people and now we want to share that with you. This day will be unforgettable, you will experience Acro- dance, Acro-balancing and body movements in one evening!
See you there.
For tickets click here: https://billetto.co.uk/e/circus-zambia-in-bristol-acrobatics-workshop-tickets-294695

19th July 17:30-19:00 £15
Circus Zambia brings you Contemporary dance workshop close to you, with a magical touch of the 10 different provinces in Zambia with fusion of folk and Nyami Nyami spirits. The Dance with 72 two different language which tells you about Zambian culture! Yes the dance speaks and you can experience that with us. Folk and traditional dance, and urban African dances. Come experience the contemporary dancing in a fun and energetic way. See you there!
For tickets click here: https://billetto.co.uk/en/e/circus-zambia-contemporary-dance-workshop-tickets-294697/

Learn to jump, fly and land safely while experiencing the contemporary Zambian dance workshop, African Acro dance workshops, and clowning workshops.
All events are supported by The Island, part of Artspace Lifespace.

Another News Story at The Island, Bristol

Another News Story – Exclusive Bristol Screening

Another News Story takes a fresh view on the European refugee crisis. The film opens in 2015 Greece as refugees arrive on the idyllic island of Lesbos and follows refugees into Hungary and Croatia and across Europe to a hoped-for sanctuary. The film chronicles a journey beset by physical deprivation and danger, bureaucratic and political obstacles and thousands of miles of uncertainty. As the refugees wind their way across Europe they are accompanied by a pack of fellow travellers – reporters, camera-operaters, producers and news vans. As he too travels alongside the refugees debut British director, Orban Wallace, turns the camera in a new direction: the world’s 24-hour news gatherers in pursuit of the breaking story.

Amongst the backdrop of countless reports and documentaries covering the refugee crisis, Another News Story is unique in the way that it analyses the role of journalism itself. It is a thought-provoking and ethical investigation of how the Western world interacts with such horrific “stories”, tackling issues surrounding complacency, exploitation and the aesthetics of the medium.

Selected for 20 International Film Festivals.

Another News Story has recently premiered in London and this is an exclusive opportunity to see this innovative and groundbreaking documentary in Bristol.

For more information, please go to www.anothernewsstory.com

25% of proceeds donated in aid of European refugee crisis.
There will be a small bar to help raise money for the cause so please bring cash!

available from Bristol Ticket Shop:


7.30 pm

The Island
Gallery Space
1st Floor
Bridewell Street

Sheatre at SPACE, Bristol


In honour of the suffrage centenary, Tea-Powered Theatre is celebrating the work of female and non-male writers. In association with dramaturg Amy Bethan Evans we present Sheatre. A new writing scratch event, with plays all by non-male writers with entirely non-male casts.
While there is much more work by non-males than there used to be, women and non-males still lack the confidence to submit to call-outs so if that’s you, we hope you’ll feel welcome here.
Eight playwrights will have had their work dramaturged by Amy and a cast of actors before the play or extract is read for you and discussed publicly over Cream Tea.
Tea-Powered Theatre will be rehearse reading(script in hand) four plays/extracts a day over the weekend so come each day to see something different.
19th and 20th of May Doors 5:45pm Show 6pm
SPACE, 6 West Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0BH
Entry only
Entry and Tea
Includes unlimited tea served during intervals
Entry and Cream Tea
Includes unlimited tea and a single serving of scone, jam and cream. lactose and gluten-free alternatives available
Weekend Entry
Entry to both days of the Sheatre
Weekend Entry and Tea
Entry and unlimited tea at both days of the event
Weekend Entry and Cream Tea
Includes unlimited tea and a single serving of scone, jam and cream on both days of Sheatre. Lactose and gluten-free alternatives available
Contact Gonzo, Bristol

Contact Gonzo Vs Bristol

UK debut

Imagine a kind of dance that’s also a martial art, that is also a bit like a game that reminds you of something you’ve seen on the internet, or in a slapstick film, or on the streets.

Making their UK debut at Mayfest, Contact Gonzo bring their unique, playful, jaw-dropping physical style to Bristol. It’s violent and tender, very funny and very serious.

The show you’ll see involves performers from Contact Gonzo and Bristol working together to create a once-in-a-lifetime encounter.

Based in Osaka, Japan, Contact Gonzo were founded in 2006 and made their name on YouTube. Contact Gonzo is both their collective name, and the name of the practice developed by Masaru Kakio and Yuya Tsukahara.

They have made work in Singapore, New York, Moscow, Reykjavik and Budapest among other places.

Following its performance at Mayfest, Contact Gonzo will tour to Theatre Orchard in Weston-super-Mare.

Contact Gonzo is supported using public funding by Arts Council England through its Strategic Touring Fund.

Please note that this show is not wheelchair accessible due to the nature of the venue. For more information, please contact us on 0117 925 9999 during our office hours, Monday–Friday 10am–6pm.


Jon Udry, ABC Tour, The Island, Bristol

Jon Udry ABC Tour: J is for Jail

Charming, funny, engaging, and frank, Jon Udry’s own unique fusion of juggling and stand up comedy will have you on the edge of your seats and rolling into the aisles. The winning combination won him the award for “British Young Juggler of the Year”, and has led to appearances on radio and television, as well as appearing all over the world to international acclaim.

Juggler and Comedian, Jon Udry is on his biggest and most challenging tour yet. The ABC Tour; 26 shows in 26 different venues, one for each letter of the alphabet…

J is for Jail (cell)

Join the Facebook event, click here.

For tickets: http://jonudry.com/abc-tour

Dwelling Circus City, The Island, Bristol

DOCH Residencies – Dwelling

Angeliki Meli – DOCH MA Contemporary Circus Practise

Tue 24 October – Fri 27 October 12:00 AM


Thursday 27th 8pm (30mins)

by Angeliki Meli
The circus apparatus is this space, in which the circus artist grows up and spent most of their time. What turns this space in to a space of intimacy, in to a dwelling, is the memories, the smell, the personal freedom of expressing our selves inside it and the desire of returning.

It is the Balkan sound that still exists between the mountains, the waving of the threads, the grotesque body that has been shaken between the ground and the sky.

During her residency in the building of island Angeliki is trying to expand this intimacy space between her and her discipline and turn it in into a place of being, into a dwelling.

Program (Tuesday – Wednesday- Thursday)
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 17.00-19.00 this is not the right nose: invitation to participants to create with the help of Angeliki the shape of their nose
Wednesday 25th +Thursday 26th: 12.00-14.00 this is not the right rope: invitation to participants to be part of the construction of a new rope (aka connector)

Thursday only 20.00-20.30 performance, what comes out of the nose

All the days are part of an ongoing process that tries to understand where the inspiration is coming from.

Keep an eye here on the website and on twitter hashtag #CCResidencies

Body Room Landscape workshop, The Island, Bristol

Brenda Waite Residency

In this Residency period I am continuing my performance research exploring the materiality of the body and objects. Looking at connections between felt and imaginative states and an outer sensory terrain, seeking an understanding of our environment through this exchange.   I am currently interested in the body as a site of knowledge and transformation.  Other themes of interest are around habitat and adaption.


For this Residency week I will be working in collaboration with sound artists Shirley Pegna and Robin Foster and with Filmmaker Dani Landau.

 Beginning this week with Shirley Pegna and an opportunity to open my ears and perception to the world of sound and sonic phenomena.  Fascinating stuff.

 Currently there are three performative frames for our explorations and within these –

 1. We have been diving below the surface tuning into and recording sound emanating from the body, the respiratory, digestive systems, soft tissue and heartbeat.

 2. We are recording and playing with sound sourced from various objects and material via a range of actions.

3. Drawing on pre existing low frequency / vibration sound recordings Shirley has made of external urban and rural environments.
Showing from Residency with Robin Foster.
Please join Brenda and Robin for a showing of  work- in- progress in the Island Gallery Space.
A collision of objects, sound and bodies in a constantly transforming landscape. 
Sunday 15th October.    5-6.30.  Durational.
Bridewell st. Entrance, 1st Floor Gallery Space
Free Entrance.

Brenda also invites you to Body Room Landscape on Saturday 11am – 1pm

Please join Brenda Waite Workshops for this experimental and playful workshop exploring material and practices at her week long residency in the Gallery space at The Island.

This two hour movement- based session will focus on forging connections between our felt, imaginative states and an outer visual and tactile terrain.

Ice Road at Jacob Wells Baths, Bristol

Ice Road

Leningrad. 1942.

The siege has begun…

Book Now

“You are a cockroach, Tati. You will survive the hunger, the cold, fever and this war.”

In the wreckage of an old apartment block, four orphans are compelled to join forces to survive the murderous Leningrad blockade. Through a cruel winter, enemy shelling and gnawing hunger, Leah, Zoya, Tati and Kub fantasise of escape on the only road out of the city – the ice road.

Every night, whilst the city freezes and the bombs rain down, Leah mysteriously leaves the others for several hours. She will not tell them where she goes and they daren’t ask – the food she brings back is the only thing keeping them alive.

But then as winter bites hard, the youngest, Kub goes missing…

Harnessing Russian folklore and historical witness accounts, Ice Road fuses performance, creative technology, original music, film and aroma to tell the story of the children war leaves behind.

Jacob’s Wells Baths, Jacob’s Wells Road, Bristol, BS8 1DZ

Mon 2 – Wed 4 Oct 2017, 6.30pm

Fri 6 Oct – Sun 19 Nov:
£18.50/£16.50 concs
Mon – Sat, 6.30pm & 8.30pm
Sun 19 Nov, 6.30pm & 8.30pm

How to book

Watershed Box Office 0117 927 5100
Raucous web page:
Direct booking link: https://uk.patronbase.com/_Watershed2/Productions/11XT/Performances

Image credit: Paul Blakemore

Ice Road extra information.

Performance, SPACE, Bristol

Back Scratcher Night Scratch #2

Back Scratcher/Night Scratch is a scratch event for contemporary performance, dance and live art. It invites individuals, or groups of any size present their work in early stage. We welcome all of you come to join us to celebrate and nourish those seeds of art.


The child who said no

Alice Smith

‘The child who said no’ is the third play in the Dark Fairytale trilogy which is autobiographical. The first show ‘Swingerella’s Dark Fairytale’ explored living and escaping from domestic abuse, touring the UK in 2015 and being Sunday Times recommended at Edfringe. The show then toured to Berlin and India where it hit the tabloid headlines for ‘indecency charges.’ The second play Alice in the Wilderness explored Alice Smith’s subsequent homelessness and a spiral of addiction post trauma. This third shows deals with recovery.

Artist Bio

Alice Smith aka Swingerella is a controversial performance artist and activist whose work has lead to her being threatened with arrest in India for ‘indecency’ then body shamed in the tabloids on her return to UK last May. She has recently moved from Birmingham and continues to write, perform and travel globally as a campaigner for the elimination of violence against women – moving into the political arena in 2017 with Goddesse Education.


How I Stay In UK Legally?

Howl Yuan

Howl’s visa will expire at this September, and he still want to stay after that. Normally, people like Howl will go to consultant, but Howl, as a performance maker, he like to turn this issue into a performance…

How I Can Stay UK Legally? is an autobiographical performance aim to provide an alternative voice of migration matters in more real way, this performance start with Howl’s story extend to the issue of migration system, ethic, motivation and adaption.

Artist Bio

Howl Yuan, or Cheng-Po Yuan, is a UK-based, Taiwanese artist. His interests across cultural identity, mobility, humans and the surrounding they live in. His work spans on performance, object, text, video and photograph, which has been presented in Taiwan and the UK. Howl aim to create the dialectic space between him and audience during the performance, experiencing and participating from different perspectives.

Tickets available:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/back-scratcher-night-scratch-2-tickets-34686688820

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1271734546273279/

Photo by Łukasz Kubicki, Back Scratcher/ Night Scratch