Bristol Old Vic repeats Open Stage for Bank Holiday

Colin Davison

A highlight of Bristol Old Vic’s 250th anniversary celebrations last year was Bristol Open Stage, which saw the theatre taken over by people from every corner of the for the 250th Birthday Weekend.

This year, as part of the legacy of the 250th anniversary, the theatre has once again thrown open its doors and invited Bristolians to share their stories over the course of one day—its 251st birthday on Bank Holiday Monday 29 May.

The event will be hosted by Bristolian actor Joe Sims, best known for playing plumber Nigel Carter in ITV’s hit show Broadchurch.

Joe said: “I cannot wait to see the indigenous talent that has come from all over Bristol to light up the main stage at Bristol Old Vic. The work that the Engagement team at Bristol Old Vic have been doing across Bristol alike fills me with pride. It's always been such a creative city and the Bristol Open Stage performances are further proof of the breadth of talent we have in our brilliant city.”

With over 30 acts involving 300 people taking to the historic stage, Bristol Open Stage will showcase stand-up comedy, jazz quintets, spoken word, salsa, African and Bollywood dance, drama and acapella, plus performances by local choirs.

Sian Eustace, Engagement Producer at Bristol Old Vic, said: “Bristol Open Stage was the real stand out moment from our historic 250th anniversary celebrations last summer. The spirit in which all our brilliant participants performed, and the joy the entire team at Bristol Old Vic felt when watching local people treading the boards, sharing their stories within the beautiful theatre, have been the best inspiration for the continuation of the Bristol Open Stage legacy.

"Whether you’ve been on stage before, or it is your first time in the spotlight—everyone is welcome. These incredible days are a shining example of how creativity can truly change your outlook on life.”