Tom Morris says he has an “almost indecent passion” for Bristol Old Vic, the oldest theatre in continuous operation in the English speaking world. But how has the Kings Street institution evolved? Has it changed enough to justify huge amounts of public money and reach all communities with top quality art? Amid some fawning by Neil about Tom’s brother, Chris Morris, they chat about the simmering culture war over arts and the future of Bristol’s theatrical centrepiece.
How starting an arts festival helped me find community in Bristol
Grassroots groups have birthed a movement that celebrates and represents people from East and South East Asian communities. It has unleashed a ‘warm, communitarian energy’, writes the co-founder of MOON FEST, which takes place this weekend at the Trinity Centre.
‘The sector won’t survive much longer’: can Bristol’s indie cinemas regain their pre-Covid highs?
Independent cinema in Bristol has been severely impacted by the pandemic and the cost of living crisis. Does it have what it takes to keep going?
When words fail: Meet the Bristol group nurturing male musicians’ mental health
The Seed Sessions project combines counselling and music mentoring to help young men express themselves. We heard from its founder, one of the participants and a counsellor working with the group about the power of music as a therapeutic tool.
Listen: The Sound Of Saffron by Charlie West
As part of this series of podcasts about under-represented parts of Bristol’s history, Charlie West investigates gender inequality in the music industry and what Saffron are doing to overturn it.
‘Crazy summers, days of rage’: how Beezer’s camera immortalised 1980s Bristol
Long before the ‘Bristol sound’ label was applied to the potent sonic brew bubbling from the city in the 90s, Andy ‘Beezer’ Beese moved with the bass-heavy beats of the 80s to photograph the era's pulses, parties and protests.
A class act: how the People’s Comedy is shaking up the circuit
Beyond the laughs, comedy can be an unforgiving, unequal environment. An award-winning night in Bristol is trying to level the playing field.