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Mayfest is Bristol’s unique annual festival of contemporary theatre, dedicated to presenting a broad range of unusual, playful and ambitious work from leading theatre-makers from Bristol, the UK and beyond. Every year, for eleven days, Bristol explodes in a celebration of culture – a feast of performance for a diverse, multi-cultural city


This Is Not A Magic Show (Mayfest) – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Vincent Gambini doing a card trick

Writer and Performer: Vincent Gambini Producer: Sally Rose Reviewer: Chris Oldham   Vincent Gambini is not one of us. He's pretending to be, but he's not. With This Is Not A Magic Show – playing across four different venues on four different dates as part of Mayfest – Gambini un­picks the traditional format of illusion­based performance using nothing more than ...

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The Complete Deaths (Mayfest) – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Adapter and Director: Tim Crouch Reviewer: Claire Hayes   First Mayfest brought us Dead Centre’s riff on Chekhov, now physical comedians Spymonkey introduce their take on Shakespeare – specifically the 75 deaths (counting the black ill-favoured fly in Titus Andronicus) performed onstage in his plays. Directed by Tim Crouch, it’s a unique examination of mortality that – ...

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Chekhov’s First Play (Mayfest) – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director:Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd Reviewer: Claire Hayes   One thing you could take from Dead Centre’s shocking and visceral Lippy at last year’s Mayfest is to expect the unexpected from this Dublin-based theatre company. So, to open this year’s festival, its UK premiere of Chekhov’s First Play promises to be anything but a traditional interpretation of ...

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Salt (Mayfest) – Arnolfini, Bristol

Selina Thompson

Creator: Selina Thompson Directing Support: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Chris Oldham   In February 2016, Selina Thompson decided to trace one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle, beginning with a three-week crossing of the Atlantic ocean on a cargo ship. The result of this journey is Salt, Thompson's one-woman show playing over four nights at the Arnolfini as part ...

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