A Tale of two Theatres - Take root or take flight: As the economics of property tightens its grip on Bristol more and more performance venues are forced to close by pressures from new developments and decent, secure housing becomes increasingly unaffordable. But as this formal cultural life declines, we are seeing a rise in the amount of informal and unlicensed performance events and an increase in the amount of people living informally in in vans, caravans and tents. This project explores this dialectic through two very different theatres.
The Holy Theatre defies the commodification of land by becoming part of the landscape. It is built into and out of the Redcliffe caves and is designed to reinvigorate the ceremony of formal theatre.
The Rough Theatre takes flight from the politics of land and ownership. Inspired by the van dwellers of Bristol It is at once a kitchen, social hub and stage for a travelling theatre troupe.