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Eight Plays. Four Weeks. One Venue. The graduating students of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School return to The Wardrobe Theatre for their 18th festival season. It’s a celebration of collaboration and creativity, which sees the directing and design students taking the artistic reins across four double bills. From psychological thrillers and millennial sexual politics to dystopian Brits and young offenders preparing for fatherhood, we’re presenting a smorgasbord of theatrical, contemporary brilliance.

Thu 23rd – Sat 25th May 2024

6pm (plus 1pm on Sat) £10 (or £15 for same day double bill) (multi-buy offer: £40 for all 8 shows)

Brad Birch, winner of the Harold Pinter Commission, takes audiences on a deep dive into betrayal and forgiveness in this tense, psychological thriller which will keep you hooked until the bitter end

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Thu 23rd – Sat 25th May 2024

8pm (plus 3pm on Sat) £10 (or £15 for same day double bill) (multi-buy offer: £40 for all 8 shows)

The River is a strange and humorous thriller from award-winning playwright Jez Butterworth, exploring what it means to be searching for the future whilst being confronted by the past

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Thu 6th – Sat 8th June 2024

6pm (plus 1pm on Sat) £10 (or £15 for same day double bill) (multi-buy offer: £40 for all 8 shows)

Debating ideas of monogamy, questionable hookups and the female friendships we make throughout life

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Thu 6th – Sat 8th June 2024

8pm (plus 3pm on Sat) £10 (or £15 for same day double bill) (multi-buy offer: £40 for all 8 shows)

Amy Guyler’s gutsy play is a gripping story of activism, power dynamics, and the lengths people will go when faced with injustice

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Thu 13th – Sun 16th June 2024 (no shows Sat)

6pm (plus 1pm on Sun) £10 (or £15 for same day double bill) (multi-buy offer: £40 for all 8 shows)

Winner of the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize, Samuel Bailey’s darkly comic and hard-hitting play serves as a compelling reminder of the struggles faced by young male offenders trying to find their place in the world

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Thu 13th – Sun 16th June 2024 (no shows Sat)

8pm (plus 3pm on Sun) £10 (or £15 for same day double bill) (multi-buy offer: £40 for all 8 shows)

Examining themes of identity, perception and feminism, Octopus is a comedy which challenges and celebrates in equal measure, all whilst set to a pulsating soundtrack of 90s pop and riot grrl punk

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Thu 20th – Sat 22nd June 2024

6pm (plus 1pm on Sat) £10 (or £15 for same day double bill) (multi-buy offer: £40 for all 8 shows)

Using lightning fast dialogue and stylised movement, Hymns is a bruising exploration of how toxic masculinity affects our ability to care about those closest to us

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Thu 20th – Sat 22nd June 2024

8pm (plus 3pm on Sat) £10 (or £15 for same day double bill) (multi-buy offer: £40 for all 8 shows)

Violence is sewn into the fabric of our everyday – it’s in our TV, our relationships, our work, our language. When violence is so ubiquitous, how do we keep talking about it? How do we keep noticing it?

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