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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


Director Jacob Whitehorn. Designer Jess Brown.

“I was thinking about Jimi. How his life’s over, and how my life, our lives, are still…”

Four men gather to attend the funeral of a close friend, as tensions rise and truths spill out they are left wondering if they will ever be the same again. Under the brash surface, Hymns is a touching story of friendship under fire, where deep-rooted connection fights for survival against the reality of grief and guilt.


Hymns is showing as part of BOVTS Summer Festival – Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s season of cutting edge contemporary works. Hymns is showing as part of a double bill with Some People Talk About Violence.

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  • Dates: Thu 20th - Sat 22nd June 2024
  • Show time: 6pm (plus 1pm on Sat)
  • Tickets: £10 (or £15 for same day double bill) (multi-buy offer: £40 for all 8 shows)
  • Running Time: 60-90 mins (no interval)
  • Suitable for: Ages 14+
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Hymns by Chris O’Connell
Hymns by Chris O’Connell
  • Running Time: 60-90 mins (no interval)
  • Suitable for: Ages 14+
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