Mayfest

Mayfest 22

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Mayfest is Bristol’s biennial international festival of contemporary theatre, and over the last twelve years has consolidated its reputation as a vibrant and boundary-blurring context for the presentation of unusual, playful and ambitious live performance from artists all over the world.

Mayfest is back for 2022.

The festival will take place across May 13 - 29 with a programme spanning three weekends and dozens of performances, events, and parties in some of Bristol’s best-loved venues as well as in unexpected sites and locations throughout the city.

This year’s edition of the festival is for everyone: every individual show will be priced on a Pay-What-You-Can basis.

Mayfest is a cross-city celebration that promotes the creative vitality of Bristol and explores the parameters of the city as a creative playground. Cultivating connections between artists, audiences, participants and venues, Mayfest champions the voices and experiences of a diverse international community of artists who ask brave questions about how we live in a modern world. 

Over the past decade Mayfest has featured companies and artists such as Dead Centre, Selina Thompson, Still House, Hofesh Shechter Company, Kate Tempest, Belarus Free Theatre, National Theatre Wales and Neon Neon, National Theatre of Scotland, Opera North, Banana Bag and Bodice, Fuel, The TEAM and many more. 

Highlights:

polyphony
May 6 2022 - May 29 2022
An intricate homage to the human voice. Step inside polyphony, an immersive audio installation composed from the weaving and splicing of conversations with people across the country.

Birthmarked
May 13 2022 - May 21 2022
A new concept gig written and performed by Brook Tate and his grand ol' band of pals. Using songs he has written over the last six years, Brook tells the story - his story - of a young gay Jehovah's Witness as he comes to terms with his sexuality and finds his feet (and high heels...) in a world he once believed would be destroyed at Armageddon. 

EXPOSURE
May 14 2022 - May 15 2022
In autumn of 2020, artist ‘the vacuum cleaner’ invited 47 Newham health workers into his artist studio and filmed conversations with them about their experiences of the first wave of the Covid 19 pandemic. Frank and tender conversations bring into focus the complexity of each health professional’s experiences. The challenges they faced and the compromises forced upon them.

A Crash Course in Cloudspotting
May 18 2022 - May 28 2022
An intimate audio journey exploring the depths of human connection and the subversive act of lying down. This can be experienced as a 35 minute audio installation or as a 55 minute performance.

Terra Coda
May 24 2022 - May 26 2022
Led by acclaimed Bristol-based composer Benji Bower, you are invited to an evening in the stunning Mount Without for the launch of a multi-dimensional new orchestral and electronic work that will take you on a soaring sonic journey exploring our planet and reflecting on our relationship to it.​​​​​

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