Directors’ Cuts Contemporary theatre presented by BOVTS' graduating directors

Directors’ Cuts

Wardrobe Theatre, The Old Market Assembly

Key Information
  • Dates Tue 30 Apr 2019 - Sat 25 May 2019
  • Location Wardrobe Theatre, The Old Market Assembly
  • Ticket price

    Season Ticket: ÂŁ40*
    *book at the same time for all four shows and save ÂŁ8

  • Times

    Evenings: 7.30 pm
    Saturday Matinee: 2.30 pm

"Contemporary drama with extraordinary insightfulness, vivacity and theatrical prowess" Jenny Stephens, Artistic Director

The Directors’ Cuts season is a programme of contemporary theatre presented by the four graduating directors from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and featuring work by acting, design and production students.

Now in its thirteenth year and at The Wardrobe Theatre for the third time, the Directors’ Cuts season is firmly established in the Bristol theatre calendar. It has a reputation for showcasing fresh, vibrant and cutting edge theatre work by some of the finest emerging talent in UK theatre.

Diverse and highly charged, this is a season of provocative plays which all have an important relevance in today’s society.

We Want You to Watch by Alice Birch and Rashdash
Directed by: Claire O’Reilly
Designed by: Roisin Martindale
Tue 30 Apr – Sat 4 May

Pig and Sissy want to eradicate porn forever. This is not an easy thing to do, but they’re trying. They feel they have to. To be clear, they’re not prudes, or conservative, or Catholic. This is not a show about love, or desire, or even sex. This is just about pornography. Kind of.

Trigger warning: contains some sexual and violent content.

Tickets available from Wardrobe Theatre

The Greatest of the Greatest by Eva Johansson & Louise Löwenberg
Directed by: Charissa Martinkauppi
Designed by: Alana Ashley
Tue 7 – Sat 11 May

In June 2010, Thommy Berggren and Mikael Persbrandt, icons of Nordic theatre and film, announced that they were collaborating on a masterpiece. Only one week before the show was due to open, they cancelled all the performances. This is the almost-true story of what actually happened when two male creative geniuses met to produce the greatest work of their careers, and failed. Oh, and Thommy and Mikael? They’re played by women.

Tickets available from Wardrobe Theatre

Poison by Lot Vekemans
English translation by Rina Vergano
Directed by Sara Aniqah Malik
Designed by Oscar Selfridge
Tue 14  – Sat 18 May

A man and a woman
Who’ve lost a child
Who first lost a child
And then…each other

A couple torn apart by their son’s death meet at his graveyard. The cemetery is closing; the body must be moved.

Unearthing wounds once silenced, their meeting becomes an exercise in manipulation, a grapple of the past, and a fight for domination.

By arrangement with Nick Hern Books. 

Tickets available from Wardrobe Theatre

How My Light Is Spent by Alan Harris
Directed by: Nikhil Vyas
Designed by: Robin Davis
Tue 21  – Sat 25 May

Newport, Wales. Jimmy works in a doughnut shop. Kitty works for an adult chat line. Neither has met the other. Until, one day, this changes. Until, one day, Jimmy begins to vanish off the face of the earth. “Kitty, my hands have disappeared.” How My Light Is Spent is a lyrical, aching, joyous comedy about the unexpected places where love hides itself.

By arrangement with Nick Hern Books. 

Tickets available from Wardrobe Theatre



Training at BOVTS set me up with the skillset, confidence and connections for the career I now have as a freelance theatre designer. Max Johns, MA Performance Design Alumni