Directors’ Festival 2022 Contemporary theatre presented by BOVTS' graduating directors

Directors’ Festival 2022

The Wardrobe Theatre

Key Information
  • Dates Thu 05 May 2022 - Sat 14 May 2022
  • Location The Wardrobe Theatre
  • Ticket price

    £10 per double bill
    £35 for all eight plays

  • Times

    7.30pm; 2.30pm matinees

    Plays are presented in a double bill and run roughly an hour each. See below for more details.


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

The Directors’ Festival season is a programme of contemporary theatre presented by the eight graduating MA Drama Directing students from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and featuring work by acting, design and production students.

Now in its 16th year, and with a reputation for showcasing the emerging talent in the UK arts scene, BOVTS Directors’ Festival is a well-established part of Bristol’s fringe theatre landscape.

Click on the shows below for further details.

by William Shakespeare
directed by Yuxuan Liu
designed by Fiona McKeon

5 May and 7 May

Shakespeare’s great tale of revenge and madness entwined with physical theatre and song.

Picnic at Hanging Rock
adapted by Tom Wright
directed by Lowri Mathias
designed by Matthew Cassar

5 May and 7 May

An eerie exploration into the century-old Australian mystery.

by Bryony Lavery
directed by Sofia Gallucci
designed by Georgina Vasey

6 May and 7 May

An intense and lyrical voyage into one hell of a love story.

The City
by Martin Crimp
directed by Aaron Finnegan
designed by Fiona McKeon

6 May and 7 May

Chris and Clair live in the City. Jenny lives next door. When she comes over to complain about the noise their children keep making, things take a surreal turn.

by Mike Bartlett
directed by Ben Nash
designed by Hazel McIntosh

12 May and 14 May

Grab a ringside seat for a play where office politics meets playground bullying tactics. Is it a case of nature or nurture?

How My Light Is Spent
by Alan Harris
directed by Tobias Millard
designed by Olivia Jamieson

12 May and 14 May

An entertaining tale of phone-sex, doughnuts, and turning invisible which celebrates hope, altruism, and the collision of lonely-hearts sparking light into the darkness.

Jumpers for Goalposts
by Tom Wells
directed by Becks Granger
designed by Robbie McDonnell

13 May and 14 May

Following the journey of Hull’s LGBT pub league team, Barely Athletic, this heart-warming comedy focuses on the five members as they try and claw their way to victory – and deal with their own lives off the pitch.

Girl in the Machine
by Stef Smith
directed by Ellie Jay Stevens
designed by Hugo Dodsworth

13 May and 14 May

Set in the near future, Girl in the Machine is a gripping and current exploration into technology and its role in our society. How will Polly and Owen’s relationship change when they allow new technology to creep in?

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