Orca Sometimes the most beautiful places harbour the darkest secrets.


Weston Studio, Bristol Old Vic

Key Information
  • Dates Mon 04 Mar 2019 - Sat 16 Mar 2019
  • Location Weston Studio, Bristol Old Vic
  • Evenings

    8.00 PM on Mon 4 – Thur 7 March
    8.00 PM on Sat 9, Tue 12 and Fri 15 March
    8.15 PM on Sat 16 March

  • Matinees

    3.00 PM on Thur 14 March


  • Ticket price

    £15 / £13 / £11

Part of a season of new plays that have been developed by Bristol Old Vic.

By Matt Grinter
Directed by Chloe Masterton

“One girl, against the happiness of the whole village. Can you not see it has to be done?”

The last day of summer. The village must choose a new Daughter to sail with the fishing boats and bless the waters, keeping the threat of the orcas that roam the sea at bay for another year. Fan hopes with all her heart to be the one chosen, but her older sister Maggie is adamant she must never, never, go with the boats.

Because something happened to Maggie out there. Because no one will admit it. Because sometimes the most beautiful places harbour the darkest secrets.

Orca is an incisive, unflinching insight into what makes a community tolerate the unthinkable.

First performed at Southwark Playhouse. Winner of the Papatango Prize for New Writing.

Duration: 1 hr 20 mins approx | no interval
Recommended age: 14+
Trigger warnings: sexual abuse (implied and integral, but not depicted in the moment of abuse)
Strong language: no

By arrangement with Nick Hern Books. Image Credit: Hide the Shark



Production shots - Credit: Craig Fuller

Rehearsal Images - Credit: New Plays In Rep Team

Creative and Technical Team

Writer Matt Grinter

Director Chloe Masterton

Assistant Director Claire O’Reilly

Set Designer Robin Davis

Costume Designer Oscar Selfridge

Lighting Designer Chris Horseman

Sound Designer Daniel Harvey

Movement Director
Jonathan Howell

Voice and Dialect Coach
James Gitsham

Production Manager
Jon Sherwood

Stage Manager
James Goldsworthy

Deputy Stage Manager
Tasha Outen

Assistant Stage Managers
Danny Davies and Ambra Fuller

Production Electrician
Bethany Hudson

Lighting Operator Rosie Tredray

Sound Operator Maya Barker

Construction Manager
Andy Scrivens

Construction Assistants
Hebe Perry, Joel Williams, Maya Barker, Oliver Wareham, Ella Jackson, Felicity Simmons, Danny Davies

Props Maker Meriel Pym

Scenic Art Supervisor
Radhika Parekh

Scenic Artists
Emma Inge and Julie O’Connor

Costume Supervisor
Ben Mayes

Costume Makers Becky Davies, Rhianne Good and Katie Ireland

Production Photos Craig Fuller

Special thanks to: Sainsbury’s – Clifton Down, The Spiny Lobster – Seafood Restaurant & Fishmonger and Bristol Old Vic

Our Production Arts students have produced a podcast featuring interviews with the cast, director and crew on Orca, giving an insight into the creative process behind the show.

Embrace your individuality. The School is looking for each artist’s nuances and seeks to nurture and strengthen them when you study here. Éloïse Richmond, MA Screen Acting Student