History. Myth. Remembering. What stories can we tell each other of our past?
Created and written by the company, A Spark and a Beating Heart is about us; who we are, how we came here and why we do what we do. Itís a celebration and a love-letter, a party and an elegy. Mixing the many myths of the firebird with a collective reflection on lives lived. We are here to tell you our story.
Yes, a spark and a beating heart full of fire, just before the story starts or the lights come up, us small players become the main act.
A Spark and a Beating Heart was supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Also funded by the Odin Charitable Trust and the Yapp Charitable Foundation. Presented in association with Bristol Old Vic. With additional support from our Firebirdís Friends and Supporters.
The following film is of work in progress for A Spark and a Beating Heart, from a performance in May 2016 at Bristol Old Vic.
The premiere of a new stage adaptation of acclaimed author Alan Garner's captivating short story, The Breadhorse.
The Breadhorse is a playground game where children carry each other on their backs. In Garner's story, this boisterous game turns nasty as one boy is forced to be the "Breadhorse" again and again.
Bristol's Firebird Theatre draw inspiration from the story's themes of bullying, isolation and empowerment to create an original and moving new piece in collaboration with young people across Bristol through a community chorus.
Firebird Theatre is a group of experienced disabled performers who work collaboratively to make striking, accessible performances that tell universal stories with personal resonance and theatrical imagination. The Breadhorse uses original music, poetic text and ensemble performance to create a playful production that will challenge, surprise and move audiences.
The Nine Lessons of Caliban, Firebird Theatre, 3pm, Sat 22 January 2011, Bristol Old Vic
A unique performance of poetry written by the Firebird Poets in collaboration with poet Claire Williamson, and performed by Firebird Theatre, a company of disabled performers.
This performance for Ferment will be a stripped back version of the original piece, which was made for Bristol's Poetry Festival; it will focus on the text and performance and inviting audiences to share thoughts on ideas for future development.
* this performance will be BSL interpreted.
All Ferment showings are £4 unless indicated otherwise. Please see website for full details and more info on all of the companies and artists involved.
Firebird Theatre with Bristolís Poetry Can present The Nine Lessons of Caliban, a selection of poetry written by Claire Williamson and members of the Firebird Poets, inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest and performed by Claire Williamson, Firebird Theatre and Guests (to be confirmed later).
Sunday 19th September as part of Bristolís Poetry Festival at the Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, performance times and ticket prices to be confirmed at a later date.
Claire and the poets came together to write poetry in dialogue with Firebird Theatre to support and inspire their interpretation of The Tempest, which was performed earlier this year at Bristol Old Vic, Salisbury Arts Centre and the Brewhouse, Taunton. This selection of the Poetry for the festival focuses on Caliban:
"When we look at people in the story of The Tempest, we put on their shoes to help us understand them. We channel our experiences into the people in The Tempest, so that we can feel like them and understand them. We express our feelings through them." [ - Firebird Poets].
Claire Williamson is a creative writer, based in Bristol. The Firebird Poets are: Jenny Stafford, Jenny Redlar, Brenda Cook, Claude Rimmer, Steve Knight, Brenda Carr, Penny Goater, Emily Pamon
The performance is dedicated to our friend and colleague, Claude Rimmer, artist and poet.
The performance lasts approx. 1 hour.
The performance will be BSL interpreted.
The Tempest Poetry and Performance has been supported by Poetry Can, Quartet Community Foundation, RTR Foundation and Arts Council England, South West
Performances of The Tempest
Firebird Theatre's Regional Preview Tour of The Tempest is now finished with performances in the Studio at Bristol Old Vic on 4th, 5th and 6th March; Salisbury Arts Centre on March 18th and the Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre on 19th May 2010.
We are now in the process of evaluating the tour and planning what to do next. We will keep people informed via our News Blog and website. We are wanting to develop our educational work, to include workshops and downloadable materials on our website. We also have big ambitions to take The Tempest further afield so that more people can see it. This means we need to continue to develop it and improve what we do.
With The Tempest, we want to celebrate and share with the wider public the theatre we make; our theatre is unique because of who we are.