Head to the Bristol Old Vic website where for the next four weeks there is a chance to see Owen Sheers’ devastating story, inspired by interviews with returning servicemen, about three Bristol lads back in town after deployment in Afghanistan. I saw it live in 2015 and it has stayed with me, offering a blistering account of the difficulty of living with the aftershocks of war. The show includes the chance to spot The Crown’s Erin Doherty in her professional stage debut, but this highly physical rendering of Sheers’ dramatic poem, originally written for radio, is a must-see for many other reasons. In case you are wondering, it takes its title from the spray of blood that mists the air after a roadside bomb explosion.
Bristol is a hive of creative activity this week with this touring production from the Tobacco Factory and Out of Chaos which is delivered to you and your household via four calls on the phone. Devised by Adam Barnard, Paul O’ Mahony and Laura Mugridge, the piece invites you to get to know Sam and Alex, two colleagues working at a market research call centre. They have something in common and only you can help them figure it out. Sounds lots of fun.
More and more theatres are going down the livestream route and that includes the excellent Orange Tree who after the success of the filmed production of Amsterdam (co-produced with ATC) is now dipping its toe into the waters of live online shows. There are two groups of short plays on offer, with Inside playing from March 25-27 and Outside next month. Inside offers three plays about women forgotten by the world and come from the pens of Deborah Bruce, Joel Tan and Jow White. The latter’s Mayfly was absolutely terrific. There’s great casting too with Samantha Spiro, Ishia Bennison, Jessica Murrain, Fisayo Akinade and Sasha Winslow. Well worth a punt.
You can find lots of streaming theatre shows - many of them available for free - in our Streamdoor guide
Cover image of Pink Mist. Photo by Mark Douet.