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Swallows and Amazons
Bristol Old Vic Sets Sail

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Arts Council of England

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Written, filmed and directed by David Bickerstaff and Phil Grabsky
HD Video | 16:9 | 48 minutes

A look at the first-ever stage production of Swallows and Amazons, directed by Tom Morris, Bristol Old Vic's artistic director. As well as exploring the staging of this childhood classic, the film also examines the challenges facing Britain's oldest continuously running theatre. This production of Arthur Ransome's much-loved book - adapted for stage by Helen Edmunson, with original songs by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy - is part of a highly innovative programme at Bristol Old Vic.How will the story of a children's adventure in the Lake District translate to a stage in Bristol? And how can a regional theatre steer a course through the now choppy waters of arts funding?

Commissioned by the Arts Council of England and More4


 
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