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IGNiTE resident artist Viki Browne performs during her sharing of Hyper Fem. Photo @Khali Ackford

Our Spring 2019 season of theatre and dance presented innovative artists who spoke from the heart and asked: How do we strip away the layers of expectation placed on us by society to find the truest version of ourselves?

Shows included:

Fat Blokes from Scottee

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer by Shane Shambhu

Rent Party by Darren Pritchard Dance

Windows of Displacement by Toussaint To Move

All shows included ways for audiences to get involved, from Scottee's workshop Getting Things Off Your Chest to Rent Party's post show disco.

We also welcome and supported four IGNiTE artists in residence -

Ania Varez developed and shared her project 'Guayabo' (Venezuelan slang for 'heartbreak').  Read her thoughts on taking the project to Spill festival and an honest and brave interview about the reasons and importance of the project with the BBC online.

Vicki Hearne, creative director of Untold Dance Theatre an all female intergenerational company, created a new piece ‘Practically Perfect’, a project that focused on the idea of perfectionism, the journey to strive for this unattainable goal and how this affects women in particular.

Roxana Vilk's  'Lullabies' explored heritage migration and identity though collecting lullabies sung to children by families and parents across Bristol.

Viki Browne's 'Hyper Fem' asked whether the performance of femininity through Drag can be as powerful, political or subversive when performed on a female identifying body.

IGNiTE is programmed in collaboration with our Programming Forum. The forum is made up of members of the communities who regularly use Trinity and they help advise our programme.

We will announce a new season in autumn 2019.

IGNiTE is supported using public funding by Bristol City Council and by the National Lottery through Arts Council England




People take selfies of their head wraps with Uchenna Dance Company after their show, The Head Wrap Diaries

"...I’m a woman and a woman of colour, I loved the event as I knew it would empower me. I remember as a child and I would wrap my hair. It was excellent, and wonderful to be able to relate" Audience member The Head Wrap Diaries

Why we created our IGNiTE programme

We believe that great art is achieved through working with the widest range of people possible, this is why we created our IGNiTE programme, bringing innovative artists to inner-city audiences. Whether its dance, theatre or spoken word, we're interested in work that asks big questions about who we are and how we live. Shows are selected by our programming forum to ensure our programme is relevant to people in and around Trinity.

Through the programme, audiences get to explore and experience new ideas, encounter cross-cultural artists and take part in inspiring activities, including artist Q&As, workshops or within the performances themselves. IGNiTE resident artists are supported with space to develop and showcase work as well as the chance to collaborate with communities who use Trinity to enhance their practice. If you are an artist interested in your work being part of the IGNiTE programme, you can view our Programme Strategy here or please contact Rhiannon our IGNiTE Programme Manager for more info.


Dance artist Ella Mesma's questioned the notion of 'Ladylike' in her 2018 IGNiTE show

Project history.

In October 2016, Trinity launched the IGNiTE programme, to increase the diversity and representation of art, artists and audiences in line with our Programme Strategy.

"I loved the attention to detail. Everything had a reason. The ability to see each individual and the collective. I was leaning into the circle, felt very invited and challenged. Audience member, Ladylike

In 2016/2017, the IGNiTE programme engaged 840 audience members and 520 participants across workshops and forum theatre and involved 50 artists:

• 62% of our audiences come from the local area

• 19% of participants are BAME - higher than the average achieved by other non-London subsidised theatres

• 45% of ticket sales for our last season were concessions - almost half our audiences are student-aged, 65+, in receipt of benefits or on low incomes

• 3 out of 5 audience members are under the age of 35 - significantly younger than the national average age of theatre attenders

• 13% said their visit to Trinity was the only time they attended a theatre/dance event all year.

You can read our full Project Evaluation here.

IGNiTE has been supported by Arts Council England using public funding by the National Lottery, Garfield Weston Foundation and Foyle Foundation.


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