REACT: Off By Heart

Friday 27th November

The Bristol Improv Theatre presents a series of new shows that respond creatively to the challenges of social distancing in live performance. A line up of talented local companies and artists embrace the flexibility of improvisation to create work that is imaginative, immediate, whole-hearted and fun.

REACT is a homecoming for Bristol’s improvising community and a celebration of the resilience of live entertainment, under any conditions.

Off By Heart

“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.”

Virginia Woolf

‘The sea was so cold, but you were smiling. I could taste the salt in the air. I remember the goosebumps on your arms…’ Miles apart, a couple in a long distance relationship reflect on a moment of intimacy from their shared past. 

Inspired by true audience stories, this exploration of love, distance and memory uses improvisation and live illustration to paint an evocative portrait of what unites us in these distanced times which is funny, moving, and sometimes sad.

Health and Safety Statement:

We are committed to making our return to live shows as safe and reassuring as possible whilst still providing the excitement and magic of a live theatre experience.

We have renovated our theatre into a cabaret style seating arrangement, with audience numbers capped at 52 so that social distancing can be observed.

In line with the new laws , wearing a mask is a prerequisite for entry to the building (unless seated at your table) and we now operate a table service system for our bar which stops serving at 10pm. 

Hand gel and washing facilities are readily available around the building, including contactless hand sanitisers.

A full list of what we’re doing to make the building Covid-Secure and what we expect from audience members is available here.