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Dialogue present Talking/Making/Taking Part: a festival of theatre and discussion

Talking/Making/Taking Part invites you to play, chat and share - and eat - through informal discussions and interactive performances. Let’s spend a weekend together and see what new ideas we can grow and communities we can build.
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Sat 22 and Sun 23 November, 10am-5pm. (Weekend tickets £10 | £8 concs)

Venue: Downstairs

Let’s talk about theatre and society.

Let’s make performances and discuss new ideas together.

Let’s take part in building a small community that thinks big.

Dialogue, in collaboration with Ovalhouse, Culturebot, Something Other and Theatre Bristol, present Talking/Making/Taking Part: a two-day festival of informal discussions and interactive performances. It invites you to take a journey through the private and public spaces at Ovalhouse, encountering theatre-makers, artists, gamers and thinkers from across the UK. Come for a day, or the whole weekend, to play, chat, discover and share.

The programme – different on each day – includes:

OPENING DISCUSSIONS led by Andy Horwitz (Culturebot, USA). On Saturday he’ll be joined by Jess Thom (Tourette’s Hero) and Hassan Mahamdallie, and on Sunday by Julia Taudevin and Jo Bannon.

AFTERNOON IDEAS led by Tanuja Amarasuriya (Theatre Bristol) on Saturday 22, and Mary Paterson (Something Other) on Sunday 23


In the cafe and downstairs studios:

14 hand-picked ONE-ON-ONE PIECES:

Samantha Ellis, sharing stories of Magical Thinking

Andy Field, who is making a new piece specially for the festival

Chris Goode, presenting Study for the Other Place

Rachel Mars, inviting participants to Enter the Rage Arena

Sheila Ghelani, who brings a work-in-progress showing of A Place for Dreaming

Peter McMaster, who performs Gold Piece in London for the first time

Laura Mugridge, who invites audiences to a one-on-one encounter with a toddler

Rosalie Schweiker, who will light up the future with unique tarot readings.

and None of Us Is Yet a Robot, who will be doodling throughout the festival.

Plus work by Brian Lobel, Ehsan Gill, Hannah Nicklin, Vijay Patel, and Rajni Shah.


In the main house theatre:
Saturday 22:
CLASS ACT by Harry Giles
An interactive entertainment variety with sweets, Lego and a radical approach to social organisation.

Sunday 23
A solo interactive performance using game play, research in neuroscience, film and music to examine how we define and measure madness.

Home-cooked Lunch will be provided FREE in the cafe on both days.

Plus, if you really want to make a weekend of it, join us for Dialogue Theatre Club: like a book group, but for theatre. On Saturday evening we’ll transfer to the Gate Theatre, W11, for a preview performance of Chimera – a funny, frightening glimpse at one woman’s unravelling personality. Then we’ll start Sunday morning back at Ovalhouse with an informal discussion sharing what we thought of the show.
Book your ticket here using the code DIALOGUE.

  • Sat 22 Nov – Sun 23 Nov, 10:00am

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£10  |  £8 concessions



Dialogue was set up in 2012 to inspire new relationships between people who make, watch and write about theatre. Find out more about the festival, and about Dialogue.

Culturebot Arts & Media, Inc. ( is a US-based arts and culture not-for-profit dedicated to fostering critical cultural discourse on, and from the perspective of, the arts.
Led by Mary Paterson, Something Other is an R&D project, funded by Arts Council England, that aims to explore and develop discourses around live art and performance online.
Theatre Bristol is a National Portfolio Organisation and Bristol City Council Key Arts Provider, working to create the right conditions for the best live performance to be made and experienced in Bristol.

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