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Pink Mist on Stage and Screen

Students from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and RADA have been working with Owen Sheers’ much-lauded Pink Mist on stage and screen.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre’s production of Pink Mist, whose cast of six featured three graduating actors from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, is now to be reprised as part of the Theatre’s 250th anniversary celebrations. The 250th anniversary programme will also see the return of BOVTS alumnus Jeremy Irons in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night in March 2016.

An innovative collaboration between theatre and school, Pink Mist included three graduating acting students who rehearsed as students and, on opening night which was also their last day of term, performed as professionals. A stage management student also worked on the show during training and turned professional as the show opened.

The play tells the story of three young Bristol men deployed to Afghanistan. Returning to the women in their lives who must now share the physical and psychological aftershocks of their service, Arthur, Hads and Taff find their journey home is their greatest battle. You can watch the trailer and book tickets here.

Also featuring Sheers’ text, the 2014 RADA film Sweet and Right featuring RADA students has been accepted to the Aesthetica Short Film Festival. Told from the perspective of one unfortunate soldier, the film draws on Pink Mist and the poetry of WW1 to try to find parallels and to explain the pain that many people cannot comprehend.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a celebration of independent short film from around the world, supporting emerging and established filmmakers. Films screened at the festival are eligible to enter the BAFTA British Short Film and Animation Awards.

You can watch the trailer for Sweet and Right here: