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Direct from Off-Broadway, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is a humourously dark folktale woven together with a high-energy concert.

This Klezmer-folk music-theatre hybrid starring genre-bending sensation Ben Caplan is inspired by the true stories of two Jewish Romanian refugees coming to Canada in 1908.

It's about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war. It's about refugees who get out before it's too late, and those who get out after it's too late. And it's about looking into the eyes of God.

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story thrilled audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 and comes to Bristol after an acclaimed off-Broadway run.

Based in Halifax, Canada, internationally-acclaimed 2b theatre company create works for the regional, national, and international stages. Artistic co-directors Christian Barry and Anthony Black share a commitment to create, develop, and produce new work that is distinguished by innovation in staging, polish in design, and virtuosity in performance.

Listen to an interview with Old Stock's writer, Hannah Moscovitch, on The Jewish Renaissance blog.

Introduction to Community Organising 

Join a workshop in community organising and building people power, led by Citizens UK Bristol.  Organisers will share their experiences of lobbying and partnering with Bristol City Council to set up a Syrian refugee family resettlement programme and a new initiative for communities to sponsor refugee families in Bristol. Gain a practical insight, and find out ways that you can build a more welcoming and fair city. 

Citizens UK Bristol is a group of citizens who work with a national alliance of communities and organisers who work together for power, social justice and the common good. www.citizensuk.org

Saturday 19th May, 2-4pm, Bristol Old Vic, Free

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“Playful, mysterious, brave and astonishingly captivating.”

Musical Theatre Review

“Christian Barry's production for the Nova Scotia based 2b Theatre Company is a joy [...] a thing of raw and unmissable beauty."”

Herald Scotland

“An important play executed with breath-taking brilliance.”

Gillian Bain, Broadway Baby

“...the Old Stock experience becomes irresistible, borne along on a tide of brilliant klezmer music and original song that links us to an old world, and helps us to live joyfully in a new one.”

McMillan, The Scotsman

“A hugely engaging experience”

The Guardian


Photo by Jamie Kronick.

Lighting and set design by Louisa Adamson and Christian Barry
Costume design by Carly Beamish