Bus Boycott

China Plate Theatre

Music/Sound, Theatre

A brand-new musical with heart-pounding politics and soul-shaking music.

Based on the true events of the 1963 Bristol Bus Boycott – you will be transported into the sights and sounds of the sixties and a watershed moment in UK Civil Rights. Follow Lorraine, a young woman longing to belong as she meets Paul, a youth worker and activist with a vision, as they take to the streets and raise their voices.

The Bristol Bus Boycott is an under-remembered historical event that took place in May 1963, as a protest against the refusal of the Bristol Omnibus Company to employ Black and Asian drivers and conductors on its buses.

At the heart of this musical is a vital social message about the importance of acceptance, courage and allyship. In this way, it will be a fundamentally hopeful piece of event theatre, told with joy and music.


About China Plate Theatre

China Plate is a Birmingham based independent producer of contemporary theatre – producing, touring & programming work for over 33,000 people in 2019 at 134 venues in the UK & abroad. Our productions have won multiple industry awards including 5 Fringe First Awards & 3 The Stage Edinburgh Awards & been nominated for an Olivier Award & multiple Offies. The company are resident Associate Producers at Warwick Arts Centre where they develop and commission new work.

We have worked intensively in the Midlands since 2002, producing regional artists & delivering successful artist & sector development initiatives that have helped lead the growth of a resurgent independent sector.

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Funding, commissioning and partner credits:

Produced in association with Birmingham Hippodrome.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Supported by Birmingham City Council.