Blooming Out

Blooming Out is a clown show that explores in a light and comic way some of the most intriguing moments in the whole feminine universe. The fascination of beauty, the girly plays, the first time putting on make-up, the body’s development including its feminine parts, the arrival of the period, the first kiss, maternity, love, the demands and social taboos, work, the oppression and fear, happiness growing old; these are some of the many fascinating and scary themes that build the story of this plot.

Blooming Out is a clown show using only non-verbal language, creating touching scenes of great power and beauty. A celebration of being female and feminine interpreted by two Brazilian clown women.

Blooming Out is a new piece of theatre based on the research that Bianca and Maria developed about the meanings of the feminine universe. Choosing the clown technique, the actresses embrace the disparate themes of this universe, such as fragility, physical transformation and love; all this covered in a light, comic and poetic way. The piece does not use the verbal language, but solely of physical theatre and music. This peculiar clown technique allows the audience to experience in a direct way physical emotions of the theme presented. As well as giving the space for the audience to create their own interpretations according to their own life experiences.

“Joyful clowning! Fantastically creative, funny and clever of life and all its dilemmas.”
The Public Reviews

João Ricardo Aguiar the director had his debut play “Salvo-Conduto” released in 2006, and award winning in 2010 as the “Best Play of the Year” at Portugal’s National Theatre Contest.
Maria de Jesus Rocha clown and actress. She has been developing her artistic activities since 1992, based upon Pre-Expressive techniques and Clowning.
Bianca Bertalot clown and actress, last year was awarded funding by the Arts Council to develop her show “Cinco Coisas”.

Beethoven’s 4 Seasons with Wild Words

A Ludwig van Beethoven rollercoaster of drama and daring, triumph and trauma, from the shadows of his father to the guiding love of his mother, from losing his hearing to the Ode to Joy. Meet Mozart, the pink wigs of Vienna and a dancing puppet all wrapped up in Wild Words’ trademark magical invention.

Playshop 2pm – Learn a song to sing in the show and ‘Meet the Instruments’ from strings to brass to accordion (40 minutes)
Performance 3pm – Show Time (55 minutes)
After the show come on stage to meet, ask questions and play some instruments, including hosepipe trumpets!

“An intoxicating mix of sound and story to leave a magical world lingering in the minds of their young audience for a very long time.”
Catherine Freda, Head of Education at St George’s Bristol

“Loved the performance, the acting and music were splendid. The message about his deafness was beautifully done.”
Audience Reaction

“Thank you for such a rich, touching, sad-joyful occasion. Musical accomplishment and participation – you have all the bases covered. A dramatic delight.”
Audience Reaction

Michael Loader – storyteller, storywriter and flugel horn
Alison Francis Black – violin
 and voice
Martin Solomon – violin, harp, accordion and piano
Caitlin Alais Callahan – piano, flute and bass

Dedicated to my special friend Henry, ‘the Boy with Spirit’ and my Mum who opened my ears to Beethoven.

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera – Mayday! Mayday! Special

Mayday! Mayday!
Performed at Brunel’s SS Great Britain (not at The Wardrobe Theatre)
Ticket price includes full entry to explore Brunel’s SS Great Britain and the museum

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is the world’s longest improvised narrative having run at The Wardrobe Theatre fortnightly for over 5 years and over 100 episodes.

The show is a live, spontaneous and unique theatrical experience performed fortnightly by Closer Each Day Company and co-produced by The Wardrobe Theatre. Join your favourite characters for this cult show, created on the spot by an array of local performers. Think Twin Peaks meets League of Gentlemen via Sunset Beach; a soap opera full of romance, fights, sci-fi and enough plot twists to melt your face.

“So consistently gripping it’s incredible to think it’s created off the cuff.”
Visit Bristol

“Crackling wit… Its unscripted nature gives it a raw, exciting edge missing from rehearsed theatre.”
Bristol 24/7

“I left with aching cheeks from uncontrollable laughter induced by the cast’s impressive, and always comical, ability to improvise.”
Inter:Mission Bristol

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol BS1 6TY

Step back in time when you board Brunel’s SS Great Britain and discover the ship that changed the world. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew. Descend under water below the glass ‘sea’ to touch the world’s first great ocean liner. This iconic steam ship, and national treasure, was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and lies at the heart of a multi award-winning visitor attraction.

Mark Watson: MW

After more than 100 dates on the road in 2016 with his best-reviewed show to date, ‘I’m Not Here’, and a similarly marathon effort with the previous tour, Mark Watson is amazed to find there are STILL some areas of the country he’s not visited much, and some towns that have been neglected altogether. It’s hard to be everywhere at once, so he’s narrowed it down to a sensible plan: for the next tour, Watson will only visit places beginning with M or W, his initials – as they’ve already shown a commitment by having those names in the first place.

A few of these will be favourite old haunts like Winchester or Manchester, but quite a few of them are the result of Googling and quite a number are so remote that we won’t know they definitely exist until we get there. Also, some aren’t actually towns so much as trains (from Marylebone to Wycombe), or ferries (across the Mersey), or a helicopter museum (in the double-point-scoring Middle Wallop).

The material will be a mixture of the classic and the never-before-seen. And in some cases a fair bit of it will be about being on a train.

Mental

At a time when mental health is increasingly making the headlines, yet still so many are unable to speak about their experience for fear of stigma, this show attempts to tell a personal story that will get people talking.

Hi, I’m Kane, and this show is about me and my mum, and her mental health. I want you to watch this show and feel like you’ve come and had a chat with an old friend. I really don’t want this show to be pretentious, and neither does she, but this is difficult. What is pretentious for one person, is everyday for another. I remember when I thought avocados were pretentious. The show has live music which I make myself, and songs I have written which I sing, there is storytelling, and acting, and movement, and memories of me and my mum.

Mental is about the mind, my mum’s mind, my mind, and your mind. And if its about the mind, somehow its about the heart, the soul, and about humans being.

“Incredible.”
★★★★★ Spy In The Stalls

“Brilliant.”
★★★★★ The Edge

“Charming… it feels like a show where form and content are perfectly aligned.”
View From The Cheap Seat

Reviewers Choice Vault Festival 2017

The Goldilock, Stock Social Club

Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears is going to Edinburgh Fringe 2017 but we need your help to get there!

Join Goldilock, Harry, Barry and Vinnie plus all your favourite characters from The Wardrobe Theatre’s hit alternative comedy show for an unmissable night of entertainment and laughter, soundtracked by our house band.

Don’t miss this stellar line-up of Bristol acts (announcements to be made soon).

Performed at The Redgrave Theatre

Percival Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3LE

45781200

The Time Seekers

Have you ever dreamt of seeing a real dinosaur?
Meeting a Roman or an Ancient Egyptian?
Sharing tea time with a robot from the future?
Join The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre for a thrilling journey through time where you take the steering wheel!

Following on from the stellar success of The Star Seekers, comes a brand new mission: The Time Seekers is an inspiring, warm and audience driven children’s theatre show that journeys through history, exploring the people and places of our past and future with songs, humour and lots of audience interaction. We need Bristol’s Time Seekers to help us complete our latest mission and help answer one of the greatest questions of all time – what is a Diplodocus’s favourite bedtime story?

Suitable for ages 3-8 years

“We danced, we shouted, we sang, we laughed, we pelted the stage with newspaper… A stellar example of everything that is good about family theatre.”
Weston-Super-Mum on The Star Seekers

“A uniquely collaborative adventure in which many of the story’s twists and turns are supplied by the audience members and improvised, with impressive creativity and quicksilver pace… get pulled into the irresistible gravitational field of this beautifully wide-eyed, enthusiastic and good-humoured show.”
Bristol 24/7 on The Star Seekers

Blahblahblah: Vanessa Kisuule – SEXY

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‘Sexy’ is a word a lot of us are uncomfortable applying to ourselves. Vanessa Kisuule certainly doesn’t feel she fits the bill. She really wants to, though. Through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress, Vanessa fumbles her way through the infinite contradictions in her head to find (hopefully) the definition of what sexy really means.

Bristol Pride Theatre Night 2017

2015-logo-trans-black-writingBristol Pride Theatre Night returns with plotting, mayhem and laughter, teaming up with local troupe Degrees Of Error to bring you a very special edition of their Edinburgh Fringe sell-out hit show ‘Murder, She Didn’t Write’.

The talented cast create a completely original and hilarious murder-mystery, improvised on-the-spot using your suggestions and a whole host of gender-swapped suspects in a show that promises to dazzle, enthral and delight.

Tickets are expected to sell out so do book before it’s too late and come support Pride; will you guess whodunnit in time?

“One of the funniest evenings you’ll have in some time”
Ed Fringe Review

★★★★★ Bristol Theatre Review
★★★★ Fringe Review

Kirk vs Ming

On the outer rings of known space, the evil emperor Ming is hatching a dastardly plan. Intergalactic domination has afforded Ming planets, dominions and a harem of alien love slaves but he’s still not satisfied. As his frustration grows and his ring of power fades, the evil Ming plans a terrifying act of evil (so evil that all of his other acts of evil will seem morally acceptable and not evil in comparison). Standing in his way is the last hope of humanity. Aboard the Starship Enterprise, the veteran Captain James T. Kirk is looking forward to a peaceful retirement, settling down back on Earth, owning a little piece of land and remembering the good times until an unexpected disaster sets in motion a series of events that will lead to the ultimate showdown! Kirk vs Ming!

Expect laser-beams, ill-fitting costumes, mysterious monsters, fantastical tales and laughs aplenty!

“Really fantastic characters, ingenious gags and wonderful references… hilarious and a thoroughly entertaining evening.”
The Reviews Hub on Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

“This really is a side splitting affair… raucously funny.”
★★★★ The Fix on Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears