Blah’s Big Weekend: How to Move Your Creative Work Forward – Workshop with Sharon Clark

Featuring some of the biggest names in spoken word, Blah’s Big Weekend returns this June for three days jam-packed with alliteration, assonance, metaphor and rhyme at its finest

Fancy an hour to talk about your own work? How you do what you do? Why you do what you do? How you speak about you and your work to others? This session will get you thinking about how you present yourself and your work to venue producers, funders and audiences. How can we talk about what we do better? With more confidence? Stop mumbling into your jumper and come along for an hour with other artists uncovering a bit more about what makes you tick. A good starting place when you are thinking about going for funding for a new show/piece.

Sharon Clark is a co-founder of Blahblahblah, creative director of immersive theatre company Raucous, playwright, recipient of a Bruntwood Judges Award for her play Plow, dramaturge and university lecturer.

Please note: only 15 places available. To book a place please email withoutcheese@yahoo.com with the subject heading Big Weekend Workshop

Blah’s Big Weekend: The Poetry Machine

Featuring some of the biggest names in spoken word, Blah’s Big Weekend returns this June for three days jam-packed with alliteration, assonance, metaphor and rhyme at its finest

Tap, clatter, ping! Follow the patter of typewriter keys to discover The Poetry Machine, creating beautiful live poetry before and after the Harry & Chris show. Simply give The Poetry Machine a word or idea and receive a free poem, created before your very eyes in just a few minutes. Beth Calverley, ‘The Poetry Machine’, will read it aloud and give you the typewritten poem to take home.

The Wardrobe Ensembwheel of Fortune!!!

Join us, The Wardrobe Ensemble, for ONE NIGHT ONLY as we bring to you… The Wardrobe Ensembwheel of Fortune! A night combining all your favourite gameshows and an actual real-life three-dimensional wheel of fortune.

Part pub quiz, part performance, with live music, highly desirable prizes and an original theme tune. And all in aid of raising funds for our upcoming show, South Western! Would be nice to see you, to see you…

Queen C*nt: Sacred or Profane?

‘Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians…’ Come and see us do all of this – and more!

Venus is about to collide with Earth! A multi-character melange of opinion paints the stage rainbow coloured, sequined, hairy and fleshy pink. Blending music, comedy, drag, movement, dance, buffon and the grotesque, Queen Cunt sees all power to the feminine, the wrathful, the sensual! In an age of Harvey Weinsteins, where passing trends compel some to surgical operation, where mainstream porn has hijacked sensuality, we delve into the wild waters of our womanhood, reclaiming the body in a joyful, dark and often anarchic exploration.

Why is it that the oldest term for the female genitalia in the English language is such a shocking and criminal expression? – Expect darkly comic, expect personal perspective, expect not turning a blind eye to gender based violence and expect a joyful reclaiming of the feminine, whilst unashamedly shedding light on the patriarchal systems that keep us all bound. With absurd sketches from characters ranging from Virgin Mary, to Theresa May, from Burt the drag king, to Frida Kahlo, this is a quest of two comedic female performers to tell it how it has never been told before! What is left that really is sacred and feminine, and what exactly is profane? Fuck capitalism, fuck abusing mother nature, lets all get together and make sweet love!

“Feels so richly topical, so multi-directional and so alive… Like their surrealist counterparts The Mighty Boosh, Ward & Fish are gifted performers.”
★★★★ Bristol 24/7

“Empowered femininity and glorious absurdity… These women have created an experience that manages to make the awkward comfortable and the absurd a reality… Will leave you wanting to overthrow the patriarchy and actually loving your genitals.”
State Of The Arts

“A queerly delightful sketch show that packs a political punch… An array of funny, alarming, sometimes relatable and always memorable characters.”
★★★★ LGBTQ Arts

“A c*nt-troversal contemporary Vagina Monologues, dripping with dark humour… A stunning kaleidoscope of character changes… a celebration of women, pleasure and the many differing shades of sexuality… this show will change lives.”
Weston-Super-Mum

Trigger Warning: This show explores issues surrounding consent, assault and pornography
Running Time: 90 minutes (no interval)

Sexy

‘Oi, you. Sentient flesh owner. I have some questions for you. Do you think you’re sexy? What do you find sexy? What does sexy even mean?’

As a young woman who loves poetry, smashing the patriarchy and a well timed slut drop, this has been a question that has plagued Vanessa her whole life. Sexy uses truthful wit and clever verse to explore our conflicted relationship with our bodies and sexiness, exploring our obsession with what is sexy through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress.

Vanessa Kisuule is a writer, performer, burlesque artists and general empress of blag, based in Bristol. She has won several slam titles including the Hammer & Tongue National Slam and Roundhouse Poetry Slam. She has performed at an array of festivals, including Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party and has been invited to support the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson, Kate Tempest, Dizraeli and David J. You may have seen her ‘alter ego’ Shonda Rhymes, smashing the patriarchy through the world of battle rap league Don’t Flop. Vanessa is the recipient of the 2017 Leverhulme Arts Scholarship.

Directed by Rob Watt with Movement by Lucy Bairstow, Produced by Liz Counsell

Saturday’s performance will be BSL interpreted
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

The Snow Baby

Deep in the remote snowy forest an icy wind blows and snowflakes fall from the sky. Doris and her Bear Man live on the hill, alone but happy. Wrapped up in a snowy smother, they are in love. But when the snowstorm comes, Doris’ Bear Man disappears! How will Doris survive by herself in a forest plagued with nothing but bad weather and a cloud of hungry crows?

Soap Soup Theatre present The Snow Baby, a magical children’s theatre show with beautiful puppetry, imaginative storytelling and music that will give you goosebumps – a gentle show exploring family, love and loss, with lots of music, confetti and funny bits for the whole family to enjoy!

“A tender and enchanting children’s story, featuring a host of loveable characters.”
The Reviews Hub

“A very enjoyable and well-executed piece of theatre that charmed us all.”
Weston Super Mum (on The Owl & The Pussycat’s Treasury of Nonsense)

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Ginger Beer

Being gay in 2017 isn’t easy. For Sammy and El it’s even harder, with an obsessive lad and a lovesick teen following them around. Between gay male saunas, chemsex parties and the pursuit of the perfect dick pic, Ginger Beer explores the difficulties of the gay male scene with vibrancy, honesty and warmth.

Limerence Productions is an award-winning, internationally touring theatre company based in Bristol that is fascinated by queer men’s identities.

“Beg, steal or borrow to get yourself a ticket.”
Queerguru

“An honest, brash, and balls-out comedy experience.”
The Huffington Post

“Funny, enthralling, witty and wise.”
The Scotsman

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

An Indian Abroad

Stifled by life in middle-class India, Krishnan is desperate to see more of the world. He takes a year out from his studies to visit the exotic island of Great Britain. Keen to seek out the locals, he wants to learn about life through their eyes. What does Krishnan’s journey teach him about the world? What might he learn about himself? And what happens when he falls for one of the natives?

Pariah Khan is a writer and performer, voted as one of Bristol’s 24 Most Influential Young People by Rife Magazine for his work in theatre and comedy. He was also chosen by BBC Three as one of the UK’s top 50 creative young people to pilot their Playground scheme with The Latimer Group. Outside film and theatre, he works as a villainous professional wrestling manager.

His debut one man show An Indian Abroad takes the trope of white adventurers exploring ‘foreign’ lands and spins this concept on its head, asking that all important question: what if someone from India took a gap year to Britain?

“A generous and hilarious writer and performer with a keen eye for detail and impeccable comic timing. He has a big future ahead of him.”
Nikesh Shukla, Editor of The Good Immigrant

“An exceptional young talent. A sharp eye for social observation, a keen wit and versatile tone. I am particularly impressed by his light candour on stage. Time and space are all we requires to become a much heralded success.”
Dr Edson Burton, Writer and Historian

Written and performed by Pariah Khan
Directed by Eduardo Gama

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Murder, She Didn’t Write

Returning to The Wardrobe Theatre after multiple sell-out runs, Murder She Didn’t Write provides “one of the funniest evenings you’ll have in some time” (Ed Fringe Review).

The talented Degrees of Error allow you to unleash your literary prowess, to create an original and hilarious improvised murder-mystery. They use your suggestions, evidence ideas and for one lucky member even the choice of Murderer and victim, to create a never-before-seen, unscripted murder-mystery, which promises to dazzle, enthral, and delight. A must for all lovers of classic crime fiction!

“Unrestrained bursts of joy.”
★★★★★ Bristol Theatre Review

“Funny, clever and, admittedly, insanely cool.”
★★★★ Ed Fringe Review

“One of the funniest evenings you’ll have in some time!”
★★★★ ThreeWeeks

“A vigorous, hilarious cast that fully deserve the success they are finding.”
★★★★ Broadway Baby

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Interval Takeover

Interval is a collective of artists who share space, knowledge and resources above St Nicholas market in the centre of Bristol. We perform across the UK and internationally, but rarely on home turf. This is our chance to come together to put on a collection of work for Bristol audiences. The programme will be a mix of work that is brand new, finished, not-quite-finished and some specially made for the weekend.

Full line-up of artists and shows available online soon

Interval artists are Ania Varez, Viki Browne, Katherine Hall, Danny Prosser, Jack Drewry, Michael Tew, Mary Eddowes, Jo Hellier, Rachael Clerke, Howl Yuan, Alex Goodman, Eleanor Fogg, Joanna Young, Kip Johnson, Linzy Na Nakorn, Simon Day and Sarah Corbett. This year for the Interval Takeover we are excited to be joined by artists from Taiwan who are in residence with the collective through the Artist Home Swap exchange.