Wild Swimming

‘Whoever masters form masters time.’
Glyn Maxwell

‘We are only just starting to be able to make eye contact with the male gaze, and not just call it reality.’
Lucy Prebble, Twitter, 17.11.17

Wild Swimming: a brief and benighted history. Nell and Oscar meet on a deserted beach in Dorset. It’s 1595… or maybe it’s 1610. Oscar has returned from his first term at university and Nell is doing f*ck all. They will meet here, again and again, on this beach… for the next 400 years. Stuff will change. As it does with time. They will try to keep up.

Wild Swimming is a kaleidoscopic exploration of artistic expression and cultural progress. It’s a relentless interrogation of gender and privilege and a willfully ignorant history of English literature. Recipients of the Ronald Duncan Award and Pleasance Pathways Partnership Award, FullRogue are a messy, angry and fearless, Bristol-based theatre company.

Photo credit: Chelsey Cliff
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

‘This Christmas, whatever you do, don’t forget the magic word…!’

What if you uncovered the secret that your grouchy neighbour is actually a wizard whose house is powered entirely by magic? And what if agreeing to feed their cat while they’re away during the Christmas holidays turned into an adventure that threatens to spiral out of control? Would you know how to cope with a vacuum cleaner that has a mind of its own? And just how do you convince those presents to stay
under the tree!?!

Taking their inspiration from Goethe’s poem, two of Bristol’s leading family theatre makers, Soap Soup Theatre (The Selfish Giant, The Snow Baby, The Pixies’ Scarf) and Open Attic Company (Much Ado About Puffin, Stella & The Starshiners, Mistletoes & Whiney), team up for the first time to make this very special family Christmas show. Combining forces to share their passion for intricate puppetry, hilarious characters and sumptuous design on what could be their most magical offering yet: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice!

Join us for a thrilling story about trying to help out, running before you can walk, biting off more than you can chew and how people you know might not always be quite what they seem!

“A beautiful show that will appeal across generations.”
★★★★ A Spy In The Stalls on Soap Soup Theatre and Tessa Bide Production’s The Selfish Giant

“A tender and enchanting children’s story, featuring a host of loveable characters.”
The Reviews Hub on Soap Soup Theatre’s The Snow Baby

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

“A story of beauty, laughter and love that transcends language and age barriers.”
Made In Plymouth on Much Ado About Puffin

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Undercover Christmas Club

England. 1647. Celebrating Christmas has been banned by those pesky Puritans. Carols are criminal. Turkey’s taboo. Banquets are banished and stage-plays prohibited. In fact, festivities of any kind are quite frankly forbidden. But we don’t give a figgy pudding.

Here at the Undercover Christmas Club, misrule and mayhem are on the menu. Hidden away from prying eyes, we present a feast of theatrical yuletide treats. Tales abound and songs a-plenty, served with a side of tomfoolery and washed down with a tankard of merriment. Join us under the cover of night as we frolic without fear and revel in rebellion. After all, ‘tis the season to be jolly.

Riddlestick Theatre are dedicated to tickling fancies with weird and wonderful stories and enchanting live music. They are returning to The Wardrobe Theatre after a sell-out run of The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé, listed in The Guardian’s Best Shows at the Edinburgh Festival 2018.

“Their energy is boundless, the script fiercely intelligent and the original live music bound to stay dancing through your head.”
Guardian on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“Energetic, rich storytelling seasoned with a generous helping of genuine fun.”
★★★★ A Younger Theatre on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“Turning tired adults back into curious children, always ready for another unbelievable story.”
★★★★ Theatre Weekly on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“Through a whirlwind of tall tales and song, Riddlestick Theatre had me hanging onto their every oddity.”
★★★★ EdFringeReview on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“If it’s entertainment you’re after then this show won’t disappoint.”
★★★★ Stage Talk on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“Riddlestick Theatre are a riot of fun.”
Weston-Super-Mum on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“This is creative, imaginative theatre at its very best – and even the greatest cynic will likely be left feeling thoroughly entertained and amused.”
Bristol 24/7 on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

Papaya Fest

At the beating heart of Papaya is a unique fusion of Latin American and British culture, so we’ll be bringing together an incredible array of theatre, live music and DJs and mixing it all up into one ferocious fiesta of a weekend.

Shows to include work by Popelei Theatre and best emerging companies from the Anglo-Latino theatre scene. Panel discussions to include experts on Latino arts, politics and literature.

Full line-up to be announced soon.

Milk Poetry & Blahblahblah: If Music be the Food of Love…

Poetry and music are soul sisters. So, this December we’re bringing them together a poetic symphony to warm your cockles and your toes.

Grab yourself a mug of mulled wine and a mince pie from the Old Market Assembly bar and let our specially selected line up of musical poets and poetic musicians do their thing.

If music be the food of love, play on!

Milk Poetry selects the finest, freshest poets from the UK and beyond to produce the most nourishing and eclectic spoken word bonanza you could ever hope for!

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Milk Poetry presents: Strong Bones

How do world-class poets evolve? What was their early work like? Who inspired them? Join Milk Poetry to celebrate journeys through writing.

Internationally-acclaimed performer and City Poet, Vanessa Kisuule, will be joined by Casey Bailey, Stephen Lightbown, and more. They will read from their early writing, covers that inspired them and recent work.

Vanessa Kisuule: “All good writing takes the reader/listener on a journey. Even if the destination is already known, the route is winding, strange and scenic.”

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Milk Poetry’s Moving in Party

Join Milk Poetry as they touch down in a brand-new venue. Presenting you with some top notch spoken word, balloons and the friendliest slam Bristol has to offer.

Featuring grime poet and theatre maker Debris Stevenson. From her 5-star rated run at The Royal Court for her show Poet in da Corner to her work mentoring young poets in over 25 countries, Debris is a poetic force to be reckoned with.

With support from Sean Colletti. Birmingham based, California born, Colletti is an emerging star of the poetry world.

Plus our famous audience voted slam, you choose the next poetry star!

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Sir David & His Animals

The magic of David Attenborough live on stage! A blue whale swims through the ocean depths. Racer snakes pursue a young iguana across the desert. Watch as two hapless but enthusiastic clowns recreate extraordinary scenes of the natural world – a world teetering on the brink of disaster. Catch this sell-out five star show for an epic hour of clowning, physical theatre and the largest range of animals you will ever see on stage!

“Highly nuanced impressions and hilarious exchanges abound… The standing ovation probably says it all.”
★★★★★ Great Scott

“They are both superb at their craft.”
★★★★★ Glam Adelaide

“Memorable moments from Sir David Attenborough’s wildlife documentaries spring to life on stage in the most surprising and delightful way.”
★★★★½ The Advertiser

Created with support from Bristol Old Vic Ferment, Circomedia and the Festival Théâtre à Taulignan
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Clownfish Theatre is a Bristol-based company formed in 2017 by Lecoq-graduates Jess Clough-MacRae and Jonathan Tilley. Clownfish was formed out of a love of physical comedy, clowning and the natural world. Our aim is to unite audiences of all ages and backgrounds through laughter, and to inspire passion and action to protect the world we live in through joyful physical comedy. Sir David &His Animals was developed with the support of Bristol Ferment, Circomedia and Taulignan Theatre Festival. Our tour has taken us from Bristol to the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne and Edinburgh Fringe 2019. We are excited to be returning to the Wardrobe Theatre where it all began.

Loupe Theatre Presents

Sharp Teeth Presents is passing on the baton… The legacy of Sharp Teeth Presents will live on through the fresh-faced, eager beavers; Loupe Theatre Company, who are taking over these monthly Sundays from September 2019.

Each month Loupe will bring together performances from a collection of artists from the South West (and other places). From poetry and storytelling, to music and theatre, there will be something to tickle your fancy.

Check out line-ups online, and come on down for a pint or three and dip your toes into a exciting night full of art.

PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE
Our recommended donation is £5, but many people give more. Remember there is no cash point at The Wardrobe Theatre or immediately nearby.

Photo credit: Louis Smith
Running Time: 90 minutes (with interval)

Scotland!

The Latebloomers are, Oliver Nilsson (The Swede), Sam Dugmore (The Aussie) and Jonathan Tilley (The Londonder). Graduates of the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris, currently based in Bristol. The award-winning comedy Scotland! is their first show together.

WINNER Best Comedy: Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award 2019
WINNER The Inspiration Award: Prague Fringe 2018
WINNER Spirit Of The Fringe Award: Paris Fringe 2018

“This might be one of my favourite fringe shows ever of any season, anywhere in the world.”
★★★★★ FringeFeed

“Take your Nan, take your mates, take the kids. This is one for everyone.”
★★★★★ The Adelaidian

“Scotland! is physical comedy at its best.”
★★★★ The West Australian

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)