The Major Arcana

The Major Arcana is a shared dialogue amongst the collaborators about queerness, inclusion and playfulness in a political climate of adversity, austerity and commercialism. The Major Arcana’s pieces explore the tarot cards’ themes; anxiety, ecology, sexuality, gender, freedom, love.

The host performers, Tom Marshman, and special guest Timberlina (on the 11th Dec) will select one audience member for a tarot reading of their past, present and future cards. Their future card is a bespoke, performed cabaret experience, creating a vivid spectacle for the wider audience.

The Major Arcana lasts for an hour and a half, with readings working in 10 minute cycles, with performances from Corali Dance Company, Impermanence and host performers. The aesthetic of this “game show” varies greatly from raggle-taggle charm to a refined visual spectacle.

Originally devised for Latitude Festival by Impermanence, Tim Redfern and Tom Marshman

“Genius.”
Ruby Wax

Running Time: 90 mins

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow plus Jacob & Drinkwater

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music. The pair have worked with many artists including Seth Lakeman, Afro Celt Sound system, Yola Carter, Mad Dog Mcrea, Sheelanagig and Roni Size to name a few but what unites them is a passion for folk music. They draw on their many influences to created unique arrangements of traditional song and tunes, as well as their own compositions. The live show is a musical journey through Europe and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow’s debut album The Fox has been received with critical acclaim. It explores the relationship between fiddle, guitar and voice, using the fertile ground of the traditional music of the British Isles as its starting point. The product of decades of musical experience, the track listing combines self penned tunes and folk tales, all intricately arranged and heartfelt.

“Fleet fingered and ingeniously arranged… deserve to be thought of as up there with the best of them.”
Songlines

Jacob & Drinkwater have been called ‘stand out new Folk’ by BBC6 Music with their live show described as ‘intense and spellbinding’ by Folk Radio UK. The duo formed in 2014 playing their first gig together at the iconic Glastonbury Festival.

The 2015 indie release ‘The Burning Low EP’ received national airplay and glowing reviews from such quarters as Radio 2’s Folk Show, BBC 6’s Tom Robinson, Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing, BBC Bristol, FRUK, Fatea, Spiral Earth, Louder Than War and ‘Whispering’ Bob TV.

Singer- songwriter Tobias ben Jacob first received wider acclaim as part of The Roots Union with BBC Folk Award winners Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin (Edgelarks) including playing live for the BBC at Maida Vale Studios and recording in Nashville, Tennessee. He has toured extensively and had several releases including the 2017 album ‘A Polyphonic Life’ Tobias’ songs have been featured in the documentary film ‘Beating The Bomb’ and in forthcoming feature film ‘Tomorrow’ (2018)

Lukas Drinkwater is rightly referred to as ‘one of busiest musicians in the UK.’ In demand as a producer, performer and session player in the worlds of folk and jazz he has featured on many acclaimed albums. Recently he’s been touring with ‘AMA UK Artist of the Year’ Emily Barker, Albert Jones, Ange Hardy, and the Peoples String Foundation. He has also worked with Seth Lakeman, 3 Daft Monkeys, Jim Causley, Lack of Afro, Lucy Ward, Tankus The Henge, Sam Kelly, The Little Unsaid and many more.

The duo’s dynamic and emotionally charged live show with all its energy, musical chemistry and spontaneity has drawn comparisons with the virtuosic pairing of John Martyn and Danny Thompson. Jacob’s sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking underpinned by Drinkwater’s nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving, the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil. The added complement of stirring vocal harmonies nicely rounds off the mix.

“Intense and spellbinding.”
Folk Radio UK

TOURING: Steamed – A Dickensian Improvised Christmas Tale

BUY TICKETS – AT BRUNEL’S SS GREAT BRITAIN

Hilarious comedy, astonishing drama, endearing orphans, steam ships, steam trains, figgy puddings and perhaps the odd catchy music hall number! This Christmas join Closer Each Day Company aboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain for something festive, Dickensian and entirely improvised, created on the spot from YOUR suggestions!

Closer Each Day Company, creators of Bristol’s cult comedy, Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera, bring their dynamic and addictive brand of theatre to this new Christmas show, co-produced with The Wardrobe Theatre. Come along for a right old knees up and enjoy improv in the time of cholera!

“Quick-witted, very watchable ensemble, razor-sharp in timing and delivery.”
★★★★ Stage Talk

“Funny, inventive, fast-paced and sparkling. Loved it!”
David Lloyd, BBC Screenwriter

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

Tickets include a chance to look around Brunel’s SS Great Britain.
There is a full bar available on the night.

Photos: Chelsey Cliff
Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Treehouse Of Horror – Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

CLOSER EACH DAY – OTHER PERFORMANCES HERE

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is the world’s longest improvised narrative having run at The Wardrobe Theatre fortnightly for over 7 years and nearly 150 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. Think Twin Peaks meets League of Gentlemen via Eastenders; a soap opera packed with drama, comedy, romance and farce – hilarious and uplifting and the cult hit of Bristol.

“Quick-witted, very watchable ensemble, razor-sharp in timing and delivery. ”
★★★★ Stage Talk

“Funny, inventive, fast-paced and sparkling. Loved it!”
David Lloyd, BBC Screenwriter (Doctors, Eastenders)

“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

Les Gloriablès

Inspired by Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Misérables, legendary French actress Gloria Delaneuf is determined to create a piece of theatre with the power to reunite Europe. She has dreamed a dream, and her hapless assistant Josephine Cunningham is going to help her make it happen. Vive la Revolution!

“Riotous slapstick and immaculate comic timing.”
The Stage

“Pure silliness from start to finish.”
★★★★★ The Public Reviews

“I have never seen a piece of theatre three times and still cried my eyes out with laughter.”
Weston-super-Mum

No show Thursday 21st March

The Deep Sea Seekers

Have you ever dreamt of swimming with a pod of dolphins?
Having an arm wrestle with an octopus?
Exploring the depths of the ocean in a submarine?
Join The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre for an enchanting, interactive journey across the seven seas where YOU take the steering wheel!

Following on from the stellar success of The Star Seekers and The Time Seekers, comes a brand new mission: The Deep Sea Seekers! Join Alph, Betty and Gammo for an exhilarating, warm, audience driven children’s show that journeys through our oceans meeting incredible creatures, exploring unmapped shores and tackling unwelcome plastic. Pack your snorkel and flippers and get ready to explore the deep with songs, humour and lots of audience interaction. Alph, Betty and Gammo need Bristol’s Deep Sea Seekers to help us complete our latest mission and answer one of the greatest questions of all time – what is a humpback whale’s favourite song?

“Appeals to a child’s wide-eyed wonder and hunger for exploration… It’s silly, sparkling stuff.”
★★★★ The Stage on The Star Seekers

“Places the children at the very heart of this brilliantly involving show.”
★★★★ Time Out on The Star Seekers

“Boasts as much improvisational elan as Showstoppers! and more genuine interaction with the audience than most shows on the fringe.”
The Guardian on The Star Seekers

(11am only on 21st)
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Bristol Playwright Festival 2019

Be part of bringing playwrights, actors, directors and all lovers of theatre together to celebrate new writing!

Festival Workshops – From 10am
Your morning will involve Festival Workshops for you to take part in, covering all things theatre. For any age or ability level, opportunities will include creative writing, acting, lively discussions and slam poetry delivered by industry professionals from across the South West.

Festival Performance – From 4.30pm
Then in the afternoon, sit back and enjoy the Festival Performance. Since August 2018, playwrights have been sending in their work to compete for the chance to have it produced and performed professionally by E.A.T Company. Our company of actors will deliver segments of five shortlisted plays, in front of an industry panel of judges. After incredible live performances, stick around for the grande finale of a fun filled writing centric day, when the winner of Bristol Playwright Festival 2019 will be announced. Who will have their full play produced professionally in Bristol?

Full line-up of workshops and performances announced soon

Beyond The Ridiculous

“Both incredibly funny and incredibly moving.”
The Huffington Post

Beyond The Ridiculous perform ‘Fooling’, a solo improvisation form, where the fools use their own real life stories, feelings and thoughts as source material, choosing from a range of performance techniques, including storytelling, character-work, clowning, physical theatre, movement and live music to create audaciously authentic, gob-smackingly resonant, instant theatre.

Audience Reaction:
“I felt like people had gone inside my brain and acted it out to make me feel better and now I love everybody again.”
“Violently hilarious, insightful, meandering journey through the funniest, lightest, darkest corners of the deranged comedic mind.”
“A lot of joy. Amazing, REAL engaging theatre. We’re talking about what theatre sets out to do. The origins of theatre. Untranslated, original theatre.”
“There wasn’t a moment that wasn’t just right.”

Beyond The Ridiculous are a collective of individual theatre makers, teachers, directors and performers who regularly train fooling together with facilitator / dramatherapist Holly Stoppit.

The Bearpit

The night is young.
The world is ending.
The relationship is exploding.

Publicly, Flora and Nic are the perfect couple. Privately, they haven’t spoken to each other in months. As the Glaciers melt and the rain begins to fall, they’ve got one night to settle the scores. One of them is going to crack. The Bearpit interrogates what we tell ourselves to be true versus the reality raging beneath the surface. Utilising and contrasting text and movement, the show is investigation into what happens when a community stops talking to each other.

“Brilliantly co-written… like a firework going off in your face.”
Matt Trueman, WhatsOnStage

“A deeply atmospheric piece of theatre, achieved with style.”
Broadway Baby

“A stunning debut.”
730 Review

Kopfkino is the collaboration between Flora Marston and Nic McQuillan. We tell stories about what it means to be part of our generation, and the juxtapositions of living in a polarised society. Our work burrows down into the cracks between public and private; real and unreal. It is inherently autobiographical.

This Is Your Musical

Every performance of This Is Your Musical is totally unique. Each night, a cast of professional actor/singer/improvisors accompanied by a fantastic band of talented musicians create a brand-new, hilarious, smash-hit musical inspired by YOUR stories.

Formed in 2017 out of Bristol Improv Theatre where they have been performing regularly to sold out audiences, This Is Your Musical features performers from national hit shows such as Degrees Of Error’s Murder, She Didn’t Write and Adventures Of The Improvised Sherlock Holmes.

This Is Your Musical is an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza that is not to be missed!

“It was excellent, I was full-on belly laughing.”
Audience Reaction

“It was absolutely fantastic! So funny, so clever and had all of us so engaged – awesome stuff!”
Audience Reaction

“I nearly wet myself, so funny”
Audience Reaction