Young Ferment

Young Ferment is a collection of work that has been written, directed and performed by the young people themselves, mentored by professional artists from across the city. Over the past term the creative teams have worked collaboratively, with direction and input from their peers, to create three brand new pieces of work-in-progress performance that showcase the creativity and talent that the next generation of Bristolian theatre makers have to offer.

Working in collaboration with Ferment and Bristol Old Vic Young Company, Young Ferment debuts with an exciting triple-bill:

QUIT YOUR JOB
Conceived by Peggy Edwards and Lila Stewart

It’s a strange feeling quitting your job.
Leaving a place, permanently.
To vacate, withdraw, evacuate.
To be rid of something.
“Have I made the right decision?”
“What do I do now?”
You could do anything because you no longer belong to anything.

Quit your job. is visceral and visual journey which explores what happens when you fall out of the rhythm of everyday life.

MACK
Written by William Want

Hard-headed, no-nonsense gangster Mack is not one to be messed with. But, after a freak accident involving a window, a large amount of ribbon and a rubber chicken, can he change his life for the better? MACK. is a comedy musical, performed with a live band, where the power to become good lies in our hands, literally…

THREE-DOLLAR BILL
Written by Jesse Taylor

Andrew Levy. 17 years old. Orthodox Judaism. Closeted homosexual.

What do you do when your religious morals contradict the nature of your sexuality? Join Andrew in the ultimate conversation about nature vs nurture in his quest for self-discovery in this darkly comic performance.

Nachos

In Juarez, on the Mexican border with the USA, one man is making millions; a modern day Robin Hood to his countrymen and an enemy to the United States. Everyday his empire grows and grows, and with it so does the body count. The Nachos Kingpin will stop at nothing until his legacy is assured. On the other side of the border, a rough round the edges and diligent DEA agent is given the assignment of a lifetime, stop the flow of illegal tasty nachos flooding State side, end the murderous crisp war once for all, and take down the Kingpin, permanently.

En Juarez, en la frontera de los EE. UU. y México, un solo hombre gana millones; un Robin Hood contemporáneo para sus compatriotas y un enemigo para los Estados Unidos. Día a día crece su imperio y, en seguida, la tasa de mortandad. El Capo de Nachos no se detendrá ante nada hasta asegurar su legado. Al otro lado de la frontera, un agente diligente y tosco de la DEA recibe un único encargo: parar la llegada de los sabrosos nachos ilegales que inundan los Estados Unidos, terminar definitivamente la violenta guerra de las tortillas crujientes y derrotar al mismísimo Capo para siempre.

Nachos es la nueva comedia de la compañía The Wardrobe Theatre.  Después del gran éxito del verano pasado “Kirk Vs Ming”, esta entrañable interpretación de Narcos de Netflix promete acción explosiva y risa en estado puro.

“Simply faultless… a triumph… so funny you will probably want to see it a more than once!”
★★★★★ The Fix on Reservoir Mogs

“A grin-and-laugh factor that little I have seen this year can match.”
★★★★ StageTalk Magazine on Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

Suitable for ages 14+
This show will be performed in both English and Spanish
Running Time: 70 minutes (no interval)

The Pixies’ Scarf

Inspired by the powerfully evocative tale of The Pixies’ Scarf by Alison Uttely, Soap Soup Theatre present a theatrical treat for children and their families, set in the wet, craggy lands of Dartmoor.

While out picking whortleberries with Grandmother, Dicky Bundle finds a treasure that opens the door to a beautiful, fragile world. It is the world of The Wee Folk. But the moor hears Dicky listening, and watches Dicky looking, and tells the Pixies, who don’t want to share their precious secrets with a human child. Soon Dicky must strike a deal with the Queen of the Pixies, or loose the magical scarf forever.

With deliciously visual story telling, Soap Soup combines beautiful puppetry, charmingly funny characters and magical music, offering audiences their most unforgettable adventure yet!

“A tender and enchanting children’s story.”
The Reviews Hub on The Snow Baby

“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)

Tender Napalm

‘Your mouth … it’s such a wet thing. I could squeeze a bullet between those lips.’

This couple share the greatest love story ever told, but most of it is complete horse$%&#. The shards of truth that shine through in the stories they tell each other are stained by tragedy, but that’s okay. They love dark places; it’s there that they can find the light. Philip Ridley’s Tender Napalm is as hilarious as it is grotesque, as it is gorgeous.

“Seldom has sexual love been explored on stage with such ferocious honesty, brutality and melting tenderness… so intimate you want to avert your eyes.”
The Guardian

By Philip Ridley
Directed by Evan Lordan
Designed by Caitlin Abbott

DIRECTORS’ CUTS SEASON 2018

The Directors’ Cuts season is a programme of contemporary theatre presented by the four graduating directors from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and featuring work by acting, design and production students. Now in its twelfth year and at The Wardrobe Theatre for the second time, the Directors’ Cuts season is firmly established in the Bristol theatre calendar. It has a reputation for showcasing fresh, vibrant and cutting edge theatre work by some of the finest emerging talent in UK theatre. Diverse and highly charged, this is a season of provocative plays which all have an important relevance in today’s society.

“Contemporary drama with extraordinary insightfulness, vivacity and theatrical prowess.”
Jenny Stephens, Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Kiss Me

‘Are you allowed to kiss me? What are the parameters?’

With no husband and no prospects, exactly how far is Stephanie willing to go to start a family?

Based loosely on true events, Kiss Me is an unconventional love story between two young people in the wake of World War One. The war may be over, but Stephanie and Dennis are still fighting their own battles. Meeting for the first time as strangers in a bedsit in Notting Hill, this couple navigate a series of secret liaisons that have huge consequences.

By Richard Bean
Directed by Katharine Farmer
Designed by Daniel Scott

DIRECTORS’ CUTS SEASON 2018

The Directors’ Cuts season is a programme of contemporary theatre presented by the four graduating directors from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and featuring work by acting, design and production students. Now in its twelfth year and at The Wardrobe Theatre for the second time, the Directors’ Cuts season is firmly established in the Bristol theatre calendar. It has a reputation for showcasing fresh, vibrant and cutting edge theatre work by some of the finest emerging talent in UK theatre. Diverse and highly charged, this is a season of provocative plays which all have an important relevance in today’s society.

“Contemporary drama with extraordinary insightfulness, vivacity and theatrical prowess.”
Jenny Stephens, Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Four Play

‘A deep and clean tap into modern relationship neurosis, with pinpoint honesty and observation. Hilarious and poignant.’

After seven and a half blissful years together Rafe and Pete’s lack of sexual experience is driving them apart. When they proposition mutual friend Michael to help them out – knowing full well that he has his own partner, Andrew – what seems like a quick fix suddenly spirals out of control.

Four Play is a new comedy about sex and commitment in the twenty-first century.

By Jake Brunger
Directed by Liam Blain
Designed by Stavri Papadopoulou

DIRECTORS’ CUTS SEASON 2018

The Directors’ Cuts season is a programme of contemporary theatre presented by the four graduating directors from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and featuring work by acting, design and production students. Now in its twelfth year and at The Wardrobe Theatre for the second time, the Directors’ Cuts season is firmly established in the Bristol theatre calendar. It has a reputation for showcasing fresh, vibrant and cutting edge theatre work by some of the finest emerging talent in UK theatre. Diverse and highly charged, this is a season of provocative plays which all have an important relevance in today’s society.

“Contemporary drama with extraordinary insightfulness, vivacity and theatrical prowess.”
Jenny Stephens, Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons

‘When we are lost for words, we are at our most powerless.’

The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Oliver and Bernadette are about to find out.

Sam Steiner’s award-winning play imagines a world where we’re forced to say less. After the government passes a draconian hush law, Oliver and Bernadette soon that discover that without words, and the freedom to use them, they’re powerless. It’s about what we say and how we say it; about the things we can only hear in the silence; about dead cats, activism, eye contact and lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons.

By Sam Steiner
Directed by Caroline Lang
Designed by Emily Leonard

DIRECTORS’ CUTS SEASON 2018

The Directors’ Cuts season is a programme of contemporary theatre presented by the four graduating directors from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and featuring work by acting, design and production students. Now in its twelfth year and at The Wardrobe Theatre for the second time, the Directors’ Cuts season is firmly established in the Bristol theatre calendar. It has a reputation for showcasing fresh, vibrant and cutting edge theatre work by some of the finest emerging talent in UK theatre. Diverse and highly charged, this is a season of provocative plays which all have an important relevance in today’s society.

“Contemporary drama with extraordinary insightfulness, vivacity and theatrical prowess.”
Jenny Stephens, Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Engine Brake

The English and Indian skeleton crew of a crumbling advertising agency prepare their final pitch: for a global car campaign to end all car campaigns.

Original music mixing East and West joins a symphony of car horns and slogans as they brainstorm their way through traffic. ‘The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection. Motion and Emotion. Don’t Dream It, Drive It…’ A gleaming SUV looms large on a billboard above the gridlock, gliding around the bends of an empty and endless mountain highway.

Belt up for a pedal-to-the-metal road trip, drawing on research in New Delhi, Mumbai and Birmingham, to navigate questions of growth and progress, and the dreams that connect us.

“Vivid, bold and engaging… An intense and vibrant piece of modern theatre.”
Stagetalk Magazine on There Shall Be Fireworks

“A beautifully crafted piece of no-frills physical theatre.”
The Guardian on Keepers

“Powerful beguiling theatre, a veritable tour de force.”
British Theatre Guide on Keepers

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Parlour Games

It’s 1848 and Europe is revolting. As foreign royals topple at an alarming rate, how long will it be before the whispers of revolution reach the proud shores of old Blighty? With an isolated, postnatal Queen intent on playing solitaire, can the future of the British monarchy be saved before those dastardly working-classes start uprising or will it all end in a real-life wink murder? Expect clowning, cream cakes and jokes about history in this gender-bending new show which asks why Britain refuses to play by continental rules.

Featuring Gaulier-trained clown Lucy Harrington (Wake Up & Deirdrealize, Nincompoop) as Prince Albert and 6ft 3″ Peter Baker (Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera, Murder She Didn’t Write) as the pocket-sized monarch herself. A co-production by The Wardrobe Theatre (Reservoir Mogs, Rocky: A Horror Show, Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears) and Sharp Teeth Theatre (The Fox & The Child).

“Simply faultless… a triumph… so funny you will probably want to see it a more than once!”
★★★★★ The Fix on The Wardrobe Theatre’s Reservoir Mogs

“There are laughs aplenty, not the polite laughter of the theatre crowd but real genuine guffaws from an audience with a drink in hand and ready to have a good time.”
★★★★ The Reviews Hub on The Wardrobe Theatre’s Rocky: A Horror Show

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Three Cane Whale ‘At The Pictures’

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

A return booking for this acclaimed multi-instrumental acoustic trio and their magnificent film project, which involves the band performing live to 12 specially-commissioned short films made by 13 filmmakers and visual artists in response to 3CW tunes of their choice – including cutting-edge animations, lo-fi shadow-puppetry, alfresco contemporary dance, and slowly shifting landscapes. Last year’s sell-out performance at The Wardrobe Theatre was one of only two in 2017. This year, the band are taking the project out on the road, from Dartmoor to Edinburgh, and this is its only Bristol performance.

Paul Bradley – acoustic guitar, miniature harp
Pete Judge – trumpet, rotary-valve tenor horn, dulcitone, harmonium, glockenspiels, chimes, lyre
Alex Vann – mandolin, bouzouki, tenor banjo, bowed psaltery, zither, hammered dulcimer

“Impressively original.”
The Guardian

“Their delicate acoustic constructions combine ancient folk and contemporary classical ideas to weave an entirely original new musical tradition.”
Bristol 24/7