Poll Function

Two old school friends return to suburbia to wreak havoc on childhood dreams and a system they believed would bring them future opportunity. Confined within a car for most of the journey, old secrets are aired out and open questions are asked about who they have become since leaving the suburbs. Speeding through girls, grades and badgers, they fight, spit, cry and kill but still find it hard to accept their feelings are only human.

Blending unfaltering dialogue and physical expression with a booming backseat soundscape, Poll Function is a hilarious and empathic exploration of youthful hedonism and social responsibility in 2017.

“If I could watch this again and again and again I would.”
★★★★★ Broadway Baby

“This is a triumph.”
★★★★ LondonTheatre1

“Shewring has created a tender portrayal of young male friendship that has the maturity and insight to bother representing those often ignored and making their views valid, their humour funny and their lives matter.”
Exeunt Magazine

“It’s always encouraging when a small start-up theatre company in one of our main regional centres, hits the ground performing to the highest standard.”
StageTalk Magazine

Fireside Tales with Granddad

Cuddle up around the campfire as Granddad recalls a daring escape from a hungry shark. Tuck into a marshmallow or two as he attempts to make a new set of underpants for a giant. And watch as the shadows between the trees unravel a tale of greedy goblins, grumpy trolls, sneaky princes and a very unusual princess.

“Fantastic interaction with the audience, quizzing the children with brilliant conversation throughout. All audience left with a smile asking when Granddad would be back.”
The Pound, Corsham

“We came to see your production today and were blown away by it!”
Audience member

“I went to see the show with my son and we were totally entertained. Granddad’s movements, words, voice were exquisitely done, thank you for putting the show on!”
Audience member

“Wonderful puppets, props and staging combined with an enthusiastic audience to make a delightful family show.”
Animations Online

(2pm only on Saturday 10th)

Lego Beach

A freak storm has exposed a containership of LEGO® to the power of the sea, scattering millions of multicoloured building blocks into the ocean…

Business is slow in the sleepy seaside town of Bevill, where a handful of locals shuffle through their lives, living one day to the next. Not a single visitor has been spotted in weeks. Bevill’s luck seems to have run out; but better times are racing towards its beaches in the form of tiny coloured plastic blocks.

As the tide changes, an influx of tourists and LEGO® enthusiasts pour into the town, in search of their very own piece of the unnatural disaster. But amongst the jubilation, current are shifting – waves hide secrets, and a shadowier story is unfurled beneath the murky waters as Bevill’s residents start to lose their grip on what is truly important…

Using original, onstage live music, sea shanties, beautiful physical theatre and puppetry, INKBLOC ensemble create a colourful world with a distinctly darker undercurrent.

“Surprising, poignant, funny and impressive – all while ultimately serving up a rather damning reflection on human greed… contemporary, colourful, creative and brilliant, this performance packs hell of a punch.”
Bristol 24/7

“It’s highly stylised – poetic, rhythmic and choreographed to perfection.”
Visit Bristol

“A great mix of humour, original music and crafted storytelling.”
Weston Super Mum

Long Shot

You’re handed a remote control. What happens next is all down to you…

Using handcrafted remote controlled contraptions, tight choreography and laugh out loud humour, PanGottic bring to life one man’s belief in the near impossible, the almost unachievable and the highly unlikely. This show pushes the boundaries of how much risk an audience can bear, or be willing to create, by placing the routine and repetition of a highly skilled juggler in the same room as extreme unpredictability.

Push. The. Button.

“Funny, fast paced and action packed with lots of audience interaction, belly laughs and childish giggles.”
Theatre Bristol on previous show, Logic Of Nothing

Help!

Viki jumps into a bush. She isn’t coping. Welcome to her sequin-encrusted world. Rats wear capes, butters race and you’re invited to dance in the disco of dirty secrets. Help! is about falling apart, pulling yourself together and being surprised by what you’re left with. It is for anyone who’s ever struggled.


Winner of Best Actress and Best Original Show nominee at Reading Fringe Festival

“Browne’s endearingly comic piece cleverly uses metaphor to point up the importance of asking for help”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“Browne writes and performs with a grace and honesty.”
★★★★ Broadway Baby

“A brave and refreshing production.”
★★★★ To Do List

“One woman in a leotard bringing attention to that big silver elephant in the room.”
Bristol 24/7

“Truly uplifting, something which brings humanity in all its vulnerability to the fore and offers a real and tangible sense of hope.”
Express & Echo

A Bristol Old Vic Ferment Scratch Commission

Adventure Bureau

Come on a rollercoaster journey of storytelling with Katie Storer and Simon Panrucker, as they bring you a totally improvised story complete with an improvised soundtrack and songs. The audience decides what elements go into its bursting melting pot, but who knows what will come out!?

“We’ve not laughed so much in ages!”
Audience Reaction

“We all loved it! It was so refreshing to take the children to something that was so fun and engaging.”
Audience Reaction

“Adventure Bureau will go very far!”
Hull Children’s Literature Festival

Katie Storer is a performer, writer, facilitator, and director. She performs regularly as a clown, fool and storyteller. Her stories take the audience on bizarre and magical journeys using ludicrous physicality and rambunctious characters to end up in places that no-one would ever have expected! When she’s not spinning ridiculous yarns, she is found in the rehearsal room with young people leading workshops and creating shows for companies such as the Bristol Old Vic and Travelling Light Theatre Company.

Simon Panrucker is a comedian, musician and filmmaker. For the past four years, Simon has worked as a composer writing music and songs for Cartoon Network’s hit show Clarence as well as for other shorts produced by Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Titmouse Inc. In his personal work, he performs high-octane comedy shows fusing original music, improvisation, physical theatre and tongue in cheek fun for everyone. Simon has previously been commissioned to write music for BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth and Channel 4’s Mashed.

Photos by Jerome Whittingham

Treehouse of Horror: Closer Each Day Halloween Special

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is the world’s longest improvised narrative having run at The Wardrobe Theatre fortnightly for over 6 years and over 125 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

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​ ​tells​ ​a​ ​personal​ ​story that​ ​will​ ​get​ ​people​ ​talking. An​ ​exploration​ ​of​ ​the​ ​mind​ ​with​ ​music,​ ​anecdotes,​ ​and​ ​medical​ ​notes.

Kane​ ​Power​ ​Theatre​ ​presents Mental by​ ​Alice​ ​Lamb,​ ​Kane​ ​Power,​ ​Kim​ ​Power,​ ​and​ ​Tid.

Winner​ ​of​ ​the​ ​very​ ​first​ ​Mental​ ​Health​ ​Fringe​ ​Award,​ ​awarded​ ​by​ ​The​ ​Scotsman​ ​and​ ​The Mental​ ​Health​ ​Foundation

“The​ ​audience​ ​can​ ​leave​ ​enriched;​ ​we​ ​have​ ​been​ ​offered​ ​a​ ​valuable​ ​education, as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​an​ ​immersion​ ​in​ ​the​ ​work​ ​of​ ​an​ ​exceptional​ ​creative​ ​talent.”
★★★★★ ​A​ ​Younger​ ​Theatre

“The​ ​most​ ​insightful​ ​mental​ ​health​ ​piece​ ​I’ve​ ​seen​…​ ​Mental​ ​is​ ​a​ ​rich,​ ​thorough study​ ​of​ ​bipolar​ ​and​ ​caring;​ ​a​ ​love​ ​letter​ ​to​ ​a​ ​mother.”
★★★★★ Everything​ ​Theatre

“This​ ​heart-wrenching​ ​story​ ​both​ ​educates​ ​and​ ​entertains,​ ​leaving​ ​you​ ​more aware​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world​ ​around​ ​you.”
★★★★★ The​ ​Edge

“Power​ ​has​ ​made​ ​a​ ​show​ ​about​ ​his​ ​mother’s​ ​illness​ ​that​ ​is​ ​respectful,​ ​dignified and​ ​enlightening.”
★★★★★ Three​ ​Weeks

Then Again

Meet Millie… and Millie… and Millie. Scientist, YouTuber and budding songwriter, Millie, is busy studying for her Phd in quantum physics, making videos of her oddball inventions and writing songs with her best friend Edgar. She’s just about keeping on top of things when she accidentally invents a time machine. Before long she meets duplicate versions of her future self who start to lend a hand. The increasingly ambitious and self-obsessed Millie is sucked into the fickle world of internet celebrity, replacing Edgar with her millions of fans. Does she need more subscribers or does she need true friends?

Tremolo Theatre are a Bristol based company with a compelling and distinctive voice. Using original music, ensemble story-telling and fast paced action, Then Again probes the power and influence of social media through the allegory of time travel.

“A mightily talented company, and one that brings a real sense of imagination and originality to Bristol’s theatre scene.”
Bristol Prospectus

“A little gem of a show, multi-faceted and polished to perfection.”
★★★★★ Stage Talk Magazine on The Hours Before We Wake

“Exceptionally funny.”
★★★★★ Ed Fringe Review on The Hours Before We Wake

“Vivid, funny and thoughtful.”
★★★★ Broadway Baby on The Hours Before We Wake

BSL interpreted performance on Thursday 22nd March

Fin Taylor: Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey

“Phenomenal… Taylor is on top of both his game and the zeitgeist.”
★★★★ Chortle

The Centre’s fallen out of British politics. Taylor picks it up, dusts it off, and mounts a full on attack on the present-day Left and its moral high ground. It’s been a globe-trotting year for one of the most critically acclaimed comedians of his generation. He’s been to the US, Australia, toured the UK; everywhere he’s gone he’s found people who say they’re ‘too left-wing’ to vote for centrists, and he’s decided to call bullshit.

Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey was one of the top 10 best reviewed shows of the 2017 Fringe, and was Taylor’s second sell-out run in as many years. Book now!

★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
★★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★ Times
★★★★ Scotsman
★★★★ List
★★★★ Skinny
★★★★ Fest
★★★★ Three Weeks