Elf Lyons & Guest

ELF LYONS: SWAN
The giraffe-limbed clown and raconteur is delighted to bring her Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated show to The Wardrobe Theatre. Think big. Think weird. Matthew Bourne would be proud. It’s going to be fun. And sexy. Yeah, let’s throw that word in there too. Graduate of L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier.

Best Show Nominee 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards
BBC New Talent Hot List 2017

“A fast-talking, smart-thinking stand-up for whom the adjective “kooky” could have been invented for.”
Guardian

PLUS ONE MORE SHOW TBC

Chuckle Busters Christmas Special

Every Friday night Chuckle Busters hosts a selection of top comedians at The Wardrobe Theatre.

It’s the last show of the year and it’s December, this can mean only one thing – it’s the Chuckle Busters Christmas Special!

What better way to start the festive season than with a selection of our favourite acts performing material with a Yuletide twist plus crackers, mince pies and all the trimmings!

The lineup will include Martin Pilgrim (Top 50 Funniest Bristolians 2017), Alice Taylor-Matthews (“Excellent” Bristol 24/7), Tom Denbigh (“beautiful and insightful poetry” Intermission) and Daniel Nicholas (“a sharp, obtuse wit” Chortle)

Milk Teeth

Like penguins and icebergs, like Batman and Robin, like you and your best friend, they belong together.

Come on down and let your ears be hum-dinged with hilarious haikus, your imaginations be inced and winced by stunning storytelling and your heart be fizz-whizzed by our fine hosts!

Hosted by Malaika Kegode and Stephanie Kempson, with storytelling from Katie Storer, poetry from Roisin Crowley Linton, theatre from Sharp Teeth and more TBA…

All for PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE! (Though £3-4 per person is our usual guide!) No need to pre-book!

50mins-1 hour

TOURING TO PLYMOUTH: Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

Performed at Theatre Royal Plymouth NOT at The Wardrobe Theatre.

The silver-tongued Goldilock can see that her days of selling moody goods on the cobbled streets of East End London are numbered. But when circumstances leave her on the run from a pack of bears and badly indebted to a notorious gangster, will our young heroine be able to raise the needed ‘bees and honey’ in time and avoid doing porridge?

Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears is an original alternative comedy, created by The Wardrobe Theatre and written and devised by the company. The show is a madcap merging of the classic porridge-thieving fairy tale with Guy Ritchie’s cult 1998 cockney caper to create something new, exciting, smart and very, very funny.

“Really fantastic characters, ingenious gags and wonderful references… hilarious and a thoroughly entertaining evening.”
The Reviews Hub

“This really is a side splitting affair… raucously funny.”
★★★★ The Fix

★★★★ Female Arts
★★★★ StageTalk Magazine

Performed at Theatre Royal Plymouth

Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2TR

Jenny Collier, Will Duggan & Tom Taylor

Each night features a mix of top comics trying out new material and budding newer acts hand-picked from the vibrant Bristol comedy scene.

“Classier and less raucous than average” Bristol 24/7
“Splendid comedy session” Bristol Post

JENNY COLLIER
Jenny moved from the Welsh mountains to the Big Smoke in 2010 and has since embarked upon a career in stand up comedy. Highlight: Appearing on a BBC Radio Wales panel show with Jo Brand. Low point: After a gig, an audience member saying “You should be a stripper” (Both secretly highlights).
“One to watch” Edinburgh Evening News

WILL DUGGAN
Will Duggan has been performing comedy since 2009 and since then has cemented himself as a dynamic and interesting performer in comedy clubs around the country. Will mixes stories and gags with a cheerfully cynical view of the world.
Winner – 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Panel Prize

TOM TAYLOR
Multi-award winning comedian Tom Taylor has received high praise from audiences and critics alike. His unique brand of musical comedy is smart and silly in equal measure and he boasts an impressive stock of quirky, and very funny, musical one-liners.
“The best jumper in comedy and really really well written jokes” Isy Suttie

Curious Clown Cabaret

Roll up, roll up, take your seats for a once in a lifetime experience, it’s the Curious Clown Cabaret!

Featuring 10 live and dangerous clowns, doing whatever they want. For you. Expect the unexpected!

This is the finale of Holly Stoppit’s 10 week Clown To Performance course. These 10 idiots have travelled deep into the state of clown together, becoming braver, wilder, stupider and more connected as the leaves turned brown and fell off.

Now the trees are nearly naked and the clowns are nearly cooked. All we need is an audience to play with. Could it be you?

Polly

Macheath ran off to an island to f*ck Jenny Diver. Polly Peachum, his wife, stands on the shore and summons up a storm.

Join three weird women as they dance, drum, sing and slash their way through an adaptation of Polly, John Gay’s sequel to The Beggar’s Opera. Using bouffon, drag, and Berlin cabaret we present a work-in-progress showing that explores 21st Century politics and femininity through an 18th Century spyglass.

Directed by Stephanie Kempson (Score, Pulling Out), written by Marie Hamilton (The Cranes) with a score by Ben Osborn (Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears), this is a frenetic, heart-breaking look at love, loss and revenge.

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