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)

Loupe Theatre Presents

Sharp Teeth Presents are 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.

Running Time: 90 minutes (with interval)

Radio Eve

Have you ever asked your mum what her first time was like? Or tried to understand your daughter’s drunken antics?

Let’s bring it all out into the open. Told using live music and verbatim words, Bullet Theatre recount the highs, lows, and all the gory, embarrassing and sometimes hilarious bits in between of growing up as a female, told from the perspective of two different generations. Music can play a pivotal role in influencing our experiences and shaping our memories – let the tunes of Radio Eve fill you with nostalgia of your own tales of your pubescent years. Comprised of entirely true, word-for-word accounts from first-hand interviews.

Bullet Theatre is a Bristol-based company founded by three women. Connecting media headlines to diary scribbles, their work boldly and unashamedly explores the experience of being female. Following the success of their debut production, FREAK, which had 5-star sell-out runs in Bristol, Edinburgh and London, Bullet Theatre now bring you their new original gig-theatre production, Radio Eve.

“A crescendo of human impulses and societal influences.”
Intermission on FREAK

“This is clearly a theatre company to watch.”
Bristol 24/7 on FREAK

“Bullet Theatre’s daring and uninhibited staging… helps to sensitise the audience to women’s ongoing struggles with social constructs, self-image and abuse.”
That’s What She Said on FREAK

Running Time: 1 hour (no 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)

Woodland Tales With Granddad

Something is happening in the woods, voices can be heard, and a strange metallic smell fills the air. Machines are gathering at its edge and a mysterious call is heard across the valley. Laura the ladybird, Jeffrey the spider, Brett the woodlouse and Willoughby the woodpecker are worried. Velda the vixen knows there’s a one person who can help them – Granddad. But is there enough time? Can they save the wood? And will the mystery stranger help?

This is an incredible show with an important environmental message to share, directed by Emma William and written by Pickled Image and Hattie Naylor. Woodland Tales With Granddad is the third Granddad show from Pickled Image following Fireside Tales With Granddad and Christmas Tales With Granddad.

“We thought it was simply superb! A beautiful experience of wonderful storytelling.”
Theatre Royal Plymouth

“Magical, beguiling, emotional and eye-wideningly beautiful.”
Bristol 24/7 on Pickled Image’s Yana & The Yeti

“Skilful puppetry and charming story-telling.”
The Stage on Pickled Image

“The puppetry was excellent, and the variety of characters and puppets was really great fun and enjoyed by audiences.”
Doncaster Theatre

Running Time: 50 minutes (no interval)

ITCH: A Scratch Performance Showcase

The Wardrobe Theatre is proud to present the return of our scratch night, ITCH! An extravaganza of unfinished, one-off works-in-progress of varying artistic disciplines with the unique opportunity to react and give feedback to the artists and theatre companies in the early stages of developing new work, to help shape it.

Interested in being part of ITCH? Please email Aisha at aisha@thewardrobetheatre.com with your proposal by Monday 30th September 2019

Previously The Wardrobe Theatre’s ITCH has presented work-in-progress performances from Tom Marshman, Verity Standen, Tom Wainwright, Sedated By A Brick, Anna Girvan, Closer Each Day Company and many more.

Getting The Third Degree

This compelling new drama tells the powerful and deeply moving story of Laurie Cunningham who came to prominence with West Bromwich Albion in the late 1970’s. The first of the black footballing trio famously dubbed The Three Degrees – Laurie Cunningham, with his swaggering style and dazzling skills forced favourable comparisons with the legendary Pele. The first black footballer to sign for the mighty Real Madrid and only the second to win a full cap for England, he inspired a whole generation of young black players to follow in his pioneering footsteps.

Getting The Third Degree was commissioned by Kick it Out to recognise the 25th anniversary of its ongoing battle against discrimination in football.

In dramatising Laurie Cunningham’s meteoric rise to stardom, Getting The Third Degree also explores how he and his fellow black players – Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis – triumphed over the racial abuse and physical threats often orchestrated by The National Front through a potent combination of footballing brilliance, charismatic style and compelling dignity.

Incorporating 1970’s funk, soul and blues, contemporary commentary and social and political speeches, Getting The Third Degree is a powerful piece of theatre that vividly recreates a tense and troubled period in the history of football and the wider society.

“A remarkable piece…The Long Walk Back deserves to be a great success.”
The Guardian on The Long Walk Back by Dougie Blaxland

“Brimming with charisma and honesty.”
★★★★ ​The Stage on When The Eye Has Gone

“Inspiring and mesmerising; hugely enabled by the wit and charm of Morgan’s fiercely clever vision.”
★★★★★ Theatre Bath on ​The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)