Closer Each Day: Back To Skool Special!

Join Closer Each Day Company and the beloved inhabitants of Newtown for a 2-hour special of the improvised soap opera as we discover what live was like at school for the community with bonus extra-curricular activities and some very special guests!

Was Fred a rebel or a teacher’s pet?
Has Reg always been so awkward?
And what was Big Dick like when he was just a Little Dick?
Find out at Closer Each Day’s Back To Skool special!

Closer Each Day’s last performance before the summer is a fundraiser to help take the company to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 where they will be performing the improvised soap opera; This Is Soap. It will be Closer Each Day Company’s first time at the festival and it’s a big chance to make the company known to the world beyond Bristol!

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

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

Performed at Bristol Grammar School’s 1532 Performing Arts Centre

Bristol Grammar School, Elton Road, Bristol, BS8 1SJ

The Snow Baby

Deep in the remote snowy forest an icy wind blows and snowflakes fall from the sky. Doris and her Bear Man live on the hill, alone but happy. Wrapped up in a snowy smother, they are in love. But when the snowstorm comes, Doris’ Bear Man disappears! How will Doris survive by herself in a forest plagued with nothing but bad weather and a cloud of hungry crows?

Soap Soup Theatre present The Snow Baby, a magical children’s theatre show with beautiful puppetry, imaginative storytelling and music that will give you goosebumps – a gentle show exploring family, love and loss, with lots of music, confetti and funny bits for the whole family to enjoy!

“A tender and enchanting children’s story, featuring a host of loveable characters.”
The Reviews Hub

“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

Suitable for ages 3-8 and their families

Performances at 11am only on 16th, 17th and 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th December
No shows on 18th, 25th, 26th December

The Phantom Of The Opera with Live Score by Minima

Minima specialise in live accompaniment to silent films. Their electrifying new score for The Phantom Of The Opera captures the horror of the story but also finds pathos, romance and humour. Drums, bass, guitar and cello strike up a thrilling relationship with the film, following the Phantom down into his subterranean nightmare world.

Press quotes from the film’s original 1925 release contest to its impact and drama: “Ultra fantastic melodrama” (New York Times); “Produced on a stupendous scale” (Moving Picture World); “Probably the greatest inducement to nightmare that has yet been screened” (Variety).

Beneath the sewers of the Paris Opera House dwells a masked figure. He is the Phantom, a hideously disfigured composer whose dream is to turn chorus singer Christine into a diva. Lon Chaney, the “Man of a Thousand Faces”, dominates this classic adaptation of the 1910 novel. His ghastly make-up and outrageous performance made this one of the great classics of American silent film.

Film critic Roger Ebert said in 2004 that “it has always been a question whether The Phantom Of The Opera is a great film, or only a great spectacle.” Either way, to see this film in 1925 was a truly shocking experience. Fast-moving and exciting, the film is a dramatic tale of obsession, kidnap, murder and revenge, beautifully tinted throughout and featuring an impressive sequence of early Technicolor as the Phantom appears at a masked ball.

“Minima are one of the leading bands accompanying silent film in Europe.”
Robert Rider, Head of Cinema, the Barbican Centre

“Minima’s spine-tingling music clung to each twist of the movie… spellbinding accompaniment.”
Guardian

“A superbly sinister live score by the soundtrack group Minima.”
Financial Times

How I Came To Be Where I Never Was

Jonny Fluffypunk grew up in suburban nowhere. This is a story about trying to find yourself, when you find yourself somewhere you don’t belong. It’s about unrequited love, John Peel and the importance of a good record shop. It’s about trains and memory and letting go. This is a new lo-fi stand-up spoken word theatre show for anyone who has ever loved, owned a vinyl record or just been alive.

“Acute social observation, intricate humour, surreal fantasy, sharp irony and wit.”
The Independent

“Sublime… well-crafted, tender and life-affirming. Highly recommended.”
FringeReview

“This man truly relishes language. Go see him.”
Tony Allen (‘the godfather of alternative comedy’)

Jonny Fluffypunk is a writer and performer who has been dragging his art around the spoken word and alternative cabaret circuits for over 15 years. A regular at gigs and festivals across the country, he has previously toured his show Man Up, Jonny Fluffypunk: One Man’s Struggle With Late Onset Responsibility and has two volumes of writing out with Burning Eye Books. Produced in partnership with Strike A Light and supported by Bristol Old Vic Ferment.

Queen Cunt – Sacred or Profane?

“Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands,
Kill their children
Practice witchcraft
Destroy capitalism
And become lesbians”
Come and see us do all of this…and more!

Venus is about to collide with Earth! A multi-character explosion paints the stage.

In an age where passing trends compel some to surgical operation, where mainstream porn has hijacked sensuality, we delve into the wild waters of womanhood, reclaiming the body in a joyful, dark and often anarchic exploration. Fuck capitalism, fuck abusing mother nature, lets all get together and make sweet love! All power to the feminine, the wrathful, the sensual!

The quest of two comedic female performers to tell it how it has never been told before. Discovering what is left that really is sacred and feminine, and what exactly is profane?

Disclaimer: Gender binaries are dead, white feminism is dead, and if you think we hate men, you’re dead!

Cunt – a Proto-Indo-European root word meaning either woman, knowledge, creator or queen. Oldest word in the English language for female genitals & “The most heavily tabooed of all English words” (Rawson, 1989).

In the interest of inclusivity, parents and carers with young babies are welcome at their discretion.

Trigger Warning: This show explores issues surrounding consent, assault & pornography

Six Wives of Henry VIII

Howard Coggins looks like Henry VIII. There’s no escaping that. Stu Mcloughlin doesn’t really look like any of the wives, but he’s going to give it a go. After their previous self-funded two-man historical drama is savaged in the press, Howard and Stu are at their wits’ end. Then they hit upon an idea for a show that could change everything…

Yes, that’s right, by popular demand, Living Spit are back with the show that didn’t make them fa-mous. Join the throngs who have already succumbed to this confection of live music, embroidery and barbie dolls. You may just laugh your head off.

Living Spit make poorly researched historical comedy-theatre shows about people that at least one of them vaguely looks like. Which have music in. That they write. Some people like them. And laugh. In an appropriate way. Six Wives of Henry VIII was the first of Living Spit’s eight shows to date including Elizabeth I – Virgin On The Ridiculous and Adolf & Winston. Despite its gory subject matter, it is still many people’s favourite. Which is why they’ve brought it back. That’s the blood thirsty Brits for you.

“Brilliant comic acting… honest, unpretentious, beautifully scripted comedy… premier league stuff.”
★★★★★ Venue

“The best 100 minute comedy show outside the Edinburgh Fringe.”
★★★★★ Western Daily Press

Suitable for age 11+
1hour 40minutes (including interval)

The Way I Look

“That was the exact moment I knew something was different. That was when I woke up.”

Imagine you have a birthmark on your face. You’ve had it all your life. You’ve had to put up with people staring, pointing and asking questions. Sometimes it makes you feel like a monster. Sometimes it makes you feel beautiful. But now you are finally on your way to accepting it. And you want to talk about it.

Performance collective O&O present The Way I Look, a new piece of physical theatre that explores the relationship between identity and appearance drawing from the personal stories of people with facial birthmarks and scars. Funny and bold, The Way I Look tells their stories and their struggle to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and concern. We see the experiences that carve their journey to finding their place in the world. Energetic, evocative and uncompromisingly honest, The Way I Look is a story for anyone who has ever felt different.

O&O is a new collective of performance artists established by Marina O’Shea and Tessa Gaukroger, best known for their work as comedy duo O&O. Their previous work saw them nominated for Best New Act at both Bath Comedy Festival and London Sketchfest in 2015, and they received the Spirit of The Fringe Award at Bedfringe 2016.

Supported by the Bike Shed Theatre, Bristol Improv Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, Spike Island, Let’s Face It Support Network and Changing Faces UK.

A Strange New Space

Did you know that Astronauts get taller in space? That our solar system is around 4.6 billion years old? Or that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all of the beaches on Earth?

Amira knows all of these things. She is completely obsessed with space and dreams of becoming an Astronaut. But one night, the bangs, whooshes and fizzes of her imagination explode right out of her dreams, becoming a deafening reality. In the darkness, Amira must leave her hometown to go on an adventure, to find a safe space. Hearing the words ‘space’ and ‘adventure’, Amira quickly packs her bag for the intergalactic trip she’s been waiting for…

A completely original one-woman show without words, A Strange New Space melds physical theatre with stunning puppetry and original music. We travel on an imagined voyage into space, paralleled with Amira’s real-life journey as a refugee across continents, forming an unforgettable introduction to theatre for audiences of four years and older.

“There is something magical about this solo production.”
★★★★ Female Arts

“An emotional rollercoaster… what an inspiring production this is.”
Curious Mum

“A very lovely show not just about the journey and adventures of a refugee child but about the brilliance of the imagination.”
Weston Super Mum

“Lovely audience interaction and excellent comic timing.”
Children’s Theatre Reviews

Photos by Paul Blakemore
Illustration by Lydia Davies

Fossils

Vanessa’s life is science. Fact based, evidence led, no nonsense, no monsters. But when a photograph surfaces showing something in Loch Ness, she must embark on a very personal research project. An extinct fish, a missing father and breath-taking live electronic sound in a new play with songs about how we connect to the past and how our lives are shaped by the no-longer living things we carry with us.

Bucket Club are an associate company at Farnham Maltings. Past shows include the multi award-winning Lorraine & Alan. Fossils comes to The Wardrobe Theatre after a run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and a New York transfer to Brits Off Broadway.

“Inventive… with a wonderfully weirdo score.”
New York Times

“A live Sufjan Stevens-like soundscape… it’s a captivating, poignant reflection on love, longing and the importance of mystery in all our lives.”
★★★★ The List

★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★ Fest
★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★ A Younger Theatre

Supported by Arts Council England

Noisy Holiday

Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals are going on holiday. After a long, exhausting music tour they are hoping to get away and have a nice relaxing time… But something tells me this won’t be the soothing holiday Kid Carpet was planning on and there is going to be pandemonium by the pool. The Noisy Animals takeover Kid Carpet’s balmy break with big beat songs, wonky donkeys, live special effects, puppetry and animation.

A ridiculous yet charming story of going on your holidays, silliness and mischief for the whole family. Expect sand in your sandwiches, upside down sat navs, ants in your ice-cream and Badger’s towel on your sun lounger.

Ed Patrick (aka Kid Carpet), is a Bristol-based maker of nonsense music and rock’n’roll theatre shows. Noisy Holiday is the fourth instalment of the Noisy Animals adventure, they’ve had a dance contest, they’ve been to space, they’ve caused bedlam in Bethlehem now it’s time for a nice relaxing holiday…

“Anarchy, irreverence and belly laughs for adults and children alike.”
Theatre Bristol

“The Mighty Boosh for kids!”
Strike A Light Festival

“If you’ve got kids you must take them to see Kid Carpet, if you haven’t got kids borrow some and go anyway.”
Older Than Evil