Steamed – A Dickensian Improvised Christmas Tale


Hilarious comedy, astonishing drama, endearing orphans, steam ships, steam trains, figgy puddings and perhaps the odd catchy music hall number! This Christmas join Closer Each Day Company aboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain for something festive, Dickensian and entirely improvised, created on the spot from YOUR suggestions!

Closer Each Day Company, creators of Bristol’s cult comedy, Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera, bring their dynamic and addictive brand of theatre to this new Christmas show, co-produced with The Wardrobe Theatre. Come along for a right old knees up and enjoy improv in the time of cholera!

“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

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

Tickets include a chance to look around Brunel’s SS Great Britain.
There is a full bar available on the night.

Photos: Chelsey Cliff
Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Christmas Comedy with Bobby Mair and Harriet Kemsley

A UK-based Canadian with a uniquely bizarre outlook, Bobby Mair has supported Bill Burr and Doug Stanhope on tour, won numerous competitions and is the third cousin of Justin Bieber. Bobby also starred alongside his fiance (then wife) Harriet Kemsley in Viceland’s Bobby and Harriet Get Married and Comedy Central’s Roast Battles. As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

“A real expert at the venting game.”
The Scotsman

Harriet Kemsley is just beginning to break through into the comedy big time, with her 2018 Edinburgh Fringe show Slutty Joan receiving rave reviews and playing to packed houses daily. Harriet also starred alongside her fiance (then husband) Bobby Mair in Viceland’s Bobby and Harriet Get Married and Comedy Central’s Roast Battles. As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Comedy Central at The Comedy Store.

“You can feel the funny bubbling up inside her.”
The Scotsman


Blah Humbug’s Queer Christmas

Showcasing the UK’s best spoken word performers, presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman – monthly Mondays

With the novelty knitwear out in force and blinding LEDs tarting up the streets, escape the festive foreplay with our annual Blah Humbug’s Christmas Special. This year we’ll be celebrating by bathing in the wit, wonder and wisdom of some of our favourite LGBT+ spoken word artists. It’s guaranteed to be a riotous, rip-roaring and rollicking old time.


Travis Alabanza is a performer, writer and thinker. They have been noted by numerous publications including OUT.COM, Gay Times as one of the most influential new queer voices, their work has appeared in the Guardian, BBC, Huck Magazine, performed in venues such as The Tate, Roundhouse, Arnolfini, and their debut poetry book ‘Before I step Outside (you love me’) was noted one of the top trans literary books of 2017. Their latest theatre show ‘Burgerz’ opened to 5 and 4 star reviews, acclaim for Lyn gardner and a sell out two week run. Their performances noted by many, Alabanza is one not to miss.

Toby Campion is a UK National Poetry Slam Champion and a World Poetry Slam finalist. Recipient of the Silver Wyvern Award and First Place in the Poetry on the Lake Prizes 2017, awarded by Carol Ann Duffy, Toby has performed his poetry on stages across the UK, from Glastonbury Festival to London’s Royal Albert Hall, and in countries around the world, including America, Italy, Spain, Albania and South Korea. His debut play, WRECK, won the Fifth Word Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright 2015.

Caroline Teague is a London born and bred poet writing pieces on loss, identity and how she comes to terms with some harrowing realities of being human and being alive, in a style she calls ‘tragic optimism’ hoping that the honesty through her writing can translate into something positive and comforting for someone else.
Creator of the musical project “Caroline Smiling” which blends music, spoken word and other forms of communication to cross platforms for mental health and queer identity through creative means. A self proclaimed soft touch poet with some sharp edges.

Leilah Jane King is a half Iranian footballer and performance poet based in Bristol. She started writing in 2011 in Brighton where she previously lived and studied. She has performed at festivals such as Buddhafield, Bristol and Exeter Pride and Bristol Harbour Festival as well as on local radio and won a Milk Poetry slam in 2017. Leilah’s poetry slides into her Iranian heritage, experiences of prejudice, conflict and mental health. She has performed across the Bristol poetry scene and is an integral part of the city’s queer narrative.

The Sleeping Trees Nativity: A Christmas Sketch Show

Chuck on your favourite Christmas jumper, load up on figgy pudding and join the chaps for an evening of the heartiest festive laughs. Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, Shepards, Wise Men, Angels, Donkeys, Santa Claus, Elves, Snowmen, Reindeer, The Queen and Bono will all be making an appearance in this brandy butter-soaked selection of brand new sketches from award winning comedy trio, Sleeping Trees.

Winners of Merv’s Spirit of the Fringe 2017
Amused Moose Comedy Finalists 2016

“James Dunnell-Smith, Joshua George Smith and John Woodburn jump from character to character with a seemingly unnatural elasticity… they come from a tradition of anarchic buffoonery that’s underpinned by a militantly controlled skill.”
★★★★ Time Out

“If you only see one Christmas show this season, see this one.”
★★★★★ British Theatre

“The birth child of Monty Python and League of Gentlemen.”
★★★★ Time Out

“Phenomenal performers, brimming with verve and fizzing with invention.”
★★★★ Chortle

“Puns, heartbreak and visual humour the likes of which you’ll struggle to find elsewhere.”
★★★★ The Skinny

Suitable for ages 16+
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Christmas Tales With Granddad

Bursting with heart-warming storytelling and festive cheer, Christmas Tales With Granddad creates the sense of an intimate fireside in the theatre, with Granddad welcoming imaginative input from the audience as he weaves 3 brand new tales.

A magical a feast of festive stories including a special pair of Christmas pants, the mystery of the snowflake necklace and the mischievous shenanigans of the Tomten – a feisty Gnome, who loves the chance to swap gossip with woodland creatures, and who might just be the reason Granddad can’t find his favourite tree decoration.

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

“A delightful family show.”
Animations Online

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

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

11am only on December 22nd, 28th, 29th, 30th and January 4th, 5th, 6th
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Oedipuss In Boots

As lightning cracks at the summit of Mount Olympus, the royal kitten Oedipuss is cursed with the prophecy of killing his father and marrying his mother. Outcast, this brave puss must go on an incredible adventure of self discovery, encountering crooks and charlatans, terrifying monsters and outrageous villains as Oedipuss tries to unlock the complex question of his destiny. But as he soon discovers, escaping your fate isn’t easy when you’ve got the King’s blood on your paws…

Fast, smart and devilishly funny, Oedipuss In Boots puts the romp in anthropomorphism. An original dark comedy from The Wardrobe Theatre (makers of Reservoir Mogs, Rocky Shock Horror, Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears, Nachos, Kirk Vs Ming and Muppits Die Hard) jam-packed with big laughs, puppetry, dance routines, musical numbers and unforgettable drama. Oedipuss In Boots is the ultimate Greek tragedy and the original mother-loving pantomime!

“Yet another Christmas cracker from The Wardrobe Theatre.”
★★★★★ The Fix

“Be prepared for your sides to ache for days afterwards.”
★★★★★ Bristol Post

“Genuine tragedy, but one which leaves the audience in hysterics… An alternative Christmas triumph.”
★★★★ Stage Talk Magazine

Running Time: 1hour 45mins (with interval)
Suitable for ages 16+
2pm matinees on December 1, 8, 15, 22, 28, 29, 30 and January 5, 6, 12, 13, 19
No shows November 25, 26 or December 2, 3, 10, 17, 24, 25, 26, 31 or January 1, 7, 8, 14, 15

An original production, written and devised by the company
Director – Chris Collier
Cast – Adam Blake, Harry Humberstone, Andrew Kingston, Jannah Warlow
Music & Lyrics – Kid Carpet
Designer – Madeleine Girling
Lighting Design – Edmund McKay
Associate Designer – Ruby Spencer Pugh
Assistant Director – Megan Vaughan-Thomas
Costume Supervisor – Catherine Pilsworth
Puppet Maker – Dik Downey
Produced by The Wardrobe Theatre
Originally Devised by – Chris Collier, Harry Humberstone, James Kent, Andrew Kingston, Matthew Whittle
Original Designer – Harriet De Winton
Special Thanks to Lizzie French, Georgie Shire, Sam Chafer, Phil Collier, Steph Kempson, Jason King, Natalie Wilcock, co-parents Jean and Debbie

The Rocky Shock

A guy like you in a city like this could be anything he wants!
This is America, the greatest city in the world!

It’s 1976; a world without men and women – only lovers, fighters, dancers and all-nighters and where the mean streets of Philadelphia are filled with campy song. When small-time boxer Rocky Featherboa is challenged to the fight of a lifetime, the Italian Stallion must risk it all and learn to float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, dance like a rock’n’roll star and sing like a queen!

After the stunning successes of Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears, Reservoir Mogs and Muppits Die Hard, The Wardrobe Theatre brings you another of its signature, darkly comic, adult only shows. A scary-sexy, knock-out comedy that always punches below the belt, The Rocky Shock is a show you won’t forget, however hard you try…

“If you are not shouting and clapping by the end of this two-hour hullabaloo, I’d be surprised.”
★★★★★ Stage Talk Magazine

“A smash hit must-see… Fantastically entertaining.”
★★★★ The Fix

“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

“The outright winner of the comedy heavyweight title… Take a ringside seat, and have a good roll round in the aisles of the Wardrobe Theatre, punchdrunk with glee.”
Bristol 24/7

Ages 16+
Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)