Climb That Tree is the brand new live show and album from award-winning songwriter and musician David Gibb. Join David on a musical journey through his hilarious and often surreal imagination, where bears live in the cupboard under the stairs, wolves are roaming the corridors at school, and trips to the moon are a regular occurrence. This latest release builds on the success of his critically acclaimed debut album Letters Through Your Door, released October 2014, which had families across the UK singing (quite literally!) its praises. David’s songwriting draws from a wide range of musical influences, deftly blending folk, jazz, reggae and rock and roll, always with an emphasis on quality and musicianship reminiscent of the classics.
Guaranteed to have both parents and children singing along in no time, this is music that the whole family can enjoy together.
“Prepare to be carried away with the music… packed full of catchy, toe tapping numbers.”
“David Gibb has a well-deserved cult following for his stage show which includes tales of dragons and driving chocolate cars. His lyrics are genuinely side-splitting and tunes guaranteed to get stuck in your head for days.”
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
Sofie Hagen is unquestionably one of the most talked-about comics of the moment. A modern legend in her native Denmark, she burst onto the British scene by winning Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Festival 2015; her 2016 follow-up, ‘Shimmer Shatter’, was a second total sell-out.
She’s spoken to millions as former host of ‘Guilty Feminist’ and current host of ‘Made of Human’ podcasts, and appeared on ‘The One Show’, ‘The Now Show’ and ‘Live From The BBC’.
This, her biggest national tour to date, is a brand new show packed with brilliant, offbeat observation, passionate argument, and jokes. Also: one parable.
Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2015 Chortle Awards Best Newcomer 2014
“Eye-catchingly odd and disarmingly honest.”
“Compelling, beautifully constructed.”
“Today’s stand up comedy fan kids are lucky to have her. She makes the world a less scary place.”
Beyond The Joke
“Consistently funny, personal, and a slyly powerful show.”
Cristina and Chess have both experienced smashing their two front teeth. It affected them and it got them thinking. In a culture preoccupied with perfect smiles, keeping a stiff upper lip and for everything to always be ‘fine’: how do we deal with difficult things? What happens if we don’t want to deal with them? Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry and sometimes we try our best to distract ourselves. But don’t worry: it’s okay, we’re dealing with it.
After a sell out run at Brighton Fringe 2016 and a sell out in Brighton Festival 2017, “It’s okay, I’m Dealing With It.” asks what we do when things aren’t okay. Through their multi award-winning combination of dance, comedy, chat and song, Cristina MacKerron and Chess Dillon-Reams unravel their own struggles and vulnerabilities and try to piece together how to cope with them. The Hiccup Project is a Brighton-based comedy dance/theatre duo with a humorous and gritty take on real-life experience. They create engaging, innovative and accessible work.
“Physical comedy and dance are stupendous companions when they work – and Chess and Cristina have the energy and the intelligence to make it work here. Their dance is skilled, their timing is spot-on, and their comedy is hilarious.”
“Genre-splatting, refreshing, inventive… Theatre and dance that hurls custard pies at convention. Outstanding.”
“I think all the best work begins with our deeply personal experiences. The Hiccup Project instinctively dig into that place and find both a richly comic and authentically physical world there.”
Ben Duke, Lost Dog Dance
“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
In the early hours of Thursday 8th August 1963, the heist of the century was under way. Whilst the world was tucked up in bed, 15 men put a finger up to the government and stole 2 million British pounds from Her Majesty’s Royal Mail train. Five days later the first clues were found, the gang was busted and the rest is history. But what about the ones that got away…?
Join the four forgotten females as they leave behind their kitchen-sink lives and embark on a madcap adventure of mischief and mayhem. Using a raucous combination of physical theatre, live music and clowning, Scratchworks will unfold the untold tale of the unlikely female four.
“Inventive and intelligent physical theatre… Wondrously enjoyable.”
★★★★ Theatre Bubble
“Just raw talent… a totally captivating show.”
★★★★ The Peg Review
Scratchworks are a physical ensemble of four women who create playful, accessible theatre from scratch. Founded in Exeter in 2013, they share a passion for creating original stories and combine a range of different theatrical styles and disciplines to bring their performances to life. Recipients of the VAULT ‘Festival Spirit award’ 2017 and NSDF award for ‘Best Overall Body of Creative Work’ at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013, their productions have toured across the UK. Members of the company have worked with the likes of Rogue Theatre, The Wardrobe Ensemble, The Jones Collective and Exeter’s award-winning clowning company, Le Navet Bete. Scratchworks’ work is supported by Arts Council England, The Barbican Plymouth and they are Associate Artists of The Bike Shed Theatre and The Exeter Phoenix.
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.”
“The best 100 minute comedy show outside the Edinburgh Fringe.”
★★★★★ Western Daily Press
Suitable for age 11+
1hour 40minutes (including interval)
In the first installment of their live movie trilogy, multi-award winning comedy trio Sleeping Trees deliver their version of every gangster film they’ve ever seen; Mafia?. Expect casinos, operas and bloodshed, as the Banucci brothers find themselves in a situation stickier than most luxury cakes.
The Sleeping Trees bring to life a world of crime and corruption in a way you have never seen before, complete with an unrelenting live score and the most mesmerising gangster kitten you’re ever likely to see.
“You can almost visualise the blood splattering across the prison showers.”
★★★★ Fringe Guru
“A blockbuster hour of cleverly scripted fast laughs and energetic comedy.”
★★★★ The List
9pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and 7.30pm on Friday
You’ve seen Mafia?, you’re yet to see Sci-Fi?, what better show to see next than the one in the middle, Western? This time the Sleeping Trees find themselves slowly crisping under the sun of the Wild West, as gun slinger Harry Sudds takes on bulls, scorpions and many other animals largely found in America.
With another live score performed by the handsome and ever mysterious Ben Hales, the Sleeping Trees stamp their fast, physical and surreal brand of comedy onto one of the most revered film genres of all time.
“The lovechild of Monty Python and the League of Gentlemen.”
★★★★ Time Out
“With a script that steers left field of convention and indulges every whim, Sleeping Trees have created a lawless comedic style of their own.”
★★★★★ Broadway Baby
9pm on Thursday, Friday
All good trilogies must come to an end, and Sleeping Trees boldly choose to end their movie trilogy with the third show in the series, Sci-Fi?. At a time where ancient planet Plutopia rules the galaxy, farmer Charlie Sprog is dragged from his quiet home planet and given one simple mission: SAVE THE UNIVERSE FROM TOTAL DESTRUCTION.
Accompanied by an inter-cosmic and highly sensual musical score, the Sleeping Trees invite you to join them on a journey into the deep and infinite unknown. So strap on your helmets, jump into your spacesuits, complete the necessary six years of training required by NASA to fly into space and THEN, grab yourself a ticket!
“Another physically elastic, impeccably scored and endlessly energetic trawl through genre’s murky waters.”
“A company set to rocket to stardom.”
★★★★★ Three Weeks
Australian based podcast Plumbing The Death Star have left the safety of their studio and are doing their first ever international tour! Come down to catch the Plumbing Boys in their first shows in the UK as they ask important questions like “Is James Bond a good spy?” and “Is Darth Vader ashamed of his gross, burned body?”. It’s a once in a lifetime chance to see their handsome faces and Jackson’s doughy potato shaped head live, in person and in the wrong hemisphere.
Plumbing The Death Star started in 2013 when three like-minded and similarly named idiots stopped and thought about Star Wars too long. Since then, they’ve stumbled across a vast amount of questions stretched across all forms of pop culture that they desperately need answered. The show will be recorded live and released as a podcast on iTunes.
After last year’s sell-out run of their debut show in Edinburgh, Harry Baker and Chris Read bring their unique mix of comedy, melody, poetry and best-matery to venues nationwide! Ranging from pandas in crisis to Robot Wars, they bring love and laughter to a world that needs both more than ever.
“A combination of catchy hooks and breath-taking verbal ingenuity makes this a winning hour… The quality and quantity of laughs on offer is generous and yet the show is cynicism-free, the tone unapologetically feel-good.”
★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★★ ThreeWeeks on Harry Baker