Lisa Berg: The Love of Stationery | Ellen Waddell: Don’t Be Terrible

Lisa Berg: The Love of Stationery – 8pm

‘I collect bags of sugar from cafes and restaurants I’m in. I have a big collection. Often I forget that I’ve taken them with me home and somehow, if you apply time and pressure, they have the tendency to explode…’

A one-woman dark comedy exploring the innermost thoughts of “Woman” – a collector of common things. She works in a stationery shop. Orderly displays of writing materials, and collecting irregular verbs, are her keenest passions. But one day an attractive man walks in to buy an eraser… and it’s love at first sight. At least for her. Plans are devised to land this man, to make him hers. Her dreams are shattered though when he is spotted talking to Deanne… funnier, smarter and more beautiful than Woman. Deanne cannot win. She cannot. Looks like Woman has some erasing of her own to do… A show that leaves us rooting for the underdog, while vowing to buy our stationery online in future….

“A wonderfully subtle one-woman performance.”
★★★★ FestMag

Ellen Waddell: Don’t Be Terrible – 9.30pm

Can stand up save your love life?

Self-confessed nice guy Steve thinks so. That’s why he’s asked Alice, an up and coming comedian, how to perform stand up. It’s his last-ditch attempt to distract his girlfriend from the ‘funny’ guy at work. However, the recently dumped Alice has her own prickly views on monogamy, performing and his motivations.

A platonic friendship comedy (because spoiler alert, they don’t get together at the end) about love, making people laugh and how to fail successfully on stage.

Closer Each Day onboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Performed at Brunel’s SS Great Britain NOT The Wardrobe Theatre

Tickets include a chance to walk around Brunel’s SS Great Britain from 6.30pm

Sunday 20th May
Join Closer Each Day Company for a fully spontaneous night of comedy! The first half will be games in the style of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ and the second half will be a live-action story made up on the spot from audience suggestions.

Monday 21st May
Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is returning for a May special on the ship, with a one-off stand-alone story seeing the characters of Newtown as they have never been seen before. Hilarious, inventive and entirely unique, come and see a landmark Bristol show perform on a Bristol landmark!

“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 (Doctors, Eastenders)

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

Murder, She Didn’t Write

Degrees Of Error present a classic murder mystery that is created on the spot in this ingenious and hilarious show from Bristol Improv Theatre’s resident company.

YOU become Agatha Christie in this improvised comedy as each night an original murder mystery play is created based entirely on audience suggestions. So take up your magnifying glasses and don your deerstalkers for never-seen-before (and never-to-be-seen-again) evening of murder, mayhem and making it up on the spot.

Miss Crimson poisoned in the parlour? Mr Gold exploded by cannon in Sainsbury’s? You decide! But will you guess whodunit?

“Absolutely fantastic… incredibly clever… laugh out loud funny… a truly entertaining and hilarious take on the murder mystery and absolutely not one to miss.”
★★★★★ Voice Magazine

“Had me howling with laughter… mesmerizingly impressive.”
★★★★ Arthur’s Seat

“This show is everything a fringe comedy should be: original, professional, and very, very funny.”
★★★★ EdFringe Review

“Live action Cluedo, with more laughs.”
★★★★ Fringe Guru

Said And Done

Two women sit at a table at a wedding. They hate everyone here. They hate themselves. And, although they are the very best of friends, they probably hate each other.

When you know everything about a person’s life it’s easy to find ammunition to use against them, but sometimes teasing gets too much and insults go too far… Darkly comic with snippets of original music and dollops of cheesy pop, Said And Done is a snapshot into the lives of two women who are far too close.

After a sell-out run at The Wardrobe Theatre in 2017, Sugarscratch spent their spring taking Said and Done on a regional tour to find new audiences and now they are back and excited to head to Edinburgh Fringe 2018! Sugarscratch Theatre is an up and coming Bristol-based company made up of Lily London and Alice Ritchie. They first got the chance to work together during the second year of Bristol Old Vic’s Made In Bristol programme. And now they’ve joined forces again. Said and Done – their debut show – sprouted from an image in Alice’s head of a woman dancing alone to Cher.

“Their observational humour is spot on.”
Weston Super Mum

“Grotesque, physical and hilarious insight into female friendship.”
Audience Feedback

Impromptu Shakespeare

Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, power struggles, mistaken identity, cross-dressing, the supernatural and everything in between – this show will delight Shakespeare nerds and novices alike. Impromptu Shakespeare have their tongues firmly in their cheeks and their feet planted in the works of the Bard. Whether you know all 37 plays – or none – this is the show for you. Join us for an hour of riotous fun as the cast buckle on the Bard’s britches to bring you the plays he never wrote.

Returning for a third time to the Bristol Shakespeare Festival, Impromptu Shakespeare features a cast of leading improv talent. They’ve performed four critically-acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, and were featured on BBC radio’s The Art of Improv. Other appearances have included the Stroud Theatre Festival, Oxford Comedy Festival, Birmingham & Bristol Improv Festivals, ImproFest London, the Gulbenkian Theatre Canterbury, and the Edric Theatre in London.

“Shakespeare from the hip. Ingenious and very funny.”
Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor

“Simply sublime, side-splittingly hilarious improvised comedy almost worthy of the Bard himself.”
★★★★★ Broadway Baby

“’Go and see this show. It’s intelligent, it’s funny, it’s all of the adjectives for brilliant. I’m still not sure how they did what they did. ”
★★★★★ Pocket Size Theatre

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

She’s a regular on Mock The Week and a much-loved figure on Live at the Apollo, as well as being all over Radio 4 – for whom she’s making her very own series in 2018, after extensive stints on The News Quiz, Just A Minute, The Now Show and plenty more. All this makes it sound like Zoe Lyons has some sort of idea what she’s doing in life. But does she? Or is she the perfect example of an Entry Level Human?

Decide for yourself, as this hugely popular comic returns with a fresh crop of “quick-fire observational gags, delivered with utter conviction” (Chortle), not to mention “proper laugh-out-loud one-liners” (The Herald). And, she “has what it takes to delight any crowd”. That one’s from the Guardian. Are you going to argue with them? Actually, don’t answer that. Just come and see Zoe to find out.

The Establishment: Fool Britainnia

Critically-acclaimed comedy duo Dan Lees and Neil Frost present an idiots guide to Britishness. An hilarious clown show exploring the history and culture of Britain.

​”A fast-paced, multidimensional masterclass in comedy.”
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

“This is silliness as an art form.”
★★★★ The Scotsman

“Another much-needed chapter in our national legacy of lampooning the powers that be, building on Peter Cook, the Pythons and The Fast Show.. You can imagine this going down very well indeed at the Palladium or the BBC.”
The Stage

“They don’t miss a beat.”
★★★★ Skinny

“Very cleverly observed.”
★★★★½ Reviews Hub

“One of the best shows I’ve seen.”
★★★★ Mumble Comedy

“One of the funniest and most nimble-footed pieces of theatre you could hope to see.”
British Theatre Guide

“Glorious parodies…fresh and funny.”

Captain Cauliflower & Marvin The Mischievous Moose

Marvin The Mischievous Moose presents Captain Cauliflower with a mystical magic hat that gives him super powers. We then follow his adventures into outer space and deep under the ocean, saving those in peril, but can he beat his arch nemesis the evil and odorous Onion Man?

Dan Lees and Neil Frost invite you on an adventure that combines clowning, playful games and chaotic fun that’s suitable for all the family.

“Laughter echoed out of the tent and the audience response was fantastic. Dan and Neil are highly skilled, hilarious and simply two of the best clowns around. Kids and adults love them!”
Clown Fest Manchester

One Man & His Cow

Trevor loves Judy. Judy loves Trevor. They’re best mates. Trouble is, Trevor’s family don’t approve. They think that Trevor should leave his prize cow alone and get on with looking after his farm. And then Trevor gets some bad news…

Written and performed in rhyme and song the acclaimed Living Spit (makers of The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Adolf & Winston, In Cider Story, The Devil & The Shopkeeper), and with a multitude of agricultural cliches and farmyard frolics, One Man & His Cow is a brand new comedy coming soon to a pub or bar near you.

Written and performed by Howard Coggins and Stu Mcloughlin
Directed by Craig Edwards

“This is a feel good, clever and uplifting comedy and the joyful sprit of this work will appeal to a wide audience.”
★★★★ Bristol Post

“With lots of daft dialogue, silly songs and audience participation, the evening is definitely one to treasure…an unmissable piece of theatre in the finest tradition of slapstick comedy.”
Bournemouth Echo

“World-class actors at the top of their game.”


A hilarious live game show full of PUNishing linguistic challenges for compulsive punners and their carers. Join us for competitive wordplay in this groan-off with guest pundits including performers, comedians, poets and writers to compete alongside members of the public for the ‘Thesaurus Rex’ trophy and a place in the Grand Final.

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