John Kearns: Don’t Worry, They’re Here

The only ever winner of both the Best Show and Best Newcomer prize at the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards presents his latest stand-up show: an hour of “richly idiosyncratic comedy, frequently compared to Tony Hancock” (Guardian).

As seen starring in BBC3’s Top Coppers, guesting on C4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats and heard on his own BBC Radio Four series. Following highly acclaimed, sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and at London’s Soho Theatre, John dons his false teeth and monk wig for his debut UK tour. Directed by Jon Brittain (Olivier Award winner).

“A supreme stand-up – you’re in the hands of a master.”
Guardian

“Funny and intellectually ambitious – Kearns could be your new King of Comedy.”
Evening Standard

“A true comedy original.”
Time Out

“Bold, hilarious – he’s forged comedy gold.”
Chortle

“Roaringly funny, hugely impressive.”
The Scotsman

Drag On

Drag On celebrates drag’s power to move beyond gender, and imagines the monstrous possibility of traversing species. By embracing our innermost fantasies, what can we reveal about being present and queer in the modern world? In 2018, as the repercussions of human dominance on earth become increasingly apocalyptic, James Morgan’s reptilian alter ego asks: aren’t we better off as monsters than as humans?

Assisted by a set of multi-sided gaming dice, James shares witty and thought-provoking stories about his life, dragons, and the future – interspersed with dance, video projection and virtuosic lip syncing to Nicki Minaj, Marilyn Manson and Cher.

“Drag On subverts ideals of drag, beauty and fantasy, ultimately presenting an innovative exploration of contemporary obsessions that pull at the edges of drag as performance, and as an art form. Laugh-out-loud funny, thoughtful and fresh!”
Andrew Ellerby, Director of ‘And What?’ Queer Arts Festival

“The costumes and make-up are phenomenal… he’s gone for gold in terms of Dragon Wings and glitz, which have an undeniable WOW-factor.”
LGBTQ Arts

“Morgan handles speech, poetry, mime, movement and both subtle and anarchic humour without a flicker of inhibition.”
Resolution!

“Moves like a creature you have never seen before, and will probably never see again… I wanted to sing out loud with this
wonderful, majestic ‘beastly’ dragon.”
South East Dance

Poll Function

Two old school friends return to suburbia to wreak havoc on childhood dreams and a system they believed would bring them future opportunity. Confined within a car for most of the journey, old secrets are aired out and open questions are asked about who they have become since leaving the suburbs. Speeding through girls, grades and badgers, they fight, spit, cry and kill but still find it hard to accept their feelings are only human.

Blending unfaltering dialogue and physical expression with a booming backseat soundscape, Poll Function is a hilarious and empathic exploration of youthful hedonism and social responsibility in 2017.

“If I could watch this again and again and again I would.”
★★★★★ Broadway Baby

“This is a triumph.”
★★★★ LondonTheatre1

“Shewring has created a tender portrayal of young male friendship that has the maturity and insight to bother representing those often ignored and making their views valid, their humour funny and their lives matter.”
Exeunt Magazine

“It’s always encouraging when a small start-up theatre company in one of our main regional centres, hits the ground performing to the highest standard.”
StageTalk Magazine

Rob Auton: The Hair Show

A show for anyone who has, or has had, hair and hairs.

Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe award winner and Glastonbury’s ‘Poet In Residence’, Rob Auton casts an introspective eye over the world of hair, underpinned by leaving his head hair and beard to their own devices until he has performed The Hair Show for the final time. Join Rob as he explores the importance of appearance and how people react to someone who looks like he has checked out.

For the past five years Rob has used his command of words and distinctive unconventional humour to explore seemingly mundane subjects: sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow. His unique world view has been acknowledged through being shortlisted for the prestigious Spoken Word Award by the Arts Foundation, receiving a Best Short Film nomination for the The Peamaster, which he co-wrote and starred in, at the Milan Film Festival.

Alongside performing solo, Rob hosts “the best poetry gig in the UK” (The Times) Bang Said The Gun. The spoken-word night’s raucous and anarchic spirit attracts a rich mix of new talent and some of the most established names in poetry/music including Kate Tempest, Roger McGouch and John Hegley.

“A genuine original.”
Guardian

“One of my absolute favourites.”
Daniel Kitson

“His absurd brand of stand-up and poetry is exactly what the country needs right now.”
Huffington Post

“Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch.”
Independent

“I haven’t seen anything else quite like it, or him.”
The Stage

Lego Beach

A freak storm has exposed a containership of LEGO® to the power of the sea, scattering millions of multicoloured building blocks into the ocean…

Business is slow in the sleepy seaside town of Bevill, where a handful of locals shuffle through their lives, living one day to the next. Not a single visitor has been spotted in weeks. Bevill’s luck seems to have run out; but better times are racing towards its beaches in the form of tiny coloured plastic blocks.

As the tide changes, an influx of tourists and LEGO® enthusiasts pour into the town, in search of their very own piece of the unnatural disaster. But amongst the jubilation, current are shifting – waves hide secrets, and a shadowier story is unfurled beneath the murky waters as Bevill’s residents start to lose their grip on what is truly important…

Using original, onstage live music, sea shanties, beautiful physical theatre and puppetry, INKBLOC ensemble create a colourful world with a distinctly darker undercurrent.

“Surprising, poignant, funny and impressive – all while ultimately serving up a rather damning reflection on human greed… contemporary, colourful, creative and brilliant, this performance packs hell of a punch.”
Bristol 24/7

“It’s highly stylised – poetic, rhythmic and choreographed to perfection.”
Visit Bristol

“A great mix of humour, original music and crafted storytelling.”
Weston Super Mum

Long Shot

You’re handed a remote control. What happens next is all down to you…

Using handcrafted remote controlled contraptions, tight choreography and laugh out loud humour, PanGottic bring to life one man’s belief in the near impossible, the almost unachievable and the highly unlikely. This show pushes the boundaries of how much risk an audience can bear, or be willing to create, by placing the routine and repetition of a highly skilled juggler in the same room as extreme unpredictability.

Push. The. Button.

“Funny, fast paced and action packed with lots of audience interaction, belly laughs and childish giggles.”
Theatre Bristol on previous show, Logic Of Nothing

Adventure Bureau

Come on a rollercoaster journey of storytelling with Katie Storer and Simon Panrucker, as they bring you a totally improvised story complete with an improvised soundtrack and songs. The audience decides what elements go into its bursting melting pot, but who knows what will come out!?

“We’ve not laughed so much in ages!”
Audience Reaction

“We all loved it! It was so refreshing to take the children to something that was so fun and engaging.”
Audience Reaction

“Adventure Bureau will go very far!”
Hull Children’s Literature Festival

Katie Storer is a performer, writer, facilitator, and director. She performs regularly as a clown, fool and storyteller. Her stories take the audience on bizarre and magical journeys using ludicrous physicality and rambunctious characters to end up in places that no-one would ever have expected! When she’s not spinning ridiculous yarns, she is found in the rehearsal room with young people leading workshops and creating shows for companies such as the Bristol Old Vic and Travelling Light Theatre Company.

Simon Panrucker is a comedian, musician and filmmaker. For the past four years, Simon has worked as a composer writing music and songs for Cartoon Network’s hit show Clarence as well as for other shorts produced by Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Titmouse Inc. In his personal work, he performs high-octane comedy shows fusing original music, improvisation, physical theatre and tongue in cheek fun for everyone. Simon has previously been commissioned to write music for BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth and Channel 4’s Mashed.

Photos by Jerome Whittingham

Treehouse of Horror: Closer Each Day Halloween Special

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is the world’s longest improvised narrative having run at The Wardrobe Theatre fortnightly for over 6 years and over 125 episodes.

The show is a live, spontaneous and unique theatrical experience performed fortnightly by Closer Each Day Company and co-produced by The Wardrobe Theatre. Think Twin Peaks meets League of Gentlemen via Eastenders; a soap opera packed with drama, comedy, romance and farce – hilarious and uplifting and the cult hit of Bristol.

“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

“Crackling wit… Its unscripted nature gives it a raw, exciting edge missing from rehearsed theatre.”
Bristol 24/7

“I left with aching cheeks from uncontrollable laughter induced by the cast’s impressive, and always comical, ability to improvise.”
Inter:Mission Bristol

DollyWould

Following the award-winning sell-out hit Letters to Windsor House – which was named one of Time Out London’s top ten theatre shows of the year – Sh!t Theatre return with their bold new show. It’s about country legend Dolly Parton, cloning, branding, immortality and death. DollyWould enjoyed a 100% sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and comes to you on its nationwide tour off the back of a four-week off-West End London run.

“An icon is unpacked, satirised and worshipped all at once – gleefully scrappy and frequently silly.”
★★★★ The Stage

“Exhilaratingly daft – Sh!t Theatre overshare their love for Dolly Parton, with delightful results.”
★★★★ Time Out

“Wonderfully daft – they deliver a tour-de-force.”
★★★★ Evening Standard

“Part crazed celebration, part sophisticated dissection – the aesthetic is lovably scrappy.”
★★★★ Sunday Times

“Funny, messy and unpredictable.”
★★★★ The Scotsman

“Enjoyably slippery, slyly clever – it’s also just very good fun.”
★★★★ What’s On Stage

Then Again

Meet Millie… and Millie… and Millie. Scientist, YouTuber and budding songwriter, Millie, is busy studying for her Phd in quantum physics, making videos of her oddball inventions and writing songs with her best friend Edgar. She’s just about keeping on top of things when she accidentally invents a time machine. Before long she meets duplicate versions of her future self who start to lend a hand. The increasingly ambitious and self-obsessed Millie is sucked into the fickle world of internet celebrity, replacing Edgar with her millions of fans. Does she need more subscribers or does she need true friends?

Tremolo Theatre are a Bristol based company with a compelling and distinctive voice. Using original music, ensemble story-telling and fast paced action, Then Again probes the power and influence of social media through the allegory of time travel.

“A mightily talented company, and one that brings a real sense of imagination and originality to Bristol’s theatre scene.”
Bristol Prospectus

“A little gem of a show, multi-faceted and polished to perfection.”
★★★★★ Stage Talk Magazine on The Hours Before We Wake

“Exceptionally funny.”
★★★★★ Ed Fringe Review on The Hours Before We Wake

“Vivid, funny and thoughtful.”
★★★★ Broadway Baby on The Hours Before We Wake

BSL interpreted performance on Thursday 22nd March