Blooming Out

Blooming Out is a clown show that explores in a light and comic way some of the most intriguing moments in the whole feminine universe. The fascination of beauty, the girly plays, the first time putting on make-up, the body’s development including its feminine parts, the arrival of the period, the first kiss, maternity, love, the demands and social taboos, work, the oppression and fear, happiness growing old; these are some of the many fascinating and scary themes that build the story of this plot.

Blooming Out is a clown show using only non-verbal language, creating touching scenes of great power and beauty. A celebration of being female and feminine interpreted by two Brazilian clown women.

Blooming Out is a new piece of theatre based on the research that Bianca and Maria developed about the meanings of the feminine universe. Choosing the clown technique, the actresses embrace the disparate themes of this universe, such as fragility, physical transformation and love; all this covered in a light, comic and poetic way. The piece does not use the verbal language, but solely of physical theatre and music. This peculiar clown technique allows the audience to experience in a direct way physical emotions of the theme presented. As well as giving the space for the audience to create their own interpretations according to their own life experiences.

“Joyful clowning! Fantastically creative, funny and clever of life and all its dilemmas.”
The Public Reviews

João Ricardo Aguiar the director had his debut play “Salvo-Conduto” released in 2006, and award winning in 2010 as the “Best Play of the Year” at Portugal’s National Theatre Contest.
Maria de Jesus Rocha clown and actress. She has been developing her artistic activities since 1992, based upon Pre-Expressive techniques and Clowning.
Bianca Bertalot clown and actress, last year was awarded funding by the Arts Council to develop her show “Cinco Coisas”.

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera – Mayday! Mayday! Special

Mayday! Mayday!
Performed at Brunel’s SS Great Britain (not at The Wardrobe Theatre)
Ticket price includes full entry to explore Brunel’s SS Great Britain and the museum

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is the world’s longest improvised narrative having run at The Wardrobe Theatre fortnightly for over 5 years and over 100 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. Join your favourite characters for this cult show, created on the spot by an array of local performers. Think Twin Peaks meets League of Gentlemen via Sunset Beach; a soap opera full of romance, fights, sci-fi and enough plot twists to melt your face.

“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

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol BS1 6TY

Step back in time when you board Brunel’s SS Great Britain and discover the ship that changed the world. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew. Descend under water below the glass ‘sea’ to touch the world’s first great ocean liner. This iconic steam ship, and national treasure, was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and lies at the heart of a multi award-winning visitor attraction.

Mark Watson: MW

After more than 100 dates on the road in 2016 with his best-reviewed show to date, ‘I’m Not Here’, and a similarly marathon effort with the previous tour, Mark Watson is amazed to find there are STILL some areas of the country he’s not visited much, and some towns that have been neglected altogether. It’s hard to be everywhere at once, so he’s narrowed it down to a sensible plan: for the next tour, Watson will only visit places beginning with M or W, his initials – as they’ve already shown a commitment by having those names in the first place.

A few of these will be favourite old haunts like Winchester or Manchester, but quite a few of them are the result of Googling and quite a number are so remote that we won’t know they definitely exist until we get there. Also, some aren’t actually towns so much as trains (from Marylebone to Wycombe), or ferries (across the Mersey), or a helicopter museum (in the double-point-scoring Middle Wallop).

The material will be a mixture of the classic and the never-before-seen. And in some cases a fair bit of it will be about being on a train.

The Goldilock, Stock Social Club

Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears is going to Edinburgh Fringe 2017 but we need your help to get there!

Join Goldilock, Harry, Barry and Vinnie plus all your favourite characters from The Wardrobe Theatre’s hit alternative comedy show for an unmissable night of entertainment and laughter, soundtracked by our house band.

Don’t miss this stellar line-up of Bristol acts (announcements to be made soon).

Performed at The Redgrave Theatre

Percival Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3LE

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Bristol Pride Theatre Night 2017

2015-logo-trans-black-writingBristol Pride Theatre Night returns with plotting, mayhem and laughter, teaming up with local troupe Degrees Of Error to bring you a very special edition of their Edinburgh Fringe sell-out hit show ‘Murder, She Didn’t Write’.

The talented cast create a completely original and hilarious murder-mystery, improvised on-the-spot using your suggestions and a whole host of gender-swapped suspects in a show that promises to dazzle, enthral and delight.

Tickets are expected to sell out so do book before it’s too late and come support Pride; will you guess whodunnit in time?

“One of the funniest evenings you’ll have in some time”
Ed Fringe Review

★★★★★ Bristol Theatre Review
★★★★ Fringe Review

The Drive

The Drive recounts an unexpected Nordic road trip which sees two estranged friends thrown together on a tense journey from London to Oslo. The further Becky and Nat get from home the closer they come to confronting the demons of their shared past.

Spliced through with humour, slick physicality, a contemporary soundtrack and video projection, The Drive is a show about friendship, grief, the fragility of memory, turning 40 and coming of age in the 90s.

“Angel Exit are consummate storytellers who have created a magical mesmerising production. Highly recommended.”
British Theatre Guide on The Secret Garden

“Angel Exit is weaving stories with more than a little theatrical magic… There is so much vivid theatricality and inventiveness at work here.”
Lyn Gardner, Guardian

“An enviable reputation for vivid and unusual work…appealingly laced with oddball comedy.”
The Stage

Funded by Arts Council England, West Dorset District Council, Poole Borough Council and commissioned by Lighthouse Poole’s Centre for the Arts

Kirk vs Ming

On the outer rings of known space, the evil emperor Ming is hatching a dastardly plan. Intergalactic domination has afforded Ming planets, dominions and a harem of alien love slaves but he’s still not satisfied. As his frustration grows and his ring of power fades, the evil Ming plans a terrifying act of evil (so evil that all of his other acts of evil will seem morally acceptable and not evil in comparison). Standing in his way is the last hope of humanity. Aboard the Starship Enterprise, the veteran Captain James T. Kirk is looking forward to a peaceful retirement, settling down back on Earth, owning a little piece of land and remembering the good times until an unexpected disaster sets in motion a series of events that will lead to the ultimate showdown! Kirk vs Ming!

Expect laser-beams, ill-fitting costumes, mysterious monsters, fantastical tales and laughs aplenty!

“Really fantastic characters, ingenious gags and wonderful references… hilarious and a thoroughly entertaining evening.”
The Reviews Hub on Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

“This really is a side splitting affair… raucously funny.”
★★★★ The Fix on Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

Bristol Bad Film Club

At Bristol Bad Film Club we believe that great movies fall into two categories: they either have to be the very best… or the very worst. Whether they are Citizen Kane or Plan 9 From Outer Space, we believe that at the very least, a movie should entertain… and there is something wonderful about a truly ‘bad film’.

Whether it’s the head-scratching dialogue, the shoddy special effects or acting that would not look out of place in a nursery school’s nativity play. Instead of ignoring these films and condemning them, Bristol Bad Film Club is dedicated to showing them, and other cult films of their ilk, in all their terrible glory, and basking in their awfulness.

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Zone Troopers

In Italy during World War II, an American military patrol discovers a spaceship that has crash-landed in the woods, along with its alien crew. A nearby Nazi unit also sends a patrol to investigate the crash and to capture the aliens if possible.

“We all love good movies, but a true cinephile is someone who totally digs talking about the worst movies they’ve seen.”
Pauline Kael, Film Critic

Said And Done

Two women sit at a table at a wedding. They hate everyone at this wedding. 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 when does teasing get too much and insults go too far? Darkly comic, with highlights of original music and cheesy pop, Said And Done is a snapshot into the lives of two women who are far too close.

Sugarscratch Theatre is a brand new 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 project. 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.

“Spectacular! Genuinely amused and entertained!”
Audience feedback

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

Emerald Boy

Three friends, a police officer and an alien walk into a bar. Not in that particular order though. Chaos ensues.

A dark comedy full of twists and turns, a story that will tickle your funny bone and pull at your heart strings. A pub story so interesting it’s heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe! Don’t miss out!

UWE Drama Society has a history of putting on various styles of play, from comedy to drama and many between. Often praised for the strength of performance, we are held in high esteem and always strive for the best.