Max & Ivan: Commitment

Say “I do” to the triumphant return of Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominees Max & Ivan, as seen on W1A (BBC One) and heard on The Casebook of Max & Ivan (BBC Radio 4).

Commitment is the true story of the unreasonable lengths one best man (Max) will go to give one groom (Ivan) the greatest weekend of his life. It’s a show about dreaming big, growing up, and trying – but ultimately very much failing – to make it in the band. Directed by three time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Kieran Hodgson.

“Astonishing: fast-paced and unflaggingly funny.”
★★★★★ Times

★★★★★ Mirror

“The real deal.”
★★★★ Guardian

★★★★ Telegraph

★★★★ Independent

★★★★ Scotsman

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

John Kearns: Double Take and Fade Away

Two Time Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner and Four Time Chortle Award Nominee John Kearns returns!

Still a slave to dairy, the Gregorian calendar and Greenwich Mean Time, he is flesh and blood after all. A funny man, not for everyone of course, but remember this mustn’t be mistaken as an invite rather a heads up. Based on the theory that the most interesting places on maps are the empty spaces, John has booked a tour, stopping by at some places that look like people share hot water bottles with their landlords. The show implores you to learn lessons from your ceiling and realise Fred Astaire actually knew very well what he was doing. Directed by Olivier winner, Jon Brittain.

“He has forged comedy gold.” ★★★★★ Chortle

“A supreme stand up – richly idiosynchratic comedy.” ★★★★ The Guardian

“A true comedy original.” ★★★★★ Time Out

“A distant, absurdist cousin of Tony Hancock… one of the oddest and most original comic performers on the Fringe.” ★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

“Kearns could be your new King of Comedy.” ★★★★★ The Evening Standard

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Daniel Kitson

Daniel Kitson (quite bald, now) will waste a good whack of his summer travelling between London, Bristol and Hebden Bridge to do work-in-progress stuff towards (primarily) a one off show in Regents Park Open Air Theatre and (secondarily) some other things in the future that may or may not actually happen.

This is some of that work in progress stuff.

He’ll have Gavin Osborn (full head of hair, as per) with him for certain dates around the end of June and the first week of July. Besides that, he will be entirely alone but for a cavalcade of hilarious new characters and the ghosts of his past.

Undercover Christmas Club

England. 1647. Celebrating Christmas has been banned by those pesky Puritans. Carols are criminal. Turkey’s taboo. Banquets are banished and stage-plays prohibited. In fact, festivities of any kind are quite frankly forbidden. But we don’t give a figgy pudding.

Here at the Undercover Christmas Club, misrule and mayhem are on the menu. Hidden away from prying eyes, we present a feast of theatrical yuletide treats. Tales abound and songs a-plenty, served with a side of tomfoolery and washed down with a tankard of merriment. Join us under the cover of night as we frolic without fear and revel in rebellion. After all, ‘tis the season to be jolly.

Riddlestick Theatre are dedicated to tickling fancies with weird and wonderful stories and enchanting live music. They are returning to The Wardrobe Theatre after a sell-out run of The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé, listed in The Guardian’s Best Shows at the Edinburgh Festival 2018.

“Their energy is boundless, the script fiercely intelligent and the original live music bound to stay dancing through your head.”
Guardian on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“Energetic, rich storytelling seasoned with a generous helping of genuine fun.”
★★★★ A Younger Theatre on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“Turning tired adults back into curious children, always ready for another unbelievable story.”
★★★★ Theatre Weekly on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“Through a whirlwind of tall tales and song, Riddlestick Theatre had me hanging onto their every oddity.”
★★★★ EdFringeReview on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“If it’s entertainment you’re after then this show won’t disappoint.”
★★★★ Stage Talk on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“Riddlestick Theatre are a riot of fun.”
Weston-Super-Mum on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“This is creative, imaginative theatre at its very best – and even the greatest cynic will likely be left feeling thoroughly entertained and amused.”
Bristol 24/7 on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

Glenn Moore: Love Don’t Live Here Glenny Moore

Glenn Moore (star of Mock The Week, The Stand Up Sketch Show and Absolute Radio), presents his first solo UK tour, full of the distinctive jokes and offbeat gags we’ve learned to accept from him.

Moore’s bringing you two “blissfully silly” (The Guardian), “brilliantly original” (Chortle) shows in one night, featuring last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated effort Glenn Glenn Glenn, How Do You Like It, How Do You Like It, and this year’s highly anticipated Love Don’t Live Here Glenny Moore’

“The best showcase of pure joke-writing skill on the Fringe.” ★★★★ The Guardian
“A prolific writer of clever, distinctive gags.” ★★★★ Chortle
“This is a comedian putting others to shame. A stunningly well-crafted show.” ★★★★ The List
“Exquisitely-crafted gags.” ★★★★ Evening Standard
“A class act.” ★★★★ The Herald

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Papaya Fest

At the beating heart of Papaya is a unique fusion of Latin American and British culture, so we’ll be bringing together an incredible array of theatre, live music and DJs and mixing it all up into one ferocious fiesta of a weekend.

Shows to include work by Popelei Theatre and best emerging companies from the Anglo-Latino theatre scene. Panel discussions to include experts on Latino arts, politics and literature.

Full line-up to be announced soon.

Cinebra: A History Of Horror

Movie lovers Sophie and Megan invite you to their seminar on the history of horror cinema, according to them! After a vintage shopping trip with the most popular girl in college: Abigail Swanson, it becomes apparent that Megan has acquired a haunted necklace, and as the seminar progresses, a threatening supernatural force begins to rear its head. As Sophie & Megan’s own horror narrative begins to unravel, they wonder who will be the final girl?

A multimedia frenzy featuring live scares and unforgettable songs, this unique hybrid horror musical comedy will leave you convulsing in terror and delight!

This show will not only give you the shivers, but also leave you humming away out the theatre with its original soundtrack, including the hit parody cover of Rebecca Black’s internet blunder ‘Friday’ based on Friday 13th!

“Melodies contagious as a George Romero zombie movie, lyrics as sharp as Freddie Krueger’s blades.”
★★★★ Broadway Baby

“Extremely clever, bringing in tropes from Scream, Carrie & The Exorcist.”
★★★★ Planet Nation

“Cleverly written and magically performed… You don’t need to like the horror genre to back in its glory.”
★★★★½ The Reviews Hub

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Bon Ami

Ami is normal, Ami has a job, Ami has family and friends, a gym membership and decent broadband. Ami shouldn’t feel desperately alone…but she does. If only there was an aquatic adventure, a malevolent wizard or a an overly self aware giant monster to distract her. Oh wait…

Bon Ami is a sharp, artistic parody about loneliness, the importance of friendship and why you shouldn’t drink from a coffee machine!

“Funniest hour I’ve enjoyed in this month-long Fringe.”
★★★★ Fringe Guru

“This award-winning company are definitely stars, talking about serious things in funny ways… a superbly funny show.”
Fringe Review – Highly Recommended Show

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Rhys James: Snitch

Mock The Week regular and star of his own BBC Radio 4 series, Rhys James heads out on his first national tour.

In early 2019, Rhys was asked to go back to his school and inspire the Year 11s. Given that teenagers are a nightmare and there was no fee, he
ghosted the teacher who had emailed. Bit of a shame really, given that he’s figured out the true circle of life, has solved parenting despite having zero children, and even thinks he can predict the curriculum of schools in 50 years. Maybe he’ll inspire some Year 11s in 2069.

As also seen on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, and heard on Radio 4’s The News Quiz.

“On the cusp of greatness.”
London Evening Standard

“Charismatic, clever and self-aware… destined for great things.”

“Sickeningly talented… never more than a few seconds away from another punchline.”
★★★★ Time Out

“A clever wordsmith with great timing… A cut above.”
★★★★ Independent

“James is flip your head back, laugh out loud, clap spontaneously, elbow the stranger next to you, snort uncontrollably and pee your pants funny.”
★★★★★ EdFestMag

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Sir David & His Animals

The magic of David Attenborough live on stage! A blue whale swims through the ocean depths. Racer snakes pursue a young iguana across the desert. Watch as two hapless but enthusiastic clowns recreate extraordinary scenes of the natural world – a world teetering on the brink of disaster. Catch this sell-out five star show for an epic hour of clowning, physical theatre and the largest range of animals you will ever see on stage!

“Highly nuanced impressions and hilarious exchanges abound… The standing ovation probably says it all.”
★★★★★ Great Scott

“They are both superb at their craft.”
★★★★★ Glam Adelaide

“Memorable moments from Sir David Attenborough’s wildlife documentaries spring to life on stage in the most surprising and delightful way.”
★★★★½ The Advertiser

Created with support from Bristol Old Vic Ferment, Circomedia and the Festival Théâtre à Taulignan
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Clownfish Theatre is a Bristol-based company formed in 2017 by Lecoq-graduates Jess Clough-MacRae and Jonathan Tilley. Clownfish was formed out of a love of physical comedy, clowning and the natural world. Our aim is to unite audiences of all ages and backgrounds through laughter, and to inspire passion and action to protect the world we live in through joyful physical comedy. Sir David &His Animals was developed with the support of Bristol Ferment, Circomedia and Taulignan Theatre Festival. Our tour has taken us from Bristol to the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne and Edinburgh Fringe 2019. We are excited to be returning to the Wardrobe Theatre where it all began.