Much Ado About Puffin

On a small island,
In the middle of the big sea,
A man meets a bird…

Using skilful puppetry, beautiful music, and good old fashioned storytelling, Much Ado About Puffin is about old habits, new friendships, and stepping out into the unknown!

“A story of beauty, laughter and love that transcends language and age barriers.”
Made In Plymouth

“Gentle and thoughtful piece with a lot of integrity, which didn’t patronise its audience or play to the gallery. I particularly liked the design and the music, both real strengths, and the puppets were charming.”
Jude Merrill MBE, Travelling Light

“Open Attic Company have created something quite wonderful.”
Chris Pirie, Green Ginger

Perfect

A young boy waits for the birth of his new baby sister, his excitement bubbling over at the thought of a new playmate to race and chase with. He can’t wait to tell her all about the swifts which nest not far from the top window of their pointy house. It’s nearly time, she’s nearly here…

The touching story of a boy meeting his disabled sister for the first time, with stunning puppetry, original live music, animation and physical theatre from the award-winning Tessa Bide. An imaginative retelling of the book by Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher, opening up the subject of disability for young audiences. Perfect is a remarkable story of anticipation and disappointment, acceptance and love, and the power of nature in all our lives.

“A very special show not to be missed.”
Primary Times on A Strange New Space

“Tessa Bide has a rare talent for accessing the inner vision of a child in such a natural way.”
Manchester’s Finest

“Tessa Bide understands children in a way that can’t be taught.”
Children’s Theatre Reviews

“The perfect example of a show where the adults are just as enthralled as the kids.”
★★★★ A Younger Theatre on The Tap Dancing Mermaid

Dance Of The Violin

PLAYSHOP: 11am-11.45am | 2pm-2.45pm
SHOW: 12pm | 3pm

Once there was a boy called Joshua who loved making a noise, who loved making sounds and his parents would say “Joshua that’s good but could you do something else now please?” Then one day his parents started to hear music and they said “Joshua that’s really good could you play some more please?” And when they saw how much he loved playing the elastic band they bought him a violin!

When Joshua first played the violin a star appeared over his head and he imagined stories of spinning dancers, ferocious bears and ships lost at sea. Then one day Joshua returned home from school very excited… “I need to go to Kalamazoo! Kalama-who? Kalamazoo! There’s a music competition and the winner gets to play with a whole orchestra! Will Joshua make it to Kalamazoo and how will he get on?

Storyteller Michael Loader (trumpet) and multi instrumentalist Martin Solomon (violin, accordion and harp) of Wild Words return to The Wardrobe Theatre (last seen in Glorious Greeks and Beethoven’s 4 Seasons) to tell the true story of a boy who wasn’t frightened of asking for another chance…

Kathy Stinson’s book for families is brought to life in words and music by Wild Words who have built up a reputation for original and innovative storytelling and live music events for families during their seven years of residency at the renowned St George’s in Bristol as well as a host of venues in the south west and further afield, including The Egg in Bath, Wiltshire Music Centre and Birmingham Symphony Hall family events.

Join Michael and Martin for a pre show Playshop of Noise, Sound and Music Making then step on stage for our Bristol’s Got Talent song, dance and music show!

“Thank you once again for such a wonderful event! We were so pleased with the children’s engagement which was, in no small way down to your enthusiasm.”
The Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Glorious Greeks

PLAYSHOP: 11am-11.45am | 2pm-2.45pm
SHOW: 12pm | 3pm

An awesome adventure of myth and modernity inspired by Ancient Greek classic, The Odyssey. Outwit greedy monsters, escape the savage cyclops, survive the sweet-singing siren sisters (played by the dolls of Barbie) and overcome the sucking and spewing whirlpool to save the day with the cleverest Greek hero of all time — Odysseus (he of wooden horse fame). A Pandora’s Box of storytelling, theatre, song and buffoonery, puppets, props and participation, told by Oddy the great great great (etc) grandson of Odysseus.

Come to the pre show Playshop to make a monster puppet and help create our own brand new Odyssean adventure!

“Rude, witty, gory and silly with a big dollop of artistic licence, the epic tales of Odysseus have never been so alive and kicking!”
St George’s Bristol

“We were all captivated; you have a wonderful way of making everyone feel at ease and getting everyone to be part of the story.”
Highdown Primary School

“Thank you again for such a great show. The children adored it and I think the adults learnt a lot more about Greek mythology!”
Bridport Literary Festival

Performed by Michael Loader who has mixed feelings towards the Ancient Greek classics ever since he played Jason, of the Golden Fleece at junior school with plastic sword and plumed helmet (good news!) but had to kiss Carol Reed who played Medea his wife! (NOT so good!)

www.somersetstoryfest.co.uk

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

Nutty Noah

Come along, take a seat, get ready and go nuts with Nutty Noah at this fabulously funny, musical and magical entertainment show. Bringing his own brand of side-splitting nuttiness to The Wardrobe Theatre, Nutty Noah’s award-winning show includes cheeky original songs, crazy juggling and amazing magic. If you ask him nicely, he will even balance a ping pong ball on the end of his nose! Nutty Noah mixes music with humour and plays some very unusual instruments, one of which he invented himself. Nutty Noah is one of the most in-demand family entertainers in the country, which has won him the title king of all things silly!

Grab a seat, hold on tight and have as much fun as your kids. As seen on CBBC’s The Slammer and Britain’s Got Talent, Noah is loved and revered by family audiences for his explosive mix of magic, music and madness!

“The King of all things silly.”
Ben Elton, aged 57

“Kinda good I guess.”
Lara, aged 8

“After seeing Noah, my kids stopped being screen addicts and now play outside all day.”
Kate, aged 39

Fireside Tales with Granddad

Cuddle up around the campfire as Granddad recalls a daring escape from a hungry shark. Tuck into a marshmallow or two as he attempts to make a new set of underpants for a giant. And watch as the shadows between the trees unravel a tale of greedy goblins, grumpy trolls, sneaky princes and a very unusual princess.

“Fantastic interaction with the audience, quizzing the children with brilliant conversation throughout. All audience left with a smile asking when Granddad would be back.”
The Pound, Corsham

“We came to see your production today and were blown away by it!”
Audience member

“I went to see the show with my son and we were totally entertained. Granddad’s movements, words, voice were exquisitely done, thank you for putting the show on!”
Audience member

“Wonderful puppets, props and staging combined with an enthusiastic audience to make a delightful family show.”
Animations Online

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

Noisy Holiday

The Noisy Animals are looking forward to their dream holidays and have some brilliant ideas about where in the world they want to go. Kid Carpet just wants them all to be together but will he be able to keep everyone happy when he can’t even get them in the car?

This lively show contains a mix of live music, theatre, comedy, puppetry and animation. Hot new tracks from Kid Carpet include; ‘Rollercoaster’, ‘Swimming With The Fishes’ and ‘Get In The Car’.

A ridiculous and funny story of going on your holidays with silliness and mischief for the whole family. Expect flying tents, diving bears, massive carrots and Ibiza anthems.

Ed Patrick (aka Kid Carpet), is a Bristol-based maker of nonsense music and rock’n’roll theatre shows. Noisy Holiday is the fourth instalment of the Noisy Animals adventure, they’ve had a dance contest, they’ve been to space, they’ve caused bedlam in Bethlehem now it’s time for a nice relaxing holiday…

“Anarchy, irreverence and belly laughs for adults and children alike.”
Theatre Bristol

“The Mighty Boosh for kids!”
Strike A Light Festival

“If you’ve got kids you must take them to see Kid Carpet, if you haven’t got kids borrow some and go anyway.”
Older Than Evil

No shows 28th March

The Time Seekers

Have you ever dreamt of seeing a dinosaur?
Meeting a Roman or an Ancient Egyptian?
Sharing tea time with a robot from the future?
Join The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre for a thrilling journey through time where you take the steering wheel!

Following on from the stellar success of The Star Seekers, comes a new mission, The Time Seekers – an inspiring, warm and audience driven children’s show that journeys through history, exploring the people and places of our past and future with songs, humour and lots of audience interaction. Alph, Betty and Gammo need Bristol’s Time Seekers to help us complete our latest mission and help answer one of the greatest questions of all time – what is a Diplodocus’s favourite bedtime story?

“Honestly one of the best pieces of family theatre I’ve ever seen! I laughed so hard it hurt and the kids were utterly engaged throughout. The way the cast incorporated the kids’ ideas into the show was inspired and an utter delight to behold. It takes some doing to create a family show of such quality, imagination and constant laugh out loudness.”
Audience Feedback

“Appeals to a child’s wide-eyed wonder and hunger for exploration… It’s silly, sparkling stuff.”
★★★★ The Stage on The Star Seekers

“We danced, we shouted, we sang, we laughed, we pelted the stage with newspaper… A stellar example of everything that is good about family theatre.”
Weston-Super-Mum on The Star Seekers

“A uniquely collaborative adventure in which many of the story’s twists and turns are supplied by the audience members and improvised, with impressive creativity and quicksilver pace… get pulled into the irresistible gravitational field of this beautifully wide-eyed, enthusiastic and good-humoured show.”
Bristol 24/7 on The Star Seekers

An original co-production between The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre, written and devised by the company
Director – Helena Middleton
Cast – Jesse Meadows, Helena Middleton, Ben Vardy
Music Director – Jack Drewry
Designer – Nicola Holter
Assistant Director – Matthew Whittle
Kindly supported by the Arnolfini

Performances
The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol: 3-8 April 2018
The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol: 29 May – 4 June 2017