Beethoven’s 4 Seasons with Wild Words

A Ludwig van Beethoven rollercoaster of drama and daring, triumph and trauma, from the shadows of his father to the guiding love of his mother, from losing his hearing to the Ode to Joy. Meet Mozart, the pink wigs of Vienna and a dancing puppet all wrapped up in Wild Words’ trademark magical invention.

Playshop 2pm – Learn a song to sing in the show and ‘Meet the Instruments’ from strings to brass to accordion (40 minutes)
Performance 3pm – Show Time (55 minutes)
After the show come on stage to meet, ask questions and play some instruments, including hosepipe trumpets!

“An intoxicating mix of sound and story to leave a magical world lingering in the minds of their young audience for a very long time.”
Catherine Freda, Head of Education at St George’s Bristol

“Loved the performance, the acting and music were splendid. The message about his deafness was beautifully done.”
Audience Reaction

“Thank you for such a rich, touching, sad-joyful occasion. Musical accomplishment and participation – you have all the bases covered. A dramatic delight.”
Audience Reaction

Michael Loader – storyteller, storywriter and flugel horn
Alison Francis Black – violin
 and voice
Martin Solomon – violin, harp, accordion and piano
Caitlin Alais Callahan – piano, flute and bass

Dedicated to my special friend Henry, ‘the Boy with Spirit’ and my Mum who opened my ears to Beethoven.

The Time Seekers

Have you ever dreamt of seeing a real 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 brand new mission: The Time Seekers is an inspiring, warm and audience driven children’s theatre show that journeys through history, exploring the people and places of our past and future with songs, humour and lots of audience interaction. We 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?

Suitable for ages 3-8 years

“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

Nick Cope

Nick Cope is a professional singer and songwriter and has over 20 years of experience in music, including international success as lead singer and songwriter with The Candyskins in the 1990s. He now writes and records music for children and has established a fanatical army of little people and their parents, from all over the world.

His five CD’s of original songs for children have become a must have for thousands of young families. Nick performs all over the UK at all the major art and music festivals including Edinburgh Fringe and Book Festival, Hay and Cheltenham literary festival and hundreds of theatre and arts centres.

“Funny, profound, educational, our children have talked about everything from gravity to grieving thanks to Nick Cope’s songs. Our family’s favourite singer/songwriter.”
Lucy Porter

“A brilliant show.”
★★★★★ Edinburgh Reporter

“Even the shyest of kids will warm to his unpretentious style.”
★★★★ Fest Magazine

Tales In The Attic – By Day

Climb into the Attic and prepare to be taken anywhere.

Open Attic Company have gathered an amazing team of storytellers, performers and musicians to host a series of brand new stories to excite and entice you. Stories to take you to another world, the far future, the distant past or to last week when Deborah missed the bus. Come with us on these journeys and who knows where we’ll end up?

A whole range of tales will be shared. The day time Family Friendly stories will be fun, exciting and suitable for everyone while the evening Not So Family Friendly tales may feature darker content, aimed at an older audience. There will literally be something for everyone this week!

Featuring: Adam Blake (Much Ado About Puffin, Birth Death Here Now and Beyond The Ridiculous), Adam Fuller (Tales with Grandad, director of Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears), Steph Kempson (Sharp Teeth, The Fox & The Child) and some very special guests!

They’ve worked with Holly Stoppit (director and facilitator for Beyond The Ridiculous), Wilf Merttens (Winner of National Storyteller of the year 2009) and Sarah Moody (composer and musician for Much Ado About Puffin and The Devils Violin) to help shape and create a unique and wonderful set of tales you won’t want to miss!

Family Friendly: Aimed at ages 3-8 but suitable for all ages.

The Pixies’ Scarf

While out picking whortleberries with Grandmother, Dicky Bundle finds a treasure that opens the door to a beautiful, fragile world. It is the world of The Wee Folk. But the moor hears Dicky listening, and watches Dicky looking, and tells the Pixies, who don’t want to share their precious secrets with a human child. Soon Dicky must strike a deal with the Queen of the Pixies, or lose the magical scarf forever.

With deliciously visual story telling, Soap Soup combines beautiful puppetry, charmingly funny characters and magical music, offering audiences their most unforgettable adventure yet! Soap Soup Theatre return to The Wardrobe Theatre after the success of The Owl & The Pussycat’s Treasury Of Nonsense, Snow Baby and Little Red Riding Hood.

“A tender and enchanting children’s story, featuring a host of loveable characters.”
The Reviews Hub on Soap Soup Theatre’s The Snow Baby

“A very enjoyable and well-executed piece of theatre that charmed us all.”
Weston Super Mum on Soap Soup Theate’s The Owl & The Pussycat’s Treasury of Nonsense

Suitable for children aged 3-8 and their families.

The Star Seekers

Have you ever dreamt of flying to the moon?
Meeting an alien?
Becoming an astronaut?
Join star seekers Alph, Betty and Gammo on a journey through space where you take the steering wheel.

Inspired by our childhood wonder of the universe, The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre have created a unique theatrical experience for children. The Star Seekers is an interactive show that explores the limitless majesty of galaxies, the solar system, shooting stars and planets through songs, silliness and anti-gravity antics. We need Bristol’s Star Seekers to help us complete our mission and answer one of the greatest unanswered questions of the universe: What do astronauts really have in their packed lunch boxes?!

After the success of previous family shows Eliza & The Wild Swans and Edgar & The Land Of Lost, as well as international hit productions Riot, 33, 1972: The Future of Sex and Eloise & The Curse of The Golden Whisk, The Wardrobe Ensemble return with their popular show for young audiences, in collaboration with The Wardrobe Theatre.

Suitable for ages 3-8 years

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

“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

Mistletoes & Whiney Countdown To Christmas

‘Christmas is a time for daring!’

Mistletoes and Whiney are two of Christmas’ unseen helpers, making the magic happen to ensure everything is ready for the BIG DAY! Mistletoes loves December more than anything, but this year his cantankerous chum, Whiney, is fixed on making Christmas different… REALLY different!! But just how far will Whiney dare to go to spice up her Christmas? And how long can Mistletoes play along before he is faced with the prospect of having to save Christmas Day itself?!

After the mesmerizing Much Ado About Puffin, Open Attic Company are delighted to present a stunning new family show this Christmas. Mistletoes & Whiney Countdown To Christmas is a co-production with The Wardrobe Theatre, their latest family show after the phenomenally popular The Star Seekers (a co-production with The Wardrobe Ensemble). Together they will make this a Christmas to remember…!

“Funny, festive and lots of fun.”
Weston-Super-Mum

An original production, written and devised by the company
Co-Directors
– Adam Fuller & Matthew Whittle
Cast – Adam Blake, Katie Storer, Adam Fuller
Music Director – Sarah Moody
Set Design – Dean Sudron
Costumer Design – Debbie Hard
Co-Producers – Dean Sudron & Matthew Whittle
Puppet Maker – Emma Powell
Trailer & Photos – Adam Laity

Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games

Squeezy Green is here, bringing some idiotic games to test your skills!

Hosted by the irrepressible Squeezy and assisted by the unquenchable Finney Haddock, the audience is split into two teams and taken through a series of challenges. Each game show is different with audience interactions contributing to the play of the day. Play from your seat or take the opportunity to go head to head against a challenger, Squeezy Green promises a lip lickin’ comedic afternoon of games for everyone to play.

Suitable for the whole family, even the dog.

‘Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games’ is a characterful game show created by theatre makers Gwendolyn Scott and Megan Brooks.

Kid Carpet’s Super Mega Rockin’ Rock Show

Come and rock out with Kid Carpet!

In this 45 minute show Kid Carpet will guide you through everything you need to know to be able to rock out big time. Even if it’s your first gig! Join in with stories, games and songs. Audience participation is encouraged with parents and children both onstage and in the seats. Kid Carpet performs songs from his hit family shows (Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals, Blast Off!, Noisy Neighbours and Noisy Nativity) while inviting the audience to play ping pong, help catch a lost sandwich in space and take part in a grand dance contest.

Kid Carpet began making music with old toys and a punk rock DIY attitude and has played hundreds of gigs nationally and internationally as headline and support to acts like Arcade Fire, Fat Boy Slim, Dangermouse, Art Brut, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobious Pip, Electric 6, Willy Mason, The Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players and Presidents of The United States of America.

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

“A fresh, funny and engaging show that is quite unlike anything I have seen before.”
Tobacco Factory Theatres

“The Mighty Boosh for kids!”
Strike A Light

Suitable for ages 3-8 years
(No 2pm show on Sunday)