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!”
“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!”
“Wonderful puppets, props and staging combined with an enthusiastic audience to make a delightful family show.”
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!”
“We all loved it! It was so refreshing to take the children to something that was so fun and engaging.”
“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.
Lo-Fi Funky Space Quest by Little Tom (Babyhead) and DJ Cheeba is a family show combining cutting edge audio visual technology, turntables, cheap special FX and good old fashioned storytelling! A cosmic adventure full of space cadet kids, cameos from Kid Carpet and Bass6, scratch-battles with alien bounty hunters, beat-boxing princesses, a trunk of G-funk, scary game show hosts and an evil multi media mogul hell bent on monetising imagination.
The year is 2035. Little Tom and DJ Cheeba are the biggest hip hop stars in the galaxy. Whilst on a tour through the Milkyway, their spaceship crash lands on planet earth only to find its inhabitants under the control of Kommander Krumble’s flatscreendayjobzombievirus. All creative activity is illegal. Our heroes must enlist the audience’s help on a space quest to make a song so funky it breaks the spell and releases the planet from Kommader Krumbles clutches.
DJ Cheeba is hailed as one of the most progressive audio visual artists around today and has found an audience world wide with his unique style of turntablism and video manipulation. Cheeba has produced a variety of celebrated projects including video mixes, movie re-scores, adverts, documentaries and commissioned projects for eveyone from Led Zeppelin to Aardman as well as the eclectic mixtapes that he’s best know for and have topped iTunes download charts. Now touring several different audio visual projects ranging from the cinema style ‘After School Special’ and ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ to the dance floor club and festival shows like ‘Return To The Boom Bap’ and ‘Double Vision’. Known for his cut and paste style of turntablism, audiences can expect a high paced trip through styles made to make you dance, think and smile. More than just a DJ, Cheeba is a audio visual artist known for the broadest beats and blowing minds.
Little Tom is a mega-uncle, workshop leader, storyteller and front man for longstanding festival favourites Babyhead. Over the years he has gained a reputation for being a highly intuitive and engaging performer, much loved by grown ups and kids alike. Babyhead has taken him all over world from New York to India, Thailand to Malmesbury, yet Tom’s favourite shows are those he does with young people for his company Headsuphigh!. Headsuphigh! is the Babyhead’s arts education project which delivers workshops and infectious interactive live shows in educational settings. Little tom uses his 20 years experience of the international stage to engage the minds of the young through music in a bombastic style. Tom is currently leading workshops with the young and learning disabled community, Developing theatrical projects and studying the art of fooling.
Wardrobe Theatre regulars, Squeezy Green and Finney Haddock present this two-show special of circus themed games to celebrate Bristol’s Circus City festival. The two hosts will take you through a series of games and challenges. Play from the safety of your seat or take the opportunity to go head to head against another challenger. Squeezy has run game shows before, but now the hosts are (knife) throwing their circus skills into the mix… Prepare for the unexpected! Squeezy promises to host a somersaulting big top of an afternoon with games you wouldn’t be allowed to play at home. So roll up roll up; thrills, spills and more fun than you could pack into a popcorn stand.
This special edition will be made by theatre makers and circus performers Gwendolyn Scott and Megan Brooks and will feature mystery guest local circus legends!!
“It was fun and I loved being able to clap like crazy.”
Audience member age 6
“Funny, interactive and spontaneous.”
Dad Audience Feedback
“That show was so good I held a wee wee in the whole time!”
Audience member aged 8
Climb That Tree is the brand new live show and album from award-winning songwriter and musician David Gibb. Join David on a musical journey through his hilarious and often surreal imagination, where bears live in the cupboard under the stairs, wolves are roaming the corridors at school, and trips to the moon are a regular occurrence. This latest release builds on the success of his critically acclaimed debut album Letters Through Your Door, released October 2014, which had families across the UK singing (quite literally!) its praises. David’s songwriting draws from a wide range of musical influences, deftly blending folk, jazz, reggae and rock and roll, always with an emphasis on quality and musicianship reminiscent of the classics.
Guaranteed to have both parents and children singing along in no time, this is music that the whole family can enjoy together.
“Prepare to be carried away with the music… packed full of catchy, toe tapping numbers.”
“David Gibb has a well-deserved cult following for his stage show which includes tales of dragons and driving chocolate cars. His lyrics are genuinely side-splitting and tunes guaranteed to get stuck in your head for days.”
Deep in the remote snowy forest an icy wind blows and snowflakes fall from the sky. Doris and her Bear Man live on the hill, alone but happy. Wrapped up in a snowy smother, they are in love. But when the snowstorm comes, Doris’ Bear Man disappears! How will Doris survive by herself in a forest plagued with nothing but bad weather and a cloud of hungry crows?
Soap Soup Theatre present The Snow Baby, a magical children’s theatre show with beautiful puppetry, imaginative storytelling and music that will give you goosebumps – a gentle show exploring family, love and loss, with lots of music, confetti and funny bits for the whole family to enjoy!
“A tender and enchanting children’s story, featuring a host of loveable characters.” The Reviews Hub
“A very enjoyable and well-executed piece of theatre that charmed us all.”
Weston Super Mum on The Owl & The Pussycat’s Treasury of Nonsense
Suitable for ages 3-8 and their families
Performances at 11am only on 16th, 17th and 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th December
No shows on 18th, 25th, 26th December
Did you know that Astronauts get taller in space? That our solar system is around 4.6 billion years old? Or that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all of the beaches on Earth?
Amira knows all of these things. She is completely obsessed with space and dreams of becoming an Astronaut. But one night, the bangs, whooshes and fizzes of her imagination explode right out of her dreams, becoming a deafening reality. In the darkness, Amira must leave her hometown to go on an adventure, to find a safe space. Hearing the words ‘space’ and ‘adventure’, Amira quickly packs her bag for the intergalactic trip she’s been waiting for…
A completely original one-woman show without words, A Strange New Space melds physical theatre with stunning puppetry and original music. We travel on an imagined voyage into space, paralleled with Amira’s real-life journey as a refugee across continents, forming an unforgettable introduction to theatre for audiences of four years and older.
“There is something magical about this solo production.”
★★★★ Female Arts
“An emotional rollercoaster… what an inspiring production this is.”
“A very lovely show not just about the journey and adventures of a refugee child but about the brilliance of the imagination.”
Weston Super Mum
“Lovely audience interaction and excellent comic timing.”
Children’s Theatre Reviews
Photos by Paul Blakemore
Illustration by Lydia Davies
Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals are going on holiday. After a long, exhausting music tour they are hoping to get away and have a nice relaxing time… But something tells me this won’t be the soothing holiday Kid Carpet was planning on and there is going to be pandemonium by the pool. The Noisy Animals takeover Kid Carpet’s balmy break with big beat songs, wonky donkeys, live special effects, puppetry and animation.
A ridiculous yet charming story of going on your holidays, silliness and mischief for the whole family. Expect sand in your sandwiches, upside down sat navs, ants in your ice-cream and Badger’s towel on your sun lounger.
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.”
“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
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 and make a puppet to star in the show, plus ‘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!
BSL Interpreted Playshop and Performance on August 23rd
With the help of the Bristol Deaf Centre Family Centre
“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.”
“Thank you for such a rich, touching, sad-joyful occasion. Musical accomplishment and participation – you have all the bases covered. A dramatic delight.”
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.
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.”
“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