The Bird Show

With frolics and foraging, flitting, flying and two unusual feathery friends, this is a madcap and touching show about birds facing changes to their habitat. The Bird Show uses live music, puppetry and lots more silly bird puns in this heart- fluttering physical comedy about conservation, migration and imagination.

We follow Henry the Heron and Sally the House Sparrow on a zany journey to become friends while facing ecological threats to their habitat. This colourful, visual show uses music, object puppetry, dance and low-fi acrobatics to gently explore the impact of humans on nature and asks the question – what can we do differently?

Written by award-winning playwright Tiffany Woodsmith, directed by international director Susana Alcantud, with designer Bronia Housman and original music by Catherine Burke.

“The energy and commitment of the company is infectious. This is unique small scale theatre with a great heart.”
Theatre Bath

“A fun-filled family show!”
Air in G on What’s The Matter?

“Entertaining and enlightening.”
StageTalk on What’s The Matter?

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Luna

For as long as we have turned our eyes to the sky we have been entranced by the moon. It controls our tides, stabilises our orbit, marks our time. And on July 20th 1969 two humans finally landed on its surface.

Luna is a joyous adventure through humanity’s ongoing fascination with this mysterious lump of dead grey rock, from our earliest attempts to explain its ever-changing presence, to the extraordinary achievements that culminated in Neil Armstrong’s one small step. Playing at The Wardrobe Theatre exactly 50 years to the day since the first moon landing, Luna is a rich feast of storytelling, puppetry, music, history and science.

Directed by Toby Hulse, performed by Shaelee Rooke and Robin Hemmings, plus a supporting cast of household objects and domestic lights.

“A must see for children of all ages – even the big, grown-up ones.”
Time Out on Hulse’s One Small Step

“Boisterous magic.”
The Guardian on Hulse’s The Lost World

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Sinbad The Sailor

PLAYSHOP: 10.45am-11.20am | 2.30pm-3.10pm
Swim like a whale, swing like a monkey, squawk like a parakeet and learn a dance to perform in the show. Come dressed in your finest Arabian Nights’ inspired cloth!

SHOW: 11.45pm | 3.30pm

Jump on board an ancient sewn ship, hoist the mainsail and journey across the Arabian Sea to destinations unknown for adventure after adventure with one of the most famous seafarers of all time… Sindbad the Tailor oops! Sindbad the Emailor errgh…? Sindbad the SAILOR! Ahh!

Join his reckless crew to escape from the spew and spit of a spuming whale, marvel at bejeweled somersaulting sheep, confront the dangers of banana propelling monkeys and help solve the moral dilemma of the watermelon headed man! Featuring live Arabic dance… hair dryers, hoovers and hoummus as extras!

So Salam ‘alaykum, greetings of Peace to you from Sindbad the Sailor – may your beards grow bushy, your baked beans prosper and your Brexit plans be forgiven and bare fruit for all… In’sha’llh.

Brought to you by Wild Words with storyteller/performer Michael Loader and dancer Natalie Bibi (Club Cairo).

“Michael clearly has storytelling in his soul and his love of people and engaging the audience in the story is abundantly apparent.”
Treefest National Arboretum

“Best show ever, I now have a stitch from laughing!”
Machynllech Comedy Fest

“I come from Baghdad in Iraq and would like you thank you for representing my people and my country so well.”
Machynllech Comedy Fest

“His stories are full of drama, side-splitting humour and straightforward narrative. His positivity is infectious. Highly recommended!”
Hand to Mouth Theatre

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

I’m Bitter About Glitter

This performance for family audiences collides extravagant fantasy and the daily reality of mother and child making art together; figuring big stuff out together with a healthy dose of glitter.

The duo delve deftly into tricky questions of gender binaries, identity and social pressures to conform; questioning along the way accepted norms around motherhood, children and the family. A must for anyone who has ever been small with big questions, a big imagination and whose family doesn’t quite fit inside the box.

Most suited for 8+ but all ages welcome

I’m Bitter About Glitter Workshop
1.30pm-3pm (spaces limited)
Join Liz, Felix and our fantastic workshop facilitators after the show for a hands-on session exploring the themes of I’m Bitter About Glitter. Together we will create magical lands, and think big thoughts; with the help of props, found poetry, conversation and most importantly – your ideas. The workshop is designed for families to participate in together, to share the fun and share experiences. Places are limited and are most suitable for ages 8+. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Running Time:
Show – 40 mins (no interval)
Workshop – 90 mins

MathildaMathilda

A paper heart is caught in the wind. It flutters from the fingers of a little girl who had been practicing writing her name on it: MathildaMathilda. The heart lifts and the breeze blows it into the air.

On the hill, overlooking the sea, Nelly’s works in her artist’s studio. A twin who has lost her sister. Their childhood doll sits in a bag, forgotten. But in the bag is not one dolls head… but two! The heart blows through the window and gently lands on the dolls breast. MathildaMathilda opens her eyes, rolls them around and starts… she is alive! But what is she?

This is an adventure story. A story of connection, and of separation. A tale of two heads are better than one. Of sea-side towns, urban jungles, exploding paint factories, and of a wicked Ring-Mistress with a forgotten past. The story of MathildaMathilda.

Created and performed by mother-daughter duo, Tomasin and Ros Cuthbert in Soap Soup Theatre’s first show for older children. Boasting jazz compositions by one of the London Philharmonics young composers of the year Ashley John Long, bursting with unforgettable characters and stunning scenography. A highly original piece of work, not to be missed.

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

“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

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Onwards & Upwards

Deep underground, beneath scrambled wires and twisting pipes lives Luna; an inventor and fixer of broken bits and bobs.

Luna’s never lost her bobble hat to a gust of wind, jumped in a puddle, or even seen the stars! In fact, she’s never been to Uptop at all. She’s got everything she needs right here in Downblow. But when a broken compass clatters into her workshop, Luna’s world is turned upside down as she uncovers the extraordinary real-life adventures of the first women to cross oceans, skies and to reach the very top of the world. Could Luna become an explorer too?

With their signature blend of storytelling, puppetry and beautiful live music INKBLOC Ensemble return to The Wardrobe Theatre with their family theatre adventure after the success of Lego Beach. Inspired by the stories of three incredible female explorers, Onwards & Upwards is a story about digging deep, for explorers of all ages!

Directed by Helena Middleton (The Wardrobe Ensemble’s The Star Seekers, The Time Seekers and Little Tim & The Brave Sea Captain).

“A magnificent concoction… the show is non-stop. It whirls with energy throughout. Lovely fun!”
★★★★ Bath Echo

“A life-affirming show, we loved it! They bought girl-power and adventure to life!”
Kids Of Bath

((( On Pa )))

((( On Pa ))) meaning sound wave in Japanese, is the collaboration of Japanese musician and inventor ICHI and contemporary english folk artist Rachael Dadd. Their new performance is a joyful and explorative celebration of sounds from our everyday lives fused with live drawing using an overhead projector. Water, paper and books, ball games, clapping, balloons, bottles and cooking utensils are used alongside voice, steeldrum, xylophone, clarinet, banjo and handcrafted instruments made from found objects. ((( On Pa ))) is an experience to be universally shared and enjoyed by all cultures and all ages and they invite you the audience to become an orchestra with them.

ICHI
“It’s a trip to listen to and watch.”
Don Letts
www.ICHIcreator.com

Rachael Dadd
“Contender for the best of the year lists… brilliantly unusual, unexpected tracks, you never know what she’s going to do next.”
Lauren Laverne
www.rachaeldadd.com

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Aftermirth: Daytime Comedy Club for Parents

The journey of parenthood is a magical and maddening one so what better way to cope with it than through stand up comedy! Aftermirth is an adult comedy club that you can bring your baby to. Each show we’ll have 3 top circuit comedians delivering their usual club routines so the material is mature and sweary with the odd birth story flash back…. The only difference is it’s during the day. Babies under 18 months are welcome, but please don’t bring older toddlers because they tend to heckle!

This special afternoon gig has reduced amplification and a dimmed room so no one will notice those red eyes from sleepless nights. You’re encouraged to bottle, breast or Haribo feed and you can walk about or shake Mittens the Special Rabbit in order to soothe your offspring and no one will moan or mutter if your little one cries or screams.

There’s snacks and drinks available in The Old Market Assembly cafe/bar too so treat yerself to cake and a Prosecco, you deserve it!

The gig is also open to parents, Aunts, Uncles, Grans, carers, in fact anyone who needs some afternoon comedy and doesn’t mind some cute babies in attendance.

MARCH HEADLINER: Noel Brodie
Noel will be bringing his fast paced and irreverent litteny of parenting stories to Aftermirth at The Wardrobe Theatre. After 3 kids he has a well oiled reportoire of some of the more hilarious escapades he has found himself in. Noel has just returned from a world tour with Patrick Mcallisters Comedy Allstars.
“Simply stunning stories.” – The Sunday Herald

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

The Deep Sea Seekers

Have you ever dreamt of swimming with a pod of dolphins?
Having an arm wrestle with an octopus?
Exploring the depths of the ocean in a submarine?
Join The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre for an enchanting, interactive journey across the seven seas where YOU take the steering wheel!

Following on from the stellar success of The Star Seekers and The Time Seekers, comes a brand new mission: The Deep Sea Seekers! Join Alph, Betty and Gammo for an exhilarating, warm, audience driven children’s show that journeys through our oceans meeting incredible creatures, exploring unmapped shores and tackling unwelcome plastic. Pack your snorkel and flippers and get ready to explore the deep with songs, humour and lots of audience interaction. Alph, Betty and Gammo need Bristol’s Deep Sea Seekers to help us complete our latest mission and answer one of the greatest questions of all time – what is a humpback whale’s favourite song?

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

“Places the children at the very heart of this brilliantly involving show.”
★★★★ Time Out on The Star Seekers

“Boasts as much improvisational elan as Showstoppers! and more genuine interaction with the audience than most shows on the fringe.”
The Guardian on The Star Seekers

Developed at the National Theatre Studio

(11am only on 21st)
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Stella & The Starshiners

In a secret place at the top of everything stands the tallest mountain in the world. On the peak of the mountain sits a tiny little village. In the centre of the village leans the tallest ladder in the world. At the bottom of the ladder is Stella. Stella is afraid of heights.

With their celebrated brand of puppetry, live music and dazzling storytelling, join Open Attic Company (Much Ado About Puffin) as they make unexpected new friends and reach for the stars at the ‘Greatest Ever Star Shiner Competition… EVER!’. Stella has been ignored for too long and she’s determined to show the other villagers that she can shine a star as well as anyone. All she has to do is climb that ladder…

From top to bottom this is a tale about bravery and overcoming the things that stop us from really looking up. Could this finally be Stella’s time to shine…?

“A story of beauty, laughter and love that transcends language and age barriers.”
Made In Plymouth on Much Ado About Puffin

“Open Attic Company have created something quite wonderful.”
Chris Pirie, Green Ginger on Much Ado About Puffin

“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 on Much Ado About Puffin

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)