((( 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.
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.
This January your headliner is…… JON WAGSTAFFE
“A naturally sharp & funny comedian.”
“Listening to Jon Wagstaffe was like listening to your slightly over-clocked mate in the pub regaling you with stories of his weekend, complete with raucous detours, unfinished sentences and inappropriately mixed metaphors.”
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)
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
Craig has been invited to his best friend’s birthday party. There is an invitation to read, presents to wrap, cakes to buy and a house to find. Who will explain the rules of Musical Chairs? Will there be enough balloons?
Using music, toys and far too much wrapping paper, Shoofly Theatre have created a funny and charming journey into the world of numbers for Nursery, Reception, Year One children and their families.
Shoofly Theatre are actor/director Craig Edwards and designer Katie Sykes. They have been involved in a number of critically acclaimed family productions including: Travelling Light (How Cold My Toes, Boing! Sammy & The Snow Leopard, Three Kings), Tobacco Factory (Cinderella, 101 Dalmations, The Ugly Duckling), Bristol Old Vic (Treasure Island, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Eyre), The Egg (Around The World In 80 Days, Taking Flight) and Scamp Theatre (Stick Man, Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales).
“A wide-eyed, exuberant little gem… There’s a sense of energy and wonder at the world that feels utterly genuine and which should in-spire a love of numbers, and of theatre, in audiences of all ages.”
“What a fantastic performance….It was funny and engaging. Highly recommended.”
“I really liked it when he was eating his fingers.”
Ella, aged 6
Tales of woe, tales of science, tales of curses, tales of defiance. Also, some juggling. Reach into Fanny’s cabinet for a musical voyage of hilarity. But beware! Somebody’s out to sink her ship.
Riddlestick Theatre are dedicated to tickling fancies with weird and wonderful stories and enchanting live music. Roll up your sleeves and choose the tales we tell in this riotous celebration of curiosity and imagination.
Made for adults but suitable for ages 10+
“Through tales of pirates, milkmen and mad scientists, the ensemble create a vibrant world of adventure. Their energy is boundless, the script fiercely intelligent and the original live music bound to stay dancing through your head… Riddlestick’s second show is a riot.”
“This is creative, imaginative theatre at its very best – and even the greatest cynic will likely be left feeling thoroughly entertained and amused.”
“Through a whirlwind of tall tales and song, Riddlestick Theatre had me hanging onto their every oddity.”
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)
Bursting with heart-warming storytelling and festive cheer, Christmas Tales With Granddad creates the sense of an intimate fireside in the theatre, with Granddad welcoming imaginative input from the audience as he weaves 3 brand new tales.
A magical a feast of festive stories including a special pair of Christmas pants, the mystery of the snowflake necklace and the mischievous shenanigans of the Tomten – a feisty Gnome, who loves the chance to swap gossip with woodland creatures, and who might just be the reason Granddad can’t find his favourite tree decoration.
“Skilful puppetry and charming story-telling.” The Stage
“A delightful family show.”
“Fantastic interaction with the audience, quizzing the children with brilliant conversation throughout. All audience left with a smile asking when Granddad will be back.”
The Pound, Corsham
“The puppetry was excellent, and the variety of characters and puppets was really great fun and enjoyed by audiences.”
11am only on December 22nd, 28th, 29th, 30th and January 4th, 5th, 6th
Calling all intergalactic little humans! If you are full of super human energy and imagination, we need you!
Babyhead Tom and DJ Cheeba are looking for an eager crew of space cadets to help them on their latest mission into the depths of space. Who knows what new surreal planets and bonkers alien species we’ll discover together as we zip around the universe? Strap yourselves in for a sci-fi, super hero, hip-hop, audio-video interactive mash-up – a wild and intensely fun new family show from two meteoric stars of Bristol’s musical universe.
Return To The Unknown is a brand new children’s show created using the imaginations of a team of megatronikal earth children and the intergalactic queen of interactive theatre, Hannah McGavin (Bakehouse Factory). Lo Fi Funky Space Quest is the brain child of Tom Quarrelle (mega-uncle, storyteller and front man for Bristol’s internationally renowned ska/hip-hop super group Babyhead) and Cheeba (the world famous DJ and one of the most progressive audio visual artists around today).
“The best show to ever hit Planet Earth!!”
Captain James T. Kirk
The world in a state of chaos. The grown-ups have clearly made a mess of things and so Kidocracy offers boys and girls a chance to rule instead. They must elect leaders, come up with rules that rock and deal with all sorts of crises because running the world isn’t just all fun, fun, fun, there’s stuff to be done as well…!
A unique and exciting performance for children that shows the importance of participation in a democracy, Kidocracy gives a young audience the chance to learn a little bit about politics and governing while having fun at the same time.
Focusing on various challenges, the audience get to debate (in an entertaining way) the problems the world is facing and how they would deal with it, creating a sense that participation is vital and that everyone’s voice is important. Kidocracy involves all the audience giving children confidence to speak up and hopefully take an interest in what’s going on the world. If nothing else, maybe Kidocracy will inspire enthusiasm in the youngest generation to fix the mistakes of the grown-ups of which there are plenty!
“Brilliant, thought-provoking and laugh out loud funny.”
“Kidocracy is a really entertaining, funny kid’s show with loads of great audience participation to keep all ages entertained and laughing. Brehon’s Irish charm engages the children straight away.”