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 brand 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 & the kids were utterly engaged throughout the whole performance. The way the cast incorporated the kids’ ideas into the show was inspired & an utter delight to behold. It takes some doing to create a family show of such quality, imagination & constant laugh out loudness. I shall be recommending it to everyone.”
“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 – Jack Drewry, Jesse Meadows, Ben Vardy Music Director – Jack Drewry Designer – Nicola Holter Assistant Director – Matthew Whittle
Kindly supported by the Arnolfini
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.”
“A brilliant show.”
★★★★★ Edinburgh Reporter
“Even the shyest of kids will warm to his unpretentious style.”
★★★★ Fest Magazine
Design and make your very own puppet to take home! Join Soap Soup for a puppet-making workshop straight after the show. Suitable for ages 5 and up, or for any age as long as they are accompanied by an adult to help! For everyone who watched the 11am performance – Pay What You Decide
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.