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

(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)

Two, Four, Six, Eight!

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.”
Venue ★★★★

“What a fantastic performance….It was funny and engaging. Highly recommended.”
Audience Feedback

“I really liked it when he was eating his fingers.”
Ella, aged 6

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

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.”
The Guardian

“This is creative, imaginative theatre at its very best – and even the greatest cynic will likely be left feeling thoroughly entertained and amused.”
Bristol 24/7

“Through a whirlwind of tall tales and song, Riddlestick Theatre had me hanging onto their every oddity.”
★★★★ EdFringeReview

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

The Snow Baby

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)

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Christmas Tales With Granddad

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.”
Animations Online

“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.”
Doncaster Theatre

11am only on December 22nd, 28th, 29th, 30th and January 5th, 6th
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Lo Fi Funky Space Quest

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

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Kidocracy

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.”
Time Out

“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.”
Primary Times

“Funny, interactive, lively, intriguing, democratic.”
Alice, aged 10 (Festmag Junior Reviewer)

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

The Pixies’ Scarf

Inspired by the powerfully evocative tale of The Pixies’ Scarf by Alison Uttely, Soap Soup Theatre present a theatrical treat for children and their families, set in the wet, craggy lands of Dartmoor.

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 loose 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!

“A tender and enchanting children’s story.”
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)

Perfect

“The exceptionally engaged young audience is testament to an engrossing show that is full of compassion and makes siblings of us all.”
★★★★ Guardian

A young boy waits for the birth of his new baby sister, his excitement bubbling over at the thought of a new playmate to race and chase with. He can’t wait to tell her all about the swifts which nest not far from the top window of their pointy house. It’s nearly time, she’s nearly here…

The touching story of a boy meeting his disabled sister for the first time, with stunning puppetry, original live music, animation and physical theatre from the award-winning Tessa Bide. An imaginative retelling of the book by Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher, opening up the subject of disability for young audiences. Perfect is a remarkable story of anticipation and disappointment, acceptance and love, and the power of nature in all our lives.

“A very special show not to be missed.”
Primary Times on A Strange New Space

“Tessa Bide has a rare talent for accessing the inner vision of a child in such a natural way.”
Manchester’s Finest

“Tessa Bide understands children in a way that can’t be taught.”
Children’s Theatre Reviews

“The perfect example of a show where the adults are just as enthralled as the kids.”
★★★★ A Younger Theatre on The Tap Dancing Mermaid

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)
Photo Credit: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian