Beethoven’s 4 Seasons with Wild Words

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 in the show and ‘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!

“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.”
Audience Reaction

“Thank you for such a rich, touching, sad-joyful occasion. Musical accomplishment and participation – you have all the bases covered. A dramatic delight.”
Audience Reaction

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.

The Goldilock, Stock Social Club

Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears is going to Edinburgh Fringe 2017 but we need your help to get there!

Join Goldilock, Harry, Barry and Vinnie plus all your favourite characters from The Wardrobe Theatre’s hit alternative comedy show for an unmissable night of entertainment and laughter, soundtracked by our house band.

Don’t miss this stellar line-up of Bristol acts including:
Roxytocin
Tom Marshman
Closer Each Day Company
Ellie Showering & Rozie Jackson
Angus Barr
Sugarscratch Theatre
Bertie Boulevard
Ed Rapley
The Goldilock, Stock Social Club House Band
and many, many more!!!

Performed at The Redgrave Theatre

Percival Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3LE

45781200

Blahblahblah: Byron Vincent, Emily Harrison and Daisy Behagg

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Byron Vincent is a writer, performer, producer, broadcaster, activist and director best known for his theatre, documentaries and spoken word. He has made work for the RSC, BBC, BAC, C4 (and a bunch of other fancy acronyms) and can frequently be caught as a contributor on BBC Radio 4. Joining him is the “astute and… painfully humorous” (Huffington Post) Emily Harrison with her sharp-witted commentary of psychiatric institutions and Bridport poetry prize-winner and mental health nurse Daisy Behagg.

Blahblahblah: Vanessa Kisuule – SEXY

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‘Sexy’ is a word a lot of us are uncomfortable applying to ourselves. Vanessa Kisuule certainly doesn’t feel she fits the bill. She really wants to, though. Through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress, Vanessa fumbles her way through the infinite contradictions in her head to find (hopefully) the definition of what sexy really means.

Tales In The Attic – By Night

Climb into the Attic and prepare to be taken anywhere.

Open Attic Company have gathered an amazing team of storytellers, performers and musicians to host a series of brand new stories to excite and entice you. Stories to take you to another world, the far future, the distant past or to last week when Deborah missed the bus. Come with us on these journeys and who knows where we’ll end up?

A whole range of tales will be shared. The day time Family Friendly stories will be fun, exciting and suitable for everyone while the evening Not So Family Friendly tales may feature darker content, aimed at an older audience. There will literally be something for everyone this week!

Featuring: Adam Blake (Much Ado About Puffin, Birth Death Here Now and Beyond The Ridiculous), Adam Fuller (Tales with Grandad, director of Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears), Steph Kempson (Sharp Teeth, The Fox & The Child) and some very special guests!

They’ve worked with Holly Stoppit (director and facilitator for Beyond The Ridiculous), Wilf Merttens (Winner of National Storyteller of the year 2009) and Sarah Moody (composer and musician for Much Ado About Puffin and The Devils Violin) to help shape and create a unique and wonderful set of tales you won’t want to miss!

Not So Family Friendly: Suitable for ages 12+

BlahBlahBlah: Blah’s Big Weekend

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After the success of last year’s brilliant word-filled bonanza, Blah’s Big Weekend returns for a three day festival packed with performances, workshops and one roaring stand up and slam.

Featuring the biggest headliners of poetry and spoken wordery including the likes of Vanessa Kisuule, Tongue Fu and Roundhouse Collective’s Cecilia Knapp and Bohdan Piasecki, we hope you come and grab a drink, settle in with some cake and fill your ears with words. It’s going to be a blinder.


Tongue Fu
Fri 17 March | 8pm | £10 (£8 conc.)
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To kick off Blah’s Big Weekend, we’re lining up the fattest, juiciest, most brilliant poets and letting them loose to make magic including Rhian Edwards, Caleb Femi, Toby Thompson and Malaika Kegode, hosted by Chris Redmond. Tongue Fu is one of London’s liveliest and best attended spoken word nights. A wild, playful, poetry party, where no one knows quite what will happen until it happens. We can’t wait to bring poets performing with an off-the-cuff musical backing from the brilliant Tongue Fu band, it’s a riotous experiment in poetry, music and improvisation; frequently surprising, sometimes hilarious, often poignant and always unrehearsed.

“It’s poetry, but not as you know it… amazing.”
Guardian


Roundhouse Writing Workshop
Sat 18 March | 12pm | £8 (includes free entry to the Finding Home matinee performance)
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Finding a way to tell your story or articulate your thoughts, whatever they may be, is empowering and vital. Come and take part in this workshop led by the Roundhouse Collective’s Cecilia Knapp and Bohdan Piasecki and discover your unique voice as a writer. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, Cecilia and Bohdan will guide you through a session that will allow you to generate new writing in a safe, fun and supportive way, and look for the poems that only you can write.


Finding Home – Cecilia Knapp
Sat 18 March | 2pm | £7
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Through humour and moving storytelling Cecilia Knapp shines a light on how we deal with loss, how we talk about mental health, and explores what it is like to grow up amongst these things. We meet the characters that have influenced her, listen to her old cassettes, hear her story and discover how she found home amongst chaos.
 Directed by Stef O’Driscoll (Nabokov, A Tale From A Bedsit, Kate Tempest’s Hopelessly Devoted) and with music from world champ beatboxer Bellatrix and Tongue Fu founder Chris Redmond, this is one evocative spoken word collaboration not to miss.


Vanessa Kisuule
Sat 18 Mar | 3pm-7pm | Free, Unreserved in the Old Market Assembly Bar

With her old-school typewriter at hand, multiple-slam winning performance poet Vanessa Kisuule will be creating your very own tailor-made poems, on a subject of your choice, totally free of charge. Having represented the UK in two European Slam Championships in Sweden and Belgium, come sit back and relax as she pens your personalised poem while having a natter about anything you like; poetry, the world, or even how she finds such brilliant stuff to stick in her hair.


Stand Up & Slam
Sat 18 March | 8pm | £10 (£8 conc.)
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Easily one of the best things about this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, SUAS will be bringing six phenomenal acts to Big Weekend and going head to head for your approval as poetry and comedy collide with unexpected and hilarious results! Our resident team captains are joined by the most exciting comedy and poetry acts from around the UK, mashing up the two art forms in an epic battle of spoken word. Who wins? You decide…

“Witty, fast paced, and most importantly, funny.”
Fringe Review


Story Slam
Sun 19th March | 2pm | Pay What You Decide (recommended donation £4)
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Presented by Story Slam: Bristol, this is where you can hear peoples amazing true stories told live on stage. All stories are told by volunteers from the audience. Put you name in the hat for a chance to tell your story, or just enjoy everyone else’s! Story Slam is held on the third Sunday every month at The Wardrobe Theatre.


The Sleep Show – Rob Auton
Sun 19 March | 8pm | £8 (£7 conc.)
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The Sleep Show is a comedy/theatre/talking show about sleep by award winning writer and performer Rob Auton. Following past hits The Yellow Show, The Sky Show, The Face Show and The Water Show, Rob now turns his attention to sleep with his latest theatrical production The Sleep Show – suitable for anybody who has slept or seen someone sleeping.

“Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch.”
The Independent

“A genuine original. Poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot.”
Guardian

Tales In The Attic – By Day

Climb into the Attic and prepare to be taken anywhere.

Open Attic Company have gathered an amazing team of storytellers, performers and musicians to host a series of brand new stories to excite and entice you. Stories to take you to another world, the far future, the distant past or to last week when Deborah missed the bus. Come with us on these journeys and who knows where we’ll end up?

A whole range of tales will be shared. The day time Family Friendly stories will be fun, exciting and suitable for everyone while the evening Not So Family Friendly tales may feature darker content, aimed at an older audience. There will literally be something for everyone this week!

Featuring: Adam Blake (Much Ado About Puffin, Birth Death Here Now and Beyond The Ridiculous), Adam Fuller (Tales with Grandad, director of Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears), Steph Kempson (Sharp Teeth, The Fox & The Child) and some very special guests!

They’ve worked with Holly Stoppit (director and facilitator for Beyond The Ridiculous), Wilf Merttens (Winner of National Storyteller of the year 2009) and Sarah Moody (composer and musician for Much Ado About Puffin and The Devils Violin) to help shape and create a unique and wonderful set of tales you won’t want to miss!

Family Friendly: Aimed at ages 3-8 but suitable for all ages.

Interval Takeover

PWYDOver two days Interval are setting up camp in Old Market where they’ll be filling corners and corridors with performance, dancing on the roof terrace, falling down the stairways and bursting out of the theatre and into the bar! Expect to experience diverse styles of work that Interval artists make including brand new shows, finished shows, not-quite-finished ones and some specially made performances for the building. Come and join a celebration of the work that Interval have made in Bristol over the last year and be part of the conversation about what a collective can be!

All shows are Pay What You Decide – there is not a ticket reservation system, instead it’s good old fashioned first-come, first-served. You may see an hour long performance, then have a five minute encounter in a corner, followed by some music. We think that might cost around £15 normally so bring your curiosity, yourselves and cash for the bucket!


WHAT’S ON – Friday 4th November

6.45pm – Opening Welcome

7pm – Fill in the ___ by Katherine Hall (in The Wardrobe Theatre | age 13+)
An interactive dance lecture that explores relationships with time to find a sense of what makes us tick.

8.15pm – Invisible Guest by Howl Yuan (in The Wardrobe Theatre)
He changed his English name several times… Invisible Guest told about how identity transform during cultures, which contains crossing culture, lost identity, nationalism and mobility.

9.00pm – Kat-e-oke by Viki Browne (on the Old Market Assembly’s stage)
Viki is scared of everything. Viki is a scaredy cat. Join her in Kat-e-oke to embrace your inner scaredy cat.

9.30pm – The Distortion Trilogy: Part Two by Massive Owl (in The Wardrobe Theatre)
A work-in-progress of the second part of the company’s Distortion Trilogy – a distortion of the novel ‘Dance Dance Dance’ by Haruki Murakami via the medium of music videos.

From 10pm – Poultry In Motion by Mary Eddowes (on the Old Market Assembly’s stage)
A divaliscious chicken plucks herself, bastes herself and gets in her very own baking tray ready for a jolly good roasting. Expect singing, burleqsue and comedy in this odd egg of an act.

From 10pm – Truth Or Dare (in the Old Market Assembly’s bar)
A one-on-one performance by Viki Browne. Are you brave enough to play?

From 10pm – Big In Lights (on the Old Market Assembly’s stage)
We have invited electro powerhouse Big In Lights to whip up the dance floor. ‘like somebody has cryogenically frozen Quincy Jones and then forced him to mate with Prince in the future’. Followed by DJs.


WHAT’S ON – Saturday 5th November

All Day – Hannover Lines a film screening of by Alexander Stevenson (in the Old Market Assembly’s bar)
Physical performance exploring Hanver Line abberation on PAL testcards, shot on SVHS video.

11.30am – Thick Skinned by Mike Tew (in The Wardrobe Theatre)
Inspired by parallel worlds, cash cows, birds of paradise and the notion of false endings
(The Wardrobe Theatre)

12pm – OPEN Monthly Meeting
Interval meet every month to talk through the mundane, the ambitious and the difficult. As a collective, this as the heart of how they make decisions, share skill and knowledge. Join Interval for the first ever OPEN meeting.
(The Wardrobe Theatre)

2pm – The Weirdy Beardies Groom Saloon (in the Old Market Assembly’s bar | all ages)
A playful and unusual act – combining dance, comedy and audience interaction into one hairy roaming performance. A highly skilled troupe of Beardies bring their unique brand of furry mayhem to everyday public spaces. Come and visit the Weridy Beardies for a spot of beard design, decoration and dancing.

2.15pm – Voyage To The Skies by Tom McDonagh (in The Wardrobe Theatre | all ages)
A silence comedy shadow play about an experimental hydrogen balloon.

3pm – Buoy Up by Katherine Hall (in The Wardrobe Theatre)
An early iteration of a solo dance performance exploring practices of care and maintenance.

4pm – Tremolo Theatre with Jack Drewry (in The Wardrobe Theatre)

4.30 – I’ll Sing From Where I’m Sitting by Hannah Sullivan (in The Wardrobe Theatre)
A scratch of new work inspired by research into songs and singing or a collection of songs and text from the great tradition of lyrical presence.

5pm – The Mechanical And Chemical Processes of 16mm a screening by Alexander Stevenson (in the Old Market Assembly’s bar)
A dance film on and about 16mm film.

5pm – Programme Announcement by Archibald Tactful (on the Old Market Assembly’s stage)
Past-it architect, concrete poetry enthusiast, ‘every-man’, dad dancer and drag superstar Archie will be assuming the role of MC. Be afraid.

5.30pm – Nap Glasses by Kathleen Downie (in The Wardrobe Theatre)
Work-in-progress/extract. Solo involving movement and voice. Initially developed in response to a pair of Sakura Nap Glasses, which once belonged to my grandmother. They are a piece of old fashioned technology, designed for reading in bed.

6pm – Especially For You by Jack Drewry (in a secret location)
One-on-one performance to have a song made especially for you.

6pm – Fireside Singing Session (on the Old Market Assembly’s roof terrace)

6pm – Island Of Toys by Howl Yuan (in the Old Market Assembly’s snug)
Island of Toys reflects ideology, alienation and texture of globalization and capitalization by toys; the native, playful object.

7.15pm – The Gran Show by Viki Browne (in The Wardrobe Theatre)
My Gran died in December 2014, I’m making a show about it. It’s a eulogy. It’s a tribute.

9pm – Echo Beach by Hannah Sullivan (in The Wardrobe Theatre)
Hannah has a dance collection. It is a collection she has been gathering for a while and she calls it ‘dancing like everyone I know’. hannahsullivan.co.uk/Echo-Beach

From 10pm: F*ck The House Band (in The Wardrobe Theatre)
A participatory punk relay gig. Anyone can be in the band. No covers. No rehearsals.

From 10pm – Poultry In Motion by Mary Eddowes (on the Old Market Assembly’s stage)
A divaliscious chicken plucks herself, bastes herself and gets in her very own baking tray ready for a jolly good roasting. Expect singing, burleqsue and comedy in this odd egg of an act.

From 10pm – Live Music TBC
Followed by DJ Shirazi’s funk/soul/pot luck, two-stepping and knees a-bending tracks, strictly vinyl.

Late – Fireworks!


You will usually find Interval performing across the UK and the world or in their shared studio above St Nicholas Market. Interval is currently made of Jo Hellier, Hannah Sullivan, Kathleen Downie, Rachael Clerke, Jenny Duffy, Alice Tatton Brown, Linzy Na Nakorn, Danny Prosser, Mary Eddowes, Tom McDonagh, Jack Drewry, Mike Tew, Alexander Stevenson, Katherine Hall, Howl Yuan and Viki Browne. They all live in Bristol and show their art locally, nationally and internationally.

The Fox & The Child

Eyes meet across restaurants, buttons and hooks are undone, vows are unwound and worlds break. A story where a young woman meets an older man and falls in love, a woman dreams she becomes a fox, and a fox hunts a child.

The Fox and the Child combines lyrical prose with immersive projection and dark ambient folk music, in this modern day retelling of the fairytale Bluebeard.

Written and performed by Stephanie Kempson (Beyond The Ridiculous), with music composed by Rowan Evans (The Hours Before We Wake), directed by Maisie Newman (Spill: A Verbatim Show About Sex) and with projection by James D Kent, this is the first production from Sharp Teeth Theatre who have been curating and presenting work at a monthly multi-genre event at The Wardrobe Theatre for over 2 years.

Age Guidance: 14+ (mild swearing, dark themes & some violence)

“It felt like something very finely crafted, cherished and then set free. If this is your thing, it’s definitely one to watch.”
Weston-Super-Mum

BlahBlahBlah: All The Things I Lied About by Katie Bonna

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Would the world be a better place if we were all honest? From duping her sister into drinking wee to repeated infidelities, Fringe First winner Katie Bonna (Dirty Great Love Story) unpicks all her past mistakes to confront humanity’s obsession with fibs and how every day lies can lead to a world of Trump and Brexit.

“A beautifully structured piece of writing.”
★★★★★ Evening Standard

“Potent and personal.”
★★★★ The Stage

“Engaging.”
★★★★ The Herald

“Outstanding.”
★★★★ The List