The Major Arcana

The Major Arcana is a shared dialogue amongst the collaborators about queerness, inclusion and playfulness in a political climate of adversity, austerity and commercialism. The Major Arcana’s pieces explore the tarot cards’ themes; anxiety, ecology, sexuality, gender, freedom, love.

The host performers, Tom Marshman, and special guest Timberlina (on the 11th Dec) will select one audience member for a tarot reading of their past, present and future cards. Their future card is a bespoke, performed cabaret experience, creating a vivid spectacle for the wider audience.

The Major Arcana lasts for an hour and a half, with readings working in 10 minute cycles, with performances from Corali Dance Company, Impermanence and host performers. The aesthetic of this “game show” varies greatly from raggle-taggle charm to a refined visual spectacle.

Originally devised for Latitude Festival by Impermanence, Tim Redfern and Tom Marshman

“Genius.”
Ruby Wax

Running Time: 90 mins

TOURING: Steamed – A Dickensian Improvised Christmas Tale

BUY TICKETS – AT BRUNEL’S SS GREAT BRITAIN

Hilarious comedy, astonishing drama, endearing orphans, steam ships, steam trains, figgy puddings and perhaps the odd catchy music hall number! This Christmas join Closer Each Day Company aboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain for something festive, Dickensian and entirely improvised, created on the spot from YOUR suggestions!

Closer Each Day Company, creators of Bristol’s cult comedy, Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera, bring their dynamic and addictive brand of theatre to this new Christmas show, co-produced with The Wardrobe Theatre. Come along for a right old knees up and enjoy improv in the time of cholera!

“Quick-witted, very watchable ensemble, razor-sharp in timing and delivery.”
★★★★ Stage Talk

“Funny, inventive, fast-paced and sparkling. Loved it!”
David Lloyd, BBC Screenwriter

“So consistently gripping it’s incredible to think it’s created off the cuff.”
Visit Bristol

Tickets include a chance to look around Brunel’s SS Great Britain.
There is a full bar available on the night.

Photos: Chelsey Cliff
Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Treehouse Of Horror – Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

CLOSER EACH DAY – OTHER PERFORMANCES HERE

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is the world’s longest improvised narrative having run at The Wardrobe Theatre fortnightly for over 7 years and nearly 150 episodes.

The show is a live, spontaneous and unique theatrical experience performed fortnightly by Closer Each Day Company and co-produced by The Wardrobe Theatre. Think Twin Peaks meets League of Gentlemen via Eastenders; a soap opera packed with drama, comedy, romance and farce – hilarious and uplifting and the cult hit of Bristol.

“Quick-witted, very watchable ensemble, razor-sharp in timing and delivery. ”
★★★★ Stage Talk

“Funny, inventive, fast-paced and sparkling. Loved it!”
David Lloyd, BBC Screenwriter (Doctors, Eastenders)

“So consistently gripping it’s incredible to think it’s created off the cuff.”
Visit Bristol

“Crackling wit… Its unscripted nature gives it a raw, exciting edge missing from rehearsed theatre.”
Bristol 24/7

“I left with aching cheeks from uncontrollable laughter induced by the cast’s impressive, and always comical, ability to improvise.”
Inter:Mission Bristol

Les Gloriablès

Inspired by Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Misérables, legendary French actress Gloria Delaneuf is determined to create a piece of theatre with the power to reunite Europe. She has dreamed a dream, and her hapless assistant Josephine Cunningham is going to help her make it happen. Vive la Revolution!

“Riotous slapstick and immaculate comic timing.”
The Stage

“Pure silliness from start to finish.”
★★★★★ The Public Reviews

“I have never seen a piece of theatre three times and still cried my eyes out with laughter.”
Weston-super-Mum

No show Thursday 21st March

Unmythable

One show.
Three actors.
All the Greek myths.

An anarchic blend of comedy, cross-dressing, stories and songs, Unmythable returns to the UK after a sell-out European and New Zealand tours and an award-winning run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Are you ready to be a legend?

WINNER – Three Weeks Editors’ Award

“Stupidly entertaining.”
The Guardian

“Flawless… Unmissable.”
★★★★★ Broadway Baby

“Superb physical theatre.”
★★★★★ The Public Reviews

“A Pythonesque goodie bag.”
★★★★ Fringe Review

Out Of Chaos are an award-winning international ensemble, dedicated to making old stories fresh.

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)
Suitable for ages 12+

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)

Bristol Playwright Festival 2019

Be part of bringing playwrights, actors, directors and all lovers of theatre together to celebrate new writing!

Festival Workshops – From 10am
Your morning will involve Festival Workshops for you to take part in, covering all things theatre. For any age or ability level, opportunities will include creative writing, acting, lively discussions and slam poetry delivered by industry professionals from across the South West.

Festival Performance – From 4.30pm
Then in the afternoon, sit back and enjoy the Festival Performance. Since August 2018, playwrights have been sending in their work to compete for the chance to have it produced and performed professionally by E.A.T Company. Our company of actors will deliver segments of five shortlisted plays, in front of an industry panel of judges. After incredible live performances, stick around for the grande finale of a fun filled writing centric day, when the winner of Bristol Playwright Festival 2019 will be announced. Who will have their full play produced professionally in Bristol?

Full line-up of workshops and performances announced soon

Beyond The Ridiculous

“Both incredibly funny and incredibly moving.”
The Huffington Post

Beyond The Ridiculous perform ‘Fooling’, a solo improvisation form, where the fools use their own real life stories, feelings and thoughts as source material, choosing from a range of performance techniques, including storytelling, character-work, clowning, physical theatre, movement and live music to create audaciously authentic, gob-smackingly resonant, instant theatre.

Audience Reaction:
“I felt like people had gone inside my brain and acted it out to make me feel better and now I love everybody again.”
“Violently hilarious, insightful, meandering journey through the funniest, lightest, darkest corners of the deranged comedic mind.”
“A lot of joy. Amazing, REAL engaging theatre. We’re talking about what theatre sets out to do. The origins of theatre. Untranslated, original theatre.”
“There wasn’t a moment that wasn’t just right.”

Beyond The Ridiculous are a collective of individual theatre makers, teachers, directors and performers who regularly train fooling together with facilitator / dramatherapist Holly Stoppit.

The Paper Cinema’s Ghost Stories: Tales Of The Supernatural

Beguiling pen and ink drawings are magically brought to life in real time by two puppeteers and a projector to create a unique, animated film. They are joined by a hugely talented ensemble of multi-instrumentalists (including violin, guitar, musical saw and live looping) performing the atmospheric soundtrack live on stage.

Discover what happened when the Devil came to Cornwall, strange happenings in a bewitched house in Devon, ghostly apparitions in Shropshire and a headless rider in Savernake Forest, Wiltshire.

Ghost Stories is The Paper Cinema’s latest show combining the languages of animation, music, film and theatre to create something truly unique and magical. Previous shows include Macbeth and  The Odyssey.

Made for adult but suitable for ages 8+

“The pleasure here is not just that the animations are both sinister and enchanting, or that the wonderful music gives the whole thing the feel of a quirky silent movie, but also that you can see how the show is being made right before your eyes. The mechanics are fully revealed, and being able to observe the process in no way diminishes what you see but rather enhances it.”
The Guardian

“Ingenious and beautiful… Bound to delight.”
The Telegraph

“Any production by this small British company is bound to be something special.”
The Times

Ad Libido

Fran wants to fix sex. No matter how many wonder-cures she tries, how many trips to the doctor or offers of help from friends, she doesn’t feel like her fire’s been lit. Sometimes it hurts. Join Fran on this “relentlessly hilarious” (★★★★ The Stage) quest, with songs, as she pursues a satisfying sex-life. Expect toe-tapping tunes, a magic penis and a visit to sex camp. Oh, and dolphins.

Ad Libido explores Fran’s own experience of female sexual dysfunction (which covers problems with sexual response, desire, orgasm or pain during sex), a condition affecting around 40% of women at some point in their lives.

“Armed with glitter, songs and a diagram of her vulva, Fran Bushe is on a mission to kickstart her own libido and change how we think and talk about female pleasure. After trying to enjoy sex for 15 years and facing unhelpful advice from GPs, she is taking matters into her own hands… All of this is surprisingly funny.”
★★★★ The Guardian

★★★★ Theatre Weekly
★★★★ Upper Circle Theatre
★★★★ Across the Arts
★★★★ Breaking the Fourth Wall
★★★★★ London Theatre 1
★★★★★ Arthur’s Seat
★★★★★ Fringe Review

Director: Ellen Havard, Producer: Hannah Tookey, Composer: Ben Champion, Designer: Lizzy Leech, Lighting Designer: Peter Small, Sound Designer: Annie May Fletcher