It’s 1988 and London is partying hard under the spectre of AIDS, the scrutiny of the press and the promise of a summer of love. When Princess Diana dreams of a wild night out away from relentless paparazzi and ruthless Royals, her unlikely best friends Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett know there is only one place to take her… The only trouble is: how the hell are they going to get one of the most famous faces in the world into the RVT without blowing her cover?
Marking the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in outrageously irreverent style, Royal Vauxhall is the best night out in the 80s you were never able to attend… until now.
Henry Cyril Paget was one of the Earth’s wealthiest men, until he lost it all by being too damn fabulous. 5th Marquis of Anglesey blew his family’s colossal fortune on diamond frocks, lilac-dyed poodles and putting on simply amazing plays to which nobody came, causing a very 19th century scandal. His fabulous flame burned brightly, briefly and transvestitely until he died at just 29, after which his outraged family destroyed every record of him ever having had existed.
Seiriol Davies’s fierce, hilarious, tragi-gorgeous, ripped-up new musical is a true story of being too weird for the world but desperately not wanting it to forget you. A frothy, glossy costume drama musical about expectations, manliness, disappointment and the stories we tell to convince ourselves it’s all going well, and the moments we realise it’s not.
How To Win Against History was the solid gold, sparkly-diamond-studded hit of Edinburgh Fringe 2016.
“A work of genius.”
★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph
“Gleeful, ludicrous – a larky collision of Gilbert & Sullivan and Monty Python.”
★★★★ Time Out
★★★★★ What’s On Stage
WINNER: The Stage Edinburgh Award & Broadway Baby Bobby
Seiriol Davies is a composer, writer and performer from Anglesey, Wales. He trained with Thomas Prattki at LISPA, and has made work with companies like Punchdrunk, You Need Me, One Tenth Human, Giant Bird, Kristin Fredricksson & Beady Eye, Rififi and Boileroom, with whom he won the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award. “Mess”, which he created with Caroline Horton & Co, premiered at the Traverse, Edinburgh in 2012, winning awards including The Stage Award for Acting Excellence and an Argus Angel. He was Cyril Millions in the cult retro-punk time-travelling music hall act Underbling & Vow, wrote and performed with Weimar-glam art band Temper Temper and was a founder member of the Brighton-based performance collective Beatabet.
Ruthless, wise-cracking and overly affectionate around feeding time, meet notorious pussy posse, The Reservoir Cats – a ferocious feline foursome on their way to crash the annual Jellicle Ball, intent on stealing the big prize. But when this botched heist turns into a cruel bloodbath, paws and pistols are pointed: Who can be trusted? Did someone let the cat out of the bag? Is one of them a rat? With the fuzz closing in fast, who will survive to tell the tail – Mr Pink, Mr Blonde or The Magical Mr Mistoffelees?
Slick, smart and devilishly funny, Reservoir Cats is the 7th darkly comic Christmas show created by The Wardrobe Theatre, the makers of Rocky: A Horror Show, Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears and Muppits Die Hard. An ill-fated fusion of cultural opposites, the show is inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s iconic 1992 breakthrough crime thriller and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved classic 1981 West End musical, blended to create something new, exciting and very, very funny.
“There are laughs aplenty, not the polite laughter of the theatre crowd but real genuine guffaws from an audience with a drink in hand and ready to have a good time.”
★★★★ The Reviews Hub on Rocky: A Horror Show
“A smash hit must-see… Fantastically entertaining.”
★★★★ The Fix on Rocky: A Horror Show
“Really fantastic characters, ingenious gags and wonderful references… hilarious and thoroughly entertaining.”
The Reviews Hub on Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears
“A zany alternative to the Christmas schmaltz, grab a drink and enjoy the action.”
★★★★ Whats On Stage on Muppits Die Hard
Join Closer Each Day Company and the beloved inhabitants of Newtown for a 2-hour special of the improvised soap opera as we discover what live was like at school for the community with bonus extra-curricular activities and some very special guests!
Was Fred a rebel or a teacher’s pet? Has Reg always been so awkward? And what was Big Dick like when he was just a Little Dick?
Find out at Closer Each Day’s Back To Skool special!
Closer Each Day’s last performance before the summer is a fundraiser to help take the company to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 where they will be performing the improvised soap opera; This Is Soap. It will be Closer Each Day Company’s first time at the festival and it’s a big chance to make the company known to the world beyond Bristol!
“Quick-witted, very watchable ensemble, razor-sharp in timing and delivery. ” ★★★★ Stage Talk
“So consistently gripping it’s incredible to think it’s created off the cuff.” Visit Bristol
Performed at Bristol Grammar School’s 1532 Performing Arts Centre
The fools return as part of Circus City Festival to explore the theme of risk with a three day mini-festival of fooling where each show will be different.
We all have voices in our heads: people we’ve met, aspects of ourselves, bizarre and banal creatures cobbled from emotions and memories. Instead of wishing they’d shut up, the fools of Beyond The Ridiculous invite them out to play!
Expertly facilitated by Holly Stoppit, fresh from her three sold out shows, the fools will leap into the limitless possibilities of each moment. You may laugh, cry or stare dumbfounded and for once the voices in your head will discover they are not alone.
“Both incredibly funny and incredibly moving.”
The Huffington Post
Cristina and Chess have both experienced smashing their two front teeth. It affected them and it got them thinking. In a culture preoccupied with perfect smiles, keeping a stiff upper lip and for everything to always be ‘fine’: how do we deal with difficult things? What happens if we don’t want to deal with them? Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry and sometimes we try our best to distract ourselves. But don’t worry: it’s okay, we’re dealing with it.
After a sell out run at Brighton Fringe 2016 and a sell out in Brighton Festival 2017, “It’s okay, I’m Dealing With It.” asks what we do when things aren’t okay. Through their multi award-winning combination of dance, comedy, chat and song, Cristina MacKerron and Chess Dillon-Reams unravel their own struggles and vulnerabilities and try to piece together how to cope with them. The Hiccup Project is a Brighton-based comedy dance/theatre duo with a humorous and gritty take on real-life experience. They create engaging, innovative and accessible work.
“Physical comedy and dance are stupendous companions when they work – and Chess and Cristina have the energy and the intelligence to make it work here. Their dance is skilled, their timing is spot-on, and their comedy is hilarious.”
“Genre-splatting, refreshing, inventive… Theatre and dance that hurls custard pies at convention. Outstanding.”
“I think all the best work begins with our deeply personal experiences. The Hiccup Project instinctively dig into that place and find both a richly comic and authentically physical world there.”
Ben Duke, Lost Dog Dance
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
In the early hours of Thursday 8th August 1963, the heist of the century was under way. Whilst the world was tucked up in bed, 15 men put a finger up to the government and stole 2 million British pounds from Her Majesty’s Royal Mail train. Five days later the first clues were found, the gang was busted and the rest is history. But what about the ones that got away…?
Join the four forgotten females as they leave behind their kitchen-sink lives and embark on a madcap adventure of mischief and mayhem. Using a raucous combination of physical theatre, live music and clowning, Scratchworks will unfold the untold tale of the unlikely female four.
“Inventive and intelligent physical theatre… Wondrously enjoyable.”
★★★★ Theatre Bubble
“Just raw talent… a totally captivating show.”
★★★★ The Peg Review
Scratchworks are a physical ensemble of four women who create playful, accessible theatre from scratch. Founded in Exeter in 2013, they share a passion for creating original stories and combine a range of different theatrical styles and disciplines to bring their performances to life. Recipients of the VAULT ‘Festival Spirit award’ 2017 and NSDF award for ‘Best Overall Body of Creative Work’ at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013, their productions have toured across the UK. Members of the company have worked with the likes of Rogue Theatre, The Wardrobe Ensemble, The Jones Collective and Exeter’s award-winning clowning company, Le Navet Bete. Scratchworks’ work is supported by Arts Council England, The Barbican Plymouth and they are Associate Artists of The Bike Shed Theatre and The Exeter Phoenix.
Howard Coggins looks like Henry VIII. There’s no escaping that. Stu Mcloughlin doesn’t really look like any of the wives, but he’s going to give it a go. After their previous self-funded two-man historical drama is savaged in the press, Howard and Stu are at their wits’ end. Then they hit upon an idea for a show that could change everything…
Yes, that’s right, by popular demand, Living Spit are back with the show that didn’t make them fa-mous. Join the throngs who have already succumbed to this confection of live music, embroidery and barbie dolls. You may just laugh your head off.
Living Spit make poorly researched historical comedy-theatre shows about people that at least one of them vaguely looks like. Which have music in. That they write. Some people like them. And laugh. In an appropriate way. Six Wives of Henry VIII was the first of Living Spit’s eight shows to date including Elizabeth I – Virgin On The Ridiculous and Adolf & Winston. Despite its gory subject matter, it is still many people’s favourite. Which is why they’ve brought it back. That’s the blood thirsty Brits for you.
“Brilliant comic acting… honest, unpretentious, beautifully scripted comedy… premier league stuff.”
“The best 100 minute comedy show outside the Edinburgh Fringe.”
★★★★★ Western Daily Press
Suitable for age 11+
1hour 40minutes (including interval)
“That was the exact moment I knew something was different. That was when I woke up.”
Imagine you have a birthmark on your face. You’ve had it all your life. You’ve had to put up with people staring, pointing and asking questions. Sometimes it makes you feel like a monster. Sometimes it makes you feel beautiful. But now you are finally on your way to accepting it. And you want to talk about it.
Performance collective O&O present The Way I Look, a new piece of physical theatre that explores the relationship between identity and appearance drawing from the personal stories of people with facial birthmarks and scars. Funny and bold, The Way I Look tells their stories and their struggle to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and concern. We see the experiences that carve their journey to finding their place in the world. Energetic, evocative and uncompromisingly honest, The Way I Look is a story for anyone who has ever felt different.
O&O is a new collective of performance artists established by Marina O’Shea and Tessa Gaukroger, best known for their work as comedy duo O&O. Their previous work saw them nominated for Best New Act at both Bath Comedy Festival and London Sketchfest in 2015, and they received the Spirit of The Fringe Award at Bedfringe 2016.
Supported by the Bike Shed Theatre, Bristol Improv Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, Spike Island, Let’s Face It Support Network and Changing Faces UK.