Sleeping Trees: World Tour

Sleeping Trees have been travelling around the world! They’ve been scuba-diving at the Great Barrier Reef, trekking the ancient Inca trails of Peru and gone dogging in Blackpool. But what starts as an innocent journey of discovery soon leads to an intricate series of events, culminating in the secret mission to end all missions. A story of love, revenge and friendship, and by friendship, we mean revenge.

Winners of Merv’s Spirit of the Fringe 2017
Amused Moose Comedy Finalists 2016

“The birth child of monty python and league of gentlemen.”
★★★★ Time Out

“Phenomenal performers, brimming with verve and fizzing with invention.”
★★★★ Chortle

“A blockbuster hour of cleverly scripted fast laughs and energetic comedy.”
★★★★ The List

“A company set to rocket to stardom.”
★★★★★ Three Weeks

“Puns, heartbreak and visual humour the likes of which you’ll struggle to find elsewhere.”
★★★★ The Skinny

Lovely Girls

Chess and Cristina are The Hiccup Project, a comedic dance-­theatre company. People commonly refer to them as ‘the lovely Hiccup girls.’ It’s got them thinking… It’s been 100 years since (some) women got the vote. This was a (bit of a) step towards gender equality, but how liberated are women today?

After diving into the world of romance and heartbreak in critically acclaimed multi-­award winning May-­We-­Go-­Round?, Cristina and Chess explore what it means to be a young woman in brand new show Lovely Girls.

As little women, and through their teen years, they were fed fairy tales, stories and images full of the idealized woman; beautiful, sweet, passive, lovely. Now, they are 27. They are feminists. They’ve read lots of books, had tons of conversations, and are feeling empowered. Yet they still find themselves on Google asking; “I feel good when an attractive man compliments me, am I still a feminist?” Chess and Cristina open up the confusing pot of contradictions, clichés and expectations, that face women today; Have lots of sex and be sexy, but not too much. Strive for a good career, but make time for everyone else. Have curves, but don’t be fat. Be assertive, but not bossy… Blimey!

Lovely Girls meanders through real women’s stories using The Hiccup Project’s potent blend of dance, theatre and comedy. It is an insight, a celebration and an ode to being a woman in the 21st Century. A show made by women for women and men, and everyone, regardless of gender.

WINNER – Outstanding Theatre Award, Brighton Fringe 2015
WINNER – South East Dance Award, Brighton Fringe 2015
WINNER – Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Award 2015
NOMINATED – Audience Choice Award, Brighton Fringe 2015

“Physical comedy and dance are stupendous companions when they work – and Chess and Cristina have the energy and the intelligence to make it work.”
★★★★★ Fringe Guru

“Theatre and dance that throws custard pies at convention. Outstanding.”
★★★★★ Fringe Review

“Comparable to French and Saunders… their work defies theatrical convention in every sense.”
★★★★ Miro Magazine

“Men will laugh from their very core… in a story every woman can relate to.”
★★★★ Total Theatre (on May-We-Go-Round?)

Image: Paul Seaby
Ages 12+
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Skin A Cat

Every teenager thinks they’re the only one not having sex. But for Alana, it may well be true. Every time she gets close to doing it something just seems to get in the way… Soon she can’t help wondering is it this tricky for everyone else? Because no one ever said it was going to be this complicated.

With a kaleidoscope of off kilter characters, Skin A Cat follows Alana on an awkward sexual odyssey: from getting her first period at nine years old and freaking out her frantic mother, to watching bad porn at a house party, to a painful examination by an overly cheery gynaecologist – all in the pursuit of losing her virginity and finally becoming a woman. Whatever that means…

Winner of the VAULT Festival’s Pick of the Year Award and nominated for four Off-West End Awards including Best New Play, Skin A Cat is an alternative coming of age story about going all the way.

“Hilarious, it’s also refreshingly honest and open… there’s something so rousing and refreshing about the whole production; this is bold and genuinely exciting new writing.”
★★★★ Natasha Tripney, The Stage

“Wise, educational and funny.”
★★★★Tim Bano, Timeout

“Avoids becoming an issue piece, becoming an altogether more interesting mediation on difference and the crushing pressure to be what is considered normal in a highly sexualised culture.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.

“Skin A Cat should be compulsory viewing for under 25s. Scratch that. It should be compulsory viewing for everyone.”
Fergus Morgan, Theatre Critic

★★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★★ The Upcoming
★★★★★ Female Arts
★★★★★ Theatre Reviews
★★★★★ Love London Love Culture
★★★★★ London Theatre 1
★★★★★ Live Theatre UK
★★★★★ Last Minute Theatre Tickets

Trailer by The Other Richard
Production photos by David Monteith Hodge
Running Time: 90 mins (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)

Ginger Beer

Being gay in 2017 isn’t easy. For Sammy and El it’s even harder, with an obsessive lad and a lovesick teen following them around. Between gay male saunas, chemsex parties and the pursuit of the perfect dick pic, Ginger Beer explores the difficulties of the gay male scene with vibrancy, honesty and warmth.

Limerence Productions is an award-winning, internationally touring theatre company based in Bristol that is fascinated by queer men’s identities.

“Beg, steal or borrow to get yourself a ticket.”
Queerguru

“An honest, brash, and balls-out comedy experience.”
The Huffington Post

“Funny, enthralling, witty and wise.”
The Scotsman

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Lands

2 performers, a mini trampoline and a 1000 piece puzzle. Leah and Sophie have been together, here, for a long time. They are happy here. But there’s a problem. There’s a massive f**king problem and soon they’re going to have to talk about it.

Exploring the impossibility of relationships, our inability to understand one another, and the lands we isolate ourselves on, this is an absurd tragi-comedy for our times.

“Lands asks whether we can ever really understand each other or relate to other people’s tragedies. Smart stuff.”
The Guardian – Edinburgh Top Picks 2017

“Entertaining…devastating. Lands is unlike anything I’ve seen at the Fringe.”
Exeunt

“Lands is an instantly engrossing exploration of obsession, of relationships and communication, of drive and determination, and fear of failure.”
★★★★ To Do List London

“The simplicity is genius”
★★★★ Broadway Baby

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

An Indian Abroad

Stifled by life in middle-class India, Krishnan is desperate to see more of the world. He takes a year out from his studies to visit the exotic island of Great Britain. Keen to seek out the locals, he wants to learn about life through their eyes. What does Krishnan’s journey teach him about the world? What might he learn about himself? And what happens when he falls for one of the natives?

Pariah Khan is a writer and performer, voted as one of Bristol’s 24 Most Influential Young People by Rife Magazine for his work in theatre and comedy. He was also chosen by BBC Three as one of the UK’s top 50 creative young people to pilot their Playground scheme with The Latimer Group. Outside film and theatre, he works as a villainous professional wrestling manager.

His debut one man show An Indian Abroad takes the trope of white adventurers exploring ‘foreign’ lands and spins this concept on its head, asking that all important question: what if someone from India took a gap year to Britain?

“A generous and hilarious writer and performer with a keen eye for detail and impeccable comic timing. He has a big future ahead of him.”
Nikesh Shukla, Editor of The Good Immigrant

“An exceptional young talent. A sharp eye for social observation, a keen wit and versatile tone. I am particularly impressed by his light candour on stage. Time and space are all we requires to become a much heralded success.”
Dr Edson Burton, Writer and Historian

Written and performed by Pariah Khan
Directed by Eduardo Gama

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Murder, She Didn’t Write

Returning to The Wardrobe Theatre after multiple sell-out runs, Murder She Didn’t Write provides “one of the funniest evenings you’ll have in some time” (Ed Fringe Review).

The talented Degrees of Error allow you to unleash your literary prowess, to create an original and hilarious improvised murder-mystery. They use your suggestions, evidence ideas and for one lucky member even the choice of Murderer and victim, to create a never-before-seen, unscripted murder-mystery, which promises to dazzle, enthral, and delight. A must for all lovers of classic crime fiction!

“Unrestrained bursts of joy.”
★★★★★ Bristol Theatre Review

“Funny, clever and, admittedly, insanely cool.”
★★★★ Ed Fringe Review

“One of the funniest evenings you’ll have in some time!”
★★★★ ThreeWeeks

“A vigorous, hilarious cast that fully deserve the success they are finding.”
★★★★ Broadway Baby

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Let Me Look At You

Q: What’s so funny about being gay? A: Let Me Look At You.

Grounded in history and battered by camp, a fifty-something gay man shares his misadventures while quietly having a nervous breakdown himself. On the fiftieth anniversary of the UK’s Sexual Offenses Act, Starving Artists offers up the oft-ignored warning: things haven’t changed all that much. Let Me Look At You is the newest performance piece from award-winning Starving Artists Theatre Company. Stand-up meets solo theatre in this personal story from the gay “movement”.

Celebrated for their combined talents as writer and performer, Godfrey Hamilton and Mark Pinkosh (partners on stage and off for 30 years) present their latest collaboration. Having won two Fringe First awards (Road Movie, Viper’s Opium,) and winning the first-ever Stage Award For Acting Excellence (Pinkosh, for Road Movie) the team have reunited with director David Prescott (Artistic Associate, Theatre Royal Plymouth) and dramaturg Ruth Mitchell. Lighting design by Douglas Kuhrt.

“Brilliantly skillful….profoundly moving!”
The Independent

“A performance of rare grace and power!”
LA Weekly

“One of today’s most exciting theatrical partnerships.”
London Evening Standard

“An intimate and engaging performer who has that knack of appearing to chat directly to you.”
The Stage

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Interval Takeover

Interval is a collective of artists who share space, knowledge and resources above St Nicholas market in the centre of Bristol. We perform across the UK and internationally, but rarely on home turf. This is our chance to come together to put on a collection of work for Bristol audiences. The programme will be a mix of work that is brand new, finished, not-quite-finished and some specially made for the weekend.

Full line-up of artists and shows available online soon

Interval artists are Ania Varez, Viki Browne, Katherine Hall, Danny Prosser, Jack Drewry, Michael Tew, Mary Eddowes, Jo Hellier, Rachael Clerke, Howl Yuan, Alex Goodman, Eleanor Fogg, Joanna Young, Kip Johnson, Linzy Na Nakorn, Simon Day and Sarah Corbett. This year for the Interval Takeover we are excited to be joined by artists from Taiwan who are in residence with the collective through the Artist Home Swap exchange.