Bon Ami

Ami is normal, Ami has a job, Ami has family and friends, a gym membership and decent broadband. Ami shouldn’t feel desperately alone…but she does. If only there was an aquatic adventure, a malevolent wizard or a an overly self aware giant monster to distract her. Oh wait…

Bon Ami is a sharp, artistic parody about loneliness, the importance of friendship and why you shouldn’t drink from a coffee machine!

“Funniest hour I’ve enjoyed in this month-long Fringe.”
★★★★ Fringe Guru

“This award-winning company are definitely stars, talking about serious things in funny ways… a superbly funny show.”
Fringe Review – Highly Recommended Show

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Sir David & His Animals

The magic of David Attenborough live on stage! A blue whale swims through the ocean depths. Racer snakes pursue a young iguana across the desert. Watch as two hapless but enthusiastic clowns recreate extraordinary scenes of the natural world – a world teetering on the brink of disaster. Catch this sell-out five star show for an epic hour of clowning, physical theatre and the largest range of animals you will ever see on stage!

“Highly nuanced impressions and hilarious exchanges abound… The standing ovation probably says it all.”
★★★★★ Great Scott

“They are both superb at their craft.”
★★★★★ Glam Adelaide

“Memorable moments from Sir David Attenborough’s wildlife documentaries spring to life on stage in the most surprising and delightful way.”
★★★★½ The Advertiser

Created with support from Bristol Old Vic Ferment, Circomedia and the Festival Théâtre à Taulignan
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Father Figurine

Combining poignant spoken word poetry with hip hop dance, Father Figurine explores the fractured relationship between a father and his son and their inability to healthily deal with a traumatic event. Will they be able to share their emotions with each other? Or will they fall into the statistic of nearly half of men believing they can’t express their feelings?

With the current climate of mental health discussion, Father Figurine talks about the fragilities and vulnerabilities in men and young boys. Figures show young people are affected disproportionately with over half of mental health problems, starting by the age of 14 and 75% by 18. Body Politic’s work isn’t just about raising awareness. It’s a fight to keep mental healthcare at the tip of our tongues and affect real change. Continuous change.

“Physical struggle dissolved into a closing moment of hope – but this was a profoundly visceral reflection of the damage wrought by suppressed emotions and masculine silence.”
The Place

“The failure of fathers has been handed down for generations… but his young son is already watching, learning by imitation, reaching out less, hardening. Father Figurine is a powerful show, profound, painful and full of empathy. Stereotypical ideas about masculinity and male behaviour are stubborn but it will be up to this generation to challenge them.”
Mark Aspen Reviews

“So important and powerful. Heart-gripping!”
Audience Feedback

Founded in Oxford in 2012, Body Politic creates thought-provoking and poignant hip hop theatre work addressing the needs and issues of young people. Their work targets young people and artists from priority groups including, Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, gender, young offenders, and those excluded from accessing

Running Time: 55 mins (no interval)

Louise Orwin: Oh Yes Oh No

Award-winning performance artist Louise Orwin asks the difficult questions as she takes you on a surreal joyride through femme sexuality and violence. Made exclusively with the candid input of those willing to talk openly and honestly about their sex life, this one-woman show interrogates identity, consent and power play.

Featuring explicit XXX, Barbie’n’Ken role-play, a heady mix of pop culture references, and sound design by Alicia Jane Turner (THIS IS HOW WE DIE composer), the show explores sexuality and who gets to have a say in it. This show is for anyone who has ever struggled to find their sexual voice, or questioned the sexual culture they were brought up in. Oh Yes Oh No dares to speak about a subject which is rarely addressed publicly, especially in the wake of #MeToo.

Steady yourself to rethink desire, and then watch her smash it all to pieces.

“Bold, brave work, and all the better for being filled with the voices of real women who, by speaking out, are staking a claim for their own erotic agency.”
Guardian

“Startling and resonant show questioning female desire and its relation to rape culture.”
★★★★ The Stage

“Awe-inspiring for its optimism, for the sight it offers of someone trying to do something honest and uncomplicatedly brave in a broken system.”
Exeunt

Louise Orwin is an award-winning writer, researcher and performance maker. She makes research-driven performance projects about subjects that are close to home, hard to get your head around, and need to be spoken about. She makes work about what it means to identify as female today, in a fast-moving, media-saturated world that prizes patriarchal, heteronormative narratives. Louise likes to make work that is provocative and brash, intimate, awkward at times, and generally filled with a heady dose of pop culture.

Supported by Arts Council England, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Camden People’s Theatre, Live Art Development Agency and Live Art Bistro
Suitable for ages 16+
Running Time: 70 mins (no interval)

Loupe Theatre Presents

Sharp Teeth Presents are passing on the baton… The legacy of Sharp Teeth Presents will live on through the fresh-faced, eager beavers; Loupe Theatre Company, who are taking over these monthly Sundays from September 2019

Each month Loupe will bring together performances from a collection of artists from the South West (and other places). From poetry and storytelling, to music and theatre, there will be something to tickle your fancy.

Check out line-ups online, and come on down for a pint or three and dip your toes into a exciting night full of art.

PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE
Our recommended donation is £5, but many people give more. Remember there is no cash point at The Wardrobe Theatre or immediately nearby.

Running Time: 90 minutes (with interval)

Radio Eve

Have you ever asked your mum what her first time was like? Or tried to understand your daughter’s drunken antics?

Let’s bring it all out into the open. Told using live music and verbatim words, Bullet Theatre recount the highs, lows, and all the gory, embarrassing and sometimes hilarious bits in between of growing up as a female, told from the perspective of two different generations. Music can play a pivotal role in influencing our experiences and shaping our memories – let the tunes of Radio Eve fill you with nostalgia of your own tales of your pubescent years. Comprised of entirely true, word-for-word accounts from first-hand interviews.

Bullet Theatre is a Bristol-based company founded by three women. Connecting media headlines to diary scribbles, their work boldly and unashamedly explores the experience of being female. Following the success of their debut production, FREAK, which had 5-star sell-out runs in Bristol, Edinburgh and London, Bullet Theatre now bring you their new original gig-theatre production, Radio Eve.

“A crescendo of human impulses and societal influences.”
Intermission on FREAK

“This is clearly a theatre company to watch.”
Bristol 24/7 on FREAK

“Bullet Theatre’s daring and uninhibited staging… helps to sensitise the audience to women’s ongoing struggles with social constructs, self-image and abuse.”
That’s What She Said on FREAK

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Scotland!

The Latebloomers are, Oliver Nilsson (The Swede), Sam Dugmore (The Aussie) and Jonathan Tilley (The Londonder). Graduates of the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris, currently based in Bristol. The award-winning comedy Scotland! is their first show together.

WINNER Best Comedy: Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award 2019
WINNER The Inspiration Award: Prague Fringe 2018
WINNER Spirit Of The Fringe Award: Paris Fringe 2018

“This might be one of my favourite fringe shows ever of any season, anywhere in the world.”
★★★★★ FringeFeed

“Take your Nan, take your mates, take the kids. This is one for everyone.”
★★★★★ The Adelaidian

“Scotland! is physical comedy at its best.”
★★★★ The West Australian

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Great British Mysteries: 1599?

Do you like mysteries? Do you like historical inaccuracies? Do you know the difference between Thomas More and Roger Moore? Then read on…

Let us take you back to the 90s. The 1590s. 1599? is the follow-up to the company’s debut show from 2017. But set 400 years earlier. Confused? You will be. Great British Mysteries come to The Wardrobe Theatre for the first time following two sold-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe.

In this edition, mystery hunters Olive and Teddy become embroiled with witches, haunted houses, and the scent of Cardinal Wolsey’s conscience. It’s like The Woman in Black meets KeyStage 2 Tudor History. Expect multi-roling, homemade sound effects and more gags than Henry VIII had wives. Seven?

“The choice one-liners keep coming.”
The Guardian

“Will have have you wiping tears from your eyes.”
★★★★ Broadway Baby

“Belly laughs… Had the audience roaring with laughter.”
★★★★ Mumble Comedy

“A hilarious mix of emotional weight and brilliant one-liners.”
★★★★ EdFringe Review

“An hour of crazy humour that is addictively laughter inducing.”
★★★★ Mind The Blog

Great British Mysteries are Will Close, Rose Robinson and Joseph Hancock. They create escapist, surrealist nonsense that takes you away from the real world. For 55 minutes. Rose’s credits include Absolutely Fine (Comedy Central), The Last Leg (Channel 4), Josh (BBC Three), The Pope (Netflix). She was a finalist in the Funny Women Awards, and was named one of the Metro’s 5 Women Rocking the Comedy World in 2018. In 2010, she also worked at the London Dungeons in the role of “wench”, a role which undoubtedly influenced her performance
in 1599? Will’s credits include 1927’s Golem, BBC Sketchorama, and also has past experience. “I used to work at Warwick Castle as a professional ghost, so I’m used to spending long hours in tights and pantaloons.”

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Woodland Tales With Granddad

Something is happening in the woods, voices can be heard, and a strange metallic smell fills the air. Machines are gathering at its edge and a mysterious call is heard across the valley. Laura the ladybird, Jeffrey the spider, Brett the woodlouse and Willoughby the woodpecker are worried. Velda the vixen knows there’s a one person who can help them – Granddad. But is there enough time? Can they save the wood? And will the mystery stranger help?

This is an incredible show with an important environmental message to share, directed by Emma William and written by Pickled Image and Hattie Naylor. Woodland Tales With Granddad is the third Granddad show from Pickled Image following Fireside Tales With Granddad and Christmas Tales With Granddad.

“We thought it was simply superb! A beautiful experience of wonderful storytelling.”
Theatre Royal Plymouth

“Magical, beguiling, emotional and eye-wideningly beautiful.”
Bristol 24/7 on Pickled Image’s Yana & The Yeti

“Skilful puppetry and charming story-telling.”
The Stage on Pickled Image

“The puppetry was excellent, and the variety of characters and puppets was really great fun and enjoyed by audiences.”
Doncaster Theatre

Running Time: 50 minutes (no interval)

ITCH: A Scratch Performance Showcase

The Wardrobe Theatre is proud to present the return of our scratch night, ITCH! An extravaganza of unfinished, one-off works-in-progress of varying artistic disciplines with the unique opportunity to react and give feedback to the artists and theatre companies in the early stages of developing new work, to help shape it.

Interested in being part of ITCH? Please email Aisha at aisha@thewardrobetheatre.com with your proposal by Monday 30th September 2019

Previously The Wardrobe Theatre’s ITCH has presented work-in-progress performances from Tom Marshman, Verity Standen, Tom Wainwright, Sedated By A Brick, Anna Girvan, Closer Each Day Company and many more.