Lisa Berg: The Love of Stationery | Ellen Waddell: Don’t Be Terrible

Lisa Berg: The Love of Stationery – 8pm

‘I collect bags of sugar from cafes and restaurants I’m in. I have a big collection. Often I forget that I’ve taken them with me home and somehow, if you apply time and pressure, they have the tendency to explode…’

A one-woman dark comedy exploring the innermost thoughts of “Woman” – a collector of common things. She works in a stationery shop. Orderly displays of writing materials, and collecting irregular verbs, are her keenest passions. But one day an attractive man walks in to buy an eraser… and it’s love at first sight. At least for her. Plans are devised to land this man, to make him hers. Her dreams are shattered though when he is spotted talking to Deanne… funnier, smarter and more beautiful than Woman. Deanne cannot win. She cannot. Looks like Woman has some erasing of her own to do… A show that leaves us rooting for the underdog, while vowing to buy our stationery online in future….

“A wonderfully subtle one-woman performance.”
★★★★ FestMag

Ellen Waddell: Don’t Be Terrible – 9.30pm

Can stand up save your love life?

Self-confessed nice guy Steve thinks so. That’s why he’s asked Alice, an up and coming comedian, how to perform stand up. It’s his last-ditch attempt to distract his girlfriend from the ‘funny’ guy at work. However, the recently dumped Alice has her own prickly views on monogamy, performing and his motivations.

A platonic friendship comedy (because spoiler alert, they don’t get together at the end) about love, making people laugh and how to fail successfully on stage.

Closer Each Day onboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Performed at Brunel’s SS Great Britain NOT The Wardrobe Theatre

Tickets include a chance to walk around Brunel’s SS Great Britain from 6.30pm

Sunday 20th May
Join Closer Each Day Company for a fully spontaneous night of comedy! The first half will be games in the style of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ and the second half will be a live-action story made up on the spot from audience suggestions.

Monday 21st May
Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is returning for a May special on the ship, with a one-off stand-alone story seeing the characters of Newtown as they have never been seen before. Hilarious, inventive and entirely unique, come and see a landmark Bristol show perform on a Bristol landmark!

“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

HIV Monologues

Alex knows nothing about HIV. Nick is his Tinder date who’s just been diagnosed positive, struggling with self-worth. Their date is going amazingly until Nick discloses his diagnosis… And Alex reacts in the worst way. Through meeting Irene, an Irish nurse who treated AIDS in the 1980s, and Barney, who was saved by the 1996 medication, Alex gets on PrEP, but will he be able to win Nick back?

Dragonflies Theatre are dedicated to making challenging and thought provoking work that reflects issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.

Nominated Best Ensemble for Off West End Awards

“Impeccable, poignant and informative storytelling, hugely recommended.”
★★★★★ Act Drop

“A hilarious and poignant play.”
★★★★★ British Theatre

“This is storytelling at its best.”
★★★★★ Last Minute Theatre Tickets

“Another triumph from the team that have so successfully put the spirit of community into modern theatre.”
★★★★★ Gay Times

Murder, She Didn’t Write

Degrees Of Error present a classic murder mystery that is created on the spot in this ingenious and hilarious show from Bristol Improv Theatre’s resident company.

YOU become Agatha Christie in this improvised comedy as each night an original murder mystery play is created based entirely on audience suggestions. So take up your magnifying glasses and don your deerstalkers for never-seen-before (and never-to-be-seen-again) evening of murder, mayhem and making it up on the spot.

Miss Crimson poisoned in the parlour? Mr Gold exploded by cannon in Sainsbury’s? You decide! But will you guess whodunit?

“Absolutely fantastic… incredibly clever… laugh out loud funny… a truly entertaining and hilarious take on the murder mystery and absolutely not one to miss.”
★★★★★ Voice Magazine

“Had me howling with laughter… mesmerizingly impressive.”
★★★★ Arthur’s Seat

“This show is everything a fringe comedy should be: original, professional, and very, very funny.”
★★★★ EdFringe Review

“Live action Cluedo, with more laughs.”
★★★★ Fringe Guru

Much Ado About Puffin

On a small island,
In the middle of the big sea,
A man meets a bird…

Using skilful puppetry, beautiful music, and good old fashioned storytelling, Much Ado About Puffin is about old habits, new friendships, and stepping out into the unknown!

“A story of beauty, laughter and love that transcends language and age barriers.”
Made In Plymouth

“Gentle and thoughtful piece with a lot of integrity, which didn’t patronise its audience or play to the gallery. I particularly liked the design and the music, both real strengths, and the puppets were charming.”
Jude Merrill MBE, Travelling Light

“Open Attic Company have created something quite wonderful.”
Chris Pirie, Green Ginger

Rex The King

A blind man walks into a village pub and tells anyone who’ll listen that he was once the king of darts. An adaptation of the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex reimagined in the world of pub darts and disco featuring live music, flying arrows and a portable dartboard. Rex The King is the story of a Somerset darts champion who ruled the world, but lost it all. It’s a theatrical tale that’s witty, uplifting and ludicrously tragic: expect blood and sweat, tears and beers, not to mention plenty of songs and silliness.

“A monumental theme encased in beer and pub camaraderie, encapsulating all human emotions in a musical, magical, hugely entertaining whole.”
The Fine Times Recorder

“Three versatile, talented performers reveal a world of driving ambition, cut-throat competition, and over-weening hubris with its inevitable downfall, using live music, dry wit, local references and popular culture.”
Remote Goat

“Wassail have scored an impressive 180…the play is engaging, engrossing and enthralling.”
Somerset County Gazette

Wassail Theatre unites communities through stories that inspire them by giving people unexpected, surprising and positive experiences of theatre. Wassail is based in Somerset and exists through a network of associate artists from across the UK interested in bringing new audiences and new ideas together.

Perfect

A young boy waits for the birth of his new baby sister, his excitement bubbling over at the thought of a new playmate to race and chase with. He can’t wait to tell her all about the swifts which nest not far from the top window of their pointy house. It’s nearly time, she’s nearly here…

The touching story of a boy meeting his disabled sister for the first time, with stunning puppetry, original live music, animation and physical theatre from the award-winning Tessa Bide. An imaginative retelling of the book by Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher, opening up the subject of disability for young audiences. Perfect is a remarkable story of anticipation and disappointment, acceptance and love, and the power of nature in all our lives.

“A very special show not to be missed.”
Primary Times on A Strange New Space

“Tessa Bide has a rare talent for accessing the inner vision of a child in such a natural way.”
Manchester’s Finest

“Tessa Bide understands children in a way that can’t be taught.”
Children’s Theatre Reviews

“The perfect example of a show where the adults are just as enthralled as the kids.”
★★★★ A Younger Theatre on The Tap Dancing Mermaid

Said And Done

Two women sit at a table at a wedding. They hate everyone here. They hate themselves. And, although they are the very best of friends, they probably hate each other.

When you know everything about a person’s life it’s easy to find ammunition to use against them, but sometimes teasing gets too much and insults go too far… Darkly comic with snippets of original music and dollops of cheesy pop, Said And Done is a snapshot into the lives of two women who are far too close.

After a sell-out run at The Wardrobe Theatre in 2017, Sugarscratch spent their spring taking Said and Done on a regional tour to find new audiences and now they are back and excited to head to Edinburgh Fringe 2018! Sugarscratch Theatre is an up and coming Bristol-based company made up of Lily London and Alice Ritchie. They first got the chance to work together during the second year of Bristol Old Vic’s Made In Bristol programme. And now they’ve joined forces again. Said and Done – their debut show – sprouted from an image in Alice’s head of a woman dancing alone to Cher.

“Their observational humour is spot on.”
Weston Super Mum

“Grotesque, physical and hilarious insight into female friendship.”
Audience Feedback

Impromptu Shakespeare

Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, power struggles, mistaken identity, cross-dressing, the supernatural and everything in between – this show will delight Shakespeare nerds and novices alike. Impromptu Shakespeare have their tongues firmly in their cheeks and their feet planted in the works of the Bard. Whether you know all 37 plays – or none – this is the show for you. Join us for an hour of riotous fun as the cast buckle on the Bard’s britches to bring you the plays he never wrote.

Returning for a third time to the Bristol Shakespeare Festival, Impromptu Shakespeare features a cast of leading improv talent. They’ve performed four critically-acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, and were featured on BBC radio’s The Art of Improv. Other appearances have included the Stroud Theatre Festival, Oxford Comedy Festival, Birmingham & Bristol Improv Festivals, ImproFest London, the Gulbenkian Theatre Canterbury, and the Edric Theatre in London.

“Shakespeare from the hip. Ingenious and very funny.”
Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor

“Simply sublime, side-splittingly hilarious improvised comedy almost worthy of the Bard himself.”
★★★★★ Broadway Baby

“’Go and see this show. It’s intelligent, it’s funny, it’s all of the adjectives for brilliant. I’m still not sure how they did what they did. ”
★★★★★ Pocket Size Theatre

Faslane

Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, or Faslane, situated 40 miles outside Glasgow, is home to the UK’s nuclear missile program: Trident. With her family having worked in Faslane all her life, and with friends protesting at the gates, Fringe First winner Jenna Watt explores what happens when the personal and political collide.

Drawing upon interviews with individuals at the front line of the nuclear debate, Jenna navigates her own journey through the politics, protests and peace camps in this multi award-winning show, direct from a hugely successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe and on tour throughout Scotland.

“Exceptional… Fascinating, and completely gripping.”
★★★★ The Scotsman

“An extraordinary piece of documentary theatre… Always engaging, impressively entertaining and often surprisingly funny.”
★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

“Carefully steps between anecdote, commentary and theatre.”
★★★★★ Fringe Guru

“Watt performs with an intelligent creativity that keeps the audience gripped.”
★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Faslane is a Contact Flying Solo commission – supported by Arts Council England

Photos by Mihaela Bodlovic