Push

So what do you do when you’ve made the brilliant decision NOT to have children and then, at age 35, you find yourself pregnant? Answers on a postcard, please. A mischievous look at the existential crisis of motherhood. Award-winning Popelei return to the stage to take you on an exhilarating journey through the guilt and the glory of one woman going her own way. Featuring blisteringly honest confessions, vibrant dance theatre and one extremely knocked up performer.

“Simply brilliant.”
Forge

“A hilarious, moving, tragic and heart-warming piece of theatre…one not to be missed.”
★★★★★ Three Weeks on Manuelita

“A wonderful, warm performance that will have you leaving on a high.”
★★★★ The Stage on Manuelita

Popelei is an arts organisation based in Bristol. We make award-winning performance work which we tour across the UK and Latin America. We produce The Popelei Naked Podcast and curate new alternative arts festival PAPAYA Fest. We were awarded the Three Weeks Editors Award (Top Ten Shows of the Fringe), were runner- up two years in year at the LUKAS Awards for Best Theatre Production and were shortlisted for the Naseem Khan Commission.

Age restriction: 14+ (contains strong language and adult themes)
Running Time: 55 mins (no interval)

Sugar?

One sugar and a splash of milk, a pair of steel cap boots and a good night’s kip. Join Suspension Theatre as they retell stories, explore what comfort means to all of us, and how people are forced to adapt when these comforts aren’t there any more…

By connecting the stories of those with homes and those without, Suspension Theatre aims to harness empathy and promote change. With a blend of verbatim theatre, physical storytelling and live and recorded sound, they explore the reality that we all experience the same needs, wants, hopes and dreams, and that the things that seem to divide us actually unite us. Sugar? opens the door onto untold stories of homelessness, inviting you to step inside and put yourself in someone else’s steel cap boots.

“So stunning and totally original, the best thing I’ve seen in Bristol this year. Seriously.”
Audience Feedback

“Compelling and creative. I was glued from start to finish!”
Audience Feedback

“A beautiful portrayal of the very real words said by very real people. They’ve created a performance that heightened the importance of words that are not often heard and made them memorable.”
Audience Feedback

Post show Q&A on Monday 20th
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

The Paper Cinema Club

Part puppet show, cinema show and slide show, The Paper Cinema is a fascinating, haunting and very clever mix of live music and live animation. What happens when inkblots, photocopies, cardboard, anglepoise lamps, the occasional table, video technology, a laptop and a banana box meet? Donʼt miss this chance to see The Paper Cinema with your own eyes…

Following their critically acclaimed show Macbeth and numerous overseas tours, the company take a monthly slot at The Wardrobe Theatre across Spring 2020 for a series of scratch performances that end in an invitation to audiences to find out more about the company’s work and have a go themselves. Join the club…

“Fragile and beautiful.”
★★★★ Lyn Gardner, Guardian

“Spellbinding.”
★★★★ Time Out

Running Time: 90 minutes (with interval)

Scream Phone

It’s 1989, the girls are having a sleepover and you’re like, totally invited! Pillow fights in their underwear, singing into hair brushes, and gossiping about their crushes, what could possibly go wrong? As long as they don’t answer the over-sized pink phone… dun dun DUUUN! Based on the retro classic game Dream Phone, Scream Phone will take you on a killer journey back to the 80’s with an infectious original* soundtrack.

*Disclaimer: These songs are all original, so you won’t (well, you might) recognise some of your favourite 80’s hits.

“A show that won’t just tickle and tantalise, it’s an absolute thrilling treat.”
★★★★★ North West End

“This spoof horror musical will have you in fits of laughter, on the edge of your seat and in admiration throughout.”
★★★★★ Three Weeks

“This trio can rightfully lay claim to the camp musical comedy crown at the [Edinburgh] fringe this year.”
★★★★ The Stage

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Bristol Improv Marathon 2020: When In Rome (XXVI Hours BC)

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Now in its sixth year, Closer Each Day Company in association with Bristol Improv Theatre and The Wardrobe Theatre presents Bristol Improv Marathon! For a staggering 26 hours a team of intrepid performers will create an entirely improvised, entirely unscripted play using nothing but their skill, imagination and a hefty dose of caffeine. The show brings together performers from all across the city and includes stars of hit shows such as Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera and Murder, She Didn’t Write by Degrees of Error!

2020 theme: WHEN IN ROME (XXVI HOURS BC)
It is the age of empires and emperors, and the western world revolves and converges on one thriving metropolis: Rome. The Forum hums with the plots and machinations of power-hungry Senators and their hand-wringing advisors, while the marketplace buzzes and jostles with wealthy merchants and struggling farmers. To the East, the still-warm sand of the Colosseum is splattered with the blood of heroic gladiators, as the jeers and cries of the masses echo from pillar to pit. The city streets are a medley of shrines and gutters, Roman legionnaires on leave spilling out of every taverna, while aspiring poets sing their songs for pennies on every corner. Meanwhile on the Palatine Hill, the lofty vestal virgins perform their sacred rites to protect the city walls. Home to plebeians, politicians, scholars and soldiers, Rome is the original toga party – and everyone’s invited.

“An impressive display of the actors sheer stamina and creativity. It was extremely entertaining to watch.”
Stage Talk Magazine

“Carrying the flag of improvised theatre with talent and verve.”
Bristol Theatre Review

Performed at Bristol Improv Theatre

50 St Paul’s Rd, Bristol, BS8 1LP

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Performances
When In Rome – Bristol Improv Theatre: 13-14 March 2020
Channel 26 (Hours) – Bristol Improv Theatre:
15-16 March 2019
Pirates of The Severn Seas – Bristol Improv Theatre:
16-17 March 2018
Check Out Time At The Grand Hotel – Bristol Improv Theatre: 24-25 March 2017
Ride On Time – Bristol Improv Theatre: 11-12 March 2016
Time Busters – Bristol Improv Theatre: 13-14 March 2015

Painting By Numbers

Three inadequate painters challenge themselves to each create their own masterpiece. A good idea, it seems. Once and for all they would prove to their compatriots that their own method of painting is best. But soon, the cracks start to show, and paint begins to spill. In their efforts to win their latest conquest (through ANY means necessary), it seems this time, it’s not just about painting. This time, it’s personal, and they will tear their work, the stage, and each other apart… with disastrous (and hilarious) consequences.

Prepare yourself for exhilarating paint fights, riotous dance routines and unforgettable high stakes LIVE painting!

“Fast, frantic… and outrageously funny.”
★★★★★ TheatreLab

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Us/Them

There is a giraffe in the gymnasium, and you cannot wiggle your toes. Why don’t the terrorists want to play with Barbie? It’s September 2004. Beslan, Russia. 1100 school children, parents and teachers are taken hostage. Beyond the statistics and faceless names are Girl and Boy who are trying to work out what happened.

Us / Them is a playful, poignant account of the way we imagine meaning from trauma.

Written by Carly Wijs
Directed by Lucy Hayes
Designed by Bea Wilson

DIRECTORS’ CUTS SEASON 2020

The Directors’ Cuts season is a programme of contemporary theatre presented by the four graduating directors from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and featuring work by acting, design and production students. Now in its fourteenth year and at The Wardrobe Theatre for the fourth time, the Directors’ Cuts season is firmly established in the Bristol theatre calendar. It has a reputation for showcasing fresh, vibrant and cutting edge theatre work by some of the finest emerging talent in UK theatre. Diverse and highly charged, this is a season of provocative plays which all have an important relevance in today’s society.

“Contemporary drama with extraordinary insightfulness, vivacity and theatrical prowess.”
Jenny Stephens, Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

This amateur production of Us/Them is presented by special arrangement with Nick Hern Books
Photo credit is Rachel Holman

Blink

Jonah leaves the religious commune he has grown up in, in a small rural community to head to London with a red suitcase and a need to start living his life. Sophie just wants to be seen by someone, so she doesn’t fade away. Little do either of them know what will happen when Jonah moves in to the flat downstairs.

This funny, honest, voyeuristic love story is an account of two peoples struggles to find purpose and navigate their emotions. It will leave you wondering what should love really look like, and can it be whatever you feel it to be?

Written by Phil Porter
Directed by Laura Harris
Designed by Benjamin Thapa

DIRECTORS’ CUTS SEASON 2020

The Directors’ Cuts season is a programme of contemporary theatre presented by the four graduating directors from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and featuring work by acting, design and production students. Now in its fourteenth year and at The Wardrobe Theatre for the fourth time, the Directors’ Cuts season is firmly established in the Bristol theatre calendar. It has a reputation for showcasing fresh, vibrant and cutting edge theatre work by some of the finest emerging talent in UK theatre. Diverse and highly charged, this is a season of provocative plays which all have an important relevance in today’s society.

“Contemporary drama with extraordinary insightfulness, vivacity and theatrical prowess.”
Jenny Stephens, Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

This amateur production of Blink is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD a Concord Theatricals Company
Photo credit is Rachel Holman

North Of Providence & Dolores

North Of Providence journeys through a painful crisis between brother and sister, uncovering old family wounds on the last day of their father’s life. Bobbie has burrowed himself in his parents’ home and is confronted by the over-bearing Carol to come to the hospital. Bobbie attempts to push Carol and the reality of his dying father away, but she persists, awakening him to the bitter truth.

“In ‘North of Providence,’ Edward Allan Baker takes a painful domestic crisis and transforms it into a one-act play of emotional depth and conviction.”
New York Times

Set in Rhode Island, Dolores is the story of two sisters drawn together by domestic violence which influences the lives of both characters far more than they admit to anyone, even themselves. Sandra is home alone, enjoying her weekly break from her husband and kids, when Dolores shows up with a black eye from her abusive husband. She is in desperate need of Sandra’s help. Through the course of the play, it becomes clear that Dolores is an unwelcome explicit reminder of the brutality Sandra tries to overlook in her own life.

“Baker’s writing is delicate and sensitive – he has the unique ability to create situations and conversations that are both humorous and disturbing.”
Beyond Broadway

Written by Edward Allan Baker
Directed by Victor Lirio
Designed by Carly Brownbridge

DIRECTORS’ CUTS SEASON 2020

The Directors’ Cuts season is a programme of contemporary theatre presented by the four graduating directors from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and featuring work by acting, design and production students. Now in its fourteenth year and at The Wardrobe Theatre for the fourth time, the Directors’ Cuts season is firmly established in the Bristol theatre calendar. It has a reputation for showcasing fresh, vibrant and cutting edge theatre work by some of the finest emerging talent in UK theatre. Diverse and highly charged, this is a season of provocative plays which all have an important relevance in today’s society.

“Contemporary drama with extraordinary insightfulness, vivacity and theatrical prowess.”
Jenny Stephens, Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

This amateur production of North Of Providence and Dolores is presented by special arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited
Photo credit is Rachel Holman

Love Song

‘Once, the water in my glass tasted like rotten pipes and base metals. Now it’s see-through joy.’

Beane is an eccentric introvert who falls in love with a burglar named Molly. His sister Joan’s relationship with her husband Harry is falling apart. All their lives are transformed by Beane’s new romance, but Molly’s true identity is a secret so shocking it cannot be ignored…

‘Love Song’ is a hysterically funny and wrenchingly honest look at love in all its forms, from new passions to rekindled marriages to family ties. How can you survive a love that has made you feel so alive?

Written by John Kolvenbach
Directed by Ben Prusiner
Designed by Edoardo Lelli

DIRECTORS’ CUTS SEASON 2020

The Directors’ Cuts season is a programme of contemporary theatre presented by the four graduating directors from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and featuring work by acting, design and production students. Now in its fourteenth year and at The Wardrobe Theatre for the fourth time, the Directors’ Cuts season is firmly established in the Bristol theatre calendar. It has a reputation for showcasing fresh, vibrant and cutting edge theatre work by some of the finest emerging talent in UK theatre. Diverse and highly charged, this is a season of provocative plays which all have an important relevance in today’s society.

“Contemporary drama with extraordinary insightfulness, vivacity and theatrical prowess.”
Jenny Stephens, Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

This amateur production of Love Song is presented by special arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited
Photo credit is Rachel Holman