How My Light Is Spent

Newport, Wales. Jimmy works in a doughnut shop. Kitty works for an adult chat line. Neither has met the other. Until, one day, this changes. Until, one day, Jimmy begins to vanish off the face of the earth. “Kitty, my hands have disappeared.” How My Light Is Spent is a lyrical, aching, joyous comedy about the unexpected places where love hides itself.

By Alan Harris
Directed by Nikhil Vyas
Designed by Robin Davis
By arrangement with Nick Hern Books

DIRECTORS’ CUTS SEASON 2019

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 thirteenth year and at The Wardrobe Theatre for the third 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

Poison

We’re…
A man and a woman
Who’ve lost a child
Who first lost a child
And then…each other

A couple torn apart by their son’s death meet at his graveyard. The cemetery is closing; the body must be moved.

Unearthing wounds once silenced, their meeting becomes an exercise in manipulation, a grapple of the past, and a fight for domination.

By Lot Vekemans
Directed by Sara Aniqah Malik
Designed by Oscar Selfridge
By arrangement with Nick Hern Books

DIRECTORS’ CUTS SEASON 2019

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 thirteenth year and at The Wardrobe Theatre for the third 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

The Greatest of The Greatest

In June 2010 Thommy Berggren and Mikael Persbrandt, icons of Nordic theatre and film, announced that they were collaborating on a masterpiece. Only one week before the show was due to open, they cancelled all the performances. This is the almost-true story of what actually happened when two male creative geniuses met to produce the greatest work of their careers, and failed. Oh, and Thommy and Mikael? They’re played by women.

By Eva Johansson and Louise Löwenberg
Directed by Charissa Martinkauppi
Designed by Alana Ashley

DIRECTORS’ CUTS SEASON 2019

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 thirteenth year and at The Wardrobe Theatre for the third 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

We Want You To Watch

Pig and Sissy want to eradicate porn forever. This is not an easy thing to do, but they’re trying. They feel they have to. To be clear, they’re not prudes, or conservative, or Catholic. This is not a show about love, or desire, or even sex. This is just about pornography. Kind of.

By Alice Birch & Rashdash
Directed by Claire O’Reilly
Designed by Roisin Martindale

DIRECTORS’ CUTS SEASON 2019

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 thirteenth year and at The Wardrobe Theatre for the third 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

Kiota

Please come and join us for the exciting launch of KIOTA: A Collective For POC Creatives in Bristol. The launch will showcase people of colour (POC) or BAME creatives from various artistic disciplines in a fantastic afternoon of performance followed by networking opportunities. We are building this supportive space to offer an opportunity to share, learn and network with other POC creatives whether emerging, established or anything in between! So, if that describes you or you simply want to enjoy the variety of wonderful performances, come along!

Line-up TBC

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

The Major Arcana

The Major Arcana is a shared dialogue amongst the collaborators about queerness, inclusion and playfulness in a political climate of adversity, austerity and commercialism. The Major Arcana’s pieces explore the tarot cards’ themes; anxiety, ecology, sexuality, gender, freedom, love.

The host performers, Tom Marshman, and special guest Timberlina (on the 11th Dec) will select one audience member for a tarot reading of their past, present and future cards. Their future card is a bespoke, performed cabaret experience, creating a vivid spectacle for the wider audience.

The Major Arcana lasts for an hour and a half, with readings working in 10 minute cycles, with performances from Corali Dance Company, Impermanence and host performers. The aesthetic of this “game show” varies greatly from raggle-taggle charm to a refined visual spectacle.

Originally devised for Latitude Festival by Impermanence, Tim Redfern and Tom Marshman

“Genius.”
Ruby Wax

Running Time: 90 mins

Steamed – A Dickensian Improvised Christmas Tale

BUY TICKETS – AT BRUNEL’S SS GREAT BRITAIN

Hilarious comedy, astonishing drama, endearing orphans, steam ships, steam trains, figgy puddings and perhaps the odd catchy music hall number! This Christmas join Closer Each Day Company aboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain for something festive, Dickensian and entirely improvised, created on the spot from YOUR suggestions!

Closer Each Day Company, creators of Bristol’s cult comedy, Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera, bring their dynamic and addictive brand of theatre to this new Christmas show, co-produced with The Wardrobe Theatre. Come along for a right old knees up and enjoy improv in the time of cholera!

“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

“So consistently gripping it’s incredible to think it’s created off the cuff.”
Visit Bristol

Tickets include a chance to look around Brunel’s SS Great Britain.
There is a full bar available on the night.

Photos: Chelsey Cliff
Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Treehouse Of Horror – Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

CLOSER EACH DAY – OTHER PERFORMANCES HERE

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is the world’s longest improvised narrative having run at The Wardrobe Theatre fortnightly for over 7 years and nearly 150 episodes.

The show is a live, spontaneous and unique theatrical experience performed fortnightly by Closer Each Day Company and co-produced by The Wardrobe Theatre. Think Twin Peaks meets League of Gentlemen via Eastenders; a soap opera packed with drama, comedy, romance and farce – hilarious and uplifting and the cult hit of Bristol.

“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

“Crackling wit… Its unscripted nature gives it a raw, exciting edge missing from rehearsed theatre.”
Bristol 24/7

“I left with aching cheeks from uncontrollable laughter induced by the cast’s impressive, and always comical, ability to improvise.”
Inter:Mission Bristol

Les Gloriablès

Inspired by Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Misérables, legendary French actress Gloria Delaneuf is determined to create a piece of theatre with the power to reunite Europe. She has dreamed a dream, and her hapless assistant Josephine Cunningham is going to help her make it happen. Vive la Revolution!

“Riotous slapstick and immaculate comic timing.”
The Stage

“Pure silliness from start to finish.”
★★★★★ The Public Reviews

“I have never seen a piece of theatre three times and still cried my eyes out with laughter.”
Weston-super-Mum

No show Thursday 21st March
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Unmythable

One show.
Three actors.
All the Greek myths.

An anarchic blend of comedy, cross-dressing, stories and songs, Unmythable returns to the UK after a sell-out European and New Zealand tours and an award-winning run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Are you ready to be a legend?

WINNER – Three Weeks Editors’ Award

“Stupidly entertaining.”
The Guardian

“Flawless… Unmissable.”
★★★★★ Broadway Baby

“Superb physical theatre.”
★★★★★ The Public Reviews

“A Pythonesque goodie bag.”
★★★★ Fringe Review

Out Of Chaos are an award-winning international ensemble, dedicated to making old stories fresh.

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)
Suitable for ages 12+