Join Closer Each Day Company and the beloved inhabitants of Newtown for a 2-hour special of the improvised soap opera as we discover what live was like at school for the community with bonus extra-curricular activities and some very special guests!
Was Fred a rebel or a teacher’s pet? Has Reg always been so awkward? And what was Big Dick like when he was just a Little Dick?
Find out at Closer Each Day’s Back To Skool special!
Closer Each Day’s last performance before the summer is a fundraiser to help take the company to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 where they will be performing the improvised soap opera; This Is Soap. It will be Closer Each Day Company’s first time at the festival and it’s a big chance to make the company known to the world beyond Bristol!
“Quick-witted, very watchable ensemble, razor-sharp in timing and delivery. ” ★★★★ Stage Talk
“So consistently gripping it’s incredible to think it’s created off the cuff.” Visit Bristol
Performed at Bristol Grammar School’s 1532 Performing Arts Centre
Cristina and Chess have both experienced smashing their two front teeth. It affected them and it got them thinking. In a culture preoccupied with perfect smiles, keeping a stiff upper lip and for everything to always be ‘fine’: how do we deal with difficult things? What happens if we don’t want to deal with them? Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry and sometimes we try our best to distract ourselves. But don’t worry: it’s okay, we’re dealing with it.
After a sell out run at Brighton Fringe 2016 and a sell out in Brighton Festival 2017, “It’s okay, I’m Dealing With It.” asks what we do when things aren’t okay. Through their multi award-winning combination of dance, comedy, chat and song, Cristina MacKerron and Chess Dillon-Reams unravel their own struggles and vulnerabilities and try to piece together how to cope with them. The Hiccup Project is a Brighton-based comedy dance/theatre duo with a humorous and gritty take on real-life experience. They create engaging, innovative and accessible work.
“Physical comedy and dance are stupendous companions when they work – and Chess and Cristina have the energy and the intelligence to make it work here. Their dance is skilled, their timing is spot-on, and their comedy is hilarious.”
“Genre-splatting, refreshing, inventive… Theatre and dance that hurls custard pies at convention. Outstanding.”
“I think all the best work begins with our deeply personal experiences. The Hiccup Project instinctively dig into that place and find both a richly comic and authentically physical world there.”
Ben Duke, Lost Dog Dance
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
Suitable for ages 3-8 and their families
Performances at 11am only on 16th, 17th and 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th December
No shows on 18th, 25th, 26th December
In the early hours of Thursday 8th August 1963, the heist of the century was under way. Whilst the world was tucked up in bed, 15 men put a finger up to the government and stole 2 million British pounds from Her Majesty’s Royal Mail train. Five days later the first clues were found, the gang was busted and the rest is history. But what about the ones that got away…?
Join the four forgotten females as they leave behind their kitchen-sink lives and embark on a madcap adventure of mischief and mayhem. Using a raucous combination of physical theatre, live music and clowning, Scratchworks will unfold the untold tale of the unlikely female four.
“Inventive and intelligent physical theatre… Wondrously enjoyable.”
★★★★ Theatre Bubble
“Just raw talent… a totally captivating show.”
★★★★ The Peg Review
Scratchworks are a physical ensemble of four women who create playful, accessible theatre from scratch. Founded in Exeter in 2013, they share a passion for creating original stories and combine a range of different theatrical styles and disciplines to bring their performances to life. Recipients of the VAULT ‘Festival Spirit award’ 2017 and NSDF award for ‘Best Overall Body of Creative Work’ at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013, their productions have toured across the UK. Members of the company have worked with the likes of Rogue Theatre, The Wardrobe Ensemble, The Jones Collective and Exeter’s award-winning clowning company, Le Navet Bete. Scratchworks’ work is supported by Arts Council England, The Barbican Plymouth and they are Associate Artists of The Bike Shed Theatre and The Exeter Phoenix.
Howard Coggins looks like Henry VIII. There’s no escaping that. Stu Mcloughlin doesn’t really look like any of the wives, but he’s going to give it a go. After their previous self-funded two-man historical drama is savaged in the press, Howard and Stu are at their wits’ end. Then they hit upon an idea for a show that could change everything…
Yes, that’s right, by popular demand, Living Spit are back with the show that didn’t make them fa-mous. Join the throngs who have already succumbed to this confection of live music, embroidery and barbie dolls. You may just laugh your head off.
Living Spit make poorly researched historical comedy-theatre shows about people that at least one of them vaguely looks like. Which have music in. That they write. Some people like them. And laugh. In an appropriate way. Six Wives of Henry VIII was the first of Living Spit’s eight shows to date including Elizabeth I – Virgin On The Ridiculous and Adolf & Winston. Despite its gory subject matter, it is still many people’s favourite. Which is why they’ve brought it back. That’s the blood thirsty Brits for you.
“Brilliant comic acting… honest, unpretentious, beautifully scripted comedy… premier league stuff.”
“The best 100 minute comedy show outside the Edinburgh Fringe.”
★★★★★ Western Daily Press
Suitable for age 11+
1hour 40minutes (including interval)
“That was the exact moment I knew something was different. That was when I woke up.”
Imagine you have a birthmark on your face. You’ve had it all your life. You’ve had to put up with people staring, pointing and asking questions. Sometimes it makes you feel like a monster. Sometimes it makes you feel beautiful. But now you are finally on your way to accepting it. And you want to talk about it.
Performance collective O&O present The Way I Look, a new piece of physical theatre that explores the relationship between identity and appearance drawing from the personal stories of people with facial birthmarks and scars. Funny and bold, The Way I Look tells their stories and their struggle to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and concern. We see the experiences that carve their journey to finding their place in the world. Energetic, evocative and uncompromisingly honest, The Way I Look is a story for anyone who has ever felt different.
O&O is a new collective of performance artists established by Marina O’Shea and Tessa Gaukroger, best known for their work as comedy duo O&O. Their previous work saw them nominated for Best New Act at both Bath Comedy Festival and London Sketchfest in 2015, and they received the Spirit of The Fringe Award at Bedfringe 2016.
Supported by the Bike Shed Theatre, Bristol Improv Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, Spike Island, Let’s Face It Support Network and Changing Faces UK.
Did you know that Astronauts get taller in space? That our solar system is around 4.6 billion years old? Or that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all of the beaches on Earth?
Amira knows all of these things. She is completely obsessed with space and dreams of becoming an Astronaut. But one night, the bangs, whooshes and fizzes of her imagination explode right out of her dreams, becoming a deafening reality. In the darkness, Amira must leave her hometown to go on an adventure, to find a safe space. Hearing the words ‘space’ and ‘adventure’, Amira quickly packs her bag for the intergalactic trip she’s been waiting for…
A completely original one-woman show without words, A Strange New Space melds physical theatre with stunning puppetry and original music. We travel on an imagined voyage into space, paralleled with Amira’s real-life journey as a refugee across continents, forming an unforgettable introduction to theatre for audiences of four years and older.
“There is something magical about this solo production.”
★★★★ Female Arts
“An emotional rollercoaster… what an inspiring production this is.”
“A very lovely show not just about the journey and adventures of a refugee child but about the brilliance of the imagination.”
Weston Super Mum
“Lovely audience interaction and excellent comic timing.”
Children’s Theatre Reviews
Photos by Paul Blakemore
Illustration by Lydia Davies
Vanessa’s life is science. Fact based, evidence led, no nonsense, no monsters. But when a photograph surfaces showing something in Loch Ness, she must embark on a very personal research project. An extinct fish, a missing father and breath-taking live electronic sound in a new play with songs about how we connect to the past and how our lives are shaped by the no-longer living things we carry with us.
Bucket Club are an associate company at Farnham Maltings. Past shows include the multi award-winning Lorraine & Alan. Fossils comes to The Wardrobe Theatre after a run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and a New York transfer to Brits Off Broadway.
“Inventive… with a wonderfully weirdo score.”
New York Times
“A live Sufjan Stevens-like soundscape… it’s a captivating, poignant reflection on love, longing and the importance of mystery in all our lives.”
★★★★ The List
★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★ A Younger Theatre
In the first installment of their live movie trilogy, multi-award winning comedy trio Sleeping Trees deliver their version of every gangster film they’ve ever seen; Mafia?. Expect casinos, operas and bloodshed, as the Banucci brothers find themselves in a situation stickier than most luxury cakes.
The Sleeping Trees bring to life a world of crime and corruption in a way you have never seen before, complete with an unrelenting live score and the most mesmerising gangster kitten you’re ever likely to see.
“You can almost visualise the blood splattering across the prison showers.”
★★★★ Fringe Guru
“A blockbuster hour of cleverly scripted fast laughs and energetic comedy.”
★★★★ The List
9pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and 7.30pm on Friday
You’ve seen Mafia?, you’re yet to see Sci-Fi?, what better show to see next than the one in the middle, Western? This time the Sleeping Trees find themselves slowly crisping under the sun of the Wild West, as gun slinger Harry Sudds takes on bulls, scorpions and many other animals largely found in America.
With another live score performed by the handsome and ever mysterious Ben Hales, the Sleeping Trees stamp their fast, physical and surreal brand of comedy onto one of the most revered film genres of all time.
“The lovechild of Monty Python and the League of Gentlemen.”
★★★★ Time Out
“With a script that steers left field of convention and indulges every whim, Sleeping Trees have created a lawless comedic style of their own.”
★★★★★ Broadway Baby
9pm on Thursday, Friday
All good trilogies must come to an end, and Sleeping Trees boldly choose to end their movie trilogy with the third show in the series, Sci-Fi?. At a time where ancient planet Plutopia rules the galaxy, farmer Charlie Sprog is dragged from his quiet home planet and given one simple mission: SAVE THE UNIVERSE FROM TOTAL DESTRUCTION.
Accompanied by an inter-cosmic and highly sensual musical score, the Sleeping Trees invite you to join them on a journey into the deep and infinite unknown. So strap on your helmets, jump into your spacesuits, complete the necessary six years of training required by NASA to fly into space and THEN, grab yourself a ticket!
“Another physically elastic, impeccably scored and endlessly energetic trawl through genre’s murky waters.”
“A company set to rocket to stardom.”
★★★★★ Three Weeks
Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals are going on holiday. After a long, exhausting music tour they are hoping to get away and have a nice relaxing time… But something tells me this won’t be the soothing holiday Kid Carpet was planning on and there is going to be pandemonium by the pool. The Noisy Animals takeover Kid Carpet’s balmy break with big beat songs, wonky donkeys, live special effects, puppetry and animation.
A ridiculous yet charming story of going on your holidays, silliness and mischief for the whole family. Expect sand in your sandwiches, upside down sat navs, ants in your ice-cream and Badger’s towel on your sun lounger.
Ed Patrick (aka Kid Carpet), is a Bristol-based maker of nonsense music and rock’n’roll theatre shows. Noisy Holiday is the fourth instalment of the Noisy Animals adventure, they’ve had a dance contest, they’ve been to space, they’ve caused bedlam in Bethlehem now it’s time for a nice relaxing holiday…
“Anarchy, irreverence and belly laughs for adults and children alike.”
“The Mighty Boosh for kids!”
Strike A Light Festival
“If you’ve got kids you must take them to see Kid Carpet, if you haven’t got kids borrow some and go anyway.”
Older Than Evil