The Bird Show

With frolics and foraging, flitting, flying and two unusual feathery friends, this is a madcap and touching show about birds facing changes to their habitat. The Bird Show uses live music, puppetry and lots more silly bird puns in this heart- fluttering physical comedy about conservation, migration and imagination.

We follow Henry the Heron and Sally the House Sparrow on a zany journey to become friends while facing ecological threats to their habitat. This colourful, visual show uses music, object puppetry, dance and low-fi acrobatics to gently explore the impact of humans on nature and asks the question – what can we do differently?

Written by award-winning playwright Tiffany Woodsmith, directed by international director Susana Alcantud, with designer Bronia Housman and original music by Catherine Burke.

“The energy and commitment of the company is infectious. This is unique small scale theatre with a great heart.”
Theatre Bath

“A fun-filled family show!”
Air in G on What’s The Matter?

“Entertaining and enlightening.”
StageTalk on What’s The Matter?

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Luna

For as long as we have turned our eyes to the sky we have been entranced by the moon. It controls our tides, stabilises our orbit, marks our time. And on July 20th 1969 two humans finally landed on its surface.

Luna is a joyous adventure through humanity’s ongoing fascination with this mysterious lump of dead grey rock, from our earliest attempts to explain its ever-changing presence, to the extraordinary achievements that culminated in Neil Armstrong’s one small step. Playing at The Wardrobe Theatre exactly 50 years to the day since the first moon landing, Luna is a rich feast of storytelling, puppetry, music, history and science.

Directed by Toby Hulse, performed by Shaelee Rooke and Robin Hemmings, plus a supporting cast of household objects and domestic lights.

“A must see for children of all ages – even the big, grown-up ones.”
Time Out on Hulse’s One Small Step

“Boisterous magic.”
The Guardian on Hulse’s The Lost World

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Jonathan Kay: Know One’s Fool

Only a fool could conjure up so rich and absurd a world from thin air and exit the theatre with the audience as part of the show. All rules are thrown aside and no two shows are ever the same. A show absolutely like no other you will ever see, The Know One’s Fool Showalk is an open door to the imagination.

Jonathan Kay’s shows are interactive, playful, shocking, reality bending, challenging and extremely funny. It’s improvisation at its most confounding, poignant and humorous where all notion of audience and performer gets tipped upon it’s head, and a conversation between audience and The Fool leads to a journey through both the mundane and the sublime.

“Not stand-up, but this new latest one-man show is from a performer and teacher about the fool who could well have an influence on stand-up in the future… Highly recommended for anyone out for something different.”
Time Out

“Making them laugh at themselves to understand themselves. It is what a good fool is supposed to do… Wickedly funny and completely unpredictable.”
The Guardian

“Quite unlike anything I have seen before. I have never been challenged so much in the theatre. Kay is a master of his art.”
The Irish Times

“In this brilliant and entirely improvised one-man show he leaves the audience dizzy.”
The Independent

Jonathan Kay is a 21 st century Fool. He is recognised as a leading performer in the ‘Theatre of Immediacy’ of Fooling and is a highly respected practitioner and teacher of Fooling workshops. He is the founder of the largest street theatre festival in the UK, The Hat Fair, and is an Honorary Fellow of The University of Winchester. He has performed and taught in Canada, the USA, Australia, South Korea and Jordan and extensively throughout Europe and the UK, including time at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Theatre in London.

Running Time: 90 minutes (no interval)

Bristol Pride Present: Riot Act

Check out the rest of the Bristol Pride theatre line-up:
4th July (7.30pm) – The Scandalous Love of Oscar Wilde
10th July (9pm) – Murder, He Didn’t Write

A powerful solo verbatim theatre piece created entirely word-for-word out of playwright and performer Alexis Gregory’s interviews with one of the only remaining Stonewall survivors, a 1970’s London radical-drag artist and a prominent 1990’s AIDS activist, spanning six decades of queer history with each story taking us right into the present day.

This critically acclaimed audience-favourite ran as part of the 2018 Kings Head Theatre Queer Season and received a West End charity gala performance at the Duchess Theatre.

Riot Act is hard-hitting, hilarious, heart-breaking, provocative, tender, truthful, personal and political. Most importantly, in a year that marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the show reminds us that our LGBT+ rights were hard fought for, and that we still continue the fight for equality.

Created and performed by Alexis Gregory and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE

“Funny as well as moving, honest and truthful…theatre at its simplest and at its best.”
British Theatre Guild

“Theatre rarely gets as impactful as this….one to see and one to remember.”
London Theatre

“As if possessed by the three men, Gregory gave a career defining performance… Beadle-Blair’s direction; brilliant…this stand-out piece of theatre will become part of LGBT cultural heritage.”
Attitude

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Bristol Pride Present: The Scandalous Love of Oscar Wilde

Check out the rest of the Bristol Pride theatre line-up:
10th July (7.30pm) – Riot Act
10th July (9pm) – Murder, He Didn’t Write

It is the 6th of April 1895 and Oscar Wilde waits alone at the Cadogan Hotel. He is awaiting a knock on the door that will bring an arrest warrant with charges of Gross Indecency against him.

We are excited to team up with Tic Tac Toe Theatre Company to present this superb one man play, which allows Oscar the freedom to talk openly about his relationships with men, the failing relationship with his wife and of course his enduring love for the destructive but beautiful Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas.

This tour-de-force performance is immersive, thought provoking and revealing. Bosie once said to Oscar that when he was not on his pedestal he was boring, in this show Oscar may well stumble from his pedestal but he could never be called boring.

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum With Expats

Celebrating their final year as Europeans, island-monkeys Becca and Louise got invited to the 2018 European Capital of Culture in Malta, having missed out on Hull last year. They went to drink rum with Brits abroad but found a lot more than they expected.

Lads on tour Sh!t Theatre (Letters to Windsor House, DollyWould) want to talk about home, your home, what we are doing in your home, what you might be doing in our home and how cheap the beers are. From our small island in the sea to another small island in the sea, Sh!t Theatre found mystery and murder in the fight to be European.

“The rising stars of performance art.”
Telegraph

“The Bert and Ernie of North London.”
Exeunt Magazine

★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ Sunday Times
★★★★ Evening Standard

I’m Bitter About Glitter

This performance for family audiences collides extravagant fantasy and the daily reality of mother and child making art together; figuring big stuff out together with a healthy dose of glitter.

The duo delve deftly into tricky questions of gender binaries, identity and social pressures to conform; questioning along the way accepted norms around motherhood, children and the family. A must for anyone who has ever been small with big questions, a big imagination and whose family doesn’t quite fit inside the box.

Most suited for 8+ but all ages welcome

I’m Bitter About Glitter Workshop
1.30pm-3pm (spaces limited)
Join Liz, Felix and our fantastic workshop facilitators after the show for a hands-on session exploring the themes of I’m Bitter About Glitter. Together we will create magical lands, and think big thoughts; with the help of props, found poetry, conversation and most importantly – your ideas. The workshop is designed for families to participate in together, to share the fun and share experiences. Places are limited and are most suitable for ages 8+. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Running Time:
Show – 40 mins (no interval)
Workshop – 90 mins

Shall We Take This Outside by Adam Kammerling

Violence solves nothing.
NB. (Except in films, TV, books, comics, games and pretty much every corner of culture where heroes exist)

A considered and impactful work, Shall We Take This Outside is Adam Kammerling’s exploration of his own violence, where it found him, why he embraced it, and how it affects him today. As Adam moves through his memories, we discover the myriad ways that violence bleeds into everyday real-life, from hierarchies in the classroom, pub and street, to flippant rejections of any social movement deemed a threat to the status quo.

A spoken word theatre piece animated by two acrobatic dancers; Si Rawlinson and Emma Houston give physical form to the stories, manipulating Adam and the space, and bringing a visual impact that spoken word simply cannot do alone. The soundtrack is equal parts classic pomp and heroism, and electronic, grime-inspired instrumentals, a reference to both the content of the show, and to Adam’s background as an MC.

A massive development for Adam, Shall We Take This Outside is a huge step from the spoken word circuit into longer forms, and a full collaboration with physical artists has been a long time coming. The subject matter and the form marry to create an amorphous space from which explosions of physical activity burst, and then swiftly spiral back into the simpler focus of spoken word poetry and storytelling.

Shall We Take This Outside was made with the kind support of Arts Council England, The Albany, Apples And Snakes and CALM
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

MathildaMathilda

A paper heart is caught in the wind. It flutters from the fingers of a little girl who had been practicing writing her name on it: MathildaMathilda. The heart lifts and the breeze blows it into the air.

On the hill, overlooking the sea, Nelly’s works in her artist’s studio. A twin who has lost her sister. Their childhood doll sits in a bag, forgotten. But in the bag is not one dolls head… but two! The heart blows through the window and gently lands on the dolls breast. MathildaMathilda opens her eyes, rolls them around and starts… she is alive! But what is she?

This is an adventure story. A story of connection, and of separation. A tale of two heads are better than one. Of sea-side towns, urban jungles, exploding paint factories, and of a wicked Ring-Mistress with a forgotten past. The story of MathildaMathilda.

Created and performed by mother-daughter duo, Tomasin and Ros Cuthbert in Soap Soup Theatre’s first show for older children. Boasting jazz compositions by one of the London Philharmonics young composers of the year Ashley John Long, bursting with unforgettable characters and stunning scenography. A highly original piece of work, not to be missed.

“A tender and enchanting children’s story, featuring a host of loveable characters.”
The Reviews Hub on The Snow Baby

“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

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Hot Flushes

It’s 2016. Lady Green is bronzing on a Super Yacht, Sir Phil Green is getting roasted by a Parliamentary Select Committee, and Sandra in Lighting, who’s worked thirty-five years for BHS, is burning from the loss of her pension.

Croydon branch is closing but there ain’t no closure for Sandra, not even in the stoic lyrics of her favourite Country songs. That’s until a chance encounter in the ladies’ fitting rooms with Patsy, a member of the National Rifle Association. It seems Sandra has much to learn about getting your dues from the Round Rock chapter of the Well-Armed Woman…

With a Country & Western score that’s catchier than Ebola, brought to you by the company that made Score, Pulling Out and Laminated, Hot Flushes is the only show you’ll see this year that puts hutzpah and foot spa in the same lyric.

“Funny, engaging, skin-crawlingly familiar and hugely entertaining.”
The PRSD

“Warm and funny.”
The Stage on previous show, Laminated

“Cunningly constructed and gloriously sung.”
The Guardian on previous show, Score

“Fast paced, emotive and tender.”
Exeunt on previous show, Pulling Out

Running Time: 75 mins (no interval)