What’s On

DoppelDänger

20th Jun - 23rd Jun
8pm | £10

Two members of Little Bulb Theatre present a brilliant gender twisting, live music, gothic storytelling mash-up that blurs the territories of theatre and gig, reclaiming what it means to be two women on stage

Thursday’s performance will be accessible to blind and partially sighted audiences (see below for details) Experimental live music and Baroque-pop mash-ups; gender-twisting visuals and gothic storytelling: this new work is an exploration of ‘the Doppelgänger’ – devised and performed by a pair of real life doppelgängers. With an uncanny blend of European 1630s-inspired retrofuturism and … More DoppelDänger

Comedy Music Theatre

Sharp Teeth

24th Jun - 23rd Dec
7.30pm (4pm in Dec) | Pay What You Decide

Sundays at The Wardrobe Theatre: Stimulate your Sunday brain by coming down to Sharp Teeth's monthly night of many genres

For the last four years Sharp Teeth Theatre have been bringing together theatre, storytelling, poetry and music to create a night of riotous Sunday fun. They’ve had raps about stolen bikes, poems about cottaging, performances from drag kings, new writing about women who climb the shard, and improvised storytelling about Lance Armstrong getting lost in … More Sharp Teeth

Best of Bristol Music Spoken Word Theatre

Nachos

25th Jun - 7th Jul
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturdays) | £12

From the creators of Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears, Reservoir Mogs, Rocky Shock Horror, Muppits Die Hard and Kirk vs Ming comes a brilliant new comedy that promises high stakes action and straight up laughs!

In Juarez, on the Mexican border with the USA, one man is making millions; a modern day Robin Hood to his countrymen and an enemy to the United States. Everyday his empire grows and grows, and with it so does the body count. The Nachos Kingpin will stop at nothing until his legacy is assured. … More Nachos

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Not really work in progress. More just something to do.

26th Jun - 28th Jun
9.45pm | £5

by Daniel Kitson

Daniel Kitson is getting out of the house, Staying loose, Ticking over, Keeping his eye in, Strengthening his core and putting some Shape in the Day Less like the first steps on a creative journey and more like someone rummaging through cupboards and making a pile of stuff for the charity shop. Running Time: 90 … More Not really work in progress. More just something to do.

Comedy

The Wardrobe Ensembwheel of Fortune!!!

30th Jun
9.30pm | £10 (+bf)

A special fundraiser night with The Wardrobe Ensemble raising money for the upcoming original production, South Western

Join us, The Wardrobe Ensemble, for ONE NIGHT ONLY as we bring to you… The Wardrobe Ensembwheel of Fortune! A night combining all your favourite gameshows and an actual real-life three-dimensional wheel of fortune. Part pub quiz, part performance, with live music, highly desirable prizes and an original theme tune. And all in aid of … More The Wardrobe Ensembwheel of Fortune!!!

Best of Bristol Comedy

The Family Blimp

1st Jul
2pm | £8

Physical theatre, grotesque clown and a lick of the absurd come together in a slightly monstrous, slightly delicious, look at how we create our identity and what we will do to protect it, presented by The Klump Company

The Klump Company throw open their front door and cordially invite you in to meet The Family Blimp. Physical theatre, grotesque clown and a lick of the absurd come together in a slightly monstrous, slightly delicious, look at how we create our identity – and what we will do to protect it. How far will … More The Family Blimp

Comedy

Mat Ewins & Adam Hess

1st Jul
8pm | £10

Chuckle Busters presents two top comedians trying out their latest shows before they head to the world’s largest arts festival

Click here to see the full list of comedians performing as part of Chuckle Busters’ Edinburgh Preview Season 2018 Mat Ewins: What Sorry? My Mistake! The Doors Are Not Open; The Show Has Been Cancelled. Do Not Have Your Tickets Ready! “Refused to explain where the rest of the cast were, merely claiming they were … More Mat Ewins & Adam Hess

Comedy

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

2nd Jul - 10th Dec
8pm | £7

The unplanned, unscripted & unconventional cult comedy show continuing the world's longest improvised narrative every other Monday

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 … More Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Three Cane Whale ‘At The Pictures’

3rd Jul
8pm | £12.50-£14 (inc. bf)

Back by popular demand - this acclaimed multi-instrumental acoustic trio perform live alongside their magnificent film project

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. A return booking for this acclaimed multi-instrumental acoustic trio and their magnificent film project, which involves the band performing live to 12 specially-commissioned short films made by 13 filmmakers and visual artists in response to 3CW tunes … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Three Cane Whale ‘At The Pictures’

Best of Bristol Music

Sleeping Trees: Work In Progress

4th Jul
9.30pm | £8

Something brand new from the brilliant physical comedy trio who have previously thrilled audience with their movie trilogy: Mafia?, Western? and Sci-Fi?

Sleeping Trees have been travelling around the world! They’ve been scuba-diving at the Great Barrier Reef, trekking the ancient Inca trails of Peru and gone dogging in Blackpool. But what starts as an innocent journey of discovery soon leads to an intricate series of events, culminating in the secret mission to end all missions. A … More Sleeping Trees: Work In Progress

Ed Gamble & Micky Overman

8th Jul
8pm | £10

Chuckle Busters presents two top comedians trying out their latest shows before they head to the world’s largest arts festival

Click here to see the full list of comedians performing as part of Chuckle Busters’ Edinburgh Preview Season 2018 ED GAMBLE: BLIZZARD After a sell-out national tour in 2017, Ed Gamble is back with another bracing flurry of idiocy. Off of BBC Two’s Mock the Week, Sky’s The Russell Howard Hour, Comedy Central at the … More Ed Gamble & Micky Overman

Comedy

Carl Donnelly & Sean McLoughlin

9th Jul
8pm | £10

Chuckle Busters presents two top comedians trying out their latest shows before they head to the world’s largest arts festival

Click here to see the full list of comedians performing as part of Chuckle Busters’ Edinburgh Preview Season 2018 STRICTLY CARL DONNELLY! Join this “observational genius” (Guardian) for his 10th solo show! In 10 years he’s been married, divorced, happy, depressed and twice nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award. This year he’s taking stock and … More Carl Donnelly & Sean McLoughlin

Comedy

Drag Murder, She Didn’t Write

10th Jul
9pm | £10

Bristol Pride Theatre Night returns with plotting, mayhem and laughter, teaming up with local troupe Degrees Of Error to bring you a very special edition of their Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show

Part of a double bill of theatre for Bristol Pride 2018. Click here for info on HIV Monologues at 7.15pm The talented cast create a completely original and hilarious murder-mystery, improvised on-the-spot using your suggestions and a whole host of gender-swapped suspects in a show that promises to dazzle, enthral and delight. Miss Crimson poisoned … More Drag Murder, She Didn’t Write

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

HIV Monologues

10th Jul
7.15pm | £10

Bristol Pride 2018 presents an exceptional, moving and poignant piece by Dragonflies Theatre that explores issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community at a time when local HIV services are under increasing pressure

Part of a double bill of theatre for Bristol Pride 2018. Click here for info on Drag, Murder She Didn’t Write at 9pm 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 … More HIV Monologues

Theatre

Parlour Games

11th Jul - 14th Jul
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

Sharp Teeth Theatre and The Wardrobe Theatre present a right royal romp through British history, exploring politics, passion and parlour games; a cross-dressing comedy for all those with a taste for Victoria's Sponge and who enjoy playing with their Prince Albert

It’s 1848 and Europe is revolting. As foreign royals topple at an alarming rate, how long will it be before the whispers of revolution reach the proud shores of old Blighty? With an isolated, postnatal Queen intent on playing solitaire, can the future of the British monarchy be saved before those dastardly working-classes start uprising … More Parlour Games

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Story Slam

15th Jul - 16th Dec
2pm | £8 (£5 conc.)

Bristol's true storytelling event, presented by Story Slam: Bristol - held on the third Sunday of every month

Story Slam’s ticketing and price increase announcement A hugely popular community driven storytelling event, Story Slam is where you can hear people’s amazing true stories told live on stage. All stories are told by volunteers from the audience. Put your name in the hat for a chance to tell a story, or just head along … More Story Slam

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Matt Forde & Alfie Brown

15th Jul
8pm | £10

Chuckle Busters presents two top comedians trying out their latest shows before they head to the world’s largest arts festival

Click here to see the full list of comedians performing as part of Chuckle Busters’ Edinburgh Preview Season 2018 MATT FORDE: BREXIT THROUGH THE GIFTSHOP The whole thing’s a mess and only one person can sort it out. Sadly, we have no idea who. Join Britain’s leading political comedian, Matt Forde, for his last show … More Matt Forde & Alfie Brown

Comedy

Blahblahblah: Imaginary Advice – A Live Podcast presented by Ross Sutherland

16th Jul
8pm | £8

Showcasing the UK's best spoken word performers, presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman - monthly Mondays

Launched in 2014 as a way to explore new forms of storytelling, the Imaginary Advice podcast has grown into one of the most popular storytelling podcasts in the UK. Written and presented by Ross Sutherland (BBC2’s Missing Episode; Standby for The Tape Back), this live podcast presents a selection of brand-new stories, both true and … More Blahblahblah: Imaginary Advice – A Live Podcast presented by Ross Sutherland

Spoken Word

One Man & His Cow

17th Jul - 19th Jul
8pm | £12 (£10 conc.)

A man. A cow. A shed load of trouble - written and performed in rhyme and song by the acclaimed Living Spit (makers of The Six Wives of Henry VIII)

Trevor loves Judy. Judy loves Trevor. They’re best mates. Trouble is, Trevor’s family don’t approve. They think that Trevor should leave his prize cow alone and get on with looking after his farm. And then Trevor gets some bad news… Written and performed in rhyme and song the acclaimed Living Spit (makers of The Six … More One Man & His Cow

Best of Bristol Comedy

Faye Treacy & Evelyn Mok

20th Jul
8pm | £10

Chuckle Busters presents two top comedians trying out their latest shows before they head to the world’s largest arts festival

Click here to see the full list of comedians performing as part of Chuckle Busters’ Edinburgh Preview Season 2018 THE PROBLEM WITH FAYE TREACY When asked by her little sister for some career advice, Faye realised she’d spent the last half of her 20s trying to make trombone comedy work. Join Faye for an idiosyncratic … More Faye Treacy & Evelyn Mok

Comedy

Rivertown 2018: Jess & The Bandits

21st Jul
8pm | £16.25 (incl. bf)

Ear Trumpet Music and Colston Hall present a night of high-energy pop-Americana, showing as part of Rivertown: Bristol's Americana Festival

Having wowed the likes of Terry Wogan, Gaby Roslin and Bob Harris with their high-energy pop-Americana, Jess & The Bandits deliver infectious “country with zing and sparkles” (Renowned For Sound). Performing new tracks and favourites from their debut album – “a fun, melodic rollercoaster mix of country rock and ballads.” (Nashville Over Here) – Rivertown … More Rivertown 2018: Jess & The Bandits

Music

Rivertown 2018: The Grahams

22nd Jul
8pm | £13.50 (incl. bf)

Ear Trumpet Music and Colston Hall present a night with a stunning husband and wife Americana duo, showing as part of Rivertown: Bristol's Americana Festival

The Grahams, traveling troubadours, always itching for the next ride out of town guitars and whiskey in tow. In 2013 their wanderlust took them down the Mississippi to the Atchafalaya swamp in Louisiana, then in 2015 it was the American rails, and a cross-country odyssey that resulted in not only a new album but an … More Rivertown 2018: The Grahams

Music

Tez Ilyas & Suzi Ruffell

23rd Jul
8pm | £10

Chuckle Busters presents two top comedians trying out their latest shows before they head to the world’s largest arts festival

Click here to see the full list of comedians performing as part of Chuckle Busters’ Edinburgh Preview Season 2018 TEZ ILYAS: LIFE IS A TEZT Fresh from his hit nationwide tour, Tez Ilyas is back with a brand new show. Expect a silly, smart and subversive ride from this breakout star. As seen on: Man … More Tez Ilyas & Suzi Ruffell

Comedy

Ivo Graham & Kiri Pritchard-McLean

24th Jul
8pm | £10

Chuckle Busters presents two top comedians trying out their latest shows before they head to the world’s largest arts festival

Click here to see the full list of comedians performing as part of Chuckle Busters’ Edinburgh Preview Season 2018 IVO GRAHAM: MOTION SICKNESS A feisty new hour about facing the future named after my fourth favourite Hot Chip song (and a beaut by Phoebe Bridgers). As seen/heard on Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, … More Ivo Graham & Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Comedy

Angela Barnes & Ahir Shah

25th Jul
8pm | £10

Chuckle Busters presents two top comedians trying out their latest shows before they head to the world’s largest arts festival

Click here to see the full list of comedians performing as part of Chuckle Busters’ Edinburgh Preview Season 2018 ANGELA BARNES: ROSE-TINTED Following sell-out Fringe shows in 2014, 2015 and 2017, Angela Barnes (Mock The Week, Alan Davies’ As Yet Untitled, Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, host of Newsjack on … More Angela Barnes & Ahir Shah

Comedy

Impromptu Shakespeare

26th Jul - 27th Jul
8pm (plus 9.30pm on Friday) | £10 (£8 conc.)

An entirely new and unique Shakespeare play improvised on the spot and inspired by audience suggestions, showing as part of Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2018

WORKSHOP with Impromptu Shakespeare Sunday 29th July 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 … More Impromptu Shakespeare

Comedy Theatre

Captain Cauliflower & Marvin The Mischievous Moose

28th Jul
2pm | £8 (ages 2 and under go free)

Come and join the invincible Captain Cauliflower and his faithful companion on an unforgettable adventure, filled with extreme silliness and unquestionable danger - for ages 3-8 and their families

Marvin The Mischievous Moose presents Captain Cauliflower with a mystical magic hat that gives him super powers. We then follow his adventures into outer space and deep under the ocean, saving those in peril, but can he beat his arch nemesis the evil and odorous Onion Man? Dan Lees and Neil Frost invite you on … More Captain Cauliflower & Marvin The Mischievous Moose

Comedy Family

The Establishment: Fool Britainnia

28th Jul
8pm | £10

Side-splitting, stiff upper-lipped hilarity from critically acclaimed duo Dan Lees and Neil Frost

Welcome to Britain’s worst school, taunt the nervous supply teacher, bunk of PE and get caught smoking behind the bike sheds. Award-winning comedians Dan Lees and Neil Frost take you back to school for a very silly and hilarious history lesson. “A fast-paced, multidimensional masterclass in comedy.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine “This is silliness as an … More The Establishment: Fool Britainnia

Comedy

WORKSHOP with Impromptu Shakespeare

29th Jul
11am-4pm | £35 (£30 conc.)

Learn how to improvise using style, character and language techniques to create the scenes Shakespeare never wrote from this experienced company

Get to grips with Shakespeare in a very different way – by making it up. Learn how to improvise using style, character and language techniques to create the scenes Shakespeare never wrote. Improvisers from the critically-acclaimed Impromptu Shakespeare will guide you to use improvisation skills to uncover your inner Bard. Expect to improve your verbal … More WORKSHOP with Impromptu Shakespeare

Said And Done

30th Jul - 31st Jul
8pm | £10

Darkly comic with snippets of original music and dollops of cheesy pop - a snapshot into the lives of two women who are far too close by Sugarscratch Theatre

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 … More Said And Done

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Rex The King

1st Aug - 3rd Aug
8pm | £10

Wassail Theatre presents their witty, uplifting and ludicrously tragic adaptation of Oedipus Rex - expect blood and sweat, tears and beers, not to mention plenty of songs and silliness

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 … More Rex The King

Best of Bristol Theatre

TOURING: The Star Seekers

8th Aug - 1st Sep
11.30am & 2.30pm | £12 (£10 under-18s)

An out of this world adventure for ages 3-8 and their families, a collaboration between The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre - performing at National Theatre, London

Touring to National Theatre, London – Tickets Have you ever dreamt of flying to the moon? Meeting an alien? Becoming an astronaut? Join star seekers Alph, Betty and Gammo on a journey through space where you take the steering wheel. Inspired by our childhood wonder of the universe, The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre … More TOURING: The Star Seekers

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Dance Of The Violin

28th Aug
11am & 2.30pm | £8 (ages 2 and under go free)

Wild Words presents a magical storytelling and music show for ages 3-10 preceeded by a playshop puppet making workshop

PLAYSHOP: 11am-11.45am | 2.30pm-3.15pm SHOW: 12pm | 3.30pm Once there was a boy called Joshua who loved making a noise, who loved making sounds and his parents would say “Joshua that’s good but could you do something else now please?” Then one day his parents started to hear music and they said “Joshua that’s really … More Dance Of The Violin

Best of Bristol Family

The Pixies’ Scarf

30th Aug - 2nd Sep
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

A magical adventure for ages 3-8 and their families set in the wet, craggy lands of Dartmoor, presented by Soap Soup Theatre (makes of The Snow Baby and The Owl & The Pussycat's Treasury of Nonsense)

Inspired by the powerfully evocative tale of The Pixies’ Scarf by Alison Uttely, Soap Soup Theatre present a theatrical treat for children and their families, set in the wet, craggy lands of Dartmoor. While out picking whortleberries with Grandmother, Dicky Bundle finds a treasure that opens the door to a beautiful, fragile world. It is … More The Pixies’ Scarf

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Baba’s Song

4th Sep - 5th Sep
8pm | £10

A beautiful new piece of storytelling and song exploring some of the less talked about issues of new motherhood, by new company In Our Hands

Armed with a token of love from her dying mother, Vasilisa is on a journey into darkness to discover her own flaming strength. Baba’s Song is a folk tale of our time. Two performers use the restrictions of space to invite audiences into a vast universe of the imagination. Devised using song and physical theatre, … More Baba’s Song

Best of Bristol Theatre

Monkey Tennis: LIVE

7th Sep
8pm | £10

A live recording of the acclaimed Alan Partridge fan podcast

Following sold-out shows in London, an appearance at Comic Con, broadsheet acclaim and an iTunes #1, Monkey Tennis – the Alan Partridge Fan Podcast, heads to Bristol for the first time. Expect insight, speculation, tangents and nonsense as four Alan enthusiasts bring this unofficial podcast to the Wardrobe Theatre, discussing, dissecting and celebrating episodes from … More Monkey Tennis: LIVE

Comedy

Nincompoop

9th Sep - 9th Dec
7.30pm (4pm in December) | Pay What You Decide

Sundays at The Wardrobe Theatre: A face-achingly funny monthly night of alternative comedy where anything can happen and quite often does

The South West’s best and most absurd alternative comedy event, Nincompoop showcases the very best new ideas in comedy, clowning, fooling, slapstick, mime, audience participation, mischief and tomfoolery. Hosted by an array of loveable idiots including Deirdre Me and Bertie Boulevard, previous Nincompoops have included: speed dating with alphabetti-spaghetti, an invisible plate spinner, a bride’s … More Nincompoop

Best of Bristol Comedy

Prom Kween

11th Sep - 15th Sep
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £12.50

The fabulous award-winning ★★★★★ comedy musical by Rebecca Humphries, presented by Aine Flanagan (How To Win Against History, Margaret Thatcher: Queen Of Soho)

How one boy made herstory… Inspired by real events, this is the true story of Matthew – the first ever person to win the coveted title of ‘prom queen’ – and of the bitches who tried to stand in his way. Think Grease meets Drag Race meets a Trump rally with sequins. Lots of sequins…! … More Prom Kween

Comedy Theatre

Skin A Cat

18th Sep - 19th Sep
8pm | £10

A wickedly funny, no-holds barred take on a teenage girl’s sexual awakening and misadventures, the award-winning show by Isley Lynn

Every teenager thinks they’re the only one not having sex. But for Alana, it may well be true. Every time she gets close to doing it something just seems to get in the way… Soon she can’t help wondering is it this tricky for everyone else? Because no one ever said it was going to … More Skin A Cat

Theatre

Interval Takeover

21st Sep - 22nd Sep
Times Vary | All shows 'Pay What You Decide' (recommended donation £4)

Over two days Bristol-based collective Interval are setting up camp and will taking over both The Wardrobe Theatre and Old Market Assembly with a thrilling programme of performance, sound and film

Interval is a collective of artists who share space, knowledge and resources above St Nicholas market in the centre of Bristol. We perform across the UK and internationally, but rarely on home turf. This is our chance to come together to put on a collection of work for Bristol audiences. The programme will be a … More Interval Takeover

Best of Bristol Theatre

Adventure Bureau

23rd Sep - 16th Dec
11am (2pm only in Sept) | £7 (£5 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

A brilliantly fun interactive storytelling show for ages 3-8 and their families, presented by Katie Storer and Simon Panrucker

Katie and Simon are coming on a special trip from the Adventure Bureau, an ancient organisation whose job it is to create all the adventures EVER! With the help of your biggest (and smallest) ideas, they will weave a totally improvised story complete with an improvised soundtrack and songs. The audience decides what elements go … More Adventure Bureau

Best of Bristol Comedy Family Theatre

The Dizziness of Freedom: Book Launch

24th Sep
8pm | £5

A dynamic night of live poetry exploring mental health, to launch Bad Betty Press anthology, The Dizziness of Freedom

Shortlisted for Most Innovative Publisher in the 2018 Saboteur Awards, Bad Betty Press presents a night of live poetry to celebrate the launch of their ground-breaking anthology on mental health, supported by Arts Council England. The Dizziness of Freedom showcases compelling, strange, beautiful and startlingly honest stories about mental health, written by 50 of contemporary … More The Dizziness of Freedom: Book Launch

Spoken Word

Sleeping Trees: World Tour

25th Sep - 29th Sep
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

Brilliant new show from the hilarious multi-roling, genre-splicing, physical comedy trio behind the movie trilogy: Mafia?, Western? and Sci-Fi?

Sleeping Trees have been travelling around the world! They’ve been scuba-diving at the Great Barrier Reef, trekking the ancient Inca trails of Peru and gone dogging in Blackpool. But what starts as an innocent journey of discovery soon leads to an intricate series of events, culminating in the secret mission to end all missions. A … More Sleeping Trees: World Tour

Comedy Theatre

Nick Cope

30th Sep
11am & 2pm | £7 (£5 for groups of 20+, 2s and under go free)

With songs about dogs eating soap and dragons called Keith, the popular Nick Cope returns to The Wardrobe Theatre to perform his special live music gig for children

Nick Cope is a professional singer and songwriter, and has over 20 years of experience in music, including international success as lead singer and songwriter with The Candyskins in the 1990s. For close to 10 years Nick has been writing, performing and recording music for children and their families and has established a fanatical army … More Nick Cope

Family Music

Show & Tell

3rd Oct
8pm | £5

A comedy night with a difference! Open mic nights can be laddy, exclusionary and quite frankly we are sick of penis* jokes - Show & Tell by Sophie and Lucy Bishop is a friendly platform that encourages new performers (especially women!)

Show & Tell has a different theme each time, and you can experience the best of Bristol’s new talent through a series of short 5 minute performances. You can even participate in the Q & A after each performer’s slot. Show & Tell performers bring an artefact with them to pass around, or sometimes they … More Show & Tell

Best of Bristol Comedy

Sexy

5th Oct - 6th Oct
8pm | £10

Vanessa Kisuule explores our obsession with what is sexy through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress

‘Oi, you. Sentient flesh owner. I have some questions for you. Do you think you’re sexy? What do you find sexy? What does sexy even mean?’ As a young woman who loves poetry, smashing the patriarchy and a well timed slut drop, this has been a question that has plagued Vanessa her whole life. Sexy … More Sexy

Best of Bristol Comedy Spoken Word

Missing Pieces

7th Oct - 2nd Dec
5pm | £8

A series of script-in-hand performances showcasing classic and new plays by Black British, Caribbean and African writers

Missing Pieces is a series of monthly staged play readings showcasing Black British, Caribbean and African work from new writing to classics. Missing Pieces brings Black theatre to Bristol, and brings work seen in London and elsewhere to the Bristol stage. A Missing Pieces Season brings you plays that are already published, performed, a cultural … More Missing Pieces

Best of Bristol Theatre

Coulrophobia

9th Oct - 13th Oct
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £12

Two clowns trapped in a cardboard world, a hysterical comedy from Pickled Image

Dik and Adam are clowns! They couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag, let alone a surreal cardboard world. Why are they there and what are they supposed to be doing? They know something sinister is afoot (wearing really big shoes…) and they need to get out before it’s too late. Join them … More Coulrophobia

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Jen Brister: Meaningless

12th Oct
9.45pm | £10

Every Friday evening Chuckle Busters hosts a lovingly curated selection of comedians at The Wardrobe Theatre

Ever wanted to know the meaning of life? No, neither has Jen, she’s too busy trying to stop her twins from using her shoes as a toilet. Still, we’re only on this planet for a finite time, wouldn’t it be good to find a bit of meaning in your otherwise pointless existence? Join Jen as … More Jen Brister: Meaningless

Comedy

Lands

16th Oct - 17th Oct
8pm | £10

A Bush Theatre and Antler co-production, Lands is a playful, intimate dissection of a relationship teetering on the edge of collapse

2 performers, a mini trampoline and a 1000 piece puzzle. Leah and Sophie have been together, here, for a long time. They are happy here. But there’s a problem. There’s a massive f**king problem and soon they’re going to have to talk about it. Exploring the impossibility of relationships, our inability to understand one another, … More Lands

Theatre

Murder, She Didn’t Write

18th Oct - 20th Oct
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

Move over, Sherlock! In Degrees of Error’s improvised murder mystery YOU become the author and watch your very own Agatha Christie-inspired masterpiece unfold on stage

Returning to The Wardrobe Theatre after multiple sell-out runs, Murder She Didn’t Write provides “one of the funniest evenings you’ll have in some time” (Ed Fringe Review). The talented Degrees of Error allow you to unleash your literary prowess, to create an original and hilarious improvised murder-mystery. They use your suggestions, evidence ideas and for … More Murder, She Didn’t Write

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Fin Taylor: When Harassy Met Sally

22nd Oct
8pm | £12

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

Star of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and Live From The Comedy Store, Fin Taylor, is off on tour with a brand new show. His finger’s still on the pulse, except now he doesn’t know whether that’s flirting or harassment. Fin has quickly established himself as one of the most original voices on the comedy circuit, … More Fin Taylor: When Harassy Met Sally

Comedy

Ginger Beer

23rd Oct - 25th Oct
8pm | £10

Grindr. Fisting. Drugs. All whilst staying fabulous. Being gay in 2017 isn't easy. - a exciting new show by Limerence Productions

Being gay in 2017 isn’t easy. For Sammy and El it’s even harder, with an obsessive lad and a lovesick teen following them around. Between gay male saunas, chemsex parties and the pursuit of the perfect dick pic, Ginger Beer explores the difficulties of the gay male scene with vibrancy, honesty and warmth. Limerence Productions … More Ginger Beer

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Let Me Look At You

26th Oct - 27th Oct
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

Stand-up meets solo theatre in this personal story from the gay “movement” - presented by the double Fringe First winning Starving Artists Theatre Company

Q: What’s so funny about being gay? A: Let Me Look At You. Grounded in history and battered by camp, a fifty-something gay man shares his misadventures while quietly having a nervous breakdown himself. On the fiftieth anniversary of the UK’s Sexual Offenses Act, Starving Artists offers up the oft-ignored warning: things haven’t changed all … More Let Me Look At You

Theatre

Lo Fi Funky Space Quest

29th Oct - 3rd Nov
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

Return To The Unknown: An intergalactic interactive cosmic adventure from Babyhead Tom and DJ Cheeba, for ages 3-10 and their families

Calling all intergalactic little humans! If you are full of super human energy and imagination, we need you! Babyhead Tom and DJ Cheeba are looking for an eager crew of space cadets to help them on their latest mission into the depths of space. Who knows what new surreal planets and bonkers alien species we’ll … More Lo Fi Funky Space Quest

Best of Bristol Comedy Family Theatre

Pundemonium

30th Oct
8pm | £10 (+bf)

Into innuendo? Dabble in double-entendre? A punning gameshow by Rachel Mars and Daniel Pitt

A hilarious live game show full of PUNishing linguistic challenges for compulsive punners and their carers. Join us for competitive wordplay in this groan-off with guest pundits including performers, comedians, poets and writers to compete alongside members of the public for the ‘Thesaurus Rex’ trophy and a place in the Grand Final. Got appundecitis and … More Pundemonium

Comedy

An Indian Abroad

31st Oct - 1st Nov
8pm | £10

Sacred places. Mythical structures. Nando's. - a new solo show by Pariah Khan

Stifled by life in middle-class India, Krishnan is desperate to see more of the world. He takes a year out from his studies to visit the exotic island of Great Britain. Keen to seek out the locals, he wants to learn about life through their eyes. What does Krishnan’s journey teach him about the world? … More An Indian Abroad

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Lash Stackers present… The Infinite Narcissism of Xtravaganzah

2nd Nov
8pm | £10

The Shade Pullers & Lash Stackers Social Club presents an evening with one of the UK's very best drag artists

Your favourite, fabulous 70’s working mens’ club is back and this time, back by popular demand, we have a brand new feature length show from your holy local Virgin Mary. In 2014, The Virgin Xtravaganzah descended from Heaven because heaven was boring and full of Christians… #NotTheLook. She tried to find heaven on earth, but … More Lash Stackers present… The Infinite Narcissism of Xtravaganzah

Comedy Theatre

Harry & Chris Save The World

3rd Nov
5pm & 8pm | £12.50

A special night of spoken word and live music from world poetry slam champion Harry Baker and jazz musician Chris Read

After sell-out runs of their 2016 and 2017 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Harry Baker and Chris Read have been featured three times on ‘The Russell Howard Hour’ (Sky) and have been touring regularly around the UK. Last year they prevented a apocalypse and got a panda pregnant, so they are now drunk on comedy-rap-jazz … More Harry & Chris Save The World

Comedy Music Spoken Word

Lovely Girls

7th Nov - 8th Nov
8pm | £10

Comedic dance-­theatre company The Hiccup Project present an insight, celebration and ode to being a woman in the 21st century (work-in-progress)

Chess and Cristina are The Hiccup Project, a comedic dance-­theatre company. People commonly refer to them as ‘the lovely Hiccup girls.’ It’s got them thinking… It’s been 100 years since (some) women got the vote. This was a (bit of a) step towards gender equality, but how liberated are women today? After diving into the … More Lovely Girls

Comedy Dance Theatre

WORKSHOP with The Hiccup Project

7th Nov
10am-12pm | £10

Gain an insight into the award-winning The Hiccup Project's practices of fusing dance, theatre and comedy

A highly energetic, dynamic and playful class exploring the voice as well as the body – gaining an insight into the The Hiccup Project’s practices of fusing dance, theatre and comedy. Our workshops are centred around pushing and developing physicality with intention and/or specific qualities. We will focus on the enjoyment and pleasure in movement, … More WORKSHOP with The Hiccup Project

Queen C*nt: Sacred or Profane?

9th Nov - 10th Nov
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £12 (£10 conc.)

An absurd comedy sketch show from China Blue Fish and Deborah Antoinette

‘Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians…’ Come and see us do all of this – and more! Venus is about to collide with Earth! A multi-character melange of opinion paints the stage rainbow coloured, sequined, hairy and fleshy pink. Blending music, comedy, drag, movement, … More Queen C*nt: Sacred or Profane?

Best of Bristol Comedy

The Snow Baby

11th Nov
11am & 2pm | £8 (ages 2 and under go free)

Soap Soup Theatre the makers of The Pixies' Scarf and The Owl & The Pussycat's Treasury of Nonsense present a magical children's show for ages 3-8 and their families

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 … More The Snow Baby

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

TOURING: Rocky Shock Horror

12th Nov - 17th Nov
7.30pm | £12-£27

A fabulous comedy-drag-boxing-musical extravaganza from The Wardrobe Theatre, makers of Reservoir Mogs and Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears - on tour to Tobacco Factory Theatres

Touring to Tobacco Factory Theatres – Tickets Touring to Theatre Royal Plymouth – Tickets It’s a hook to the left! And then a jab to the right! Let’s do the time-warp back to 1976; a world without men and women – only lovers, fighters, dancers and all-nighters and where the mean streets of Philadelphia are … More TOURING: Rocky Shock Horror

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Flo & Joan: Alive On Stage

13th Nov
8pm | £13

Chuckle Busters presents a handpicked selection of top comedians at The Wardrobe Theatre

Following a sell-out run of their critically acclaimed 2017 show The Kindness of Stranglers, musical comedy duo and sisters Flo & Joan are travelling the country with a new hour of their dark and witty songs. Winner: Best Musical Act – Leicester Comedy Festival 2018 Winner: Best Music and Variety Act – Chortle Awards 2018 … More Flo & Joan: Alive On Stage

Comedy

We Are Brontë

14th Nov - 17th Nov
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

Morecambe & Wise meets David Lynch in Publick Transport’s brilliantly funny and madcap interpretation of the Brontë myth

Inspired by the real and imaginary worlds of the Brontës, two performers combine rigorous physical theatre with anarchic comedy to deconstruct not only gothic themes of love, madness and revenge, but also themselves. Expect wind, spooky houses and really bad coughs. “A mini comedic masterpiece… ambitious, risk-taking, edgy, just downright different.” ★★★★★ StageTalk Magazine “Masters … More We Are Brontë

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Christmas Tales With Granddad

22nd Dec - 6th Jan
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

Exquisite puppets and captivating storytelling combine to create an enchanting and magical Christmas show guaranteed to spark the imagination of years 3-8 and their families, presented by Pickled Image

Bursting with heart-warming storytelling and festive cheer, Christmas Tales With Granddad creates the sense of an intimate fireside in the theatre, with Granddad welcoming imaginative input from the audience as he weaves 3 brand new tales. A magical a feast of festive stories including a special pair of Christmas pants, the mystery of the snowflake … More Christmas Tales With Granddad

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

25th Jan
8pm | £15

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

She’s a regular on Mock The Week and a much-loved figure on Live at the Apollo, as well as being all over Radio 4 – for whom she’s making her very own series in 2018, after extensive stints on The News Quiz, Just A Minute, The Now Show and plenty more. All this makes it … More Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

Comedy

Glenn Wool: Wool’s Gold II (The Iron Pirate)

10th Mar
8pm | £14

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

Comfortably in his forties, award-winning comedian and new dad Wool delves into his back catalogue of material spanning 25 years to perform some of his more subversive routines. Does he still agree with those points of view or has he finally grown up? Plus a little navel gazing tossed in for the arty-farty types. “Lethally … More Glenn Wool: Wool’s Gold II (The Iron Pirate)

Comedy

Andrew Maxwell: Showtime

16th Mar
8pm | £14

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

With Showtime Andrew continued his long run of domination of the Edinburgh Fringe. A memorable cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos, it won yet another barrage of five-star reviews for one of the festival’s most universally acclaimed acts. Now, it’s ‘showtime’ for the rest of the … More Andrew Maxwell: Showtime

Comedy