What’s On

Luna: a play about the Moon

21st Feb 2020 - 23rd Feb 2020
2pm & 4.30pm (21st), 11am & 2pm (22nd & 23rd) | £8 (ages 2 and under go free)

50 years since man first walked on the moon, Roustabout present a glorious celebration of our relationship with our closest cosmic companion - for ages 5+ and their families

We are entranced by the Moon. It controls our tides, marks our time, and has inspired countless stories, myths, songs, and poems. And in July 1969, we walked on its surface. Featuring astronauts, lovelorn science teachers, werewolves, and a special guest appearance by the Moon itself, supported by a talented cast of household objects, Luna … More Luna: a play about the Moon

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Rhys James: Snitch

21st Feb 2020 - 22nd Feb 2020
8pm | £13

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians, presented by Show And Tell in association with United Agents

Mock The Week regular and star of his own BBC Radio 4 series, Rhys James heads out on his first national tour. In early 2019, Rhys was asked to go back to his school and inspire the Year 11s. Given that teenagers are a nightmare and there was no fee, he ghosted the teacher who … More Rhys James: Snitch

Comedy

Sunday Club: Phil Jerrod & Guests

23rd Feb 2020
7.30pm | £8

Chuckle Busters' regular Sunday night comedy club presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

Phil Jerrod began his stand-up career underneath an Angus Steakhouse in 2012. Since then he has failed his PhD, walked out of his job in publishing and been entertaining audiences up and down the country with his elegant rants on the often unfathomable problems of modern life. Winner – Leicester Comedy Festival Awards Best Debut … More Sunday Club: Phil Jerrod & Guests

Comedy

Loupe Theatre Presents

23rd Feb 2020 - 26th Jul 2020
5pm | Pay What You Decide

A monthly night of storytelling, music, theatre and spoken word curated and hosted by Loupe Theatre, showcasing the best in new talent from Bristol and beyond

Sharp Teeth Presents is passing on the baton… The legacy of Sharp Teeth Presents will live on through the fresh-faced, eager beavers; Loupe Theatre Company, who are taking over these monthly Sundays from September 2019. Each month Loupe will bring together performances from a collection of artists from the South West (and other places). From … More Loupe Theatre Presents

Best of Bristol Spoken Word Theatre

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

24th Feb 2020 - 15th Jun 2020
7.30pm | £10 (£7 for members of 'Neighbourhood Watch' - free to join)

The unscripted, unconventional and uplifting comedy hit of Bristol - packed with drama, romance and big laughs! Perfect for newcomers or follow the story unfolding with a unique episode every other Monday

Hilarious and heartfelt, Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera has absolutely no script, making every performance utterly unique with an electric atmosphere! Think Eastenders meets The League of Gentlemen, via Love Island. Who knows what will happen? Maybe a passionate love affair, a kidnapping, a flashback, a bar-fight or a nail-biting cliff-hanger? Whether it’s … More Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Ålesund (plus Garcia)

25th Feb 2020
8pm | £12 adv. (£9 for Under 30s/low income) + bf.

Bristol dreamscape pioneers Ålesund play beautifully crafted songs with a sparse Nordic undercurrent

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Bristol dreamscape pioneers Ålesund (pronounced Aww-le-sund) released their debut EP Shift & Flux on 15th Feb 2019. Produced by Jake Bright (Mary Spender, Doeray, Kate Stapley, Svelte, Future Dub Orchestra,) Shift & Flux is a collection of … More Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Ålesund (plus Garcia)

Best of Bristol Music

The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People

26th Feb 2020 - 27th Feb 2020
7.30pm | £10

Award-winning Rhys Slade-Jones presents an all-singing, all-dancing re-enactment of Mam’s diary - a frenzied solo cabaret mixing stand-up, dance and good ol’ fashioned singalong, bringing 1977 Treherbert Rugby Club back to life

In Treherbert Rugby Club amongst the fag smoke and the singing, Rhys’s parents fell in love. Rhys has never fallen in love but heard it’s a nice thing to do because that’s what his Mam said. It’s in her diary. And Rhys has read it all. Award-winning performance artist Rhys Slade-Jones takes their audience to … More The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People

Comedy Dance Theatre

Aftermirth: Daytime Comedy Club for Parents

28th Feb 2020 - 14th Aug 2020
12.30pm-2pm (with interval) | £8 advance (£10 on the door)

Bristol's adult comedy club that you can bring your baby to, lovingly curated and compered by Angie Belcher

The journey of parenthood is a magical and maddening one so what better way to cope with it than through stand up comedy! Aftermirth is an adult comedy club that you can bring your baby to. Each show we’ll have 3 top circuit comedians delivering their usual club routines so the material is mature and … More Aftermirth: Daytime Comedy Club for Parents

Comedy Family

ITCH: A Scratch Performance Showcase

28th Feb 2020
7.30pm | Pay What You Decide

A thrilling evening of unfinished, one-off, work-in-progress performances by some of Bristol’s most exciting theatre makers, presented by The Wardrobe Theatre's artist development programme, The Artists' Network

The Wardrobe Theatre is proud to present the return of our scratch night, ITCH! An extravaganza of unfinished, one-off works-in-progress of varying artistic disciplines with the unique opportunity to react and give feedback to the artists and theatre companies in the early stages of developing new work, to help shape it. Interested in being part … More ITCH: A Scratch Performance Showcase

Best of Bristol Theatre

Sarah Keyworth: Pacific

29th Feb 2020
8pm | £11

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

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee for Best Newcomer and winner of the Herald Angel Award returns with a brand-new hour of comedy about the little things, the smallest details, the fixed and distinct aspects that make up what we definitively are, how we expressly think and who we unambiguously love. As seen and heard on Roast … More Sarah Keyworth: Pacific

Comedy

Mr Gotalot’s Gotalot Shop: The Cheese Party

29th Feb 2020 - 26th Apr 2020
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

Step inside Mr Gotalot's Gotalot Shop and join this magical adventure for ages 3-10 from Bristol's brilliant, award-winning Monkey Trousers Theatre

The magical Mr Gotalot’s Gotalot Shop is open for business… but for how much longer? The evil landlady Ms Barnet is running for Mayor of Bristol – if she wins, she will build a gigantic Cheese Factory, right on top of the Gotalot Shop! Can Sidney the eager shop boy find a suitable candidate to … More Mr Gotalot’s Gotalot Shop: The Cheese Party

Best of Bristol Family

Sunday Club: Eshaan Akbar & Guests

1st Mar 2020
7.30pm | £8

Chuckle Busters' regular Sunday night comedy club presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

Undeniably charming with impeccable comic timing, Eshaan Akbar is creating a name for himself as a brilliant comedian. A former banker, civil servant and Bollywood dance choreographer, Eshaan’s comedy career has seen him support Dane Baptiste on a UK tour and make appearances on Mock the Week, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order and The Now … More Sunday Club: Eshaan Akbar & Guests

Comedy

The Paper Cinema Club

1st Mar 2020 - 3rd May 2020
3pm in Mar, 7pm in May | £7

A monthly series of exploratory scratch performances from the international company renowned for their stunning mix of live music and live animation

Click here for a message from Paper Cinema about what to expect at these shows 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 … More The Paper Cinema Club

Best of Bristol Music Theatre

Milk Poetry featuring Iona Lee and Callum Wensley

2nd Mar 2020
7.30pm | £8

Milk Poetry selects the finest, freshest poets from the UK and beyond to produce the most nourishing and eclectic spoken word bonanza you could ever hope for!

Iona Lee is a poet, writer and visual artist from Scotland. After being crowned Scottish Slam Champion in 2016, Iona has gone from strength to strength. She has performed on festival stages around the UK, including Glastonbury and Port Eliot. In 2018 her debut pamphlet was nominated for the Saboteur Award. Now she’s bringing her … More Milk Poetry featuring Iona Lee and Callum Wensley

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow (Pill Pilots Album Launch) + Lady Nade

3rd Mar 2020
8pm | £12 adv. (£9 for Under 30s/low income) + bf.

Launching their highly anticipated second album Pill Pilots, Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow explores the relationship between fiddle, guitar and voice

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow have worked with many artists including Seth Lakeman, Afro Celt Sound system, Yola Carter, Mad Dog Mcrea, Sheelanagig and Roni Size to name a few but what unites them is a passion … More Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow (Pill Pilots Album Launch) + Lady Nade

Best of Bristol Music

And She

4th Mar 2020 - 5th Mar 2020
7.30pm | £10

Part gig, part their mums' living rooms, Bonnie & The Bonnettes delve into motherhood, womanhood and femininity through conversations with their mums, armed with three microphones, music, and a bottle of prosecco

Advice taken and ignored, tellings off, pep talks and tales of her past. We were always scared of sounding just like her but maybe she was right about some things. Bonnie & The Bonnettes delve into motherhood, womanhood and femininity through conversations with their mums. They are a tribe of women that have shown us … More And She

Theatre

Push

6th Mar 2020
7.30pm | £12 (£10 conc.)

A mischievous look at the existential crisis of motherhood - award-winning Popelei (Manuelita) return to take you on an exhilarating journey through the guilt and the glory of one woman going her own way

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 … More Push

Best of Bristol Dance Theatre

Cinebra: Glenda & Rita

7th Mar 2020
7.30pm | £10

The award-winning, unique, comedy musical drag duo are back with a brand new show, presented by Wig In A Box Promotions

From the creators of a certain adorkable duo Sophie and Megan in A History Of Horror, Alexander Joseph and Ro Robertson aka Cinebra venture from those who love movies, to those are in movies, or at least used to be. Glenda Swing and Rita Herringbone are two actresses hailed from the golden era of cinema, … More Cinebra: Glenda & Rita

Comedy

One Duck Down

8th Mar 2020
11am & 2pm | £8 (2s and under go free)

7000 Rubber Ducks. 7 Seas. 1 Big Adventure - Winner of Best Family Show at Vault Festival 2018, Faceplant Theatre present a wonderful, eco-friendly story for ages 3-8 and their families

A five-star comedy adventure packed with clowning, music and puppetry, and with a set and props made out of recycled rubbish, this eco-friendly show “would make David Attenborough proud” (★★★★ The Reviews Hub). Our unlikely but lovable hero Billy is prepared to venture to the ends of the earth to win the affections of his … More One Duck Down

Family

Cecilia Knapp: Losing The Night

10th Mar 2020
7.30pm | £10

A stunning new show from the poet, playwright and performer Cecilia Knapp

‘What would you say to him? If he was here? Right now? Drinking at this bar?’ A pub. A long shift. Two mates and a whole heap of unruly memories. How do we remember those who aren’t here anymore? Do we always put them on a pedestal? How do we find the language to talk … More Cecilia Knapp: Losing The Night

Spoken Word

Stuart Goldsmith: End Of (DVD Recording)

11th Mar 2020
8pm | £6

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

Stu’s back with a comic odyssey on how it works out in the end, and whether anyone cares. Intelligent stand-up comedy for everybody, but of particular interest to people over thirty who’ve lost touch with all their old friends and can’t eat just the one pain au chocolat. Featuring ultimates, absolutes and surprisingly few conclusions. … More Stuart Goldsmith: End Of (DVD Recording)

Comedy

Six Wives Of Henry VIII

12th Mar 2020 - 14th Mar 2020
7.30pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £12 (£10 conc.)

The brilliant Living Spit present their hysterical, self-referential romp through history with live music, embroidery and barbie dolls - you may just laugh your head off

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 … More Six Wives Of Henry VIII

Best of Bristol Comedy

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

13th Mar 2020 - 14th Mar 2020
8pm on Friday until 10pm on Saturday | £15 All You Can Watch | Performed at The Bristol Improv Theatre

26 hours non-stop | over 30 performers | 1 truly epic live improvised play!

BUY TICKETS – PERFORMED AT BRISTOL IMPROV THEATRE 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 … More Bristol Improv Marathon 2020: When In Rome (XXVI Hours BC)

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Story Slam

15th Mar 2020 - 16th Aug 2020
2pm | £8 (£5 conc.)

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

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 and enjoy everyone else’s. Each month has … More Story Slam

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Chris Wood

16th Mar 2020
8pm | £12 adv. (£9 for Under 30s/low income) + bf.

An uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. A self-taught musician, composer and … More Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Chris Wood

Music

Peter Clifford’s Magical Mythologies

17th Mar 2020 - 21st Mar 2020
7.30pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

Discover why you can’t trust your eyes... and you may well not believe your mind, with Peter Clifford’s latest, mind-melting magic show

“Peter Clifford is one of my favourite magicians and one of the loveliest people I know… Do everything you can to get tickets!” Derren Brown In the intimate and exciting space of The Wardrobe Theatre, Peter Clifford will weave his magic around stories of life, conjuring and the wonders of the world. Join him as … More Peter Clifford’s Magical Mythologies

Best of Bristol Comedy

Sunday Club: Faye Treacy & Guests

22nd Mar 2020
7.30pm | £8

Chuckle Busters' regular Sunday night comedy club presents an evening with one of the country's most popular comedians

After getting kicked out of her convent school for putting the convent on eBay, Faye Treacy attended the Brit School of Performing Arts then went onto to study trombone at the Royal Academy of Music. Shortly after embarking on a career in trombone-based comedy, Faye won Best Newcomer at the 2015 Musical Comedy Awards and … More Sunday Club: Faye Treacy & Guests

Comedy

Kiota

22nd Mar 2020
2pm | £8

A collective for POC creatives in Bristol

Join us for KIOTA: A Collective For POC Creatives in Bristol, showcasing People of Colour (POC) or BAME creatives from various artistic disciplines in a fantastic afternoon of performance followed by networking opportunities. Kiota’s aim is to tackle decolonisation of arts spaces in Bristol recognising that colonialists created the social construct of race and racial … More Kiota

Best of Bristol Spoken Word Theatre

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: TOUKI – Cory Seznec & Amadou Diagne

24th Mar 2020
8pm | £12 adv. (£9 for Under 30s/low income) + bf.

Who would have guessed that a chance encounter between a Senegalese and a French-American busker in the streets of Bath in 2007 would lead to a new musical adventure?

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Who would have guessed that a chance encounter between buskers in the streets of Bath, England in 2007 would lead to a new musical adventure in 2020? Amadou Diagne from Senegal and French-American Cory Seznec hit it … More Ear Trumpet Music Presents: TOUKI – Cory Seznec & Amadou Diagne

Music

Fiji

25th Mar 2020 - 26th Mar 2020
7.30pm | £10

A cannibalistic romantic comedy - a brand new play presented by Conflicted Theatre and Clay Party (Pleasance Future Award Winner 2018)

‘I’m offering you the chance to eat me alive. For who really wants it, a genuine victim.’ Nick and Sam have a date this weekend and if things go well it will be the first and last time they will ever see each other. You see Nick wants to eat Sam… and Sam really wants … More Fiji

Best of Bristol Theatre

A Girl in School Uniform (Walks into a Bar)

27th Mar 2020 - 28th Mar 2020
7.30pm | £10

A bold new play about crisis, darkness, cities and hope from Holy What

It’s the future. But only slightly. There are blackouts. No one knows what’s causing them, but that doesn’t stop people going missing in them. Now Steph and Bell, a schoolgirl and barmaid, have to search for their missing friend, until the outside world starts infecting the theatre that stands around them… ​Originally supported and developed … More A Girl in School Uniform (Walks into a Bar)

Theatre

Coulrophobia

30th Mar 2020 - 4th Apr 2020
7.30pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £12

Back by popular demand!! Two clowns trapped in a cardboard world, a hysterical comedy from Opposable Thumb Theatre

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

The Deep Sea Seekers

6th Apr 2020 - 12th Apr 2020
11am & 2pm | £8 (ages 2 and under go free)

Alph, Betty and Gammo are back for their third adventure! The fab family show for ages 3-8 from The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre returns this Easter

Have you ever dreamt of swimming with a pod of dolphins? Having an arm wrestle with an octopus? Exploring the depths of the ocean in a submarine? Join The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre for an enchanting, interactive journey across the seven seas where YOU take the steering wheel! Following on from the stellar … More The Deep Sea Seekers

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Ewan McLennan

7th Apr 2020
8pm | £12 adv. (£9 for Under 30s/low income) + bf.

From a BBC Folk Award to his work with Transatlantic Sessions through to his recent critically-acclaimed collaboration with the author Georof hige Monbiot, Ewan McLennan has come to be known as one of the finest troubadours, singer-songwriters and balladeers s generation

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. From a BBC Folk Award to his work with Transatlantic Sessions through to his recent critically-acclaimed collaboration with the author George Monbiot, Ewan McLennan has come to be known as one of the finest troubadours, singer-songwriters and … More Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Ewan McLennan

Music

Sexy Lamp

8th Apr 2020 - 9th Apr 2020
7.30pm | £10

Katie Arnstein presents her multi award-winning solo show that combines comedy, original songs and storytelling to shed a bright light on how ridiculous the arts industry can be

‘So I figured if McDonald’s can call itself a restaurant, I can call myself an actor’. Ever since Katie was cast as the lead in her primary school Christmas show ‘Santa’s Snow Mobile’ she believed there was a place for her in show business. Since then named, speaking and fully clothed roles have been hard … More Sexy Lamp

Comedy Theatre

The Accident Did Not Take Place

10th Apr 2020 - 11th Apr 2020
7.30pm | £10

Award-winning YESYESNONO (Five Encounters On A Site Called Craigslist) present a hyper-real exploration of the way we consume information, and the way information consumes us

Somewhere on the other side of the world a plane is falling from the sky. You can see it on your laptop. You can watch it happening on Youtube. You can hit rewind and watch it burning on repeat. With a new guest performer taking to the stage each night, The Accident Did Not Take … More The Accident Did Not Take Place

Theatre

Milk Poetry presents: Made Up – Poetry as Fiction

13th Apr 2020
7.30pm | £8

Milk Poetry selects the finest, freshest poets from the UK and beyond to produce the most nourishing and eclectic spoken word bonanza you could ever hope for!

“Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie.” – Stephen King Poetry is about honesty, not facts. Join Milk Poetry for an evening of poems about things which never happened. Incredible things are possible in fiction, including the truth. Curated by Tom Sastry, author of A Man’s House Catches Fire … More Milk Poetry presents: Made Up – Poetry as Fiction

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Polly (The Heartbreak Opera)

14th Apr 2020 - 25th Apr 2020
7.30pm (plus 2pm on Saturdays) | £12

A raucous, radical, rallying adaptation of Polly, John Gay's banned sequel to The Beggar's Opera, with techno, tracksuits and palm trees - presented by Marie Hamilton and Sharp Teeth Theatre

Set in a tacky beach resort on a storm hit island, we meet jilted brides, pregnant murderers, pirates, politicians and power-pop girl bands. Telling not just the story of Purest Polly Peachum but of the other wives of Mac the Knife as well, this is a viciously satirical, unashamedly sexy, fierce and very funny not-quite-musical. … More Polly (The Heartbreak Opera)

Best of Bristol Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Mairearad Green & Anna Massie

21st Apr 2020
8pm | £12 adv. (£9 for Under 30s/low income) + bf.

Two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, accordion, bagpipes, guitar, banjo and fiddle combine with a highly energetic performance and an instantly warm and friendly stage presence

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are a truly captivating duo, providing a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and friendly stage presence. Having played … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Mairearad Green & Anna Massie

Music

Tony Law: Identifies

26th Apr 2020
7.30pm | £12

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

Tony Law identifies as a Hominid. Homo Sapiens, Neanderthal, Indo-European horse tribesman, an Englishman, a Canadian, a norn iron man and a Trinidadian and a Tobagonian. A dog, a dog owner, owned by a dog, a surrealist, an absurdist and an artist who is comedy of person. A parent, a thrower, a catcher, a reader … More Tony Law: Identifies

Comedy

Love Song

29th Apr 2020 - 2nd May 2020
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm on Saturday) | £10 (Directors' Cuts Season Pass £35)

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Directors’ Cuts 2020: A hysterically funny and wrenchingly honest look at love in all its forms by John Kolvenbach

‘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 … More Love Song

Best of Bristol Theatre

Nutty Noah

3rd May 2020
11am & 2pm | £8 (ages 2 and under go free)

Bringing his own brand of side-splitting nuttiness, Nutty Noah’s award-winning show includes cheeky original songs, crazy juggling and amazing magic for children 3-8 and their families

Come along, take a seat, get ready and go nuts with Nutty Noah at this fabulously funny, musical and magical entertainment show. Bringing his own brand of side-splitting nuttiness to The Wardrobe Theatre, Nutty Noah’s award-winning show includes cheeky original songs, crazy juggling and amazing magic. If you ask him nicely, he will even balance … More Nutty Noah

Comedy Family

North Of Providence & Dolores

6th May 2020 - 9th May 2020
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm on Saturday) | £10 (Directors' Cuts Season Pass £35)

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Directors’ Cuts 2020: A double bill of short plays by Edward Allan Baker

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 … More North Of Providence & Dolores

Theatre

Adam Hess: My Grandad Has a Fringe

10th May 2020
7.30pm | £12

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

As seen on Tonight at the Palladium (ITV), Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and Live from the BBC, Adam Hess is one of the UK’s hottest comedy talents. Prepare to laugh for an hour and not think once as Hess brings to you his award-winning show (Theatre Weekly’s Best Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Show) and see … More Adam Hess: My Grandad Has a Fringe

Comedy

Milk Poetry ft. Cecilia Knapp & Hannah Ledlie

11th May 2020
7.30pm | £8

Milk Poetry selects the finest, freshest poets from the UK and beyond to produce the most nourishing and eclectic spoken word bonanza you could ever hope for!

Milk Poetry welcomes two more brilliant artists to The Wardrobe Theatre for a night of heart squeezing poetry and performance. Cecilia Knapp is a writer, poet and playwright. She has performed her work all over the UK and internationally. Commissions include the TATE, The Guardian and the BBC and she has been featured in Vogue … More Milk Poetry ft. Cecilia Knapp & Hannah Ledlie

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Blink

13th May 2020 - 16th May 2020
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm on Saturday) | £10 (Directors' Cuts Season Pass £35)

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Directors’ Cuts 2020: A funny, honest, voyeuristic love story is an account of two peoples struggles to find purpose and navigate their emotions by Phil Porter

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 … More Blink

Best of Bristol Theatre

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Sailing Stones + Robi Mitch

17th May 2020
8pm | £12 adv. (£9 for Under 30s/low income) + bf.

An album launch for new record, Polymnia, from the brilliant Irish/ Swedish singer-songwriter Jenny Lindfor, aka Sailing Stones

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Sailing Stones (the moniker of Irish/ Swedish songwriter Jenny Lindfors) embarks on a nationwide tour this Spring with her band to mark the release of her debut album “Polymnia”. Lindfors’ personal, epic songwriting would sit well alongside … More Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Sailing Stones + Robi Mitch

Music

Us/Them

20th May 2020 - 23rd May 2020
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm on Saturday) | £10 (Directors' Cuts Season Pass £35)

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Directors’ Cuts 2020: A playful, poignant account of the way we imagine meaning from trauma by Carly Wijs

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 … More Us/Them

Theatre

Bec Hill: Out Of Order

24th May 2020
7.30pm | £12

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

A rare chance to catch this cult comedy favourite and online viral sensation LIVE! Bec Hill is excited to present her funniest, silliest, 5-starriest show, “Out of Order”. She’ll provide the jokes, YOU provide the order. Get ready for standup, pop-ups and post-its from the award-winning Australian comedian (and contender for your new best friend). … More Bec Hill: Out Of Order

Comedy

Ear Trumpet Music & Colston Hall Presents: Joan Shelley + James Elkington

25th May 2020
8pm | £13.08

Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, singer/songwriter Joan Shelley brings the traditional attitudes of folk singers across the UK and blends them with the dispositions of Dolly Parton and Roger Miller

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Veering away from confessional archetypes, Joan Shelley instead likes to concentrate on her sense of time and place; how seasons change our surroundings, landscapes, waterfalls and flowers and how, as humans, we look to these natural miracles … More Ear Trumpet Music & Colston Hall Presents: Joan Shelley + James Elkington

Music

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Rachel Baiman

26th May 2020
8pm | £12 adv. (£9 for Under 30s/low income) + bf.

Bluegrass, folk, old-time and country with bittersweet lyrics from this stunning Chicago singer-songwriter

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Well versed in a variety of fiddle traditions including Old-Time, Bluegrass, Scottish and Canadian styles, Rachel Baiman is a versatile and dynamic musician. Rachel is a winner of the Midwestern Fiddle Championships as well as a two … More Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Rachel Baiman

Music

Much Ado About Puffin

26th May 2020 - 31st May 2020
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

A funny tale about a man all alone, a friendly puffin, and a whole lot of fuss over nothing - presented by Open Attic Company for ages 3-8 and their families

On a small island, in the middle of the big sea, a man meets a bird… Using skilful puppetry, beautiful music, and good old fashioned storytelling, Much Ado About Puffin is about old habits, new friendships, and stepping out into the unknown! “A story of beauty, laughter and love that transcends language and age barriers.” … More Much Ado About Puffin

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Ben Vardy presents: Pun World (One Pun For Every Country On Earth)

27th May 2020
7.30pm | £9 (£8 conc.)

UK Pun Champion 2017 and co-founder of The Wardrobe Ensemble, Ben Vardy, presents a preview performance of his brand new solo show featuring 199 countries and 199 puns

Do you like puns? Do you like geography? At last your wait is over; here is the show that combines your two strange, disparate passions into one glorious, uninterrupted pun-based whole. Forget Happy Hour, this is a Mappy Hour: 60 minutes of high-concept, high-octane, geographic wordplay from the 2017 UK Pun Champion, Ben Vardy (Pundemonium). … More Ben Vardy presents: Pun World (One Pun For Every Country On Earth)

Best of Bristol Comedy

Beyond The Ridiculous

28th May 2020 - 30th May 2020
7.30pm | £12 (£10 conc.) - or all 3 nights for £30 (£25 conc.)

Holly Stoppit and Beyond The Ridiculous return to The Wardrobe Theatre for a 3-night celebration of the human condition

“Both incredibly funny and incredibly moving.” The Huffington Post Beyond The Ridiculous are a bunch of fools who invite you to travel into the dark crevasses and high peaks of their imaginations, in a completely improvised celebration of the human condition! Each night, your eccentric host, Holly Stoppit, will welcome four different solo performers into … More Beyond The Ridiculous

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Elizabeth I: Virgin On The Ridiculous

2nd Jun 2020 - 11th Jun 2020
7.30pm | £13 (£10 conc.)

With live original music, silly songs, smutty shenanigans, perfunctory props and hysterically historical horseplay, this promises to be (another) poorly researched lesson in Tudor history that you’ll never forget from Living Spit (Six Wives of Henry VIII)

1558. England. A country divided by religion and politics, teetering on the brink of civil war. The hopes of the nation lie with one woman. 2020. England. A country divided by those who enjoy plays featuring men in dresses and those who don’t. The hopes of the nation lie with two West-Country actors. Yes, that’s … More Elizabeth I: Virgin On The Ridiculous

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Scream Phone

5th Jun 2020 - 6th Jun 2020
7.30pm | £11

Scream meets Clueless in this hilarious spoof horror musical, based on the retro classic game Dream Phone - from Swipe Right Theatre

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 … More Scream Phone

Comedy Theatre

Milk Poetry ft. Rachel Nwokoro & Kat Lyons

8th Jun 2020
7.30pm | £8

Milk Poetry selects the finest, freshest poets from the UK and beyond to produce the most nourishing and eclectic spoken word bonanza you could ever hope for!

In June, Milk Poetry is bringing together theatre, storytelling and poetry and introducing Rachel Nwokoro and Kat Lyons to the stage. Rachel Nwokoro is a queer Nigerian woman who loves telling stories. A passionate, disabled artist, she has performed internationally and won a number of awards & competitions. Rachel is dedicated to speaking openly about … More Milk Poetry ft. Rachel Nwokoro & Kat Lyons

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Wonderhaus

17th Jun 2020
7.30pm | £3.50

A newfangled, anarchic DIY comedy scratch night for all from the creators of Bristol’s renegade cabaret Coal Bunker Comedy

**Wonderhaus** welcomes wonderful weirdos of all varieties. Let us delve together into the peculiar inner workings of some of Bristol’s most humorous yet bizarre minds, where ludicrous elucidation, absurdist absolution, and fanatical comedy abound. We can’t describe the show because it hasn’t happened yet. All we can say for sure is, get out your sailboats … More Wonderhaus

Best of Bristol Comedy

Eurydice

19th Jun 2020 - 20th Jun 2020
7.30pm | £10

A tale of impossible, death-defying love told through hair-raising spoken word and soaring soul music, an award-winning retelling by The Flanagan Collective and Gobbledigook Theatre

Eurydice is other side to the Orpheus myth, an untold story retold for the modern day. An internationally award-winning modern retelling of an ancient myth. Leni is 5 years old, holding a superman costume. Eurydice is about to walk in to the first day of the rest of her life. A story about being a … More Eurydice

Music Spoken Word Theatre

Bristol Know Show

22nd Jun 2020
7.30pm | £8

Presented by Sci X Southwest - performing experiments, science comedy and cabaret in Bristol

Looking for a lively night out, featuring comedy and performance about loads of different topics? We got you. From video games to dinosaurs, exploding stars to star-nosed moles, our performers will bring you a world of science-and-technology-vaguely-related-content, spiced with jokes to help the facts go down. Brought to you by Sci X SW, Bristol-based science/comedy/entertainment … More Bristol Know Show

Best of Bristol Comedy

Could It Be Magic

27th Jun 2020
7.30pm | £10

Feel-good comedy meets stupendous sleight of hand, magnificent mind reading, and truly top drawer bamboozlement from comedian and magician Paul Aitchison

In a unique mix of mind-melting magic and bonkers character comedy, one performer plays four contestants in a hilarious and manic magic competition. Written and performed by Comedian and Magician Paul Aitchison, as seen/heard performing on BBC Radio 4, West End stages and on your Tellybox. Aitchison brings the word of mouth sellout hit from … More Could It Be Magic

Comedy

Illusions Of Liberty

1st Jul 2020 - 2nd Jul 2020
7.30pm | £10

A one-woman black comedy from Lorna Wells where invisible illness and a hostile environment collide

So many different types of tired…. And so…few…. beds. Illusions Of Liberty is a black comedy about a woman who has a fake identity, but not one of her choosing. Liberty Jones is a principal cellist. For five years she has been plagued with an increasing number of bewildering symptoms. Five days ago, Liberty Jones … More Illusions Of Liberty

Theatre

Boothby Graffoe

10th Jul 2020 - 11th Jul 2020
7.30pm | £15

An evening in the company of an artist thought to be of one of the best at whatever it is he does - featuring Liam McKinnon + Support TBC

Graffoe has won several awards, several of which he forgot to turn up to collect. His Time Out Award is on a shelf above the stage at a comedy club in Greenwich. His Award for Excellence from the Adelaide festival is in a pizza restaurant in the town after he swapped it for a Fiorentina. … More Boothby Graffoe

Comedy Music

Sleeping Trees presents Not Treasure Island

13th Jul 2020 - 14th Jul 2020
7.30pm | £10

Classic show from the hilarious multi-roling, genre-splicing, physical comedy trio behind the movie trilogy Mafia?, Western? and Sci-Fi? plus World Tour

Nearly a decade ago, when they were spritely, agile, supple young whippersnappers, the Sleeping Trees decided to create an adaptation of the swashbuckling classic; Treasure Island. It was once a comic and highly physical re-telling of the story, without any set, sound or props, instead just the boundless energy and enthusiasm of three naive post-pubescent … More Sleeping Trees presents Not Treasure Island

Comedy Theatre

Sugar?

20th Jul 2020 - 21st Jul 2020
7.30pm | £10

An engaging patchwork of hilarious, relatable and beautiful verbatim stories of homelessness, presented by emerging Bristol company Suspension Theatre

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 … More Sugar?

Best of Bristol Theatre

George Egg: Movable Feast

23rd Jul 2020
7.30pm | £8

Direct from Edinburgh Fringe 2019 comes a BRAND NEW comedy-and-cooking show for 2020 from the award-winning stand-up who makes real gourmet food live on stage

In his first show, ‘Anarchist Cook’, George Egg made a meal in a hotel room with the complimentary appliances. In his second, ‘DIY Chef’, he was stuck in a shed cooking with tools. In this show he’s on the road! It’s time for Planes, Trains and Automob-meals (sorry). During an evening of live cooking and … More George Egg: Movable Feast

Comedy

Vet. Detective

28th Jul 2020 - 8th Aug 2020
7.30pm (plus 2pm on Saturdays) | £12

A grizzly British crime drama parody from Bad Vs Evil, makers of Kirk Vs Ming

In the seemingly idyllic English countryside, a dark force is stirring. Threatening to destroy the very fabric of society, a vicious crime wave spreads throughout the animal kingdom. As the mystery of who, or what is responsible for the carnage spirals out of control, the job will fall to a seasoned and deeply flawed Vet … More Vet. Detective

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Kirk Vs Ming

11th Aug 2020 - 22nd Aug 2020
7.30pm (plus 2pm on Saturdays) | £12

Bad Vs Evil present an exciting, subversive sci-fi/drag/comedy play with laser beams, ill-fitting costumes and false eyelashes

On the outer reaches of known space, the evil emperor Ming is hatching an Evil Plan. Intergalactic domination has afforded Ming planets, galaxies, a limitless harem of love slaves and a seamlessly unending dominion. But is he happy? No. His next obsession? He wants to destroy The World. One man stands in his way of … More Kirk Vs Ming

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Res Republica

1st Sep 2020
7.30pm | £10

A brand new musical touring piece from brilliant South West band: The People’s String Foundation, virtuoso violinist Ben Sutcliffe and composer Zaid Al-Rikabi

The boys are packing a 32-piece gypsy orchestra into a suitcase and taking a “Virtual Orchestra” on tour with them as a live duo, to perform their newest album release “Res Publica”. This music is sure to set your heart racing, get your toes tapping, and warm the soul with the people’s spirit and grafter’s … More Res Republica

Music

Mark Watson: How You Can Almost Win

4th Oct 2020
4pm & 7.30pm | £15

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

In 2017, Mark Watson – a man prone to considerable anxiety, with multiple phobias and a history of piss-poor self-esteem – was asked to go on Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls. It really wasn’t for him at all because his favourite things include safety, comfort, food and not being scared and miserable. But the experience … More Mark Watson: How You Can Almost Win

Best of Bristol Comedy

Tiff Stevenson: Mother

8th Oct 2020
8pm | £12

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

Tiff Stevenson (Mock The Week, 8 Out of Ten Cats, People Just Do Nothing, Game Face) squats and delivers her 2019 critically acclaimed solo show about the extreme sport of womanhood. Birthing her vision of the future before your eyes, how she hopes it will be… free from class war, poverty and consent issues. Also … More Tiff Stevenson: Mother

Comedy