What’s On

Richard Carpenter’s Close To You

28th Jul - 29th Jul
8pm | £10

Edinburgh Fringe 2017: An exciting new comedy musical show from one half of Frisky & Mannish

He used to be on top of the world looking down on creation, to the left of (and slightly behind) Karen. Now Richard Carpenter is back, and solitaire’s the only game in town. So… where do we go from here? Get your ticket to ride for an epic concert of sweet sweet music from the … More Richard Carpenter’s Close To You

Comedy

Bloom Presents…

30th Jul - 10th Sep
8pm (2pm on 10th Sept) | £6 (£8 otd.)

A magical evening of music from Bristol's new independent collective

Bloom is a collective of musicians and friends from an experimental corner of Bristol’s buzzing music scene. Their combined musical projects are varied in genre yet consistently progressive, playful and enchanting. Bloom Presents… brings you otherworldly evenings of their hypnotic sounds in an intimate hand-crafted setting, with visuals and costumes, performance theatre, a pop up … More Bloom Presents…

Best of Bristol Music

Blahblahblah: Vanessa Kisuule – SEXY

31st Jul
8pm | £7

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

‘Sexy’ is a word a lot of us are uncomfortable applying to ourselves. Vanessa Kisuule certainly doesn’t feel she fits the bill. She really wants to, though. Through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress, Vanessa fumbles her way through the infinite contradictions in her head to find (hopefully) the definition of what … More Blahblahblah: Vanessa Kisuule – SEXY

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

ON TOUR AT EDINBURGH FRINGE: This Is Soap

2nd Aug - 28th Aug
12.30pm | £8.50-£10.50 (£6.50-£8.50 conc.)

Performed at Edinburgh Fringe 2017: All new! Closer Each Day Company, The Wardrobe Theatre and C Venues present the unplanned, unscripted and unconventional cult comedy show

Join us for a spontaneous soap that develops episode to episode throughout the entire festival. Twin Peaks meets League of Gentlemen via Sunset Beach: a live soap opera full of romance, drama, adventure and enough plot twists to melt your face. Who needs TV? This is live. This is improvised. This is soap. “Quick-witted, very … More ON TOUR AT EDINBURGH FRINGE: This Is Soap

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Show & Tell

3rd Aug - 26th Oct
8pm | £4

by Sophie and Lucy Bishop

Show & Tell is a comedy night in Bristol with a difference. Open mic nights can be laddy, exclusionary and quite frankly we are sick of penis* jokes – so Show & Tell is a friendly platform that encourages new performers (especially women!). Show & Tell has a different theme each time, and you can … More Show & Tell

Best of Bristol Comedy

ON TOUR AT EDINBURGH FRINGE: Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

4th Aug - 20th Aug
6.10pm | £12 (£10 conc.)

Performed at Edinburgh Fringe 2017: an original alternative comedy by The Wardrobe Theatre

The silver-tongued Goldilock can see that her days of selling moody goods on the cobbled streets of East End London are numbered. But when circumstances leave her on the run from a pack of bears and badly indebted to a notorious gangster, will our young heroine be able to raise the needed ‘bees and honey’ … More ON TOUR AT EDINBURGH FRINGE: Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Blooming Out

4th Aug - 5th Aug
8pm | £10

A new clown show that explores in a light and comic way some of the most intriguing moments in the whole feminine universe, by NOS Three

Awarded “Best Performance” at Swindon Fringe 2017 Blooming Out is a clown show that explores in a light and comic way some of the most intriguing moments in the whole feminine universe. The fascination of beauty, the girly plays, the first time putting on make-up, the body’s development including its feminine parts, the arrival of … More Blooming Out

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

ON TOUR AT EDINBURGH FRINGE: The Star Seekers

10th Aug - 27th Aug
10.40am | £6-£9

Performed at Edinburgh Fringe 2017: An out of this world adventure for 3-8 year olds - a collaboration between The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre

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 have created a unique theatrical experience for … More ON TOUR AT EDINBURGH FRINGE: The Star Seekers

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Story Slam

20th Aug - 17th Dec
2pm | Pay What You Decide

Bristol's true storytelling event, presented by Story Slam: Bristol - monthly Sundays

Story Slam is where you can hear peoples amazing true stories told live on stage. All stories are told by volunteers from the audience. Put you name in the hat for a chance to tell your story, or just enjoy everyone else’s! The Story Slam is held on the third Sunday every month and starts … More Story Slam

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Beethoven’s 4 Seasons with Wild Words

23rd Aug - 25th Aug
3pm (includes free Playshop from 2pm) | £7 (£5 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

Join Wild Words for a new and original story for children aged 6+ and their families, with live music from the sublime sonatas, concertos and symphonies of the Master Composer to rustic folk tunes of the day and an unexpected groovy number!

A Ludwig van Beethoven rollercoaster of drama and daring, triumph and trauma, from the shadows of his father to the guiding love of his mother, from losing his hearing to the Ode to Joy. Meet Mozart, the pink wigs of Vienna and a dancing puppet all wrapped up in Wild Words’ trademark magical invention. Playshop … More Beethoven’s 4 Seasons with Wild Words

Best of Bristol Family Music Spoken Word Theatre

Noisy Holiday

29th Aug - 3rd Sep
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals present a brand new adventure for ages 3-8 and their families with music, mischief and silliness

Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals are going on holiday. After a long, exhausting music tour they are hoping to get away and have a nice relaxing time… But something tells me this won’t be the soothing holiday Kid Carpet was planning on and there is going to be pandemonium by the pool. The Noisy … More Noisy Holiday

Best of Bristol Comedy Family Theatre

Chuckle Busters: Friday Night Comedy

1st Sep - 1st Dec
9.30pm | £5-£8

Excellent regular stand-up comedy from brilliant local and national stars – regular Friday

Every Friday night Chuckle Busters hosts a selection of top comedians in The Wardrobe Theatre (“a perfect room for comedy” – Stuart Goldsmith). A rotation of our favourite shows from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and famous names trying out new material, plus a selection of budding newer acts handpicked from the vibrant Bristol comedy scene. … More Chuckle Busters: Friday Night Comedy

Comedy

Missing Pieces

3rd Sep - 3rd Dec
6pm (2pm on 3rd Dec) | £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 play readings, spread over 6 months, starting in June, showcasing Black British, Caribbean and African work from new writing to classics. Missing Pieces is about raising the profile of Black work in the South West and enable work usually seen in London to be seen here. We have … More Missing Pieces

Best of Bristol Theatre

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

4th Sep - 11th 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 5 years and over 120 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

Sleeping Trees: Mafia? | Western? | Sci-Fi?

5th Sep - 8th Sep
7.30pm & 9pm | £10 (£8 conc.) or £16 for 2 shows in 1 night!

The hilarious multi-rolling, genre-splicing, physical comedy trio Sleeping Trees present all three of their brilliant movie trilogy with double bills every night!

Sept 5: Mafia? | Western? Sept 6: Mafia? | Western? Sept 7: Mafia? | Sci-Fi? Sept 8: Western | Sci-Fi? MAFIA? 7.30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday In the first installment of their live movie trilogy, multi-award winning comedy trio Sleeping Trees deliver their version of every gangster film they’ve ever seen; Mafia?. Expect casinos, operas … More Sleeping Trees: Mafia? | Western? | Sci-Fi?

Comedy Theatre

Mark Watson: MW

9th Sep - 10th Sep
8pm | £17

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

After more than 100 dates on the road in 2016 with his best-reviewed show to date, ‘I’m Not Here’, and a similarly marathon effort with the previous tour, Mark Watson is amazed to find there are STILL some areas of the country he’s not visited much, and some towns that have been neglected altogether. It’s … More Mark Watson: MW

Best of Bristol Comedy

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Nightjar (plus The Young Waters)

11th Sep
8pm | £8 Earlybird, £11 First Release, £14 Second Release

Back by popular demand! Lo-fi post-folk with three-part close harmony singing blending traditional and original material, acoustic sounds and electronic noise

Ear Trumpet Folk Club presents regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe: The Nightjar perform lo-fi post-folk, playing songs for the end of time. Originally conceived as a close-harmony vocal trio, a collaboration with South London producer Kams brought them to the attention of Boiler Room’s Joe Muggs. … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Nightjar (plus The Young Waters)

Music

Rachel McCrum & Caroline Bird

12th Sep
8pm | £10

Inky Fingers & Raise The Bar present a fantastic night of spoken word to launch two new poetry collections - 'The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate' by Rachel McCrum and 'In These Days of Prohibition' by Caroline Bird

Award-winning poets and performers Rachel McCrum and Caroline Bird have teamed up for a double-headliner spoken word tour! Caroline Bird -In These Days of Prohibition (Carcanet Press, July 2017) In her fifth collection of poetry Caroline Bird surrenders her poetic weaponry and goes on a quest to write the ‘simple truth’. The surreal imagery of … More Rachel McCrum & Caroline Bird

Spoken Word

Great Train Robbery

13th Sep - 16th Sep
8pm | £10

Scratchworks Theatre return with their raucous take on the heist of the century, featuring physical theatre, live music and clowning

In the early hours of Thursday 8th August 1963, the heist of the century was under way. Whilst the world was tucked up in bed, 15 men put a finger up to the government and stole 2 million British pounds from Her Majesty’s Royal Mail train. Five days later the first clues were found, the … More Great Train Robbery

Comedy Theatre

Nincompoop

17th Sep - 10th Dec
7.30pm (2pm only on 10th Dec) | 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. Also don’t miss Family Friendly Nincompoops at 2pm on 8th October, 12th November, and 10th December! Previous Nincompoops have included a man pouring a can of spaghetti … More Nincompoop

Best of Bristol Comedy

Royal Vauxhall

19th Sep
8pm | £12 (£10 conc.)

A hilarious new musical about the (true) story of the night Princess Diana, Kenny Everett and Freddie Mercury went ​in​ ​disgusie to a gay pub in London - by Desmond O'Connor, co-presented with Chuckle Busters Comedy

It’s 1988 and London is partying hard under the spectre of AIDS, the scrutiny of the press and the promise of a summer of love. When Princess Diana dreams of a wild night out away from relentless paparazzi and ruthless Royals, her unlikely best friends Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett know there is only one … More Royal Vauxhall

Comedy Theatre

Murder, She Didn’t Write

20th Sep - 23rd Sep
8pm | £10

The improvised Murder-Mystery by Degrees of Error

Move over, Sherlock! In Degrees of Error’s ‘Murder, She Didn’t Write’, 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 in 2016, Murder She Didn’t Write provides “one of the funniest evenings you’ll have in some time” (Ed Fringe Review). … More Murder, She Didn’t Write

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Sharp Teeth

24th Sep - 10th Dec
7.30pm (11am on 10th 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 two 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 Spoken Word

Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games

24th Sep - 18th Dec
2pm | £6 (£4 for kids and under 3's GO FREE!) / Family ticket £16 (for 4, must include one Under 18)

A characterful and fantastically fun all ages afternoon game show for the audience - a monthly show created by Gwendolyn Scott and Megan Brooks

Squeezy Green returns to The Wardrobe Theatre this autumn with another feast of themed games you wouldn’t be allowed to play at home. Assisted by the undrenchable and indivisible Finney Haddock, the audience is split into two teams and led through a series of unique challenges. This season will see popular classic games like ‘What’s … More Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games

Best of Bristol Comedy Family

Blahblahblah: Adam Kammerling – Shall We Take This Outside?

25th Sep
8pm | £10 (£8 conc.)

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

I have to hit him. In the face. But there is no anger inside me right now. Just a gut full of fear. Heroes are usually pretty handy in a scrap. And when heroes fight, they win. And stuff gets sorted. Adam has to look out for his brothers. He’s the eldest. He’s a good … More Blahblahblah: Adam Kammerling – Shall We Take This Outside?

Spoken Word

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Tom Hickox

26th Sep
8pm | £10 adv.

Ear Trumpet Folk Club presents regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe

Tom Hickox is a singer-songwriter from North London, born in 1981. He released his debut album, War, Peace & Diplomacy, in 2014 via Fierce Panda, following which led to comparisons of Hickox’s music to that of Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Scott Walker and Randy Newman. The Daily Telegraph commended the “depth and intensity” of his … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Tom Hickox

Music

How I Came To Be Where I Never Was

27th Sep - 28th Sep
8pm | £10

Jonny Fluffypunk presents a new lo-fi, stand-up, spoken word theatre show for anyone who has ever loved, owned a vinyl record or just been alive

Jonny Fluffypunk grew up in suburban nowhere. This is a story about trying to find yourself, when you find yourself somewhere you don’t belong. It’s about unrequited love, John Peel and the importance of a good record shop. It’s about trains and memory and letting go. This is a new lo-fi stand-up spoken word theatre … More How I Came To Be Where I Never Was

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Queen Cunt – Sacred or Profane?

29th Sep - 30th Sep
8pm | £10

China Blue Fish & Deborah Antoinette present an absurd comedy sketch show - inspired by Dada, the show weaves together ritual, physical theatre & a live vocal score with characters ranging from Virgin Mary, to Theresa May, Earth Priestesses to Burt the drag king

“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 explosion paints the stage. In an age where passing trends compel some to surgical operation, where mainstream porn has hijacked … More Queen Cunt – Sacred or Profane?

Best of Bristol Comedy

Plumbing The Death Star

3rd Oct
8pm | £18 (£15 conc.)

The hugely popular comedy podcast from Melbourne on their first international tour - answering the questions about films, TV, comic books and other popular fiction that no-one has even thought to ask!

Australian based podcast Plumbing The Death Star have left the safety of their studio and are doing their first ever international tour! Come down to catch the Plumbing Boys in their first shows in the UK as they ask important questions like “Is James Bond a good spy?” and “Is Darth Vader ashamed of his … More Plumbing The Death Star

Comedy

Fossils

4th Oct - 7th Oct
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

An extinct fish, a missing father and breath-taking live electronic sound in a new play by Bucket Club

Vanessa’s life is science. Fact based, evidence led, no nonsense, no monsters. But when a photograph surfaces showing something in Loch Ness, she must embark on a very personal research project. An extinct fish, a missing father and breath-taking live electronic sound in a new play with songs about how we connect to the past … More Fossils

Best of Bristol Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Front Country

9th Oct
8pm | £8 Earlybird, £11 First Release, £14 Second Release

This ground-breaking, genre-shaking San Francisco group screw up every tradition of the sound America gave to the world and remoulded it

Ear Trumpet Folk Club presents regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe: When Bob Harris played tracks Front Country’s memorable debut album, Sake of The Sound on BBC Radio 2, he told listeners they were “currently the biggest band on the bluegrass scene in America” …and he was … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Front Country

Music

The Way I Look

11th Oct - 12th Oct
8pm | £10

O&O present a funny and bold new piece of physical theatre exploring the relationship between identity and appearance drawing from the personal stories of people with facial birthmarks and scars

“That was the exact moment I knew something was different. That was when I woke up.” Imagine you have a birthmark on your face. You’ve had it all your life. You’ve had to put up with people staring, pointing and asking questions. Sometimes it makes you feel like a monster. Sometimes it makes you feel … More The Way I Look

Best of Bristol Theatre

Six Wives of Henry VIII

17th Oct - 21st Oct
8pm (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 Theatre

Blahblahblah: Laurie Bolger, Raymond Antrobus and Debris Stevenson

23rd Oct
8pm | £8

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

An evening of legends! Laurie Bolger, host of London’s infamous BANG Said the Gun spoken word nights brings her powerful verse to the stage alongside British-Jamaican slam champion and ‘writer of colour to watch out for’ (The Fader, 2017) Raymond Antrobus. They will be joined by Debris Stevenson, self-described social carrier pigeon who has shared … More Blahblahblah: Laurie Bolger, Raymond Antrobus and Debris Stevenson

Spoken Word

A Strange New Space

24th Oct - 28th Oct
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

Tessa Bide presents a brand new children's show about imagination, the universe, refugees and what it takes to become an astronaut, for ages 4-10 years and their families

Did you know that Astronauts get taller in space? That our solar system is around 4.6 billion years old? Or that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all of the beaches on Earth? Amira knows all of these things. She is completely obsessed with space and dreams of becoming … More A Strange New Space

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Rachel Newton (plus Effra)

24th Oct
8pm | £8 Earlybird, £11 First Release, £14 Second Release

Stunning singer, fiddle player and harpist, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Musician of the Year 2017 and Scottish Traditional Music Awards Instrumentalist of the Year 2016

Ear Trumpet Folk Club presents regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe: Singer and harpist Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Scottish Gaelic as well as writing and performing her own instrumental pieces. Rachel performs solo, with her trio featuring Lauren MacColl … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Rachel Newton (plus Effra)

Music

The Harry & Chris Show 2

25th Oct
5pm & 8pm | £12

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

After last year’s sell-out run of their debut show in Edinburgh, Harry Baker and Chris Read bring their unique mix of comedy, melody, poetry and best-matery to venues nationwide! Ranging from pandas in crisis to Robot Wars, they bring love and laughter to a world that needs both more than ever. “A combination of catchy … More The Harry & Chris Show 2

Comedy Music Spoken Word

The Phantom Of The Opera with Live Score by Minima

27th Oct - 28th Oct
8pm | £10

This Halloween witness an electrifying live score of cello, drums, bass and guitar from Minima as they accompany this classic, fast-paced, dramatic film of obsession, kidnap, murder and revenge!

Minima specialise in live accompaniment to silent films. Their electrifying new score for The Phantom Of The Opera captures the horror of the story but also finds pathos, romance and humour. Drums, bass, guitar and cello strike up a thrilling relationship with the film, following the Phantom down into his subterranean nightmare world. Press quotes … More The Phantom Of The Opera with Live Score by Minima

Best of Bristol Film Music

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra (plus Kitty Macfarlane)

1st Nov
8pm | £8 Earlybird, £11 First Release, £14 Second Release

Potent songs, silky double-bass, fiery fiddling and smoking harmonicas. An album launch event for their latest live release; D’rect From The Shire

Ear Trumpet Folk Club presents regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe: Jez Hellard is a singer of potent songs, fine guitarist and simply stunning harmonica player. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs, reels and ballads to tango, rhumba and even … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra (plus Kitty Macfarlane)

Music

How To Win Against History

2nd Nov - 11th Nov
8pm (plus 2pm on Sat 11th) | £12 (£10 conc.)

A fierce, hilarious, tragi-gorgeous, ripped-up new musical - presented by Áine Flanagan Productions, Seiriol Davies and the Young Vic, and co-presented as part of Tobacco Factory Theatres BEYOND

TICKETS ON GENERAL SALE 1st AUGUST Henry Cyril Paget was one of the Earth’s wealthiest men, until he lost it all by being too damn fabulous. 5th Marquis of Anglesey blew his family’s colossal fortune on diamond frocks, lilac-dyed poodles and putting on simply amazing plays to which nobody came, causing a very 19th century … More How To Win Against History

Comedy Music Theatre

David Gibb – Climb That Tree

4th Nov
2pm | £8 (under 3s go free)

David Gibb is on a one-man mission to make brilliant, engaging and high quality music for families and children.

Climb That Tree is the brand new live show and album from award-winning songwriter and musician David Gibb. Join David on a musical journey through his hilarious and often surreal imagination, where bears live in the cupboard under the stairs, wolves are roaming the corridors at school, and trips to the moon are a regular … More David Gibb – Climb That Tree

Comedy Family Music

The Pixies’ Scarf

5th Nov
11am | £8

A theatrical treat (with a post-show puppet making workshop) for children and their families, set in the wet, craggy lands of Dartmoor - help Soap Soup Theatre raise funds for their 2017 Christmas show

Design and make your very own puppet to take home! Join Soap Soup for a puppet-making workshop straight after the show. Suitable for ages 5 and up, or for any age as long as they are accompanied by an adult to help! For everyone who watched the 11am performance – Pay What You Decide While … More The Pixies’ Scarf

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow (with Saskia Griffiths Moore)

14th Nov
8pm | £8 Earlybird, £11 First Release, £14 Second Release

Folk music from Europe, America and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship and some damn great tunes

Ear Trumpet Folk Club presents regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe: Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music. Best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from the band Sheelanagig, they draw on their many influences to … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow (with Saskia Griffiths Moore)

Best of Bristol Music

“It’s Okay, I’m Dealing With It.”

15th Nov - 16th Nov
8pm | £10

Brighton-based company The Hiccup Project present their brilliantly funny comedic dance-theatre follow-up to the award-winning 'May-We-Go-Round?'

Cristina and Chess have both experienced smashing their two front teeth. It affected them and it got them thinking. In a culture preoccupied with perfect smiles, keeping a stiff upper lip and for everything to always be ‘fine’: how do we deal with difficult things? What happens if we don’t want to deal with them? … More “It’s Okay, I’m Dealing With It.”

Comedy Dance Theatre

Workshop with The Hiccup Project

15th Nov
10am-11.30am | £7

A fun, creative and energetic session with the Artistic Directors of The Hiccup Project

This will be a fun, creative and energetic session, giving an opportunity to work with the Artistic Directors of The Hiccup Project, Cristina MacKerron and Chess Dillon-Reams, and gain an insight into the company practices of fusing dance, theatre and comedy. Come enjoy the pleasures of moving, shaking and grooving –  all to a soundtrack … More Workshop with The Hiccup Project

Dance

Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog

17th Nov
8pm | £11 (£8 conc.)

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

Sofie Hagen is unquestionably one of the most talked-about comics of the moment. A modern legend in her native Denmark, she burst onto the British scene by winning Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Festival 2015; her 2016 follow-up, ‘Shimmer Shatter’, was a second total sell-out. She’s spoken to millions as former host of ‘Guilty Feminist’ and … More Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog

Comedy

The Toll by Luke Wright

18th Nov
8pm | £10

After the Fringe First winning success of 'What I Learned From Johnny Bevan', Luke Wright is back to subject the English language to a series of degrading new tricks, all for your amusement

Featuring a selection of poems from The Toll (Penned In The Margins, 2017) this show tours the flat-roofed pubs and half-bought couches of Brexit Britain. It struggles with doubt, duty and a score of half-cut nights spent shouting impotently at Question Time. Spend an evening with a raconteur at the top of his game, as … More The Toll by Luke Wright

Spoken Word

Blahblahblah: Salena Godden, Molly Naylor and Isaiah Hull

20th Nov
8pm | £8

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

Salena Godden is one of the UK’s foremost poets, regularly anthologised and headlining festivals nationally and internationally. Fresh off her ‘Summer of LOVEwire’ UK tour, catch Godden sharing some of her brilliant new work for an Autumnal celebration of spoken word. Sharing the stage will be poet and performer Molly Naylor, co-writer of After Hours … More Blahblahblah: Salena Godden, Molly Naylor and Isaiah Hull

Spoken Word

Reservoir Cats

23rd Nov - 21st Jan
7.30pm (plus 2pm matinee on Saturdays) | £15 (£13 conc., £12 previews)

An alternative Christmas with The Wardrobe Theatre, the makers of Rocky: A Horror Show, Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears and Muppits Die Hard

Ruthless, wise-cracking and overly affectionate around feeding time, meet notorious pussy posse, The Reservoir Cats – a ferocious feline foursome on their way to crash the annual Jellicle Ball, intent on stealing the big prize. But when this botched heist turns into a cruel bloodbath, paws and pistols are pointed: Who can be trusted? Did … More Reservoir Cats

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith (plus Anna Kissell)


4th Dec
8pm | £8 Earlybird, £11 First Release, £14 Second Release

Highly acclaimed multi-instrumentalist folk duo who play traditional and original storytelling music of the British Isles

Ear Trumpet Folk Club presents regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe: Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith arrived on the scene in 2014 with their unique style of strong harmony singing and considered musical arrangements. Their first album on Fellside Records was described as “utterly absorbing” full of … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith (plus Anna Kissell)


Music

Kristmas With The Kringles

7th Dec - 23rd Dec
9.45pm | £7

A hilarious night of improvised festive fun with games, sketches and songs from the team behind Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

“With brilliant acting and a festive atmosphere, this show is a great – and budget-friendly – choice for a night of authentic, improvised comedy.” ★★★★ The Reviews Hub Grab a mulled wine, pop on a Santa hat, don your best festive jumper and join American television stars The Kringles for a lively night of big … More Kristmas With The Kringles

Best of Bristol Comedy

The Snow Baby

16th Dec - 30th Dec
11am & 2pm (plus 4pm on 23rd and 24th) | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

This Christmas join the makers of The Pixies' Scarf and The Owl & The Pussycat's Treasury of Nonsense for a magical children's show - a story of castles in the air, of weathering the storm, and dreams coming true in the most unexpected ways

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

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Blahblahblah: Thick Richard: Swear School – Blah Humbug’s Anti-Christmas Special!

18th Dec
8pm | £10 (£8 conc.)

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

A fast-paced crash course in everything you wanted to know about bad language that school couldn’t teach you. Join the class of sinister puppets as punk poet Thick Richard looks at the history, definition and use of swearing in his darkly humorous, educational show. Pedalling his potty-mouthed poems, cynical, lyrical and jet-black humour, Thick Richard’s … More Blahblahblah: Thick Richard: Swear School – Blah Humbug’s Anti-Christmas Special!

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Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Ballina Whalers

19th Dec
10pm | £8 adv.

Using just their incredible voices, Pete Truin, Jamie Doe and Sam Brookes explore ballads, shanties and seafaring songs that tell tales of whaling ships, lost loves and hardship at sea

Ear Trumpet Folk Club presents regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe: The Ballina Whalers (pronounced Bal-en-a) are Pete Truin, Jamie Doe and Sam Brookes – three musical barnacles clinging to the creaking hull of a musical tradition stretching back over hundreds of years. Using just their voices … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Ballina Whalers

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