What’s On

Love Sick

28th Mar - 30th Mar
8pm | £8

We can’t get enough of it, we’re miserable without it, it’s in the air, it’s in your eyes, it’s in the way you comb your hair… but what on Earth is love? - an award-winning comedy by All In Theatre

These two alien ambassadors need to find out quick and return home with their findings to save their dying planet! With recorded interviews from the inhabitants of earth these two beautiful fools will build a hilarious scrapbook of advice for those who just don’t know…at all. BEST COMEDY SHOW Winner at Brighton Fringe 2014 “Behind … More Love Sick

Comedy

Chuckle Busters: Friday Night Comedy

31st Mar - 28th Apr
9.30pm | £5-£8

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

Sleeping Trees: SCI-FI?

31st Mar - 1st Apr
8pm | £8

Accompanied by an inter-cosmic live score like no other, Sleeping Trees invite you to join them on a journey into the deep and infinite unknown

The Sleeping Trees complete their live movie trilogy in true intergalactic fashion: SCI-FI? The show follows the intergalactic journey of the unlikeliest of heroes, happy-go-lucky farmer Charlie Sprog. At a time where the ancient planet of Plutopia rules the galaxy, Charlie is dragged from his quiet home planet and given one very simple mission: SAVE … More Sleeping Trees: SCI-FI?

Comedy Theatre

Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games

2nd Apr
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 montly show created by Gwendolyn Scott

Squeezy Green is here, bringing some idiotic games to test your skills! Hosted by the irrepressible Squeezy and assisted by the unquenchable Finney Haddock, the audience is split into two teams and taken through a series of challenges. Each game show is different with audience interactions contributing to the play of the day. Play from … More Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games

Best of Bristol Comedy Family

Holly Stoppit’s Work-In-Progress

2nd Apr
7.30pm | Pay What You Decide

Bristol's renowned fool shaman and the artistic director of Beyond The Ridiculous steps back onto the stage for the first time in years. Is this still her place? Come and help her find out

Holly Stoppit is a director, facilitator, university lecturer, dramatherapist and artistic director of Beyond The Ridiculous. Holly specialises in creating live, playful, interactive, improvised and devised performance. Somewhere along the road, Holly stopped performing. A little voice has been growing inside for the last few years, whispering “Maybe I want to do a show”. The … More Holly Stoppit’s Work-In-Progress

Best of Bristol Comedy

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

3rd Apr - 26th Jun
8pm | £5

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

Monday 1st May | Mayday! Mayday! Special | To be performed at Brunel’s SS Great Britain Monday 15th May | To be performed at Bristol Improv Theatre | 8pm | £6 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 … More Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Holly Macve

4th Apr
7.30pm | £8 (£10 otd.)

A unique, intimate sit-down gig from this sensation-in-the-waiting with a magical, solemn voice

A heavenly voice couched in spellbinding country & western ballads, with a devastating emotional delivery: Holly Macve is a fantastic addition to the Bella Union family, and her album Golden Eagle is one of the most remarkably assured debuts of this or any other year, especially given she’s though only 21 years old. Despite her … More Holly Macve

Music

CLUB SOLO presents: Tom Marshman

5th Apr - 6th Apr
8pm | £8

CLUB SOLO presents solo performances KINGS CROSS (REMIX) by Tom Marshman, followed by an after-show discussion on Weds

KINGS CROSS (REMIX) by Tom Marshman Kings Cross (Remix) uncovers the hidden histories of LGBT communities in London during the 1980s through memories of the Kings Cross area; an area that has undergone radical change since its day as a hub of LGBT communities, bars and culture. Woven together from the stories of people who … More CLUB SOLO presents: Tom Marshman

Best of Bristol Theatre

Offside

7th Apr - 8th Apr
8pm | £8

A new play by Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish, inspired by real, untold stories from the world of women’s football - presented by Futures Theatre

Heart thumping with oxygenised blood, adrenalin flooding every little bit of me and every little bit of me is every little bit of the field in front of me. It is 1881. It is 1921. It is 2017. Four women from across the centuries live, breathe, and play football. Whilst each of them face very … More Offside

Theatre

Nincompoop

9th Apr - 11th Jun
7.30pm | 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. Previous Nincompoops have included a man pouring a can of spaghetti hoops over his head, a biscuit eating competition (a dog in the audience won), and incredible … More Nincompoop

Best of Bristol Comedy

BlahBlahBlah: All The Things I Lied About by Katie Bonna

10th Apr
8pm | £7

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

Would the world be a better place if we were all honest? From duping her sister into drinking wee to repeated infidelities, Fringe First winner Katie Bonna (Dirty Great Love Story) unpicks all her past mistakes to confront humanity’s obsession with fibs and how every day lies can lead to a world of Trump and … More BlahBlahBlah: All The Things I Lied About by Katie Bonna

Spoken Word

The Pixies’ Scarf

10th Apr - 16th Apr
11am & 2pm (11am only on 16th, no shows on 11th) | £7 (£5 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

A brand new theatrical treat for children and their families, set in the wet, craggy lands of Dartmoor - presented by Soap Soup Theatre, inspired by the powerfully evocative tale by Alison Uttely

While out picking whortleberries with Grandmother, Dicky Bundle finds a treasure that opens the door to a beautiful, fragile world. It is the world of The Wee Folk. But the moor hears Dicky listening, and watches Dicky looking, and tells the Pixies, who don’t want to share their precious secrets with a human child. Soon … More The Pixies’ Scarf

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Posthumous Works

11th Apr - 14th Apr
8pm | £10 (£8 conc.)

We're excited to co-present the fabulous Danish company Out Of Balanz and this award-winning comedy with Tobacco Factory Theatres

Written by Ivan Hansen, Katrina Bugaj, Troels Hagen Findsen Directed by Katrina Bugaj Performed by Ivan Hansen Best Performer Award – BE Festival Posthumous Works, from Danish company Out of Balanz, brought the house down at Birmingham’s BE Festival, winning Ivan Hansen the Best Performer Award. Now Ivan is cycling all the way from Copenhagen … More Posthumous Works

Comedy Theatre

Nuala Honan & Band | InMiriam

15th Apr
7.30pm | £8 (£10 otd.)

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk music

Nuala Honan Nuala Honan, a soulful artist, writer of fiercely fragile songs, player of deftly-wrought guitar and passionate singer of extraordinary charm and style. She has that uncanny ability to write new songs that sound like they have been written before, somehow conjuring the sense that the lyrics have been worn smooth by the passage … More Nuala Honan & Band | InMiriam

Best of Bristol Music

Story Slam

16th Apr - 20th Aug
2pm (7.30pm on 21st May) | 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

Bloom Presents…

16th Apr - 20th Aug
7.30pm | £6 (£8 otd.)

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

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

Tales In The Attic – By Day

18th Apr - 23rd Apr
11am & 2pm | £7 (£5 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

Spellbinding storytelling by Open Attic Company - by day 'Family Friendly' stories for ages 3-8 and their families

Climb into the Attic and prepare to be taken anywhere. Open Attic Company have gathered an amazing team of storytellers, performers and musicians to host a series of brand new stories to excite and entice you. Stories to take you to another world, the far future, the distant past or to last week when Deborah … More Tales In The Attic – By Day

Best of Bristol Family Spoken Word Theatre

Tales In The Attic – By Night

18th Apr - 22nd Apr
8pm | £8

Spellbinding storytelling by Open Attic Company - by night 'Not So Family Friendly' stories for ages 12+

Climb into the Attic and prepare to be taken anywhere. Open Attic Company have gathered an amazing team of storytellers, performers and musicians to host a series of brand new stories to excite and entice you. Stories to take you to another world, the far future, the distant past or to last week when Deborah … More Tales In The Attic – By Night

Best of Bristol Spoken Word Theatre

Sharp Teeth

23rd Apr - 9th Jul
7.30pm | Pay What You Decide (£8 on 9th July)

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

The Goldilock, Stock Social Club

23rd Apr
Doors 7pm | £15 (£12 conc.)

A one-off night of comedy, music, theatre and cabaret to raise funds to take The Wardrobe Theatre's hit show Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears to Edinburgh Fringe 2017 - hosted at The Redgrave Theatre, Clifton

Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears is going to Edinburgh Fringe 2017 but we need your help to get there! Join Goldilock, Harry, Barry and Vinnie plus all your favourite characters from The Wardrobe Theatre’s hit alternative comedy show for an unmissable night of entertainment and laughter, soundtracked by our house band. Don’t miss this … More The Goldilock, Stock Social Club

Best of Bristol Comedy Dance Film Music Spoken Word Theatre

Birdland

24th Apr - 26th Apr
8pm | £8 (£6 for students, £5 for Dramsoc members)

After sell-out shows at the Alma Tavern and Bristol SU, Dramsoc brings its first production to The Wardrobe Theatre in Simon Stephens’ highly acclaimed script

‘When you lie on your back, it’s like you can feel the contours of the earth. You can feel where it curves. You can imagine its whole size.’ It’s the last week of his massive international tour, and rock star Paul is at the height of his fame. Everybody knows his name. Whatever he wants … More Birdland

Best of Bristol Theatre

Tank

27th Apr - 29th Apr
8pm (plus 2pm matinee on Saturday) | £8

Inspired by the Dolphin House experiments, Breach's Fringe First award-winning show rips history apart to explore the difficulties of bridging cultural divides, the politics behind the stories we tell, and what happens when you inject a dolphin with LSD

‘Don’t even think in your own language. English, all the time!’ In 1965, an American scientist lived with a dolphin for ten weeks to try and teach him to speak English – part of a NASA-funded research project into human-animal communication. Condemned by the wider scientific community as an elaborate circus trick, Margaret’s lessons with … More Tank

Theatre

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera – Mayday! Mayday! Special

1st May
Look around the ship from 6.30pm, show starts 8pm | £15 (£12 conc.)

May Day Special performed at Brunel's SS Great Britain - the unplanned, unscripted & unconventional cult comedy show continuing the world's longest improvised narrative every other Monday

Mayday! Mayday! Performed at Brunel’s SS Great Britain (not at The Wardrobe Theatre) Ticket price includes full entry to explore Brunel’s SS Great Britain and the museum 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 100 episodes. … More Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera – Mayday! Mayday! Special

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Sex With A Stranger

2nd May - 6th May
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm matinee on Saturday) | £10 (£35 for whole Directors' Cuts season)

by Stefan Golaszewski - Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Directors' Cuts Season 2017

Two strangers. One night. A brief encounter. Adam and Grace have just met outside a club waiting for the number 73 bus. Meanwhile Ruth is at home… waiting for Adam. From the BAFTA award winning and critically acclaimed writer, Stefan Golaszewski, Sex With A Stranger is a brutally honest insight into the era of casual … More Sex With A Stranger

Best of Bristol Theatre

Joan Shelley

7th May
7.30pm | £9.75

Ear Trumpet Music & Colston Hall present a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk and Americana music, plus support from Leonie Evans

Kentucky-based singer-songwriter Joan Shelley followed her debut album ‘Electric Ursa’ (2014) with ‘Over and Even’ (2015), which was named album of the year at NPR Music and in the Los Angeles Times. Rolling Stone gave it 4 stars and called it “a masterfully turned set of folk reflections.” Shelley made the record with guitarist Nathan … More Joan Shelley

Music

Iceland

9th May - 13th May
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm matinee on Saturday) | £10 (£35 for whole Directors' Cuts season)

by Nicholas Billon - Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Directors' Cuts Season 2017

“You Know What Money Is? Money Is Perfect”. Set against the backdrop of the global financial crisis of 2006, the lives of three strangers are brought together through a bizarre chain of events. Kassandra is a university student who works as an escort at night; Annais a devout Christian whose connection to the world is … More Iceland

Best of Bristol Theatre

I Am The Wind

16th May - 20th May
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm matinee on Saturday) | £10 (£35 for whole Directors' Cuts season)

by Jon Fosse - Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Directors' Cuts Season 2017

Two men on a fragile boat. A trip to sea, a few drinks, a bite to eat. The One decides to sail further out in the threatening fog on the open ocean, bound with The Other on a journey into the unknown among the distant islands, looking for a place to exist. I Am The … More I Am The Wind

Best of Bristol Theatre

Crave

23rd May - 27th May
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm matinee on Saturday) | £10 (£35 for whole Directors' Cuts season)

by Sarah Kane - Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Directors' Cuts Season 2017

What happens when we lose love, possibly irrevocably? C finds herself at a crisis in her life. Trying to find hope and redemption, she sifts through fragments of memories, recounting trauma, conflict, loss, and pain, hearing echoes and reverberations of her thoughts and memories throughout her mind. Set in an unidentified location, Crave follows the … More Crave

Best of Bristol Theatre

The Time Seekers

29th May - 4th Jun
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

Get ready to strap yourselves in as Alph, Betty and Gammo are back with a brand new mission for 3-8 years olds! After their epic space adventure in The Star Seekers, now join the team for a journey through time!!

Have you ever dreamt of seeing a real dinosaur? Meeting a Roman or an Ancient Egyptian? Sharing tea time with a robot from the future? Join The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre for a thrilling journey through time where you take the steering wheel! Following on from the stellar success of The Star Seekers, … More The Time Seekers

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Eli West

30th May
7.30pm | £12 (£14 otd.)

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great Folk and Americana music

Well-known for his work with Cahalen Morrison, Tim O’Brien, Jayme Stone and more, the Seattle-based singer and multi-instrumentalist oozes understated talent. We recently witnessed both Martin Simpson and Richard Hawley utterly floored by his skill. Truly a sublime musician! Eli’s recent debut solo album, The Both, sees him taking the lead, on electric and acoustic … More Eli West

Music

Said And Done

31st May - 2nd Jun
8pm | £10

A darkly comic snapshot into the lives of two women who are far too close, the first ever show by Sugarscratch Theatre

Two women sit at a table at a wedding. They hate everyone at this wedding. 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 when does teasing get too … More Said And Done

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Jim Causley

5th Jun
7.30pm | £12 (£14 otd.)

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk music

Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Westcountry. He became involved with traditional music from a young age via his family, the local folk scene and an historical tradition of wassailing in his home village of Whimple, … More Jim Causley

Music

Mental

7th Jun - 10th Jun
8pm (5pm only on Saturday) | £10

Edinburgh Fringe 2017: A powerful new show about mental health by Kane Power Theatre

At a time when mental health is increasingly making the headlines, yet still so many are unable to speak about their experience for fear of stigma, this show attempts to tell a personal story that will get people talking. Hi, I’m Kane, and this show is about me and my mum, and her mental health. … More Mental

Best of Bristol Theatre

Kirk vs Ming

13th Jun - 17th Jun
8pm (plus 2pm matinee on Saturday) | £10

This summer the team that brought you Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears, Muppits Die Hard and Oedipuss In Boots present a lo-fi clash between two of the universe’s most revered science fiction titans

On the outer rings of known space, the evil emperor Ming is hatching a dastardly plan. Intergalactic domination has afforded Ming planets, dominions and a harem of alien love slaves but he’s still not satisfied. As his frustration grows and his ring of power fades, the evil Ming plans a terrifying act of evil (so … More Kirk vs Ming

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Missing Pieces

18th Jun - 16th Jul
7.30pm | £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

Blahblahblah: Byron Vincent, Emily Harrison and Daisy Behagg

19th Jun
8pm | £7

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

Byron Vincent is a writer, performer, producer, broadcaster, activist and director best known for his theatre, documentaries and spoken word. He has made work for the RSC, BBC, BAC, C4 (and a bunch of other fancy acronyms) and can frequently be caught as a contributor on BBC Radio 4. Joining him is the “astute and… … More Blahblahblah: Byron Vincent, Emily Harrison and Daisy Behagg

Spoken Word

My World Has Exploded A Little Bit

20th Jun
8pm | £10

Bella Heesom's debut is a darkly comic play and farcical performance lecture

Bella Heesom’s debut play is part true story, part farcical performance lecture. It tells a deeply personal story of loss and love, through a darkly comic 17-step guide to bereavement. Mixing tender intimacy and unflinching honesty with hard-hitting philosophy and clownish silliness, it takes the audience on a powerful emotional journey, shot through with jet … More My World Has Exploded A Little Bit

Theatre

Blush

22nd Jun - 24th Jun
8pm (2pm only on Saturday) | £10

Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival, Snuff Box Theatre present the award-winning new play about revenge porn by Charlotte Josephine

‘She just needs to understand that it’s not her fault, that she’s not to blame, that she’s not a slut.’ Three women and two men swim in shame. Everyone’s exposed. Everyone wants revenge. No one’s talking about it. Five candid stories about revenge porn and all its many victims. Blush is a slap in the … More Blush

Theatre

How To Drown A Fish

25th Jun
7.30pm | £10

Edinburgh Fringe 2017: A playful new solo show from Grace Gibson

Offstage a cassette is taken out of its box and put into the player. The music crackles and she bounds on to stage. She notices the woman who resembles a Bichon Frisé and the sign above the audience telling her to smile. With hairspray in her saliva, she dances on an uneven herringboned floor. The … More How To Drown A Fish

Comedy Theatre

Sierra Hull

27th Jun
7.30pm | £13 (£15 otd.)

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk and Americana music

Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Hull has delivered her most inspired, accomplished, and mature recorded work to date; no small feat. Weighted Mind is a landmark achievement, not just in Sierra Hull’s career, but in … More Sierra Hull

Music

Wake Up & Deirdrealize

29th Jun - 1st Jul
8pm (5pm only on Saturday) | £10

Edinburgh Fringe 2017: Bought to you by I Am Nincompoop, a ridiculous, outlandish, improvised, character romp, guaranteed to take you on the most thrilling rollercoaster ride of your life

Deirdre Me is on a mission to show the world how awesome it is, one person at a time, starting with you. Hailing all the way from Texas-Tennessee, Deirdre is more magnanimous than Gandhi, sexier than chocolate, hotter than the sun. This is the story of one woman’s desperate search for meaning, in a world … More Wake Up & Deirdrealize

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Helen Duff: When The Going Gets Duff

29th Jun
9.30pm | £10

Edinburgh Fringe 2017: The hilarious Helen Duff returns after her brilliant hit show, Smasher

“Master of shamelessly silly yet socially conscious clowning” Helen Duff returns with a bold, subversive and very funny new work-in-progress comedy show about life as a fully exposed idiot. “Absolutely shameless, boldly ridiculous, embarrassingly funny.” ★★★★ Australia Times “Quick witted and supremely empowered …a formidable comic.” ★★★★ The Scotsman

Comedy

Nick Cope

2nd Jul
11am | £7 (£5 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

With songs about dogs eating soap and dragons called Keith, the popular Nick Cope performs a 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. He now writes and records music for children and has established a fanatical army of little people and their parents, from all over the … More Nick Cope

Family Music

Bristol Pride Theatre Night 2017

4th Jul
7pm & 9pm | £10

Murder, He Didn’t Write - the improvised mudrer mystery presents a gender-swapped special by Degrees of Error

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 hit show ‘Murder, She Didn’t Write’. The talented cast create a completely original and hilarious murder-mystery, improvised on-the-spot using your suggestions and a whole host … More Bristol Pride Theatre Night 2017

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Impromptu Shakespeare

6th Jul - 7th Jul
Thurs 8pm, Fri 7.30pm & 9pm | £10 (£8 conc.)

Presented by KPS Productions, showing as part of Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2017

Returning as part of the Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2017, Impromptu Shakespeare create an entirely new and unique Shakespeare play, improvised on the spot and inspired by audience suggestions. Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, power struggles, mistaken identity, the supernatural and everything in between – this show will delight Shakespeare nerds and novices alike. Impromptu … More Impromptu Shakespeare

Comedy Theatre

Workshop with Impromptu Shakespeare

8th Jul
11am – 4pm | £35

Learn how to use style, character and language improvisation techniques to create the scenes Shakespeare never wrote

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 using specially developed games and exercises to refine your Shakespearean improv skills. Expect to … More Workshop with Impromptu Shakespeare

The North! The North!

10th Jul - 11th Jul
8pm | £10

Edinburgh Fringe 2017: A dark contemporary myth about England, featuring highly physical storytelling and animation by the former director of Rhum & Clay (64 Squares, A Strange Wild Song, Shutterland)

In 1985, a fissure formed at England’s centre and split the north from the south. A giant tear through the landscape, a real gap, descending into an abyss of bottomless depth. And in the north, cut off, things began to stir. Beneath the moors and the rivers, in the valleys and by the sea. It … More The North! The North!

Best of Bristol Theatre

Show & Tell

13th Jul
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

Lash Stackers Presents…. Xtrah Virgin by The Virgin Xtravaganzah

14th Jul
8pm | £10

Part theatre, part stand-up, part drag spectacular, don't miss this one off opportunity to see a superstar of British drag

Paul has an exciting new venture in the working men’s club, a full hour long drag spectacular! Expect a charming atmosphere to warm you up for feature length, British drag royalty. Featuring: Xtrah Virgin, a new show by the Virgin Xtravaganzah She’s the holy mother of Gawd. She’s the Virgin Mary, who’s come back down … More Lash Stackers Presents…. Xtrah Virgin by The Virgin Xtravaganzah

Comedy Theatre

The Drive

17th Jul
8pm | £10

Edinburgh Fringe 2017: Two women. A fractured friendship. A car full of boxes and a message from a dead friend - presented by Angel Exit

The Drive recounts an unexpected Nordic road trip which sees two estranged friends thrown together on a tense journey from London to Oslo. The further Becky and Nat get from home the closer they come to confronting the demons of their shared past. Spliced through with humour, slick physicality, a contemporary soundtrack and video projection, … More The Drive

Comedy

The Fantasy Orchestra

18th Jul
7.30pm | £10 (£12 otd.)

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of amazing music

The Fantasy Orchestra is a community project led by Jesse D Vernon, based in Bristol and also in Paris. The Orchestra (motto: ‘more is more’) brings together 40+ musicians, professional and amateur, to create a kaleidoscopic symphonic brigade. Their eclectic repertoire covers film soundtracks (Morricone, Barry, RD Burman), rock and pop favourites (Hendrix, Beatles, Bowie), … More The Fantasy Orchestra

Music

It’s Better To Lie Than To Tell The Truth And End Up Alone In A Ditch Crying

20th Jul - 21st Jul
8pm | £10

Edinburgh Fringe 2017: A unique new comedy from acclaimed performer and former rock star Ellen Waddell

We lie to our friends, family, lovers, and bosses because it’s easier than the truth – we have no idea what we’re doing, and we might have genital warts. In her new show, former rock star and acclaimed performer Ellen Waddell (Jean-Luc Picard & Me) tackles the necessity of lying in life, love, friendship and … More It’s Better To Lie Than To Tell The Truth And End Up Alone In A Ditch Crying

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Emerald Boy

23rd Jul - 25th Jul
8pm | £10 (£7 conc.)

Edinburgh Fringe 2017: A new dark comedy presented by UWE Drama Society, written and directed by Samuel Heaney

Three friends, a police officer and an alien walk into a bar. Not in that particular order though. Chaos ensues. A dark comedy full of twists and turns, a story that will tickle your funny bone and pull at your heart strings. A pub story so interesting it’s heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe! Don’t … More Emerald Boy

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Let Me Look At You

26th Jul
5pm | £6

Edinburgh Fringe 2017: A new performance from the acclaimed international touring company and double Fringe First winners, Starving Artists

In the year celebrating half a century since the Sexual Offences Act, the award-winning Starving Artists Theatre Company return to Edinburgh with a brand new show for a new generation. “It’s not the homosexuals but the gays I can’t stand.” Stonewall. The Wolfenden Report. The boys of Times Square and Piccadilly. Angry Lesbians getting magnificently … More Let Me Look At You

Theatre

Bristol Bad Film Club

27th Jul
8pm | £5

"Zone Troopers" presented by BBFC, a place where movie fans can come and behold some of the most unique and notorious films ever put to celluloid

At Bristol Bad Film Club we believe that great movies fall into two categories: they either have to be the very best… or the very worst. Whether they are Citizen Kane or Plan 9 From Outer Space, we believe that at the very least, a movie should entertain… and there is something wonderful about a … More Bristol Bad Film Club

Comedy Film

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

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

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

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 the period, the first kiss, maternity, love, … More Blooming Out

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

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

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