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Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

27th Jan 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 & Colston Hall Presents: Jonah Tolchin (plus Gwenifer Raymond)

28th Jan 2020
8pm | £12 adv. (£8 +bf. for Under 30s/low income)

Emotive ruminations on the very things that make us human from this blues-influenced New Jersey native

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. He may only be 27-years-old but Jonah Tolchin already has a knack for telling the kind of stories that can stand the test of time. What makes his music so special is the emotive ruminations on the … More Ear Trumpet Music & Colston Hall Presents: Jonah Tolchin (plus Gwenifer Raymond)

Music

Ben Vardy presents: One Pun For Every Country In The World

29th Jan 2020 - 30th Jan 2020
7.30pm | £7 (£6 conc.)

UK Pun Champion 2017 and co-founder of The Wardrobe Ensemble, Ben Vardy, presents a work in progress performance of his brand new solo show featuring 195 countries and 195 puns

Do you like puns? Do you like geography? Atlas-t, 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). Having … More Ben Vardy presents: One Pun For Every Country In The World

Best of Bristol Comedy

Jessica Fostekew: Hench

31st Jan 2020 - 1st Feb 2020
8pm | £12

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

Absolute powershed and regular host of The Guilty Feminist, Jessica Fostekew explores her big strong strength. Have you ever watched a feminist try and take ‘hench’ as a compliment? It’s like watching a snake eat but funny. As seen on Motherland, Cuckoo and BAFTA Award-winning drama Three Girls. Soon to appear in forthcoming feature films … More Jessica Fostekew: Hench

Comedy

Max & Ivan: Commitment

2nd Feb 2020
7.30pm | £14 (£13 conc.)

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

Say “I do” to the triumphant return of Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominees Max & Ivan, as seen on W1A (BBC One) and heard on The Casebook of Max & Ivan (BBC Radio 4). Commitment is the true story of the unreasonable lengths one best man (Max) will go to give one groom (Ivan) the greatest weekend … More Max & Ivan: Commitment

Comedy

Milk Poetry featuring Dan Simpson and Mega Slam

3rd Feb 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!

Join us for a 5th Birthday special edition of Milk Poetry featuring a book launch and a massive slam. Writer, performer, producer and educator Dan Simpson comes to Milk Poetry to launch his second poetry collection Totally Cultured. He has performed his brilliantly witty poetry at festivals and literary events around the world, including Glastonbury, … More Milk Poetry featuring Dan Simpson and Mega Slam

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Painting By Numbers

4th Feb 2020
7.30pm | £10

A brand new comedy exploring what it means to be an artist featuring paint fights, riotous dance routines and unforgettable high stakes live painting! - from Bristol's Dumb Found Theatre

Three inadequate painters challenge themselves to each create their own masterpiece. A good idea, it seems. Once and for all they would prove to their compatriots that their own method of painting is best. But soon, the cracks start to show, and paint begins to spill. In their efforts to win their latest conquest (through … More Painting By Numbers

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Bristol Know Show

5th Feb 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

Catherine Bohart

6th Feb 2020
8pm | £11

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

Join the star of BBC2’s The Mash Report as she smashes stereotypes around sex, sexuality and relationships. As seen and heard on Roast Battle, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier and The Guilty Feminist Podcast. “Destined for stardom.” Evening Standard “The laughs keep coming and, finally, so … More Catherine Bohart

Comedy

Frills & Spills

7th Feb 2020 - 8th Feb 2020
7.30pm | £10

Lecoq-trained clowns Stumble Trip Theatre combine their "multiple skills, classic storytelling and madcap humour" with extravagant costume in a raucous new show about power and privilege

You’re invite to the fancy, farcical and frivolous world of Frills & Spills. They’re here to delight, to excite and to cleanse your soul of it’s daily dirt darling. Stumble Trip combine their “multiple skills, classic storytelling and madcap humour” (FringeReview) with extravagant costume, in a raucous show about power & privilege. Expect french fancies … More Frills & Spills

Best of Bristol Comedy

Sunday Club: Faye Treacy & Guests

9th Feb 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

The Paper Cinema Club

9th Feb 2020 - 3rd May 2020
4pm in Feb, 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

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 and a banana box meet? Donʼt miss this chance to see The Paper Cinema with … More The Paper Cinema Club

Best of Bristol Music Theatre

Ear Trumpet Music & Colston Hall Presents: Gill Landry (plus Joe Strouzer)

11th Feb 2020
8pm | £12 adv. (£8 +bf. for Under 30s/low income)

Louisiana-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gill Landry creates gritty, blues-inflected folk tunes, with a rootsy Southern American charm

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Gill Landry joined Old Crow Medicine Show in the early noughties following the hiatus of founding member Chris Fuqua, staying on after his return and bagging two Grammys in the process. Releasing his debut solo album in … More Ear Trumpet Music & Colston Hall Presents: Gill Landry (plus Joe Strouzer)

Music

Helen Duff Is The Tits

12th Feb 2020 - 13th Feb 2020
7.30pm | £8

Brand new work-in-progress from the deliciously unpredictable provocateur comedian who makes crafting a cult classic look like child's play

Helen Duff is the tits… and she doesn’t give a damn who knows it. As seen on BBC 3, BBC 2’s The Mash Report and alongside Will Ferrell in ‘Holmes & Watson’. “Bold, subversive and very funny.” ★★★★ The Scotsman “Deserves any and all praise that comes her way.” ★★★★ Skinny “Master of shamelessly silly … More Helen Duff Is The Tits

Comedy Theatre

Harriet Dyer: The Dinosaur Show

14th Feb 2020
8pm | £10

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

Harriet Dyer (BBC3, BBC Live at The Fringe, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Knock Knock, BBC Ouch, Absolute Radio) is an experience to behold and loves dinosaurs very much, here is the critically acclaimed show about such. It’s about time you discovered the cold hard truth about what really happened to our … More Harriet Dyer: The Dinosaur Show

Comedy

The Shade Pullers & Lash Stackers Social Club

15th Feb 2020
7.30pm | £10

A quarterly drag-cabaret night like no other!

Hapless Paul Marsden (Harry Humberstone) has been running this northern, working men’s club, for 40 odd years, but recently his son (local drag artist Roxytocin), has been booking the acts. The ladies seem to be getting taller and more fabulous. The men seem to be getting shorter and smoother skinned. Paul doesn’t know what’s going … More The Shade Pullers & Lash Stackers Social Club

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Story Slam

16th Feb 2020 - 19th Apr 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

Sunday Club: Wil Hodgson & Guests

16th Feb 2020
7.30pm | £8

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

Chippenham’s finest and Chuckle Busters favourite Wil Hodgson has established himself as an original and unique voice in comedy. A former professional wrestler, spinning hilarious and memorable yarns of bizarre West Country rednecks, care bears and big women, Wil is truly in a category all of his own. Winner – Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer … More Sunday Club: Wil Hodgson & Guests

Comedy

Rob Auton: The Time Show

17th Feb 2020 - 18th Feb 2020
7.30pm | £12

The award winning stand-up comedian and poet returns with another heart-felt and offbeat comedy/theatre/spoken word show that explores time

The Time Show is the latest comedy/theatre/spoken word show by writer and performer of some of what he writes Rob Auton. Following on from his critically acclaimed shows about talking, hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow, “the Fringe’s comedian laureate” (British Comedy Guide) now turns his attention to time. He will … More Rob Auton: The Time Show

Comedy Spoken Word

Drip Drip Drip

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

A story of bigotry, belonging, and a cat called Roger, set in the NHS - from Pipeline Theatre

Bed 6, Oncology ward, a local NHS hospital. Behind the blue curtain – Daniel, a refugee from Eritrea, now training to be a nurse; Rahmiya, a second-generation immigrant Muslim doctor; and David, elderly white cancer patient and discredited academic, fretting about his cat, Roger. Over time, carers and cared-for become an unlikely, dysfunctional family. But … More Drip Drip Drip

Theatre

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 Apr 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

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Ålesund (plus Garcia)

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

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 - 15th May 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

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. (£8 +bf. for Under 30s/low income)

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

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Chris Wood

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

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

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 evening of performance followed by networking opportunities. Kiota are committed to creating original collaborations between POC artists of different disciplines who wouldn’t ordinarily have the chance to work together … More Kiota

Best of Bristol Spoken Word Theatre

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

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

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. (£8 +bf. for Under 30s/low income)

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. (£8 +bf. for Under 30s/low income)

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

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

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

25th May 2020
8pm | £13.08 (inc. bf)

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, 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 to … More Ear Trumpet Music & Colston Hall Presents: Joan Shelley

Music

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Rachel Baiman

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

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

Pink Lemonade

27th May 2020
7.30pm | £10

Poetry, movement and original beats underscore a story about learning to accept yourself and saying goodbye to a love turned sour, from Mika Johnson - presented by The Queer House

‘Was the juice worth the squeeze?’ Falling for Simmi was so sweet like sugar, until the taste turned bitter. And then there’s Token Toni who loves a bitta bashment and ONLY dates Black/Brown womxn – she ain’t much better. My barber holds the cure to my lesbian urges and straight women are like junk food. … More Pink Lemonade

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

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

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 FIPU … 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 a lo-fi clash between two of the universe’s most revered science fiction titans

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? … 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