What’s On

The 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 The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games

22nd Oct - 29th Oct
3pm | £8 (£6 for kids and under 3's GO FREE!) / Family ticket £25 (for 4, must include one Under 18)

Circus City Festival presents a characterful and fantastically fun all ages afternoon game show for the audience, created by Gwendolyn Scott and Megan Brooks

Wardrobe Theatre regulars, Squeezy Green and Finney Haddock present this two-show special of circus themed games to celebrate Bristol’s Circus City festival. The two hosts will take you through a series of games and challenges. Play from the safety of your seat or take the opportunity to go head to head against another challenger. Squeezy … More Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games

Best of Bristol Comedy Family

Blahblahblah: Laurie Bolger, Debris Stevenson and Arielle John

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 Debris Stevenson, self-described social carrier pigeon who has shared her stories around the world. Plus Arielle John: The Trinidadian native is a writer, arts educator and cultural research student. Through … More Blahblahblah: Laurie Bolger, Debris Stevenson and Arielle John

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 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 sell-out runs of their 2016 and 2017 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Harry Baker and Chris Read bring their unique mix of comedy, melody, poetry and best-matery to venues nationwide! Making comedy-jazz-rap a thing, their songs range from panda repopulation to coming of age to Robot Wars, and they bring love and laughter to … More The Harry & Chris Show 2

Comedy Music Spoken Word

Show & Tell

26th Oct - 4th Apr
8pm | £5

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

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

Best of Bristol Comedy

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

Sharp Teeth

29th Oct - 29th Jul
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 three and half 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 … More Sharp Teeth

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Treehouse of Horror: Closer Each Day Halloween Special

30th Oct
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 6 years and over 125 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 Treehouse of Horror: Closer Each Day Halloween Special

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Tony Law

31st Oct
8pm | £12

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

Tony Law is a three-time Chortle Award winner, Amused Moose Best Show winner, and Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee. His extensive TV and radio credits include: Have I Got News For You (BBC One), The Alternative Comedy Experience (Comedy Central), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Celebrity Mastermind (BBC One), Celebrity Squares (ITV) Never … More Tony Law

Comedy

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

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 scandal. His fabulous flame burned brightly, … More How To Win Against History

Comedy Music Theatre

Mae Martin: Dope

3rd Nov
9:45pm | £11 (£9 conc.)

Chuckle Busters presents award winning stand-up and star of BBC Radio Four’s 'Mae Martin’s Guide to 21st Century Sexuality'

Mae Martin is comedy’s most naturally charismatic young storyteller, fresh from sell-out seasons in Australia, Edinburgh and London. In her new show Dope, she examines a lifetime of obsessions, fandom and addiction and shines a light on that one weird shrimp we all have in our brains that is happy to pursue short-term pleasure despite … More Mae Martin: Dope

Comedy

Fin Taylor: Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey

4th Nov
8pm | £12 (£10 conc.)

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

“Phenomenal… Taylor is on top of both his game and the zeitgeist.” ★★★★ Chortle The Centre’s fallen out of British politics. Taylor picks it up, dusts it off, and mounts a full on attack on the present-day Left and its moral high ground. It’s been a globe-trotting year for one of the most critically acclaimed … More Fin Taylor: Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey

Best of Bristol Comedy

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

Missing Pieces

5th Nov - 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

Actor Headshots Monthly Sessions

6th Nov - 5th Feb
9.30am-5.30pm | £75

Affordable monthly actors headshot days with experienced photographer Charley Murrell

TO BOOK: Contact Charley on 07917 367587 or charley@cidermill-photography.co.uk WHAT’S INCLUDED: – 40 minute photoshoot – 3/4 different ‘looks’ – 30+ photos from the shoot – 2 professionally retouched photos Slots available every 45 minutes from 9.30am until 5.30pm This is a monthly session so if you can’t make it this month, let me know … More Actor Headshots Monthly Sessions

Fern Brady: Suffer, Fools!

10th Nov
9.45pm | £11 (£9 conc.)

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

Fern’s past two fringe shows sold out through word of mouth alone and now she’s ready for her debut tour. Scottish comedian Fern is here with a Scottish hour. Scottish. As seen on English comedian Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, English comedian Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience and Viceland’s new series Brexit Stage Left. ‘Suffer … More Fern Brady: Suffer, Fools!

Comedy

Nincompoop

12th Nov - 10th Jun
7.30pm (2pm only on 10th Dec and 14th Jan) | 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

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

13th Nov - 2nd Jul
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 6 years and over 125 episodes. The show is a live, spontaneous and unique theatrical experience performed fortnightly by Closer Each Day Company and co-produced by The Wardrobe Theatre. Think Twin Peaks meets … More Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: 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

Story Slam

19th Nov - 15th Jul
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

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

Chuckle Busters: Friday Night Comedy

24th Nov - 1st Dec
9.30pm | £5-£8

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

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

Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games

26th Nov - 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

TOURING TO CLEVEDON: Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

29th Nov - 30th Nov
7.30pm | £11

Performed at Theatre Shop, Clevedon not The Wardrobe Theatre: an original alternative comedy

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 TOURING TO CLEVEDON: Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

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 & Sid Goldsmith are one of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years. Their combination of outstanding vocal work, sensitive instrumentation, and a powerful social … 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

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

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!

Spoken Word

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

Music

Adventure Bureau

28th Jan - 25th Feb
2pm | £7 (£5 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

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

Come on a rollercoaster journey of storytelling with Katie Storer and Simon Panrucker, as they bring you a totally improvised story complete with an improvised soundtrack and songs. The audience decides what elements go into its bursting melting pot, but who knows what will come out!? “We’ve not laughed so much in ages!” Audience Reaction … More Adventure Bureau

Best of Bristol Comedy Family Theatre

Labels

30th Jan - 3rd Feb
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

Worklight Theatre’s multi-award winning show is a funny, moving and honest story about mixed heritage and immigration

Charting a childhood in 90’s Devon, shifting political landscapes and global refugee crisis, Joe Sellman-Leava uses comedy, storytelling and spoken word. Using humour and honesty, Labels offers a human story from multicultural Britain. Expect paper planes, racist romances and lots of sticky labels! The show is touring internationally after an award-winning run at Edinburgh Festival … More Labels

Theatre

John Kearns: Don’t Worry, They’re Here

4th Feb
8pm | £12 (£10 conc.)

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

The only ever winner of both the Best Show and Best Newcomer prize at the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards presents his latest stand-up show: an hour of “richly idiosyncratic comedy, frequently compared to Tony Hancock” (Guardian). As seen starring in BBC3’s Top Coppers, guesting on C4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats and heard on his … More John Kearns: Don’t Worry, They’re Here

Comedy

Cornermen

7th Feb - 9th Feb
8pm | £10

Smoke & Oakum Theatre present a window into the inner workings of the boxing industry

Mickey and his team of cornermen never seem to have much luck in the boxing world, the fighters they manage always end up losing and, after a disastrous last outing, no one wants to work with them. Until, that is, they sign Sid Sparks, a young boxer whose fast hands and winning ways catapult them … More Cornermen

Theatre

Fireside Tales with Granddad

10th Feb - 17th Feb
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

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

Cuddle up around the campfire as Granddad recalls a daring escape from a hungry shark. Tuck into a marshmallow or two as he attempts to make a new set of underpants for a giant. And watch as the shadows between the trees unravel a tale of greedy goblins, grumpy trolls, sneaky princes and a very … More Fireside Tales with Granddad

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Sexy

13th Feb - 17th Feb
8pm | £10

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

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

Best of Bristol Comedy Spoken Word

Nick Cope

18th Feb
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 returns to The Wardrobe Theatre to perform his special live music gig for children

Nick Cope is a professional singer and songwriter and has over 20 years of experience in music, including international success as lead singer and songwriter with The Candyskins in the 1990s. 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

George Egg: DIY Chef

18th Feb
7.30pm | £10

A stand-up comedian who cooks food, surprisingly good food, live on stage using unconventional methods and unexpected equipment - he makes you laugh too

In DIY Chef a health scare sees George banished from the family kitchen, but relocated to the garden shed his imagination and resourcefulness lead him to build an improvised kitchen there instead. During an inspiring and inventive evening of stand-up, live cooking and comedy lecture George prepares a breakfast, a lunch and a dinner using, … More George Egg: DIY Chef

Comedy

Happiness Ltd

20th Feb - 21st Feb
8pm | £10

New Model Theatre present a humorous new play by South West playwright Tom Nicholas, asking prescient questions about depression, ambition and how one measures the success, or otherwise, of a life

When video game designer Vi broke up with Becky, she used what she knew. She wrote herself a list. A list of the little things. The everyday things. The achievable things. She turned piecing herself back together into a game. Just for her. When her rambunctious colleague Tyler begins to play along, however, he sees … More Happiness Ltd

Theatre

Help!

22nd Feb - 24th Feb
8pm (plus 2pm on Friday) | £10

Viki Browne presents a touching, humorous and joyous show about asking for help after her world was shattered by mental illness

Viki jumps into a bush. She isn’t coping. Welcome to her sequin-encrusted world. Rats wear capes, butters race and you’re invited to dance in the disco of dirty secrets. Help! is about falling apart, pulling yourself together and being surprised by what you’re left with. It is for anyone who’s ever struggled. 
Winner of Best … More Help!

Best of Bristol Theatre

Heads Up

27th Feb - 28th Feb
8pm | £12

Multi award-winner Kieran Hurley weaves a picture of a familiar city at its moment of destruction, asking what would we do if we found ourselves at the end of our world as we know it - presented by Show And Tell

A city. Just like this. Right now. A teenage girl boils up in rage in a toilet cubicle. A finance worker preaches doom in a busy train station. An absurd coke-addled celebrity races through town on a mission. A paranoid stoner stares blankly at the endless disasters on the TV news. In just one moment, … More Heads Up

Theatre

Booby’s Bay

1st Mar - 3rd Mar
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

A passionate, comic fable about the housing crisis and the lengths one man will man go to have his voice heard, a new play by Henry Drake

‘I go by the law of nature. As long as all these houses are empty and ketchup at Stein’s Fish ‘n’ Chips costs £1.25, I’ll be a freethinking freewheeling holiday home breaking hobo. The Beast of Booby’s Bay.’ Above a secluded cove in Cornwall, Huck, a former fisherman, is squatting in an empty second home. … More Booby’s Bay

Theatre

Five Encounters On A Site Called Craigslist

7th Mar - 9th Mar
8pm | £10

Desperately hilarious and achingly bleak, award-winning YESYESNONO present an intricate and tender question mark around our attempts to encounter each other in this technologised world

Sam is anxious about the way he gets to know people. About the way he self-sabotages his attempts to communicate and reach out to those around him. Sam wants this to be a chance for you to get to know him. ‘Would someone like to join me up onstage?’ Five Encounters On A Site Called … More Five Encounters On A Site Called Craigslist

Theatre

Long Shot

10th Mar - 11th Mar
8pm & 5pm (2pm only on Sunday) | £10

With much at stake and little chance of success, PanGottic present a stripped back circus performance where the audience is in charge

You’re handed a remote control. What happens next is all down to you… Using handcrafted remote controlled contraptions, tight choreography and laugh out loud humour, PanGottic bring to life one man’s belief in the near impossible, the almost unachievable and the highly unlikely. This show pushes the boundaries of how much risk an audience can … More Long Shot

Best of Bristol Comedy

Police Cops In Space

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

The Pretend Men present the follow up to their hysterical and critically-acclaimed debut Police Cops - a low-fi sci-fi set in the most dangerous place on Earth... Space

After his father is killed by an evil robot, Sammy Johnson, the last Police Cop in the universe, blasts off in an unmanned escape pod. Now on a distant planet, Sammy must team up with alien fighter pilot Ranger and his trusty Cyborg C9 as they embark on an intergalactic adventure across the galaxy to … More Police Cops In Space

Comedy Theatre

Rob Auton: The Hair Show

18th Mar
7.30pm | £10

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

A show for anyone who has, or has had, hair and hairs. Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe award winner and Glastonbury’s ‘Poet In Residence’, Rob Auton casts an introspective eye over the world of hair, underpinned by leaving his head hair and beard to their own devices until he has performed The Hair Show … More Rob Auton: The Hair Show

Comedy Spoken Word

Then Again

21st Mar - 24th Mar
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

A dynamic comedy about time travel, internet celebrity and friendship from Tremolo Theatre

Meet Millie… and Millie… and Millie. Scientist, YouTuber and budding songwriter, Millie, is busy studying for her Phd in quantum physics, making videos of her oddball inventions and writing songs with her best friend Edgar. She’s just about keeping on top of things when she accidentally invents a time machine. Before long she meets duplicate … More Then Again

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Noisy Holiday

25th Mar - 1st Apr
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals present an 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

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Poll Function

28th Mar - 30th Mar
8pm | £10

Hail To The People present a hilarious and empathic exploration of youthful hedonism and social responsibility, a new play by Greg Shewring

Two old school friends return to suburbia to wreak havoc on childhood dreams and a system they believed would bring them future opportunity. Confined within a car for most of the journey, old secrets are aired out and open questions are asked about who they have become since leaving the suburbs. Speeding through girls, grades … More Poll Function

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An Evening with Gecko

31st Mar
8pm | £10

In support of his brand new album 'Volcano', Gecko presents an evening of songs with his trademark wit and warmth

Expect songs about Tooth fairy admin, long haired folk heroines, ignored characters from Italian renaissance paintings and lots of animals. Gecko has taken two successful shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and appeared at Glastonbury, Bestival, BBC Radio 1 & BBC 6 Music. “It made me instantly happy.” Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1 “Guaranteed to put … More An Evening with Gecko

Comedy Music

The Time Seekers

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

Back by popular demand - get ready to join Alph, Betty and Gammo on an epic adventure through history! For ages 3-8 years, from the makers of The Star Seekers

Have you ever dreamt of seeing a 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, comes … More The Time Seekers

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Lego Beach

5th Apr - 7th Apr
8pm | £10

Based on true events, this devised storytelling show with live music and physical theatre by INKBLOC ensemble, explores the unlikely connections that only tiny pieces of plastic can build

A freak storm has exposed a containership of LEGO® to the power of the sea, scattering millions of multicoloured building blocks into the ocean… Business is slow in the sleepy seaside town of Bevill, where a handful of locals shuffle through their lives, living one day to the next. Not a single visitor has been … More Lego Beach

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Drag On

12th Apr - 13th Apr
8pm | £10

A loving, subversive exploration of queer identity, fantasy and myth, presented by James Morgan

Drag On celebrates drag’s power to move beyond gender, and imagines the monstrous possibility of traversing species. By embracing our innermost fantasies, what can we reveal about being present and queer in the modern world? In 2018, as the repercussions of human dominance on earth become increasingly apocalyptic, James Morgan’s reptilian alter ego asks: aren’t … More Drag On

Comedy Theatre

DollyWould

18th Apr - 21st Apr
8pm | £11

Oh look, 2016 Fringe First Award winners Sh!t Theatre again. What is it this time? Oh, is it unemployment? Is there a crisis? Did the government do something wrong again? No, it’s a show about Dolly Parton, we fucking love her - presented by Show And Tell

Following the award-winning sell-out hit Letters to Windsor House – which was named one of Time Out London’s top ten theatre shows of the year – Sh!t Theatre return with their bold new show. It’s about country legend Dolly Parton, cloning, branding, immortality and death. DollyWould enjoyed a 100% sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival … More DollyWould

Comedy Theatre

Mental

25th Apr - 28th Apr
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

Winner​ ​of​ ​the​ ​very​ ​first​ ​Mental​ ​Health​ ​Fringe​ ​Award​, Kane Power Theatre ​present​ ​a​ ​moving​ ​and​ ​personal​ ​story​ ​about​ ​about​ ​one​ ​son’s relationship​ ​with​ ​his​ ​mother​ ​and​ ​her​ ​mental​ ​health

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​ ​tells​ ​a​ ​personal​ ​story that​ ​will​ ​get​ ​people​ ​talking. An​ ​exploration​ ​of​ ​the​ ​mind​ ​with​ ​music,​ ​anecdotes,​ ​and​ ​medical​ ​notes. Kane​ ​Power​ ​Theatre​ ​presents Mental by​ ​Alice​ … More Mental

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