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Aftermirth: Daytime Comedy Club for Parents

16th Aug 2019 - 13th Dec 2019
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

Story Slam

18th Aug 2019 - 15th Dec 2019
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

Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals

28th Aug 2019 - 31st Aug 2019
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

A rock ‘n’ roll musical with mischief and silliness for kids aged 3-8 and grown-ups!

Ready to set off on a rock ‘n’ roll adventure? Follow the charismatic singer, Kid Carpet, and his animal band (made up of a gorilla, a bear, a hedgehog and a badger) as they make friends, play games, contemplate the world and finally rock out at a grand dance contest! Positioned somewhere between Oliver Postgate … More Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals

Best of Bristol Comedy Family Theatre

Boothby Graffoe

31st Aug 2019
7.30pm & 10pm | £13

A rare chance to see a full length and intimate solo performance from one of music and comedy's best kept secrets

Graffoe has performed all over the world and is well-known as the first choice support act for Canadian Hall of Fame rockers Barenaked Ladies. He has opened up for them at venues such as Red Rocks Colorado, The Greek Theatre LA, and the O2 in London to name but a few. From humble beginnings in … More Boothby Graffoe

Comedy Music

Sinbad The Sailor

1st Sep 2019
10.45am & 2.30pm | £8 (ages 2 and under go free)

Wild Words presents a magical storytelling, theatre and dance show for ages 5-10 preceded by a drama and dance playshop

PLAYSHOP: 10.45am-11.20am | 2.30pm-3.10pm Swim like a whale, swing like a monkey, squawk like a parakeet and learn a dance to perform in the show. Come dressed in your finest Arabian Nights’ inspired cloth! SHOW: 11.45pm | 3.30pm Jump on board an ancient sewn ship, hoist the mainsail and journey across the Arabian Sea to … More Sinbad The Sailor

Best of Bristol Family

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

2nd Sep 2019 - 25th Nov 2019
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 unfold 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 flashbacks, bar-fight or a nail-biting cliff-hanger? Whether it’s your … More Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Bon Ami

3rd Sep 2019 - 4th Sep 2019
7.30pm | £10

Multi-award winning All In Theatre present their own style of clown and physical comedy in this hilarious new show

Ami is normal, Ami has a job, Ami has family and friends, a gym membership and decent broadband. Ami shouldn’t feel desperately alone…but she does. If only there was an aquatic adventure, a malevolent wizard or a an overly self aware giant monster to distract her. Oh wait… Bon Ami is a sharp, artistic parody … More Bon Ami

Comedy Theatre

Bristol Know Show

5th Sep 2019
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

Police Cops In Space

6th Sep 2019
7.30pm & 9.30pm | £12

Multi award-winning company Police Cops' Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show and winner of 'Amused Moose Outstanding Show Award 2018' is a comedy blockbuster; an 80’s 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

Blahblahblah & Milk Poetry: And Here’s Your Host

8th Sep 2019
7.30pm | £8

Bristol's leading spoken word nights collaborate for a lovely spoken word event

A rare chance to see proper poetry sets from the hosts of Blah and Milk, Anna Freeman, Malaika Kegode and Beth Calverley. Anna Freeman is the (cynical, funny) host of Blahblahblah. She’s also a novelist, creative writing lecturer at Bath Spa University, the host of Radio 4’s Sketches and a multiple slam winning poet. Malaika … More Blahblahblah & Milk Poetry: And Here’s Your Host

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Milk Poetry’s Moving in Party

9th Sep 2019
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 Milk Poetry as they touch down in a brand-new venue. Presenting you with some top notch spoken word, balloons and the friendliest slam Bristol has to offer. Featuring grime poet and theatre maker Debris Stevenson. From her 5-star rated run at The Royal Court for her show Poet in da Corner to her work … More Milk Poetry’s Moving in Party

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Martin Carthy

10th Sep 2019
8pm | £16 adv. / £8 (Young Persons Under 30)

Widely considered one of the most significant figures to have emerged from the British folk revival of the 1960s, inpiring contemporaries such as Bob Dylan and Paul Simon

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Martin Carthy

Music

Jeremiah

11th Sep 2019 - 12th Sep 2019
7.30pm | £10

Jack Dean, the critically-acclaimed rap storyteller behind Grandad & The Machine, presents a raucous new show with live music about England’s forgotten Luddite rebellion

On 9 June 1817 Jeremiah Brandreth assembles a crew of malcontents in a pub near Nottingham. Their plan is to march on London, overthrow the government, wipe out the National Debt and end poverty forever. What Jeremiah doesn’t know is that there is a spy in his ranks with other ideas… Featuring an original score … More Jeremiah

Music Theatre

Father Figurine

13th Sep 2019 - 14th Sep 2019
7.30pm | £12

Body Politic questions the stigmas around the mental health of men and boys through provocative hip hop theatre and dance

Combining poignant spoken word poetry with hip hop dance, Father Figurine explores the fractured relationship between a father and his son and their inability to healthily deal with a traumatic event. Will they be able to share their emotions with each other? Or will they fall into the statistic of nearly half of men believing … More Father Figurine

Dance Theatre

Adventure Bureau

15th Sep 2019 - 15th Dec 2019
11am | £7 (£5 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

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

Katie and Simon are coming on a special trip from the Adventure Bureau, an ancient organisation whose job it is to create all the adventures EVER! With the help of your biggest (and smallest) ideas, they will weave a totally improvised story complete with an improvised soundtrack and songs. The audience decides what elements go … More Adventure Bureau

Best of Bristol Comedy Family Theatre

Liza Treyger

15th Sep 2019
7.30pm | £12

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

Originally from the former Soviet Union, Liza Treyger was raised in Chicago before moving to NY. Liza was featured on the prestigious Variety’s 2017 Top 10 Comics to Watch list and was a standout performer at this year’s Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. Her half hour special for Comedy Central debuted in 2017 and … More Liza Treyger

Comedy

Fan Club Party!!

17th Sep 2019
7:30pm | Free (Fan Club members only)

A special cabaret night of theatre, comedy, music and surprises from some of Bristol's best performers for member of The Wardrobe Theatre Fan Club

This event is the members of The Wardrobe Theatre Fan Club only. Join the fan club here A thank you event for members of The Wardrobe Theatre Fan Club. Stay tuned for line-up details closer to the time…

Best of Bristol

Murder, She Didn’t Write

18th Sep 2019 - 21st Sep 2019
7.30pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

A classic murder mystery created on the spot in this ingenious and hilarious show by Degrees Of Error

You become Agatha Christie in this improvised comedy as each night an original murder mystery play is created based entirely on audience suggestions. So take up your magnifying glasses and don your deerstalkers for a never-seen-before (and never-to-be-seen-again) evening of murder, mayhem and making it up on the spot. Miss Crimson poisoned in the parlour? … More Murder, She Didn’t Write

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Phil King + Emily Davis

23rd Sep 2019
8pm | £12 adv. / £8 (Young Persons Under 30)

Bristol's singer-songwriter has a beautiful, soulful voice, deft guitar skills and the capacity to write elegantly worded, powerful songs

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. As a singer songwriter Phil King has the whole trinity: a beautiful, soulful voice; deft skills at playing the guitar and the capacity to write elegantly worded and powerful songs. His studio album The Wreckage has already … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Phil King + Emily Davis

Best of Bristol Music

Luke Wright, Poet Laureate

24th Sep 2019
7.30pm | £12

This award-winning wordsmith is on a mission to write poems to unite a nation divided by austerity and Brexit. Can it be done? Can one poet ever really represent an entire nation?

There was a collective gnashing of teeth and beating of breasts across the land when Wrighty didn’t get the royal nod to take up the position of Poet Laureate this year. Still, he’s an irrepressible sort of chap, so he’s bought his own sherry and hit the road with the show the critics are calling … More Luke Wright, Poet Laureate

Spoken Word

Scotland!

25th Sep 2019 - 27th Sep 2019
7.30pm | £10

Join The Latebloomers for a wild ride with rhythm, body percussion, singing, stomping, clowning and the spirit of Scotlaaaaaand! A hilarious, high energy physical comedy trio!

The Latebloomers are, Oliver Nilsson (The Swede), Sam Dugmore (The Aussie) and Jonathan Tilley (The Londonder). Graduates of the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris, currently based in Bristol. The award-winning comedy Scotland! is their first show together. WINNER Best Comedy: Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award 2019 WINNER The Inspiration Award: Prague Fringe 2018 WINNER … More Scotland!

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Glenn Moore: Love Don’t Live Here Glenny Moore

28th Sep 2019
8pm | £12

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

Glenn Moore (star of Mock The Week, The Stand Up Sketch Show and Absolute Radio), presents his first solo UK tour, full of the distinctive jokes and offbeat gags we’ve learned to accept from him. Moore’s bringing you two “blissfully silly” (The Guardian), “brilliantly original” (Chortle) shows in one night, featuring last year’s Edinburgh Comedy … More Glenn Moore: Love Don’t Live Here Glenny Moore

Comedy

Loupe Theatre Presents

29th Sep 2019 - 22nd Dec 2019
5pm (4pm in December) | 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

Sleeping Trees: Silly Funny Boys

1st Oct 2019 - 5th Oct 2019
7.30pm | £10

The brilliant new show from the hilarious multi-roling, genre-splicing, physical comedy trio behind the movie trilogy Mafia?, Western? and Sci-Fi? plus World Tour and their Christmas sketch show, Nativity

Sleeping Trees have been touring their fast-paced stories, chaotic characters and frantic physicality, like only they can, for a decade. After ten years in the game, the trio have aged like a fine wine, except they’re cheap and if you drink them you will be sick. Winner – Spirit of the Fringe 2017 Finalists – … More Sleeping Trees: Silly Funny Boys

Comedy Theatre

Milk Poetry presents: Strong Bones

7th Oct 2019
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!

How do world-class poets evolve? What was their early work like? Who inspired them? Join Milk Poetry to celebrate journeys through writing. Internationally-acclaimed performer and City Poet, Vanessa Kisuule, will be joined by Casey Bailey, Stephen Lightbown, and more. They will read from their early writing, covers that inspired them and recent work. Vanessa Kisuule: … More Milk Poetry presents: Strong Bones

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

8th Oct 2019
8pm | £12 adv. / £8 (Young Persons Under 30)

One of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: 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 unique ability to make old songs seem relevant and new songs sound … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

Music

Papaya Fest

11th Oct 2019 - 13th Oct 2019
Times Vary | Prices Vary

A juicy new arts festival fusing Latin American and Bristish culture, exploding with live performances and riotous nights out - presented by Popelei Theatre

At the beating heart of Papaya is a unique fusion of Latin American and British culture, so we’ll be bringing together an incredible array of theatre, live music and DJs and mixing it all up into one ferocious fiesta of a weekend. Shows to include work by Popelei Theatre and best emerging companies from the … More Papaya Fest

Best of Bristol Comedy Music Spoken Word Theatre

Kiota

15th Oct 2019
7.30pm | £5

A collective for POC creatives in Bristol

Join us for KIOTA: A Collective For POC Creatives in Bristol, showcasing people of colour (POC) or BAME creatives from various artistic disciplines in a fantastic afternoon of performance followed by networking opportunities. Kiota 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

Louise Orwin: Oh Yes Oh No

16th Oct 2019
7.30pm | £10

This is a show about having sexual fantasies that don’t align with your politics - it’s about trying to understanding what you want, and wondering how the hell to ask for it

Award-winning performance artist Louise Orwin asks the difficult questions as she takes you on a surreal joyride through femme sexuality and violence. Made exclusively with the candid input of those willing to talk openly and honestly about their sex life, this one-woman show interrogates identity, consent and power play. Featuring explicit XXX, Barbie’n’Ken role-play, a … More Louise Orwin: Oh Yes Oh No

Theatre

Tony Walsh (plus special guest Stephen James Smith)

17th Oct 2019
7.30pm | £12

Forget what you imagined a poetry night could be and expect belly-laughs, tears and everything in between from this stunning, big-hearted performer who often leaves audiences on their feet, dazzled and breathless

“Now a national hero” (The Guardian) having “stunned millions of people” (Huffington Post) with his iconic performance in Manchester in May 2017, international audiences are quickly discovering what has been an open secret for well over a decade: an evening with Tony Walsh is a rip-roaring rock and roller-coaster ride from a profoundly inspiring artist … More Tony Walsh (plus special guest Stephen James Smith)

Spoken Word

John Kearns: Double Take and Fade Away

18th Oct 2019
8pm | £12

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

Two Time Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner and Four Time Chortle Award Nominee John Kearns returns! Still a slave to dairy, the Gregorian calendar and Greenwich Mean Time, he is flesh and blood after all. A funny man, not for everyone of course, but remember this mustn’t be mistaken as an invite rather a heads up. … More John Kearns: Double Take and Fade Away

Comedy

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Drystones + Jim Causley

21st Oct 2019
8upm | £14 adv. / £8 (Young Persons Under 30)

Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, The Drystones are a duo whose arrival on the UK folk scene is making waves

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. The Drystones are a duo whose arrival on the UK folk scene is making waves. Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, a ‘brave experimental bent’ (David Kidman – FATEA), and … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Drystones + Jim Causley

Music

Getting The Third Degree

22nd Oct 2019
7.30pm | £10

The powerful and deeply moving story of Laurie Cunningham, the first black footballer to play for Real Madrid and only the second to play for England in the 1970s, by Dougie Blaxland - produced by RoughHouse Theatre and Live Wire Theatre

This compelling new drama tells the powerful and deeply moving story of Laurie Cunningham who came to prominence with West Bromwich Albion in the late 1970’s. The first of the black footballing trio famously dubbed The Three Degrees – Laurie Cunningham, with his swaggering style and dazzling skills forced favourable comparisons with the legendary Pele. … More Getting The Third Degree

Best of Bristol Theatre

Great British Mysteries: 1599?

23rd Oct 2019 - 26th Oct 2019
7.30pm | £10

Let us take you back to the 90s... The 1590s... Follow intrepid mystery hunters Olive and Teddy in this hilarious show as they become embroiled with witches, haunted houses and the scent of Cardinal Wolsey’s conscience

Do you like mysteries? Do you like historical inaccuracies? Do you know the difference between Thomas More and Roger Moore? Then read on… Great British Mysteries come to The Wardrobe Theatre for the first time following two sold-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe. 1599? is the follow-up to the company’s debut show from 2017. But … More Great British Mysteries: 1599?

Comedy Theatre

Woodland Tales With Granddad

27th Oct 2019 - 2nd Nov 2019
11am & 2pm (2pm only on 27th) | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

Following the enchanting Fireside Tales With Granddad and Christmas Tales With Granddad comes a magical new puppetry show from Pickled Image for ages 3-8 and their families with an important environmental message to share

Something is happening in the woods, voices can be heard, and a strange metallic smell fills the air. Machines are gathering at its edge and a mysterious call is heard across the valley. Laura the ladybird, Jeffrey the spider, Brett the woodlouse and Willoughby the woodpecker are worried. Velda the vixen knows there’s only one … More Woodland Tales With Granddad

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Treehouse Of Horror – Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

28th Oct 2019
7.30pm | £7

Halloween Special of the unplanned, unscripted & unconventional cult comedy show

CLOSER EACH DAY – OTHER PERFORMANCES HERE Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is the world’s longest improvised narrative having run at The Wardrobe Theatre fortnightly for 8 years and over 150 episodes. The show is a live, spontaneous and unique theatrical experience performed fortnightly by Closer Each Day Company and co-produced by The … More Treehouse Of Horror – Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

TOURING – The Deep Sea Seekers

30th Oct 2019 - 2nd Nov 2019
Times Vary | From £8

Alph, Betty and Gammo are back for their third adventure! A brand new family show for ages 3-8 from The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre - performed at Bristol Old Vic this October half term

BUY TICKETS – PERFORMED AT BRISTOL OLD VIC 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 … More TOURING – The Deep Sea Seekers

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Cinebra: A History Of Horror

31st Oct 2019 - 1st Nov 2019
7.30pm | £10

An award-winning, unique, heart-wrenching, hybrid horror/musical comedy that leaves you convulsing in terror and delight, with live scares and unforgettable songs from Alexander Joseph and Ro Robertson - presented by Wig In A Box Promotions

Movie lovers Sophie and Megan invite you to their seminar on the history of horror cinema, according to them! After a vintage shopping trip with the most popular girl in college: Abigail Swanson, it becomes apparent that Megan has acquired a haunted necklace, and as the seminar progresses, a threatening supernatural force begins to rear … More Cinebra: A History Of Horror

Comedy Music

Henry Paker: Man Alive

2nd Nov 2019
8pm | £12

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

Star of Comedy Central at the Comedy Store, Josh (BBC3) and co-writer and star of Radio 4’s Small Scenes, Henry’s latest show is a unique mixture of stand up comedy and illustration which took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm. A delightfully twisty and turny hour in which Henry uses cartoons to tell a story about … More Henry Paker: Man Alive

Comedy

ITCH: A Scratch Performance Showcase

3rd Nov 2019
2pm | Pay What You Decide

A thrilling afternoon of unfinished, one-off, work-in-progress performances by some of Bristol’s most exciting theatre makers, presented by The Wardrobe Theatre

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

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Brìghde Chaimbeul

4th Nov 2019
8pm | £12 adv. / £8 (Young Persons Under 30)

Winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Skye musician and piper Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up and Coming’ nominee, Skye musician and piper Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars. A native Gaelic speaker, … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Brìghde Chaimbeul

Music

Milk Poetry presents: John Hegley

5th Nov 2019
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!

A special edition of Milk brings our friend John Hegley to The Wardrobe Theatre. Performance poet, comedian and musician John Hegley is one of the pioneers of the British poetry scene. He’s been performing since the late 80s, from gracing the stage at The Comedy Store to becoming a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4. … More Milk Poetry presents: John Hegley

Spoken Word

Sir David & His Animals

6th Nov 2019 - 8th Nov 2019
7.30pm | £10

Join Clownfish Theatre for the magic of David Attenborough in an epic clowning and physical theatre show with the largest range of animals you will ever see on stage!

The magic of David Attenborough live on stage! A blue whale swims through the ocean depths. Racer snakes pursue a young iguana across the desert. Watch as two hapless but enthusiastic clowns recreate extraordinary scenes of the natural world – a world teetering on the brink of disaster. Catch this sell-out five star show for … More Sir David & His Animals

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

The Shade Pullers & Lash Stackers Social Club

9th Nov 2019
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

How Does This Politics Thing Work Then?

10th Nov 2019
2pm | £8 (ages 2 and under go free)

Ever wondered how politics works? This comedy show for ages 6+ and their families will explain all - presented by Chuckle Busters

Politics is boring. Politics is complicated. Politics is for adults… Rubbish! Politics is actually super important and can be made really fun, if you know how. Luckily Tatton Spiller (Simple Politics) and Tiernan Douieb (Comedy Club 4 Kids, CBBC’s The Slammer) know exactly how and will show you over 60 minutes just how to make … More How Does This Politics Thing Work Then?

Comedy Family

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True

12th Nov 2019 - 16th Nov 2019
7.30pm | £12

Fringe First and Total Theatre Award-winning Breach Theatre (Tank, The Beanfield) are back with a stunning restaging of the Artemisia Gentileschi rape trial that gripped 1612 Italy, asking how much has changed in the last four centuries?

“And there’s blood pouring out of this man’s throat. Because these two women are beheading him – did I not mention that?” Fringe First and Total Theatre Award-winning Breach (Tank, The Beanfield) restage the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Based on surviving court transcripts, this new play … More It’s True, It’s True, It’s True

Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Stick In The Wheel

17th Nov 2019
8pm | £14 adv. / £8 (Young Persons Under 30)

Known for their fierce, raw delivery, this is culturally and politically switched-on music, widely commended for their timely appraisal of English Folk

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. East London’s Stick In The Wheel are headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter. Known for their fierce, raw delivery, this is culturally and politically switched-on music, with the group widely commended for their timely … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Stick In The Wheel

Music

Drac & Jill

21st Nov 2019 - 19th Jan 2020
7.45pm (plus 2pm matinees) | All Tickets £15

Christmas 2019 with The Wardrobe Theatre - a brand new dark comedy from the company that spawned Oedipuss In Boots, Reservoir Mogs, Rocky Shock Horror and Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

Under the milky glow of the full moon and through the twisted limbs of the Transylvanian woods, strange blood-chilling noises can be heard coming from inside Count Drac’s castle. Far away, within the crumbling walls of a remote hilltop monastery, Sister Jill has dedicated her life to chastity and fetching pails of water. But when … More Drac & Jill

Best of Bristol Christmas Comedy Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Katherine Priddy (plus Steph Grace)

2nd Dec 2019
8pm | £12 adv. / £8 (Young Persons Under 30)

Original songs delivered with an emotional maturity, depth and a vulnerable tenderness but carrying a darker edge, citing Nick Drake, John Martyn, Tunng and Imagined Village

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. The last year months have been a whirlwind for Birmingham-based folk artist Katherine Priddy, who, having recently emerged onto the scene with her long-awaited debut EP ‘Wolf’, has been turning heads and steadily gaining notoriety. ‘Wolf’ has … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Katherine Priddy (plus Steph Grace)

Music

TOURING – Kirk vs Ming

5th Dec 2019 - 30th Dec 2019
7.15pm (5-20) or 7.45pm (21-30) | £12-£17

Bad Vs Evil in association with The Wardrobe Theatre present a lo-fi clash between two of the universe’s most revered science fiction titans this Christmas at Tobacco Factory Theatres

BUY TICKETS – PERFORMED AT TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRES Bad Vs Evil present an exciting, subversive sci-fi/drag/comedy play with laser beams, ill-fitting costumes and false eyelashes. Thought you knew what to expect from your Christmas theatre? Think again… On the outer reaches of known space, the evil emperor Ming is hatching an Evil Plan. Intergalactic domination … More TOURING – Kirk vs Ming

Nick Cope

8th Dec 2019
11am & 2pm | £8 (2s and under 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. For close to 10 years Nick has been writing, performing and recording music for children and their families and has established a fanatical army … More Nick Cope

Family Music

TOURING – Steamed: A Dickensian Improvised Christmas Tale

8th Dec 2019 - 22nd Dec 2019
7pm | £15 (£12 conc.) | Performed at Brunel's SS Great Britain

Something distinctly Victorian and brandy buttered onboard Brunel's SS Great Britain, presented by the creators of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

BUY TICKETS – AT BRUNEL’S SS GREAT BRITAIN Steam ships, steam trains, steamed puddings, hilarious comedy, astonishing drama, endearing orphans and perhaps the odd catchy music hall number! This December join Closer Each Day Company aboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain for something distinctly Dickensian and entirely improvised, created on the spot from YOUR suggestions! Closer … More TOURING – Steamed: A Dickensian Improvised Christmas Tale

Best of Bristol Christmas Comedy Theatre

Milk Poetry & Blahblahblah: If Music be the Food of Love…

9th Dec 2019
7.30pm | £8

Milk Poetry join forces with the iconic Blahblahblah for an epic Christmas celebration!

Poetry and music are soul sisters. So, this December we’re bringing them together a poetic symphony to warm your cockles and your toes. Grab yourself a mug of mulled wine and a mince pie from the Old Market Assembly bar and let our specially selected line up of musical poets and poetic musicians do their … More Milk Poetry & Blahblahblah: If Music be the Food of Love…

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Undercover Christmas Club

12th Dec 2019 - 22nd Dec 2019
9.45pm | £10

Riddlestick Theatre present a late evening of riotous festive revelry with live music, tall tales and belly laughs - but it’s supposed to be a secret, so keep it under wraps...

England. 1647. Celebrating Christmas has been banned by those pesky Puritans. Carols are criminal. Turkey’s taboo. Banquets are banished and stage-plays prohibited. In fact, festivities of any kind are quite frankly forbidden. But we don’t give a figgy pudding. Here at the Undercover Christmas Club, misrule and mayhem are on the menu. Hidden away from … More Undercover Christmas Club

Best of Bristol Christmas Comedy Music Theatre

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Magic Lantern

16th Dec 2019
8pm | £14 adv. / £8 (Young Persons Under 30)

British Australian musician Jamie Doe draws on a wide range of sounds and textures, from finger picking to pulsating grooves, lush string quintet lyricism to narcotic late night saxophone jams

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of British Australian musician Jamie Doe. ‘To The Islands’ is his stunning third album released on 2 November 2018. Drawing on a wide range of influences from folk, jazz and … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Magic Lantern

Music

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

19th Dec 2019 - 31st Dec 2019
11am & 2pm (11am only on 21st, 27th, 30th) | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, ages 2 and under go free)

This Christmas, what if you discovered that your grouchy neighbour is actually a wizard?! Join Soap Soup Theatre (The Snow Baby, The Selfish Giant) and Open Attic Company (Much Ado About Puffin) for a magical new show for ages 3-8 and their families

‘This Christmas, whatever you do, don’t forget the magic word…!’ What if you uncovered the secret that your grouchy neighbour is actually a wizard whose house is powered entirely by magic? And what if agreeing to feed their cat while they’re away during the Christmas holidays turned into an adventure that threatens to spiral out … More The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Best of Bristol Christmas Family Theatre

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

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

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