What’s On

Drac & Jill

21st Nov 2019 - 19th Jan 2020
7.45pm (plus 2pm matinees) | All Tickets £15 | Ages 16+

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

TOURING – Kirk vs Ming

5th Dec 2019 - 30th Dec 2019
7.15pm (5th-20th) or 7.45pm (21st-30th) | £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 TOLMEN CENTRE, CORNWALL BUY TICKETS – AT BRUNEL’S SS GREAT BRITAIN BUY TICKETS – AT CLEVEDON THEATRE SHOP BUY TICKETS – AT POUND ARTS, CORSHAM BUY TICKETS – AT SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Steam ships, steam trains, steamed puddings, hilarious comedy, astonishing drama, endearing orphans and perhaps the odd catchy music hall number! … 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

Aftermirth: Daytime Comedy Club for Parents

13th Dec 2019 - 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

Story Slam

15th Dec 2019 - 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

Adventure Bureau

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

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Magic Lantern+ Pete Roe

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 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 … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Magic Lantern+ Pete Roe

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

Loupe Theatre Presents

22nd Dec 2019 - 26th Apr 2020
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

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

13th 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

Monster

21st Jan 2020 - 23rd Jan 2020
7.30pm | £10

Following the multi award-winning Labels (Fringe First 2015), internationally acclaimed Worklight Theatre present a startling new play about the conflicting masculinities we perform

‘This is a story abut a boy. And a girl. Some of it’s true. Some of it isn’t. But I’m not going to tell you which is which.’ Writer-performer Joe Sellman-Leava blends together vastly different voices (including Mike Tyson, Patrick Stewart and Shakespeare) into a one-man epic where heroes clash with villains, men become monsters, … More Monster

Theatre

Fanboy

23rd Jan 2020
9.30pm | Pay What You Decide

Brand new work-in-progress showing from Worklight Theatre's Joe Sellman-Leava, catch it before it heads to VAULT Festival and Edinburgh Fringe

Joe has always been a nerd. As a kid he was unaware of it. As a teenager he hid it. As a twenty-something he owned it. But as Joe turned 30, two things occurred to him. Firstly, humanity had been given 12 years to save the world from climate chaos, and what was Joe doing? … More Fanboy

Theatre

Labels

24th Jan 2020
7.30pm | £10

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

Using humour and honesty, Labels offers a human story from multicultural Britain – charting a childhood in 90’s Devon, shifting political landscapes and global refugee crisis. Expect paper planes, racist romances and lots of sticky labels! WINNER of 5 international awards, including Scotsman Fringe First Award 2015 “Powerful, important and funny.” Emma Thompson “Terrific and … More Labels

Theatre

Jody Kamali Is Mike Daly: Darts And All

25th Jan 2020
8pm | £12

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

Bristol’s bumbling ex-Darts Champion is back. A calamitous Q&A and a whirlwind journey into the soul of an idiot. The beer swigging, Fray Bentos pie-munching champ is setting the record straight in this off-beat character comedy. “Anyone who enjoys Reeves & Mortimer or anything of the output of Channel 4’s Toast of London writer and … More Jody Kamali Is Mike Daly: Darts And All

Best of Bristol Comedy

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

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

Ear Trumpet Music & Colston Hall Presents: Gill Landry

11th Feb 2020
8pm | £13.08 (inc. bf)

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. Landry was originally from Louisiana and started out as a busker on the streets of New Orleans before becoming a contributing member of the band Old Crow Medicine Show with whom he recorded 4 albums and toured … More Ear Trumpet Music & Colston Hall Presents: Gill Landry

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

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

The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People

26th Feb 2020 - 28th 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

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

ITCH: A Scratch Performance Showcase

1st Mar 2020
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

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

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

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 | £6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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