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
Babyhead's Tom and DJ Cheeba present a space advenure show for all ages!
BUY TICKETS FOR MONDAY BUY TICKETS FOR TUESDAY Lo-Fi Funky Space Quest by Little Tom (Babyhead) and DJ Cheeba is a family show combining cutting edge audio visual technology, turntables, cheap special FX and good old fashioned storytelling! A cosmic adventure full of space cadet kids, cameos from Kid Carpet and Bass6, scratch-battles with alien … More Lo-Fi Funky Space Quest
Join Wild Words for a new and original story for children aged 6+ and their families, with live music from the sublime sonatas, concertos and symphonies of the Master Composer to rustic folk tunes of the day and an unexpected groovy number!
A Ludwig van Beethoven rollercoaster of drama and daring, triumph and trauma, from the shadows of his father to the guiding love of his mother, from losing his hearing to the Ode to Joy. Meet Mozart, the pink wigs of Vienna and a dancing puppet all wrapped up in Wild Words’ trademark magical invention. Playshop … More Beethoven’s 4 Seasons with Wild Words
Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals present a brand new 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
Excellent regular stand-up comedy from brilliant local and national stars – regular Friday
Every Friday night Chuckle Busters hosts a selection of top comedians in The Wardrobe Theatre (“a perfect room for comedy” – Stuart Goldsmith). A rotation of our favourite shows from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and famous names trying out new material, plus a selection of budding newer acts handpicked from the vibrant Bristol comedy scene. … More Chuckle Busters: Friday Night Comedy
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
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 5 years and over 120 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
The hilarious multi-rolling, genre-splicing, physical comedy trio Sleeping Trees present all three of their brilliant movie trilogy with double bills every night!
Sept 5: Mafia? | Western? Sept 6: Mafia? | Western? Sept 7: Mafia? | Sci-Fi? Sept 8: Western | Sci-Fi? MAFIA? 7.30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday In the first installment of their live movie trilogy, multi-award winning comedy trio Sleeping Trees deliver their version of every gangster film they’ve ever seen; Mafia?. Expect casinos, operas … More Sleeping Trees: Mafia? | Western? | Sci-Fi?
Chuckle Busters presents an evening with one of Bristol's and the country's most popular comedians
After more than 100 dates on the road in 2016 with his best-reviewed show to date, ‘I’m Not Here’, and a similarly marathon effort with the previous tour, Mark Watson is amazed to find there are STILL some areas of the country he’s not visited much, and some towns that have been neglected altogether. It’s … More Mark Watson: MW
A magical evening of music from Bristol's new independent collective
Bloom is a collective of musicians and friends from an experimental corner of Bristol’s buzzing music scene. Their combined musical projects are varied in genre yet consistently progressive, playful and enchanting. Bloom Presents… brings you otherworldly evenings of their hypnotic sounds in an intimate hand-crafted setting, with visuals and costumes, performance theatre, a pop up … More Bloom Presents…
Back by popular demand! Lo-fi post-folk with three-part close harmony singing blending traditional and original material, acoustic sounds and electronic noise
Ear Trumpet Folk Club presents regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe: The Nightjar perform lo-fi post-folk, playing songs for the end of time. Originally conceived as a close-harmony vocal trio, a collaboration with South London producer Kams brought them to the attention of Boiler Room’s Joe Muggs. … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Nightjar (plus The Young Waters)
Inky Fingers & Raise The Bar present a fantastic night of spoken word to launch two new poetry collections - 'The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate' by Rachel McCrum and 'In These Days of Prohibition' by Caroline Bird
Award-winning poets and performers Rachel McCrum and Caroline Bird have teamed up for a double-headliner spoken word tour! Caroline Bird -In These Days of Prohibition (Carcanet Press, July 2017) In her fifth collection of poetry Caroline Bird surrenders her poetic weaponry and goes on a quest to write the ‘simple truth’. The surreal imagery of … More Rachel McCrum & Caroline Bird
Scratchworks Theatre return with their raucous take on the heist of the century, featuring physical theatre, live music and clowning
In the early hours of Thursday 8th August 1963, the heist of the century was under way. Whilst the world was tucked up in bed, 15 men put a finger up to the government and stole 2 million British pounds from Her Majesty’s Royal Mail train. Five days later the first clues were found, the … More Great Train Robbery
Every Friday night Chuckle Busters hosts a selection of top comedians at The Wardrobe Theatre
Every Friday night Chuckle Busters hosts a selection of top comedians at The Wardrobe Theatre. Visit Chris Betts’ mind, which is a curious place where the philosophical meets the ridiculous. Plus Liam Pickford and other guests.
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. Also don’t miss Family Friendly Nincompoops at 2pm on 8th October, 12th November, and 10th December! Previous Nincompoops have included a man pouring a can of spaghetti … More Nincompoop
A hilarious new musical about the (true) story of the night Princess Diana, Kenny Everett and Freddie Mercury went in disgusie to a gay pub in London - by Desmond O'Connor, co-presented with Chuckle Busters Comedy
It’s 1988 and London is partying hard under the spectre of AIDS, the scrutiny of the press and the promise of a summer of love. When Princess Diana dreams of a wild night out away from relentless paparazzi and ruthless Royals, her unlikely best friends Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett know there is only one … More Royal Vauxhall
The improvised Murder-Mystery by Degrees of Error
Move over, Sherlock! In Degrees of Error’s ‘Murder, She Didn’t Write’, YOU become the author and watch your very own Agatha Christie-inspired masterpiece unfold on stage. Returning to The Wardrobe Theatre after multiple sell-out runs in 2016, Murder She Didn’t Write provides “one of the funniest evenings you’ll have in some time” (Ed Fringe Review). … More Murder, She Didn’t Write
Join your hosts Ross Brierley and Joshua Sadler as they take the late-night chat show to its illogical conclusion, presented by Chuckle Busters
Join your hosts Ross Brierley and Joshua Sadler as they take the late-night chat show to its illogical conclusion.
Sundays at The Wardrobe Theatre: Stimulate your Sunday brain by coming down to Sharp Teeth's monthly night of many genres
For the last two years Sharp Teeth Theatre have been bringing together theatre, storytelling, poetry and music to create a night of riotous Sunday fun. They’ve had raps about stolen bikes, poems about cottaging, performances from drag kings, new writing about women who climb the shard, and improvised storytelling about Lance Armstrong getting lost in … More Sharp Teeth
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
Showcasing the UK's best spoken word performers, presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman - monthly Mondays
I have to hit him. In the face. But there is no anger inside me right now. Just a gut full of fear. Heroes are usually pretty handy in a scrap. And when heroes fight, they win. And stuff gets sorted. Adam has to look out for his brothers. He’s the eldest. He’s a good … More Blahblahblah: Adam Kammerling – Shall We Take This Outside?
Ear Trumpet Folk Club presents regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe
Tom Hickox is a singer-songwriter from North London, born in 1981. He released his debut album, War, Peace & Diplomacy, in 2014 via Fierce Panda, following which led to comparisons of Hickox’s music to that of Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Scott Walker and Randy Newman. The Daily Telegraph commended the “depth and intensity” of his … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Tom Hickox
Jonny Fluffypunk presents a new lo-fi, stand-up, spoken word theatre show for anyone who has ever loved, owned a vinyl record or just been alive
Jonny Fluffypunk grew up in suburban nowhere. This is a story about trying to find yourself, when you find yourself somewhere you don’t belong. It’s about unrequited love, John Peel and the importance of a good record shop. It’s about trains and memory and letting go. This is a new lo-fi stand-up spoken word theatre … More How I Came To Be Where I Never Was
China Blue Fish & Deborah Antoinette present an absurd comedy sketch show - inspired by Dada, the show weaves together ritual, physical theatre & a live vocal score with characters ranging from Virgin Mary, to Theresa May, Earth Priestesses to Burt the drag king
“Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, Kill their children Practice witchcraft Destroy capitalism And become lesbians” Come and see us do all of this…and more! Venus is about to collide with Earth! A multi-character explosion paints the stage. In an age where passing trends compel some to surgical operation, where mainstream porn has hijacked … More Queen Cunt – Sacred or Profane?
The hugely popular comedy podcast from Melbourne on their first international tour - answering the questions about films, TV, comic books and other popular fiction that no-one has even thought to ask!
Australian based podcast Plumbing The Death Star have left the safety of their studio and are doing their first ever international tour! Come down to catch the Plumbing Boys in their first shows in the UK as they ask important questions like “Is James Bond a good spy?” and “Is Darth Vader ashamed of his … More Plumbing The Death Star
An extinct fish, a missing father and breath-taking live electronic sound in a new play by Bucket Club
Vanessa’s life is science. Fact based, evidence led, no nonsense, no monsters. But when a photograph surfaces showing something in Loch Ness, she must embark on a very personal research project. An extinct fish, a missing father and breath-taking live electronic sound in a new play with songs about how we connect to the past … More Fossils
This ground-breaking, genre-shaking San Francisco group screw up every tradition of the sound America gave to the world and remoulded it
Ear Trumpet Folk Club presents regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe: When Bob Harris played tracks Front Country’s memorable debut album, Sake of The Sound on BBC Radio 2, he told listeners they were “currently the biggest band on the bluegrass scene in America” …and he was … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Front Country
O&O present a funny and bold new piece of physical theatre exploring the relationship between identity and appearance drawing from the personal stories of people with facial birthmarks and scars
“That was the exact moment I knew something was different. That was when I woke up.” Imagine you have a birthmark on your face. You’ve had it all your life. You’ve had to put up with people staring, pointing and asking questions. Sometimes it makes you feel like a monster. Sometimes it makes you feel … More The Way I Look
Circus City present 3 nights of fooling by Beyond The Ridiculous
The fools return as part of Circus City Festival to explore the theme of risk with a three day mini-festival of fooling where each show will be different. We all have voices in our heads: people we’ve met, aspects of ourselves, bizarre and banal creatures cobbled from emotions and memories. Instead of wishing they’d shut … More Cliff Jumping For Beginners
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
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
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 British-Jamaican slam champion and ‘writer of colour to watch out for’ (The Fader, 2017) Raymond Antrobus. They will be joined by Debris Stevenson, self-described social carrier pigeon who has shared … More Blahblahblah: Laurie Bolger, Raymond Antrobus and Debris Stevenson
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 years 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
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)
A special night of spoken word and live music from world poetry slam champion Harry Baker and jazz musician Chris Read
After last year’s sell-out run of their debut show in Edinburgh, Harry Baker and Chris Read bring their unique mix of comedy, melody, poetry and best-matery to venues nationwide! Ranging from pandas in crisis to Robot Wars, they bring love and laughter to a world that needs both more than ever. “A combination of catchy … More The Harry & Chris Show 2
by Sophie and Lucy Bishop
Show & Tell is a comedy night in Bristol with a difference. Open mic nights can be laddy, exclusionary and quite frankly we are sick of penis* jokes – so Show & Tell is a friendly platform that encourages new performers (especially women!). Show & Tell has a different theme each time, and you can … More Show & Tell
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
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)
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
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
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
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)
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.”
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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!
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