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The Ridiculous Darkness

21st Feb - 23rd Feb
8pm | £7 (£6 conc. and £5 for Spotlights members)

A UK stage premier, a new production by UBSU Spotlights

After a string of critically acclaimed performances in Germany, The Ridiculous Darkness sees its premier on the UK stage at The Wardrobe Theatre. Loosely inspired by Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now, this absurdly funny and increasingly deranged play follows two soldiers on their journey through the Hindu Kush to assassinate a former high ranking … More The Ridiculous Darkness

Best of Bristol Theatre

Wolf Meat

24th Feb - 25th Feb
8pm | £8

Wildheart & Lyric bring their absurdist humour and compelling storytelling to an irreverent world of dirty deals and mistaken identity

Grandma is the undisputed drugs queen of Croydon, but Detective Dawn Taylor will go to any lengths to bring her dirty dealing family to justice. Wolf Meat subverts well known characters and turns morals on their heads in this dark, sexy, raucous hour of theatrical anarchy. The play is continually deconstructed as the actors drop … More Wolf Meat

Comedy Theatre

Chuckle Busters: John Hastings plus Guests

24th Feb
9.30pm | £5

Friday Night Comedy: excellent regular stand-up comedy from brilliant local and national stars

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: John Hastings plus Guests

Comedy

Sharp Teeth

26th Feb - 9th Jul
7.30pm | Pay What You Decide (£8 on 9th July)

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

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

The Long Trick

27th Feb - 1st Mar
8pm | £8

Told with narrative poetry, dialogue and song, The Long Trick is a play about what happens when ideas go beyond our control, presented in association with Bucket Club

Written by Marietta Kirkbride Directed by Nel Crouch Kelsey. Teenager. Cornish born. Timid lover of anarchic music. Kelsey lives in a converted fishing boat moored on the Helford River, Cornwall. She is proud daughter to Tristan of Helford, the local myth who makes a living robbing all the nearby second homes. But then young Gale … More The Long Trick

Best of Bristol Theatre

We Are Ian

2nd Mar - 4th Mar
8pm | £8

Award-winning company In Bed With My Brother bring their sell out Edinburgh 2016 production to Bristol, we are thrilled to be co-presenting this smash hit, riotous party of a show from a stunning new Exeter-based company with Tobacco Factory Theatres

1989. Manchester. A frenzy of drugs, beats and bucket hats. Illegal raves. Acid parties… Just jumping up and down in a field and throwing two fingers to Thatcher… Remember it? Because we don’t. We weren’t even born. But Ian was. And Ian does remember. So, we’re going back to 1989. We’re gonna get off our … More We Are Ian

Comedy Theatre

Chuckle Busters: Brian Gittins – Don’t Feed The Monkey Man (work-in-progress)

3rd Mar
9.30pm | £5

Friday Night Comedy: excellent regular stand-up comedy from brilliant local and national stars

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: Brian Gittins – Don’t Feed The Monkey Man (work-in-progress)

Comedy

Mummy Monster

4th Mar
2pm | £7

Liz Hart and Lady Strong's Bonfire present a frank, funny and ferocious look at the pressures of parenting

Bristol-based artist Liz Hart invites you into her kitchen to share the intimate life of a modern day parent. Mummy Monster is about one woman’s journey from a seeming state of balance into a monstrous state where she is no longer fully in control. The show explores the times when you, as a parent “lose it,” … More Mummy Monster

Best of Bristol Theatre

Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games

5th Mar - 2nd Apr
2pm | £6 (£4 for kids and under 3's GO FREE!) / Family ticket £16 (for 4, must include one Under 18)

A characterful and fantastically fun all ages afternoon game show for the audience - a montly show created by Gwendolyn Scott

Squeezy Green is here, bringing some idiotic games to test your skills! Hosted by the irrepressible Squeezy and assisted by the unquenchable Finney Haddock, the audience is split into two teams and taken through a series of challenges. Each game show is different with audience interactions contributing to the play of the day. Play from … More Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games

Best of Bristol Comedy Family

Holly Stoppit’s Work-In-Progress

5th Mar - 2nd Apr
7.30pm | Pay What You Decide

Bristol's renowned fool shaman and the artistic director of Beyond The Ridiculous steps back onto the stage for the first time in years. Is this still her place? Come and help her find out

Holly Stoppit is a director, facilitator, university lecturer, dramatherapist and artistic director of Beyond The Ridiculous. Holly specialises in creating live, playful, interactive, improvised and devised performance. Somewhere along the road, Holly stopped performing. A little voice has been growing inside for the last few years, whispering “Maybe I want to do a show”. The … More Holly Stoppit’s Work-In-Progress

Best of Bristol Comedy

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

6th Mar - 26th Jun
8pm | £5

An 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 100 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. Join your favourite characters … More Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

The Establishment

7th Mar
8pm | £7

Honky Bonk presents Dan Lees and Neil Frost as two quintessentially English gentlemen struggling to hold on to their whimsical world of cricket, tea and secret arms deals. Keep calm and carry on.

“Another much-needed chapter in our national legacy of lampooning the powers that be, building on Peter Cook, the Pythons and The Fast Show. You can imagine this going down very well indeed at the Palladium or the BBC.” ★★★★ The Stage “Enjoy the charming chutzpah of Dan Lees and Neil Frost.. they don’t miss a … More The Establishment

Comedy

Pulling Out

8th Mar - 11th Mar
8pm (plus 2pm matinee on Sat) | £8

A new play inspired by candid conversations with teenage dads, a spirited look at unplanned parenthood from the male perspective by the award-winning Documental Theatre

Leo’s seventeen. He’s got college, a decent right-swipe-rate on Tinder and a new-born. He’s mixing avocado and saving for Pampers over own-brand because of the more reliable gusset. He wants to go the distance as a dad. That’s if his mates or Caitlin, his baby’s mum, will let him. Or her mum, or stepdad or … More Pulling Out

Best of Bristol Theatre

Chuckle Busters: Jamali Maddix – Chickens Come Home To Roost

10th Mar
9.30pm | £8

Friday Night Comedy: excellent regular stand-up comedy from brilliant local and national stars

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: Jamali Maddix – Chickens Come Home To Roost

Comedy

Nincompoop

12th Mar - 11th Jun
7.30pm | Pay What You Decide

Sundays at The Wardrobe Theatre: A face-achingly funny monthly night of alternative comedy where anything can happen and quite often does

The South West’s best and most absurd alternative comedy event, Nincompoop showcases the very best new ideas in comedy, clowning, fooling, slapstick, mime, audience participation, mischief and tomfoolery. Previous Nincompoops have included a man pouring a can of spaghetti hoops over his head, a biscuit eating competition (a dog in the audience won), and incredible … More Nincompoop

Best of Bristol Comedy

Jackie Oates

13th Mar
7.30pm | £12 (£14 otd.)

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk music, plus Hands Of The Heron

Jackie Oates What attracts people to English folk music is never just one thing. There is the tradition – a taking and passing on of the people’s music. And there’s an otherness – the way a singer uniquely inhabits a song while echoes of its past remain. These are haunted tunes. That delicate balance between … More Jackie Oates

Music

Show Me The Money

14th Mar
8pm | £8

Can you become an artist and still survive? - devised & performed by Paula Varjack

After six years of austerity, is it even possible to be an artist and make enough money for luxuries like bread? Show Me The Money is a funny, inspirational show by multimedia artist Paula Varjack looking at how artists manage to support their creative dreams. Using a blend of documentary-style interviews with live performance, Varjack … More Show Me The Money

Theatre

Phil Wang and Ivo Graham

15th Mar
8pm | £10

Chuckle Busters presents 1 evening, 2 great stand ups

Wang and Graham. A tale as old as time. Phil Wang “Master of the intellectual dick joke.” – Time Out Ivo Graham “An old man, a confused boy and a sensitive maiden aunt.” – Guardian Two young-ish comics with nothing but contempt for each other’s work, who nonetheless continue to book themselves in to gig … More Phil Wang and Ivo Graham

Comedy

The Smoking Puppet Cabaret

16th Mar
7pm & 9pm | £8

Twisted puppetry, eclectic sounds and off-beat humour collide in a cabaret for your pleasure - presented in association with Puppet Place and co-produced by The Wardrobe Theatre

Expect music, laughter, poetry and a whole range of puppets from the beautiful to the bizarre as The Smoking Puppet Cabaret explore puppetry’s seedy underbelly. All alongside our wonderful live house band, Jack and Rowan in The Smoking Reds, and our fabulous fox compere, Malcolm Hamilton! With a popular tent at Shambala Festival every summer … More The Smoking Puppet Cabaret

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

BlahBlahBlah: Blah’s Big Weekend

17th Mar - 19th Mar
Times Vary | Prices Vary

A whole weekend showcasing the UK's best spoken word performers, presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman

After the success of last year’s brilliant word-filled bonanza, Blah’s Big Weekend returns for a three day festival packed with performances, workshops and one roaring stand up and slam. Featuring the biggest headliners of poetry and spoken wordery including the likes of Vanessa Kisuule, Tongue Fu and Roundhouse Collective’s Cecilia Knapp and Bohdan Piasecki, we … More BlahBlahBlah: Blah’s Big Weekend

Spoken Word

Story Slam

19th Mar - 20th Aug
2pm (7.30pm on 21st May) | Pay What You Decide

Bristol's true storytelling event, presented by Story Slam: Bristol - monthly Sundays

Story Slam is where you can hear peoples amazing true stories told live on stage. All stories are told by volunteers from the audience. Put you name in the hat for a chance to tell your story, or just enjoy everyone else’s! The Story Slam is held on the third Sunday every month and starts … More Story Slam

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Letters To Windsor House

21st Mar - 25th Mar
8pm (plus 2pm matinee on Saturday) | £8

A hilarious and heartbreaking howl of protest from a generation left behind by the relentless march of the property market - we are delighted to team up with Tobacco Factory Theatres and Show & Tell to present one of the most important and acclaimed shows of 2016, by Sh!t Theatre

A loophole in the Postal Services Act says you can open other people’s mail under certain circumstances. This is that certain circumstance… Sh!t Theatre are a multi award-winning duo and they follow up their smash hit show Women’s Hour with their Fringe First award-winning and Total Theatre award-nominated Letters to Windsor House. With songs, politics, … More Letters To Windsor House

Comedy Theatre

Bristol Improv Marathon 2017

24th Mar - 25th Mar
8pm on Friday until 10pm on Saturday | £5 per entry

26 hours non-stop | over 30 performers | 1 truly epic live improvised play - performed at Bristol Improv Theatre

For the third year running Closer Each Day Company, Bristol Improv Theatre, The Wardrobe Theatre and Degrees of Error are joining forces to create Bristol Improv Marathon! For a staggering 26 hours a team of intrepid performers will create an entirely improvised, entirely unscripted play using nothing but their skill, imagination and a hefty dose … More Bristol Improv Marathon 2017

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Chuckle Busters: Rachel Parris – Best Laid Plans

24th Mar
9.30pm | £8

Friday Night Comedy: excellent regular stand-up comedy from brilliant local and national stars

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: Rachel Parris – Best Laid Plans

Comedy

Damien O’Kane Trio | Daoirí Farrell

27th Mar
7.30pm | £12 (£14 otd.)

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk music

The Damien O’Kane Trio Damien O’Kane is a Northern Irish musician of many talents. Teamed up with master guitarist Steven Byrnes (Treacherous Orchestra/Kate Rusby) and Steven Iveson’s (Damien O’Kane Band) sublime and exhilarating electric guitar playing, this is a trio that take traditional Irish music and song and, in the words of the The Telegraph, … More Damien O’Kane Trio | Daoirí Farrell

Music

Love Sick

28th Mar - 30th Mar
8pm | £8

We can’t get enough of it, we’re miserable without it, it’s in the air, it’s in your eyes, it’s in the way you comb your hair… but what on Earth is love? - an award-winning comedy by All In Theatre

These two alien ambassadors need to find out quick and return home with their findings to save their dying planet! With recorded interviews from the inhabitants of earth these two beautiful fools will build a hilarious scrapbook of advice for those who just don’t know…at all. BEST COMEDY SHOW Winner at Brighton Fringe 2014 “Behind … More Love Sick

Comedy

Chuckle Busters: Friday Night Comedy

31st Mar - 28th Apr
9.30pm | £5-£8

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

Comedy

Sleeping Trees: SCI-FI?

31st Mar - 1st Apr
8pm (plus 2pm matinee on Saturday) | £8

Accompanied by an inter-cosmic live score like no other, Sleeping Trees invite you to join them on a journey into the deep and infinite unknown

The Sleeping Trees complete their live movie trilogy in true intergalactic fashion: SCI-FI? The show follows the intergalactic journey of the unlikeliest of heroes, happy-go-lucky farmer Charlie Sprog. At a time where the ancient planet of Plutopia rules the galaxy, Charlie is dragged from his quiet home planet and given one very simple mission: SAVE … More Sleeping Trees: SCI-FI?

Comedy Theatre

Holly Macve

4th Apr
7.30pm | £8 (£10 otd.)

A unique, intimate sit-down gig from this sensation-in-the-waiting with a magical, solemn voice

A heavenly voice couched in spellbinding country & western ballads, with a devastating emotional delivery: Holly Macve is a fantastic addition to the Bella Union family, and her album Golden Eagle is one of the most remarkably assured debuts of this or any other year, especially given she’s though only 21 years old. Despite her … More Holly Macve

Music

CLUB SOLO presents: Tom Marshman

5th Apr - 6th Apr
8pm | £8

CLUB SOLO presents solo performances KINGS CROSS (REMIX) by Tom Marshman, followed by an after-show discussion on Weds

KINGS CROSS (REMIX) by Tom Marshman Kings Cross (Remix) uncovers the hidden histories of LGBT communities in London during the 1980s through memories of the Kings Cross area; an area that has undergone radical change since its day as a hub of LGBT communities, bars and culture. Woven together from the stories of people who … More CLUB SOLO presents: Tom Marshman

Best of Bristol Theatre

Offside

7th Apr - 8th Apr
8pm | £8

A new play by Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish, inspired by real, untold stories from the world of women’s football - presented by Futures Theatre

Heart thumping with oxygenised blood, adrenalin flooding every little bit of me and every little bit of me is every little bit of the field in front of me. It is 1881. It is 1921. It is 2017. Four women from across the centuries live, breathe, and play football. Whilst each of them face very … More Offside

Theatre

BlahBlahBlah: All The Things I Lied About by Katie Bonna

10th Apr
8pm | £7

Showcasing the UK's best spoken word performers, presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman - monthly Mondays

Would the world be a better place if we were all honest? From duping her sister into drinking wee to repeated infidelities, Fringe First winner Katie Bonna (Dirty Great Love Story) unpicks all her past mistakes to confront humanity’s obsession with fibs and how every day lies can lead to a world of Trump and … More BlahBlahBlah: All The Things I Lied About by Katie Bonna

Spoken Word

The Pixies’ Scarf

10th Apr - 16th Apr
11am & 2pm (11am only on 16th, no shows on 11th) | £7 (£5 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

A brand new theatrical treat for children and their families, set in the wet, craggy lands of Dartmoor - presented by Soap Soup Theatre, inspired by the powerfully evocative tale by Alison Uttely

While out picking whortleberries with Grandmother, Dicky Bundle finds a treasure that opens the door to a beautiful, fragile world. It is the world of The Wee Folk. But the moor hears Dicky listening, and watches Dicky looking, and tells the Pixies, who don’t want to share their precious secrets with a human child. Soon … More The Pixies’ Scarf

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Posthumous Works

11th Apr - 14th Apr
8pm | £10 (£8 conc.)

We're excited to co-present the fabulous Danish company Out Of Balanz and this award-winning comedy with Tobacco Factory Theatres

Inspired by his newly inherited gramophone, Ivan Hansen’s Posthumous Works is a meditation on life, death, and the inevitability of the unknown. Join Ivan as he takes us on a comic, compelling and life-affirming ride, peddling through childhood memories and the complexities of saying goodbye. Out of Balanz is an award-winning, international ensemble based in … More Posthumous Works

Comedy Theatre

Nuala Honan & Band | InMiriam

15th Apr
7.30pm | £8 (£10 otd.)

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk music

Nuala Honan Nuala Honan, a soulful artist, writer of fiercely fragile songs, player of deftly-wrought guitar and passionate singer of extraordinary charm and style. She has that uncanny ability to write new songs that sound like they have been written before, somehow conjuring the sense that the lyrics have been worn smooth by the passage … More Nuala Honan & Band | InMiriam

Best of Bristol Music

Bloom Presents…

16th Apr - 20th Aug
7.30pm | £6 (£8 otd.)

A magical evening of music from Bristol's new independent collective - Monthly

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…

Best of Bristol Music

Tales In The Attic – By Day

18th Apr - 23rd Apr
11am & 2pm | £7 (£5 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

A week of spellbinding storytelling hosted by Open Attic Company with Family Friendly stories by day and Not So Family Friendly stories by night

Climb into the Attic and prepare to be taken anywhere. Open Attic Company have gathered an amazing team of storytellers, performers and musicians to host a series of brand new stories to excite and entice you. Stories to take you to another world, the far future, the distant past or to last week when Deborah … More Tales In The Attic – By Day

Best of Bristol Family Spoken Word Theatre

Tales In The Attic – By Night

18th Apr - 22nd Apr
8pm | £8

A week of spellbinding storytelling hosted by Open Attic Company with Family Friendly stories by day and Not So Family Friendly stories by night

Climb into the Attic and prepare to be taken anywhere. Open Attic Company have gathered an amazing team of storytellers, performers and musicians to host a series of brand new stories to excite and entice you. Stories to take you to another world, the far future, the distant past or to last week when Deborah … More Tales In The Attic – By Night

Best of Bristol Spoken Word Theatre

DramSoc Production

24th Apr - 26th Apr
8pm | TBC

A brand new production from University of Bristol's Student Union society, DramSoc

Dramsoc is the University of Bristol’s longest running, largest and most prestigious performing arts society entirely dedicated to student theatre. Founded over 50 years ago, Dramsoc is dedicated to creating consistently high quality productions with our talented members, and stages up to 10 productions a year.

Best of Bristol Theatre

Tank

27th Apr - 29th Apr
8pm (plus 2pm matinee on Saturday) | £8

Inspired by the Dolphin House experiments, Breach's Fringe First award-winning show rips history apart to explore the difficulties of bridging cultural divides, the politics behind the stories we tell, and what happens when you inject a dolphin with LSD

‘Don’t even think in your own language. English, all the time!’ In 1965, an American scientist lived with a dolphin for ten weeks to try and teach him to speak English – part of a NASA-funded research project into human-animal communication. Condemned by the wider scientific community as an elaborate circus trick, Margaret’s lessons with … More Tank

Theatre

Sex With A Stranger

2nd May - 6th May
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm matinee on Saturday) | £10 (£35 for whole Directors' Cuts season)

by Stefan Golaszewski - Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Directors' Cuts Season 2017

Two strangers. One night. A brief encounter. Adam and Grace have just met outside a club waiting for the number 73 bus. Meanwhile Ruth is at home… waiting for Adam. From the BAFTA award winning and critically acclaimed writer, Stefan Golaszewski, Sex With A Stranger is a brutally honest insight into the era of casual … More Sex With A Stranger

Best of Bristol Theatre

Iceland

9th May - 13th May
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm matinee on Saturday) | £10 (£35 for whole Directors' Cuts season)

by Nicholas Billon - Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Directors' Cuts Season 2017

“You Know What Money Is? Money Is Perfect”. Set against the backdrop of the global financial crisis of 2006, the lives of three strangers are brought together through a bizarre chain of events. Kassandra is a university student who works as an escort at night; Annais a devout Christian whose connection to the world is … More Iceland

Best of Bristol Theatre

I Am The Wind

16th May - 20th May
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm matinee on Saturday) | £10 (£35 for whole Directors' Cuts season)

by Jon Fosse - Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Directors' Cuts Season 2017

Two men on a fragile boat. A trip to sea, a few drinks, a bite to eat. The One decides to sail further out in the threatening fog on the open ocean, bound with The Other on a journey into the unknown among the distant islands, looking for a place to exist. I Am The … More I Am The Wind

Best of Bristol Theatre

Crave

23rd May - 27th May
7.30pm (plus 2.30pm matinee on Saturday) | £10 (£35 for whole Directors' Cuts season)

by Sarah Kane - Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Directors' Cuts Season 2017

What happens when we lose love, possibly irrevocably? C finds herself at a crisis in her life. Trying to find hope and redemption, she sifts through fragments of memories, recounting trauma, conflict, loss, and pain, hearing echoes and reverberations of her thoughts and memories throughout her mind. Set in an unidentified location, Crave follows the … More Crave

Best of Bristol Theatre

The Time Seekers

29th May - 4th Jun
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

Get ready to strap yourselves in as Alph, Betty and Gammo are back with a brand new mission for 3-8 years olds! After their epic space adventure in The Star Seekers, now join the team for a journey through time!!

Have you ever dreamt of seeing a real dinosaur? Meeting a Roman or an Ancient Egyptian? Sharing tea time with a robot from the future? Join The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre for a thrilling journey through time where you take the steering wheel! Following on from the stellar success of The Star Seekers, … More The Time Seekers

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Eli West

30th May
7.30pm | £12 (£14 otd.)

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great Folk and Americana music

Well-known for his work with Cahalen Morrison, Tim O’Brien, Jayme Stone and more, the Seattle-based singer and multi-instrumentalist oozes understated talent. We recently witnessed both Martin Simpson and Richard Hawley utterly floored by his skill. Truly a sublime musician! Eli’s recent debut solo album, The Both, sees him taking the lead, on electric and acoustic … More Eli West

Music

Said And Done

31st May - 2nd Jun
8pm | £7

A darkly comic snapshot into the lives of two women who are far too close, the first ever show by Sugarscratch Theatre

Two women sit at a table at a wedding. They hate everyone at this wedding. They hate themselves. And, although they are the very best of friends, they probably hate each other. When you know everything about a person’s life it’s easy to find ammunition to use against them, but when does teasing get too … More Said And Done

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Guns At Lunch: This Time It’s Personnel

7th Jun - 9th Jun
8pm | £8

Edinburgh Preview: A brand new action/comedy from Tap Tap Theatre, the creators of the smash-hit Captain Morgan series

Stevenage. 1996. The premiere stationery suppliers in North Hertfordshire. A band of angry Russian cyber-mercenaries. An office party turned fight for survival. Guns At Lunch is an action-packed, multi-rolling, laugh-out-loud mini-epic. It’s Mission: Impossible meets Office Space, Olympus Has Fallen meets The IT Crowd and Sonya The Destroyer meets Sally from Accounting. And This Time … More Guns At Lunch: This Time It’s Personnel

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Kirk vs Ming

13th Jun - 17th Jun
8pm (plus 2pm matinee on Saturday) | £9

This summer the team that brought you Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears, Muppits Die Hard and Oedipuss In Boots present a lo-fi clash between two of the universe’s most revered science fiction titans

On the outer rings of known space, the evil emperor Ming is hatching a dastardly plan. Intergalactic domination has afforded Ming planets, dominions and a harem of alien love slaves but he’s still not satisfied. As his frustration grows and his ring of power fades, the evil Ming plans a terrifying act of evil (so … More Kirk vs Ming

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Missing Pieces

18th Jun - 16th Jul
7.30pm | £8

A series of script-in-hand performances showcasing classic and new plays by Black British, Caribbean and African writers

Missing Pieces is a series of monthly play readings, spread over 6 months, starting in June, showcasing Black British, Caribbean and African work from new writing to classics. Missing Pieces is about raising the profile of Black work in the South West and enable work usually seen in London to be seen here. We have … More Missing Pieces

Best of Bristol Theatre

Blahblahblah: Byron Vincent, Emily Harrison and Daisy Behagg

19th Jun
8pm | £7

Showcasing the UK's best spoken word performers, presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman - monthly Mondays

Byron Vincent is a writer, performer, producer, broadcaster, activist and director best known for his theatre, documentaries and spoken word. He has made work for the RSC, BBC, BAC, C4 (and a bunch of other fancy acronyms) and can frequently be caught as a contributor on BBC Radio 4. Joining him is the “astute and… … More Blahblahblah: Byron Vincent, Emily Harrison and Daisy Behagg

Spoken Word

My World Has Exploded A Little Bit

20th Jun
8pm | £8

Bella Heesom's debut is a darkly comic play and farcical performance lecture

Bella Heesom’s debut play is part true story, part farcical performance lecture. It tells a deeply personal story of loss and love, through a darkly comic 17-step guide to bereavement. Mixing tender intimacy and unflinching honesty with hard-hitting philosophy and clownish silliness, it takes the audience on a powerful emotional journey, shot through with jet … More My World Has Exploded A Little Bit

Theatre

Blush

22nd Jun - 24th Jun
8pm (2pm only on Saturday) | £8

Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival, Snuff Box Theatre present the award-winning new play about revenge porn by Charlotte Josephine

‘She just needs to understand that it’s not her fault, that she’s not to blame, that she’s not a slut.’ Three women and two men swim in shame. Everyone’s exposed. Everyone wants revenge. No one’s talking about it. Five candid stories about revenge porn and all its many victims. Blush is a slap in the … More Blush

Theatre

How To Drown A Fish

25th Jun
7.30pm | £8

Edinburgh Preview: A playful new solo show from Grace Gibson

Offstage a cassette is taken out of its box and put into the player. The music crackles and she bounds on to stage. She notices the woman who resembles a Bichon Frisé and the sign above the audience telling her to smile. With hairspray in her saliva, she dances on an uneven herringboned floor. The … More How To Drown A Fish

Comedy Theatre

Wake Up & Deirdrealize

29th Jun - 1st Jul
8pm (5pm only on Saturday) | £8

Edinburgh Preview: Bought to you by I Am Nincompoop, a ridiculous, outlandish, improvised, character romp, guaranteed to take you on the most thrilling rollercoaster ride of your life

Deirdre Me is on a mission to show the world how awesome it is, one person at a time, starting with you. Hailing all the way from Texas-Tennessee, Deirdre is more magnanimous than Gandhi, sexier than chocolate, hotter than the sun. This is the story of one woman’s desperate search for meaning, in a world … More Wake Up & Deirdrealize

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Nick Cope

2nd Jul
11am | £7 (£5 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

With songs about dogs eating soap and dragons called Keith, the popular Nick Cope performs a special live music gig for children

Nick Cope is a professional singer and songwriter and has over 20 years of experience in music, including international success as lead singer and songwriter with The Candyskins in the 1990s. He now writes and records music for children and has established a fanatical army of little people and their parents, from all over the … More Nick Cope

Family Music

Bristol Pride Theatre Night 2017

4th Jul
8pm | £8

Murder, He Didn’t Write - the improvised mudrer mystery presents a gender-swapped special by Degrees of Error

Bristol Pride Theatre Night returns with plotting, mayhem and laughter, teaming up with local troupe Degrees Of Error to bring you a very special edition of their Edinburgh Fringe sell-out hit show ‘Murder, She Didn’t Write’. The talented cast create a completely original and hilarious murder-mystery, improvised on-the-spot using your suggestions and a whole host … More Bristol Pride Theatre Night 2017

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Impromptu Shakespeare

6th Jul - 7th Jul
Thurs 8pm, Fri 7.30pm & 9pm | £10 (£8 conc.)

Presented by KPS Productions, showing as part of Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2017

Returning as part of the Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2017, Impromptu Shakespeare create an entirely new and unique Shakespeare play, improvised on the spot and inspired by audience suggestions. Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, power struggles, mistaken identity, the supernatural and everything in between – this show will delight Shakespeare nerds and novices alike. Impromptu … More Impromptu Shakespeare

Comedy Theatre

Workshop with Impromptu Shakespeare

8th Jul
11am – 4pm | £35

Learn how to use style, character and language improvisation techniques to create the scenes Shakespeare never wrote

Get to grips with Shakespeare in a very different way – by making it up. Learn how to improvise using style, character and language techniques to create the scenes Shakespeare never wrote. Improvisers from the critically-acclaimed Impromptu Shakespeare will guide you using specially developed games and exercises to refine your Shakespearean improv skills. Expect to … More Workshop with Impromptu Shakespeare

The North! The North!

10th Jul - 11th Jul
8pm | £8

Edinburgh Preview: A dark contemporary myth about England, featuring highly physical storytelling and animation by the former director of Rhum & Clay (64 Squares, A Strange Wild Song, Shutterland)

In 1985, a fissure formed at England’s centre and split the north from the south. A giant tear through the landscape, a real gap, descending into an abyss of bottomless depth. And in the north, cut off, things began to stir. Beneath the moors and the rivers, in the valleys and by the sea. It … More The North! The North!

Best of Bristol Theatre

Show & Tell

13th Jul
8pm | £3

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

Best of Bristol Comedy

Lash Stackers Presents…. Xtrah Virgin by The Virgin Xtravaganzah

14th Jul
8pm | £8

Part theatre, part stand-up, part drag spectacular, don't miss this one off opportunity to see a superstar of British drag

Paul has an exciting new venture in the working men’s club, a full hour long drag spectacular! Expect a charming atmosphere to warm you up for feature length, British drag royalty. Featuring: Xtrah Virgin, a new show by the Virgin Xtravaganzah She’s the holy mother of Gawd. She’s the Virgin Mary, who’s come back down … More Lash Stackers Presents…. Xtrah Virgin by The Virgin Xtravaganzah

Comedy Theatre

The Drive

17th Jul
8pm | £8

Edinburgh Preview: Two women. A fractured friendship. A car full of boxes and a message from a dead friend - presented by Angel Exit

The Drive recounts an unexpected Nordic road trip which sees two estranged friends thrown together on a tense journey from London to Oslo. The further Becky and Nat get from home the closer they come to confronting the demons of their shared past. Spliced through with humour, slick physicality, a contemporary soundtrack and video projection, … More The Drive

Comedy

It’s Better To Lie Than To Tell The Truth And End Up Alone In A Ditch Crying

20th Jul - 21st Jul
8pm | £8

Edinburgh Preview: A unique new comedy from acclaimed performer and former rock star Ellen Waddell

We lie to our friends, family, lovers, and bosses because it’s easier than the truth – we have no idea what we’re doing, and we might have genital warts. In her new show, former rock star and acclaimed performer Ellen Waddell (Jean-Luc Picard & Me) tackles the necessity of lying in life, love, friendship and … More It’s Better To Lie Than To Tell The Truth And End Up Alone In A Ditch Crying

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Emerald Boy

23rd Jul - 25th Jul
8pm | £7 (£6 conc.)

Edinburgh Preview: A new dark comedy presented by UWE Drama Society, written and directed by Samuel Heaney

Three friends, a police officer and an alien walk into a bar. Not in that particular order though. Chaos ensues. A dark comedy full of twists and turns, a story that will tickle your funny bone and pull at your heart strings. A pub story so interesting it’s heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe! Don’t … More Emerald Boy

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Much Ado About Puffin

25th Jul - 30th Jul
11am & 2pm | £7 (£5 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

Open Attic Company present a funny tale of old habits and new friendships for ages 3-8 and their families - back by popular demand!

On a small island, In the middle of the big sea, A man meets a bird… Join Open Attic as they traverse stormy seas and reckless tides to bring you this funny tale about a man all alone, a friendly puffin, and a whole lot of fuss over nothing. Using skilful puppetry, beautiful music, and … More Much Ado About Puffin

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Bristol Bad Film Club

27th Jul
8pm |

"Zone Troopers" presented by BBFC, a place where movie fans can come and behold some of the most unique and notorious films ever put to celluloid

At Bristol Bad Film Club we believe that great movies fall into two categories: they either have to be the very best… or the very worst. Whether they are Citizen Kane or Plan 9 From Outer Space, we believe that at the very least, a movie should entertain… and there is something wonderful about a … More Bristol Bad Film Club

Comedy Film

Richard Carpenter’s Close To You

28th Jul - 29th Jul
8pm | £8

Edinburgh Preview: An exciting new comedy musical show from one half of Frisky & Mannish

He used to be on top of the world looking down on creation, to the left of (and slightly behind) Karen. Now Richard Carpenter is back, and solitaire’s the only game in town. So… where do we go from here? Get your ticket to ride for an epic concert of sweet sweet music from the … More Richard Carpenter’s Close To You

Comedy

Blahblahblah: Vanessa Kisuule – SEXY

31st Jul
8pm | £7

Showcasing the UK's best spoken word performers, presented by Bristol Old Vic, Tangent Books and Anna Freeman - monthly Mondays

‘Sexy’ is a word a lot of us are uncomfortable applying to ourselves. Vanessa Kisuule certainly doesn’t feel she fits the bill. She really wants to, though. Through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress, Vanessa fumbles her way through the infinite contradictions in her head to find (hopefully) the definition of what … More Blahblahblah: Vanessa Kisuule – SEXY

Best of Bristol Spoken Word