What’s On

Happiness Ltd

20th Feb - 21st Feb
8pm | £10

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

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

Theatre

Help!

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

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

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

Best of Bristol Theatre

Sharp Teeth

25th Feb - 29th Jul
7.30pm | Pay What You Decide

Sundays at The Wardrobe Theatre: Stimulate your Sunday brain by coming down to Sharp Teeth's monthly night of many genres

For the last three and half years Sharp Teeth Theatre have been bringing together theatre, storytelling, poetry and music to create a night of riotous Sunday fun. They’ve had raps about stolen bikes, poems about cottaging, performances from drag kings, new writing about women who climb the shard, and improvised storytelling about Lance Armstrong getting … More Sharp Teeth

Best of Bristol Music Spoken Word Theatre

Adventure Bureau

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

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

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

Best of Bristol Comedy Family Theatre

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

26th Feb - 2nd Jul
8pm | £7

The unplanned, unscripted & unconventional cult comedy show continuing the world's longest improvised narrative every other Monday

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is the world’s longest improvised narrative having run at The Wardrobe Theatre fortnightly for over 6 years and over 125 episodes. The show is a live, spontaneous and unique theatrical experience performed fortnightly by Closer Each Day Company and co-produced by The Wardrobe Theatre. Think Twin Peaks meets … More Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Heads Up

27th Feb - 28th Feb
8pm | £12

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

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

Theatre

Booby’s Bay

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

A passionate, comic fable about the housing crisis and a maverick’s mission to turn the tide - a new play by Henry Darke supported by Bristol Old Vic and The Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation

“I’m untameable. Like the wind. Or Heathcliff. Or Bruce Springsteen during his Nebraska period. The Beast Of Booby’s Bay.” Above a secluded cove in Cornwall, Huck, a former fisherman, is holed up in an empty second home. The holiday season is fast approaching – the sharks are coming. As Booby’s Bay gets busy for the … More Booby’s Bay

Theatre

Ivo Graham: Educated Guess

4th Mar
8pm | £12 (£10 conc.)

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

After an eventful year off (got a new laptop, etc.), the boy’s back in town, with resolutions galore but less courage in his convictions than ever. How much has Ivo learnt? And what good has it done him? As seen on Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, As Yet Untitled, Live From The BBC, … More Ivo Graham: Educated Guess

Comedy

The Minor Setbacks

4th Mar
2.30pm | £6 (£2 for under 18s)

Didn’t manage to see the Xmas Extravaganza? No problem! The Minor Setbacks are back in their second concert, bringing you songs from Rag’n’Bone Man, Labrinth, Sam Smith and many more, all without the use of instruments. For ticket please email: theminorsetbacksacappella@gmail.com

Blahblahblah: Zia Ahmed, Maria Ferguson and Kareem Brown

5th Mar
8pm | £8

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

Roundhouse slam champion and Channel 4 playwright in residence Zia Ahmed steps onto the Blah podium to share his linguistic dynamism alongside Maria Ferguson‘s (Fat Girls Don’t Dance) unique blend of theatre, storytelling and killer moves. Sharing the stage is Barbican’s Young Poet Kareem Brown, known for his hard-hitting combo of challenging wordplay and stylistic … More Blahblahblah: Zia Ahmed, Maria Ferguson and Kareem Brown

Spoken Word

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys (plus The Drystones)

6th Mar
8pm | £10.75 / £14 (inc. bf)

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Cornwall-raised and Bristol-based singer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. SAM KELLY & THE LOST BOYS Having already recorded and produced over 10 acclaimed records, had multiple live sessions and airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 3, it’s hard to believe that 24-year-old Cornwall-based folk singer, producer … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys (plus The Drystones)

Best of Bristol Music

Five Encounters On A Site Called Craigslist

7th Mar - 9th Mar
8pm | £10

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

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

Theatre

Long Shot

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

With much at stake and little chance of success, PanGottic present a stripped back circus performance where the audience is in charge - suitable for families and all ages from 7+

When failure is NOT an option, what could possibly go wrong? Join us for a catapultastic evening of clowning, contraptions, comedy and courage, as one man’s belief in the near impossible is put to the test. Part non-verbal circus performance, part behind the scenes ‘making of’, Long Shot will have you on the edge of … More Long Shot

Best of Bristol Comedy

Nincompoop

11th Mar - 10th Jun
7.30pm (plus 2pm on 13th May) | 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

Police Cops In Space

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

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

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

Comedy Theatre

Bristol Improv Marathon 2018: Pirates of the Severn Seas

16th Mar - 17th Mar
8pm on Friday until 10pm on Saturday | £10 All You Can Watch

26 hours non-stop | over 30 performers | 1 truly epic live improvised play!

Performed at Bristol Improv Theatre NOT The Wardrobe Theatre Now in its fourth year, Closer Each Day Company in association with Bristol Improv Theatre and The Wardrobe Theatre presents 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, … More Bristol Improv Marathon 2018: Pirates of the Severn Seas

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Lloyd Langford & Phil Jerrod

16th Mar
9.45pm | £10

Every Friday evening Chuckle Busters hosts a lovingly curated selection of comedians at The Wardrobe Theatre

LLOYD LANGFORD Lloyd Langford is a stand-up comedian, writer and an actor of incredibly limited range. You may have seen him on Q.I (BBC1) or Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2) or heard him on The Rhod Gilbert Show (BBC Radio Wales) or The Unbelievable Truth (BBC Radio 4). He’s been invited to comedy festivals all … More Lloyd Langford & Phil Jerrod

Comedy

Story Slam

18th Mar - 26th Aug
2pm | Pay What You Decide

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

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

Best of Bristol Spoken Word

Rob Auton: The Hair Show

18th Mar
7.30pm | £10

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

A show for anyone who has, or has had, hair and hairs. Award-winning stand-up comedian and poet Rob Auton (Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe award-winner, Glastonbury’s Poet In Residence) returns with another heart-felt and offbeat comedy/theatre/spoken word show that explores hair and hairs. Rob casts an introspective eye over the world of hair, underpinned … More Rob Auton: The Hair Show

Comedy Spoken Word

Adam Hess & Glenn Moore

19th Mar
8pm | £12 (+ bf)

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

ADAM HESS: CACTUS Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated chap and star of Tonight at the London Palladium, Live from the BBC and other stuff returns for another smash-hit show. He’s five foot eleven, he hates other families’ plates, and he had his 18th birthday party on a riverboat on the Thames so when people realised how boring … More Adam Hess & Glenn Moore

Comedy

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Martin Carthy

20th Mar
8pm | £15 (inc. bf)

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

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

Music

Then Again

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

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

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

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Bec Hill

23rd Mar
9.45pm | £10

Every Friday evening Chuckle Busters hosts a lovingly curated selection of comedians at The Wardrobe Theatre

BEC HILL The award-winning Australian comedian who you either know from Twitter, telly, or a Facebook post your mate put up, comes to Bristol! With a mix of brand new material and “the gold”, you’re guaranteed an entertaining night of silly stories, props and of course, flipcharts. “Hill is a multi-coloured ray of eternal sunshine. … More Bec Hill

Comedy

WORKSHOP – ‘Making Music for Theatre’ with Tremolo Theatre

23rd Mar
2pm-5pm | Free

This 3 hour workshop is an ideal opportunity to see how Tremolo Theatre (Then Again and The Hours Before We Wake) approach making music and sound for their shows

The session will be practical and playful, helping develop skills and confidence in making music as an individual theatre maker and also within an ensemble. This workshop is suitable for both established and less experienced theatre makers. Tremolo Theatre are a Bristol based company who use original music, intricate sound design, ensemble story-telling and fast … More WORKSHOP – ‘Making Music for Theatre’ with Tremolo Theatre

Noisy Holiday

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

Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals present an adventure for ages 3-8 and their families with music, mischief and silliness

The Noisy Animals are looking forward to their dream holidays and have some brilliant ideas about where in the world they want to go. Kid Carpet just wants them all to be together but will he be able to keep everyone happy when he can’t even get them in the car? This lively show contains … More Noisy Holiday

Best of Bristol Comedy Family Theatre

Suzi Ruffell: Keeping It Classy

27th Mar
8pm | £12 (£10 conc.)

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

Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Suzi Ruffell is taking her critically acclaimed show Keeping It Classy on tour. This thought-provoking and hilarious show has nabbed Ruffell the working-class comedy crown of her generation. Nominated Best Breakthrough Act at The Chortle Awards 2017 and seen supporting Alan Carr and Josh Widdicombe.

Comedy

Poll Function

28th Mar - 30th Mar
8pm | £10

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

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

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Rob Kemp – The Elvis Dead

30th Mar
9.45pm | £10

Every Friday evening Chuckle Busters hosts a lovingly curated selection of comedians at The Wardrobe Theatre

Rev up the Delta and come on a trip to a cabin in the Tennessee backwoods via Graceland, to witness: Cult classic horror movie Evil Dead 2 reinterpreted through the songs of Elvis Presley. Every now and then an idea strikes that seems extremely absurd and yet at the same time bizarrely fitting. This loving … More Rob Kemp – The Elvis Dead

Comedy

An Evening with Gecko

31st Mar
8pm | £10

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

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

Comedy Music

Blahblahblah: Ben Norris, Bridget Minamore and Jonny Fluffy-Punk

2nd Apr
8pm | £8

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

UK All-Star Poetry Slam Champion Ben Norris (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Family) heads up the April Blah line-up with his charismatic presence and complex, emotional verse. Joined by Bristol favourite Jonny Fluffypunk with his funny, absurd and oddly moving performance, accompanied by the profound poetry of British-Ghanian writer Bridget Minamore, this riotous round Blah … More Blahblahblah: Ben Norris, Bridget Minamore and Jonny Fluffy-Punk

Spoken Word

Rachel Parris & Sean McLoughlin

3rd Apr
8pm | £12 (£10 conc.)

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

RACHEL PARRIS: KEYNOTE Rachel has been invited to be a guest speaker at her old school, but what kind of a role model is she really? Through stand-up, character and musical comedy, she explores what messed up message she can possibly offer to impressionable young minds. Rachel is an award-winning musical comic whose songs have … More Rachel Parris & Sean McLoughlin

Comedy

The Time Seekers

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

Back by popular demand! A time-travelling adventure for ages 3-8 and their families, from the makers of Little Tim & The Brave Sea Captain and The Star Seekers

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

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Show & Tell

4th Apr
8pm | £5

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

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

Best of Bristol Comedy

Lego Beach

5th Apr - 7th Apr
8pm | £10

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

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

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Tiff Stevenson – Bombshell

6th Apr
9.45pm | £12

Every Friday evening Chuckle Busters hosts a lovingly curated selection of comedians at The Wardrobe Theatre

Critically acclaimed stand-up Tiff Stevenson, who you may know from Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats and the BAFTA nominated People Just Do Nothing, or your dreams, she’s definitely been there. Some say she oscillates wildly between Sylvia Plath and Beyonce, like Belva Lockwood fused with your drunken aunt. Tiff says she’s very … More Tiff Stevenson – Bombshell

Comedy

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Little Unsaid

10th Apr
8pm | £10.75 / £14 (inc. bf)

Recent winners of the Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award for boundary-pushing new music creators with elements of electronica, folk, jazz and alt-rock

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. Echoing the melancholic power of Leonard Cohen or Nick Cave, The Little Unsaid specialise in “songwriting of a real rich quality, all held together by an intensity of approach” (Clash). Having spent the last year touring Europe … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Little Unsaid

Music

Gein’s Family Giftshop & Kiri Pritchard-McLean

11th Apr
8pm | £12 (£10 conc.)

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

GEIN’S FAMILY GIFTSHOP: VOL 3 Like persistent dandruff, the multi award-winning sketch group are back and they are itching to show you what they’ve come up with. Skin ailments aside, the four strong, five star sketch group can’t wait to hawk out their highly anticipated third hour. “Would unsettle even the darkest League of Gentlemen … More Gein’s Family Giftshop & Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Comedy

Drag On

12th Apr - 13th Apr
8pm | £10

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

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

Comedy Theatre

Polly

16th Apr - 17th Apr
8pm | £8

A dirty, messy, highly physical adaptation of Polly, John Gay's sequel to The Beggar's Opera - inspired by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill and their Berlin infused Threepenny Opera, presented by Marie Hamilton and Stephanie Kempson

Macheath ran off to an island to f*ck Jenny Diver. Polly Peachum, his wife, stands on the shore and summons up a storm. Join three weird women as they dance, drum, sing and slash their way through an adaptation of Polly, John Gay’s sequel to The Beggar’s Opera. Using bouffon, drag, and Berlin cabaret we … More Polly

Best of Bristol Theatre

DollyWould

18th Apr - 21st Apr
8pm | £11

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

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

Comedy Theatre

Wil Hodgson

20th Apr
9.45pm | £10

Every Friday evening Chuckle Busters hosts a lovingly curated selection of comedians at The Wardrobe Theatre

Wil is one of the most original comedians on the circuit. He a highly articulate performer and his material tends towards the autobiographical rather than straight observation. This former skinhead, punk and professional wrestler regales us with takes of anti-fascism, small town prejudice and his passions in life – big women and care bears. “Consistently … More Wil Hodgson

Comedy

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Martha Tilston (plus guests)

24th Apr
8pm | £12.50 / £14 (inc. bf)

A special night hosted by this stunning songstress showcasing rare performances and the premiere of a beautiful music film ’The Clifftop Sessions’

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe. “Martha Tilston has carved her niche with sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world. It is an engrossing set.. She captures both the harshness and enchantment of life, with the salt of sea air almost palpable.” … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Martha Tilston (plus guests)

Music

Mental

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

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

At​ ​a​ ​time​ ​when​ ​mental​ ​health​ ​is​ ​increasingly​ ​making​ ​the​ ​headlines,​ ​yet​ ​still​ ​so​ ​many​ ​are unable​ ​to​ ​speak​ ​about​ ​their experience​ ​for​ ​fear​ ​of​ ​stigma,​ ​this​ ​show​ ​tells​ ​a​ ​personal​ ​story that​ ​will​ ​get​ ​people​ ​talking. An​ ​exploration​ ​of​ ​the​ ​mind​ ​with​ ​music,​ ​anecdotes,​ ​and​ ​medical​ ​notes. Kane​ ​Power​ ​Theatre​ ​presents Mental by​ ​Alice​ … More Mental

Best of Bristol Theatre

Tom Taylor

27th Apr
9.45pm | £10

Every Friday evening Chuckle Busters hosts a lovingly curated selection of comedians at The Wardrobe Theatre

Multi-award winning comedian Tom Taylor has received high praise from audiences and critics alike. His unique brand of musical comedy is smart and silly in equal measure and he boasts an impressive stock of quirky, and very funny, musical one-liners. “The best jumper in comedy and really really well written jokes.” Isy Suttie

Comedy

Nutty Noah

6th May
11am & 2pm | £8 (under 3s 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

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Young Waters (plus Spindle Ensemble)

20th May
8pm | £10.75 / £14 (inc. bf)

Twisted neo-folk tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acoustic guitar

YOUNG WATERS Young Waters’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acoustic guitar. Their exhilarating rhythms and intricate melodies, coupled with a repertoire that combines startling original material with traditional folk songs, makes for a captivating stage presence. 2017 has seen the band record a full … More Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Young Waters (plus Spindle Ensemble)

Best of Bristol Music

Closer Each Day onboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain

20th May - 21st May
8pm | £15 (£12 conc.)

Join Closer Each Day Company, creators of Bristol's cult hit Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera, as they take over Brunel's SS Great Britain

Performed at Brunel’s SS Great Britain NOT The Wardrobe Theatre Tickets include a chance to walk around Brunel’s SS Great Britain from 6.30pm Sunday 20th May Join Closer Each Day Company for a fully spontaneous night of comedy! The first half will be games in the style of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ and the … More Closer Each Day onboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Elf Lyons & Guest

28th May
8pm | £12 (£10 conc.)

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

ELF LYONS: SWAN The giraffe-limbed clown and raconteur is delighted to bring her Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated show to The Wardrobe Theatre. Think big. Think weird. Matthew Bourne would be proud. It’s going to be fun. And sexy. Yeah, let’s throw that word in there too. Graduate of L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier. Best Show Nominee 2017 Edinburgh … More Elf Lyons & Guest

Best of Bristol Comedy

Glorious Greeks

28th May
11am & 2pm | £8

Outwit greedy monsters, escape the savage cyclops and survive the sweet-singing sirens in this awesome Odyssean adventure - Wild Words presents a magical storytelling and music show for ages 3-10 preceeded by a playshop puppet making workshop

PLAYSHOP: 11am-11.45am | 2pm-2.45pm SHOW: 12pm | 3pm An awesome adventure of myth and modernity inspired by Ancient Greek classic, The Odyssey. Outwit greedy monsters, escape the savage cyclops, survive the sweet-singing siren sisters (played by the dolls of Barbie) and overcome the sucking and spewing whirlpool to save the day with the cleverest Greek … More Glorious Greeks

Best of Bristol Family

Butt Kapinski

29th May - 31st May
8pm | £10

Private Eye Butt Kapinski invites you to co-star in a film noir murder mystery set in a seedy world of sex, sin, shadows and subterfuge - an award-winning comedic experience presented by Deanna Fleysher

Think it’s a solo show? Think again. Butt Kapinski, a gender-troubled private eye with a mouth full of speech impediments and a wearable streetlight, invites you to co-star in a film noir murder mystery. An immersive comedy, for adults only. BEST COMEDY Fringeworld 2017 INNOVATION AWARD Adelaide Fringe 2017 BEST COMEDY Adelaide Fringe 2016 SIX … More Butt Kapinski

Comedy Theatre

Perfect

31st May - 3rd Jun
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

The award-winning family theatre maker Tessa Bide (A Strange New Space, The Tap Dancing Mermaid) presents a beautiful new show for ages 3-8 and their families featuring stunning puppetry, original live music and animation

A young boy waits for the birth of his new baby sister, his excitement bubbling over at the thought of a new playmate to race and chase with. He can’t wait to tell her all about the swifts which nest not far from the top window of their pointy house. It’s nearly time, she’s nearly … More Perfect

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Faslane

2nd Jun
8pm | £10

With her family having worked at the home of Trident all her life and with friends protesting at the gates, Fringe First winner Jenna Watt explores what happens when the personal and political collide - presented by Showroom in association with Summerhall

Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, or Faslane, situated 40 miles outside Glasgow, is home to the UK’s nuclear missile program: Trident. With her family having worked in Faslane all her life, and with friends protesting at the gates, Fringe First winner Jenna Watt explores what happens when the personal and political collide. Drawing upon interviews … More Faslane

Theatre

Pundemonium

11th Jun
8pm | £10 (+bf)

Into innuendo? Dabble in double-entendre? A punning gameshow by Rachel Mars and Daniel Pitt

A hilarious live game show full of PUNishing linguistic challenges for compulsive punners and their carers. Join us for competitive wordplay in this groan-off with guest pundits including performers, comedians, poets and writers to compete alongside members of the public for the ‘Thesaurus Rex’ trophy and a place in the Grand Final. Got appundecitis and … More Pundemonium

Comedy

Lisa Berg: The Love of Stationery | Ellen Waddell: Don’t Be Terrible

13th Jun
8pm & 9.30pm | £10

An exciting DOUBLE BILL of Edinburgh Fringe previews

Lisa Berg: The Love of Stationery – 8pm ‘I collect bags of sugar from cafes and restaurants I’m in. I have a big collection. Often I forget that I’ve taken them with me home and somehow, if you apply time and pressure, they have the tendency to explode…’ A one-woman dark comedy exploring the innermost … More Lisa Berg: The Love of Stationery | Ellen Waddell: Don’t Be Terrible

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

DoppelDänger

20th Jun - 23rd Jun
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10

Experimental live music and Baroque-pop mash-ups, gender-twisting visuals and gothic storytelling - presented by She Goat (a new company made up of two members of Little Bulb Theatre)

Experimental live music and Baroque-pop mash-ups; gender-twisting visuals and gothic storytelling: this new work is an exploration of ‘the Doppelgänger’ – devised and performed by a pair of real life doppelgängers. With an uncanny blend of European 1630s-inspired retrofuturism and 1930s wrestling, DoppelDänger explores the boundaries between self and other, gig and theatre, and questions … More DoppelDänger

Comedy Music Theatre

Murder, She Didn’t Write

10th Jul
9pm | £10

Bristol Pride 2018 present a very special performance of Degrees Of Error's live improvised murder mystery!

Degrees Of Error present a classic murder mystery that is created on the spot in this ingenious and hilarious show from Bristol Improv Theatre’s resident company. YOU become Agatha Christie in this improvised comedy as each night an original murder mystery play is created based entirely on audience suggestions. So take up your magnifying glasses … More Murder, She Didn’t Write

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

HIV Monologues

10th Jul
7.15pm | £10

Bristol Pride 2018 presents an exceptional, moving and poignant piece by Dragonflies Theatre that explores issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community at a time when local HIV services are under increasing pressure

Alex knows nothing about HIV. Nick is his Tinder date who’s just been diagnosed positive, struggling with self-worth. Their date is going amazingly until Nick discloses his diagnosis… And Alex reacts in the worst way. Through meeting Irene, an Irish nurse who treated AIDS in the 1980s, and Barney, who was saved by the 1996 … More HIV Monologues

Theatre

One Man & His Cow

17th Jul - 19th Jul
8pm | £12 (£10 conc.)

A man. A cow. A shed load of trouble - written and performed in rhyme and song by the acclaimed Living Spit (makers of The Six Wives of Henry VIII)

Trevor loves Judy. Judy loves Trevor. They’re best mates. Trouble is, Trevor’s family don’t approve. They think that Trevor should leave his prize cow alone and get on with looking after his farm. And then Trevor gets some bad news… Written and performed in rhyme and song the acclaimed Living Spit (makers of The Six … More One Man & His Cow

Best of Bristol Comedy

Impromptu Shakespeare

26th Jul - 27th Jul
8pm (plus 9.30pm on Friday) | £10 (£8 conc.)

An entirely new and unique Shakespeare play improvised on the spot and inspired by audience suggestions, showing as part of Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2018

Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, power struggles, mistaken identity, cross-dressing, the supernatural and everything in between – this show will delight Shakespeare nerds and novices alike. Impromptu Shakespeare have their tongues firmly in their cheeks and their feet planted in the works of the Bard. Whether you know all 37 plays – or none … More Impromptu Shakespeare

Comedy Theatre

Captain Cauliflower & Marvin The Mischievous Moose

28th Jul
2pm | £8 (under 3s go free)

Come and join the invincible Captain Cauliflower and his faithful companion on an unforgettable adventure, filled with extreme silliness and unquestionable danger - for ages 3-8 and their families

Marvin The Mischievous Moose presents Captain Cauliflower with a mystical magic hat that gives him super powers. We then follow his adventures into outer space and deep under the ocean, saving those in peril, but can he beat his arch nemesis the evil and odorous Onion Man? Dan Lees and Neil Frost invite you on … More Captain Cauliflower & Marvin The Mischievous Moose

Comedy Family

The Establishment: Fool Britainnia

28th Jul
8pm | £10

Side-splitting, stiff upper-lipped hilarity from critically acclaimed duo Dan Lees and Neil Frost

Critically-acclaimed comedy duo Dan Lees and Neil Frost present an idiots guide to Britishness. An hilarious clown show exploring the history and culture of Britain. ​”A fast-paced, multidimensional masterclass in comedy.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine “This is silliness as an art form.” ★★★★ The Scotsman “Another much-needed chapter in our national legacy of lampooning the powers that … More The Establishment: Fool Britainnia

Comedy

WORKSHOP with Impromptu Shakespeare

29th Jul
11am-4pm | £35 (£30 conc.)

Learn how to improvise using style, character and language techniques to create the scenes Shakespeare never wrote from this experienced company

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 to use improvisation skills to uncover your inner Bard. Expect to improve your verbal … More WORKSHOP with Impromptu Shakespeare

Said And Done

30th Jul - 31st Jul
8pm | £10

Darkly comic with snippets of original music and dollops of cheesy pop - a snapshot into the lives of two women who are far too close by Sugarscratch Theatre

Two women sit at a table at a wedding. They hate everyone here. 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 sometimes teasing gets too much and insults … More Said And Done

Best of Bristol Comedy Theatre

Rex The King

1st Aug - 3rd Aug
8pm | £10

Wassail Theatre presents their witty, uplifting and ludicrously tragic adaptation of Oedipus Rex - expect blood and sweat, tears and beers, not to mention plenty of songs and silliness

A blind man walks into a village pub and tells anyone who’ll listen that he was once the king of darts. An adaptation of the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex reimagined in the world of pub darts and disco featuring live music, flying arrows and a portable dartboard. Rex The King is the story of a … More Rex The King

Best of Bristol Theatre

Dance Of The Violin

28th Aug
11am & 2pm | £8

Wild Words presents a magical storytelling and music show for ages 3-10 preceeded by a playshop puppet making workshop

PLAYSHOP: 11am-11.45am | 2pm-2.45pm SHOW: 12pm | 3pm Once there was a boy called Joshua who loved making a noise, who loved making sounds and his parents would say “Joshua that’s good but could you do something else now please?” Then one day his parents started to hear music and they said “Joshua that’s really … More Dance Of The Violin

Best of Bristol Family

Much Ado About Puffin

30th Aug - 2nd Sep
11am & 2pm | £8 (£6 for groups of 20+, under 3s go free)

A funny tale about a man all alone, a friendly puffin, and a whole lot of fuss over nothing - presented by Open Attic Company for ages 3-8 and their families

On a small island, In the middle of the big sea, A man meets a bird… Using skilful puppetry, beautiful music, and good old fashioned storytelling, Much Ado About Puffin is about old habits, new friendships, and stepping out into the unknown! “A story of beauty, laughter and love that transcends language and age barriers.” … More Much Ado About Puffin

Best of Bristol Family Theatre

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

25th Jan
8pm | £15

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

She’s a regular on Mock The Week and a much-loved figure on Live at the Apollo, as well as being all over Radio 4 – for whom she’s making her very own series in 2018, after extensive stints on The News Quiz, Just A Minute, The Now Show and plenty more. All this makes it … More Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

Comedy